Gamesa received an order from developers Mexico Power Group and First Reserve for the turnkey construction of La Bufa, a 130-MW wind farm in Mexico. The company will install 65 of its G114-2.0 MW turbines. Gamesa will handle the infrastructure needed to install and operate the project. The turbines are slated for delivery in 2016, with commissioning to be completed the same year. The agreement also encompasses the provision of the related operation and maintenance services over the long term.
Generation & Markets News
NRG Energy agreed to sell two of its generating stations: the 525-MW Seward power plant in New Florence, Pennsylvania and the 352-MW Shelby County power plant in Neoga, Illinois. The Seward facility, which is located in the PJM Interconnection, is being acquired by Seward Generation, a Robindale Energy Services company. The Shelby County facility, which is located in the MISO Interconnection, is being acquired by an affiliate of Rockland Capital.
National Grid chose Siemens to provide its 63 kA arc-resistant switchgear technology for the utility's new electric substation in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Siemens' 63 kA type GM-SG-AR switchgear is designed to improve power reliability and includes arc-resistant features that increase safety conditions for workers and operators. The technology's design will also allow National Grid and contractor TRC Companies to reduce the project's physical footprint.
Panda Power Funds financed the 1,124-MW Panda Hummel Station power plant, one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States. The plant will be located at the site of the retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The 400-MW, 65 year old plant was shuttered in 2014. The Panda Hummel generating station will be fueled with Marcellus Shale gas.
Alstom was awarded substation automation contracts for three of DONG Energy’s offshore wind farms. The systems will be fitted at the Race Bank project off the Norfolk Coast, the Walney Extension in the Irish Sea and at the Burbo Bank Extension in Liverpool Bay. All three projects are currently at various stages of development. All projects will feature Alstom Grid’s DS Agile, the company’s next generation digital control system for smart substations.
Siemens was awarded a contract to supply two SGT6-8000H gas turbines and two generators to Mexico. The components are to be installed at the Empalme I Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Sonora, Mexico. The plant will have an installed power generating capacity of 770 MW in total. The customer is a consortium led by SENER which will act as turnkey EPC contractors for the project. The end customer and operator of the plant is the state owned utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) received an order from Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) for the supply of three M501J gas turbines to be installed at VEPCO's Greensville County Power Station. The three gas turbines have a projected completion date of year-end 2018 and will produce approximately 1600 MW. This order is the third MHPSA advanced design gas turbine order placed by VEPCO over the last 5 years.
Toshiba received an order to supply two sets of 175-MW steam turbine and generators (STG) for the Norte III Combined Cycle Power Plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.
ABB won orders worth around $30 million from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and from the private Matterhorn Gotthard Railway to help boost power and increase capacity. Three new traction substations being supplied by ABB will enable SBB and the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway to increase their capacity to meet rising traffic volume in southwestern and central Switzerland. The work will be completed by 2018. As part of this turnkey contract, ABB will design, supply, install and commission three traction substations.
Alstom Grid was awarded a $23 million contract to supply the first 500 kV substation for Empresa de Energía de Bogotá (EEB). The substation will be located at Gachanzipa, 30 km north from Bogota, capital city of Colombia. It will connect the Hydro Sogamoso power plant to Bogota, improving and increasing the reliability of the city's energy system. The project is due to be completed by mid-2017. Alstom will deliver the 500-kV turnkey substation, inclusive of design, civil works construction, erection and commissioning.