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

GE is to build what it claims will be the world’s first integrated combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant with wind and solar power in Turkey.

The US giant said its latest FlexEfficiency CCGT technology has been selected by MetCap Energy Investments, a Turkish project developer. The 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 at 530 MW at site conditions. It is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2015. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services will be provided by Gama Power Systems Engineering and Contracting Inc.

Announcing the project at POWER-GEN Europe in Milan, 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.”

India’s Essar to finance 600 MW gas power plant in Nigeria

Indian company Essar African Holdings will finance a 600 MW power plant in Cross River State in Nigeria, said company officials.

The plant will be in state capital Calabar, according to the Nigerian Economic Times. The company said: “We can confirm that Essar African Holdings has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this project whereby we would look to set up a 600 MW gas fired power plant in two phases. It is in the very early stages of development, having just signed the MoU and so is too early to provide any further comment.”

Tunisia to tender 1200 MW Elmed IPP

The Tunisian Industry and Technology Ministry is planning to issue a request for proposals 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 plant can be completed 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. A capacity of 400 MW will supply the local utility while 800 MW will be exported to Italy via an interconnection project.

Morocco invites bids to build 150 MW wind farm

Office National d’Electricité, Morocco’s state power company, has called for bids to construct and operate a 150 MW wind farm.

This tender is being issued for the first stage of the project, which is part of investment of $3.5bn towards wind energy generation. The proposed wind farm will be situated in Taza – a city about 300 km north east of Rabat – and is expected to commence its operations in 2014.

The Office National d’Electricité has invited companies to submit their expression of interest in the wind farm construction before 10 December 2011.

The selected companies will be asked to present their formal bids with their proposal during the first quarter of next year.

The winning bid company apart from completing the construction of the wind farm will also receive a 20-year contract to manage the functioning of the wind farm and its maintenance.

Suzlon to supply 200 turbines for South Africa farm

Suzlon Energy is to supply up to 200 turbines to a 300 MW wind farm planned by a consortium of Australian bank Macquarie Capital and South African insurer Old Mutual in South Africa.

Suzlon’s deal with African Clean Energy Developments (ACED) for the proposed wind farm in Cookhouse, a small town in the Eastern Cape, is understood to be the first formal agreement to be concluded for the supply of wind turbines to a South African project. It is conditional on securing a power purchase agreement under the renewable energy FiT procurement process.

SEC favours Acwa Power for Qurrayah IPP

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has picked local Acwa Power as preferred bidder 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 has put together a banking group, including the local National Commercial Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi and the UK’s Standard Chartered and HSBC.

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Algeria: 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. Algeria’s ten-year energy plan projects renewable sources generating 6-8 per cent of electricity production by 2020 and as much as 35 per cent by 2040.

Cameroon: The China Import-Export Bank has granted Cameroon a $542m loan for constructing the 210 MW Memve’ele hydroelectric dam on the Ntem river. The dam is set to complete within five years, helping meet a target of doubling national electricity capacity by 2020.

Iraq: Baghdad Company has won a $130m contract to build a 500 MW power station in central Iraq. The firm is scheduled to build the natural gas fired power plant within 18 months in Haidariya in the Najaf region.

Iraq: South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction has secured a $219m contract from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to raise the capacity of its Al-Quds gas plant to 1400 MW, up from 900 MW.

Russia: Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Russia and the Russian United Energy-Construction Corporation (OEK) have signed a deal with RusHydro to modernize the 460 MW Kubansky hydro complex. The rehabilitation will raise total capacity up to 550 MW.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Electricity Company plans to tender four IPPs in the next two years with an estimated investment volume of $10bn, said CEO Ali Saleh Al Barrak.

Turkey: Limak Investment has commissioned the $465m, 265 MW Siirt hydro plant, the fifth biggest in the country and the second largest run by the private sector.

UAE: Siemens will build the 1600 MW Shuweihat S3 CCGT plant together with Korean partner Daewoo Engineering & Construction, 260 km west of Abu Dhabi. Commercial operation is scheduled for March 2014.

UAE: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has rejected nine of 27 international bidders to build the 1500 MW power and water facility at Hassyan, the emirate’s first IPP. The successful bidder is set to be named by the end of 2011.
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