International Projects

Komenda Sugar Factory to generate its own electricity 26 Feb, 2015
After sugar production at Komenda Sugar Factory, the accumulated residue of the sugarcane would be used to generate three megawatts (MW) of electricity.Two megawatts would be used in the factory and the remainder would be added unto the national grid for the Komenda community and beyond. The end product after the production of the sugar would be stored in a 4,000 cubic meter molasses tank to be turned into alcohol, ethanol and industrial spirit to be used by hospitals and other companies. Equipment for the start of the factory would be brought in next month and in four to five months some operations would start until the whole project is completed in December.

DEP approves landfill plan to build new leachate plant 26 Feb, 2015
State environmental regulators gave Keystone Sanitary Landfill permission to build an upgraded plant to treat its leachate before discharging it to the local sewer system. While the current treatment plant can treat 70,000 to 100,000 gallons per day, the new plant will can treat up to 150,000 gallons per day. Besides increased capacity, the upgrade plant will include new pieces of equipment to adjust pH, remove solids and metals and biologically break down organic constituents. The new plant should be complete this summer.

Ingress Katayama to establish RM46mil R&D manufacturing facility 26 Feb, 2015
Ingress Corporation Bhd (ICB), has signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement with Katayama Kogyo Co Ltd. Japan, to establish a RM46mil research and development (R and D) and manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art facility is to be located in ICB’s Bandar Baru Bangi (Selangor) plant. It will design, develop and manufacture automotive parts toolings for use in ICBs operating companies as well as reexport to Katayamas operation in Japan and globally. The transfer of technology from Katayama to Ingress-Katayama Technical Centre Sdn Bhd (IKT), the JV company, will be over three years.

Marubeni to Build 37MW Biomass Power Plant in Western Japan 26 Feb, 2015
Marubeni Corp., a Japanese trading company will build a 37-megawatt biomass power station in western Japan. Construction of the plant in Fukui prefecture will start in November. The plant will start running in the summer of 2017 using woody biomass as fuel. The station can produce enough electricity for about 70,000 homes.

Nshama to unveil 750-acre town square in Dubai 26 Feb, 2015
Nshama is unveiling a town square development spread over 750 acres in Dubai, UAE. Town Square will offer a mix of three- and four-bedroom townhouses and mid-rises with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments offering tremendous value across all touch-points. Town Square will feature over 3,000 townhouses and 18,000 apartments in addition to substantial retail, hospitality and commercial space. The masterplan also envisages a central and vibrant hub with shopping and dining districts, plazas, greenbelts, mosques, educational institutions, healthcare centres, entertainment and outdoor sports facilities. With a total land area of 31 million sq ft, it will have a high land-to-building ratio.

Qatar KCT completes work on Hilton project 26 Feb, 2015
Khayyat Contracting and Trading (KCT) has completed the construction of a 24,000-sq-m luxury five-star Hilton property in capital Doha. Spread over three basements levels and fourteen stories plus ground, the 186 key Hilton Double Tree Doha was completed over a three-year period from planning to delivery. Designed by Erga and DWP Interior design, the 75-m high tower comprises of a rooftop Sky Bar, which also includes a pool deck and shisha area, two restaurants, banquet area, children’s play area, a mosque, spa and gym etc.

Shapoorji Pallonji wins $525m Kuwait varsity deal 26 Feb, 2015
Shapoorji Pallonji has won a KD150 million, 42-month contract to build, operate and maintain colleges of social science, law and Shariaa & Islamic studies, prayer areas and a faculty club for Kuwait University. Shapoorji Pallonji has already won the design-build contract with supply, installation and maintenance of medical procurement for the $635 million Al Sabah Hospital in Kuwait. Providing 617 beds, the project is currently in its design phase and is expected to last approximately 48 months in total.

OFP signs up for Sharakah aid to set up factory 26 Feb, 2015
Oman’s OFP has signed an agreement with an entrepreneur initiative Sharakah to receive financial support to set up a manufacturing unit in Nizwa Industrial Estate. The manufacturing unit will cater to the huge demand from petrochemical, fertiliser, power, desalination, waste water and other industries. The unit will start setting up during the second quarter of this year and is expected to start production towards the end of the year.

Polyone Corp to expand LFT long-fibre specialty thermoplastics plant in Ohio 26 Feb, 2015
Polyone Corporation is expanding capacity of its OnForce LFT long-fibre specialty thermoplastics in response to growing customer demand for metal replacement. The company is adding a new, dedicated specialty production line at its existing Avon Lake, Ohio, facility. The new production line is expected to be fully operational by the end of February 2015

DIC to build polymer technical facility in Thailand 26 Feb, 2015
Japanese printing inks producer DIC is planning to build a new polymer technical facility in Bangpoo Industrial Estate, Samut Prakan province, Thailand. The Polymer Technical Center – Asia Pacific facility will strengthen the company’s polymer products portfolio for the Asia Pacific region, excluding China and Japan. The centre will be engaged in polymer-related technical activities, promote R&D-customised to the needs of domestic markets and strengthen the company’s technological expertise in the region. DIC plans to begin operations at the centre in the first half of this year.

