Iran starts loading its first nuclear plant

Iran inaugurated the Bushehr power station, its first nuclear power plant, on 21 August.

The reactor would reach 50 per cent of its power generating capacity within a few weeks, and maximum power in six or seven months, said Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief.

The launch ends decades of delay for the plant, where work began in the 1970s. The project was revived a decade ago and has gone ahead with Russian backing, although spats between Russia and Iran have slowed progress

Bushehr’s inauguration is a propaganda coup for the Iranian regime but Professor Ali Ansari from the University of St Andrew, UK, told the BBC that the plant’s age would diminish its generating value.

“It will obviously have a very theatrical opening but the delays have meant the power plant is a very old model and the contribution to the national grid is very small,” he said.

Alstom signs agreement to develop Iraq’s electricity infrastructure

Alstrom has inked an agreement with Iraq’s oil and electricity ministry to develop and modernize the country’s electricity infrastructure.

A memorandum of understanding, covers three main projects, including the turnkey supply of a power plant at Bassorah in southern Iraq. Alstrom is set to participate in the engineering, procurement and construction of a plant with three oil fired steam units, each with an output of 400 MW.

The deal also covers rehabilitating a gas fired power plant in Najaf, with three GT13D gas turbines and an output of 180 MW, and the supply and supervision of 400 kV GIS substations and 132 kV GIS and AIS ubstations.


Daewoo Engineering signs $438m deal for 750 MW gas fired plant in Libya

Daewoo Engineering and Construction has signed a $438m deal to build a 750 MW.

gas fired power plant in Libya.

The new plant in Zwitina would boost the output capacity of an existing 500 MW gas powered plant.

Daewoo will install a steam turbine and a pair of heat recovery steam generators, which salvage energy from hot gas streams.

The project is due to start in November and be completed by May 2013, said the company.

Egypt aims to get its nuclear power tenders under way by the year-end

Egypt plans to get the international bidding process for its first nuclear power plant under way this year, the country’s electicity and energy minister has told the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper.

The country’s government had already declared its intention of shifting away from oil and gas, with a goal of four nuclear power plants by 2025.

The first plants would be operational in 2019 and the facilities would add a maximum capacity of 4000 MW by 2025, according to the nuclear power programme for the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Hassan Younes told the newspaper that the programme is progressing well and that he expected tenders to start before the end of the year.

The companies invited for consultancy and project briefings include Areva, Alstom and Westinghouse, he said. His government is also looking to Korean and Japanese firms. Russia’s Rosatum briefed Egyptian officials in June.

Younes added that WorleyParsons, acting as consultants for the Egyptian government, was due to start looking into potential locations.

South Africa’s pending wind projects now total 6000 MW

South Africa has 6000 MW of wind energy ‘ready to be commissioned right now’, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

But SAWEA, which took its information from project developers, added that developers are waiting for power purchase agreements (PPAs) to be set up under the renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit).

South Africa still awaits the draft of the integrated resource plan 2010 (IRP2010), initially due by the end of June. Mark Tawnton of Sawea has said South Africa should aim for 30 000 MW of installed wind capacity, or 25 per cent of its total generation mix from wind by 2025.

Russia eyes Tajik-Pakistan electricity project

Russia may participate in an ambitious programme to deliver electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan, said its foreign minister.

Sergei Lavrov spoke during a summit of the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan in the resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.

Russia has been invited to join the $680m CASA-1000 project to set up lines to take excess electricity from Tajikistan, and would take part under mutually profitable terms, he said.




Egypt: Electricity minister Hassan Younes has said that Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed contracts worth $2.5m for work to develop a 1300 km power cable with a capacity of 3000 MW to link the two countries.

Egypt: The World Bank has approved a EGP1.2bn ($211m) loan to help develop Egypt’s wind power, according to the Al Watan newspaper, which added that the country is aiming for 10 000 MW from wind by 2022.

Iran: Power Machines plans to complete its equipment supplies to the 1800 MW Ramin power plant in the first quarter of 2011. The Russian company is assisting in overhauling the plant’s fourth unit by modernizing the flow tube of a 300 MW steam turbine.

Jordan: Korea will extend a $70m soft loan over ten years to help Jordan build a 5 MW nuclear research reactor at Irbid university. The Korean consortium set to build the $130m reactor is already studying the site, said the chairman of Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission.

Kenya: The Indian firm Kalpataru has won two contracts for building a KES7.4bn ($ 92m) high capacity transmission line from Mombasa to Nairobi. The firm is now set to construct 393 km of 400 kV line and 81 km of 200 kV line.

Morocco: Three GE fuel-flexible turbines have been chosen for the new 300 MW Kenitra power plant in a contract worth €200m ($258m) with GE and its consortium partner Cegelec SAS of France.

Mozambique: The government has approved a $2bn project to build a hydropower plant on the Zambezi river. The 1500 MW plant will have have four turbines, each generating 375 MW, 60 km downstream from the Cahora Bassa hydropower dam.

Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to build a $3.5bn power grid. His statement said the grid would be funded by state funds, private finance and development agencies.

Saudi Arabia: Mott MacDonald has been appointed owner’s engineer for the $1.6bn PP11 plant in Riyadh province. The plant would generate 1700 MW. The project also includes a 380 KV gas insulated substation for exporting power to the grid.


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