South Africa’s Eskom granted World Bank loan for coal plant


South Africa’s utility Eskom will receive a loan to pay towards a new coal fired plant as well as new renewable energy schemes.

The World Bank has awarded the company $3.75bn, some $3.05bn of which will be for the new 4800 MW Medupi coal plant, to be commissioned in 2012, and $260m for wind and solar projects of total capacity 200 MW.

The loan also includes $485m for energy efficiency measures such as a new railway line to transport coal. Green groups had lobbied World Bank members to vote not to award the loan, claiming South Africa should use the money solely for renewables projects. The UK, the US and the Netherlands abstained.

This is the second major loan for the construction of Medupi. Last year, the African Development Bank loaned Eskom $2.77bn for the plant.


Abu Dhabi CCS scheme deadline slips


The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has pushed back its deadline for prequalification to supply carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities.

The date by which to hand in prequalification documents was changed from early March to the first week of May, reported MEED. Masdar aims to build facilities to capture and process as much as 800 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the country’s steel rolling mill in Mussafah. Among the firms aiming to bid for the contract are Bechtel, Fluor and Foster Wheeler of the USA, Chiyoda and JGC of Japan, and Technip of France.

The delay is due to negotiations over the amount and cost of power from Shuwaihat that Masdar will sell to the country’s power authority and to the national oil company, whose oil fields will store the CO2.

Award of the contract will be in 2010 or 2011, said Masdar. Masdar aims to construct the world’s longest CO2 pipeline to link its operating sites to a central storage facility.

Masdar also plans carbon capture facilities at Mussafah, the Taweelah power plant, a water and power plant at Taweelah and at the $2.2bn hydrogen power plant it will build at Shuwaihat with the UK’s BP.


Qatar signs accord to build Syrian gas fired power plants


The Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) has signed an agreement with Syrian Qatari Holding (SQH) to develop two 450 MW gas fired power stations in Syria.

The power plants, to be commissioned by June 2013 will be located close to the oil fields in Adra in the northeastern region of Syria. The plants are expected to cost over $1bn and will be funded through a mix of equity capital and project financing.

Construction of the two gas fired power plants will start in April 2011.


Zimbabwe, China agree $400m hydropower plant expansion


Zimbabwe has signed a $400m agreement with China’s Sinohydro to expand its Kariba hydropower plant.

“We have signed an agreement with China’s Sinohydro for the expansion of Kariba by an additional two 150 MW units,” Noah Gwariro, managing director of the Zimbabwe Power Company, the generation unit of state utility ZESA, said.

“China’s Eximbank will fund the project to the tune of $400 million. Sinohydro is already working on a similar project on the Zambian side of Kariba.”

Zimbabwe has previously signed hundreds of millions of dollars in cooperation agreements with foreign governments to boost generation capacity, but progress has been slow.


Russian gas plant to get Siemens power train


Siemens is to equip Yuzhnouralskaya GRES-2 combined-cycle power plant in Russia with a power train.

The German company will by summer 2011 supply an SCC5-4000F 1S power train, which comprises three components in a single-shaft configuration – an SGT5-4000F 288 MW gas turbine, a steam turbine and a hydrogen cooled generator – and a turboset I&C system.

OJSC Third Generating Company owns the plant, which is 100 km south of Chelyabinsk and supplies power to the southern Urals. CJSC Atomstroyexport is the EPC contractor that procured the power train from Siemens.


Oman puts trio on shortlist for gas turbine projects


Oman has created a shortlist of three from the bidders applying to provide two independent water and power projects.

The country’s Tender Board notified the trio and will award the contract for the 650 MW Barka III and Sohar II projects to the winner this year.

Seven groups had submitted bids for the combined-cycle gas turbine plants, including a consortium led by International Power.

The schemes will help meet rising demand for power in the Muscat governorate and the Batinah region.




Ghana: ABB has won a $13m order to supply equipment to improve the grid. The company will supply and install a data acquisition and energy management system and a communications system.

Liberia: Rubber tree waste will help Sweden’s Vattenfall substitute biomass for coal in its European power plants. The utility is buying €50m ($67m) worth of the wood chips over five years. Potential exists to supply 2m-3m tonnes per year.

Morocco: Alstom will build a 100 MW wind farm in Akhfenir to supply power to industrial customers as part of the Energipro scheme. The company will install 61 turbines at the site and operate and maintain them for five years.

Nigeria: Electricity shortages in the Port Harcourt region will be lessened as Alstom is supplying the power plant there with a GT13E2 gas turbine for €40m ($53m). The 182 MW unit will begin operating at the end of 2011.

Qatar: Contracts worth QAR4.28bn ($1.17bn) will help meet future demand for power. The deals include the building of 19 substations, including one rated at 400 kV, the upgrading of 11 substations and the building of 220 km of new calbles and 85 km of overhead lines.

Russia: Atomenergoproekt is building the foundations for the second unit at the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in St Petersburg. The plant is replacing four 1000 MW reactors that are nearing the ends of their lives with four 1170 MW AES-2006 reactors that cost $3-3.7bn per pair.

Saudi Arabia: Siemens will supply three turnkey static reactive power compensators to help stabilize the 60 Hz grid. The substations at Hiteen, Qassim and Afif will deploy the systems.

Turkey: Germany’s REpower will supply 44 wind turbines from its 3.XM series to a project in Geycek in Kirsehir province. Each unit outputs 3.37 MW and has a hub height of 80 m. The company will service and maintain the windfarm for 12 years.

Turkey: Utility RWE of Germany is to build a €500m ($665m) 775 MW combined-cycle gas fired power plant in Denizli. The power plant is expected to begin electricity production at the end of 2012.


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