Arabian Cement gets US$107m loan 26 Feb, 2015
Arabian Cement Company has signed an agreement with Saudi British Bank for US$107m of Islamic financing. The loan is to be repaid over a period of five years, including a one-year grace period. Arabian Cement will use the loan to finance part of the first phase of an expansion project to install two new cement mills

Steel Strips Wheels bags euro 5.8-mn order from Renault Brazil

HBL 25 Feb, 2015
Steel Strips Wheels Ltd (SSWL) has bagged an export order worth euro 5.8 million from Renault Brazil. The order is for a total supply of 7,60,000 wheels. The order will cater to both the domestic and export requirements of Renault Global and strengthen the export dominance of SSWL with Renault Global

Uzbekistan to launch two new cement plants in 2016 25 Feb, 2015
Uzbekistan is planning to commission two new cement plants in 2016. A 0.4Mt/yr plant is being built by Karakalpak Cement in Karakalpakstan for launch in 2016. A 2.2Mt/yr plant being built by Surkhoncementinvest in Jarkurgan district of Surkhandarya. Currently, eight cement plants are operating in Uzbekistan with a total production capacity of 8.8Mt/yr

Brazil’s Jalles Machado to increase biomass power output in 2015/16 25 Feb, 2015
Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Jalles Machado SA will start collecting sugarcane straw in May to increase biomass power generation as of the 2015/2016 crop year. The straw will be mixed with bagasse to ensure biomass for a longer period of time, including the period between harvests. The new operations will start in the Otavio Lage unit, initially with 35,000 tonnes of straw from nearly 5,000 ha.

Magna Keeps The Door Open On New Plant 25 Feb, 2015
Magna International Inc. is interested in building another car assembly plant in North America, Europe or Asia, provided, it could secure enough long-term demand to support such a move.

ND coal production increases by 1M tons 25 Feb, 2015
Bismarck’s four lignite mines sold approximately 28.7 million tons of coal last year, up from 27.7 million tons in 2013. The mines near Beulah, Center and Underwood increased or maintained their 2013 production levels. The state had also started-up a new lignite-based power plant and large investments were made in several existing lignite facilities. The Freedom Mine, owned by North American Coal Corp. saw a 10 percent increase in production in 2014. The coal industry has made advances in energy production recently. The Spiritwood Station near Jamestown, owned by Great River Energy, began operations on Nov. 1. Basin Electric Power Co-op began working a $402 million project to build a urea production facility at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, which receives coal from the Freedom Mine.

HELCO picks PGV parent company to build next geothermal plant 25 Feb, 2015
Ormat Technologies has been selected to provide an additional 25 megawatts of geothermal power to Hawaii Electric Light Co. The expansion will involve a new power plant and a new location. It would be built in East Hawaii. The expansion is intended to help the utility replace its oil-burning power plants with geothermal energy.

Mitsui Chemicals to restructure operations 25 Feb, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals is preparing to restructure operations of its functional chemicals business unit, to accelerate new product development and business strategy. As part of it, Mitsui functional chemicals business sector’s fine and performance chemicals division and licensing division will be moved to its basic chemicals business segment and petrochemicals business sector, respectively. The Mitsui Chemicals Agro operations will be upgraded to a business sector. The functional chemicals business sector will operate under the ‘Health Care Business Sector’ name. Mitsui Chemicals plans to establish a R&D centre to manage activities of its R&D strategy division, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre, synthetic chemicals laboratory, and polymeric materials laboratory, as well as its functional materials laboratory, new products development laboratory, process technology centre, advancing analysis laboratory, and R&D administration division. As part of the restructuring, the company will reorganise its production and technology centre, safety and environment division, RC and quality assurance division, internal control division, SCM division, and corporate performance management division. Its finance and accounting division, corporate communications division, CSR division, corporate administration division, and legal division will also be reorganised. The company will establish fabricated products business coordination division and food and packaging business promotion division.

RES announces approval of Arkwright solar power farm in UK 25 Feb, 2015
The Chesterfield Borough Council approved a solar farm project of RES near Tom Lane in Derbyshire, England. The Arkwright Solar Farm will have an installed power generation capacity of up to 7.5 megawatts. Construction of the Arkwright Solar Farm will begin in the summer of 2015. It has also submitted a planning application for a wind farm in between Talgarreg and Mydroilyn in Ceredigion County, Wales. The Rhos Garn Wind Farm will be composed of three turbines. The Ceredigion County Council will review the planning application and will potentially give a decision in summer 2015.

Al Hilal Hospital to open more satellite clinics in Bahrain 25 Feb, 2015
Al Hilal Hospital, in Muharraq has announced plans to open more satellite clinics in Bahrain by the end of next year. It intends to launch new facilities in Manama, Isa Town and Hidd. Other branches of the hospital are due to be established by the end of 2016. The branches will provide multi-speciality clinical services, diagnostic laboratory, radiography and ultrasonography as part of their services.

New multimillion-dollar hotel opens in Haiti 25 Feb, 2015
A new US$45 million, 175-room Marriott hotel, owned by the Digicel group has been opened in Haiti. The hotel is the fourth international brand to invest in the hotel sector in Haiti.

Péché team opening Isla next week in Warehouse District 25 Feb, 2015
Péché owner Rob Pate and his team have taken over the former Pleasant Storage Room space and will introduce Isla when the restaurant-bar opens on March 2. Dishes will include ropa vieja with coconut rice and a Caribbean seafood pepper pot of shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and okra in a spicy broth. The bar will serve a variety of Tiki drinks and classic rum cocktails. The restaurant is located at 208 W. Fourth St.

Langruth water plant to get upgrades 25 Feb, 2015
The Town of Langruth is expected to see upgrades to its water treatment plant. The upgrade will cost the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone $17,120 and will be paid for through the Langruth utility reserve. The 25-year-old plant will receive a UV sterilizer to replace two ozone generators, which are in the steralization process of the town’s drinking water. Work is scheduled to begin within a month.

