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Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, will deliver the Singapore Energy Lecture (SEL) on 23 October 2017 at the 10th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).

The digital transformation in the energy industry has fundamentally changed the electricity landscape. In the future, the energy supply will be ensured by a range of renewable energy plants, storage systems and consumers acting as prosumers.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp announced that a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities Co. APUC's wholly-owned regulated utility business, successfully completed its acquisition of The Empire District Electric Company for an aggregate purchase price of approximately Cdn$3.2 billion.

Wärtsilä will supply a 101 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Pampa Energía S.A.in Argentina. Wärtsilä’s scope is to deliver a turnkey solution, including the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has confirmed that the ACWA Power and Harbin Electric consortium has begun construction of the 2400 MW Hassyan clean coal power plant in Dubai, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) procurement model.

DTE Energy has matched two economic development grants from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist St Clair County and the City of Harbor Beach redevelop property following retirements of DTE coal-fired power plants.

Sembcorp Industries on Wednesday said that its second thermal power plant in India, the 1,320-MW Sembcorp Gayatri Power Ltd (SGPL), has completed construction of its first 660-MW unit. The second unit of 660 megawatts is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

A Colombian company focused on the acquisition and development of high-quality metallurgical coal properties New Colombia Resources is planning to build a thermal coal power plant in Guaduas, Colombia.

Mitsubishi Corporation Power, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Tokyo Electric Power, and Joban Joint Power have established joint ventures Nakoso IGCC Power GK and Hirono IGCC Power GK for the construction and operation of coal-fired power plants in Fukushima, Japan.

DTE Energy announced it will build new energy generation as part of its commitment to ensure long-term reliability and produce cleaner energy for its customers.  The new energy generated will replace a portion of the capacity from coal-fired plants DTE intends to retire by 2023.

RES is delighted to have been awarded a contract by National Grid through its first commercial tender process for Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) services.  Under the four year contract awarded today, RES will deliver 35MW of sub second frequency response service through a battery energy storage project.

Commenting on the contract win Rob Sauven, Group Business Development Director at RES, said:This contract with National Grid is another big step forward for RES in expanding our industry-leading, global energy storage expertise in the UK.  RES has successfully pioneered a range of grid services through energy storage projects in the US and Canada, and has a growing portfolio of UK projects.

We are therefore well placed to deliver this innovative service to support the National Grid in balancing the GB electricity system cost-effectively; which in turn will bring significant benefits to UK electricity consumers.”

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd established the subsidiary MHI Technologies S.A.E in the Egyptian city of New Cairo. In order to strengthen MHI's economic, and industrial relationships with Egypt, which has the population of 90 million, and to serve as a springboard to the substantial African market. The subsidiary was created for new business development and to work flexibly in alliance with Egyptian companies to quickly and accurately meet the needs of the rapidly growing demand of Egypt's infrastructure and industrial base.

MHI Egypt has been established through investment from MHI, the MHI Group company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries France S.A.S. (MHIF, headquartered in Paris) that oversees Europe, the Middle East and African regions, and our European office Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe, Ltd. (MHIE, Headquarters: London).

With Egypt completing an expansion of the Suez Canal in 2015 and developing other large-scale projects such as regional development plans, the world's attention is now focused on the country's growth potential, and overseas direct investment is increasingly active.

Upon the inauguration of MHI Egypt, MHI President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga made the following comment.

"MHI Group is currently delivering many products to Egypt, such as our participation in the South Helwan thermal power plant project, Egypt's largest, in the energy field. On the occasion of the establishment of MHI Egypt, while carrying out activities rooted in the country, our entire Group will make further efforts to contribute to the future growth and prosperity of Egypt, making full use of our technical capabilities in a wide range of business areas."

Going forward, MHI will make close contact with the customers and markets of Egypt and Africa through MHI Egypt, and continue to actively carry out business activities that contribute to the economic and industrial development of the region.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers. MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website atwww.mhi.co.jp. 

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Western Power Distribution, the largest electric distribution network operator in the United Kingdom, deployed Bentley Map Mobile on over 3,000 iPads to quickly deliver the latest mapping and electrical network asset information to field crews.

Timely updates exceeding 5,000 asset changes a month are received via Wi-Fi or 3G in the field. The project implementation consisted of moving data from Western Power’s Electric Mapping Utility (EMU) to iPads for use by Western Power’s field personnel. Bentley provided the technology to identify the delta changes in the source EMU data and distribute these changes through a Bentley MANAGEservices solution to iPads running the Bentley Map Mobile app. The solution leverages the change sets capability of i-models, which delivers compact and fast data updates. Western Power’s Mapping Manager, Andrew Bennett stated, “The deployment of Bentley Map Mobile into Western Power will help us to get the latest and most current information to our field activity quickly and faster than we’ve ever achieved before.”

