Bureaucracy stalls Chinese offshore wind initiatives

China’s first government-backed offshore wind projects may need to be entirely redesigned after being held up for the last two years by objections from maritime authorities.

Four wind farms were tendered in 2010 but none have begun construction, after the State Oceanic Administration and other government departments disputed the original locations of the projects awarded by the National Energy Administration (NEA).

Speaking at a conference in Shanghai, developers criticised the failure by government departments to co-ordinate the offshore wind farm approval process, and said it was still unclear when, or if, the projects would go ahead.

The location of Longyuan Power’s 200 MW project has been moved several times from its original site.

The tenders, totalling 1 GW, were announced in September 2010 and under the rules, construction was required to start within two years.

Now, the project details may need to be entirely overhauled, said Li Junfeng, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.

“The locations have changed and, three years later, even the turbines have changed. Almost everything has changed.”

Japan-Korea consortium wins $830m deal for thermal plant

Japanese companies Toshiba and Sojitz and South Korea’s Daelim Industrial are to build a coal plant in Vietnam.

The consortium has won an $830m order for the Thai Binh 2 project on the northeast coast of the country.

The plant will have a capacity of 1200 MW and is owned by Petrovietnam, a subsidiary of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group.

Toshiba and Sojitz will be responsible for the steam turbines and generators, while Daelim will handle the overall plant engineering and construction schedule.

Pakistan picks China firm for wind farm

United Energy Group has announced plans to invest $3bn in a wind farm project in Pakistan.

The Chinese company said it had already obtained approval from the Pakistan government to construct the project, which is set to have a capacity of 500 MW.

Pakistan, which suffers chronic shortages of electricity, is offering clean energy producers higher rates for renewable power as it seeks to boost production, while diversifying energy supply away from oil and gas.

India plans $41bn fund to deliver nuclear power target

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has earmarked $41bn to deliver 10 080 MW of nuclear power generation.

NPCIL’s investment will cover eight 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors and eight light-water reactors, with the light-water reactors coming from foreign companies.

Russia will build two reactors at Kudankulam, with the other six being set up by GE, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Areva.

The 16 reactors are in addition to the four 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors under construction by NPCIL at Rajasthan nuclear power station and at Kakrapara in Gujarat through an investment of $4bn.

By 2017, India is planning to have a total installed power generation capacity of 300 000 MW. Currently, the total has just passed 200 000 MW.

NPCIL said this month that Kudankulam’s new nuclear reactors will be able to withstand a crash of a Cessna-type aircraft and tsunami waves several times more intense than the ones that struck the Fukishima nuclear plant in Japan last year.

Milestone at EPR reactor in China

The construction of the EPR nuclear reactor at Taishan in China has passed a key stage with the lowering of the vessel into the Unit 1 reactor building and its installation in the reactor pit.

The positioning of the steel component – which weighs more than 420 tonnes – marks the culmination of work undertaken since the metal dome was placed on top of the reactor building at the end of October 2011.

The work is being carried out by French firms EDF and Areva and Chinese company CGNPC, under the management of Taishan Nuclear Power.

Indonesia gets first supercritical plant

Indonesia’s first supercritical pressure coal fired facility has been inaugurated in East Java.

Paiton Thermal Power Station is also the country’s largest and most efficient coal fired power plant and is operated by Paiton Energy. Its electricity will be sold to PT PLN (Persero), Indonesia’s state-owned utility, for a period of 30 years under a long-term power purchase agreement.

The new 815 MW plant is an addition to the existing 1220 MW Paiton power station.

Banglasdesh: The Bangladeshi parliament has passed the country’s first nuclear energy bill, paving the way for its first nuclear plant, a 2000 MW facility set to be built about 200 km north of Dhaka, with construction due to start in 2013.

Bhutan: Alstom and Druk Green Power Corporation have signed a joint venture agreement to form a company to provide repair services for hydro runners and other underwater parts of hydropower plants in the South Asian state of Bhutan. Alstom will hold a 49 per cent stake in the company, with Druk Green acquiring the remaining share.

China: The Jiangsu Rudong Offshore Wind Power Plant has gone online in the East China Sea. The 50 MW wind farm is the first offshore wind power order outside Europe for Siemens, which installed 21 of its SWT-2.3-101 turbines.

India: Spanish renewable energy company Acciona Energy has inaugurated the 56 MW Tuppadahalli wind farm in Karnataka state.

India: Welspun Energy is to invest $1bn to develop two wind power projects in India. The projects are set for the state of Karnataka by 2016 and will generate 100 MW and 750 MW of wind power, respectively.

India: Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nuclear Power Company of India to construct AP1000 nuclear power plants at the Mithivirdi site in Gujarat.

Indonesia: Aggreko is providing the power for the construction and initial operations of the Martabe mine in northern Sumatra in Indonesia. Hong Kong-based mining company G-Resources, which owns the mine, intends to eventually link it to the local power local grid.

Pakistan: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority will construct a second underground power house which will add 375 MW to the existing 250 MW Warsak hydropower station.

Thailand: Wood Group has won a $15m contract from Sime Darby Power Company for maintenance services at two power stations in Laem Chabang, Thailand. Under the ten-year contract, Wood Group GTS will supply new gas turbine parts, component repairs and field services for three GE Frame 6B units.

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