Korfez wins contracts in France and Germany 25 Feb, 2015
At the end of January 2015, KORFEZ ENG. has signed a contract with Italcementi Group for the supply of a new second compartment mill shell lining for the company’s plant in France. This system is intended for a 3.80 m dia. two-compartment raw mill. A total grinding compartment of 7250 mm shall be equipped with a combination of lifter and sorting liners. Operation is expected to start in summer 2015. The company also recently received an order from a globally positioned building materials group in Germany for a dip tube cast lining system for its preheater, cyclone stage 2. The dip tubes will be executed as locked hanging segment system tailor-fit to the existing dip tube. Manufacturing will be completed in about two months and delivery is planned for April 2015.

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Freightliner Group 25 Feb, 2015
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has entered into an agreement to acquire Freightliner Group from Arcapita, who have been majority shareholders since 2008. The change of ownership will not have any impact on the day to day operations of the group and its subsidiaries. G&W brings additional investment firepower, extended international reach and increased below rail infrastructure expertise to add to the existing strengths of the Freightliner Group.

Proposed beef plant could bring 550 jobs to Nebraska Panhandle 25 Feb, 2015
Investors in a proposed beef processing plant are about two months away from choosing a site in western Nebraska. The plant opening in about two years shall be processing about 500 cattle per day. After five years it would employ about 550 workers and process 1,500 head per day. Gering and Bridgeport are among sites in the running for the plant. Up to 40 percent of the processed beef would be exported to South Korea and other Asian markets.

Siemens opens R&D center in northwestern Romania 25 Feb, 2015
Siemens, on February 24, inaugurated a regional research & development (R&D) center in Cluj-Napoca, northwestern Romania. The investment amounts to EUR 4.5 million. The new 3,000 sqm center is located in an office building within the Liberty Technology Park. Siemens has four R&D centers in Bucharest, Brasov and Cluj-Napoca and four plants in Sibiu and Buzias. This year the company plans to expand one of its plants in Sibiu.

Egbin Plans $180 Million Upgrade of Biggest Nigerian Power Plant 25 Feb, 2015
Egbin Power Plc, operator of Nigeria’s largest electricity generation plant, plans to upgrade the aging facility and seek more gas to boost output. It costs $180 million to overhaul all six parts of the plant built about 30 years ago. One unit has been upgraded while the others will be done so that there will be limited downtime. The gas-fired plant, has installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, it currently produces 41 percent of that because of gas shortages.

Cargill invests $8m in feed plant to supply Mexican tilapia farmers 25 Feb, 2015
Cargill Mexico has invested MXN 120 million in the Tehuacan plant to up production capacity for aquaculture feed. Feed production at the plant located in Puebla will increase by 5,000 metric tons per month, to reach a total monthly production of 19,000t. The investment is part of a MXN 240m expansion plan in Mexico and Central America, too meet needs of farmers from the region. The facility will have an extrusion line that will enable to produce tilapia feed in the southeast region of the country where tilapia fish production is growing.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Developing new Bali Resort 25 Feb, 2015
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will soon create a new luxury resort in Uluwatu, Bali. Officially dubbed Six Senses Bali, the resort will offer a total of 28 sky villas, 62 one-bedroom villas alongside seven two-bedroom villas. It will include two restaurants, a pool side bar, a dedicated cooking school, expansive organic garden and a restaurant complete with a chef’s table. The site itself measures 30 acres and construction will take place in two different stages. The first stage will see the resort itself being built while the second phase will include 60 additional residential villas set to be made available for individual purchase. The resort should be completed in 2017.

Work to start on £6.5 million cultural business hub in Northampton in spring 25 Feb, 2015
Works to build a £6.5 million cultural hub for up to 100 creative businesses in the centre of Northampton is set to begin in spring. The project will involve conversion of the former Vulcan Iron Works buildings on Guildhall Road, Fetter Street and Angel Street in the town’s cultural quarter. The existing 19th century building will be refurbished and redeveloped as a managed workspace for up to 100 cultural business. The Vulcan Works project, set to take 18 month to complete, will be financed partly by money from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SEMLEP) Local Growth Deal fund, which will be made available in the 2016/17 budget. Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) will make a loan to the borough council to allow the work to begin straight away, which will be repaid when the SEMLEP funding becomes available. The borough council will also contribute £650,000 from its own resources to the project. Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will be redeveloped to double the amount of gallery space and create a restaurant and retail facilities.

Tata may set up JLR plant in US
HBL 25 Feb, 2015
Tata Motors is looking to set up a plant in North America for the production of its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) brands. JLR is now a subsidiary of Tata Motors. Later in December, JLR had started building its second plant in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The Rs 1,808-crore plant is set to produce 24,000 vehicles a year once it ramps up to full production in 2016. It will employ around 400 people at the start, and around 1,000 in the supply chain.

GEO opens new PAC products manufacturing plant in Texas 25 Feb, 2015
GEO Specialty Chemicals (GEO) has opened a new polyaluminium chloride (PAC) products manufacturing plant at Deer Park in Texas, US. The new facility will be operated by the company’s water treatment chemicals division, and will produce aluminium-based coagulants for water treatment solutions. It is located on a 108-acre site that also produces GEO’s Glycine product line, and will complement the company’s existing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ventika wind park in northeast Mexico to open in quarter two of 2016 24 Feb, 2015
Cemex expects its Ventika wind power project in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon to start operations between April and June 2016. The construction of the project, which was initiated in the middle of 2014, is about half complete. The Ventika project, comprising of two 126MW wind farms, requires investments of a total US$650m, which will come from US investment company Fisterra Energy, majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone Group, Cemex and other private investors. The investments are structured as 75% debt and 25% capital investment, of which Cemex has provided 5%. Cemex Energia plans to develop 1000MW renewable power projects in Mexico by 2020 in cooperation with Pattern Energy Group.

Swinerton completes 6 MW solar power project 24 Feb, 2015
Swinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in San Diego, California, has completed a 6 MW solar power plant using NEXTracker technology. The solar power system, located in Lancaster, CA, will supply 12 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually through a long term power purchase agreement.

