Australian generation and utility company AGL has announced plans to issue Requests for Expressions of Interest for 500 MW wind projects in an attempt to replace the power produced by its Liddell coal-fired power plant, which will be shut down in 2022.
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An international consortium has announced its intention to develop a waste-to-energy project involving the construction of five waste-to-energy plants in Russia, four in the Moscow region and one in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan. The total cost of the project is estimated to be RUB150 billion (US$2.6 billion).
The Government of Mexico has started the tender process for the Baja California Transmission Line project. The tender is seeking a developer to install and operate a 1,400 km transmission line linking Seri, in the state of Sonora, in north-east Mexico, to Cucapáh in the state of Baja California.
IPPToday #154: Government of Alberta announces second and third rounds of 5000 MW Renewable Electricity Program
The Government of Alberta, a province in western Canada, has announced that the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is preparing to open the second and third series of tenders in its Renewable Electricity Program. In total, the two tenders will award 700 MW renewable energy projects.
TerraForm Power, Inc. has announced that it has launched a voluntary tender offer to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Saeta Yield, S.A., a leading, publicly-listed European owner and operator of wind and solar assets, located primarily in Spain.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched three separate tenders for renewable energy projects which altogether entail the development of 4070 MW. The authority is seeking developers for 2000 MW wind power projects and 2000 MW solar photovoltaic projects at locations proposed by bidders, plus a 70 MW solar PV park in the northern state of Assam.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia has awarded the Sakaka IPP PV solar project, the first utility scale renewable energy project in the country, to ACWA Power.
The government of São Paulo has resumed the partial privatisation of Companhia Energetica de São Paulo (CESP), the utility company responsible for approximately 58% of the energy generated in the state, and for almost 12% of the total power produced in Brazil, making it the third largest in the country.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved financing for the Nenskra Hydropower Plant project. A senior secured loan of up to US$214 million will finance the development and construction of a 280 MW hydropower plant, the largest HPP constructed in the recent history of independent Georgia.
Massachusetts utilities has announced that they have selected a Eversource Energy’s subsidiary Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) and Hydro-Québec joint proposal to supply 9.45 TWh of firm clean energy, which will help the state enhance reliability and contribute to its greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
Indonesia’s state-owned diversified energy company PT Pertamina and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop an integrated gas project, comprising of a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant with installed capacity of 1400 MW and a floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU). The estimated total investment is US$2 billion.
Canadian Solar Inc, an international solar power company, has entered into an agreement with Photon Energy NV to co-develop five utility-scale solar power projects, with a total capacity of 1.14 GWp. The projects are located in New South Wales, a state in the south-east of Australia.
Partners Group has sold its stake in Japan Solar, a 610 MW platform of Japanese solar power assets. The stake was sold to a consortium led by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), generating a blended gross return of 3.2x on the original investment for Partners Group's programs.
The Municipality of Dubai has awarded the build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract for a waste-to-energy plant, set to be the largest in the world, to a consortium comprising BESIX, Belgium's largest construction company, and Hitachi Zosen Inova, an experienced waste-to-energy developer based in Switzerland.
IPPToday #143: President of Brazil submits bill for US$3.8 billion privatisation of Eletrobras to Congress
The President of Brazil, Michel Terner, has advanced the privatisation of state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA, commonly known as Eletrobras, by submitting a bill defining the terms of the sale to Congress. The bill states that the company will be privatised through a capital increase, with an option for a secondary offering of government shares (currently 52%).
The European Commission yesterday approved an unprecedented grant of EUR578 million (US$718.5 million) to the Biscay Gulf France-Spain interconnection project. The grant will fund the construction of a 370km electricity transmission line between Gatika, around 20km north of Bilbao, in the north-east of Spain, and Cubnezais, around 40km north of Bordeaux, in the south-west of France.
The government of the Canary Islands has confirmed that it will hold two auctions for large-scale wind and solar power projects this year. It has been reported in local press that 100 MW will be allocated in the solar auction, and 300 MW wind projects will be awarded in the other auction. No dates were disclosed.
IPPToday #140: Five companies join consortium developing US$1.8 billion 480 MW solar project in Japan
SPCG Public Company Limited, Tokyo Century Corporation, Furukawa Electric Company Limited, Tsuboi Corporation and The Eighteenth Bank Limited have joined the Photovolt Development Partners (PVDP) consortium in its initiative to develop a 480 MW solar power project on the island of Ukujima (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan).
Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, Egyptian energy technology developer Elsewedy Electric and Marubeni Corporation have signed an agreement to develop an 800 MW wind project in Egypt. The estimated investment required has not been disclosed.
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the sole wholesale buyer of electricity and related water from licensed production facilities in Oman, has issued a Request for Expression for Interest for the Amin Solar PV IPP project. This is PDO's first renewable energy project being implemented as an independent power project (IPP) in the country.