2016: The year's biggest Power Technology stories

Dong Energy made a final investment decision to begin construction on Hornsea Project One offshore wind project in the UK and EDF signed a preliminary deal with Nuclear Power Corp of India (NPCIL) to build six European pressurised reactors (EPR) reactors in Madhya Pradesh. Power-technology wraps-up the key headlines from 2016.


Dong Energy to start construction on 1.2GW offshore wind project in UK

Dong Energy made a final investment decision to begin construction on Hornsea Project One offshore wind project in the UK.

The new project is being developed with a capacity of 1.2GW and will provide electricity to around one million homes in the country.

The wind project is in line with the firm's strategy of installing 6.5GW by 2020. The firm was awarded a contract for the project in April 2014.

EDF moves ahead with potential construction of six nuclear plants at Jaitapur, India

Electricite de France (EDF) signed a preliminary deal with Nuclear Power Corp of India (NPCIL) to build six European pressurised reactors (EPR) reactors at Jaitapur in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Each of the reactors have 1650MW of energy output, which lends the Jaitapur project a 10GW clean power generation capacity.

The project was taken over by EDF from French state-controlled group Areva.

Duke Energy wins approval to build $1bn combined cycle power plant in US

Duke Energy secured approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to replace its 376MW Asheville coal-fired power plant with a new $1bn natural gas facility.

The project is in line with the company's effort to shift towards a smarter and cleaner energy generation.

Work under the project included construction of two combined cycle natural gas-fuelled electric generating units, which each have a capacity of 280MW.

Mexico awards 2GW of renewable energy projects

The Mexican Government awarded more than 2GW of clean power projects under the country's first electricity auction.

The auction was in line with the government's plan to invest $14bn to add renewable power capacity of 6GW between 2015 and 2018.

Enel Green Power (EGP), SunPower, Alten, Acciona and Recurrent Energy were named as the preferred bidders to build 2,085MWh of renewable energy projects in the country, Bloomberg reported.

Construction to commence on Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland

In collaboration with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power of China, SSE approved construction on the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Outer Moray Firth.

The decision followed financial close of the project, which was one of the largest private investments in Scottish infrastructure.

Construction is expected to begin this year and will see the installation of 84 turbines, with a total capacity of 588MW.

Vattenfall to build €1bn offshore wind farm in Denmark

Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall is to construct a €1bn offshore windfarm Horns Rev III off the west coast of Denmark.

Expected to be commissioned in 2018, the Horns Rev III offshore windfarm will be largest in the European country.

After being commissioned, the wind plant will have the capacity to generate enough power that can supply electricity to 400,000 Danish households.

Gamesa receives 460MW wind turbine projects in India

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa secured seven new orders in India to supply a total of 460MW of wind turbines.

The company deployed a total of 230 turbines specifically designed to optimise performance for low-wind speed sites commonly found in the country. The contracts were signed throughout Q2, 2016.

Gamesa will deliver and install 170 G114-2.0MW class S turbines and 60 of its G97-2.0MW class S, which respectively have a total energy capacity of 340MW and 120MW.

Siemens secures orders for five onshore projects in Germany

Siemens secured five orders to supply 23 direct-drive wind turbines in Germany.

Two of the farms are located in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, while the other three were erected in Lower Saxony. Comprising between one and eight gearless units each, the project installations were expected to be completed this year.

Siemens' onshore windpower and renewables division chief executive officer (CEO) Thomas Richterich said: "Our exceedingly economical gearless wind turbines are best-sellers in windy northern Germany, as these five new projects in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein underscore once again.

"With the larger rotor diameters in our newly expanded wind turbine portfolio, we are set to continue the success story of our highly efficient technology at onshore sites as well."

Dong Energy secures UK approval for £6bn Hornsea Project Two

The UK Government approved a £6bn offshore wind project in the North Sea owned by Danish utility Dong Energy.

The Hornsea Project Two offshore windfarm is located 89km off the Yorkshire coast. It features up to 300 turbines and has a capacity of up to 1.8GW. It is being developed by SMartWindgy.

Dong Energy UK's country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind."

New 829MW Panda Patriot generating station commissioned in Pennsylvania, US

Panda Power Funds commissioned a new 829MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility Panda Patriot generating station in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

The new US-based plant is second of two natural gas projects designed to use Marcellus Shale gas to power around two million households.

Panda Liberty generating station was commissioned last month and is located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Gemma – Lane Patriot Partners, a joint venture between Gemma Power Systems and The Lane Construction, served as EPC contractor for this project.