Construction bids for Lawrence sewer plant come in higher than expected 24 Feb, 2015
The project to build a new sewage treatment plant south of the Wakarusa River attracted only two bidders and costs came in about $50 million. City officials now will review the bids in more detail to see if there are items that can be cut or whether other adjustments can be made to keep the project on schedule. The two bidders on the project are Garney Construction and Crossland Heavy Contractors.

New food shop opens in Partington Shopping Centre 24 Feb, 2015

Heron Foods, a frozen food shop, has been opened at the new Partington Shopping Centre. The centre, which was officially opened in December, is also home to a Tesco Express and will become home to the weekly Partington Market. Heron is a Yorkshire based family run firm that has more than 240 stores in the UK.

Iran to inaugurate 15 new petrochemical units by 2017 24 Feb, 2015
Iran will inaugurate 15 new petrochemical units by Iranian fiscal year 1395 (March 2016-March 2017). This will boost the country’s petrochemical capacity by 8.5 million metric tons. There are 60 petrochemical plans underway in the country, plans which are over 60 percent complete are a priority. The mentioned plans require $33.4 billion worth of investment to come on stream. Seven petrochemical units, with a total capacity of 2.7 million tons, will come on stream by March 2016. The petrochemical output will increase by 7.1 million metric tons in the next year. If the international sanctions on the country’s petrochemical and banking sectors are removed, the country’s petrochemical output will increase from 60 million metric tons to 100 million metric tons by the end of the sixth five-year development plan (2020). Iran plans to increase the number of its petrochemical units to 100 and the value of petrochemical exports to $70 billion over the course of 10 years.

South Hampton Resources’ $30M expansion on schedule 24 Feb, 2015
The $30 million expansion of a Silsbee chemical plant of South Hampton Resources is on schedule. The new segments will allow for a 60-percent increase in the amount of feedstock it can run through its system, from 7,000 barrels per day to 11,000 barrels per day. The first phase, equating to a 1,000-barrel-per-day bump, should be operating by spring. The company plans to go live with another 2,000 barrels per day in capacity in mid-summer and the final 1,000 barrels per day in the fall.

Azerbaijan near completion of US$ 1 billion ultrafiltration plant 24 Feb, 2015
Azerbaijan’s national water operator Azersu OJSC has entered the final stages in its construction of a US$ 1 billion, 520,000 m³/d ultrafiltration plant at Jeyranbatan water storage reservoir. The plant would be in operation this year to supply about 1 million people in the Absheron peninsula. The plant uses Dow, hollow-fibre membrane ultrafiltration modules.

Ford Lima plant slated to build 700,000 engines this year 24 Feb, 2015
The Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant is projected to build more than 700,000 engines this year, trumping its numbers from the past 15 years. An estimated total of about 200 new production jobs being added. Right now, the plant employs about 1,100 hourly employees and some 120 salaried employees. Between the two engines the Lima plant produces, around 35 percent to 40 percent of the truck volume will be engines coming out of Lima.

Guildford to get new bridges in £4.5 million scheme to encourage cycling 24 Feb, 2015
Nearly £4.5 million is to be spent replacing two bridges in Guildford. Walnut Bridge, which connects Walnut Tree Close and the Bedford Road area, and the Wooden Bridge, which crosses Midleton Road, have been chosen for the project. Currently, both bridges are for pedestrians and wheelchair users, with cyclists required to dismount. The aim is to build a wider structure at both locations. The total cost of replacing the bridges will cost £4.47 million, with £950,000 of that coming from Guildford Borough Council. The remainder will be allocated from the local growth fund, which is administered by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Solvay building new plant in Augusta, hiring 35 new workers 24 Feb, 2015
Solvay, which produces specialty polymer resins, expects to start construction soon in Richmond County with an opening date in mid-2016. The company will build the expansion next to its current plant located at the intersection of Tobacco Road and Clanton Road in Augusta.

Victrex Plans New World-Class Polymer Innovation Centre 24 feb, 2015
Victrex has received £1.3 million in grant funding from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund for its planned Polymer Innovation Centre. The centre will increase capacity to turn lab concepts – engineers’ dreams – into real-world solutions and processes that can sustain mass production. The facility will enable the scaling up of new products and applications to full commercialisation for Victrex’s customers. It could ultimately see a total £16 million investment.

Raumedic to open production plant, headquarters in Mills River 24 Feb, 2015
Raumedic Inc. will open its first U.S. production plant and headquarters in Henderson County, and spend $26.3 million on capital investments. Headquartered in Germany, Raumedic manufactures polymer components for devices. Its products are used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The company is eligible for up to $500,000 in performance-based incentives from the One North Carolina Fund, as well as matching local incentives.

Tomato processing factory to be built in Nigeria 24 Feb, 2015
Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote, plans to install a tomato processing factory in Africa. The Dangote Tomato Processing Factory will produce 1,200 tons of tomatoes per day.

Ethiopia: Indian Denim Factory Begins Yarn Production 24 Feb, 2015
Kanoria Africa Textile Plc, established by Indian owners, began yarn production last week in preparation for the planned commencement of denim fabric manufacturing in May 2015 at its plant in Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) in Oromia. The company obtained on investment license two years ago and built its factory on a 155,000 sqm plot in Bishoftu with installed capacity of 10 million metres of fabric per year. The factory will produce both yarn and denim for textile and garment factories, established with a capital of 35 million dollars. The factory will sell its products in Ethiopia as well as export to African, Asian and South American markets. The company is looking forward to the commencement of operation over the next four to five months of the five textile factories, among those are A.N.F Garment Factory, established by Pakistani owners and Atraco Textile Factory, both located at the new Bole Lemi textile zone in Addis Abeba.

