Asis-Pacific

Indonesia power boss rejects case for nuclear generation

Dahlan Iskan, head of Indonesia’s state-run Electricity Company (PLN), said the country as yet has no need for nuclear power plants.

The comments follow a continued effort by the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) to push for the use of nuclear energy in Indonesia despite an international backlash prompted by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.

“Commercially, Indonesia does not need nuclear power plants yet,” Dahlan was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe.

Producing nuclear energy was more expensive than producing electricity from coal and gas, he said. In addition to coal and gas, of which Indonesia has abundant resources, other options include renewable energies, such as hydro and geothermal, he added.

But Iskan said Indonesia should start to prepare for the possibility of using nuclear energy. Batan is now focusing on Batam as a proposed site for a nuclear power plant, despite the island’s proximity to the major fault line that triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.à‚ 

Alstom lands $650m generation kit order at 1 GW Malaysia coal plantà‚ 

A consortium led by Alstom has won a $650m contract to supply key generation equipment to what is expected to become Southeast Asia’s largest supercritical coal fired plant, in Manjung in Malaysia.

The turnkey EPC contact covers a 1000 MW steam turbine, a generator, a supercritical boiler and auxiliaries for the plant, due on-line in 2015.

Alstom and its consortium partner China Machinery Import and Export Corporation won the contract from Tenaga Janamanjung Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).à‚ 

Malaysia’s Tenaga to build 300 MW gas fired power plant in Sabahà‚ 

Malaysia’s national power producer Tenaga Nasional plans to build a 300 MW gas fired power plant in Sabah, said CEO Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.

The project replaces a planned coal based project and Tenaga has received in-principle approval to build the plant, he added.

The company is currently assessing whether piping gas from another part of Malaysia or importing it as LNG would be most economical, he added. Tenaga also aims to cushion the impact of rising coal prices through long-term contracts with mines in Australia, Indonesia and South Africa, he said.à‚ 

RInfra wins EPC contract for 2400 MW Samalkot projectà‚ 

Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) has secured an EPC contract for the 2400 MW gas fired combined-cycle power project at Samalkot in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

The plant is due to start generating power by the end of 2011. Gas and steam turbine orders have already been placed with GE. Another major order for designing the plant was placed with Black & Veatch.

The 72bn rupees ($1.6bn) contract is the third significant power project that RInfra has been awarded by Reliance Power.

RInfra CEO Lalit Jalan said the plant’s first 800 MW unit would be commissioned by December, followed by further units every 45 days.à‚ 

China eyes solar power as it cuts 2020 nuclear goalà‚ 

China is to cut its 2020 nuclear target and to build more solar farms in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, reports Bloomberg.

A nuclear capacity goal of 80 GW will be now be cut, a conference in Beijing was told by Ren Dongming, director of the renewable energy centre under the economic planner’s research institute, it was reported. The target for solar-power capacity will now rise to 20 GW, but no revised nuclear objective has been released.

China has at least 14 reactors in operation and is constructing at least 27 more. A further 50 are planned.à‚ 

DMCI, Trans-Asia to build 135 MW Philippines plantà‚ 

Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation have signed an EPC deal with DM Consunji Inc (DMCI) for constructing a 135 MW coal fired power plant in the Philippines.

The proposed clean coal plant in Batangas would be Trans-Asia’s first baseload plant and is due to complete by 2014. Its cost has been estimated at 8.5bn pesos ($200m), of which 65 per cent would be financed by loans.à‚ 

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Bangladesh: Planned capacity of the Siddhirganj power plant project has been raised to 450 MW, up from 300 MW, to win financial support from the World Bank.

Malaysia: Bakun hydroelectric dam is expected to start commercial production of 300 MW in July this year, after the reservoir reaches the required depth of 195 metres.

Pakistan: Tajikistan’s president has offered assistance in setting up power plants in Pakistan: a 600 MW hydro plant initially, followed by a 220 MW plant.

Philippines: First Gen Corp, the power generation arm of the Lopez Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding to build the Balintingon Reservoir Multi-Purpose Project, a dam and hydro plant in Nueva Ecija in Luzon.

Philippines: First Philec, a subsidiary of the Lopez Group, has signed a joint venture with Nexolon of Korea for a 400 MW solar wafer facility in Laguna and aims to invest $100m with construction getting under way in October.

Philippines: Basic Energy Corp has commissioned a pre-feasibility study of geothermal resources at Mabini, Batangas, which were earlier assessed as offered potential for a 20 MW power plant.

Sri Lanka: Lakviijaya power plant’s first phase has been officially opened, providing 300 MW to the national grid. The plant, due to total 900 MW, is the country’s first coal fired power plant.

Vietnam: Two wind farm projects, with a combined capacity of 51 MW, are due to get under way in the next few months in the central province of Binh Dinh. Officials in the province have also approved a feasibility study for an additional 120″180 MW wind farm.

Vietnam: Tianjin Alstom and Hydro China Zhongnan Engineering Corp are to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services to the 520 MW Huoi Quang hyrdo power project, due to start generating from 2014 in Son La province.

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