Archive for May, 2011


UK Competition Launched to Rethink Pylon Design

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

A competition has been launched in Britain to ‘beautify’ electricity pylons, often seen as an eyesore among the country’s landscapes.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change, along with the National Grid and the Royal Institute of British Architects will call for established and up-and-coming architects and engineers to rethink the design of the pylons, which have stood tall across the UK since 1927.

The news comes as the UK Government plans to halve carbon emissions by 2025, meaning much more infrastructure will be needed to transmit electricity from renewable energy generation located in remote areas to homes and businesses.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said, “Done right, energy infrastructure can enhance the landscape. Our challenge is to make sure that this energy revolution is more sustainable and more beautiful than previous revolutions.”

“It’s no longer the case that power stations are going to be close to where the demand for electricity is and therefore there is going to be a need for long transmission networks and that means, inevitably, we are going to have more pylons.”

One solution is to bury power lines underground but Huhne insisted that this method would cost 15 to 20 times more than installing a pylon overground.

There are more than 88,000 pylons in the UK, including 22,000 on National Grid’s main transmission network in England and Wales. These stand some 50m high, and weigh around 30t to withstand weather-beaten parts of Britain.

The new design will need to be just as strong, and like the traditional pylon, carry two 400,000V electricity circuits, said National Grid executive director Nick Winser, “The pylon is a fantastic construction, it is strong and easy to maintain. But, in recent years, we have seen the development of new technologies and materials, which means there is now the opportunity to design an entirely novel pylon.”

A prize fund of £10,000 will be shared amongst the winning candidates.

and National Grid will give consideration to developing the winning design for use in future projects.

The competition closes on 12 July, with shortlisted candidates notified at the end of month. The shortlist will then have the opportunity to work with National Grid before submitting their final designs at the beginning of September.


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Thames Tidal to Develop Tidal Farm in UK

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Thames Tidal will install a turbine along the HQS Wellington, a Royal Navy warship, as part of a pilot project to develop a 50MW tidal farm along the Thames River in the UK.

The two-month trial will help in planning measures to mitigate any environmental risks, including impact on existing river users in future.

Nautricity’s CoRMaT contra-rotating turbines will be deployed in arrays along the river in a phase-wise manner from Westminster to Margate, subject to planning consent and availability of sites.

On completion, the farm will be capable of generating energy sufficient to power 35,000 homes.

The CoRMaT device is a small capsule, tethered to a sub-surface float, allowing the device to operate in a very wide range of water depths.

Thames Tidal is a joint venture of Nautricity, a tidal technology developer, global developer and financier of energy projects.

The project’s stakeholders include the Port of London Authority.


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Alstom to Rehabilitate Russian Hydropower Plants

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Russia and the Russian United Energy-Construction (OEK) have signed an agreement with RusHydro to upgrade the Cascade of Kubansky hydropower plants in Russia.

The Kubansky Cascade hydropower plants comprise eight hydro power plants and one pumped storage power plant, with a total original capacity of over 460MW.

The modernisation programme is expected to increase the capacity by 10% to 20%.

Alstom will restore the electro and hydro mechanical equipment and install a new instrumentation and control system.

Alstom’s OEK partners will carry out the civil works.

A joint hydropower manufacturing facility to be built by RusHydro and Alstom in Ufa City, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, will provide a part of the equipment to rehabilitate the Cascade of Kubansky hydropower plants.

Completion of the modernisation project is expected to take about six to ten years.


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Hyundai Wins Capacity Expansion Contract for Iraqi Power Plant

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering & Construction has secured a contract from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to increase the capacity of its Al-Quds gas plant to 1,400MW from its current 900MW capacity.

The Al-Quds gas-fired power station is located in a suburb north-east of Baghdad.

Work under the $219m contract involves construction of four new stations of 125MW, each amounting to 500MW in total.

General Electric (GE) provided turbines for the expansion project, which is slated to be completed within 18 months, reports


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Finding RR Projects

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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UK Tidal Farm Proposal Approved by DECC

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved a proposal by developer Marine Current Turbines to build a tidal farm in Kyle Rhea, Scotland, through EU funding.

The proposal will be sent to the European Investment Bank, which will perform due diligence on the application for nine months.

The proposed 8 MW tidal farm will feature four turbines and will be built by 2014, subject to public consultation, planning consent and financing.

