Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has commenced construction on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina, US, on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.
The Prysmian Group, an Italian company that manufactures power transmission and telecommunications cables and systems, has been selected to upgrade the power transmission system in Washington, DC.
National Marine Dredging (NMDC) of the UAE has won a dredging, land reclamation and marine construction contract worth AED5bn ($1.36bn) from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to build multiple artificial islands in the first phase of development of the Ghasha Concession.
Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP), through its Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB), has begun construction on the 716MW Lagoa dos Ventos wind farmin Brazil.
ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum have decided to proceed with the development of the Golden Pass LNG (liquefied natural gas) export project in Sabine Pass, Texas.
Pembina Pipeline and its partner Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries (PIC) will move forward with the construction of a C$4.5bn ($3.43bn) worth integrated petrochemical complex in Alberta, Canada.A final investment decision has been taken by the two companies in this regard, paving way for the construction of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant and a polypropylene (PP) upgrading facility (PDH/PP Facility). The project will be owned by their joint venture Canada Kuwait Petrochemical (CKPC).The PDH/PP Facility will be constructed inside the Alberta Industrial Heartland in Sturgeon County, near the Redwater fractionation complex (RFS) owned by Pembina.Expected to be operational in mid-2023, based on receipt of environmental and regulatory approvals, the petrochemical facility will produce 550,000 tons per annum of PP.Considered to be a high-value polymer, PP is used in various finished products such as automobiles, food packaging, medical devices and home electronic appliances.The new petrochemical facility will use about 23,000 barrels per day of local propane from RFS and other regional fractionation plants as its feedstock.Pembina president and CEO Mick Dilger said: "Sanctioning of the PDH/PP Facility is the largest step taken to date by Pembina in executing its strategy to secure global market prices for customers' hydrocarbons produced in western Canada, and provides another exciting platform for future growth."Today's announcement is the culmination of many years of hard work with our partner to develop a project that is well positioned to capitalize on Alberta's abundant supply of propane and undertake value-added processing that benefits all of Pembina's stakeholders, the Province of Alberta and indeed all of Canada.”On its part, Pembina will invest C$2.5bn ($1.9bn) in the PDH/PP Facility in line with its 50% stake in CKPC. As per an agreement with PIC, the Canadian pipeline transport company will provide services under a long-term, take-or-pay arrangement from the new facilities.PIC, on the other hand, has the right to market the PP produced from the petrochemical facility as per an agreement signed with its joint venture partner in last May.Last week, Pembina approved a $382m expansion of Peace pipeline system in Alberta. Under this expansion project, the company will construct new 10 and 16inch pipelines in the Gordondale to La Glace corridor of the Canadian state in addition to six new pump stations or terminal upgrades between Fox Creek and Gordondale.
Qatar public works authority Ashghal has commenced excavation of a 10km outfall tunnel, as part of Mesaimeer Pumping Station and Outfall project that started in May 2018, to provide a solution for the discharge of surface and storm water in the country.
L&T Construction, the construction unit of technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) of India, has won contracts worth INR10bn ($140m) to INR25bn ($349m) in India.
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy chairman and Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and other officials have broken ground on the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
A consortium comprising Spanish company Acciona, Marubeni, Abdul Latif Jameel-CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding, has won a €750m contract from Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Water and Electricity Company (WEC) to finance, design and build the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant and operate and maintain it for 25 years.
