The European Investment Bank (EIB) has offered a £525M loan for the construction of the £2.7bn Beatrice wind farm off the coast of Scotland, UK.The EIB loan, partly guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, will have tenure of 19 years.To be constructed 14km off the Caithness coast, the 86-turbine wind farm will produce up to 588MW of electricity, enough to meet the energy needs of over 475,000 homes.The wind farm will use Siemens 7MW wind turbines with 154m diameter rotor blades. EIB’s vice president Jonathan Taylor said: “We are pleased to provide £525M to support construction of the Beatrice wind farm that will strengthen renewable energy generation in Scotland. This also represents the first Scottish scheme to be backed by the new European Fund for Strategic Investments.“EIB backing for energy investment across the UK demonstrates our firm commitment to supporting ambitious energy projects that create jobs and benefit local companies.”
Skanska, in joint venture with Porr and A.Hak, has secured a contract from the National Grid for the Humber Tunnel project in Northern England, UK.Under the £150M contract, the joint venture will design and construct a 5km tunnel below the river Humber, inserting a single string of 42” steel pipe and connecting it to the above ground installations (AGIs) at Paull and Goxhill. The pipeline will connect to the existing National Grid AGI sites at Paull and Goxhill and will be able to transport natural gas at a pressure of 70barg.National Grid’s senior project manager Phil Croft said: “This pipeline will be the longest gas pipeline in a tunnel, inserted in a single string in the world. To do this we need partners with experience and a proven track record.“Skanska, PORR and A.Hak were able to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge throughout the tender process, giving us the confidence that this was the right company to build this tunnel and pipeline in such an environmentally sensitive and commercially busy river.”The planning approval from the Planning Inspectorate for the three-year project is due in September 2016.
Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have secured an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the Beatrice wind farm turbine foundations and array cables in Scotland.The scope of the $1.3bn contract,awarded by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, will also involve the transport and installation of transmission modules for the offshore wind farm.The project’s management and engineering has already commenced at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland and at Seaway Heavy Lifting’s offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.Offshore installation activities will take place in 2017 and 2018 using seaway Heavy Lifting’s heavy-lift vessels, Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov.Subsea 7 CEO Jean Cahuzac said: “This offshore wind farm project is our largest North Sea award to date. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have a strong reputation in their respective areas of expertise.“This contract recognises both companies’ capability to execute contracts safely, on time and within cost targets and is another major step forward in establishing Seaway Heavy Lifting as a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables market.”When fully operational in 2019, the wind farm will produce 588MW of power.
Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Origis Energy have started construction on the $100M solar power plant in Lamar County, Mississippi.Located on a 590-acre site, the facility will feature more than 215,000 polycrystalline solar panels and will produce 52MW of energy, enough to supply about 8,000 homes. Mississippi Power will secure all energy and related renewable energy credits generated by the plant that is set to become the largest solar facility in Mississippi when completed.Mississippi Power president and CEO Anthony Wilson said: "By working with Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership, we will have nearly doubled the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy going to the Mississippi Power grid."The project will create nearly 100 construction jobs and is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2017.
NCC and Kungälv Municipality have entered into a partnership for the construction of a $36bn waterworks in Kungälv, Sweden.The project is set to provide drinking water to the municipalities of Kungälv, Tjörn, Ale and Stenungssund.The waterworks will have as its water source the Göta älv river and will be able to supply 1,080cb m of water per hour when completed.Maria Sondell, project manager at Kungälv Municipality, said: “Kungälv and the surrounding municipalities need to secure their supply of drinking water and we will build, together with NCC, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest water purification technology.”NCC Infrastructure business area manager, Svante Hagman said: “Working on this type of sustainable community solution is incredibly motivating. “We have been working with Kungälv Municipality on project engineering and dimensioning of the new waterworks since the autumn. “We are moving into the next phase of the partnering arrangement that involves detail engineering so that we can start construction soon. This is scheduled to begin no later than May.”
Menter Newydd has been selected by Horizon Nuclear Power to build the £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power project in Anglesey, UK.Menter Newydd, a specially created joint venture, includes Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd. Horizon’s CEO Duncan Hawthorne said: “This is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum.“The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come.“We look forward to working with the team and continuing to make great strides with our plans.” Work on the site is continuing to advance and the UK ABWR remains on track to complete its regulatory generic design assessment by the end of 2017.
Hyflux and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) consortium’s project company TuasOne Pte Ltd has secured project financing for TuasOne waste-to-energy plant in Singapore.The project company has secured a SGD653M ($472.7M) 27-year loan facility, which will be utilized to fund the development, its construction and start-up costs.The project financing is provided by DBS Bank, Malayan Banking Berhad Singapore Branch, Mizuho Bank Ltd and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd, which are the underwriters and book-runners for the facility.DBS Bank Ltd, Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd, Mizuho Bank Ltd and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd were the lead arrangers in the project financing.
