Foster Wheeler secures Korean gasification island contract

Foster Wheeler Italiana has been awarded, by Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, a contract for the front-end engineering design and technical services for a new gasification island, based on Shell technology, to be built in South Korea.

The plant is to be built in one of the existing coal-fired power plants and the project is partially supported by the Korean government as a part of a research, development and demonstration project.

Doosan is the engineering, procurement, construction contractor selected for the realization of the coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant.

Foster Wheeler will reportedly undertake the front-end engineering design (FEED), provide procurement assistance, develop a capital cost estimate, and provide technical training on gasification and technical support. The IGCC plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Suzlon bags order from Australian firm

Suzlon Energy Ltd has announced the signing of an agreement between its Australian operations arm, Suzlon Energy Australia Pty, and AGL Energy Ltd of Australia, for the supply of 54 turbine units.

The S88 2.1 MW wind turbine generators will translate to a total generating capacity of about 113.4 MW.

Mr Sumant Sinha, COO of the company, said the turbines will be used in AGL’s pipeline of projects in Australia. “This agreement builds on the existing strong relationship between Suzlon and AGL,” he said.

This third AGL contract awarded to Suzlon will result in a total of 133 units of S88 2.1 MW turbine generators installed on AGL wind farms.

After completion of the first phase of its expansion programme, Suzlon now has a total manufacturing capacity of 4200 MW. It is in the process of implementing the second phase expansion which would take its capacity to 5700 MW.

Doosan wins order for eco-friendly facilities for Yeosu thermal plant

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction has won a $65m contract to supply equipment and facilities for the construction of Yeosu Thermal Power Plant No. 2.

Doosan has signed for the supply of a 340 MW circulating fluidized-bed boiler and supplementary facilities for power plant with Korea South East Power, the host of the project.

The circulating fluidized-bed boiler at Yeosu replaces the use of heavy oil, cutting down fuel costs significantly and reducing pollutant emissions.

The utility will be transformed into an economical, eco-friendly power plant. Doosan plans to design and produce the boiler and supplementary equipment and deliver them by December 2011.

Japan may force utilities to buy surplus solar power

Japan may force electricity companies to buy surplus power generated by household solar panels at about twice the current price, a government official announced.

The scheme, which could start next month, aims to promote solar power as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

Japan’s utilities now voluntarily buy surplus electricity from domestic solar panels at around 24 yen/kWh ($0.25). The ministry plans to submit a bill to parliament that would make it mandatory for power companies to purchase the unused solar power from households at around 50 yen/kWh, an official said.

The premium rate, which could be set for ten years, would help homes and companies recover the initial cost of installing photovoltaic cell systems.

Japan has pledged a tenfold increase in solar by 2020 from current levels, and aims to halve prices of solar power systems in about four years.

Indonesia offers 15 geothermal fields for bidding

The Indonesian government is to soon offer 15 geothermal fields up for power development tenders – expected to generate a total of about 1500 MW of electricity, requiring a total investment of $4.5bn.

The 15 fields include Seulawah Agam in Aceh Besar regency, Telaga Ngebel in Ponorogo (East Java), Gunung Ungaran in Central Java, Jaboi in Sabang (Aceh), Gunung Talang in Solok (West Sumatra), Blawan Ijen in East Java, Hu’u Daha in Nusa Tenggara Barat.

The production of 1 MW would require an average investment of between $2.5m to $3m. A total of 20 fields will go up for tender this year.

China starts six 10 000 MW wind power bases

China has raised the curtain on the layout and construction of six 10 000 MW wind power bases.

The northeastern Chinese city of Jiuquan has completed the construction planning of its 10 000 MW wind power base. Total installed capacity is expected to beat 12 000 MW in 2015.

A 20 000 MW wind farm in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, northwestern China, is under construction.

And in the near future, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, and Jiangsu will successively create wind power bases with aggregate installed capacity of 50 000 MW, 10 000 MW and 7000 MW, respectively.

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Bangladesh: The government has invited bids from for setting up a 300 MW gas turbine peaking power plant, on a turnkey basis, at Siddhiraganj, 20km from Dhaka.

China: Areva’s Transmission and Distribution division has signed a contract worth around €60m ($77.5m) to supply H400 high voltage direct current (HVDC) thyristor valves, for two major HVDC links to be built between Ningdong, Shangdong and the Three Gorges Dam and Shanghai. Completion is expected by the end of 2010.

China: Huaneng Power International has announced its new project – to construct two 300 MW co-generating units at Huaneng Yingkou cogeneration power plant – has been approved.

India: Bharat Heavy Electricals has won an order for the main plant package, involving two new units of 600 MW each, at the upcoming Malwa thermal power project in Madhya Pradesh.

India: Invensys Process Systems has signed a multi-million dollar deal with Shandong No. 3 Electric Power (SEPCO III) of China, to implement its Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system technology for a 3300 MW generating station being built in Gujarat state.

India: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has received an order for two 800 MW supercritical-pressure steam turbines for Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company Limited of India’s Krishnapatnam thermal power project.

Pakistan: The Private Power and Infrastructure Board has received ten bids for 1191 MW of power generation projects to be implemented by the end of this year. The projects require around $1.42bn of investment.

Papua New Guinea: The Asian Development Bank is assisting the country’s government to develop their power sector by helping them prepare a Power Sector Development Plan.

Philippines: One of the country’s taipans is planning to invest over $700m in hydropower facilities in Luzon and Mindanao. A consortium is now in the process of conducting land surveys for the 332 MW hydropower plant in Luzon, with potential for another 300 MW.