EBRD to finance solar plant in Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and its partner Clean Technology Fund (CTF) agreed to provide financial assistance to Energopark Yavoriv for construction of the first stage of a 72MW solar plant in Lviv, Ukraine.

This first stage is expected to consist of a 36MW facility, which will later be doubled to 72MW capacity in its second stage of development.

Energopark Yavoriv was created specifically for the construction project and is majority-owned by Zinoviy Kozytskiy, whose core business activities focus on renewable energy generation.


World Bank approved $486m to improve Nigeria’s electricity transmission network

The World Bank (WB) agreed to provide $486m credit to the Government of Nigeria to support its Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project (NETP).

The NETP is expected to improve the power transfer capacity of Nigeria’s transmission network and enable distribution companies to supply additional power to its consumers. It is reported to be part of the federal government’s Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP).

With the investment, the government intends to upgrade electricity transmission substations and lines in the region.


Arenko and GE to build grid-scale energy storage system in UK

UK-based energy company Arenko Group (Arenko) partnered with GE Power (GE) to build a grid-scale energy storage system in the country.

As part of the deal, GE is set to deliver a 41MW, fully integrated battery storage solution to meet the consumer demand in real-time under the deal.

The grid-scale energy storage system is said to be one of the largest projects in the UK and will have the capacity to meet the power requirements of approximately 100,000 homes across the country.


Wessex Archaeology unearthed artifacts on Hornsea Project One cable route

UK-based archaeology and heritage practice Wessex Archaeology unearthed archaeological remains in Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas during an excavation process for the onshore construction phase of the Hornsea Project One offshore windfarm.

Wessex Archaeology carried out archaeological excavations works for the onshore cable route on behalf of the windfarm’s primary developer, Danish power company Ørsted.

Ørsted environment and consents manager Bronagh Byrne said: “Most people wouldn’t associate renewable energy sources with historical artefacts, but it just goes to show the variety of activities needed to build an offshore windfarm.”


JA Solar sent Mono PERC Modules to Israel

Chinese solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings provided Mono PERC modules for the Ashalim 250MW solar project in Israel.

Located in the Negev Desert, the project is reported to be part of a 250MW pipeline of assets that combine solar thermal energy and photovoltaic (PV) energy.

It will be jointly developed by French electric utility company Electricite De France (EDF) and Israeli renewable energy company Clal Sun, and is being built by procurement and construction (EPC) services provider Belectric.


SGRE to supply wind turbines for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project Two

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) was selected by Danish energy company Ørsted to supply wind turbines for offshore project Hornsea Project Two in the UK.

As per the agreement, SGRE will deliver and install its SG 8.0-167 DD turbines with power boost functionality at the facility.

The turbines will have the capacity to generate 1,386MW of renewable energy.


ABB to strengthen power grid in Germany

ABB secured a contract from German transmission system operator TransnetBW to upgrade a substation in Philippsburg.

Located in the southwest German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the project will see the replacement of the existing air-insulated switchgear (AIS) with a compact 380kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS).

The contract is worth approximately $45m and is reported to be part of Germany’s energy transition initiative Energiewende, which aims to achieve a renewable energy target of at least 80% by 2050.


Siemens Gamesa to support offshore wind industry in Taiwan

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group (YGG) for the development of an offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan.

As per the terms of the MoU, YGG will research options for establishing windpower component manufacturing, machining and painting facilities at the Taichung Harbour in Taiwan, while SGRE will provide advice and support on complying with offshore wind quality and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) standards.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s offshore CEO Andreas Nauen said: “The promising potential of the Taiwanese offshore market combined with our positive experience with the government has encouraged us to intensify our efforts.”


Canada unveiled plans to reduce coal-fired generation

The Government of Canada unveiled plans to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.

The government has also proposed new changes to greenhouse gas regulations for natural gas fired electricity.

The new initiative is said to be part of Canada’s clean-growth and climate action plan, as well as the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.


NSG Wind and Wilhelmsen won contract for TenneT’s offshore and onshore stations

NSG Wind and Wilhelmsen Ship Management won a contract to offer full technical maintenance solutions for TenneT’s offshore and onshore transformer stations, as well as its alternating current (AC) electricity transmission systems.

The project is expected to commence in 2018 and will run until 2022.

Under the frame agreement, Wilhelmsen Ship Management will provide technical maintenance on components of the grid connection system, including the secondary and auxiliary systems.