Siemens selected for Canada’s first low carbon power plant

Siemens coal gasification technology has been selected for Canada’s first low-carbon integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant.

EPCOR Power Generation is planning to build an IGCC power plant featuring carbon capture and storage near Edmonton, Alberta. The demonstration plant, with an installed capacity of approximately 270 MW, is scheduled to come online in 2015.

In the first phase of the project, Siemens will provide the technology licence, as well as the process and basic engineering design for the coal gasification island based on the Siemens SFG-500 coal gasifier.

Following the completion of the front-end engineering design of the plant, EPCOR intends to enter into an agreement with Siemens to supply the gasification reactor and components of the feed system.

The plant is designed to capture 85 per cent of the carbon contained in the coal for EOR.

Wärtsilä wins fourth Brazilan contract

Wärtsilä received an €159m ($230m) order for a power plant project, comprising two plants on the same site, to be delivered to a Brazilian energy consortium.

The order was placed by Geradora de Energia do Maranhao, a consortium made up of Brazilian energy providers Grupo Servtec, Grupo Ligna and FIP Brasil Energia.

In the turnkey contract each power plants will consist of 19 Wärtsilä 20V32 engines, giving a total output of 331 MW.

The power plants are to be located in Miranda do Norte in the state of Maranhao and they will run on high viscosity heavy fuel oil (HFO). Construction will begin in early November 2008, and the plants are scheduled to be fully operational before the end of next year.

This brings the capacity of Wärtsilä’s plants in Brazil to 1500 MW.

Battle over US coal fired plant ends

Opponents to the Oak Creek coal fired power project in Wisconsin, USA, have finally reached agreement after more than eight years of legal battles, accepting a $105m deal that will see some of some of the money being used to expand renewable energy in the state.

The agreement gives what We Energies and its two utility partners, Madison Gas & Electric Company and Wisconsin Public Power Incorporated hoped for, namely that the opening of the $2.3bn power plant would not be held up by a protracted court battle.

The dispute had been with Clean Wisconsin and the Sierra Club, who argued that the Oak Creek plant was moving Wisconsin in the wrong direction in its reliance on coal.

Much needed money will now be available to boost the water quality in Lake Michigan and encourage renewables development, such as wind turbines, solar panels and biomass.

GE to bid for Canada’s largest single hydro project

GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic Power Corporation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on a bid for a 1000 MW run-of-river hydropower plant in the Toba and Bute Inlets in British Columbia, Canada.

With approximate capital costs of $4bn, the joint investment would be Canada’s largest single private sector investment in hydroelectric generation.

Plutonic Power and GE Energy Financial Services intend to jointly bid for the Upper Toba Valley and Bute Inlet Projects into the 2008 BC Hydro Clean Power Call Request for Proposals in November.

DOE provides $36m for carbon capture technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will provide $36m for 15 projects aimed at furthering the development of new and cost effective technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the US’ existing fleet of coal fired power plants.   

The 15 projects will focus on five areas of interest for carbon capture: membranes, solvents, sorbents, oxycombustion (flue gas purification and boiler development), and chemical looping.

According to Samuel W. Bodman Secretary of Energy, the projects announced will combat climate change and help meet current and future energy needs by curbing CO2 emissions from coal fired plants. 

Equipment supply deal for new Brazilan hydro project

Energy Power, the partner of Power Machines of Russia in the Latin American market, has signed an equipment supply contract for the Sao Joao hydroelectric power plant under construction in Brazil.

The equipment supply contract, which is valued in excess of €7m ($10m), was awarded by Electrosul.

Under the terms of the deal, Power Machines will supply two hydrogenerators, each with a capacity of 41 MW, for the two power units at Sao Joao. Start-up of the power units is scheduled for early 2010.

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Canada: Hydro One Networks Incorporated has been given the go- ahead by the Ontario Energy Board to reinforce the existing 12 km of single circuit transmission line in Norfolk County, between Vanessa Junction and the Norfolk transformer station.

Mexico: EDF Energies Nouvelles has awarded Clipper Turbine Works, a subsidiary of Clipper Windpower, a contract to supply 27 x 2.5 MW wind turbines for the La Ventosa wind farm in Mexico.

Peru: The country’s Corihuarmi mine is now receiving low cost hydropower following the connection of a 44 km transmission line and its subsequent energization.

Puerto Rico: A series of projects to create incentives to cut the island’s electricity consumption and promote the greater use of renewables have been announced. They include a so-called ‘Green Loan’ and the ‘Efficient Lightbulbs Incentive’.

USA: Covanta Holding Corporation has entered into an agreement to buy two biomass energy facilities from Ridgewood Maine LLC and Indeck Energy Services Incorporated, co-owners of the plants.

USA: GE Energy and Spanish energy company Acciona SA are partnering on a $381m wind farm in Dakotas, which will provide 180 MW of electricity, or enough power for 60 000 homes.

USA: Georgia Power has requested approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission to convert its coal fired Plant Mitchell station to sustainable wood biomass. Upon conversion the plant will be capable of producing 96 MW.

USA: Wind turbine manufacturer, Clipper Windpower has entered into 50:50 joint venture with BP Alternative Energy to develop one the world’s largest wind farms in the USA. Called the Titan wind energy project, it will have a capacity of 5050 MW.

USA: PSEG Fossil has finalized a 30-year contract with the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) to add 130 MW of peaking generation at its New Haven, CT station. The contract calls for PSEG Fossil to install three dual-fueled units that will go in service June, 2012.