July’s top stories: Celtic Array scrapped, new biomass plant in Denmark

5 August 2014 (Last Updated June 18th, 2020 16:36)

Centrica and DONG Energy have scrapped the Celtic Array offshore wind farm planned for the Irish Sea, while Abu Dhabi National Energy has reportedly withdrawn from a $1.6bn agreement to acquire two hydropower plants from India's Jaiprakash Power Ventures. Power-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from July 2014.

July’s top stories: Celtic Array scrapped, new biomass plant in Denmark

july top stories

Centrica and DONG Energy scrap Celtic Array offshore wind farm in Irish Sea Zone

offshore wind farm

Centrica and DONG Energy scrapped the Celtic Array offshore wind farm planned for the Irish Sea.

The companies concluded that the project is economically unviable with current technology and has confirmed challenging ground conditions.

Celtic Array, which is a joint venture between Centrica and DONG Energy, was formed in March 2012 when DONG Energy bought a 50% share in Centrica's rights to develop wind farms in the Round 3 Irish Sea Zone.

Taqa pulls out of $1.6bn deal to acquire two Indian hydropower plants

United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi National Energy (Taqa) reportedly withdrew from a $1.6bn agreement to acquire two hydropower plants from India's Jaiprakash Power Ventures, a part of the Jaypee Group.

In March 2014, Taqa-led consortium has agreed to purchase the Baspa Stage II and Karcham Wangtoo hydroelectric plants in Himachal Pradesh, India from Jaiprakash Power Ventures.

The acquisition of the two plants, which have a combined power generation capacity of 1,391MW, was part of a commitment made by the UAE to invest $2bn in India's infrastructure sector in February 2013.

B&W Vølund wins $80m contract to build 280MW biomass power plant in Denmark

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund (B&W Vølund), a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), has won a contract to build a biomass boiler system for the Skærbækværket power plant in Denmark.

Located near Fredericia, the power plant will have a power generation capacity of 280MW.

The contract is valued at more than $80m.

Siemens installs fourth HVDC offshore platform in North Sea for TenneT

HVDC

Siemens completed installation of a fourth high-voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore platform in the North Sea, marking a step ahead for grid connections of sea-based wind farms.

Prior to the installation of the 864MW SylWin1 alpha converter platform, Siemens has completed the 690MW HelWin2 converter station near the German island of Heligoland, also in the North Sea.

Siemens is currently under a contract to implement a total of five North Sea grid connection projects for European electricity transmission system operator TenneT.

ABB to upgrade 350MW Madawaska HVDC transmission link in Canada

Power Transmission

Hydro-Québec awarded a contract to ABB to upgrade the 350MW Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link.

The HVDC transmission link connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Québec in south-east Canada. The order was booked in the second quarter of this year.

As part of the contract, which is valued at $35m, ABB will install its MACH control and protection system and upgrade the valves and valve cooling system.

Toshiba to supply equipment for Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia

Geothermal

Sarulla Operations awarded a contract to Toshiba to supply equipment for the Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia.

Under the contract, Toshiba will supply three 60MW geothermal steam turbines and generators (STG) to the plant, which is claimed to be one of the world's largest geothermal power plants.

The Sarulla geothermal power plant project is now under construction in Tapanali Utara in ndonesia's North Sumatra.

Tidal lagoon development would contribute £27bn to UK, study says

The development of six tidal lagoon power plants across UK would contribute £27bn over the investment period 2015 - 2027 to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), according to a Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) study.

Tidal lagoon infrastructure investment is expected to provide one of the best returns in terms of GDP impact per pound invested for the country when compared with other energy investments, since many of the components can be sourced within the UK.

Over the 120-year design life of the plant, the power plant fleet, upon operation, can supply 8% of the UK's electricity and make an annual contribution of £3.1bn to UK GDP.

Trina Solar to supply 200MW PV modules for Chinese solar power projects

Trina Solar is to deliver 200MW of solar PV modules to Zonergy Company's Chinese downstream projects. The agreement is claimed to be the largest module supply agreement to date in 2014.

As part of the supply agreement, Trina Solar will supply around 800,000 pieces of its TSM-PC05A modules for projects located across several provinces such as Jiangsu, Shandong, Xinjiang, Qinghai and Sichuan.

The modules to be delivered to Zonergy are certified by TUV-SUD as Anti-PID tested to 60oC/85RH% (85°C temperature / 85% relative humidity).