IMF urges Senegal to revamp state power company Senelec

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Senegal to revamp its state power company, Senelec, warning that power blackouts are dragging down the West African country’s economy.

Senegal depends mostly on oil fired stations run on imported fuel. A spate of power cuts in August and September triggered street protests and followed what company officials said was a cash-flow crisis at the state energy firm. “A well-functioning electricity sector is a key basis for higher growth,” IMF division chief Norbert Funke said. “Senelec needs an operational model that is consistent with its long-term viability,” he said, urging measures to raise efficiency, improve fuel purchasing systems and clear existing debt.

The IMF forecast economic growth at 1.25 per cent this year – slightly lower than an earlier forecast of 1.5 per cent – before a pickup to 3.5 per cent next year, assuming a wider world recovery and the pace of domestic reform remains on track.

The government said in July it planned to invest more than $1bn in the energy sector by 2012, and provide millions of low-energy light bulbs to households to ease fuel bills that are already among the highest in Africa.

Ten companies to compete in bid to build 250 MW wind farm in Egypt

Egypt has drawn up a short-list of ten bidders to construct a wind farm that will form part of the government’s plan to have 20 per cent of the energy it utilizes from renewables sources by 2020.

The farm will have a capacity of 250 MW and is expected to be built on the Gulf of Suez. Among the bidders are Enel Green Power of Italy and France’s EDF. With the list now established, each bidder will compile their final bids, which are due to be submitted in the first quarter of 2011.

The wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational by 2014, and will be developed on a build-operate-own (BOO) basis.

South Africa’s CDC to build 3200 MW gas fired plant in Eastern Cape

South Africa has said it will build a 3200 MW gas fired power plant to boost supply in the developing country’s Eastern Cape province.

Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC) has completed a feasibility study for the $4bn project. It will seek out expressions of interest from potential developers by the end of this year and appoint a preferred bidder in 2010.

CDC had initially planned for the construction to start in mid-2012, with the first power to be supplied by the end of 2013, but the time-lines may shift slightly.

Mitsubishi wins 478 MW CCGT order for Uzbek plant (MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has received an order from INITEC Energia, a Spanish engineering and construction company, for a 478 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) cogeneration facility in Uzbekistan.

The facility will be built at the SJSC Uzbekenergo’s Navoi power plant, the authority under which the country’s power industry operates. Delivery of the system is scheduled to begin in December 2010 and be completed in March 2011.

The power plant will be built in Navoi City, the capital of Navoi Province, which is in southwestern Uzbekistan and is one of the country’s largest industrial centres.

The economy of the Navoi region is currently enjoying a boom fueled by the production of natural resources, such as oil, natural gas and precious metals, as well as chemical fertilizer and other material manufacturing.

The plant will consist primarily of one M701F gas turbine, one steam turbine, one heat recovery steam generator and two generators. MHI will provide the gas and steam turbines plus the generators.

Worley Parsons awarded Jordan nuclear contract

Worley Parsons has won an $11.3m consultancy contract with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) .

As a pre-construction contract, its duration and scope of work cover the preparatory phases before the signing of contracts with a reactor vendor, anticipated to be around the end of 2012.

Worley Parsons will conduct a feasibility study and financial assessment of the project, as well as assist in the tender for the plant vendor.

The Australian company will also help in establishing the Jordan electric utility company to own and operate the plant. The utility is to be established under a public-private partnership model.

US, Russian firms complete Ethiopia hydro plant

US engineer MVH and joint venture partner Energoprojekt of Russia have completed the $350m Tekeze hydro project in northern Ethiopia.

The government-funded project is expected to provide a reliable, renewable source of power for the country that has been forced to impose regular blackouts for its 80m residents due to energy shortages.

The Tekeze hydropower project is expected to provide 300 MW of renewable power, adding 40 per cent production to the current 683 MW generated for the entire country.

 

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Botswana: President Seretse Khama has announced the development of an integrated 250 MW open-cycle gas turbine and coal bed methane power plant fed by substations situated at Orapa for 90 MW and the Mmashoro area for 160 MW.

Iraq: BHEL has bagged an order worth $20m from Power Engineers Contracting Company, UK, to supply of one 42 MW (Frame 6B) gas turbine generating unit for Nasiryah power project in Iraq.

Kenya: The Geothermal Development Company says geothermal energy output will increase by 4000 MW over the next 20 years.

Namibia: Alstom Hydro has been awarded a €16m ($24m) contract by the state-owned power utility Nam Power for the supply of the electro-mechanical equipment and penstocks for a 92 MW unit at Ruacana hyropower plant.

Nigeria: Wärtsilä has won a ten-year operations and maintenance contract by Lafarge Cement WAPCO to run its cement plant power station. The 100 MW plant, in Ewekoro, 65 km north of Lagos, is currently under construction and is to be operational by January 2011.

Oman: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has issued three tenders for the construction of a power plant at the Amal crude field. Companies interested in bidding have until 7 February 2010 to make submissions to PDO. The award date is scheduled to be in June 2010.

Rwanda: Over 18 000 electricity connections will be made in Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge (Kigali city), Nyagatare in the Eastern Province and Nyamasheke in the Southern Province as part of the government’s plans to expand the national grid.

Saudi Arabia: Bahrain’s First Energy Bank plans to build a $1bn polysilicon plant to cater for the rising regional investments in solar power. Production is scheduled to begin in 2013.

Turkey: RWE and its Turkish joint venture partner Turcas have signed a construction agreement for the planned 775 MW combined-cycle gas turbine plant in Denizli in the west of the country. RWE holds a 70 per cent share in the joint venture. Construction is to start in 2010 and the power plant should be commissioned at the end of 2012.

 

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