AGL Energy (AGL) is set to begin construction on 453MW Coopers Gap wind farm after closing the financing with the sale of the project to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), a partnership between AGL and Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
Renewable energy firm Equis Energy has secured an approval from the Western Downs Regional Council in Queensland to set up the 1,000MW Wandoan South Solar Project (WSSP) in Australia.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has started construction on the Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas, US after getting notice to proceed (NTP) from Goldwind Americas.
Avangrid Renewables, the US-based subsidiary of Iberdrola, and Apple Energy, an energy subsidiary of tech giant Apple, have signed an agreement for the long-term sale of power generated at the Montague Wind Farm in Oregon, US.
Acciona Energy has started construction on the 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria.
Swedish power utility Vattenfall is set to construct a new €325M gas-fired combined cycle heat and power plant in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin, Germany.
The £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project has been backed by a UK government review. The Independent Review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK carried out by Charles Hendry, former UK energy minister, concluded that tidal lagoons “can play a cost effective role in the UK’s energy mix”. The 320MW tidal lagoon will involve the construction of a ‘U’ shaped wall across the Swansea bay [pictured]. It will comprise 16 hydro turbines that will generate electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years from the incoming and outgoing tides. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Hendry said: “If you look at the cost spread out over the entire lifetime — 120 years for the project — it comes out at about 30p per household for the next 30 years. That's less than a pint of milk.”The Tidal Lagoon Power, the company behind the scheme, has already spent approximately £35M on project development.Mark Shorrock from Tidal Lagoon Power said in a statement: “The Hendry Review has set the final piece of the jigsaw in place: a watershed moment for British energy, British manufacturing, British productivity and our coastal communities. We look forward to working with Ministers and Officials to bring this new industry to life.”Construction on site is expected to start in 2018 and take four years to be completed.
Pennon, the parent company of Viridor, has announced plans to invest £252M on a new energy recovery facility in Avonmouth, UK.
Indian infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has announced that its construction unit has won contracts worth INR19.26bn ($282M) across its business units.
Indian engineering and construction firm BGR Energy Systems has won a contract from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution (TANGEDCO) for Stage III of the 800MW North Chennai Thermal Power project in Tamil Nadu, India.
“SolarWindow is attempting to make history by developing what may be the single-biggest breakthrough in the clean energy industry in a long time,” says John Conklin, president and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, when referring to the company’s vision of an electricity-generating window.
Veolia Environnement has secured a €240M contract to build and operate a new waste-to-energy (WTE) plant for Syndicat Départemental d’Elimination Des Déchets De L’Aube (SDEDA) in France.
Swedish construction firm Skanska has won a NOK657M ($80.8M) contract from Eidsiva Vannkraft to construct Nedre Otta power plant in Norway.
UK energy regulator Ofgem has given the go-ahead to the £1.1bn Aquind interconnector project between the UK and France.
French firm Veolia has signed a £1bn agreement with Hertfordshire County Council to manage the county’s residual waste for 30 years at a proposed energy recovery facility.
A consortium formed by Morelco, a subsidiary of Peruvian construction firm Graña y Montero, has won a $149M contract to deliver the Regional Transmission System located in the Colombian Atlantic Coast.The contract has been awarded by the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) — an entity of the Ministry of Mines and Energy responsible for the design, supplies procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the electrical reinforcement of Guajira Province.
Larsen and Toubro’s construction unit has secured contracts worth INR14.58bn ($218M) across its various business segments.The company’s power transmission & distribution business has won engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts worth INR6.54bn ($97.8M) in the international and domestic markets.The business has been awarded a contract by the National Grid Saudi Arabia — a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company — for the construction of a 132kV double circuit transmission line and a 132kV cabling in the Rafah, Arar, and Sakaka areas of Saudi Arabia.Furthermore, the business has won an order, under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), from Kanpur Electricity Supply Co. Ltd. (KESCo). The Urban Electrification project involves the design and construction of new substations and feeders and the upgrade of electricity network of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh.The business has also won a contract from Power Grid Corporation of India for the construction of gas insulated substations in Vadodara, Navasari, Pune, and Gwalior cities. The building & factories business has been selected for projects valued at INR5.18bn ($77.4M) in the domestic market.It has won an order from a paint manufacturing company for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Karnataka. The scope of the project includes civil and allied structural works.Additionally, the business segment has secured a residential project at Bengaluru. The contract includes civil and structural works for the construction of seven towers of G+14 and 11 towers of G+15 with two levels of common basement.The company’s smart world & communication business has won a contract worth INR2bn ($29.9M) from Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation (BSEDC) for the implementation of a wi-fi project in the campuses of government universities, constituent colleges and other premier academic institutions in the Indian state of Bihar.Larsen and Toubro’s other businesses also secured orders worth INR860M ($12.8M) across various ongoing projects.