The £40m ($65.43m) facility can generate electricity for up to 8,000 homes.

The facility is expected to receive funds under the EU’s NER scheme, which is a fund worth around €4.5bn ($6.48bn).


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Mitsui Consortium Secures EPC Contract from Jorf Lasfar Energy

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A consortium consisting of Mitsui and Daewoo E&C has secured a $1.1bn contract from Jorf Lasfar Energy for the construction of a 700 MW coal-fired power plant in Morocco.

Under the engineering, procurement and construction contract, the consortium will build two units each with a gross capacity of 350 MW at Jorf Lasfar power plant site near El Jadida.

A flue-gas desulfurisation system will also be installed in the power plant.

Units 5 and 6 are expected to start commercial operations by December 2013 and April 2014 respectively.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply steam turbines for the plant while IHI Corp will supply boilers and Korea will provide engineering and construction works.


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Alstom to Supply Equipment for €1bn Malaysian Coal-Fired Plant

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Alstom will provide key power generation equipment worth over €650m to TNB Janamanjung for a 1,000 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in Manjung, Malaysia.

Under the contract, Alstom will engineer, procure, construct and commission a 1,000 MW steam turbine, a generator, a supercritical boiler and auxiliaries.

The firm will also supply and install its latest ALSPA Series 6 Distributed Control System, and environmental control systems to reduce emissions.

South East Asia’s first such unit will also be the single largest in the region with the capacity to serve about 2 million households in Malaysia.

The plant is expected to come onstream in 2015.


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GE Secures $500m Contracts from SEC

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

GE has secured contracts to supply gas turbine technology and services for four Saudi Electric Company power plants under a capacity expansion programme.

The total value of the contracts is more than $500m.

GE will provide three 7FA gas turbines, one D11 steam turbine and four generators for combined-cycle service under the planned 600 MW expansion at the power plant in Qurayyah.

The 480 MW expansion of the PP-10 power plant in Riyadh, will see the addition of eight Frame 7EA gas turbines and generators.

GE will also supply eight Frame 7EA gas turbines and generators for simple cycle service at the power plant in Qassim, under the 480 MW expansion at the facility.

The company will also supply two Frame 7EA gas turbines and generators for simple-cycle duty, under the 120 MW expansion at the power plant in Tabouk.

The upgrade will add 1,680 MW of power to the national grid and will help support the nation in meeting its growing power needs.

Arabian BEMCO will serve as the engineering procurement contractor (EPC) for the SEC power plants at Qurrayah, Qassim and Riyadh while Al Toukhi Construction Group will undertake EPC work for the Tabouk site.


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GE to Introduce New Steam Turbine Technology in India

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

General Electric (GE) plans to introduce its latest generation of 660MW and 800MW supercritical steam turbine technology in India this year.

GE Energy India president and CEO Kishore Jayaraman said GE’s steam turbine technology is extremely flexible and can be customised with a variety of boiler conditions.

“We are open to associating with leading independent boiler original equipment manufacturers), consultants and engineering procurement and construction contractors to develop the most optimal solution to the plant owners,” Jayaraman added.

The steam turbine generator market in the country is expected to be around 10-12 GW per annum over the next 10 years.


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UK Misses 2010 Renewable Energy Target

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) has said the UK has reached only 6.5% of the 10% renewable electricity target set for 2010.

REF has released an information note based on analysis of new Department of Energy and Climate Change and Office of Gas and Electricity Markets Group (Ofgem) data.

The analysis shows that the UK failed to reach its renewable electricity target set last year, despite providing a subsidy of £5bn ($8.16bn) from 2002-10 and £1.1bn ($1.80bn) in 2010.

The onshore wind load factor in 2010 fell to 21%, from 27% in 2009, while the offshore load factor declined to 29% in 2010 from 30% in 2009.

The analysis shows that though low wind in 2010 accounts for some part of the target shortfall, it is clear that the target would have been missed by a large margin even if wind speeds had exceeded the highest annual average in the last ten years.

The failure of UK to meet the set targets doubts UK’s ability to reach the EU Renewable Energy Directive target for 15% of final energy consumption, a level requiring at least 30% of UK electricity to be generated from renewable sources.

Ofgem regulates the gas and electricity industries in Britain.


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