Power Generation & Energy
July 2008

Abu Dhabi aims to raise power generation capacity by 35 per cent within five years, but may face challenges in attracting foreign firms as competition for projects across the Gulf Arab region heats up.






July 2008

US firm Thorium Power has revealed its recently announced consulting and strategic advisory service agreements are with a UAE government entity involved in the country’s evaluation of a domestic nuclear energy programme. To date, the company has entered into two business agreements as announced on December 3, 2007 and March 18, 2008.






July 2008

GE Energy has signed contracts totaling more than $500 million (SR1.87 billion) to supply gas turbines and generators for power plant projects owned by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).






July 2008

GE Energy, a global supplier of power generation and energy delivery technologies, is expanding its capabilities to serve the region better.






July 2008

GE Energy has signed a carbon sequestration alliance agreement with Schlumberger Carbon Services to accelerate the use of “cleaner coal” technology.






July 2008

With oil prices at historic highs, China is moving full steam ahead with a controversial process to turn its vast coal reserves into barrels of oil, reports Reuters. Known as coal-to-liquid (CTL), the process is reviled by environmentalists who say it causes excessive greenhouse gases.






July 2008

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (Taqa) has inked two deals in recent weeks including an MoU with Iberdrola SA, the world’s fourth largest electricity company, and is in the process of finalising four other deals worth $5 billion.






July 2008

The Gas Turbine Services division (GTS) of international energy services company, John Wood Group PLC (Wood Group), has been awarded a contract by Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (Sewa) to perform control system retrofits on two Pratt & Whitney FT4 gas turbine generator sets operated at the Layyah Power Station in Sharjah, UAE.






July 2008

Masdar, the wholly-owned initiative by the government of Abu Dhabi through Mubadala Development Company, has announced that Masdar PV will embark on a multi-billion-dollar investment in thin-film photovoltaic solar technology, as part of its drive to become a world leader in alternative energy.






July 2008

Denmark-based Maersk Contractors has chosen UK engineering company Peter Brotherhood Ltd to supply three steam-turbine-driven generator sets for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Peregrino development in Brazil.






July 2008

Kuwait plans to launch tenders for power expansion worth more than $2.5 billion to meet rapid growth in power demand through 2015, a government official said. Record oil export revenues are fuelling economic growth throughout the Gulf.






July 2008

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) will build the world’s largest offshore wind farm and has awarded $3 billion (1.5 billion pounds) in contracts to US engineer Fluor and Germany’s Siemens. Despite industry doubts about the viability of offshore wind SSE said it would build the farm off the east coast.






July 2008

Drax Power Limited has awarded Alstom an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the main processing works for what is believed to be the largest biomass co-firing project in the world – the 4,000 MW Drax power station in North Yorkshire (UK).






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