INDONESIA: SBS International and Black & Veatch to develop commercial tidal currents projects

(EnergyAsia, April 29 2016, Friday) — US infrastructure builder Black & Veatch said it and UK’s SBS International Ltd have agreed to jointly develop commercial-scale tidal current projects to produce energy for remote communities in Indonesia. The companies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to follow through on feasibility studies supporting the development of…

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SINGAPORE: Construction begins on giant container port terminal

(EnergyAsia, April 29 2016, Friday) — Singapore has begun construction of a giant terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing container port facilities and consolidate operations for the long term. The first phase of the Tuas Terminal project will have 20 deepwater berths with an initial capacity to handle an annual…

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CHINA: Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom opens regional office in Beijing

(EnergyAsia, April 19 2016, Tuesday) — Russian nuclear energy provider Rosatom has announced the opening of a regional office in Beijing to serve the Chinese market.

Rosatom said the new office will enhance its collaboration with Chinese firms as well as develop opportunities for international expansion. The company has similar regional representative offices in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The operator of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province installed two Russian VVER-design units during the plant’s first phase in 2007 and are building another two in the current second phase, said Alexander Merten, President of Rosatom International Network.

“China has been traditionally among our key foreign partners. The office in Beijing will make it possible to join the efforts and improve efficiency of the nuclear enterprises in Eastern Asia,” he said in a statement released at the Nuclear Industry China 2016 event in Beijing last week.

Liu Qi, deputy general director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), and Sun Qin, chairman of the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), visited Rosatom’s booth the exhibition.


ASIA: Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India sign investment agreement to build gas pipeline

(EnergyAsia, April 19 2016, Tuesday) — Officials of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed an investment agreement for the construction of a proposed US$10-billlion pipeline to deliver natural gas from Central to South Asia.

The agreement will pave the way for the TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL), owned by the four countries, to update the feasibility study and the pipeline route linking natural gas fields in Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.

The agreement provides an initial budget of over $200 million to fund the next phase of the development of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline, said the ADB. This includes funding for detailed engineering and route surveys, environmental and social safeguard studies, and procurement and financing activities, to enable a final investment decision, after which construction can begin. Construction is estimated to take up to three years.

TPCL will build, own and operate the pipeline, which is envisaged to transport up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India over 30 years. The pipeline stretches about 1,600 kilometers from the Afghan/Turkmen border to the Pakistan-Indian border.

“The financial support committed by the shareholders of TAPI under this investment agreement is a true testament of their intention to get this historic project off the ground and running,” said Yagshygeldi Kakayev, deputy chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. The agreement was signed in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

“TAPI exemplifies ADB’s key role in promoting regional cooperation and integration over the past 20 years,” said Sean O’Sullivan, ADB’s Director General for the Central and West Asia Department.  “TAPI will unlock economic opportunities, transform infrastructure, diversify the energy market for Turkmenistan, and enhance energy security for the region.”

Acting as TAPI secretariat since 2003 and as transaction advisor since 2013, ADB has played a key role in pushing for TAPI’s development. The bank helped establish TPCL, select Turkmengaz as consortium leader and finalise the shareholders’ and investment agreements.

SOUTH KOREA: GE and LSIS to collaborate in developing and implementing smart energy solutions

(EnergyAsia, April 18 2016, Monday— US industrial giant GE and South Korea’s LSIS said they have agreed to undertake “comprehensive cooperation” in developing and implementing smart energy solutions.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate extensively on manufacturing innovation, as well as on smart grid solutions such as energy storage systems (ESS) and microgrids including eco-friendly power products.

GE chairman Jeff Immelt and LSIS chairman Koo Ja-Kyun, who witnessed the MoU’s signing, discussed opportunities and long-term cooperation between their companies.

According to the MoU, GE and LSIS will work together across the power and energy businesses including eco-friendly power products, power transmission and distribution solutions, smart energy as well as smart factories to realise the next phase in manufacturing with the Internet of Things (IoT).

The companies will jointly develop SF6 free power equipment specifically in the area of 400 kV Gas Insulated Busducts (GIB) and 170 kV Gas Insulated Substations (GIS). Grid Solutions, a GE and Alstom joint venture, has jointly developed with 3M™, a clean alternative, Green Gas for Grid (g3).

LSIS said it expects its cooperation with GE to accelerate the development of eco-friendly switchgear fit for domestic power systems.

“Both parties plan to continue cooperation for the Smart Grid segment in general, including ESS (recently certified by UL<>) and microgrids,” said GE.

Using LSIS’s automation technology and GE’s digital and industrial Internet solutions, the Korean firm plans to develop advanced manufacturing innovation and implement smart factory technologies. Following last year’s global agreement on climate change in Paris, countries and companies are under pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

LSIS chief technology officer Hahk Sung Lee said:

“In light of the Paris Agreement and the implementation of the emissions trading scheme, this is a great opportunity to cooperatively target the world’s eco-friendly energy segment with a global company like GE. We will strive to maintain our active and close cooperation so that it will lead to strengthening our competitiveness.”

GE Korea President and CEO Chris Khang said:

“The collaboration with LSIS is a part of GE’s strategy which pursues growth with Korean companies. GE, by providing advanced technologies and global networks in the energy and power industries, expects to create synergies along with LSIS in the energy industry.”

LSIS, a South Korean provider of electric power system, automation and smart grid solutions, aims to contribute to the reduction of the world’s carbon output.

GE, the world’s leading digital industrial company, aims to serve the world with its technology solutions. GE Energy Connections designs and deploys technology to transport, convert, automate and optimise energy to ensure the safe, efficient and reliable supply of electrical power.

SINGAPORE: REC to invest S$250 million to boost solar modules efficiency, develop new type of panel

(EnergyAsia, April 4 2016, Monday) — REC, a global provider of solar energy solutions, has announced it will invest a total of S$250 million in automation, technology upgrade and research and development (R&D) efforts to bolster its operations in Singapore. (US$1=S$1.37).

Eighty percent of that investment will go towards increasing productivity and efficiency at the company’s 1.3 GW of solar modules production capacity. The plant, located in Tuas in western Singapore, produces panels that are more energy efficient than common multi-crystalline panels.

REC said the other S$50 million will be invested in developing a “novel” solar panel with 350 watt power over the next five years. The Norwegian firm will partner with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) to develop the panel that will generate 1.35 times more energy at a comparable cost and size to standard multi-crystalline modules.

REC made its announcement at a ceremony at the Tuas plant earlier this week that was attended by company officials and Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), S. Iswaran.

“With such a strong commitment to cleantech innovation, Singapore is the ideal location for REC to channel new innovations and push the boundaries for solar solutions. We are very excited to share our roadmap for advancements in solar energy production as we dedicate resources for research and development into our game-changing TwinPeak solar panels,” said Steve O’Neil, REC’s CEO.