GDF Suez subsidiary increases presence in Thailand
Glow Energy, a GDF Suez company, has said it is expanding its cogeneration business by developing two new projects à‚— a 382 MW gas fired plant and a 115 MW coal plant, which will start commercial operations at the end of 2009.
Close to 70 per cent of the total electricity and steam output of the gas fired cogeneration plant capacity, and 100 per cent of the coal industrial customers have already contracted plant capacity.
Glow Energy also signed a 25-year, 660 MW power purchase agreement with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for the Gheco coal fired power plant. Construction preparation of this project began in July, and the plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in November 2011.
By the end of 2011, the Glow Group’s production capacity is expected to expand by more than 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, all ten ASEAN member countries, have expressed that they have no objection to Thailand developing nuclear power plants. The region has created a ASEAN Technical Working Group on nuclear power.
World’s first AP1000 nuclear plant to be built in China
According to the State Nuclear Power Technology (SNTPC), China will begin constructing the world’s first nuclear plant utilizing what is considered Generation III+ nuclear technology in March next year.
The Sanmen nuclear power plant will be built in the Zhejiang Province, which is in the southeast of the country. It looks set to use Westinghouse’s AP1000 technology, with the first phase of the project will be put into commercial operation by late 2013.
China plans to have 40 GW nuclear capacity by 2020, accounting for four per cent of the country’s total generation.
Chinese power giant makes significant wind investment in Liaoning Province
China Power Investment Corporation, one of the country’s five major power companies, is to invest 2.8bn yuan ($409m) in building a wind power plant, the largest of its kind in the northeastern Liaoning Province. On completion the plant will have an installed capacity of 300 GW, generating more than 700 GWh of power annually, according to the wind power developer.
The construction of the first phase of the Tuoshan wind farm has begun sand is expected to generate power in December next year.
Liaoning Province ranks third in installed capacity of wind power in China. The Asian county has rapidly developed its wind power development in recent years, with wind capacity expected to exceed 10 GW by the end of 2008.
China signs MOU for CCS project
EESTECH Incorporated and Tianjin Dagang Huashi Power Generation Company Limited (Dagang) have signed an memorandum of understanding to establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project using EESTECH’s carbon management and storage technology.
Dagang will use one of its two 330 MW power units to demonstrate the capture of CO2 from its flue gas stream and then transport the CO2 for geo-sequestration as well as enhanced oil recovery.
The parties concerned also agreed to seek support and endorsement from all levels of government to ensure the project becomes a leading reference site that will set new benchmarks for the validation and effectiveness of CCS technologies.
The CCS technology itself was developed Canada’s HTC Purenergy and the University of Regina. EESTECH owns the rights in Asia-Pacific, India and China.
Large-scale solar power plant to be built in Japan
In an effort to increase its use of renewable energy, Kyushu Electric Power Company is to build a 3 MW solar power plant on a site in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, where one of its coal fired thermal power plant was previously located.
Construction work will start in September or October of next year, with completion expected in the second half of fiscal 2010.
The total costs for the plant, which will use up to 30 000 solar panels to produce 3.15 kWh of electricity annually, will be around 2.5bn yen ($24m).
According to Kyushu Electric, the solar power plant would help to reduce CO2 emissions by 1300 tonnes / year.
India’s largest solar plant sited
Nagpur, the second capital of the state of Maharashtra, looks set to be the location for what is described as India’s biggest solar thermal power plant.
The 10 MW solar plant, which will be connected to the national grid, is an initiative of Vilas Muttemwar, minister of state of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Nagpur has been identified as a suitable location because of its high levels of solar radiation. And, according to the Economic Times, the plant will serve as a demonstration plant for solar energy across the country.
Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Power Development Board has awarded Marubeni Corporation a 2.6bn yen ($25m) order for a turbine and generator upgrade at the Karnaphuli hydroelectric power plant, Bangladesh’s only hydropower plant.
China: According to the developers, an important step towards the completion of the ‘Three Gorges’ project is looming. In November the installation of the last of the 26 turbines will completed.
China: Yingli Green Energy Holding Company has entered into a framework agreement with the local government in Beijing for the construction of a 10 MW, on-grid solar power plant.
Fiji: The Fiji Electricity Authority has signed a deal with Sinohydro Corporation of China to build the $140m Nadarivatu hydropower plant. The hydroelectric plant once operational in 2011 will provide 90 per cent of Fiji’s power needs.
Indonesia: According to an official from the Energy and Mineral resources Ministry, investors from Abu Dhabi have expressed interest in developing power plants, with capacities up to 3000 MW, in Indonesia.
India: The Karnataka government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Chhattisgarh to build a 1200 MW thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh, which will be operational by 2012.
Kazakhstan: RWE is entering into an energy partnership with Kazakhstan’s Sate Assets Management Holding (Samruk), where they will jointly study the use of coal gasification and synthetic natural gas.
Thailand: Emerson Process Management has won a contract to replace aging control for two 300 MW combined-cycle blocks at the 3670 MW Bang Pakong power plant in Thailand.
Vietnam: Fuhrlaender AG Group of Germany has transferred the first five turbines to a wind power project located in Vietnam’s southern central province of Binh Thuan. The wind farm will be built in two phases, with a final capacity of 120 MW.