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.
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.
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.
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.
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.