Kinyerezi I 150MW Power Plant inaugurated in Tanzania
Kinyerezi I 150MW Power Plant was introduced by his Excellency President Kikwete on 13th October 2015. The power plant provided by Jacobsen Elektro is going to be a turnkey project in the Tanzanian utility company Tanesco, which will now take the plant into commercial operation. For continuously growth within the Tanzanian energy sector, this event was celebrated as an important milestone.
In the periphery of Dar es Salaam, the power plant is located and is powered by 4xLM6000PF dual fuel Gas Turbine Generators from General Electric. It is operational both on natural gas and jet fuel. To connect the new power plant to the existing transmission network, Jacobsen Elektro also established a 220/132kV Sub Station and 220/132kV transmission lines as part of the project.
Jacobsen Elektro see Tanzania as an essential country for continued focus and growth, with Ubungo 100MW Power Plant delivered in 2012, Kinyerezi 150MW Power Plant delivered now, and rehabilitation projects for Pangani and Kihansi hydro plants the last two years.
First Gen’s Avion plant to go online this year
Delays and setback has been in the way but the 97-megawatt (MW) Avion open cycle natural gas-fired power plant of the Lopez-led First Gen Corp. (First Gen) in Batangas is progressing and is expected to come online by the end of the year.
“Avion’ has had a minor setback and will be late. It will be online by the end of the year because there were delays in site preparation,” First Gen president Francis Giles Puno told reporters. To help address the anticipated power shortage during the summer months, the plant was originally targeted to be completed and operational by April this year, and with a project cost of $100 million to $150 million (P4.68 billion to P7 billion) the expectations were high.
Avion is based adjacent to First Gen’s 1,000-MW Santa Rita and 500-MW San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plants in Batangas City. First Gen completed supply contracts with the Istroenergo Group (IEG) through its owned subsidiary Prime Meridien Powergen Copr (PMPC) for the Avion power plant project. IEG is an experienced engineering contractor from Slovakia, especially experienced within construction of aero-derivative gas turbine power plants. General Electric’s LM6000 PC Sprint aero-derivative gas turbines, can burn natural gas or liquid fuel and this is what the Avion plant will be using.
By the second quarter of next year, Puno announced and affirmed that the 450-MW San Gabriel combined cycle power plant is expected to be operational. Puno also affirmed that the company allocated $700 to 750 million as capital investments for both projects. The plant will be running on Malampaya gas and will have the capability to burn liquid fuel as alternative backup. It will use liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is a clean alternative to coal fuel.
In addition to that the electricity generated by the two power plants, is going to be initially traded on the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). With a total installed capacity of 2,957 MW, First Gen is one of the biggest independent power producers in the Philippines.