Business: Poyry awarded engineering assignments for Asia's largest solar PV plant
Energy Absolute Public Company Limited has awarded Pöyry with engineering assignments for EA Solar Lampang solar PV (photovoltaic) power plant in Thailand. The assignments include technical assistance to the client during the implementation phase until start of operation later in 2014; and annual operation monitoring for the whole loan period. A total of 424,800 solar panels will be installed on a mounting structure with a single-axis tracking system. The project, developed by Energy Absolute PCL, will be Asia's largest solar PV power plant incorporating a tracking system.
Vestas receives 30 MW order, strengthening market position in Finland
Vestas customer reconcept GmbH places 30 MW order for nine V126-3.3 MW turbines, featuring Vestas’ Large Diameter Steel Towers (LDST) that allow for taller hub heights and therefore greater annual energy production at low wind speeds. According to Vestas, the Finnish state has created an investment-friendly system to support renewable energy, which makes investments such as this project attractive for Finnish as well as foreign investors.
Siemens receives order for 67 wind turbines for Dudgeon offshore wind power plant
Siemens Energy has received an order from the Norwegian energy utilities Statoil and Statkraft for the "Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm" in the UK. Siemens will manufacture, deliver, install and commission 67 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines rated at 6 megawatts (MW) each and equipped with a 154-meter rotor. Installation will start in early 2017. The combined value including a five-year-service contract is approximately GBP 500 million – nearly EUR650 million. Siemens Energy has received an order from the Norwegian energy utilities Statoil and Statkraft for the "Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm" in the UK. Statoil and Statkraft order 67 Siemens wind turbines with a power rating of 6 megawatts. Service and maintenance agreement included. Total value of the contracts nearly EUR650 million
Iberdrola starts construction of 66-megawatt wind farm in Mexico
Iberdrola has commenced the construction work for the Pier II wind farm, with an installed capacity of 66 megawatts (MW) in Mexico. It is set to be the company's fourth renewable facility in the country. The wind farm is the first to be designed by Iberdrola using supercomputing. It will be located in Puebla state in the south of the country, one of the windiest regions in Mexico. Developing this new infrastructure will require the investment of some USD120 million. As completed, it will be able to supply renewable energy to 25,000 Mexican households,
Gamesa installed capacity hits 30-gigawatt milestone
The 30-gigawatt (GW) milestone was achieved with the assembly of one of the G128-4.5 MW turbines being fitted by the company at the Tornio wind farm in Finland. Since it installed the first G42/44-500kW turbine at the El Perdón (Navarra) wind farm back in 1994, the company has installed its turbines in countries all over the world, including Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritania, Ecuador (Galápagos Islands) and Uruguay. The 30 GW installed by Gamesa generate enough energy to supply over 18 million European households.
Vestas receives 53 MW order in Sweden
Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 16 V126-3.3 MW turbines for a wind power project in Sweden. The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines, along with a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution and a 15-year full-scope service agreement. The order was placed by Allianz Capital Partners, the Allianz Group's in-house investment division for alternative investments. The wind power plant is one of the largest in the southern part of Sweden and will be installed in Sättravallen, east of Kristinehamn.
Iberdrola begins turbine assembly of its Peñascal wind farm in Texas
Iberdola has started installing the turbines at 202-megawatt (MW) Baffin wind farm in the state of Texas, with grid connection expected for the year end. This new wind farm, which began construction in 2013, will bring capacity of Penascal wind power complex up to 606 MW, making it Iberdola's largest renewable facility worldwide and a landmark in the U.S. wind power sector. The Penascal complex will have enough capacity to meet the energy needs of 210,000 U.S. homes.
Siemens and Mark-E offer virtual power plant to boost utilities' energy business
Siemens Smart Grid is supplying North Rhine-Westphalia-based energy services provider Mark-E – a member of the ENERVIE Group, Hagen, Germany, – with an IT solution for a virtual power plant as part of a "hosted service". The generating capacity of the connected distributed energy resources will be marketed directly, and will also be offered in the form of balancing power via the corresponding trading platforms for system service. Virtual power plants are an important module in building smart grids, without which it would be impossible to implement the new energy policy.
Nordex awarded contracts for 64.2 MW for Turkey
Nordex has received three contracts for the installation of its turbines in Turkey, totalling 64.2 MW. The company will be supplying to the new customer Erdem Holding seven turbines for the “Odemis” wind farm. This order also includes a premium-service contract for a minimum period of five years. In order to expand its 30 MW “Edincik” wind farm to 56.4 MW, Nordex` regular customer Edincik Enerji ordered eleven turbines designed for light wind sites. The third new signed contract is the extension of the existing 25 MW Bandirma III wind farm of the customer Bursa Temiz Enerji.
