Germany’s EnBW seeks CDM partners in Thailand

EnBW, the third-largest German energy utility, is searching for Thai partners to jointly develop a dozen clean development mechanism (CDM) projects in Thailand, its first such foray overseas.

Each 10 MW biomass power plant would cost $12.5m, and EnBW will invest both equity and project financing if required.

“Thailand is among the world’s top potential locations for CDM projects because you have a lot of supplies of biomass, as well as a stable business environment,” said Boris Dossmann, who is in charge of EnBW CDM projects in Southeast Asia.

The German utility, which has installed generating capacity of 15 000 MW, will buy all credits from CDM projects for its own consumption, which amounts to 2.5m certified emission reduction (CERs) per year.

Thailand is among the ten focus countries of EnBW’s climate programme alongside Vietnam, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and others in Central and South America, with planned equity investment of $700 million.

EnBW is looking for Thai partners who can supply biomass of at least 10 000 tonnes per month, or large amounts of wastwater from starch, ethanol, palm oil or food and beverage production.

The first CDM project of EnBW in Thailand is expected to be set up within this year.

First Solar to build world’s largest solar power plant in China

First Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese government to construct a 2 GW solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, PR China.

Pursuant to the MoU, the solar project will be built in four pahese. Phase 1 will be a 30 MW demonstration project, which will begin construction by 1 June 2010 Phases 2, 3 and 4 will have capacities of 100 MW, 870 MW and 1000 MW, respectively. Phases 2 and 3 will be completed in 2014, with Phase 4 completed by 2019.

The project will operate under a feed-in-tariff, which will guarantee the pricing of the power produced.

J-Power carbon capture project on schedule

According to Japan’s biggest coal user, J-Power, the $200 million Callide A oxyfuel project in Queensland, Australia, is on schedule to start-up a 30 MW coal fired power plant between July-September 2011.

J-Power is part of a Japanese coalition working with Australia to market the world’s first fully-integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

IHI Corporation and Mitsui & Company Limited of Japan, and Australia’s Xstrata, CS Energy, and Schlumberger Limited, as well as the Australian Coal Association are also involved in the project.

During the three-year experiment, up to 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide is expected to be stored.

San Miguel to convert diesel plant to run on compressed natural gas

Philippines-based San Miguel (SMC), a business conglomerate, plans to convert its Limay combined-cycle power plant to a compressed natural gas (CNG) fired power facility at a cost of $350m.

The conversion of the power plant is expected to be completed in two years.

SMC recently acquired the Limay power station for $13.5 million.

The Limay power plant, with a total power generation capacity of 620 MW, consists of two 310 MW units. The conversion of the power plant into a CNG fueled facility is expected to decrease the cost to produce electricity to around PHP3 ($0.06) to PHP4 per kWh from PHP18/kWh, using diesel fuel.

If the plan goes ahead, SMC will import CNG from outside of the Philippines. The company is said to be in discussions with a number of suppliers of CNG located in the neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Malaysia, and as far afield as Qatar in the Middle East.

China invited to invest in Pakistan’s coal power sector

Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has invited Chinese companies to invest in coal-based power generation projects in this province.

He made the invitation during a meeting with an eight-member delegation led by Luo Zhao Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan.

According to Sharif, Pakistan is facing a serious energy crisis, which is adversely affecting the development of the country. This province has significant coal reserves, and the Punjab governemnt is interested in coal fired power plants in Dera Ghazi Khan and Chakwal. Sharif added, it was the desire of the Punjab government that Chinese companies came and took advantage of this investment opportunity.

Japan to harness wave power

Idemitsu Kosan Company has joined forces with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Company and Japan Wind Development Company to build Japan’s first marine power plant.

It is due to begin operation in 2012, with trials in 2011 at a power output of 1-2 MW. The trial facility is expected to be located 10 km off Japan’s Pacific coast.

The cost of the trial facility is estimated to be 1bn yen ($11m). For the commercial facility the ouput capacity will be increased to 20 MW.

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Cambodia: Électricité du Cambodge has signed an agreement with the China National Heavy Machinery Company to build an $80m power loop around the city of Phnom Penh. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

Cambodia: The government continues to wait for the outcome of feasibility studies on 13 hydroelectric dams. If they are constructed it is anticipated they will allow the country to become a net energy exporter by 2020.

India: American Superconductor Corporation has formed AMSC India to serve the country’s rapidly growing wind energy and power grid markets. The head office is located in New Delhi, with a service office in Pune.

India: The government is considering a proposal to lift the ban that has previously prevented foreign companies from certain countries undertaking hydropower projects in India’s sensitive border areas, such as north eastern states such as Sikkim.

Japan: The Electric Power Development Company, also known as J-Power. has plans to expand its geothermal power generation operations by increasing the output capacity of its Onikobe power plant by 20 per cent.

Japan: New prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has promised a huge cut in greenhouse gas emissions – a 25 per cent reduction by 2020 on 1990 levels. His predecessor had pledged a modest eight per cent.

Kyrgyzstan: As part of an effort to attract foreign investment and specialists, Belarus has been invited to participate in hydroelectric power projects in Kyrgyzstan’s mountainous regions, which have a rich water resource.

Philippines: Hedcor Incorporated, a power generation unit of the Aboitiz Group, has said it is planning to build a total of 120 MW of hydro in the province of Benguet in the next 4-5 years.

Sri Lanka: An additional 500 MW is to be added to the national grid within the next two years, utilizing wind power and biogas. This forms part of the national programme to obtain ten per cent of the country’s electricity demand from renewables.

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