Project Update

Masdar buys stake in UK offshore wind farm


Abu Dhabi renewables company Masdar has taken a à‚£525m ($860m) stake in a UK offshore wind farm.

The UAE clean energy group has bought the 35 per cent stake in the 402 MW Dudgeon wind farm from Statoil, which still holds another 35 per cent share with the remaining 30 per cent owned by Statkraft.

The à‚£1.5bn project off the Norfolk coast in eastern England marks the second major investment in the UK offshore wind market by Masdar, as the company already has a 20 per cent stake in the 630 MW London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The deal was announced on the sidelines of the United Nations’ Climate Change Summit in New York this week.

Masdar chairman Dr Sultan Al Jaber said: “As the only OPEC nation supplying both traditional and renewable energy to international markets, the United Arab Emirates is committed to accelerating the use of wind energy as an effective means of balancing the global energy mix as we move toward a sustainable, low carbon future.”

Offshore construction on Dudgeon is due to start in 2016 and the project is expected to be fully operational in late 2017.

Statoil chief executive Helge Lund said that Dudgeon “represents an important part of Statoil’s renewable energy strategy, and it will generate value to the owners, the offshore wind industry and the UK community”.

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that Masdar’s investment “is a strong endorsement of the UK as the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind – and it shows the government’s plan for green growth is working. Since 2010 we have seen, on average, à‚£7 billion a year invested in renewables and we expect to see up to à‚£50 billion more between now and 2020.”

Masdar said that its decision to become a partner in Dudgeon underscores its belief that the UK represents a major market for investment in offshore wind energy.


Mitsubishi Hitachi wins groundbreaking IGCC deal for Fukushima


A consortium led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order to create what it calls “the world’s most advanced coal-fired thermal power plants” in Fukushima.

The contract has been awarded by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for a large-scale integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) system.

TEPCO wants to build two 500 MW IGCC plants in Fukushima and the consortium, which also includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, has already begun design work.

One of the new plants will be at TEPCO’S Hirono power station while the other will be at the Nakoso power plant which is operated by Joban Joint Power Co, a company part-owned by TEPCO.

The plants are intended to create an industrial base and employment opportunities to provide an economic revitalization of Fukushima following the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

MHPS said the work is also “being carried out with the added aspiration of spurring the adoption of Japan’s most advanced clean coal technologies worldwide in order to resolve energy and environmental issues of global scale”.

MHPS is responsible primarily for designing the gasification and combined-cycle power generation equipment; MHI is in charge of gas refining equipment; Mitsubishi Electric will handle power generation and electrical equipment and MHI-MS will design the wastewater treatment facilities.

An IGCC system generates power using a combined-cycle format incorporating coal gasification and both gas and steam turbines. Compared to conventional coal-fired power generation systems, the IGCC configuration not only delivers enhanced generation efficiency but also significantly cuts carbon dioxide emissions.

MHPS said that “demand for IGCC systems is expected to grow in many countries like Japan that have scarce energy resources.”


Doosan in Romania flue gas deal


Doosan Lentjes is to provide flue gas desulphurization technology for a coal-fired boiler at the CET II power plant in Iasi, Romania.

Doosan Lentjes says its technology will ensure the reliable removal of sulphur dioxide from the plant’s flue gases.

The scope of Doosan Lentjes’ work includes engineering as well as the supply of key FGD equipment such as the absorber and fabric filter, along with associated technical support.

Helmut Moshammer, director of product management at Doosan Lentjes, said the project was “an important step in expanding our business in FGD retrofits in southern Europe. It is also in line with our strategy to collaborate with local companies – in this case Elsaco Electronic SRL – to successfully secure and deliver these kind of projects.”


Emerson secures control system contract for Kozienice unit



Emerson Process Management is to install its Ovation control system at a 1075 MW ultra-supercritical coal plant which is being built at Kozienice power station in Poland.

The contract was awarded by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the EPC contractor for the project, which is expected to be operational in 2016.

The existing Kozienice plant is the second-largest power generating facility in Poland. Owned by Elektrownia Kozienice, it has 10 units with a total generating capacity of approximately 2900 MW.

At the new unit, the Ovation system will monitor and control all major plant components, including the MHPS boiler and turbine.

Emerson will also engineer several other specific applications needed for compliance with Polish grid requirements.


Alstom wins $45m Greek island substation deal


Alstom has won a deal worth around €35m ($45m) by the Greek Transmission Utility Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) for the turnkey supply of four gas-insulated substations (GIS) in Greece.

The project will connect three Cycladic islands – Mykonos, Paros and Syros – directly to mainland Lavrion, located in the southeastern coast of Attica, Greece.

IPTO intends the substations to sustainably meet energy demand on the Cycladic islands throughout high-demand summer seasons; phase out dedicated fuel-powered generation plants on the islands in line with EU directives; and lower the cost of energy in the islands.

Alstom will supply three GIS substations (170 kV) to replace small existing power plants on each of the islands. These substations will be connected to a fourth substation, also to be supplied by Alstom, in Lavrion near Attica.


Flowserve starts next phase of Africa solar deals



Flowserve Corporation has completed engineering and is now manufacturing key pumping systems for two major solar plants in Africa.

The US company is working on the orders for Ouarzazate and Bokpoort solar plants at its manufacturing facilities in Coslada and Arganda in Spain and Desio in Italy. Ouarzazate is in Morocco and is a 160 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) complex, while the 50 MW Bokpoort is also a CSP project in South Africa.

Ouarzazate will have enough molten salt storage to allow operation for up to 3.5 hours after sunset, while Bokpoort will allow operation for up to 9 hours after sunset.

The Flowserve pumping systems at the heart of the plants use heavy-duty, radially split, between bearings pumps for heat transfer fluid and vertical turbine pumps for molten salt service. The H heat transfer fluid pumps use variable frequency drives designed to regulate pump speed and optimize the efficiency of the system at elevated temperatures and pressures.

Jim Quain, president of Flowserve Sales Organization, said the company won the contracts because of its “extensive experience in high-temperature pumping applications and our history of supplying equipment for solar power plant projects of this magnitude”.


Westinghouse opens first nuclear outage control centre


Westinghouse has opened its first outage control centre to provide monitoring and response to utility outage operations at US nuclear power plants.

The 24/7 centre is based at the company’s Field Services Center of Excellence in Madison, Pennsylvania and Westinghouse said that it “directly connects our field teams and customers to our central response team”.

David Howell, senior vice-president of Westinghouse automation and field services, said: “Our staff will now be able to monitor every plant site where our field service teams are working to prioritize schedules and co-ordinate resources using real-time data exchange. This will allow Westinghouse to better and more consistently deliver services safely, with high quality, and on schedule.”

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