November’s top news stories: SMA to provide 1.2GW inverter power, ENGIE to divest 1GW power plant

7 December 2017 (Last Updated July 29th, 2020 22:55)

SMA to provide 1.2GW inverter power for solar projects in Australia, and ENGIE to divest 1GW Loy Yang B power plant to CTFE. Power-technology.com wraps up key headlines from November.

SMA to provide 1.2GW inverter power for solar projects in Australia

SMA’s Australian unit entered a set of deals to supply more than 1.2GW of inverter power to around 20 utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Australia.

The projects will feature capacities ranging from 10MW to 270MW, and will be developed using SMA’s medium-voltage power station (MVPS) and power plant controller solutions.

The MVPS combines PV inverters, transformers, and medium-voltage switchgears in a container. It is designed to reduce transport, installation, and operating costs.


ENGIE to divest 1GW Loy Yang B power plant to CTFE

ENGIE and its partner signed a conditional binding agreement with Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) to sell the 1GW Loy Yang B power plant Mitsui facility.

The deal is valued at more than A$1.1bn ($835m), reported Reuters.

Situated in the Australian state of Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, the Loy Yang B plant currently supplies around 17% of the state’s total energy.


ACWA Power commissioned 1GW Kirikkale power plant in Turkey

Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power commissioned a 1GW combined-cycle power plant in Turkey.

Built with a cost of $1bn under a public-private partnership mode, the Kirikkale plant is capable of meeting 3% of the total electricity demand in the country.

ACWA Power chairman Mohammad Abunayyan said: “The inauguration of this project is a clear sign of the growth and modernisation in Turkey, which is making the country set for continued development.”


Enel to develop 593MW of wind capacity in Mexico

Enel Rinnovabile (ERinnovabile) was awarded rights to sign multiple contracts in Mexico through a long-term public tender.

The contracts involve four wind projects, which have a total 593MW capacity.

Amistad II, Amistad III, and Amistad IV windfarms will be situated in Acuña, Coahuila.


Statoil opened 402MW Dudgeon offshore windfarm in UK

Statoil and its partners Masdar and Statkraft opened the 402MW Dudgeon offshore windfarm in Great Yarmouth, UK.

Situated 40km off the coast of Norfolk in England, the farm is equipped with 67 turbines.

It was developed with a cost of around £1.25bn and is supplying renewable energy to approximately 410,000 homes in the UK.


India to auction 175GW renewable energy contracts by 2020

The Government of India sought bids to achieve its target of commissioning 175GW of renewable energy (RE), 100GW of solar, and 60GW of windpower generating capacities by the year 2020.

To achieve the 100GW solarpower target, the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) plans to issue a tender for 20GW of ground-mounted solar parks between 2017 and 2018.

Of the 20GW capacity, 3.6GW had already been bid out, while 3GW will be bid out in December this year. Bids for 3GW, 5GW, and 6GW capacities are expected to be sought by January, February, and March respectively next year.


Legal & General invested £300m in Walney Extension windfarm

UK-based financial services group Legal & General provided around £300m to support Danish pension funds PKA and PFA in the acquisition of a 50% stake in the 660MW Walney Extension offshore windfarm from Ørsted.

The fund was provided in the form of long-term acquisition debt and will support the acquisition, which is valued at around £2bn.

This latest deal was financed by Legal & General Investment Management’s Real Assets platform (LGIM Real Assets) on behalf of its customers including Legal & General Retirement (LGR).


MHPS started work on Cirebon coal-fired plant’s 1GW expansion

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) started construction on an ultra-supercritical-pressure boiler and flue gas desulfurisation (FGD) system for a 1GW expansion project at Cirebon coal-fired power plant, Indonesia.

Construction is being carried out by MHPS in consortium with Toshiba Group and Hyundai Engineering & Construction under an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract signed in 2015.

As part of the agreement, MHPS will manufacture, supply, and procure equipment, as well as trial FGD operations.


Oracle Power submitted proposal for 660MW plant in Pakistan

UK-based energy developer Oracle Power submitted a proposal to Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) for the development of a 660MW plant in Block VI of Thar desert, Pakistan.

Oracle Power expects to develop the facility in consortium with Chinese state-owned entities Sichuan Provincial Investment Group (SCIG) and PowerChina International Group.

Situated in the south-east of Pakistan’s Sindh Province, the new combined lignite coal mine and power plant will represent the first phase of a 1,320MW project.


GE revamped 200MW turbine at Ukai power plant in India

GE’s Power Services business completed the modernisation of a 200MW steam turbine installed at Ukai coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India.

The firm worked in consortium with NTPC GE Power Services (NGSL) and Gujarat State Electricity (GSECL) for the project.

The LMZ steam turbine was provided by Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and modernised with GE’s Advanced Steam Path (ASP) technology. It is the unit 4 of the 1,350MW Ukai power plant,

The ASP modernisation includes high-pressure and intermediate-pressure full module upgrades and a low-pressure inner block upgrade, as well as extends the turbine’s life by 25 years.