Western Power worked with Bentley to implement a full range of capabilities for field crews including network tracing, gazetteer search, and more. Previously, Western Power field crews had to travel into the office periodically and plug in their devices to upload the entire dataset in order to have access to the latest information. Now the updates happen in real time in the field on the iPad, eliminating the need for trips to the office to retrieve data. The accurate, up-to-date asset information also reduces the risk to the operational staff and the public and is essential for making repairs, connections, and upgrades to electric networks.

Western Power’s network is made up of approximately 220,000 kilometers of overhead lines and underground cables with 185,000 electricity substations across a geographic area of 55,500 square kilometers covering the East Midlands, West Midlands, and South West of England, and South Wales. Bentley Map Mobile allows operational staff access to the mapping and asset data they need for the part of the electricity network they are working on, anywhere in the Western Power footprint in a quick and simple way. Western Power’s tier one contractors also use this solution. The solution improves day-to-day operational efficiency, allows for quicker restoration and troubleshooting during outages, and also supports Western Power's regulatory requirements for quick response to customers when incidents occur.

 

SEMI, the global semiconductor industry association serving the entire manufacturing supply chain, concluded SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016 (SEMICON SEA 2016) on a transfomative note. The exhibition emphasized new business opportunities, and cross-regional engagement, across all segments of the microelectronics industries, from semiconductors and equipment, to LEDs, advanced packaging, test systems, IoT, and other adjacent markets.

Ng Kai Fai, Pres. of SEMI SEA, said "The semiconductor industry has the potential to be an engine of strong continued growth for the Southeast Asia economy. It is a very vibrant and changing market. The front-end, or processing segment of the industry, is expected to see a capital investment grow at over 100% (approaching USD$2 billion) in SEA alone this year, following increases in memory demand for data storage and mobile applications globally."

"SEMICON SEA 2016 featured more than 60 industry speakers and 200 companies coming together to learn about the latest technology developments and strategies from industry leaders. For next year, we expect to attract even more exhibitors and speakers from around the world. We have already secured 143 exhibitors for the upcoming exhibition which will once again be held in Penang."

A total of 6,125 industry players attended the three-day conference which was anchored by 199 exhibitors from across the Southeast Asia region, an increase from 181 in 2015. In addition, the event had a 27% increase in new company attendees. The event connected decision makers from leading and emerging semiconductor companies from both the SEA region and world, and attracted an influential audience from a cross-sector of the global microelectronics industry.

Held in the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, SEMICON SEA 2016 focused on trends and solutions in semiconductor design and manufacturing, including expanding applications markets, many of which require development of specialised materials, packaging, and test technologies, as well as new architectures and processes. The event also addressed expanding applications markets like mobile devices, and other connected "Internet of Things" (IoT) technologies. 

"Overall, we are pleased with the success of SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016. For the upcoming SEMICON SEA 2017, we plan to enhance the value of the event by offering dedicated pavilions including two new focused on Packaging and Failure Analysis," Ng continued. "The SEA semiconducter community is only starting to network, collaborate and innovate, especially in the nascent Wafer Level and System Level Packaging industries, and it is looking to become a larger player in this USD19 billion global industry."

Sponsors for SEMICON SEA 2016 included Advantest, Applied Materials, AMEC, ASE, Chip Shine, Edward Technologies, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, EV Group, Festo, Indium, KLA-Tencor, Kulicke & Soffa, Lam Research, SCREEN, Siemens, Tokyo Electron and Xcerra Corporation. Partners include Invest Penang, LEDExpo Thailand 2016, VLSI Consultancy, MATRADE, Malaysia Investment & Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Penang Tourism, SAMENTA and Singapore Manufacturing Federation.

About SEMICON SEA

While Southeast Asia is rising up fast as a world-class electronics manufacturing hub with end-to-end R&D capabilitie, SEMICON Southeast Asia has become an important exposition for the semiconductor industry in Southeast Asia. The show connects the decision makers from the industry, demonstrates the most advanced products and brings in the most up-to-date market and technology trends. 

SEMICON Southeast Asia (April) takes place among SEMICON Russia (June), SEMICON West (USA, July), SEMICON Taiwan (Sept), SEMICON Europa (Oct), and SEMICON Japan (Dec). SEMICON SEA reconvenes at the SPICE Arena, Penang, Malaysia, 25-27 April, 2017. For more information, please seewww.semiconsea.org.

About SEMI Southeast Asia

SEMI Southeast Asia was established in 1993, the same year the SEMICON Singapore exhibition was established. The aim of the SEMI Southeast Asia office is to provide all of the SEMI International Services to the region in a timely manner. If you happen to be visiting or plan to set up operations in Southeast Asia, please contact us at the SEMI Southeast Asia office. For more information, please visitwww.semi.org/sea.

