Rosatom claims victory in race to build Vietnam nuclear plant


Vietnam has chosen a Russian company to build a nuclear power plant rather than the competing Japanese public-private partnership, according to the Moscow Times.

Russia’s state-owned Rosatom will construct the two reactors of the first phase of the Y750bn ($8.5bn) project in 2014. Rosatom beat the Japanese effort and a consortium from France in a fierce competition for the contract. Vietnam’s state-owned utility EVN will operate the plant, which will comprise fours reactors, each of 1 GW capacity, and will cost Y1.5tr. It will span two sites in Ninh Thuan province in the south of the country.

Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi are the main parties on the Japanese side and are expected to try to bid for the contract for the second phase. Japan has been using public-private partnerships to try to win major orders for nuclear plants outside Japan.

Last year a consortium of South Korean companies including Doosan Heavy and Kepco beat a partnership of US and Japanese firms led by GE and Hitachi and France’s Areva to win the contract to build a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi.


South Korea considers massive expansion of offshore wind farms


South Korea is to install scores of offshore wind turbines as part of feasibility studies for a 1 GW project.

The shallow bed of the West Sea would be the location for 100 MW of machines in preparation for an expanded project of more than 1 GW and costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Korea hopes private finance will be able to fund the scheme.

South Korea views offshore wind turbine technology as having major export potential. The Ministry of Knowledge Economy will produce a road map for the offshore wind scheme later this year.


Japan-Kazakstan nuclear pact could strengthen as Toshiba eyes enrichment


Japan and Kazakhstan are to put flesh on the bones of a nuclear cooperation agreement they signed back in 2007.

Under the original deal Japan agreed to provide Kazakhstan with technologies for the processing of uranium in return for a steady supply of the material, of which Kazakhstan has the world’s second largest deposits.

If the pact goes ahead, Toshiba will move towards its goal of becoming a company involved in every aspect of nuclear power production, from building plants to supplying fuel.


Showa Shell, Mitsubishi, Toshiba to boost solar output


Solar panel manufacturers in Japan are predicting a rosy future in renewables despite recent concerns about an oversupply and falling prices in their industry.

Showa Shell, Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba have all produced plans to raise their production. Showa Shell solar subsidiary president Shigeaki Kameda said his company aims to be the world’s biggest producer of thin film PV panels.

The firm recently spent $1bn to convert a factory that made plasma-screen televisions into a facility that produces 900 MW of panels a year, one of the largest such factories. The company aims to sell 70 per cent of its output outside Japan.

Mitsubishi recently completed a 24 000 m2 panel factory in Japan and hopes to have produced 600 MW worth by 2012, up from 220 MW.

Toshiba makes residential solar systems but uses panels made by other firms. It has stated it aim to grab ten per cent of the Japanese market by 2013.

The Japanese firms’ expansions contrast the actions of others such as BP Solar who are reducing their solar energy manufacturing activities.


Loan to provide $135m for China IGCC plant


China has won a $135m loan for a plant that will be the flagship of the first phase of its GreenGen programme,

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the loan for the 250 MW integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power station at Tanjin City that forms an imortant part of the programme for coal-based power generation.

ADB’s principal energy specialist Ashok Bhargava said: “The project will demonstrate the advantages of a technology with a potential for large greenhouse gas emission reductions.”

The Tanjin City plant will cost $420m and will generate up to 1470 GWh per year. The plant is expected to be operational in 2012.


India plans 25 GW of gas fired plants


Increased availability of natural gas has led India’s Power Ministry to consider the construction of 25 GW of power plants fired by the fuel.

The country expects more gas to flow from supplies such as the D6 block in the Krishna Godavari basin and, from 2011, liquefied natural gas supplies at Dahej and Ratnagiri.

An expected uniform pricing mechanism for gas has also given the Power Ministry confidence that the supply of the fuel will be stable.

The gas fired power plants would be built over about four years.




China: Foster Wheeler will design and supply two 50 MW circulating fluidized bed steam generators and auxiliary equipment for the Sinopec Jiujiang Fuel Alteration Project in Jiangxi province. The generators will burn coal and petcoke.

Laos: The country will join Vietnam in the construction of a 500 kV transmission line between them to to allow the trade of electricity. They will ask the Asian Development Bank for technical and financial support for the project.

Malaysia: Sarawak plans to raise its hydropower output to 6 GW by 2015 by building five dams. The projects are Balleh (1.4 GW), Pelagus (410 MW), Baram (1.2 GW), Limbang (245 MW) and Lawas (100 MW).

Malaysia: Sarawak energy is to build a 40 km transmision line over 18 months to allow the export of power from Miri in north Sarawak to Brunei. Brunei could import 100 MW in 2012, an additional 50 MW in 2013 and a further 50 MW later.

Philippines: The Philippines National Oil company will develop the Mount Isarog geothermal energy site in Camarines Sur in a project worth $60m. A potential capacity of 20 MW is available at the site.

Philippines: A 200-300 MW coal fired plant could be built in Mindanao if Aboitiz Power’s plans to diversify its electricity business go ahead.

Philippines: A 164 MW ‘clean coal’ fired plant will begin operating in La Paz, Iloilo City, in six to nine months. Power generation company Panay Energy Development has raised Pesos14bn ($304m) for the coal fired project, which will utilize circulating fluidized bed technology.

Vietnam: The country has granted permission to the UK’s International Power, Japan’s Sojitz and Vietnam’s Thai Binh Duong to build the infrastructure for the $4.9bn Son My thermal plant. 2015 is the date for operation of this 3.6 GW project’s first unit to commence operations.

Vietnam: State power utility EVN says it will generate an extra 2 GW this year from 15 new hydro and thermal plants. Also, EVN will complete the 500 kV Ha Noi transformer station for Pleiku.


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