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China: Chinese company Engloway, has awarded a contract for supplying two 90 MW steam extraction turbines to a Russian company. The turbines will be installed at Tyan-Fu power station.

China: Dongfang Electrical Machinery, one of China’s biggest power generating equipment makers, said it signed a $175m contract to supply four 700 MW hydro turbine generators for the Three Gorges Project of Yangtze River. The generators will be delivered between October 2004 and November 2007.

China: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corp, have received a à‚¥4bn ($36.4m) to install a large flue gas desulphurization system at the Datang Hancheng No.2 power plant in Shanxi Province.

China: China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is making use of its troublesome sandstorms to produce electricity to facilitate its people and those in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. A windmill power station is under construction at the southern rim of the Tengger Desert Inner Mongolia.

India: Global bids have been invited for the Sagardighi power project. The West Bengal Power Development Corp. has floated global tenders for the main plant package for the Sagardighi thermal power project. The tender documents for the international bids have been invited for the first two 250 MW units.

Indonesia: The Indonesia government is planning to stage roadshows in japan, Europe and the US to attract investors for a number of projects in the energy and electricity sector. Development of the two sectors in the next ten years would require Rp130bn ($15.03m) in investment whereas the government would be able to provide only one third of the amount.

Japan: A group of two universities, including Waseda University, and seven companies including Sanyo Electric Co., have begun joint research into making hydrogen a viable fuel for Japan. The Honjo area in Saitama Prefecture will serve as the testing ground.

Japan: FuelCell Energy’s Asia-Pacific strategic partner, Marubeni Corp has placed a new order for 4 MW of DFC power plants. Fuel Cell Energy will manufacture the units and deliver the power plants to Marubeni customers in 2005.

Philippines: The Japan Bank for International Cooperation has signed a loan agreement totalling up to à‚¥6.8bn ($64m) with the National Power Corp. of the Philippines. The loan will finance submarine cables and boost power transmission capacity between Lwyte and Cebu islands.

Vietnam opens first private power plant

Vietnam’s first and biggest 716 MW private power plant costing $450m, has been implemented at Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s Phu My Power Industrial Park.

The Phu My Thermal Power Plant No.3, is a build-operate-transfer (BOT) plant and is equally owned by BP Holdings, and Singapore’s Sembcorp Utilities. Also involved is the consortium of Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Japan’s Sojitz Corp. The plant is built under a 23-year contract between the Ministry of Industry and the Phu My Power Company, which in turn will sell the power to Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) for the years specified.

Siemens was contracted to carry out work on the project and also signed a 12-year maintenance agreement for the V94.3A gas turbines and other equipment it supplied. After the term the plant will be transferred to EVN. The project will help relieve Vietnam’s power shortage and set a precedent to continue with similar BOT schemes.

Singapore buys Australian assets

State-owned Singapore Power has bid A$5bn ($5.8bn) for TXU’s Australian distribution assets.

The assets, based in Victoria, consist of a gas and electricity distribution network, which is the third largest energy retailer in the country.

Singapore Power is already active in the Australian electricity market with transmission networks in Victoria through its asset, SPI PowerNet. Sources close to the deal say that TXU has appointed CSFB to handle the sale of its Australian subsidiary valued at A$2bn with estimated debt of nearly A$3bn.

First large-scale wind project in Taiwan

Taiwan is to implement its first large-scale wind power project. The 39 MW wind farm, scheduled for completion by spring 2005, is part of a ten-year plan by Taiwan Power Company.

GE Energy will supply 26, 1.5 MW wind turbines through Taiwan’s Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Corp. The project is part of a renewable energy drive hoping to generate 100 GWh annually for some 21 000 households. The turbines will go to three locations: three turbines will go to Third Nuclear Power Station on the southern end of the island, three at the Tah-Tarn power station and the remaining 20 at the Tao-Yuan Kuan Yin Coastline. The latter two sites are on the northwest coast, south of Taipei.

Philippines gets privatization underway

The Philippines’ Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) has sold off its first power plant as part of a privatization plan. The Talomo asset sold for $1.37m.

The plant was sold to Hydro Electric Development Corp. which submitted the highest bid. The 3.5 MW Talomo plant is situated in Tugbok in Davao.

Next to be sold off are the Bohol Power Plant (22 MW), Loboc hydroelectric plant (1.2 MW), Barit (2 MW) and the Cawayan Hydroelectric Plants (0.4 MW). Psalm will off a total of 35 power plants of National Power Corp. (Napcor) under its power sector reform legislation.

Russia to supply India with turbine equipment

Russia’s Power Machines Group, a power equipment company, will supply India’s Sipat thermal power plant, an asset of state-owned National Thermal Power Company, with three electrical turbines.

The new plant is located at Chattisgarh. Part of the $250m contract will see India’s largest power producer install three 660 MW steam turbines with supercritical steam parameters and turbogenerators on a turnkey basis.

The first unit will be put in operation in just under four years. Following this, the second and third will be installed in six month intervals.

Indonesia, Malaysia eye joint transmission project

Indonesia’s PT PLN and Malaysia’s Tenaga Nasional Berhad will start a feasibility study for a power transmission project connecting the two countries.

The line will stretch some 60 km from the Malaysian Peninsula to Thailand’s Riau, Sumatra. The move is designed to lower power generation costs whilst simultaneously lowering the amount of investment needed to build new power plants.

Sumatra is one of six regions that is failing to meet power demands. With a capacity of only 1538 MW, its maximum peak load reaches 1838 MW leaving a deficit of 300 MW. In contrast, the project will allow Malaysia to export its excessive reserves. Malaysia has a supply capacity of 17 000 MW and a peak demand of 11 700 MW. Both state-owned utilities hope to complete the project in 2009.

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