About SEMI 

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visitwww.semi.org.

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has received an order for two steam turbines and generators for a large-scale Waste-to-Energy (WTE) project being advanced by the Singaporean National Environment Agency (NEA). The 120 megawatt class WTE generation facility will be a stoker-type (Note) with the capacity to process 3,600 tons of waste daily, and will be delivered through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIEC) who are also involved in the project. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2019.

The WTE facility will be built in Tuas, an industrial district in the mid-west of Singapore. Construction and operation will be the responsibility of a special purpose company (SPC) established jointly by MHI and the major local water processing and supply company Hyflux Ltd. EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) will be carried out by HydroChem, a subsidiary of Hyflux. MHIEC will supply the incinerator and generation equipment together with MHI's local Singaporean subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (MHI-AP) beneath HydroChem.

The MHI Group has been involved in three WTE plants in Singapore to date including the Tuas South Incineration Plant, which was completed in 2000 and, at 4,320 tons per day, has one of the world's largest processing capacities. MHI also supplied the key steam turbine component responsible for generating power in these plants, and the present order continues from these previous projects, based on the excellent product performance and track record to date.

MHI possesses a full lineup of thermal generation products from high-efficiency large-capacity generation systems to energy-saving systems for industry, and provides total solutions in this field. Going forward, the company will continue to contribute to the economic development of various countries and regions, responding appropriately to their diverse needs.

(Note) Incinerator with a floor lined with heat-resistant metal square bars that combusts the fuel by pushing it up and moving it.

TEPCO Fuel & Power, Incorporated (hereinafter called TEPCO Fuel & Power) announced that the company started commercial operations of Kawasaki Thermal Power Station Unit 3 at Group 2

During construction, the factory assembly scope for the heat recovery boiler was reviewed and increased the use of off-line setups. These efforts shortened construction time onsite and realized the start of Unit 3 a year ahead of the original schedule that was planned after the earthquake. As a result, the company estimates that it can reduce fuel costs by about 10 billion yen and about 700 thousand tons of CO2 emissions.

Kawasaki Thermal Power Station, started commercial operations as a coal-fired thermal power station in 1961, shifted its fuel to naphtha in 1972 and to LNG in 1984 to tackle with pollution problems.
Afterwards, a replacement plan was announced in 1996 and started the construction of an LNG thermal power station using cutting-edge technology while at the same time dismantling the existing facilities. Starting from the first unit in June 2007, Kawasaki Thermal Power Station made a new start as an LNG power station with commercial operations of Unit 3. With world-class cutting-edge technology, the power station consists of 6 units (output: 3,420MW): 4 units of 1,500℃ class combined cycle (MACC: More Advanced Combined Cycle) and 2 units of 1,600℃ class combined cycle (MACCII).

Kawasaki Thermal Power Station Unit 3 at Group 2 features are as follows:
(1)Using MACCIIwhich provides the world’s highest level generation efficiency
The power station realizes the world’s highest level of 61% generation efficiency. It uses state-of-arts heat-resistant materials and cooling technology for gas turbines and also adopts combustion temperatures being raised from 1,500℃ of MACC to 1,600℃ of MACC II. Compared with conventional LNG thermal power plants, the generation efficiency improves about 40% and the amounts of fuel costs and CO2 emissions are reduced about 30%.

(2)Using exhaust gas treatment technology which is cutting-edge and environmentally friendly
The power station uses low NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) burners and high-performance NOx removal equipment that can resist high combustion temperatures. These pieces of equipment use state-of-art and environmentally friendly technologies for exhaust gas treatment.

TEPCO Fuel & Power will continue to strive to strategically reduce fuel cost and improve profitability in order to supply stable and inexpensive electricity and to generate funds towards revitalization of Fukushima.

Currently, rated output has been reduced from 710MW to 685MW and generation efficiency from approx. 61% to approx. 59% when comparing with the original design. This is due to emergency construction work based on another company’s defective steam turbine.

Dominion Virginia Power has begun construction on its 1,588- megawatt Greensville County Power Station, immediately after the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board approved the station's air permit.

The air permit issued on June 17th was the last regulatory hurdle the station had to clear before it could start construction.

"This is terrific news for Dominion, its customers, the Commonwealth, Greensville County and all of Southside Virginia," said Paul Koonce, chief executive officer for Dominion's Generation Group. "We are excited about the task ahead and are looking forward to getting this state-of-the art power station operating and providing energy to more than 400,000 customers by 2019."

The power station will be a major boost for the region's economy. In its first year of operation, it is expected to provide up to $8 million in property taxes for Greensville County.  Post-construction economic benefits are projected to amount to about $36 million annually, and about 166 jobs will be supported, with roughly half of these in Greensville County.

