Masdar, BP delay $2.2bn Abu Dhabi hydrogen plant

A $2.2bn hydrogen power project in Abu Dhabi involving BP has been delayed by Masdar, according to a senior company official.

Hydrogen Energy Abu Dhabi is a 60:40 joint venture between the state-owned Masdar and BP to build the world’s first commercial-scale, hydrogen-fuelled power plant using fossil fuel feedstock and carbon capture and storage technology.

Frank Wouters, head of power at Masdar, said: “It has been pushed back. It is a very long term and complex project. We are awaiting approvals from the government.”

The front-end engineering design was finished in June 2009 and the project was expected to have been completed in 2014.

A BP statement said it would continue to work with Masdar, but it would be reploying some of its resources while it awaits the government’s decision on the project.

Meanwhile, a planned thin-film solar module manufacturing facility has also been scrapped by the Masdar.

Egypt nuclear tender draws wide interest from South Korea, Japan

Several Korean and Japanese companies and banks are intending to bid to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, estimated to cost $4bn, when the tender is issued.

The international consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation has already won a contract worth $20.4bn to construct four nuclear power stations in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, due to be completed in 2020.

The Egyptian tender, due in the coming weeks, is expected to call for units capable of generating between 900 MW and 1650 MW.

Bechtel joins UAE nuclear project

US firm Bechtel will help design and project manage the first commercial nuclear power plant in the Middle East.

The plant is due to be built in Braka, on the western coast of Abu Dhabi, and is one of four commissioned by the UAE from a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation, which brought Bechtel on board.

The first of the 1400 MW plants is scheduled to go online in 2017 and the last in 2020.

Nigeria drums up interest in power privatization plans

Nigeria has launched a series of road shows to generate interest from investors in its plan to privatise the generation and distribution of its power sector.

A three-week tour that will visit Dubai, London, New York and Johannesburg began in Lagos on 20 January, during which the Bureau of Public Enterprises met with investors to spur on the $10bn needed to revive the country’s power sector.

Abuja is currently tendering operation and maintenance contracts for state-owned power plants, procuring equipment and services to expand generation and transmission capacity, and privatizing some aspects of the generation and distribution system which will allow independent power producers to play a pivotal role in power generation for the first time.

Nigeria is beset by blackouts, with power for some communities limited to only a few hours a day.

Alstom notches Kuwait’s Al-Zour South plant deal

France’s Alstom and Alghanim International of Kuwait have been chosen to expand the Al-Zour South power plant in Kuwait.

The joint bid was selected by the Ministry of Electricity and Water to construct, operate and maintain the project, which will see the existing simple cycle gas fired plant converted into a combined cycle unit at a cost of $1.14bn.

It also includes the addition of a 400 MW steam turbine to the current 800 MW plant at the site, which was built by Alghanim.

Both companies worked on earlier phases of the project.

Daewoo to build $733m coal fired plant in Nigeria

South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering has been chosen as the prime bidder for a $733m contract to build a coal fired plant in Nigeria.

The plant is due to be built in Odu and Abocho in Kogi State, in the south-east of Nigeria, where there is an abundant supply of coal.

Each coal fired unit is planned to have a capacity for around 500 MW and cost between $750m and $800m, according to Daewoo Engineering and Construction.

 

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Egypt: Siemens has been chosen to install and commission wet compression systems eight gas turbines installed in Egypt’s Nubaria, Talkha and Kureimat power plants. The upgrade will allow the plants to generate an additional 25 MW and reduce NOx emissions by 30 per cent.

Kenya: SDE Energy has been given the go ahead to establish a 100 MW wave power plant on the Kenyan coastline in co-operation with local company Sea Wave Gen.

Iraq: Turkish energy company Calik Enerji will build a 1.25 GW power station in Karbala, central Iraq, under a $445m contract signed on 13 January.

Namibia: A consortium including Japan’s Sojitz, United Africa Group and a South Korean power company are to build a 44 MW wind farm in Namibia. The $145.7m facility will be located in Luderitz.

Oman: Investment in Oman’s electricity sector is predicted to exceed Rials2bn ($5.19bn), according to government estimates in its five year plan for 2011-15.

Russia: Technopromexport has won an open tender to design and build a $100m, 23 MW hydropower plant in Polotsk, Belarus, while Czech company Mavel will deliver equipment including five pit Kaplan hydraulic turbines.

Russia: Fortum will build a combined heat and power unit in Tyumen, the only such project approved by the Russian ministry, while also rebuilding the TGC-1 hydropower plant in Newsky.

Saudi Arabia: ABB has been awarded a Riyal350m ($93m) contract to design, supply, install and commission six 110/13.8 kV substations for Saudi Arabia’s national transmission and distribution operator, Saudi Electricity Company.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Electricity has announced plans for a number of major projects including three 2000 MW power plants located in Riyadh, southern Jeddah and Jizan.

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