Work to restart on Java geothermal plant in 2010

The Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina has announced that it will resume work on a geothermal project at Karaha Bodas in Garut, West Java next year.

The project was originally planned as a joint development between Pertamina and the Karaha Bodas Co,the latter jointly controlled by Florida Power Energy and Caithness Energy. It was postponed in 1997 as a result of the Asian economic crisis.

The proposed power plant will have a generating capacity of 30 MW and is due to start generating in 2013. It is expected to cost around $50m to $60m and will be funded by a loan from Pertamina to its subsidiary PT Pertamina Geothermal Co. The resumption of the scheme is part of a second programme of capacity expansion by the state electricity utility PLN, aimed at adding 10 000 MW.

Work begins on Chinese AP1000 reactor

Construction of an AP1000 nuclear power plant has begun in China.

The unit – the first of four planned in China under a 2007 contract between Westinghouse, its partner The Shaw Group, China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp, and the Sanmen Nuclear Power Co, part of the China National Nuclear Corp – is being constructed on the island of Sanmen.

The Westinghouse-designed reactor has a generating capacity of 1100 MW and is due to begin generating power in 2013.

The combined cost of the four reactor project is put at $8bn.

Domestic banks underwrite hydropower project in Vietnam

Four domestic commercial banks in Vietnam are underwriting the construction of a hydroelectric power project with loans of $150m.

The loans, to Electricity of Vietnam, are for construction of the Ban Chat hydropower plant in northern Lai Chau province.

The Ban Chat project is a 200 MW hydropower development on the Nam Mu river. It has a projected cost of around $500m. Ban Chat is scheduled to start delivering power in the first quarter of 2012. It will provide up to 1.3 TWh of power to the grid each year and regulate water flow in the Nam Mu.

The banks underwriting the scheme are the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (Agribank), the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam and the Global Petro Commercial Joint-stock Bank. Over half the loan will be from the Agribank.

Norwegian company to bid for Philippine hydro plants

The Norwegian company SN Power Invest AS has indicated that it intends to bid for the Angat hydropower plant in the Philippines and for state-contracted independent power producers’ (IPPs) capacities.

The company will operate in the Philippines through SN Aboitiz Power, a joint venture with Philippines company Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

According to the company, SN Power has hydropower assets in both Asia and Latin America. The 246 MW Angat plant, which is being sold by the National Power Corp (Napocor) as part of a privatization scheme, is in San Lorenzo, Norzagaray, in Bulacan province. It was commissioned in 1967.

Bidding for Angat has yet to be scheduled by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. However bidding for government contacts with IPPs are due to start this month. N Aboitiz Power has already bid successfully for the 360 MW Magat hydropower plant with a bid of $530m and the 175 MW Ambuklao-Binga hydropower complex for $325m.

China to supply nuclear units to Chasma

China is to supply two 340 MW nuclear generating units to Pakistan at a cost of $2.37bn.

The project has been approved by the Pakistan government and will involve a foreign exchange component of $1.75bn. The latter is likely to be a loan from China. The two units are to be built at Chasma, site for two existing pressurised water reactors.

According to the World Nuclear Organization, the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute announced in March that it was proceeding with the design for the two units, which will be designated Chasma 3 and 4, with China Zhongyuan Engineering as the principal contractor. No scheduled completion date has yet been announced.

AGL’s 132 MW wind farm in South Australia

AGL Energy has signed agreements for construction of a 132 MW wind farm in South Australia.

The Hallett-4 project will comprise sixty-three 2.1 MW wind turbines supplied by Suzlon Energy Australia, which has signed an EPC contract.

The site of the wind farm is on Mount Bryan, 220 km north of Adelaide and adjacent to AGL Energy’s 95 MW Hallett-1 wind farm which was commissioned in June 2008. AGL Energy is currently constructing the 71 MW Hallett-2 wind farm and owns the rights to develop the Hallett-3 site too.

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Australia: Australian utility TRUenergy has commissioned the Tallawarra gas fired power plant in Wollongong, New South Wales. The 435 MW facility is based on Alstom GT26 combined cycle units.

Cambodia: The Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Cambodia is constructing a 90 MW coal fired power plant which will enter service in 2010.

China: Solar panels for 80 000 rural households in Sichuan province will be supplied by Canadian Solar, following a competitive bidding process. The units will have a total generating capacity of 1.6 MW.

India: The Power Grid Corporation of India has ordered two 500 MVA transformers from Areva T&D India. The 400 kV, three-phase units will be used to augment capacities at 400 kV substations at Malerkotla and Patiala in Punjab.

India: Russia and India expect to finalize a deal in June for the construction of four 1000 MW nuclear reactors at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. The four VVER reactors will be erected at the site where two units are already under construction, both are due for completion this year.

Kyrgyzstan: Kurgyzstan intends to build two hydropower plants, Kambarata 1 and Kambarata 2, even though Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have objected over shared water rights. Experts in Kyrgyzstan claim that the plants will improve energy and water security in the region.

New Zealand: The New Zealand government is to become a founder member of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. The Australian initiative is aimed at accelerating the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage globally.

Philippines: The Aboitiz Power Corp expects to double its generating capacity from 578 MW to 1161 MW by 2011 by acquiring assets from the Philippines National Power Corp (Napacor) which are being auctioned to the private sector.

Sri Lanka: The Asian Development Bank has approved loans of $160 for the Clean Energy Access Improvement project in Sri Lanka. The loans will be used to develop renewable energy, energy efficiency, and increase access to rural homes.