Kuwait signs $2.65bn CCGT deal with Hyundai Heavy, GE

The Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water has signed a turnkey contract with GE and Hyundai Heavy Industries worth $2.65bn for a 2000 MW combined-cycle power plant in Sabiya.

The Government of Kuwait-owned plant will add much needed power to the grid, allowing Kuwait to boost electricity production to help meet growing demand. When completed, the plant will raise Kuwait’s power capacity from current levels of around 11 GW.

“This will be the largest combined-cycle power plant in Kuwait and it is an important step in our plans to boost power capacity to meet continuing demand, which is projected to grow at about 8 per cent a year,” said His Excellency Dr. Bader Shabeeb Al Shriaan, Kuwait’s Minister of Electricity and Water.

The Sabiya power plant is scheduled to come on line in two phases. The first phase will add 1300 MW of capacity to the Kuwait electricity grid in 2011, with the second phase adding the remaining 700 MW in 2012. Primary fuel will be natural gas, with distillate as a back-up.

Site assessment of Jordan’s first nuclear plant to begin in October

Jordan has signed a $12m contract with Tractebel Engineering company to conduct the site assessment work of a proposed nuclear power plant, which will commence in October.

“The beginning of the study, carried out by French-Belgian company Tractebel Engineering, to assess the plant’s site is a milestone which is very crucial for the construction process,” Head of Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission Khalid Touqan said.

The two-year study includes assessment on geological stability, geophysics, soil characteristics and risk management of the proposed site of the plant, located about 12 km to the east of the Aqaba coastline. The study covers public health, safety and security issues, and the environmental impact on the location will also be taken into account.

The plant, expected to initially generate 750-1100 MW, is scheduled to be operational by the year 2020.

IAEA sees global nuclear power capacity rising 40 per cent by 2030

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has raised its nuclear power projections for 2030, with China, India, Japan and South Korea seen embracing atomic energy more than before.

The Vienna-based agency expects installed nuclear power capacity to rise by at least 40 per cent worldwide over the next two decades to around 510 GW. Global capacity of nuclear power could more than double in one scenario, the agency said.

The projections were eight per cent higher than last year’s estimates for 2030 and predictions for Asian countries in particular helped pull up the total.

The IAEA said ongoing concerns about global warming, energy security, and fossil fuel prices meant nuclear power was still seen as a good bet in the medium to long term.

The agency this raised confidence in the sector over the longer term, despite the financial turmoil.

Russia approves E4 Group’s Krasnodarskaya CCGT plant

The design documentation for the 410 MW combined-cycle generation unit of Russia’s Krasnodarskaya cogeneration plant (TGC-8), of which E4 Group has been awarded the EPC contract, was approved by the state commission.

The unit is comprised of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries M701F4 gas turbine, rated at 303.4 MW, a Mitsubishi gas turbine generator, a 140 MW rated steam cogeneration turbines made by Urals Turbine Plant and ElSib’s steam turbine generator.

The project will increase the heating capacity by 220 gigacalories, while the maximum power capacity of the unit will reach 450 MW in summer.

Mobil awards FEED contract for 500 MW plant in Nigeria

Mobil Producing Nigeria has awarded the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a proposed 500 MW gas fired power plant at the Qua Iboe oil terminal, Ibeno, in Nigeria’s southeast Akwa Ibom state.

Adeyemi Fakayejo, Mobil’s spokesman, said in a statement that ILF Engineers (Nigeria) Limited had won the contract. The contract’s cost was not disclosed.

Fakayejo added the FEED engineering work is expected to be completed in 12 months.

The proposed power project will include the electric power plant as well as a 56 km transmission line connecting to the national grid at Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State.

GE, Areva, KEPCO in $41bn UAE nuclear power battle

The UAE has delayed awarding a $41bn contract to build nuclear power plants saying that the decision between the three rival bidders was too close to call.

France’s Areva, GE of the US and Japan’s KEPCO are the three bidders for what would be the Gulf’s first nuclear power station. “What happened ultimately was some of the bids were so close in some areas, we decided to proceed with all three,” a senior government official told The National. “It will mean a slightly longer period of negotiations.”

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Egypt: Thirty-two companies have presented bids for a tender to design, finance, construct, own and operate for 20-25 years a 250 MW wind farm on Egypt’s east coast.

GCC: Larsen & Toubro has bagged substation orders from Qatar, Oman and the UAE worth more than $217m. India’s largest engineering firm will build four substations for Qatar Petroleum at Ras Laffan; one at Education City, Doha; one for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; and one for the Oman Electricity and Transmission Company.

Jordan: The Export-Import Bank of Korea is to invest $225m in a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Al-Qatrana, covering 64 per cent of the project’s financing needs. Korean utility KEPCO are the EPC contractor for the project.

Morocco: The Office National de l’Electricite has invited expressions of interest in an oil shale fired independent power project. The plant, in southwest Morocco’s Tarfaya, will have a capacity of 100 MW.

Saudi Arabia: SEC has awarded Deem a $28m contract to connect the 380 KV and 110 kV Mecca west substation with the power grid. A second company, identified as Advanced Energy for Trading & Contracting won a $31m deal to build the Badr 110/33/13.8 kV substation.

South Africa: State utility Eskom has said that to meet growing power demand a third new power station would be needed by 2017 in addition to the two coal fired power stations currently under construction.

South Africa: South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) Company has shipped enriched pebble fuel to Russia for irradiation tests to demonstrate the fuel’s integrity under reactor conditions.

Tunisia: The African Development Bank has agreed to grant a $66m loan to finance the rehabilitation and restructuring of Tunisia’s electricity network. The main beneficiary is set to be the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company.

UAE: Siemens Energy has secured an order worth €90m ($131m) from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority for the supply of a turnkey substation for the 400 kV/132 kV voltage levels. It encompasses gas-insulated switchgear technology with a total of 14 switchgear bays for 400 kV and 30 bays for 132 kV.

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