Westwego abandons plans to replace water treatment plant 24 Feb, 2015
A plan to replace Westwego’s aged water treatment plant with compact “package” system costing about $3 million has been abandoned. Plans were on to invest about $3 million into Westwego’s 80-year-old treatment plant.

Tesoro resumes work at Martinez, California facility 24 Feb, 2015
Tesoro Corp resumed work at its 166,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Martinez, California. The facility is currently idle and operating as a terminal for customer supplies. Tesoro had previously announced a plan to shut the plant while workers represented by the United Steelworkers were on strike.

171 homes and new hotel set to be built opposite Asda 24 Feb, 2015
Sloane Crawley Properties Limited plans to build 171 homes and a 51-bedroom hotel on a site currently used as a car park. It has put forward an application to build on the plot of land on Ifield Road opposite Asda.

Firm to Build 500MW Coal Power Plant in Enugu 24 Feb, 2015
One Nation Energy Platform plans to build a 500 megawatts coal-fired power plant in Enugu in Nigeria. Partnering with Stefanutti of South Africa, One Nation Energy Platform plans to set up the coal power plant and get coal feedstock from one of the coal mines in Enugu, Onyema coal mine. Already, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the federal government to fast-track the construction of the plant with minimal bureaucratic bottlenecks.

Suzlon commissions 350 MW wind energy projects in Brazil

HBL 24 Feb, 2015
Suzlon Group has commissioned wind energy projects having a total capacity of 350 MW in Brazil. Suzlon Group has announced installing and commissioning of over 350 MW wind energy in Brazil over a period of 16 months ending November 2014. These projects are located in the high wind states of Rio Grande do Norte and Ceara in Brazil. The installations include 150 wind turbine generators. The 350 MW projects completed are expected to light up one lakh households in Brazil with clean energy. Suzlon entered the Brazilian market in 2008 and has since created a cumulative installed capacity of approximately 750 MW.

Finmeccanica agrees to sell rail units to Hitachi

Reuters 24 Feb, 2015
Italian defence group Finmeccanica has agreed to sell its rail and signalling units to Japan’s Hitachi in a deal that willl help it to cut net debt this year by 600 million euros and focus on its core business. Hitachi would pay 773 million euros for a 40 percent stake Finmeccanica owns in signalling unit Ansaldo STS. Hitachi will pay Finmeccanica 9.65 euros for each Ansaldo STS share and launch a mandatory tender offer to buy all the remaining shares. Hitachi will also pay 36 million euros for Finmeccanica’s loss-making AnsaldoBreda train business. Finmeccanica expects to reap a 250 million euro net capital gain from the deal.

Site construction approved for Greenup plant 23 Feb, 2015
SOUTH SHORE State officials have approved a construction-certificate application for an electric-generating plant and transmission line at a proposed coke plant in the Greenup County community of South Shore. SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC, of Lisle, Illinois, intends to construct a 90-megawatt (MW) plant in conjunction with a coke plant to be built on about 250 acres along the Ohio River. The plant will capture and burn the volatile compounds to produce steam, which will drive a turbine to generate electricity. The plant could generate up to 90 MW of electricity, but typically will produce 40 to 80 MW for sale on the open market. The facility will use nearly 1 million tons of high-grade metallurgical coal annually, with nearly a quarter of it coming from Kentucky. The entire plant will cost $450 million.

BVU working with Washington County to develop alternative sewer plant 23 Feb, 2015
A sewer plant is planned to be built next to Sugar Hollow Park. BVU Authority is working with leaders in Washington County, Virginia and that county’s service authority to develop an alternative to the proposed plant. It would cost about $18.1 million to build a new plant, compared to about $18.4 million to purchase additional capacity in the Twin City plant and to upgrade some portion of the BVU Authority sewer system. It could treat up to 1.5 million gallons daily and that treated water would then go directly into Beaver Creek, which flows through both Bristols and into Boone Lake.

California company confirms plant construction in Iowa 23 Feb, 2015
Silgan Containers will build a can plant in Burlington. 36 acres of land at a local business park will be sold to Silgan Containers. The company has plans for the construction of a $25 million plant. The Iowa Economic Development Authority granted Silgan $550,000 in direct financial assistance and several tax breaks.

New plant ‘heck of a start’ in Pineville 23 Feb, 2015
American Specialty Alloys will build a mill manufacturing aluminum parts at the former site of International Paper’s Pineville mill. The mill and other businesses are expected to locate on the campus to support its operations. ASA plans a $2.4 billion complex that could grow to 3,000 acres and include the mill and several supporting facilities. ASA has secured the following partners that collectively will provide construction, materials sourcing, technology, fabrication and logistics services on the campus —Danieli Corp., Advanced Processes Inc., American Specialty Processing LLC, Columbus Recycling Corp. and Yates Construction LLC.

Dewa to expand water bottling capacity at Mai Dubai plant with exports planned 23 Feb, 2015
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will expand the capacity of its water bottling plant in the second half of the year as it looks to start exporting next year. The utility produces 207 million units a year under its Mai Dubai brand. It expects to ramp that up to 258 million units in August. The brand uses desalinated water that is piped in from the Dewa reservoir. Mai Dubai’s bottling plant is located off Al Qudra Road and started production last March. Expansion plans include onsite accommodation for about 500 people. Abu Dhabi-based Agthia plans to double its water bottling capacity in Turkey in May, and is introducing a new bottling line for its Al Ain brand of water in the second half of next year.