Over its expected 36 year life, the station will save Dominion Virginia Power customers about $2 billion as a result of the company not having to purchase power from market sources.

The Greensville County Power Station will be Dominion's second major generation project in Southside.  In April, the company began generating electricity from its Brunswick County Power Station. The 1,358-megawatt combined-cycle facility is located just 5 miles from the Greensville site.

The seven-person air board voted 5-0 to approve the permit, which has the strictest carbon limits in the nation. One member abstained and another was absent.

"The Air Board has approved and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a very strict permit, which will require that our station be one of the most efficient and environmentally protective natural-gas fueled power stations in the world," said Pamela F. Faggert, Dominion's chief environmental officer and senior vice president sustainability.

At the peak of construction, the Greensville station will have more than 1,000 workers on site.

About Dominion Virginia Power
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion provides energy or products and services to more than 5 million customers in 14 states. It has a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.

It’s easy to take electricity for granted if you have it. In 2014, 70 percent of Myanmar’s households lacked access to electricity. The Myanmar National Electrification Plan aims to electrify 100% of Myanmar’s households by 2030. In support of this, Sembcorp Utilities has ordered two high-efficiency 6F.03 gas turbines from GE (NYSE: GE) as well as the associated steam turbines and Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) for its 225-megawatt Myingyan power project being built in Mandalay.
The new power plant is expected to go online in early 2018, supplying power to the national grid. “This is an important project to deliver additional power to drive our growing economy,” said Minister of Electricity and Energy, H.E. U Pe Zin Tun. “We are confident the stakeholders in this project, the IPP – Sembcorp Utilities – and their partners, Jurong Engineering and GE, will deliver a modern, high technology and efficient combined cycle power plant in Myanmar.”
 “As one of the largest gas-fired power plants in the country, the Myingyan power project will play an active role in meeting power needs here,” said Dennis Foo, General Manager of Sembcorp Myingyan Power Company. “Sembcorp is committed to bringing efficient, reliable power to Myanmar to support its continued development and prosperity, and we are very happy to work with GE as our technology partner in achieving this.”
Built around the 6F.03 heavy-duty gas turbine technology for combined cycle operation, the Myingyan project is designed to deliver high levels of efficiency, availability, flexibility and reliability. The high exhaust energy of the 6F.03 gas turbine makes it ideal for 50 Hz midsize combined cycle applications. When combined with GE’s reheat steam turbine technology, it results in a net efficiency of more than 54%.
GE also will design, supply, and install two HRSGs and a reheat steam turbine for the project. The thermal design approach of the HRSG units combined with a high temperature and high efficiency steam turbine helps ensure one of the best economic yields, and the mechanical design expertise allows for equipment robustness for reliable operation.
“GE’s involvement in the Myingyan IPP project represents our commitment to support the Myanmar government, and companies like Sembcorp and Jurong Engineering as they take up the challenge of driving projects to meet growing power needs,” said Andrew Lee, Chief Country Representative of GE Myanmar. “Once the Myingyan IPP begins delivering power to the national grid, it should help reduce
 
 
Myanmar’s reliance on the more expensive, short-term rental of gas engines as well as the gap between electricity supply and demand.”
About GE Power
GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable. For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com.
 About GE in Myanmar
GE was one of the first American companies to reenter Myanmar upon the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions, resuming commercial operations in 2012 and opening its office in Yangon in May 2013. GE has actively sought opportunities to help meet Myanmar’s healthcare, energy infrastructure and aviation needs, while also supporting the country’s development through capacity building, human capital and leadership training and other philanthropic initiatives.
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Cummins (http://www.Cummins.com), the world's leading industrial engine manufacturer and a historic partner of BIA in the DRC, is giving BIA a fresh vote of confidence by entrusting it with the official distribution of its engine, generator, and filter system product lines in several African countries.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has received an order for natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation system equipment for Lamma Power Station Extension - Unit 10 (output: 350 megawatts [MW]) to be built in Hong Kong by The Hongkong Electric Co., Ltd. (HK Electric). Under the prime contractor on the project, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), MHPS will supply the main components of the power plant. Operation of the Unit 10 is scheduled to commence in January 2020.

The first effluent limitation guidelines update since 1982 is game-changing for many U.S. power plants. This unfiltered look at the rule and its nuances will help you understand how each component affects your plant and presents the five steps you need to take now to be on pace with the compliance timeline.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 20 issued a supplemental finding that consideration of costs does not affect its previous conclusion that regulation of coal- and oil-fired power plants is “appropriate and necessary” under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. The finding was in response to a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that the agency erred in not considering costs as part of its rulemaking for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Sentiment barometerhighlights attitudes of Europe’s power industry

Over the last five years, the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICDA) has arguably been the single most impactful piece of legislation for the Nigerian oil and gas industry since the Petroleum Act of 1969. The NOGICDA prescribes that indigenous operators be given first consideration in the awarding of contracts and licences, first consideration for training and employment opportunities and preference must be given to domestically manufactured goods.

