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India will build giant Jaitapur nuclear plant despite protests

India has pledged to implement additional safeguards at the proposed giant 10 GW nuclear plant in Jaitapur in Maharashtra state after recent violent protests.

Activists say the $10bn plant in Maharashtra is located in a seismically active area and fear a repeat of Japan’s Fukushima disaster. Local villagers also fear the plant will ruin their traditional fisheries.

Construction of the 9.9 GW, six-reactor facility, which is being built with technical help from Areva, is due to begin this year. “The government is satisfied with the safety aspects of the Jaitapur nuclear plant,” said V. Narayanswamy, a minister in the prime minister’s office.

Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister of Maharashtra, said: “The political dialogue will continue and special efforts will be made to convince people that safety will not be compromised.” India has also decided to set up an independent nuclear watchdog to oversee its existing reactors.

French reactor maker Areva is to supply six EPR pressurized water reactors for the site.

Areva to augment Australian coal plant with 44 MW CSP unit

Areva is to construct a 44 MW solar thermal add-on to the 750 MW Kogan Creek coal plant in Queensland.

The A$104.7m ($110m) project will use concentrated solar power technology, which will generate steam to drive the plant’s turbines along with steam from burning coal. Areva Solar acquired the solar technology, called the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR), when it bought Australian firm Ausra last year. Construction of the solar integration project will be completed in 2013.

Mitsubishi receives CCGT turbine order from Korea’s Pocheon Power

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), in collaboration with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd., will equip two trains of a 1600 MW CCGT plant being built by Pocheon Power Co., Ltd. with three gas turbines.

Mitsubishi Electric will be responsible for the four generators.

All components are scheduled for delivery between July and November 2012. MHI has also signed a long-term maintenance service contract for the plant.

The first and second trains of the plant are scheduled for completion by May and November 2014 respectively.

Work starts on world’s first hi-temp, gas-cooled reactor

Work has begun on the world’s first high-temperature, gas-cooled nuclear reactor by China’s Huaneng Nuclear Power Development.

The 200 MW Gen IV reactor will use technology that may be less susceptible to meltdown than Japan’s Fukushima plant. China Huaneng, China Nuclear Engineering Corp. and Tsinghua University are joint investors in the Rongcheng project. The plant will use helium, an inert gas, in its cooling centre, and the reactor cores will be able to withstand temperatures exceeding 1600 à‹Å¡C for several hundred hours without melting down.

Last year China National Nuclear Corp. reported a successful test of an experimental reactor using Generation IV technology.

Fukushima has set back nuclear 2-3 years – KEPCO

A senior executive at Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has told Reuters that Japan’s nuclear crisis could result in a two to three year setback in the nuclear power reactor market, but demand will rise in the longer term.

Byun Jun-yeon, executive vice president and chief nuclear project officer, said KEPCO is targeting Brazil, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and South Africa, countries which were preparing tenders for new nuclear reactors. He added that renewable energy would continue to play only a supplementary role.

Tepco: Fukushima core damage less than first believed

Tepco has revised its estimates of the extent of fuel damage in units 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Mistakes made in data measured in each unit’s drywell and wetwell by the Containment Atmospheric Monitoring System (CAMS) have thrown off the estimates. Tepco said corrections in the CAMS radiation measurement have decreased estimates of unit 1 core damage from 70 per cent to 55 per cent.

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Bangladesh: Mitsubishi will supply the gas turbine and generator for a 401 MW CCGT to be built by Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh in Haripur. Delivery is scheduled for April 2012.

China: The China Electricity Council has suggested that projected development figures for nuclear plants in inland regions should be revised. An earlier target of 90 GW by 2020 should be scaled back by 10 GW.

China: Beijing has more than doubled its target for solar power capacity installations. China hopes its installed solar power capacity will reach 10 GW by 2015 and 50 GW by the end of the decade, the Shanghai Securities News said

India: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has closed eight coal power units operated by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco).

India: Madhucon Projects will build an INR60bn ($1.35bn) 1320 MW thermal power plant in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The project will be delivered in two phases of 660 MW each. The plant will begin operations in 2015.

Indonesia: South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction will build a $290m 60 MW hydro power plant in North Sumatra. Korea’s Hyundai Engineering, with Indonesian firm PT Pembangunan Perumahan, will build an 89 MW hydro plant in Aceh. Both plants will be completed in 2013.

Indonesia: A GE Frame 9E gas turbine and associated generator will add 114 MW of power to industrial sector supplier PT Cikarang Listrindo’s power station, located 45km from Jakarta. Construction operation will begin from March 2012.

Philippines: Aboitiz will invest 25bn pesos ($586m) of its own funds to accelerate construction of a 300 MW coal plant in Davao.

Singapore: Alstom has begun work on the second unit of a $445m 2 x 400 MW gas power plant in association with Keppel Merlimau Cogen Pte. Ltd.

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