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Ohio partners with Bechtel on new coal plant

Wholesale power supplier AMP-Ohio is to partner with Bechtel Power Corporation in the construction of a major coal fired generating plant and associated facilities adjacent to the Ohio River in southeast Ohio.

Bechtel has been granted a limited notice to proceed as the EPC contractor for the $3.25bn American Municipal Power Generating Station (AMPGS). It will supply electricity to 81 municipal electric systems in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia and West Virginia.

The 1000 MW facility will utilize Powerspan emission control technology with a view to adding carbon capture, and is expected to be one of the cleanest facilities of its type in the nation. AMP-Ohio says that replacing power currently generated from older, less controlled, less efficient units with power generated from AMPGS will markedly decrease the emissions footprint of energy used by its participating member systems’ customers.

Nexans win €26m Brazilian 230 kV cable contract

Nexans is to supply All Aluminium Alloy Conductor (AAAC) cable for the construction of five 230 kV overhead transmission lines in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

The €26m ($34m) order was placed by EBTE, the winner of the auction held by Brazilian power regulator ANEEL, for a project to reinforce the power infrastructure in Mato Grosso. The new infrastructure will consist of lines totalling 750 km and will handle the output from a number of new power generation developments, as well as increasing Brazil’s national power generation capacity.

Each transmission line will comprise three phases requiring a total length of AAAC cable of around 2350 km. The AAAC conductor is both lighter and stronger than conventional conductors.

National Grid chooses Balfour Beatty for New England project

UK-based National Grid has awarded compatriots Balfour Beatty a five-year contract for the design and build of substations and transmission lines in the New England region as part of its US electricity transmission capital investment programme.

The project work will be carried out by the New Energy Alliance, a joint-venture between Balfour Beatty and MJ Electric, a Quanta Services company. There is an option to extend the New Energy Alliance for a further three years after the initial five-year period.

The total value of the capital projects for New England and for New York State, where National Grid has selected another joint venture partner for transmission and sub-station works, was reportedly an approximate $1.7bn.

Ontario wind power projects announced

Ontario Power Authority and Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) have announced plans to develop and construct two new wind projects with total installed capacity of 198 MW, enough to power 52 000 average homes.

Capital expenditure on the Talbot and Greenwich Wind Farms will be more than $85m with $13m yearly operating expenses.

The Talbot wind farm in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will produce 99 MW and will create 300 construction jobs. The Greenwich project located in the Municipality of Dorion and the Unorganized Territory of Spruce Current is of a similar size.

RES Canada, an affiliate of RES Americas, was founded in 2003 and is active in development and construction services.

Illinois agrees rules for IGCC plants

The US state of Illinois has passed a law that creates a framework for developing coal gasification projects with carbon capture and storage.

The Clean Coal Portfolio Standard Act requires emission from coal fired plants to be as clean as gas fired generators.

In order for a clean coal facility to qualify under this legislation, a plant must not only capture at least 50 per cent of the total CO2 emissions but must also incorporate equipment that limits regulated pollutants (such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxides, particulates and mercury) from combustion of the synthetically-produced feedstock to levels no higher than combined-cycle gas fired plants.

Calgary’s Enmax turns to MHI CCGT solution

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has received an order for an 800 MW gas combined-cycle gas power plant from Enmax Green Power Inc., for its planned Shepard Energy Centre to be built near Calgary, Alberta.

The plant will be commissioned by the winter 2012 peak demand season and will be capable of providing over half of Calgary’s electricity demand.

MHI will supply two M501G1 gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will supply the generators.

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Bolivia: Bolivian president Evo Morales is reported to be planning the nationalization of three electric utilities, Empresa Electrica Corani SA, Empresa Electrica Guarachi SA and Empresa Electrica Valle Hermoso SA.

Canada: Calgary-based TransAlta Corporation has commenced commercial operation of its CAN$170m ($139m) 96 MW Kent Hills wind farm, located 30 km southwest of Moncton, bringing its total installed wind capacity to 248 MW.

Costa Rica: Ormat Technologies has signed a contract worth $65m with Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica for the supply, supervision of installation, start-up and testing of the Las Pailas geothermal plant in Costa Rica.

Ecuador: Emaap-Q, the utility serving the Ecuadorian capital Quinto, is planning to invest $1.2bn in a potable water expansion project that will include the construction of two hydroelectric power plants. Technical studies will be complete by 2011.

Uruguay: Around 500 MW of new capacity from wind, biomass and mini hydro will be added to the grid by 2015 in order to reduce dependency on imported oil and gas, according to the government.

USA: Mississippi Power has filed for a certificate to build a new 582 MW integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant wit carbon capture capabilities in Kemper County, estimated to cost in the region of $2.2bn.

USA: Dynergy is reported to have abandoned plans to construct six coal fired power plants across six states, under a joint venture with New York-base energy company LS Power, citing external credit and regulatory barriers.

USA: FuelCell Energy has been awarded a $30.2m contract under Phase II of a US Department of Energy’s Clean Coal programme to build a 25 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack operating on coal based syngas, in conjunction with Versa Power Systems.

USA: National Grid has placed an order with American Superconductor to install and maintain a D-VAR STATCOM reactive compensation system on eastern Long Island, New York.

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