Gamesa says Europe best for offshore as it shuts US plant

Spanish wind power company Gamesa believes the US offshore wind power market is lagging behind the rest of the world.

It said that the countries setting the pace for offshore development are the UK, Germany, France and China, and is pushing ahead with plans for an offshore turbine manufacturing centre in Scotland.

The company has also chosen to locate the prototype of its first offshore turbine, the 50 Hz, 5 MW G128, off Spain’s Canary Islands.

Gamesa expects to begin installing the prototype in the second quarter of 2013, and assuming it wins all necessary certification and permits, to build an offshore wind farm towards the end of next year or early 2014.

The installation means that Gamesa’s R&D centre in Cape Charles in the US – that designed the turbine – will be wound down, as the company does not believe the US market offers opportunities for the G128 at the moment.

Gamesa chairman Jorge Calvet said: “The milestone to design a competitive offshore turbine in Virginia has been fulfilled, but the prospects for the US offshore market and its regulatory conditions so far do not justify the next step, the installation of a prototype in the US.”


Alstom predicts three years of growth on rising sales as orders hit $21.7bn

Alstom is forecasting a gradual improvement in its operating margin and above 5 per cent annual sales growth over the next three years as it expects orders to remain “sound”.

Alstom posted a 58 per cent rise in full-year net income to $962.77m, while orders rose 14 per cent to $21.7bn.

“Developing countries continue to offer opportunities in all sectors, whilst mature markets, although still globally slow, should show positive signs in some segments, such as offshore wind and high-tech transmission businesses,” Alstom said in a statement.


Enel signs $235m worth of wind deals

Enel Green Power has signed a financing agreement with the Danish government’s Export Credit Agency and Citigroup to secure €180m ($235m) worth of wind power generation projects.

The company said the financing will be used to fund its 120 MW Zephyr I wind farm in Romania, its 200 MW Caney River development in the US and the 90 MW Cristal project in Brazil.

The total construction cost of the three plants is estimated at €670m ($877m).


First North American order for Siemens SGT-750 turbine

Siemens Energy has received its first order from North America for the supply of its SGT-750 industrial gas turbine.

The company announced that the purchaser is Energia, a subsidiary of textile manufacturer Grupo Kaltex.

When operational in October 2013, the 36 MW facility in Altamira, Mexico, will supply electricity to textile facilities operated by Grupo Kaltex.

One third of the total electrical capacity will be used for the Kaltex facility on site and two thirds will be fed into the grid for other Kaltex facilities in Mexico.

The plant will meet approximately 40 per cent of Kaltex’s power needs in Mexico. The SGT-750 turbine will generate all the process steam needed for producing synthetic fibers.

Siemens will supply, install and commission the SGT-750 gas turbine.

“This order from Mexico shows that our SGT-750 gas turbine is now also gaining momentum in the 60-Hertz market,” said Markus Tacke, of Siemens Energy’s industrial power business unit.


Vattenfall profits up 92 per cent

Swedish power company Vattenfall claimed a successful first quarter of 2012 after posting profits of SEK 13.6bn ($2bn), a rise of 92.4 per cent on the same period last year.

A vital target for the company in the past four months was to offload noncore assets to bring down its debt. Key to this was offloading some operations in Belgium, Finland and Poland, which brought in SEK 21bn ($3bn), with SEK 8.1bn coming from the sale of a Finnish electricity and distribution business. It has also agreed to sell its stake in a biomass pilot project in Liberia.

Operating profit rose 60.1 per cent from early 2011 to SEK 18.9bn.

Vestas losses grow but orderbook is bigger than ever

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has announced that its losses had increased to $214m in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $112m a year ago, while revenues rose from $1.3bn to $1.4bn.

Yet firm and unconditional orders in the first quarter were 1.27 GW, while the company has its highest ever number of orders, accounting for €10bn.

The company also had service agreements representing future revenue of €4.3bn at the end of March.


S&C Electric: EDF has awarded a Smart Grid contract on a Scottish wind park to S&C Electric Co. S&C will supply a system that helps smooth the power supply from the Fallago Rig wind farm.

Rolls Royce: Rolls-Royce has won a $30m order from Shell to supply two industrial RB211 gas turbines to boost gas output from a deepwater natural gas project in the Philippines.

APR Energy: APR Energy has won a deal with the Electric Authority of Cyprus to supply temporary power to the island. The 120MW diesel-powered solution was contracted by EAC as a peak season application to help fulfill energy needs for the summer.

Alstom: Alstom has signed a contract worth approximately €65m ($84m) with GDF Suez Energia Polska, which owns and operates Poland’s Polaniec power plant, for the modernization of six units at the plant.

Carnegie: Australian Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has completed a year-long Bermuda wave study that confirms the viability of the Island’s wave regime for a commercial CETO wave energy project.

Elster: Elster has been contracted to supply 80000 smart meters to households in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by local utility Light, following the successful deployment of 20 000 units in the neighbourhoods of Tabajaras, Cabritos and Borel in the city in the first half of 2011.

Invenergy: US-based Invenergy LLC, a renewable-power developer, has completed three wind farms using General Electric turbines in Poland, in conjunction with local company Enerco. The Wiekowice, Jezyce and Dobieslaw projects have a total capacity of 80 MW.

BP: BP Biocombustiveis, the Brazilian biofuels unit of BP, will invest $25.5m in the development of a project for energy cogeneration from sugar cane bagasse. The development will be located at its sugar and ethanol mill Tropical, in Brazil’s central Goias state.

Pulse Tidal: Pulse Tidal is to put a commercial scale tidal power machine on a seabed in Devon, on the south coast of England. The company plans to deploy the 1.2 MW Pulse-Stream tidal power generating machine in 2014.

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