Germany-based KfW IPEX-Bank is providing a loan worth €104M to the French energy provider Neoen to support the construction of energy projects in France.The projects include a 30MWp photovoltaic (PV) facility and two wind farms with a total capacity of 46MWp.German manufacturer SolarWorld is providing the modules for the PV plant, which is being built in the Tarn department in southwestern France, while German wind farm manufacturer Enercon and the Danish company Vestas are supplying the equipment to the Bussy Lettrée and Raucourt II wind projects in northeastern France. Neoen corporate finance director Charlie Canevet said: “We are happy to be working with KfW IPEX-Bank again on our new projects in France. For our global activities in the field of renewable energies, we partner with dependable banks with proven structuring expertise.”The plant will be completed soon and the two wind farms are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has inked an agreement with Indonesia-based PT Perusahaan Daerah Pertambangan dan Energi South Sumatra to build a 363km gas pipeline.Under the $600M contract, KOGAS will construct a 245km gas pipeline in South Sumatra, Indonesia and another gas pipeline, measuring 118km, in Bali. It will also operate and provide the project’s maintenance services over a 30-year period.KOGAS aims to conduct a feasibility study and assess the results before making a decision whether to proceed with the project.Established in 1983 by the Korean government, KOGAS operates four LNG regasification terminals and 4,440km of natural gas pipelines in South Korea.
Construction begins on Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to supply natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe.TAP, part of the $45bn Southern Gas Corridor project, will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe.The 878km pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, crossing Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea and coming ashore in Southern Italy.TANAP, which includes the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, is a gateway project that will deliver 10bn cubic metres annually of new Caspian gas supplies to Europe from 2020.TAP’s managing director Ian Bradshaw said: “Today’s event marks a major milestone for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, our shareholders and for the energy landscape of Europe.“After winning the bid in 2013 and working diligently to prepare for this moment, we are delighted to have started constructing the pipeline — a strategic project for Europe transporting new sources of Caspian gas via a new route commencing in 2020 and for years to come.”
US-based Parsons has secured a contract to provide feasibility studies and preliminary design services for an AED6.4bn ($1.74bn) sewer project in Dubai.Under the contract awarded by Dubai Municipality, engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm Parsons will provide services for two deep wastewater tunnels and associated link sewers.The company’s services include the feasibility studies, the preliminary design, the tender preparation and support, along with programme management of the detailed design and construction phases, and supervision of the construction phase of the primary tunnels and pumping station.The tunnels, with a combined length of more than 70km, will cover the key catchments of Deira and Bur Dubai, supported by about 140km sewerage links and pumping stations.Upon completion, the project will eliminate over 100 pump stations across the city that presently transfer wastewater to treatment plants in Al Warsan and Jabal Ali.Parsons Group president Mike Walsh said: “This project is significant to Dubai Municipality and its role in the development of Dubai as a global city.“Parsons has extensive success managing complex and challenging wastewater projects around the world; we look forward to providing our services to Dubai Municipality.”
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has begun construction on the $220M Lindahl wind project in North Dakota, USA.Upon completion, the 150MW wind farm — owned by EGPNA’s subsidiary Lindahl Wind Project — will be able to generate about 625GWh annually, the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 50,000 US households. It will also eliminate about 450,000t of CO2 emissions each year.The power generated from the Lindahl wind project will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement to Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Rafael Gonzalez, head of North America area for Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, said: “Lindahl underlines the strength of Enel’s growth strategy in North America.“The new wind farm also marks the group’s entrance into a new state, North Dakota, further broadening our geographical footprint in the United States.”The wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2017.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured an INR16bn ($239.3M) contract for the construction of a coal-based thermal power project in Odisha, India. Under the contract, BHEL will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of the 1x250MW coal-based thermal unit at Rourkela Power Project on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.BHEL’s Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants will manufacture key equipment for the project, and the power sector division of the company will be responsible for civil works and erection or commissioning of the equipment.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a £700M loan for the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel in London.The project, dubbed the ‘super sewer’, will help tackle overflows of untreated sewage into the river through the centre of the British capital.The 35-year long-term loan has been agreed with Tideway, the new regulated company established to design, build, commission and maintain the 25km tunnel, which will directly control or intercept discharges from more than 30 combined sewer overflow points stretching from Acton in the west to Stratford in the east.EIB’s vice president Jonathan Taylor said: “The new GBP700M loan for Tideway represents the European Investment Bank’s largest-ever water loan and the most significant support for UK infrastructure since Crossrail.“This demonstrates the EIB’s strong commitment as the largest source of financing for long-term investment in UK water infrastructure since before privatisation and builds on more than £2bn of support for investment to improve London’s water and waste water infrastructure since 1989.“We are pleased to support the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a world-class engineering scheme, delivering infrastructure vital to clean up the Thames.”
