POWER-GEN Asia,the conference and exhibition for the Asia/Pacific power industry takes place in Kuala Lumpur 19-21 September. The event plays host to the Asian Power Summit where a world-class panel of power industry executives will be gathered.

Wind power and solar energy in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region is sufficient to enable most herdsmen to have access to electricity, according to the regional New Energy Development Office. It claims that there are presently 55 wind power generators for very 100 households.

Alstom has won a ten year operation and maintenance contract for a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in the state of Perlis, Malaysia. The contract, with an approximate value of €110m, was placed by Global E-Technic Sdn. Bhd., a company owned by the independent power producer Teknologi Tenaga Perlis Consortium Sdn. Bhd.

China plans three new power projects, according to the State Development Planning Commission’s recently published the fourth list of projects for 2001. These are: the first phase of the Dingqu Power Plant in Hebei Province. The project is designed to install two 600 MW units, to be built in 2001-2004, with an estimated total investment of 4.563 bn yuan ($551.2 million); Longtan Hydropower Station in Guangxi. It will include the installation of seven 600 MW units and be constructed in 2001-2010, with an estimated total investment of 24.3 bn yuan and the second phase of the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Power Plant. The project will include the installation of two 900 MW units and be built in 2001-2005, with a total estimated investment of 10.665 bn yuan.

The Fujian Provincial Power Grid will be incorporated into the East China Power Grid when construction of the Fuzhou-Jinhua 500-kV transmission and transformer ultra-high-voltage project is completed at the end of September. The 500-kV ultra-high-voltage line, from Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian Province, to Jinhua in Zhejiang Province, is 223.8 km long and passes through Mingqing, Fuzhou, Lianjiang, Luoyuan, Ningde and Fu’ an. Total investment in the project is 420m yuan ($50.7 million).

Indonesia’s power sector must be reformed if the country is to receive a standing loan disbursement of $700 m from the Asian Development Bank [ADB], said Mines and Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. He said the government would stick to its commitment to prepare a draft law but that several stages should be completed before liberalization. Currently the state-owned electricity company PLN still monopolized the market. He said government would provide the same opportunity to other private companies. The ADB set an annual lending level for Indonesia ranging from $600 m to $1.2 bn over the next three years.

Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co has agreed to sell its 60 per cent stake in Laotian power station Houay Ho Power Co to Belgeletric Finance of the Netherlands and its outstanding receivables to Tractebel SA of Belgium, for a total of $128.66 m. Daewoo will transfer the stake to the Dutch firm for $30 m and the outstanding receivables to the Belgian firm for $98.66 m. In 1993, the Korean builder acquired the stake in HHPC while participating in a project to build a hydroelectric power station in the country with a capacity of 1500 MW. Under the project, Daewoo gained a 30-year right to operate the power station and claim proceeds from energy produced at the plant and sold to Thailand.

China exported 1GWh of electricity in June, according to statistics provided by the General Administration of Customs. Export value in the period was $65.9m.