Masinloc plant is back on the block

The Philippines Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) has decided to re-bid the 600 MW Masinloc coal fired power plant after the chosen bidder, YNN Pacific Consortium failed to pay a $227.54m down payment.

YNN had submitted the highest bid of $561.74m for Masinloc, which is one of the Philippines’ largest generation facilities. YNN had been due to post a cash payment by 31 March but was granted an extension to 30 June to allow Malaysian company Ranhill Berhad to buy the YNN Pacific Consortium. Last minute efforts to gain the support of banks for the plant acquisition were unsuccessful.

PSALM also plans to defer the sale of the Pantabangan and Masiway hydropower plants until after the establishment of the wholesale electricity market.

Spanish technology behind Chinese wind

A joint Spanish-Chinese venture has opened the largest wind turbine manufacturing plant in China in the Economic Development Area of Nantong. The company, Nantong CASC Wanyuan Acciona Wind Turbine Manufacture (NCWA), has invested RMB246m (€30.8m) in the new facility.

Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation each have a 45 per cent interest in NCWA, with the Hispano-Chinese firm Inceisa owning the remaining ten per cent.

The initial capacity of the plant is 400 units per year of the AW-1500 range of 1.5 MW turbines. Output will rise to 900 units in line with market demand, with workforce numbers expected to increase from 76 to 100 by the end of the year.

Nanjing calls in consultants

China’s State Grid Corporation has chosen EDF Energy Networks and PB Power to jointly report on how the rapidly expanding city of Nanjing can manage future growth in electricity demand and also to provide enhanced training to Chinese engineers.

Power demand in Nanjing is increasing at ten per cent year on year. Based on their experience in other densely populated and power-hungry cities, the companies will combine to offer advice in areas such as tunnelling projects, automation and underground substations.

EDF Energy Networks and PB Power have spent time in Nanjing to review the current running arrangement of the power network and are working closely with the local power distributor, Nanjing Power Supply Company.

Indian link goes into overload

Power Grid Corporation of India has appointed Siemens to increase the capacity of the “East-South” high voltage DC (HVDC) transmission link connecting the Talcher power plant complex in Orissa to the industrial region around Bangalore. The order is worth €14m ($17.7m) and the project will run for 15 months.

The 1450 km transmission line has a capacity of 2000 MW and Siemens plans to make maximum use of the system’s overload capacity to increase capacity up to 2500 MW. With the aid of a system known as Relative Aging Indication and Load Factor Limitation, Siemens will utilize overload capacity of the system more effectively without the need to install additional thyristors.

US-Indian pact gathers support

A plan for the US to share civilian nuclear technology with India in return for opening its civilian nuclear facilities to inspection has won the support of the House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee. The deal was finalized by President George W. Bush during a visit to India in March and is a reversal of US policy.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill seeking to make exemptions in American laws to enable civilian cooperation between India and the US. The State Department said that some remaining issues need to be worked out but believes this can be done before the House and Senate consider the legislation.

TRUenergy appoints Alstom for CCGT project

CLP subsidiary TRUenergy has awarded Alstom a turnkey contract to supply a 400 MW gas fired combined cycle power plant in Australia along with a 12-year long-term service agreement for the gas turbine equipment. The two contracts are worth approximately €250m ($316m).

Alstom will design, supply, install and commission the entire power plant including a GT26 gas turbine, steam turbine, condenser, heat recovery steam generator, step-up transformer, plant control systems, civil works and balance of plant.

The project is located at Lake Illawara in New South Wales and will begin commercial operation in 2008. The award follows two similar contracts awarded to Alstom in 2005 for the 450 MW Braemar project in Queensland and the 310 MW Kwinana project in Western Australia.

News digest

Australia: Echelon Corporation’s Networked Energy Services System has been selected by Integral Energy for an advanced metering project to be initially rolled out to residential customers in Sydney.

Bangladesh: India’s state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals has secured Rs550m ($11.8m) contract from Power Grid Corporation of Bangladesh for setting up a 230 kV substation in Bangladesh.

China: Areva has opened two factories in Xiamen, China, producing vacuum switch tubes and medium voltage circuit breakers, representing an investment of €10m ($12.7m).

China: GE Energy has opened its first wind turbine assembly plant in China in Shenyang. The facility is located alongside two GE joint venture facilities and will produce 1.5 MW wind turbines.

China: Hong Kong-based Datang International Power generation is to team up with Datang Coal, China’s second largest coal producer, to construct two 600 MW coal fired power plants in Shanxi Province.

China: MTU Group has announced the start of local assembly of its Series 2000 diesel engines at a new facility in the city of Suzhou.

Indonesia: PT Apexindo Pratama Dutu Tbk has won a contract worth $22.3m from Star Energy Holdings and Magma Nusantara for the exploration of geothermal energy sources in Indonesia.

Japan: Chubu Electric Power has developed technology for mixing powdered coal ash with concrete for use as reinforcement in tunnel excavation that will allow it to recycle 100 per cent of its coal ash.

Japan: NTT Facilities has purchased a 250 kW Direct FuelCell power plant from FuelCell Energy to provide base load electrical supply to a university, welfare institution, high school and water purification plant.

Philippines: Kepco Philippines has secured Export-Import Bank of Korea financing for much of the $200m cost of construction of its 200 MW coal fired power plant in Naga, Cebu.

Singapore: GE Energy has opened a Customer Application Centre in Singapore to provide support for products and services for the power generation, oil and gas, pulp and paper, cement and mining segments.

South Korea: PowerLight Corporation has secured a 15-year renewable energy Ex-Im Bank loan for the export of a 1 MW Power Tracker solar power system to an exhibition centre in South Korea.

Vietnam: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has established a new office in Hanoi in response to increasing volumes of large-scale business opportunities in Vietnam.

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