UK-based construction firm Balfour Beatty has secured the £214m North and South 400kV overhead line project to connect the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the national transmission network.The contract, awarded via National Grid’s Overhead Line Design and Build Framework, represents key part of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) connection scheme. The overhead line project also marks Balfour Beatty’s third major package of works at HPC.Pursuant to the contract, the construction firm will design, supply, install, test and commission a new overhead line spanning 48.4km and crossing through the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where Balfour Beatty is currently executing cable works under a separate contract for National Grid.Work on the project is set to commence shortly, with completion expected in summer 2025. The project will employ a workforce of more than 150 people during peak construction period.When completed, the new transmission line will connect HPC with a new substation in Avonmouth, Bristol.Balfour Beatty stated that it will use National Grid’s new T-Pylon design, marking the first time this technology has been used on a live transmission asset.Balfour Beatty CEO for its Rail and Utilities business Mark Bullock said: "Our extensive knowledge and unique capability in delivering major complex Overhead Line schemes, makes us ideally positioned to play a key role in helping to deliver the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years."We look forward to working with National Grid to successfully and safely deliver low-carbon electricity for around six million homes across the UK."Balfour Beatty is currently working on the projects, including the £47m Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project and the £43.5m Beauly to Keith 132kV Modernisation programme on behalf of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission.The company is also executing the £55m London Power Tunnels project for London Underground which will deliver a new 32km electrical superhighway in London and a €219m contract in a consortium with Prysmian Group to install a 65km electricity cable between France and Great Britain on behalf of ElecLink.
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has announced that it is providing a guarantee of €164.5m to two investors - EDF International and STOA - in Nachtigal Hydropower Company, which is responsible for the development of a hydropower plant in Cameroon.MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided Breach of Contract cover for up to 15 years to the two investors. The agency guarantees have been provided alongside payment and loan guarantees from the IBRD, and an investment, loan and risk management swaps by IFC.Located on the Sanaga River, about 65km north-east of Yaounde, the 420MW hydropower plant will contribute an additional 30% of installed generation capacity in Cameroon in addition to the climate co-benefits.The plant will generate enough electricity to power 453,000 homes, and help avoid 41 million tons of CO2 emissions over next 40 years.Nachtigal Hydropower Company and the Republic of Cameroon will develop the power plant on build, own, operate and transfer basis under a 35-year concession agreement.The power generated from the plant will be sold to Energy of Cameroon (ENEO), a privately-owned electricity distribution company, under a power purchase agreement.Upon completion, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project will be connected to the Southern interconnected grid, which represents about 94% of the Central African country’s national electricity consumption.MIGA EVP & CEO Keiko Honda said: “As a project in an IDA-eligible country, as well as one with significant climate change mitigation benefits, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project is a high priority for MIGA.“Equally importantly, I am pleased this project has mechanisms to help address environmental and social concerns, which are of utmost importance to MIGA.”STOA deputy CEO Marie-Laure Mazaud said: "The Nachtigal Dam provides a concrete response to the significant demand for electricity in Cameroon, and is a reference project for the development of similar hydro projects in Africa in the near term.“We are pleased to collaborate with the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, IFC and Africa50 to provide sustainable and accessible energy for the Cameroonian population. The social economic impact of Nachtigal project will be huge in terms of local employment and economic growth."
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has arranged a syndicated loan of €150m to local developer SyvashEnergoProm for the construction of a 250MW wind farm in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
German construction firm Goldbeck Solar and Solarnet Investment have taken up construction on the solar plant in Kazakhstan.
American technical services firm Jacobs Engineering has been selected by the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) for engineering design management (EDM) services pertaining to the $17bn California WaterFix programme.
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has signed a contract with Buckingham Group Contracting, marking the start of construction on the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) in Edmonton, UK.
Infrastructure construction company McConnell Dowell has won a contract from PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, to carry out site development works for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (TWRP) in Singapore.
Finnish construction company YIT has secured a €60m contract from Stockholm Vatten, a water utility company in the Swedish capital, for new infrastructure work in Henriksdal wastewater treatment plant in Stockholm.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a 20-year €255m loan to Greek Public Power (PPC) to upgrade electricity distribution across Greece.
Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable energy unit of Endesa’s renewable energy unit, has begun construction on three wind farms for an overall capacity of 90MW in the Spanish municipalities of Allueva, Fonfría, Mezquita de Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida and Rillo in the province of Teruel, Aragon.