Over the last five years, the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICDA) has arguably been the single most impactful piece of legislation for the Nigerian oil and gas industry since the Petroleum Act of 1969. The NOGICDA prescribes that indigenous operators be given first consideration in the awarding of contracts and licences, first consideration for training and employment opportunities and preference must be given to domestically manufactured goods.

H-25 Gas Turbine to Serve as Plant's Core Equipment

Yokohama, Japan, May 12, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has received a turnkey order through Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems India Private Limited (MHPS India), MHPS's subsidiary in India, for a combined heat and power (CHP) supply plant, featuring the company's H-25 gas turbine serving as the core equipment. The plant order placed by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), India's largest fertilizer producer, marks the first turnkey order from Indian market after MHPS started its operation as a new business entity in 2014. The newly ordered CHP plant is scheduled to go on-stream in July 2016.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the announcement of new rules regarding the control of carbon dioxide emissions for coal-fired power plants.

An announcement was expected to be issued on 8 January 2018, a year after it was proposed, The Huffington Post reported.

The EPA decision overrides the deadline set by US President Barack Obama, who had revealed plans in June 2013 to finalise new carbon rules during his second-term plans for climate change.

"This is all about the best policy outcome, and the appropriate policy outcome."

EPA air and radiation unit acting administrator Janet McCabe was quoted by The Huffington Post as saying: "This is all about the best policy outcome, and the appropriate policy outcome.

"That is what we are talking about here, and that is why we think it is important to finalise these rules in the same time frame."

The regulations, which are to be announced later in the year, will be the first ever in the US. They will ensure that all new coal power plants preserve a portion of their coal reserves underground.

However, the agency has admitted that the rules will have minimal impact on greenhouse gases, as only a small number of new coal-fired power plants are expected to be developed.

US states can frame their individual regulations, based on the EPA proposals. Those that do not comply are likely to face federal actions, the agency added.
Multiple states have already registered complaints over the EPA regulations, The Huffington Post reported.

Siemens and its South Korean partner POSCO Engineering & Construction have completed construction of 834MW Ansan combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Gyeonggi-Do province, South Korea.

Built in a record period of 24 months, the facility promises an efficiency level of more than 60%.
Along with power generation, the plant will offer district heating for Ansan city.

The facility will generate both power and heat, and will have an overall fuel utilisation factor of more than 75%. This makes it one of the most efficient and eco-friendly fossil-fuel-fired electricity generating plants in the country.

"S-Power is the owner and operator of the facility, which will be the first H-class 2 +1 multi-shaft power plant in Korea."

S-Power is the owner and operator of the facility, which will be the first H-class 2 +1 multi-shaft power plant in Korea.

The Ansan plant is the fourth H-class-based CCPP in commercial operations for Siemens in Asia.

The firm has already supplied two Hclass gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators, two heat recovery steam generators under a previous contract, along with the entire instrumentation and control technology services for the plant.

Siemens is also supplying long-term service for the gas turbines installed at the facility.

Siemens Energy Power Generation Division business unit project management energy solutions head Lothar Balling said: "We are making an important contribution towards cost-efficient and environmentally friendly power supply in the Gyeonggi-do province at the right time to support the winter peak."

POSCO E&C project manager Sung-Taek Seo said: "We selected the Siemens H-Class gas turbine technology and Siemens in-house basic engineering and project management capabilities in order to construct one of the most competitive power plants in Korea."

Yokogawa Engineering Asia, a subsidiary for Yokogawa Electric, has been selected by Toshiba Plant Systems & Services to deliver control systems at the 600MW Thai Binh thermal power plant in Vietnam.

The coal-fired plant is located in the Thai Thuy district of Thai Binh province in northern parts of the country. It will be constructed by the national power firm Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

The facility will be equipped with two 300 MW power units, and is expected to be operational in October 2017.

Toshiba Plant Systems & Services itself will install the electrical and other facilities at the plant.

"Under the deal, Yokogawa will supply a CENTUM VP integrated production control system and Exaquantum plant information management system."

Under the deal, Yokogawa will supply a CENTUM VP integrated production control system and Exaquantum plant information management system, which will integrate control and monitoring systems for the boilers, turbines, and auxiliary facilities at the plant.

Yokogawa is expected to deliver the equipment for unit 1 at the facility by September 2016.

The firm has been supplying control systems for the power generation facilities in the country.

Coal-powered thermal facilities in the country such as Pha Lai 2, Vung Ang 1, Nghi Son 1, and Mong Duong 2, presently utilise equipment developed by Yokogawa.