CenterPoint Energy to build and upgrade electric transmission facilities to serve Freeport LNG project 23 Feb, 2015
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.’s electric utility will build new and expand existing electric transmission infrastructure to provide the 656 MWs needed to serve the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project currently under construction on Quintana Island in Brazoria County. Freeport LNG Development, L.P. is building the facilities to liquefy natural gas prior to export from the terminal. The approximately $80 million transmission project includes a new 345/138kV substation and multiple 138kV transmission system upgrades. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) board recently endorsed the proposed transmission project which is expected to be completed in mid-2017. Operations at the Freeport LNG facility are expected to commence in 2018.

New $25M Deltona wastewater plant in works 23 Feb, 2015
With its wastewater treatment plant on Fisher Drive close to capacity, Deltona city is building a new $25 million plant. Construction of the new wastewater plant is nearing two-thirds completion. The new plant will likely start with testing in September or October, with 300,000 gallons of daily flow and lots more capacity. It will have the capacity to treat 1.5 million gallons daily, and can ultimately be expanded to 4.5 million gallons per day.

Tata Power’s international expansion now includes investment in Russia 23 Feb, 2015
Tata Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK), to develop opportunities in the energy sector in Russia. Under the agreement, both the companies will identify and target opportunities in the energy sector in Russia and other geographies of common interest in order to develop mutually beneficial transactions. The company has bought 30% stake in coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) in Indonesia while it has acquired 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk and geothermal project. The company has presence in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources to maintain supply of coal to its thermal power generations. The company has also made investments in a joint venture company, Cennergi, to develop projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. In Australia, Tata Power has invested in clean coal and geothermal technologies while in Bhutan, it has made investments through partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan in a hydro project.

Orpic prequalifies companies for Liwa Plastics Industries Complex EPC work 23 Feb, 2015
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has prequalified 19 companies or consortia to work on four different engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) packages for its proposed $3.6bn Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) in Sohar. Scope of work under the EPC packages includes construction of steam cracker and polymer units, a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction unit and an natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline from Fahud to Sohar. Orpic is planning to award the EPC packages during the last quarter of 2015. The complex will feature an 800kTA Steam Cracker Unit, high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, polypropylene plant. Completion will increase Oman’s plastics production by one million tonnes, while increasing Orpic’s polyethylene and polypropylene production to 1.4 million tonnes by 2018.

AK Steel to build new R&D center in Middletown 23 Feb, 2015
AK Steel will build a new research and innovation center in Middletown. The 120,000 square foot facility will be constructed on a 15-acre site along Interstate 75. The estimated project cost is $36 million. The center will replace the company’s existing research facility that is located in Middletown. The new facility will also house pilot lines that simulate the company’s steel manufacturing operations, ranging from melting and casting, to hot- and cold-rolling, to final finishing. The pilot lines are used for research, enhancing existing products, problem-solving in production, and experimentation for new and improved products. Groundbreaking is planned for the late spring or early summer 2015.

Shell shelves 200,000-bpd Pierre River oil sands mining project 23 Feb, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is shelving plans to build a new oil sands mine in northern Alberta, as producers struggle with low energy prices. The company is withdrawing its regulatory application for the 200,000-barrel-per-day Pierre River project. Instead, it will concentrate on boosting the profitability of its existing 255,000-bpd oil sands operations. It continues to hold the leases on the mine and could reapply in the future. Shell has regulatory approval to expand its Jackpine oil sands mine in northern Alberta by 100,000 bpd. A final investment decision on the project is yet to be made.

Aquavit to Invest in Biopharmaceutical R&D and Manufacturing in South Korea 23 Feb, 2015
Aquavit Life Sciences, Inc. plans to invest in a new R&D and manufacturing facility in Daegu, South Korea. Aquavit will build a facility that is compliant with US FDA regulations for current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). Phase 1 of the project will be a 10,000 sq. ft. space equipped with an ISO 5 class cleanroom under ISO 14644-1 classification. Aquavit signed a 5 year contract with Kyungbuk National University (KNU) Technopark, which is a science and technology incubation center. The new location will position the company to enhance its pipeline of personalized medicine products and technology. In addition to developing its own pipeline, Aquavit will partner with domestic pharmaceutical firms in research, global clinical tests, and other ventures. Aquavit also intends to expand its overseas sales network in the coming years.

Alegacy Development builds heavy industrial park in Waller County 23 Feb, 2015
Alegacy Development has started construction on an 87-acre multibuilding heavy industrial park northwest of Houston to be anchored by its Alegacy Equipment affiliate. The first phase of construction consists of two buildings totaling 100,000 square feet to be occupied by Alegacy Equipment. It will also include a 33,000 spec building with 20 ton crane capacity as well as utilities and infrastructure for the site. Completion of the first phase is planned in June. The company will relocate from Waller Park 290 Business Park at 41303 Park 290 Drive. Steven Craney with Goree Architects is the architect and Wier Enterprises will serve as general contractor. GBS Construction provided preliminary site work and Cannon Construction provided site mass-grading and detention. The project broke ground in November.

New restaurant opens in Canterbury 23 Feb, 2015
A new restaurant, Dems is being opened in Canterbury. The restaurant will offer classic British steak, and French Moules Marinere, as well as a host of other French and English dishes.

58 hydropower projects in the pipeline 23 Feb, 2015
A total of 58 hydropower projects in Myanmar are being implemented under the special energy programme of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are expected to be completed within five or 10 years, according to a World Bank report. The ministry will implement many 45-megawatt-hydropower projects in the Mandalay Region and the Kachin and Shan states in the coming years. The ministry has carried out feasibility studies and signed MoU on the projects in those regions.

German supermarket Aldi reveals plans for new store 23 Feb, 2015
German supermarket chain Aldi plans to open a second store in Burnley. It hopes to lodge planning permission for a site in Todmorden Road later this year. The proposed 1,699 square metre store, at the junction of Todmorden Road and Holmes Street, would see the existing Fulledge Works building demolished. Aldi is currently building a store in Whalley Road, Clitheroe.

