Australasia

All news, projects, policy and regulation announcements concerning electricity generation in Australia, New Zealand and island territories forming Australasia. Tenders, power purchase agreements, renewable energy projects and energy auctions will also be included in this section.

Asia is the largest growth area for installed capacity additions

Increasing demand for electric power in China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia makes Asia the biggest market for the construction of new power plant capacity. It is no coincidence that this year`s POWER-GEN Asia is being held for the first time in India and that each year we sponsor a conference in China. We not only sponsor these two conferences, but our editors are active in organizing the technical programs.

Dense ash slurry benefits reported

Fly ash and bottom ash generated by coal-fired power plants are generally transported hydraulically, pneumatically or by mechanical means to ash dumps, natural ash dams or artificial ash dams. The hydraulic transport of fly ash has traditionally been done in the form of dilute slurries, containing 10- to 30-percent solids by weight.

POWER-GEN(TM) Europe is coming to Hungary with view of the future

The rapidly changing nature of power generation and delivery makes current technical and business information essential for success

Paka Power Station comes on line in record time

Standardized design may be the beginning of a new era in plant construction, with modular pieces snapping into place at accelerating rates

Personnel promotions, appointments, awards

Jerzy Lepecki, Brazil, will retire as CIGRE president and John Banks, UK, will retire as treasurer at the 1996 Paris meeting. A new administrative council will be elected at the same meeting. Executive Committee suggestions are: Michel Chamia, Sweden, president; Andre Merlin, France, Technical Committee chairman; and Professor Y. Sekine, Japan, treasurer. Yves Porcheron, CIGRE secretary general will retire in 1996 and Yves Thomas of Electricite de France will be his successor.

Business briefs and new business

ABB Turbochargers has opened a service station in Guangzhou, China, to serve the Guangdong area and all of Southern China.

Japan tops survey of electricity prices

According to the International Electricity Prices survey, undertaken annually by the Electricity Association in the UK, Japan reported the highest prices--and South Africa the lowest--of the 24 countries included.

PacifiCorp, Entergy buy Australian utilities

PacifiCorp has announced an agreement to purchase Powercor, an electric utility in Southeast Australia, for approximately (US)$1.6 billion. Powercor has had the highest load growth of the five electric distribution companies in the State of Victoria. Fred Buckman, PacifiCorp president and CEO, said the stability of the Austrialian government figured prominently in the company`s decision to pursue an acquisition during the country`s privatization.

Gas development plan aligns CNG, MetNorth

Consolidated Natural Gas Co. (CNG), of the United States, has finalized a strategic alliance with MetNorth Energy, Australia`s largest electric utility. CNG and MetNorth will work together developing gas mar- keting capabilities in the restructured Australian energy industry. The two companies also plan to identify and develop energy infrastructure projects in Australia and Asia. MetNorth, which supplies electricity to 1.3-million customers in New South Wales, was formed Oct. 1, 1995, through th

IES buys stake in New Zealand distribution firms

IES Industries Inc., USA, has acquired minority interests in two electric distribution companies on the north island of New Zealand. IES owns a 6-percent interest in Powerco Ltd. and a 5-percent interest in Central Power Ltd.

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