US-based project firm Footprint Power has awarded a contract to Iberdrola Ingenieria, the engineering subsidiary of Spanish utility firm Iberdrola, to develop a 674MW combined cycle power plant (CCGT) in Salem, Massachusetts, US.

The facility will be located approximately 30km away from Boston in an environmentally friendly building, which has been designed by Cookfox Architects.

According to the deal, Iberdrola will construct a natural gas-fuelled quick-start plant at the site, which will replace the existing coal-fired Salem Harbor Station.

As well as handling engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning works for the project, Iberdrola Ingenieria will also undertake landscaping work at the facility, after construction.

Iberdrola will incorporate General Electric's (GE) flex-efficiency design at the facility, in order to boost its operational flexibility standards.

Once operational, the Salem CCGT plant will be able to meet energy requirements of 280,000 people, Iberdrola said.

The old coal-fired plant, which has been de-commissioned, was built 63 years ago. The new, smaller gas plant will not only free up space at the site, but will also reduce CO2 emissions.

Construction of the power plant is also expected to promote social and economic development in the region, as it can offer business opportunities for the locals, as well as approximately 600 jobs.

Belgian Eco Energy (Bee) has selected Spain-based energy and environment firm Abengoa for construction of a 215MW biomass powered plant in Ghent, Belgium.

Ontario based Canadian Solar and Brazilian energy developer Solatio is to constructing three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Brazil.

UK's energy firm British Gas will be using Canadian IT company CGI's Adapter solution to manage its customers' smart meters through the Data and Communications Company (DCC).

UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted the development consent order for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm to Danish developer DONG Energy.

JSC RusHydro has signed a preliminary agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) for setting up reservoir-based flood-control hydropower projects in the Russian Far East.

Canadian nuclear energy firm Candu Energy has signed a framework Joint Venture (JV) with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to initiate Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor (AFCR) projects in China.

The JV follows a Chinese Expert Panel Review on AFCR technology which indicated that choosing adequate time is essential to 'initiate the construction of AFCR to unlock and utilize its various advantages.'

Candu Energy has also welcomed the memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed by the Natural Resources Canada and China National Energy Administration.

The deal, which was signed on 8 November, aims to form collaborations regarding civilian nuclear energy generation. It will also encourage the use of advanced fuel reactors and exports to third markets.

"Taken together, the MOU, framework JV and positive recommendation by a Chinese expert panel represents a new level of cooperation between Canada and China."

Candu Energy president and CEO Preston Swafford said: "Taken together, the MOU, framework JV and positive recommendation by a Chinese expert panel represents a new level of cooperation between Canada and China in the next wave of nuclear energy innovation.

"We look forward to working closely with CNNC in the development and pursuit of nuclear power generation projects in China and abroad using the new AFCR technology.

 

"If successfully rolled-out, both Canada and China stand to benefit enormously from the creation of high-value added jobs, services and advanced manufacturing opportunities."

InterMET Asia Exhibition & Conference, Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore 22 – 23 April 2015 – Helping Asia to understand and manage weather risks in commerce, industry, government and international economic development.

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The InterMET Asia 2015 Exhibition & Conference will take place in Singapore from 22 ­– 23 April 2015.

The event timing means InterMET will co-incide with Singapore Maritime Week, the region’s premier maritime event, and the InterMET conference willreflect this with a special session dedicated to transportation.

2015 will mark the second edition of InterMET Asia – the only event of its kind in Asia to address the technical aspects of the acquisition, interpretation and communication of met data, and the applications of this data across a wide range of new and existing activities, in commerce, industry, the public sector, and in international economic development.

The event will take place at the Suntec Convention &Exhibition Centre right in the heart of Singapore.

The first edition of the event, held in Singapore on the 2 and 3 June 2014, attracted many accolades from participants, notably the exhibitors and the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry Association (HMEI), but also from the WMO andthe World Bank.

Filipe Lúcio, Director of the Global Framework for Climate Services Office at the WMO said: "It was a pleasure being part of InterMet Asia, an important event to promote partnerships and knowledge sharing. I shall share the proceedings as widely as possible."

Senior World Bank Consultant and President of the Health and Climate Foundation, Dr David P Rogers, commented: "In my view, InterMET Asia provides a unique, impartial forum for public sector National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, private sector services providers, instrument manufacturers, and intergovernmental organisations to meet and discuss the issues and opportunities facing the global weather enterprise."

InterMET Asia 2015 will again feature a comprehensive exhibition of leading meteorological equipment providers, and an expert-led applications-focused conference which, as in 2014,is expected to include WMO and World Bank participation. One ofthe key conferencethemes in 2015 will be the crucialissues of equipment specification, lifetime cost, operation and maintenance, and training. There willalso be a session on weather risk insurance and its applications.

