Siemens to build two gas power plants in Argentina

A Siemens led consortium has been awarded contracts worth some $1.6bn from Argentina for the turnkey construction of two combined cycle gas fired power plants.

The 830 MW plants will be built in Campana in the province of Buenos Aires and in Timbúes near the city of Rosario in Santa Fe province. The independent power producer projects are to be constructed and operated by the Termoeléctrica Manuel Belgrano (TMB) and Termoeléctrica José de San Martín (TSM), respectively.

For both projects, Siemens will deliver two high-efficiency gas turbines, one steam turbine and the related instrumentation and control system. Further-more, the Siemens scope of supply includes the heat recovery steam generator and power electrics and a ten-year maintenance contract. Siemens’ share, including the long-term service agreement, amounts to approximately $1bn.

The consortia partners, Duro Felguera and Electroingeniería for TMB and Inelectra, and Electroingeniería for TSM, will be responsible for the balance of construction of the plants.

Commercial operation is due to start in the first half of 2008 in open cycle mode and full operation in early 2009.

Alstrom secures $500m coal clean up contracts

Alstom has won three successive USA contracts worth over $518m to clean emissions from ten coal fired power stations in Texas, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Alstom will supply emission control systems for SOx, particulates and mercury for eight new coal-fired 858 MW generating units that will be built in Texas by utility TXU. The contract is worth $360m.

In Maysville, Kentucky, Alstom will also supply an emissions control system for the 340 MW Unit 1 of East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s H.L. Spurlock Power Station.

In South Carolina, in cooperation with AMEC and Zachry Construction, Alstom will supply an air quality control system to Cope Power Station for utility South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G).

Cape Wind prospects improve after Supreme Court ruling

Controversial plans to develop a 130-turbine wind farm off the USA’s coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts have been given a significant boost by a Supreme Court ruling.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued a ruling reaffirming the May 2005 decision of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (MEFSB) approving the construction and operation of undersea transmission lines to serve the Cape Wind Project.

Energy production will be boosted by 7 per cent. Cape Wind’s annual expected wind power production will now be 1594 GWh, up from 1489 GWh.

ConocoPhillips and EnCana combine to create North American oil concern

ConocoPhillips and EnCana have created an integrated North American oil business.

The upstream partnership will consist of EnCana’s Foster Creek and Christina Lake projects located in the prolific eastern flank of the Athabasca oilsands in northeast Alberta. The downstream partnership will consist of ConocoPhillips’ Wood River and Borger refineries located in Roxana, Illinois, and Borger, Texas, respectively.

Environmental campaigners raise Patagonia concern

The development of potential hydroelectric generation sites in southern Chile’s Patagonia threaten the region, environmental campaigners say.

The protests come as a joint venture between Endesa Chile and local power major Colbun plans to develop four dams to generate some 2400 MW in the power-starved country.

The proposals, which also include a 2000 km transmission line to carry the power to the capital Santiago, would see some 90 km2 flooded as part of the $4bn project.

Colombia plans major capacity hike

Colombia is planning six projects with a combined capacity of 871 MW by 2011.

The projects include the 54 MW El Morro gas-fired plant. A second planned thermal project is the 50 MW coal fired Argos facility, due to begin operating in early 2010.

Hydro developments include the 80 MW Rio Amoya plant, due for start-up in July 2009 and the 27 MW Rio Manso development, due to begin operating in August 2010. The largest development is also hydro-based with the two-stage 660 MW Porce III project.

News digest

Brazil: A $400m loan from the Inter-American Development Bank has been approved for SOL Coqueria Turbarao to finance a 180 MW integrated coke and cogeneration project in Vitoria, in the state of Espirito Santo.

Brazil: Foster Wheeler is to design and supply a 150 MW CFB boiler island to Votorantim Metais Niquel by November 2008. The pet-coke fired plant will be adjacent to an existing facility in Acampamento Macedo, near Brazilia.

Brazil: Wartsila has announced plans to invest $1.6m developing its services workshop in Manaus. The investment will fund and equip a new workshop to meet regional demand.

Chile: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has received an order from Empresa Electrica Guacolda for the turnkey delivery of a 152 MW coal-fired plant in Huasco, due on line in September 2009.

Colombia: Independent power producer Termobarranquilla has signed a ten-year service agreement with Alstom. The maintenance contract covers gas turbine parts and an upgrade for the five GT11N2 turbines installed in Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast.

USA: Oklahoma’s Markham Ferry hydro plant is to be upgraded in a €50m ($?m) deal with Alstom. The Grand River Dam Authority awarded the contract to supply and install four 27 MW Kaplan turbines. The first refurbished unit is due on line in 2008, the last in 2011.

USA: Point Beach nuclear plant, a 1 033 MW facility in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is to be sold by Wisconsin Energy Group to FPL Energy under a $1bn deal.

USA: Regulatory authority FERC has approved an upgrade at the Oswego Falls West hydroelectric plant, located in New York state. Operators Brookfield Power are installing two new 500 kW turbine generators, increasing output to 7.36 MW by early 2007.

USA: The US Bankruptcy Court has approved Calpine’s planned sale of its 590 MW Aries power plant, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, to Kelson Holdings for $233.6m.

USA: Vestas is to supply turbines for the second phase of the Solano wind project in Rio Vista, California. The 63 MW order comprises 21 turbines of 3 MW each. The turnkey delivery is due to begin in September with commissioning in the second quarter of 2008.

Venezuela: VA Tech Hydro is to modernise the Pena Largo Hydro plant in the Andes. The project includes two Francis turbine runners to replace the existing 20 MW units. The two refurbished units are due for commissioning in mid-2008.