China targets extra 28 GW of nuclear construction by 2020


China’s government has approved the construction of an additional 28 nuclear reactors by 2020 in an effort to accelerate the development of its civil nuclear industry and to bring total capacity to 70 GW.

In the government’s initial nuclear plan announced back in 2005, the country planned to spend 400bn yuan ($59bn) to add 40 GW of nuclear capacity by 2020. Under the revised plan, China nuclear capacity will exceed 70 GW.

According to Mu Zhanying, general manager of the state-owned China Nuclear Engineering Group, each 1 GW reactor is expected to cost 14bn yuan ($2bn).

The construction of 20 of the 28 reactors has already begun confirmed Sun Youqi, vice president of China Nuclear Corporation, with each reactor taking close to 50 months to build.

Currently, China has 9 GW of nuclear capacity in operation.

The government is also reported to be encouraging Chinese nuclear equipment manufacturers to partner with foreign firms to build reactors abroad. It is estimated that 200 GW of nuclear capacity is planned or being built worldwide.


Cambodia awards large dam contract


A Vietnamese company has won a contract to build a hydroelectric dam on Cambodia’s Mekong river ” one the largest government-approved hydro dam projects awarded to-date.

The dam, which will be located in Stung Treng province, is anticipated to cost between $2-3bn to build and will generate up to 980 MW.

The Vietnam Urban and Industrial Zone Development Investment Corporation has already begun studying the potential environmental impact of the hydroelectric dam.

The Vietnamese developer will replace Russia’s Bureya GES Story, which had signed an agreement with the Cambodian government back in February 2009, but the Russian firm failed to submit final reports to the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy on time.


South Korean consortium to build 2400 MW coal fired plant in Vietnam


A consortium led by South Korea’s Tae Kwang Vina Industrial Company is to build a coal fired plant in Vietnam’s Nam Dinh province.

The $4.5bn, 2400 MW plant will be built under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. The first phase of the project with a capacity of 1200 MW (2 x 600 MW turbines) is scheduled to be operational from 2017, with the fully completed plant due online in 2021.


Vietnam unlikely to meet five-year power plan


According to a recent Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade conference, cumbersome planning procedures, a lack of legal know-how and poor-quality coal could mean that the Southeast Asian nation will not meet its five-year power plan.

Conference participants heard that every planned coal fired power plant was likely to be four to ten years behind the 2015 deadline set under an electricity plan where 35.5 per cent of the country’s electricity needs are meant to come from coal.

Nguyen Duc Thao, from the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group, blamed official red tape, particularly at the preparatory stage, for the delays. Truong Duy Nghia, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Science and Thermal Technology Association, said plans for the Song Hau coal fired power plant that were submitted in 2008 had yet to be approved because the investor had been asked to change the project’s scale and location.

Participants at the state-approved conference also heard investors were often unfamiliar with local planning laws when submitting their tenders, which caused further delays.


Largest IPP in East Malaysia is commissioned


The commissioning of the first GE Frame 6FA gas turbine supplied to the Ranhill Powertron II plant, the largest independent power plant (IPP) in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, has taken place.

The 190 MW combined-cycle plant will provide power to support the region’s rapid economic growth and will support the Malaysian government’s energy strategy to promote cleaner and more efficient power generation.

Both Ranhill Powertron I and II are owned by Ranhill Power. GE supplied two Frame 6FA gas turbine-generator packages, training and technical advisory services and performance testing.


Thailand to host 73 MW solar plant


Thai renewables firm Natural Energy Development Company (NED) is to build what has been described as the world’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant in central Thailand.

The $247m plant, to be located in the Lopburi province, will have a generating capacity of 73 MW.

NED has already signed a power purchase agreement with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the country’s sole purchaser of electricity. NED plans to have the facility operational by May 2012.




Australia: Areva T&D has won a €140m ($190m) contract to supply gas-insulated 132kV substations and switchgear for Chevron Australia’s Gorgon Liquefied Natural Gas project.

China: GC China Turbine Corporation has signed a cooperation agreement with Guoneng Fengshen New Energy Technology, a wind energy investment enterprise, along with a sales contract for 50 turbines for a new 2000 MW wind farm.

China: National BioEnergy has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with the China Construction Bank, which intends to provide up to 28m yuan ($4m) in funding for the construction of biomass power plants over the next five years.

India: Prospective developers have been invited to submit RFQs by Chhattisgarh Surguja Power for a 4000 MW power project in the Surguja district of Chhattisgarh on a build-own-operate basis.

Indonesia: PT Supraco is to team up with Tata Power of India to build the Sorik Merapi geothermal power plant in North Sumatra. The two companies will invest up to $165m in the project, which will have an initial capacity of 55 MW, increasing to 200 MW as power demand grows.

Laos: Houay Ho Power Company, a subsidiary of Thailand’s Glow Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Laos government to conduct a feasibility study for a hydro plant on the Xapian and Houay Soy rivers.

Philippines: The joint venture of Korea Electric Power Company and SPC Power Corporation has said it is on track to complete its 200 MW coal fired power plant in the Visayas region by early next year.

South Korea: Alstom has signed a contract worth €20m ($27m) to upgrade two gas turbines at GS Power Company Limited’s Anyang combined-cycle power plant located in the outskirts of Seoul.

Vietnam: Private investor Cong Ly Company Limited has received permission to build a 100 MW wind farm on the coast in Bac Lieu province. The company has confirmed it plans to invest approximately 5trn dong ($263m) in the project.


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