Marubeni awarded EPC contract in Vietnam 

The Vietnam Electricity (EVN) has awarded Marubeni Corporation a contract to build the 600 MW Nghi Son 1 coal fired thermal power plant, representing the Japanese trading company’s largest independent power deal in Vietnam.

The scope of the contract, which is worth approximately 90bn yen ($991m), includes engineering, procurement, delivery of the equipment and the construction and installation work, on a full turnkey basis.

According to Marubeni, it will procure steam turbines and generators from Fuji Electric Systems and boilers from Foster Wheeler. Nghi Son 1 is expected to be commissioned in March 2014.

The project is located in the Nghi Son district, and will be EVN’s first large-sized thermal power plant in Central Area of Vietnam.

This project is seen as one of the most important projects in Vietnam’s Master Plan, the government’s long-term power development plan, for the purpose of responding to increasing power demands in the country, where significant economic growth is being achieved.

Building on the Nghi Son 1 award, Marubeni is hoping to secure the Nghi Son 2 project, a planned adjacent coal fired power plant. 

Tiana eyes up Mitsubishi for JV 

Tiana Group of India is reported to be keen to partner with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation in the sectors of power generation, infrastructure development and oil and gas in India.

According to Tiana, the Indian government has given approval in principle for the company’s plans to build 90 power projects across the county. The projects will comprise hydro, thermal, solar, wind and nuclear power, and will utilize Mitsubishi’s expertise in setting up, operating and maintaining these power plants.

Tiana is particularly keen on contributing to the pollution control efforts in India said Mohammedi Fatehi, director, and will seek help from Mitsubishi in this effort too. 

China to build its largest offshore wind farm 

According to the China News Service, China Guangdong Nuclear Group plans to construct a 1.25 GW offshore wind farm in the costal waters off Guangdong Province, representing the country’s largest such offshore facility.

The Lufeng offshore wind farm will require an estimated investment of 20bn yuan ($2.9bn) and cover 240 km2, off the cost from Shanwei City.

The wind energy industry in China has seen rapid growth in recent years, with 26 GW currently installed. 

MHI receives gas turbine order for Chinese CHP plant 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited (MHI) has received a major components order for a natural gas fired gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) power generation systems, which will be installed in a cogeneration facility to be built by Huaneng Power International, Incorporated, one of the major electricity providers in China.

The order was placed through Dongfang Turbine Company Limited, a major Chinese power generation equipment manufacturer to which MHI has licensed its gas turbine technology. MHI will provide two M701F gas turbines, as well as the major components of a steam turbine.

Delivery of the gas turbines is scheduled in early 2011.

The GTCC cogeneration facility in Gaobeidian is the first of six projects that are planned near Beijing. The facility with 920 MWe during the summertime, or 830 MWe, as well as 660 MWth during the wintertime, will provide electricity and heat to meet the fast-growing demands in the nation’s capital city and surrounding area.

Dongfang Turbine will deliver the gas turbine auxiliary system, steam turbine and its auxiliary system.

Grand power plan for Pakistan 

Speaking to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Pakistan Electric Power Company’s managing director, Tahir Basharat Cheema, said the government has chalked out a multi-billion dollar power enhancement plan that will see an additional 10 GW added to the national grid by 2015.

This plan is expected to be finalized soon and forwarded to the government for implementation. One of the projects he detailed is the completion of a feasibility report into a 600 km transmission line between Zahedan in Iran, and Quetta in Pakistan that could result in 1000 MW of electricity being imported from Iran. 

Push for Laos hydro sector 

Laos Electricity Corporation and Viet-Laos Power Joint Stock Company have inked a deal to establish a new company called Xekamam 1 Electricity Company Limited.

The agreement is designed to accelerate the Xekaman 1 hydroelectric power project and important investment cooperation between the two countries.

The 322 MW Xekaman 1 project is being built at a cost of $441m on the Xekaman River in Laos’ Attopu Province, and is due to go into operation in 2014. 


China: State-owned China Huaneng Group, the country’s largest power producer, has signed a framework agreement to purchase wind turbines from six domestic manufacturers in a deal worth $1.2bn.

India: NTPC has decided to relocate its proposed 3960 MW power project from Uttar Pradesh to the state of Madhya Pradesh due to delays in obtaining land and water clearances, and government demands.

Malaysia: Iris Corporation Bhd has entered into an agreement with WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd to establish a joint venture company that will develop, construct, operate and own a biomass power plant.

Nepal: Jindal Power is reported to be considering setting up a 200 MW hydropower project in Chainpur, Seti, at an investment cost of Rs1500 crore ($324m). If the project goes ahead the company plans to import the power generated to India.

New Zealand: According to Contact Energy, its NZ$100m ($70m) Tauhara One geothermal power, plant, located near Taupo, has been completed ahead of schedule. The 23 MW geothermal power station should provide baseload energy for about 23 000 homes.

Philippines: Aboitiz Power Corporation has plans to grow its coal generation portfolio over the next five years. According to Aboitiz, president and CEO, the company has set aside P72bn ($1.6bn) in capital expenditure to fuel this growth.

Philippines: Clenergen Philippines Corporation, a subsidiary of Clenergen Corporation, has begun the installation of its first 2 MW gasification biomass power plant, with a view to establishing 50 similarly sized plants over the next 36 months.

Thailand: Japan’s third largest wind power developer is to build a 180 MW wind farm in Thailand in collaboration with Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc. The facility will be built in the east of the country and will be the largest wind farm in Asia.

Vietnam: The 400 MW Lai Chau hydropower station has received government approval. Construction work on the plant is expected to begin later this year, with first turbine in operation in 2016 and the whole plant completed in 2017. 

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