Pöyry awarded EPCM services assignment by Millar Western for bioenergy project
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for EPCM services for an anaerobic bioenergy project at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. The project involves integration of anaerobic hybrid digesters into the pulp mill's existing aerobic effluent treatment system. Recovered organic material will be converted to biogas, used to fuel two reciprocating engines that will produce up to 6 megawatts of renewable green power for use by the mill itself. Recovered heat of engine exhaust gas will be used in pulp drying to reduce the use of natural gas.
Alstom will supply 127 wind turbines to Brazil
Alstom has signed a contract worth around EUR320 million with Renova Energia - leader in wind power generation in Brazil - to deliver, erect and commission 127 wind turbines in the Umburanas complex, located in Bahia State. The wind turbines, composed of ECO 122, ECO 110 and ECO 100 models, will be delivered between January 2017 and January 2018. The Umburanas wind complex will generate 355 MW, an amount that can bring energy to around 700 000 people.
Siemens to supply 12 direct-drive wind turbines to Suederluegum in Schleswig-Holstein
Siemens Energy has secured an order for a total capacity of 36 megawatts (MW) in Nordfriesland. Siemens is to supply twelve direct-drive wind turbines, eleven model SWT-3.0-113 and one model SWT-3.0-101 turbine, for the Suederluegum publicly-operated wind farm. The installation of Süderlügum onshore wind power plant is scheduled for late 2014. The owner has contracted Siemens for service and maintenance for a period of 20 years to ensure the long-term economical operation of the wind farm.
Areva and Gamesa create a global leader in the offshore wind segment
Gamesa and AREVA signed binding agreements for the creation of a joint venture in the promising offshore wind energy industry, culminating the exclusive talks initiated last January. The joint venture will develop exclusively both partners' offshore activities. The new company will be ideally positioned to become a leading player in the offshore wind segment, with a 2.8 GW pipeline and the objective of garnering a market share of close to 20% in Europe by 2020.
Nordex delivers turn-key wind farms to France
Nordex has sold the French wind farm projects "Aubigeon" and "Les Touches" to the investment company GN Renewable Investments. "We are pleased to finalize the sale of two further projects in France developed by our own organization," states Nordex Management Board member Lars Bondo Krogsgaard. The projects have been developed by Nordex in cooperation with development partners and are sold on a turn-key basis.
Iberdola gets permission to build large hydropower plant
Iberdrola Generación has entered into a concession agreement with the Portuguese State, according to which the company will have the right to build and exploit the 1,158 MW Alto Tâmega hydroelectric complex in northern Portugal. Iberdola was awarded the project in 2008. The project is one of the largest hydroelectric projects in Europe in the last 25 years.
Vestas receives 166 MW order in the USA
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) places order for 83 V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Minnesota in the United States. The initial 34 MWs were announced in connection with signing the master supply agreement (MSA) in September 2013. This July 1 order is the final call-off on the September 2013 MSA for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totaled 610 MW.
Siemens enters wind market in Belgium
Siemens Energy has secured its first wind power contract in Belgium with an order for the first phase of the Wind aan de Stroom project on the left bank of the Schelde River in Antwerp harbor. This first phase consists of 11 direct-drive wind turbines of the Siemens D3-platform; the project can however be extended to 17 wind turbines. Component deliveries will start in early 2015 and installation of the turbines is scheduled for summer 2015. The contract includes a service and maintenance agreement for a period of 15 years.
First Solar Set to Build Largest PV Solar Power Plant in Latin America
First Solar, Inc. has announced it has received board approval from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for financing to support construction of the 141MW(ac) Luz del Norte solar power plant in Chile's Atacama Desert.
EIB supports Fortum Värme's construction of highly efficient biomass CHP plant in Stockholm
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR260 million loan to the energy company Fortum Värme for the design, construction and operation of a new biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The plant will be located in Stockholm and deliver heat to the existing district heating system in Sweden's capital and electricity to the public grid. The plant will have a production capacity of 280 MW heat and 130 MW electricity.
UPM's wood-based diesel to be distributed in Finland
UPM has signed a sales agreement for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel with NEOT (North European Oil Trade). The wood-based diesel is produced using the company's own innovative process in Finland. UPM BioVerno offers the same properties as a high performance diesel to the driver and retailer - with emission reductions of up to 80% against conventional fossil diesel. The annual production of diesed in Finland will cover nearly a quarter of Finland's 20% renewable energy target for transport in 2020.
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