Project Update

Siemens opens UK wind turbine hub

Siemens has opened a à‚£310 million wind turbine hub in the UK.

The facility in Hull will comprise manufacturing, assembly and servicing factories and provide over 1000 jobs.

It will make blades for Siemens’ 7 and 8 MW turbines.

The plant was built in two years and is the size of 78 football pitches at Hull’s Alexandra Dock. The development is one of Siemens’ largest-ever global investments in manufacturing facilities.

Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier said: “We are witnessing probably the best example of industrial strategy in action we have in the UK today – creating new, local, skilled jobs, sustainable growth and the latest renewable technology, benefiting the UK economy and our society.”

He said energy policy should be at the heart of the UK’s industrial strategy, adding: “One of the greatest challenges we have is to increase productivity in the UK and generate growth while decarbonizing our energy supply and reducing emissions to achieve a sustainable energy mix.

“Our new wind power blade factory in Hull is an important part of that journey and I hope it will be a catalyst for further significant investments by our suppliers, customers and the industry at large.

“Most of all this new factory signals a positive future for manufacturing in this country. This is a world-class facility – innovative, productive and competitive – that generates real value for the local community and the UK economy.”

DEWA in UAE first with $74m substation at solar park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated a 400/132 kV substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The $74 million substation will transmit and transform electricity produced from solar energy and connect it to DEWA’s grid.

The substation is the first of its kind in the UAE to integrate clean energy with the traditional energy grid.

Doosan to build 2.6 GW of coal capacity in India

Doosan Heavy Industries has won a $2.3 billion contract to build 2640 MW of new coal-fired power capacity in India.

The contract, awarded by the Indian State Government of Uttar Pradesh to Doosan Power Systems India (DPSI), will lead to the construction of two plants in the region.

Doosan will build two units, each with 660 MW capacity, at the Obra-C coal plant in Sonebhadra. The firm will also build another two generators, also each with 660 MW capacity, at the Jawaharpur coal plant in Etah.

The company’s engineering, procurement and construction division chief Kim Heon-tak said: “Doosan Heavy has put its utmost efforts into making inroads into India’s power market. The deal will mark a foothold for our future operation in India. The country is expected to consume a total of 18 GW of electricity a year by 2020.”

Doosan expects to complete work at the Obra-C and Jawaharpur sites by October 2020 and February 2021 respectively.

Vestas to build 89 MW Jordan wind farm

An 89 MW wind farm is to be built in Jordan by Danish windpower company Vestas. The plant at Fujeij will utilize 27 Vestas V126 3.3 MW turbines andit is planned to be operational in October 2018. The facility’s entire output will be sold to Jordan electricity company NEPCO under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Lending for the project has come from the Export Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM), Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe.

The funding comprises a K-EXIM direct loan of $64 million, with a $52 million K-EXIM-covered facility being provided by Mizuho and SMBC. There are also equity bridge facilities totalling $81 million being funded by the commercial banks. Arab Bank is acting as onshore account bank and onshore security agent.

The legal work for the project was handled by London law firm Ashurst. Head of utilities David Wadham said his firm is “seeing significant activity in the Jordan renewables sector”.

Windpower kite firm clinches $6m funding from EON and Shell

UK windpower company Kite Power Systems has secured à‚£5 million ($6.19 million) of investment from E.ON, oil and gas services company Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures.

The wind technology pioneered by Kite Power Systems (KPS) utilizes not turbines but kites. Instead of a rotor, the system harvests wind by using a sail surfing in altitudes of up to 450 metres.

KPS will use the new investment to commercially develop its technology, which it claims could “transform the global offshore wind generation market as it is cheaper to manufacture and requires less construction and installation materials than conventional wind turbines”.

“Kite power generation would not need government subsidies and could be deployed in UK and Irish waters and other areas of the North Sea and in waters up to and potentially deeper than 40 metres found offshore of countries such as Portugal, Japan and the US.”

KPS plans to deploy a 500 kW onshore power system in Scotland next year, followed by an onshore demonstration array of multiple 500 kW systems within the next four years, and then a 3 MW onshore system, also in Scotland.

KPS was established in 2011 and to date has invested more than à‚£3 million in technology development, with financial support coming from the UK government, Shell and private investors.

Geert van de Wouw, managing director of Shell Technology Ventures, said: “We have closely followed KPS’s progress over the years and consider that its disruptive wind technology is on the right trajectory towards commercialization. Its high altitude kite power solution has disruptive potential for the wind industry. It is an interesting contribution to renewable energy generation.”

E.ON senior vice president of B2C & Innovation, Frank Meyer, said: “E.ON has been looking into airborne wind technologies for five years. The approach of Kite Power Solutions has the potential to become a game changer for the wind energy market.”

Wartsila wins Tanzania fuel oil plant deal

Wartsila is to supply a 40 MW on-site power plant in Tanzania.

The Finnish company will provide four of its 32TS engines running on heavy or light fuel oil to Geita Gold Mining.

The plant – which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018 – will provide electricity to the Geita gold mine, located in the Lake Victoria goldfields of the Mwanza region in the northwest of the country.

Being off-grid means that the mine needs to secure its own power supply and it needs to remain operational at all times.

Wartsila says its 32TS engines are two-staged turbocharged, making them “ideally suited for tough operating environments, such as this high elevation location”.

ABB secures Ferrybridge decommissioning contract

ABB’s engineering and consultancy group has won a contract to support UK utility SSE with decommissioning and demolition work at the Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal-fired power plant.

SSE closed Ferrybridge C in March this year after 50 years of service, stating that it was “no longer economical”. However, a multi-fuel plant burning waste and waste wood was opened next to Ferrybridge in 2015.

ABB has been appointed as Construction Design and Management Principal Designers, in addition to providing a range of specialist consultancy and engineering advice on decommissioning and demolition activities.

Matthew Capstick of ABB’s engineering and consultancy group said that “the size and scale of Ferrybridge, its strategic location near key infrastructure, and the continued presence of the multi-fuel waste-to-energy plants on the site all contribute to this being a potentially challenging project”.