The InterMET Asia exhibition will showcase a broad range of weather and climate change monitoring, measurement, analysis and forecasting technologies, as well as providers of value added services relevant to commercial and public sector activities and decision makers. Exhibition sales are now underway and work on the conference programme has started.

Commenting on the launch, Tony Stephenson, InterMET Asia Project Director, said: “We are delighted to announce the second edition of the event and once more to be working closely with the WMO, the HMEI, the World Bank and other key organisations representing weather affected industries and activitiesso as to provide a relevant and compelling event.”

Tony added: “The potential applications of met data in the Asia-Pacific region, the Southeast Asian nations in particular, are growing rapidly. The region isvulnerable to weather and climate instability and its manifestations, making weather data an invaluable disaster risk mitigation and management tool. While the value of hydro-meteorological data is growing daily for the private sector, notably inagriculture, urban planning and development, aviation, transport, energy, tourism, mining and in risk management.”

Notes for Editors

1. InterMET Asia – www.intermet.asia – is the only exhibition & conference of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region to showcase a broad range of hydro-meteorological technologies and applications relevant to national and international weather services as well as to weather-sensitive activitiesincluding agriculture, aviation, energy, tourism, disaster mitigation and management, and maritime and land-based transportation. Further details are at: www.intermet.asia and the proceedings of the 2014 event are available for download at blog.intermet.asia

2. The exhibition will showcase a broad range of technologies related to the acquisition, monitoring, measurement, analysis and distribution of meteorological and related data relevant to a wide range of activities, from forecasting to use in commercial and government activities. It will also showcase value added data services tailored to the needs of a wide range of end users, including senior decision makers, and the insurance and risk management industry.

3. A top quality international conference that will include participation of the WMO and the World Bank and facilitate the interchange of knowledge and best practice among all relevant communities. The programme will include:

· Applications of hydro-meteorological and related data across a broad range of activities in the private, public and international economic development sectors.
· Technical aspects of the acquisition, analysis and communication of hydro-meteorological and environmental data.
· Specification, operation & maintenance, life time cost and training issues related to hydro-meteorological technology.

4. The InterMET Asia 2014 launch event took place in Singapore from 2 – 3 June 2014 was attended by more than 200 senior delegates from national meteorological and hydrological services agencies (NMHSs), meteorological technology companies, commerce, industry, research organisations and academia. To see the many testimonials on the 2014 event, visit: www.intermet.asia/Content/Testimonials-1-2/15_48/

Here are some of the highlights of the 2014 event:

· Keynote presentations from World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry Association (HMEI), the World Bank, NASA, and an industry keynote from Baron Services.

· Support from the Singapore National Environment Agency, the WMO, the World Bank, HMEI, and our exhibitors.

· Participants from 31 countries - Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

· The Hosted Delegate Programme brought in high level delegations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Vietnam. The hosted delegate programme was funded by InterMET Asia with the invitees selected by the WMO and exhibiting companies. This programme is being expanded for2015 with further initiatives being considered to ensure buyers of meteorological products and services meet with exhibitors.

5. The event is complemented by a NewsBlog at http://blog.intermet.asia. As well as hosting the proceedings of the 2014 conference in mp3 audio and pdf formats, the blog provides up to date information about the meteorological applications and technology.

About the Organisers

InterMET Asia has been created by Media Generation Ventures Ltd, part of Media Generation Group Ltd. which is based intheUK and was established in 2001.

The Group has established a strong track record for organising a range of high profile international business-to-business events notable for the quality of their content, the calibre of the participants, and the networking opportunities they provide.

Key events organised by the Media Generation Group Ltd. include:

1. Inter-Water Australia. Scheduled to debut in Melbourne in October 2014 as part of Australian Sustainability Week, this is about the sustainable and efficient use of water in the public and private sectors and across a wide range of activities.

Website: www.inter-water.com.au
NewsBlog: blog.inter-water.com.au

2. All-Energy UK (which takes place in Aberdeen every May). Launched in 2001 this is now Europe’s largest event dedicated to clean and renewable energy. It was sold to the Reed Exhibitions group in 2012.

Website: www.all-energy.co.uk

3. All-Energy Australia (which takes place in Melbourne every October). Launched in 2009 this is now Australia’s largest event dedicated to clean and renewable energy. It was sold to the Reed Exhibitions group in 2013.

Website. www.all-energy.com.au

Members of the Media Generation team have alsolaunched and operated several major international exhibitions, including Offshore Europe, DSEI, Imdex Asia, and Oceanology International. More recently they have run world renowned international events such as Gastech, European Autumn Gas Conference, Helitech, Avionics, Fast Craft, Marichem Middle East, and the World Gas Congress.