Richardsons hope to build new apartment complex in Greeley 23 Feb, 2015
A massive lot south of Aims Community College at Greeley soon will become the site of a $20 million luxury apartment complex courtesy of the Richardson clan. They plan to put up 142 units in six, three-story buildings all called Alpine Flats. The complex will have a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, with a swimming pool, a hot tub, cabanas, fire pits and raised planters.

Mount Gambier Hospital’s new chemotherapy unit opens to cancer patients 23 Feb, 2015
A new chemotherapy unit at Mount Gambier Hospital, South Australia was opened. The unit is part of the hospital’s $27 million redevelopment and now has six chemotherapy chairs, up from two previously.

New hotel plans for Jewellery Quarter building 23 Feb, 2015
A new 31-bedroom hotel could be opening in Jewellery Quarter. Suburban Inns, the company behind the relaunch of The Village in Moseley, has lodged plans to convert the two floors above The Rope Walk pub in St Paul’s Square. The space at 15-20 St Paul’s Square is currently used as offices and the site’s rear car park would remain as part of the development. A design statement was prepared by Leamington Spa-based AT Architects.

12-MW biomass plant to be put up in Bataan 23 Feb, 2015
A 12-megawatt biomass power plant with a dedicated plantation is set to rise in Bataan after Cleangreen Energy Corp. (CEC) received its biomass renewable energy operating contract from the Department of Energy. Commercial operations will likely start in 2017. CEC expects to commence phase 1 of construction of the 12-MW biomass plant this year, with a plan to increase the capacity to 24 MW for phase 2. The 12 MW integrated biomass power station will rise on a 6-hectare property in Bagac, Bataan. It will use giant napier grass (GNG) as its primary feedstock to be sourced from a new dedicated plantation. The plantation will be managed and operated by CEC’s sister company GreenDay Agri Farm, which is in close proximity to the plant.

Gulf Bagel Factory opens its doors in the UAE 23 Feb, 2015
Gulf Bagel Factory, which is located in the Al Quoz Industrial Area, has opened, offering New York-inspired kettle-boiled bagels to the foodservice industry. The 18,000 square foot factory creates the bagels.

Volkswagen factory in Thailand approved 23 Feb, 2015
Volkswagen has received the go-ahead from Thailand’s government to build a manufacturing plant near Bangkok. The one-billion euro plant could produce up to 300,000 vehicles a year at full capacity, and will build 1.4 litre petrol engined cars.

InoChem to build soda ash factory on 1m sqm land 23 Feb, 2015
IDEA Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Company (ISACC) has received approval from the Royal Commission in Yanbu to allocate 1 million sqm land for the project the company is developing to build an industrial complex at Yanbu Industrial City. The industrial complex will include a factory for the production of 300,000 tons of soda ash. The complex includes a calcium chloride plant with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons. The project will be owned and managed by InoChem (Khair Inorganic Chemical Industries Co.) a Saudi closed joint stock company under establishment.

VMK to open factory in Congo, store in Abidjan 23 Feb, 2015
VMK will be opening its first VMK store in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The company is behind the first tablet made in Africa. The Abidjan VMK store will be an addition to VMK’s first store in Brazzaville, opened in partnership with the South African operator MTN. VMK plans to expand its store locations to five countries in the region by the end of the year. A second store is scheduled to open in the Ivory Coast economic capital, before the opening of three other VMK stores in Kinshasa, Douala and Dakar. Produced in China until now, VMK devices will shortly be assembled in a soon-to-be factory in the Republic of Congo. This production unit is being built in the Mpila neighbourhood of Brazzaville and required an investment of nearly USD 2 million dollars. VMK plans to produce 350,000 units per month.

Indevco sets up US plastics factory 23 Feb, 2015
Lebanese packaging conglomerate Indevco Group is investing at least $13m In a plastics factory in Texas, focusing on packaging for the petrochemical industry. The new facility in Longview, Texas, called Indevco Plastics, would expand its market in the region. The company committed to spend $13.2m over three years.

Kuwaiti firm CGC wins Abu Dhabi road contract 23 Feb, 2015
Kuwait-based Combined Group Contracting Company (CGC) has been awarded a tender to build asphalt roads in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The tender is worth Dh7 million with a duration of 135 days/ CGC noted that the financial impact resulted from the contract is a 10 per cent profit.

Rizal wind farm may open in May 22 Feb, 2015
Alternergy Wind One Corp., is expected to complete the 67.5-megawatt, $177.9-million wind farm project in Barangay Halayhayin, Pililia, Rizal in May. Several wind turbines are now installed in the area. Alternergy Wind One earlier secured a $130-million loan from a syndicate of banks to fund the Pililla wind farm project. Alternergy is putting up another wind power facility in Pililla, Rizal, called the Sembrano wind farm, with a capacity of 72 MW and costing $236 million. Power produced from the two wind projects should be connected to the distribution network of Meralco, which owns the franchise to operate in Rizal. The Pililla wind farm shall be interconnected with the distribution system of Meralco through a 10-kilometer, 115-kilovolt sub-transmission line. The Pililla wind project will be connected to Meralco’s 115- kV Malaya-Teresa transmission line. The project is expected to be commissioned in June this year.

Ogun begins construction of three bridges 22 Feb, 2015
The government has started the construction of three bridges which were hitherto narrow along Imeko Afon and Agosasa- Ipokia road in Ogun State. These narrow bridges are situated at Odo-Oyo and Afon along Imeko-Afon road in Imeko-Afon Local Government and at Odo-Oniru in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Government Area. The bridges would have four carriage lanes each.