India-based firm KEC International has secured new energy plant contracts worth INR12.24bn ($182.7M) in India, Thailand and Bangladesh.The company’s transmission and distribution business has secured domestic orders worth INR5.89bn ($88M) from Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation under the Indian government’s ‘Green Energy Corridors’ initiative. It includes the supply and construction of a 400/220kV GIS & AIS substation and a 400kV transmission line at Jagalur, Karnataka, and a 400/220kV Substation and 66kV transmission Line at Gadag, Karnataka.KEC’s transmission business has also secured international contracts worth INR2.16bn ($32.2M). A turnkey order of INR1.73bn ($25.8M) was awarded by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for the construction of a 500kV transmission line on the Thai/Laos border, while an INR430M ($6.4M) contract was awarded by the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh for the construction of 132kV transmission lines.The firm’s railways business has secured orders worth INR2.48bn ($37M) for overhead electrification in India, and its cables business won an INR1.71bn ($25.5M) contract to supply power and telecom cables.KEC International managing director and CEO Vimal Kejriwal said: “We are pleased that we continue to strengthen our order book across various businesses and geographies.“In the Transmission and Distribution arena, the order win in Thailand is a significant step in our pursuit to diversify our geographic spread into the ASEAN region. On the Domestic front, the order wins clearly reflect a strong growth in the intra-state T&D network.“The new order wins in Railways strengthen our belief that the Railway Business is poised for a rapid built-up in order book and revenues.”
US-based regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection has approved a $636M investment for power transmission projects to enhance the grid and reduce electricity costs in the USA.A total of $320M will be invested in a project to alleviate transmission congestion across the Pennsylvania and Maryland border. The project will include improvements at existing substations, and the construction of two new substations and two new transmission lines, as well as improvements to existing lines. The development — to be built by Transource Energy, Baltimore Gas & Electric and Allegheny Power — is expected to be operational in 2020. PJM president and CEO Andrew Ott said: "This is PJM's largest-ever market efficiency project, and we expect it will resolve a significant amount of the remaining transmission congestion in the eastern portion of PJM."Additionally, PJM has approved a $316.3M for the new or changed projects to maintain the reliability of the regional electric transmission grid.
L&T’s construction unit has won contracts worth a combined value of INR35.9bn ($534.1M) across various business lines.The company’s heavy civil infrastructure business, along with partner PES Engineers Private, has bagged an INR18.5bn ($274.4M) contract to build a barrage in Telangana, India.The scope of the contract, awarded by the Irrigation and Command Area Development Department of Telangana, includes construction of a 1632m-long barrage with radial gates.The scope of the contract also includes mechanical works related to the barrage radial gates with rope drum hoist arrangements, as well as construction of 2592m guide bunds on either side of the barrage across river Godavari at Medigadda, Mahadevapur in Karimnagar district, Telangana.L&T’s deputy managing director and president S.N. Subrahmanyan said: “It is noteworthy that the Government of Telangana has initiated work on the Medigadda Barrage Project in a very systematic and remarkable manner. “Christened a “Dream Project” of Telangana state, L&T is indeed proud to be part of this improvement plan to create irrigated agricultural production systems, which are vital for our country’s development.“This order reaffirms our expertise in building complex irrigation systems to empower the agrarian belts of the country.”L&T’s Water & Effluent Treatment Business has won an INR10.4bn ($154.8M) engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract from the Water Resources Department of Madhya Pradesh to build a balancing reservoir, distribution chamber and pumping station at Bansujara left bank’s main canal in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh.The contract includes design, procurement, construction and installation of pumping systems, rising and gravity main lines, branch lines, as well as distribution network including control and regulation system.The business has also bagged a contract from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Gujarat, to build a 30 MLD Common Effluent Treatment Plant and associated pumping station at Danilimda, Ahmedabad. The plant will make use of sequential batch reactor technology.L&T’s Building & Factories Business has secured an INR3.94bn ($58.5M) contract for the construction of software development blocks. The scope of the work includes civil, structural, MEP and finishing works.L&T’s Power Transmission & Distribution Business has won EPC contracts valued at INR3.12bn ($46.3M) in the international market. This includes a contract from a Middle East customer to build two high-voltage substations. The business also won an order to build a medium voltage distribution substation and underground cabling works from Millennium Challenge Account in Malawi, Africa.