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Getzner provides vibration isolation systems for Indian power plants

  • The Austrian company Getzner recently isolated the motor driven boiler feed pump (MDBFP) foundations at the thermal power plant in Salaya, Gujarat, amongst many others.
  • High-tech solution for pump weighing 276 tons and units with different rotational speed: Tests confirmed convincing performance and reliability.
  • Getzner will present its innovative vibration isolation system at the POWER-GEN trade show in New Delhi from 5-7 May 2014 (Booth number 1120-1121).

 

Pune (3 April 2014) – The Austrian company Getzner, experts for vibration isolation, recently installed their innovative solutions at two thermal power plants by Essar Power in Salaya/Gujarat and Mahan/Madhya Pradesh. “Designers of plants often face the challenge of fitting the power plant machinery in the limited space available. There is a great risk of vibrations generated from this machinery getting transferred to the structural elements of the building or to the other machine foundations”, explains Sanjay Risbood, CEO of Getzner India Pvt. Ltd. 

In the Essar Power plants, Getzner installed its vibration isolation system to isolate the motor driven boiler feed pump (MDBFP) foundations as well as the seal air fan (SAF) foundations. At the 1200 MW Salaya plant in Gujarat, engineers faced the problem that the deep-seated block foundations of the pump are located very near to structural columns of the turbine generator building. “To eliminate the risk of structural damage to these columns, it was necessary to isolate the foundation from the neighbouring structure”, says Risbood. The boiler feed pump weighs 276 tons and has four different units including the motor, a hydraulic coupling, pump and others. “The units have different operational speeds ranging from 1490 rpm to 5254 rpm. All of this makes a high-end vibration isolation crucial.”

Patented solutions: Sylomer® and Sylodyn®

Getzner has been providing its vibration isolation solution based on microcellular polyurethane elastomer (MPE) products for more than 40 years: Sylomer® and Sylodyn®. The uniqueness of MPE is that it both isolates and damps. “At the Salaya plant, we calculated the requirements and designed a vibration isolation system with a 50mm thick layer of MPE below the foundation. The solution comprised Sylomer® of different grades to tackle varying load distribution across the whole length and width of the foundation block”, informs Sanjay Risbood. After the installation in the year 2010, tests were carried out in 2013, confirming the good performance and reliability. The simplicity of design and installation as well as the maintenance free operation are other key assets.

Successfully installed all over India and the world

From Bihar and Rajasthan to Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh: Getzner has provided its innovative solutions in numerous power plant projects throughout India. The company’s vibration isolation solutions are working in different parts of the world for large industrial foundations. These foundations include turbines, generators, mills, fans, pumps and compressors in power, steel and mineral processing sectors. From 5-7 May 2014, Getzner will present its innovative vibration isolation solutions at the POWER-GEN trade show in New Delhi (Booth number 1120-1121).

Caption: Installation of the green Sylomer® layer at the Salaya plant. The structural column of the turbine generator building can be seen near the VIS on the left.

About Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH – the good vibrations company: Getzner Werkstoffe is one of the leading specialists in vibration isolation and was established in 1969 as a subsidiary of Getzner, Mutter & Cie. The materials on which the solutions are based are Sylomer® and Sylodyn®, both of which were developed and manufactured in Buers, Austria. They are used in the rail, construction and industry sectors. The company markets its products throughout the world.

Alongside its locations in Buers and in Germany, Getzner Werkstoffe also has sites in Japan, China, India, France, Jordan and the USA. Its tightly-knit distribution network in Europe is complemented by its distribution partners in South America and the Far East. The company's partners in a total of 35 countries around the world distribute Getzner Werkstoffe products to every location. By reducing noise and vibration, Getzner is making a valuable contribution towards enhancing people's quality of life.

Dates and facts about Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH
Foundation: 1969 (as a subsidiary of Getzner, Mutter & Cie)
Chief Executive Officer: Ing. Jürgen Rainalter
Employees: 220 in Buers, 99 abroad
2013 turnover: EUR 65.1 Mio.
Business areas: Railway, Construction, Industry
2013 output: 7,816 tonnes of technical PU materials
2013 recycling: 9 tonnes of residual PU material
Locations: Buers (AT), Munich (DE), Berlin (DE), Amman (JO), Tokyo (JP), Pune (IN), Beijing (CN), Kunshan (CN), Charlotte (US)
Ratio of exports: 86 percent


Getzner India:

In 2009, Getzner started its 100% subsidiary in India to provide prompt marketing and technical services for the customers in India. The contact details of the Indian subsidiary:

Getzner India Pvt ltd.
S
anjay Risbood
CEO & Resident Director
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+91-9822-012-233

Media Contact:

Bernhard Hagen
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+43-664-7348-3730
www.hagenpr.com

 

 

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