Mitsubishi to start testing J-Series gas turbine in February 2011 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will start test operation this coming February of its J-Series gas turbine at the combined-cycle power plant for verification testing at the Takasago Machinery Works in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

The new turbine has been designed to withstand an additional 100 ºC beyond the 1500 ºC temperature of the G-Series gas turbine.

The 60 Hz J-Series gas turbine achieves a rated power output of around 320 MW (ISO basis) and 460 MW in combined-cycle power generation applications, in which heat recovery steam generators and steam turbines are also used.

The turbine has also topped 60 per cent gross thermal efficiency, the world’s highest level in gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) applications, claims MHI. Nitrogen oxide emissions, which usually increase as combustion temperature rises, are also suppressed to a level equivalent to that of current models.

Westinghouse hands over AP1000 reactor documents to China

Westinghouse Electric has handed over more than 75 000 documents to its Chinese customers as part of a technology transfer it hopes will secure its place in China’s nuclear market, reports the Financial Times.

The documents relate to the construction of four third-generation AP1000 reactors Westinghouse is building in China. Westinghouse won the bid to build reactors partly because of the technology transfer, according to the World Nuclear Association.

However, Jack Allen, president of Westinghouse for Asia, said that the firm has “no guarantees” of its role in China once the four AP1000 reactors have been completed, but it may continue to play an advisory role.

Shanghai Electric lands $10bn order for 30 GW electric power equipment in India

China’s Shanghai Electric Group (SEC) has landed an electric power equipment order for coal based projects from Reliance Power, described as the world’s largest BTG (boiler, turbine, generator packages) deal.

The order covers 42 supercritical units, each with a 660 MW capacity.

Reliance Power and SEC signed MOUs to cover financing of $12bn in Chinese exports with leading Chinese banks such as Bank of China, China Development Bank (CDB), the Export-Import Bank of China, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

China raises 2020 nuclear capacity target by 63 per cent to 114 GW

China could raise its target for the construction of new nuclear reactor to 114 GW by 2020, an astonishing 62.8 per cent rise on an earlier target.

The figures from the National Development & Reform Commission represent a significant increase from a target of 70 GW issued last May by Zhang Guobao, head of China’s National Energy Administration, said an American Nuclear Society blog.

The Reuters newswire reported that the China Nuclear Energy Association, headed by Zhao Chenkun, described the 70 GWtarget as too low. However, Chinese nuclear energy officials later said 80 GW was a more likely target.

Geng Zhicheng, a spokesman for the commission, told a nuclear energy conference in Beijing that if the target of 114 GW is met, nuclear power would still account for just 7 per cent of the nation’s estimated need for 1600 GW of power by 2020, according to China Daily.

China targets 90 GW in wind capacity in new five-year plan

China’s new five-year plan for renewable energy for 2011–2016 will aim to boost wind power capacity to 90 GW, reported China Securities Journal.

The wind target will include seven 10 GW wind power projects, five to be completed before 2016, said the paper.

A target of 5 GW in solar photovoltaic capacity by the end of 2016 will also be set. The plan is set to be published in March 2011.

Adani Power to double Mundra coal plant capacity to 2000 MW

Adani Power is to raise the capacity of its 990 MW Mundra power plant up to 2000 MW by year-end by bringing two new units on stream.

“We are going to commission one unit of 330 MW this month and first supercritical unit of 660 MW will be commissioned by the end of December,” said Ravi Sharma, CEO, Adani Power on the sidelines of the India Economic summit.

Adani Power is also looking to acquire power plants abroad and was shortlisted, along with its Indonesian arm, PT Adani Global, by the Kosovo government to bid for two coal based units of 560 MW and 678 MW in September this year.

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Australia: The A$1bn ($1bn) 630 MW combined-cycle gas fired Darling Downs power station has opened in Queensland, part of a A$5bn investment in Queensland energy infrastructure by Origin Energy and Australia Pacific LNG in the past decade.

Bangladesh: In a joint venture with GE, Summit Power is to build two plants with a total capacity of 676 MW: the Bibiyana Phase-2 341 MW combined-cycle gas fired plant and Meghnaghat 335 MW dual-fuel plant. The joint venture previously won a bid for the first phase of the 341 MW Bibiyana.

Cambodia: China is to help research the feasibility of four hydropower dam projects: the 108 MW Cheng Areng dam; the 340 MW Srepok III; the 230 MW Srepok IV; and the Sambor Dam, for which 460 MW and 2600 MW alternatives have been proposed.

Indonesia: A feasibility study is set to start next year for a nuclear power plant in South and West Bangka in the province of Bangka Belitung.

Malaysia: The Energy Commission is seeking proposals from MMC Corporation Bhd and Jimah Power for a 1 GW coal fired plant to start operations in the first quarter of 2016. Tenaga Nasional Bhd won an earlier bid for a 1 GW coal fired plant set to come on line in March 2015.

Pakistan: AES Corporation has won a $375m wind power contract with a capacity of 150 MW. The project is due to complete in two years at three sites in the Gharo Corridor in Thatta district of Sindh.

Philippines: Chevron Corporation and locally listed APC Group plan to invest $300m to create a 100 MW geothermal power facility in Kalinga. The firms’ subsidiaries Chevron Kalinga Limited and Aragorn Power and Energy Corporation are to undertake the project.

Thailand: Egat has added 30bn baht ($1bn) to its five-year investment plan, which now totals 70bn baht. The move aims to prevent power reserves slipping below 10 per cent by 2014, with 20bn baht slated for a 800 MW gas fired unit at the North Bangkok power plant and 10bn allocated for the power transmission network.

Thailand: Japan Atomic Power Company (Japco) has agreed to provide the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) with technical assistance and training for engineers for the construction of nuclear power plants. Thailand has completed preliminary studies for its first nuclear plant, planned to be operational by 2020.

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