China to develop 650 MW reactor

China National Nuclear Corporation is to design and manufacture two 650 MW nuclear generation units using domestic technology as part of a ¥15bn ($1.8bn) expansion project at the Qinshan power plant. The project is the first time a Chinese company will design and manufacture a 650 MW nuclear power generation unit using its own expertise.

The nuclear company awarded Shanghai Electric Group a ¥900m contract to supply conventional island electric generators, nuclear island steam generators, reactor core internals and control rod drive mechanisms. The equipment will be supplied in 2008 and the expansion will be completed in 2010.

  • Framatome ANP is to carry out the first safety I&C modernization project in China at Qinshan 1. It will also supply a reactor vessel head and control rod mechanisms at the plant.

Wärtsilä racks up four more in SE Asia

Wärtsilä has won two contracts for power plants on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and a further two contracts for plants in Indonesia.

The first Cambodian contract, awarded by the IPP Cambodia Electricity Pte Co. Ltd., is for a 45 MW diesel power plant. The plant will comprise six 18V32 generating sets, all running on heavy fuel oil. The second Cambodian project is a 15.6 MW extension to a 30 MW diesel power plant for another IPP, Khmer Electrical Power Co. Ltd. (KEP).

In Indonesia, Wärtsilä is to deliver eight gas-fuelled generating sets with a combined output of 48 MW to sites in Batam and South Sumatra.

Brunei builds on growth

A new power plant in Brunei Darussalam is to use equipment supplied by GE Energy to generate 110 MW for the country’s electricity grid.

The Bukit Panggal combined cycle power plant is being built to meet the rise in demand triggered by the country’s recent economic growth. Two GE Frame 6B gas turbines, a GE SC4 single-flow steam turbine and three generators will power the plant.

GE is part of the GEMC consortium, led by Marubeni Corporation, which has a partnering agreement with Toshiba Plant Systems and Services Corporation.

Bukit Panggal Phase 1, located in the Tutong region, will be owned and operated by Brunei’s Ministry of Development and is scheduled to enter operation in July 2006.

Bangladesh is keen on coal

Asia Energy is to build a 500 MW coal fired plant in Bangladesh alongside its planned coal mine at Phulbari in the north west of the country.

The plant will use pulverized coal technology to generate 3700 GWh per year by burning 1.5 million tonnes of coal, one tenth of the predicted annual output from the open mine. The single unit configuration is the largest unit generator size currently planned for the country’s power grid.

The $476m plant is important to Bangladesh as it seeks to develop its coal industry and reduce reliance on gas. By 2011, the country’s electricity demand is forecast to be more than 8000 MW.

PSALM opens bidding

The Philippines’ Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) has started the bidding process on four power plants with the intention of having them privatized by 1 January 2006. The plants include the 100 MW Pantabangan and 12 MW Masiway hydro plants.

In September PSALM set a target of selling nine facilities by the end of the year.

  • PSALM is being asked for the $6m cancellation fee and the return of a $9m performance bond deposit by a consortium that includes ChevronTexaco, Edison Mission Energy and SPCC International B.V. Netherlands relating to the cancellation of a contract for a 304 MW project.

Pakistan courts private players to keep up with demand

Pakistan’s federal government is encouraging independent power producers to take a larger role in the country’s power generation sector as it seeks to keep up with the rise in electricity demand predicted in the near future.

The country is expecting a shortfall in capacity of around 1300 MW next year and the trend is set to continue beyond that as economic growth shows little sign of a slowdown. To meet next year’s shortfall, the government is set to defer from its national power policy to fast track emergency independent power projects.

The cabinet recently approved the Rs15bn ($333m) sale of a 73 per cent stake in Karachi Electric Supply Corporation to a private consortium. Private power producers in the Karachi region are fairly well established, with one, DHA Cogen Ltd., having recently commissioned Siemens to build a 94 MW combined cycle power plant with seawater desalination facility under a $600m national infrastructure project.


News digest

Australia: An Australian sustainable housing designer is to install a 10 kWh energy storage system from VRB Power Systems Inc. in a solar powered kit as part of a project to develop sustainable housing solutions.

Australia: Monash University has won the 2005 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge with the design of a flexible electrical utility inverter for distributed generation systems. It is capable of achieving 90 per cent conversion efficiency.

China: Shares in Southern Power Grid Corporation could soon be available as the country tries to raise the capital required to fund the necessary mass expansion in power generation capacity.

India: The Dhabol power project’s new owners have said that at least one ‘block’ will be in operation by May or June 2006, with the other two scheduled to follow by November that year at the latest.

Indonesia: Turbine Air Systems is to manufacture, supply, deliver and commission a 2600 t packaged turbine inlet cooling system to provide augmentation and efficiency improvements for two Rolls Royce RB211 gas turbines at Panaran power station in Batam.

Malaysia: Both domestic and international bidders are preparing to submit tenders to Tenaga Nasional Bhd for the contract to construct a 300 MW independent power plant in Sabah.

Malaysia: The first landfill gas-to-energy plant in Malaysia, developed by GE Energy, has taken top prize honours in the recent renewable energy project competition at the 2005 ASEAN Energy Ministers meeting in Cambodia.

New Zealand: With nearly 160 conditions attached, a judge has ruled that Mighty River Power can proceed with converting the mothballed Marsden B power plant to run on coal.

Singapore: Tuas Power Ltd has announced the completion of the natural gas fired Blocks 3 and 4 at its power facility, raising the company’s licensed generation capacity from 1935 MW to 2670 MW.

Sri Lanka: The Asian Development Bank has approved a $2m grant to help finance utility access for those affected by the tsunami.

Vietnam: A project to strengthen high voltage transmission in the north and increase network capacity to major urban and industrial zones has been boosted by the provision of a $48m loan from the French Development Agency.

Vietnam: AES and state owned Vietnam Coal Corporation are to develop Mong Duong 2, a 1000 MW thermal power plant in Quang Ninh at a cost of $1bn.