News digest

China: GE Energy has received a contract worth $9.9m to supply three hydro turbines and additional equipment for the Sinanjiang River hydropwer station in Mojiang County, China. The new hydro plant, which will enter commercial operation in three phases during 2007, will have a total installed capacity of 201 MW.

India: Tata Power Company of India proposes to raise $500m in order to meet capital expenditure for various on-going projects. These include the 330 MW hydropower project in Uttaranchal, the 120 MW project in Jojobera and other power projects. Funds will be raised over two to three years.

India: Marking its first wind turbine project in India, GE Energy is supplying 18 GE 1.5 MW units for the Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd wind power project. With construction being executed in three phases in Karnataka State, south India, the project will total 27 MW when completed by the end of this year.

India: India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation said that its fifth 500 MW unit of the Talcher Super Thermal power project has been synchronized one year ahead of schedule. According to the schedule, this unit was to be synchronized May 2005. The Orissa-based plant has an approved capacity of 3000 MW.

Indonesia: Amoseas Indonesia, a unit of USA-based ChevronTexaco, says that it will start the construction of a third geothermal power plant, to be called Darajat III in Garut, west Java, by the end of the year as part of its expansion in Indonesia. The project will have a capacity of 110 MW.

Japan: Hydrogenics Corp. a designer and manufacturer of hydrogen and fuel cell systems, has won a contract from Itochu Corp. of Tokyo, Japan to provide a 10 kW fuel cell power module for a demonstration project in Mie Prefecture.

Philippines: The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) of the Philippines has approved the loan extension for an $82m geothermal power project managed by the state-owned National Power Corporation. The NEDA board approved Napocor’s request to extend the loan closing date for the TIWI and Makban geothermal power plant partial rehabilitation projects from June 2005 to December 2005.

Philippines: Sithe Philippines, a local subsidiary of the New York-based Sithe Energy Corp., has concluded negotiations and arrangements for the sale of its 42.5 per cent stake to Japanese firm Marubeni Corp. in the $1.2bn San Roque multi-purpose hydropower project in Pangasinan.

Three Gorges hydro plant adds new HVDC link

State Grid Corporation of China has awarded ABB a $390m contract to build a key power link from the Three Gorges hydropower plant in central China to the coastal city of Shanghai.

The 3000 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) link, which will stretch 1100 km, is the world’s largest power transmission project for several years. The link will provide reliable power to 6m households, and will play a vital role in developing China’s power network into the world’s most advanced national grid.

The order consists of two HVDC converter stations, 28 power transformers and six smoothing reactors, as well as switchgear and advanced control equipment.

In two other recent contracts, ABB delivered 3000 MW converter stations for a 890 km HVDC power link from the Three Gorges plant to Shanghai in 2003, and a 940 km HVDC power link from the Three Gorges to Guangdong province in southern China.

Cambodia powers up

Independent power producer, Khmer Electrical Power Co. (KEP), is to develop a 30 MWe diesel power plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The power generated will be sold to the state utility, Electricité du Cambodge (EDC) under a power purchase agreement. The contract has been awarded to a consortium led by Finland’s Wärtsilä Corporation. The consortium will supply four 18V32 diesel generating sets. The plant will be operational by March 2005.

The consortium consists of Comin Asia of Singapore for regional supplies and Wärtsilä’s Cambodian agent Comin Khmer for local works.

Meanwhile, the Finnish outfit will supply two turnkey power plant extensions, totalling 65 MW, in a contract worth g34m ($41m) to the Lungtan factory of Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) in Taiwan.

Indonesia expands generation output

Independent power producer, PT Paiton Energy has announced it will install an extra 800 MW at its 1290 MW coal fired plant at the Paiton Complex in east Java, Indonesia.

The cost of the project will amount to some $580m. Pending negotiations, output will be sold to the state electricity firm PLN at a rate of ¢4.79, which is lower than Paiton’s restructured rate of ¢4.93/kWh.

Officials at the company assured PLN that prices would not rise sharply within the next 15 to 20 years.

Indian textile company to install Rolls B-gas engine

India’s leading textile company, Garden Silk Mills, has awarded Rolls-Royce a contract for a cogeneration plant based on Rolls-Royce’s Bergen B gas engine.

This order is the first for the Bergen B engine in India and is the world’s most powerful spark-ignited gas engine, with up to 8500 kW of electrical power. The engines will be used to provide a reliable source of power, steam and refrigeration for Garden Silk Mills’ operations.

Installation of the captive generation plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2005. The contract includes the supply of equipment and a ten-year operation and maintenance contract. Garden Silk Mills is currently using the Rolls-Royce Bergen K engines.

China’s faces energy bust

China’s escalating energy-supply economy could be facing future pitfalls, according to a new report by US-based Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

The report, titled ‘The global impact of China’s Energy Quandary’, highlights China’s emergence in the global oil, gas and coal industries. This is contrasted against the energy problems the country has been experiencing with power shortages, increasing oil imports and bottlenecks with coal supply.

In 24 of 31 provinces, the report acknowledges that power shortages and blackouts are a common factor in industrial centres, where capacity to transport coal is at its limit.

Pakistan issues LOI for 740 MW Munda hydropower project

The Pakistan Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) issued a letter of interest to Amzo Corp. of the US for construction of the 740 MW Munda multi-purpose dam project (MMDP).

The $1.2bn project is to be situated in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and Mohmand Agency of Fata. The NWFP government will receive Rs361m ($62m) annually from the federal government for water use charges. The MMDP will be constructed on a build, own, operate transfer basis, with a tenure of 25 years.

The multi-purpose project comprises a 214 m-high dam on Swat River and is expected to be completed by 2011.