GE to build integrated CCGT, wind, solar power plant in Turkey

GE is to build in Turkey what it claims will be the world’s first integrated combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant with wind and solar power, which is being developed by MetCap Energy Investments, a Turkish project developer.

GE’s FlexEfficiency 50 plant will integrate a 50 Hz 9FB gas turbine, a steam turbine, a generator, 22 MW of GE wind turbines and 50 MW of eSolar concentrated solar thermal tower technology.

The plant in Karaman, Turkey, will be rated 530 MW at site conditions and is due online in 2015. EPC services will be provided by Gama Power Systems.

Paul Browning, president and CEO ” Thermal Products for GE Energy, said: “At MetCap’s site conditions, we will achieve
69 per cent plant efficiency, and this technology provides the capability to deliver efficiency greater than 70 per cent at
Gas Turbine World conditions.”

Morocco invites bids to build a 150 MW wind farm

Moroccan state power company Office National d’Electricite has called for bids to build and operate a 150 MW wind farm.

This tender is for the first stage of a projected investment of $3.5bn in wind generation. The wind farm would start operating in 2014 in Taza, about 300 km northeast of Rabat.

The Office National d’Electricite has invited firms to submit expressions of interest before 10 December 2011. Selected companies will be asked to present formal bids with their proposals during the first quarter of next year.

Baghdad Company to build 500 MW gas plant in Iraq

Baghdad Company has won a $130m contract to build a 500 MW gas fired power plant in central Iraq, according to the Electricity Ministry.

The firm is scheduled to build the power plant within 18 months at Haidariya in Najaf. The other five bidders were South Korea’s Hyundai, Metka of Greece, Turkey’s Enka Insaat ve Sanayi, Lanco Infratech of India and an unidentified Jordanian company.

The government has also cancelled tenders for constructing four power plants to add 2750 MW. The bids were for a 1250 MW plant near Basra, and three 500 MW plants in the cities of Samawa, Diwaniya and Amarah.

Saudi Electricity prefers Acwa Power for Qurrayah IPP

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has selected the local Acwa Power as the preferred bidder for the contract to build an independent power project (IPP) at Qurayyah.

Acwa Power submitted the lowest bid for the contract in March. It bid to build a 1963 MW plant at 1.97 US cents per unit with South Korea’s Samsung C&T as EPC contractor. Acwa Power has put together a banking group, including the local National Commercial Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi, as well as the UK’s Standard Chartered and HSBC.

SEC received six bids to develop the Qurayyah IPP after a seventh prequalified bidder, the US’ AES Corporation, pulled out of the process due to political unrest in the region.

Tunisia to tender 1200 MW Elmed IPP

The Tunisian Industry and Technology Ministry plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to developers to build the 1200 MW Elmed independent power project (IPP) in the third quarter of 2011.

The ministry intends to award a contract to build the project by early 2012 so the power plant completes by early 2017, according to MEED. The scheme will comprise a thermal power plant along with a renewable energy component of at least 100 MW.

The project will have a total capacity of 1200 MW, of which 400 MW will supply the local utility Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricite et du Gaz (STEG) and 800 MW will be exported to Italy through an interconnection project to be built by STEG in partnership with Italian company Terna.

The successful bidder will develop the project on a build-own-operate basis under a
20 to 30-year concession.

Hyundai wins 500 MW expansion contract for Iraq power plant

South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction has secured a contract from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to increase the capacity of its Al-Quds gas plant to
1400 MW from its current
900 MW.

The Al-Quds gas fired power station is in a suburb northeast of Baghdad. Work under the $219m contract involves construction of four gas fired units of 125 MW, amounting to 500 MW in total.

General Electric provided turbines for the expansion project, which is slated to be completed within 18 months, reports Iraq Business News.

Algeria to join Desertec solar energy initiative

Algeria is ready to begin long-term co-operation with the Desertec Industrial Initiative, said Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi after meeting in Algiers with Desertec chief Paul van Son, APS reported.

Siemens, Deutsche Bank and nearly a dozen other European industrial, engineering and finance companies partnered for the €400bn ($580bn) Desertec project to deliver energy to Europe from solar farms in North Africa and the Middle East.

Algeria’s renewable energy programme already includes large-scale industrial initiatives. Under Algeria’s ten-year plan, renewables will generate 6-8 per cent of its electricity by 2020 and up to 35 per cent by 2040.

Siemens to build 1600 MW Shuweihat S3 plant in Abu Dhabi

Siemens will build the 1600 MW Shuweihat S3 plant with its Korean partner Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co, about 260 km west of Abu Dhabi.

The purchaser is a consortium of the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation, the Korea Electric Power Corporation, and Abu Dhabi Electricity & Water Authority (ADWEA). Commercial operation is set to start in March 2014. As well as help Abu Dhabi cope with growing demand, the plant will also deliver power to the nearby Ruwais refinery.

Shuweihat S3 will be the sixth power plant erected by Siemens in Abu Dhabi.

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