Atkins, Assystem target offshore wind market

December 5, 2011

UK-based engineering and design consultancy Atkins and industrial engineering specialist Assystem are jointly targeting opportunities in the offshore wind market in France. Services provided by Assystem, with the support of Atkins, include concept and detailed engineering design as well as owner’s engineer services and consortium management. Atkins has expertise in offshore wind infrastructure design and engineering services, while Assystem is equipped with local knowledge of the French energy market.

Atkins and Assystem intend to capitalise on France’s €20 billion plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy production.  The plan is to produce a 6,000 MW power base by 2020, which corresponds to 1,200 wind turbines.

Turkey taps into big wind energy potential

December 5, 2011

Turkey’s newest wind farm is now selling clean energy to the country’s power grid. The 22.5-MW Sares wind farm is jointly owned by GE Energy Financial Services and GAMA Holding, a Turkish general contracting firm. The installation, which uses nine E 2.5-MW turbines, is located in one of Turkey’s most extreme wind regions near the city of Canakkale.

“The Turkish market’s potential for wind business is huge,” said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewables Europe. The GE-GAMA joint venture is also developing a 10-MW wind farm in Karadag, around 350 kilometers south of Sares. Construction on the project is expected to start in the third quarter of 2011, with completion expected in the second quarter of 2012. According to GAMA Enerji, the two wind farms will generate enough electricity to power 59,000 average Turkish homes and avoid 80,000 tonnes a year in greenhouse gas emissions. The country aims to generate 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

Iberdrola to build World’s Largest Wind Project in Romania

June 15, 2011

Iberdrola SA won the bid to build the world’s largest onshore wind energy project in Romania with a capacity of 1,500 MW and requiring an investment of at least $2 billion. Work on the first 600 MW of capacity is scheduled to start this year and is due to finish in 2016-2017. Iberdrola also undertook a separate project of 80 MW, which is expected to complete by mid-2011.

US to fund 150 MW Wind Project in Pakistan

February 8, 2011

The governments of the US and Pakistan have signed an agreement with AES Corporation to develop a 150-MW wind project in Pakistan’s Gharo Corridor. The US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, and Pakistani water and power minister Javed Iqbal were among those signing an agreement to develop the $375 million project.

The US Embassy in Islamabad said the project would reduce Pakistan’s dependence on fuel imports and save Pakistanis $45 million a year. The Pakistani government and AES will invest in the project, leveraging a loan from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US agency that sells foreign investment services. Pakistan will own a minority stake through a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). These shares will be privatised over time, with the proceeds financing future energy projects.

Peru makes Wind Energy Advances

February 8, 2011

The government of Peru has given the green signal for the construction of  three new wind farms and four solar power plants, for a total capacity of 220 MW, Concessions had been offered in a bidding tender that was held at the beginning of the year. The plants will be put into service by 2012. The announcement was made by the director general of the Energy and Mines Ministry Ismael Aragona.

Regarding the wind power plants, with a total capacity of 140 MW, two of them shall be installed in the northern area of Talara-Guadalupe, while the third wind farm will be put up in the southern region of Marcona. The remaining 80 MW will come from four solar photovoltaic plants, all of which will be developed in the southern areas of Ilo, Arequipa e Tacna. The electricity produced by these facilities will be purchased by distributors at feed-in tariffs, with the purpose of helping develop the renewable energy market.

Iberdrola to Start Building World’s Largest Wind Park in 2011

February 8, 2011

Iberdrola SA will next year start building the first 600 MW of capacity for the world’s largest onshore wind park in Romania. Construction of the planned park will start “sometime next year” and is expected to be finalised in 2016-2017. Iberdrola also plans to build a separate 80-MW wind-farm, starting “this autumn or in the spring” and delivered by mid-2011. The Spanish utility said it acquired rights from the Romanian government to build the largest onshore wind energy project with 1,500 MW of capacity.

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