The 402MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Project has secured £1.3bn of project financing.The wind farm, located 32km from the coast of North Norfolk, UK, is being developed by Statoil (35%), Abu Dhabi-based Masdar (35%), and Statkraft (30%). Allen & Overy, a UK-based law firm, is advising the Mandated Lead Arrangers on the long-term financing, which will fund the capital requirements of the wind farm.Statkraft and Statoil are also participating in the financing through sponsor co-lending, Statkraft will finance its 30% share in the project, while Statoil will finance a share of 17.5%.Chris Andrew, lead Allen & Overy partner on the deal said: “This is a landmark transaction as it’s the first UK offshore wind project to obtain financing under the UK government’s new ‘Contract for Difference’ regime.“Detailed preparatory work meant financing on this project was nevertheless executed very quickly.”
A consortium led by Ferrovial Agroman has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola to construct the Daivoes dam and hydroelectric plant on the Támega River in northern Portugal.Estimated to cost more than €90M, the project will include the construction of a concrete arch-gravity dam 77.5m high and 264m long, together with a power plant housing two turbines with a total installed capacity of 118MW.Under the contract, Ferrovial will also construct a 388m tunnel to divert the river, and a weir 71m long and 10.5m high, located 2.2km downstream of the dam.Work on the project is set to be complete in around 56 months.Daivoes is the first of four main contracts to be awarded by Iberdrola as part of the Támega river hydroelectric project and is the second to be delivered by Ferrovial Agroman for the utility in Portugal.
Wind farm infrastructure and communications delivery specialist Vysiion has secured a contract to support the installation of a 108km fibre link for the £1.3bn Rampion wind farm development.UK-based construction services firm Carillion is serving as the main contractor for the onshore connection, a project that will include the installation of cable over a distance of about 26km from landfall near Shoreham-on-Sea to Bolney, West Sussex.Under the contract, Vysiion will support Carillion’s delivery and will supply splice and test the 108km cable link from the onshore substation at Bolney to the beachhead.The wind farm is expected to provide enough energy to power about 300,000 homes annually, with a target capacity of 400MW. Vysiion infrastructure sales manager Michael Grimshaw said: “The Rampion wind farm project contract is another example of how the team at Vysiion is able to support the infrastructure requirements of the UK’s wind power industry.“Throughout the UK and on a number of on-going wind farm developments Vysiion’s fibre, communications and infrastructure expertise is proving to be both an additive and assured element of the construction.”
UK-based oil and gas services company Wood Group has won two new contracts, worth more than $140M, to provide technical services and expertise to an oil firm in Iraq.Under the three-year contracts, Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) — one of the group’s three businesses — will offer brownfield front-end engineering design, detailed engineering, project management, procurement services, system completion and commissioning support for operations and start-up on a significant onshore asset in southern Iraq.Both contracts, set to create over 100 new jobs in the region, will be executed from southern Iraq and Dubai, where WGPSN opened an office in 2015. WGPSN's eastern region managing director David Buchan said: “These two significant contract wins demonstrate Wood Group’s commitment to working closely with key clients to extend our operations in Iraq, where we see a growth market that complements our broad service capabilities, international knowledge and strong expertise. “Establishing an office in Dubai and a base in Iraq reflects our intention to build lasting customer relationships and focus on the development of our Iraqi workforce and supply chain partnerships.”
US-based Arrow Capital and the University of Ilorin have finalised arrangements for the construction of a $2.3bn solar power plant at the university in Nigeria.
NextDecade has submitted an application to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorisation to site, construct and operate the Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (LGN) facility and the Rio Bravo Pipeline system.Rio Grande LNG is a proposed 27Mtpa LNG export facility near Brownsville, Texas and the Rio Bravo Pipeline is a 137-mile pipeline system that will provide the facility with its feed gas. NextDecade said that this action represents the most significant milestone to date in the development of Rio Grande LNG, placing the project in an excellent position to sign offtake agreements and declare Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2017.The project is expected to create between 4,000–6,000 construction jobs, and over 200 permanent jobs, representing a potential investment of up to $20bn.NextDecade’s CEO Kathleen Eisbrenner said: “After a productive pre-filing with the FERC and extensive consultation and cooperation with the reviewing agencies and local communities, we are proud to have achieved this major accomplishment.“Despite recent low oil and gas prices, we have found robust appetite for US LNG on a long-term basis all around the world. This interest reaffirms the price competitiveness of US LNG for customers looking to diversify their gas supply on a global level.”The FERC approval is expected to be received by the end of the first quarter of 2017 and the company expects to begin exporting LNG from Rio Grande LNG by the end of 2020.