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.
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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.
Sterlite Power has acquired a 28.4% stake in its transmission infrastructure business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) for INR10.1 billion (US$157 million). With this acquisition, Sterlite Power holds 100% stake in the business.
Pacifico Energy K.K. has successfully completed the launch of its first solar investment fund. The fund will be comprised of 5 Japanese solar power plants totaling over 100 MWdc.
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.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$100 million loan facility agreement with China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to fund the development of a series of municipal waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in the Mekong Delta, in south-west Vietnam.
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.
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 #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).
Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced plans for Phase III of the Hassyan clean coal power plant. The authority began tendering for advisers in late December, seeking advisory services for the development of the project, which is to be developed by an independent power producer.
The EBRD is supporting French company Urbasolar SAS in its plans to build a 14 MW solar power plant in Kazakhstan. The Zadarya solar park will be located in the South Kazakhstan region, near the city of Shymkent.
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.
The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) has issued invitations for prequalification for the construction and operation of 30 MWp of solar power capacity to be split across two locations in the country. The electricity generated by the solar plants will power water pumping stations.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced that it has arranged a financing package of up to US$188 million for the 200 MW Baynouna plant, the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Jordan to date.
IPPToday #134: EBRD to finance rehabiliation of 1320 MW Enguri hydropower plant in Georgia for the fourth time
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is to finance the modernisation and rehabilitation of the Enguri hydropower plant. With an installed capacity of 1320 MW, it supplies 40% of Georgia’s electricity.
In November 2017, solar tender and auction activity in India plummeted. In response, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy set out plans to tender 3 GW of solar projects in January 2018. Despite the bold scale of the plans, the ministry seems to be keeping its word.
It has been reported in local newspapers that the Myingyan combined-cycle gas turbine power plant has begun generating 143 MW feeding into Myanmar's National Grid. Sembcorp Industries, through the Sembcorp Minygyan Power Company Limited, signed a 22-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreement for the project with the Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Myanmar in January 2017.
Canadian Solar has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI New Energy Holding Co., Ltd. has completed the sale of three solar power plants in China to Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd. The plants have a total capacity of 44.3 MWp.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia has shortlisted two bids to develop a 300MW solar photovoltaic plant in Sakaka, Al Jouf. This is the first competitively tendered utility-scale solar project in the country.