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.

Australian utility reinvents itself as competition nears

Electric utilities in Australia are facing far-reaching reforms to break down government-based monopolies and introduce new competition. The objective is to achieve reforms similar to those in the United Kingdom, creating a national grid to separate generators from distributors. Retail competition will be encouraged.

Personnel promotions, moves, appointments

Kelvin Bray has been appointed GEC Alsthom`s Power Generation Division managing director, which has been set up by merging the activities of the electromechanical, gas turbine and diesel, and boilers and environmental systems divisions.

New deals in new Zealand

British Petroleum (BP) and Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) have completed the first two major contracts in the recently deregulated New Zealand power market. BP will buy electricity from Capital Power`s electricity trading company, Netco, which will negotiate distribution agreements with the 26 companies supplying the 163 BP sites. CHH will buy electricity from three sources--Mercury Energy, Valley Power and Mainpower--to supply its various sites around the island.

Peter Brotherhood participatesin Australian base-load plant

UK-based turbine manufacturer Peter Brotherhood Ltd. has secured an order worth (US)$2.07 million to supply equipment for a new high-efficiency power station under construction at Pine Creek in Australia.

CMF plant commissioned at Hungarian power station

Memcor has installed a continuous microfiltration (CMF) plant to pretreat water for a reverse osmosis (RO) plant at the Bokod power station near Budapest, Hungary. Zenon Systems Kft, a Hungarian subsidiary of Zenon Environmental Inc. of Canada, supplied the RO unit.

Alsthom picks up multi-country gas turbine equipment orders

GEC Alsthom`s European Gas Turbines subsidiary (EGT) is working on four orders worth more than (US)$32 million to supply gas turbine power generation equipment for the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

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