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FG Wilson completes $188m Egyptian genset contract

October 31st, 2013

FG Wilson and its authorised Egyptian Dealer, Triangle Heavy Equipment, have completed a $188m generator set contract for a new business, leisure and residential complex in Cairo.

Cairo Festival City features 700,000 sq m of office space, 217,796 sq m of retail and leisure space, luxury living communities, hotels, schools and a theme park.

It is due to be completed in 2018, when it will be home to over 13,000 residents and a workplace for 50,000 more.  

Located 15 minutes from Cairo International Airport, the facility is owned by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate and is being built by Al-Futtaim Carillion and Orascom.

Triangle installed 15 FG Wilson gensets, ranging from 44 kVA up to 550 kVA, which will provide power to water and sewage plants, four office blocks and the theme park, as well as to on-going construction sites.

All the gensets are providing back-up power, apart from those at the construction sites which are providing prime power.

The installation included the introduction of new fibre network technology which had never been implemented in Egypt before. This Air Pallone Fibre sees optical cables transfer data at the speed of light in glass, which FG Wilson says is a “high-speed communication first for the country”.

Ashraf Kamal, of Triangle Heavy Equipment, said the project had been so successful that FG Wilson and Triangle had been recommended to manage all future genset requirements at Cairo Festival City, which he said could “see us managing the installation of up to 16 additional FG Wilson 400 kVA units between now and 2018”.

RTE in first European trial of Nexans’ conductor design

October 31st, 2013

France’s electricity transmission system operator RTE is field testing a new type of overhead power line using Nexans’ carbon fibre composite technology – the first time this conductor design is being deployed in Europe.

If the trial – in Haute-Vienne in the Limousin region – is successful, Nexans says it will “provide TSOs with opportunities to adapt their high- and extra-high voltage networks to meet the needs of tomorrow’s energy landscape for redistribution of power generation, especially with the development of renewable energy resources”.

The field trial utilizes Lo-Sag conductor technology, which uses a carbon fibre composite core, and involves about 1 km of high voltage, 90 kV, overhead line being upgraded between Bellac and Saint-Martin-Terressus.

The three-phase trial installation replaces older steel cables while making use of most of the existing infrastructure such as pylons. Nexans says this is possible because of the light weight and low expansion of the new conductors.

Nexans says comprehensive testing of the Lo-Sag technology will take place throughout the course of the year, with the objective of “checking compatibility with the existing grid as well as reviewing its mechanical properties and the capability to withstand France’s variable climate, including combinations of wind, ice and snow”.

The conductor for trial was manufactured at Nexans’ factories in France, Belgium and Germany.

Ward Petroleum names exploration vice-president

October 31st, 2013

Enid, Okla.-based independent Ward Petroleum has named David J. Stone as vice-president of exploration.

 

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX gas prices decline on warmer forecasts

October 31st, 2013

Natural gas prices continued a 2-day decline on the New York market on Oct. 30 upon forecasts calling for warm temperatures across the Midwest and Northeastern states while oil prices also declined on the New York market for lack of a clear signal about a US economic stimulus program.

Colorado: Nighthawk farms out unconventional play

October 31st, 2013

Nighthawk Energy PLC has farmed out 4,572 acres of its 100% owned Jolly Ranch project in Lincoln County, Colo., in the Denver basin to an undisclosed Denver farmee.

Experimental Verification of Methane–Carbon Dioxide Replacement in Natural Gas Hydrates Using a Differential Scanning Calorimeter

October 31st, 2013

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Hexavalent Chromium Reduction by Tartaric Acid and Isopropyl Alcohol in Mid-Atlantic Soils and the Role of Mn(III,IV)(hydr)oxides

October 31st, 2013

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es401903s

Primary GOES-R instrument ready to be installed onto spacecraft

October 31st, 2013
A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA's next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on

$15bn power drive for Kenya

October 31st, 2013

The Kenyan government is planning $15bn in investment in the country’s electricity sector over the next four years.

If the plan to add 5500 MW of power to the grid is successful, it will represent a fourfold rise in the existing capacity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta
Bloomberg reports Energy Minister Davis Chirchir as saying, “We will need about $10 -15bn in investment to reach that target. We need that power to support double-digit economic growth.”

The additional power is set to come from coal, gas and geothermal sources by 2017, and would in combination with the existing capacity of 1700 MW , add up to a total output to 7,200 MW.

President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged, on being elected to accelerate annual economic growth to more than 10 per cent as part of plan to create more than 1 million jobs a year.

The country is preparing to sell its inaugural Eurobond to raise as much as $2bn by early 2014 to fund infrastructure development.

Kenya is talking to suppliers of coal from neigbouring countries to fuel a 1000 MW plant at Lamu on the coast and are also looking at a potential Qatari supplier for a 700-800 MW plant at Dongo Kundu in Mombasa, according to the minister, as reported in Bloomberg.

The government plans to use competitive bidding tenders to award contracts for power generation to private companies, Chirchir said. “The criteria for selection will mainly be the tariff at which the companies propose to sell us the power they generate,” he said.

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Pollution Control on River Nile in the White Nile State Sugar Hub of Sudan

October 31st, 2013

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