£3.1 million works on new hospital theatres in Jersey to start next month 22 Feb, 2015
Work is due to start next month on two temporary theatres at Jersey’s General Hospital. They will provide extra facilities for up to ten years until the new hospital is built. The extra units should be completed by early 2016, when the current theatres will be refurbished. The work has been agreed with a local contractor, at a fee of £3.1 million pounds.

TLD Wuxi Factory Extension Launched 22 Feb, 2015
TLD Wuxi produces loaders, aircraft conventional tractors and lavatory and water trucks. TLD has started the phase 2 of the construction. The foundation works started on December 29th 2014. A total expansion of 8,400 sqm is being built, including 1,200 sqm of office area and 7,200 sqm of workshop and logistic area. The completion of this extension is planned for November 30th 2015.

Bengal Plastics to spend Tk 50cr on expansion 22 Feb, 2015
Bengal Plastics Ltd is set to expand its production capacity in a bid to enhance overseas sales. It is investing Tk 50 crore to expand its existing factory in Savar within the next two years. It will produce mainly household plastic items in the expanded unit exclusively for export markets; the expansion work has already started. The company will borrow the fund through a commercial paper (CP), a short- term debt instrument backed by Mutual Trust Bank.

Work begins on wood pellet plant in Sampson County 22 Feb, 2015
Enviva began construction this month on a northeastern Sampson County wood pellet plant. A second plant, in Richmond County near Hamlet, will begin as soon as the Sampson County plant is finished. Both the plants are constructed with an investment of more than $214.2 million. The 200-acre site off Interstate 40 was cleared in January, and the first construction footings were poured this month. Construction in Richmond County is anticipated to begin in late 2015. The company expects to have both plants up and running by the end of 2016. Also, Enviva continues to build a $45 million port facility in Wilmington and has purchased the processing equipment for both plants. The new facilities would effectively double the company’s production in North Carolina by 2017.

QIB gears up for expansion, refurbishment of branches 22 Feb, 2015
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) intends to open three to five branches this year as part of its expansion plans, including the relocation of its main headquarters to Lusail City. This year, it is focussing mainly on the refurbishing of big branches and intends to open branches in The Pearl and The Gate Mall, including plans to relocate its City Center branch.

Japanese meat company expands in NZ 21 Feb, 2015
Japan’s Itoham Foods Inc is moving to take control of New Zealand meat company ANZCO Foods Ltd. It is buying 9.9 million ANZCO shares for $NZ40 million in cash to increase its stake in ANZCO to 65 percent from 48.3 percent. The deal is subject to approval by the Overseas Investment Office and shareholders. ANZCO will become a consolidated subsidiary of Itoham if the deal is approved.

29 NSW bridges to be upgraded 21 Feb, 2015
Twenty-nine bridges in NSW will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian government’s new Bridges Renewal Program. More than a quarter of the $28.5 million going to NSW will be for one project – the Carrathool Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River.

Mideast Investor Likely To Build Oil Refinery In Java 21 Feb, 2015
Indonesia is likely to partner with a Middle Eastern investor for building a petroleum refinery with a capacity of 150,000 barrels per day in Java. It will sign an agreement with the investor for the refinery construction at the next commemoration of the Asian African Conference. The land for the refinery is already available in Java, so land acquisition will not be required. The investor will cooperate with state-owned oil and gas giant PT Pertamina as a purchaser. The investor is also ready to supply crude oil to the refinery for 20-30 years. The government hopes the refinery will officially become operational by late 2018. The process of the construction of the oil refinery, which will come up in Bontang, East Kalimantan, is ongoing and it will be built under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. The PPP for the construction of the refinery will be auctioned in the near future.

CB&I awarded contract for Egyptian PP Plant 21 Feb, 2015
Petrochemicals technology manufacturer, CB&I has been awarded a contract by Egypt based Carbon Holdings for the license and engineering design of a polypropylene (PP) unit. The plant to be built in Ain Sokhna, Egypt will be aligned to the Tahrir petrochemical complex and use CB&I’s Novolen technology to produce 350,000 metric tons per annum of polypropylene.

$1.6bn Bahrain road revamp project on track 21 Feb, 2015
The work on the BD632 million revamp of the Northern Road Intersection at Janabiya and Budaiya area in Bahrain is progressing well with about 70 per cent of the project completed. The project involves transforming the roundabout connecting Budaiya Highway and Janabiya Highway into a traffic signal controlled interchange, adding lanes for side turns along the intersection, constructing part of the road leading to Northern Town, constructing Road 4077, upgrading the storm water drainage network and implementing pedestrian barriers. The project was awarded to Mohsin Haji Ali.

Castle MacLellan in £5m factory expansion 21 Feb, 2015
Castle MacLellan, a maker of luxury pate has almost doubled the size of its factory in Dumfries and Galloway following a £5 million cash investment. This could result in more than 1,000 tonnes of pate produced there each year. In addition, the firm has made major investments into new technology and “class-leading” equipment, including steam cookers, vacuum packers and conveyer systems that will improve the efficiency of the production process. The expanded premises were officially opened on February 20.

NextEra Energy to build 120 MW wind project in Hawaii 21 Feb, 2015
NextEra Energy is planning to build Hawaii’s largest wind farm on the southern coast of Maui. Before the construction of the 120 MW project, NextEra will complete the acquisition of Hawaiian Electric for $4.3 billion. In addition, the project will also be owned and operated by NextEra Energy. The plant will be located on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) at the Kahikinui homestead on the southern slopes of Haleakala. The Kahikinui Wind project will be built on lease on the land from DHHL for a term of 35 years. NextEra is also aiming to build an undersea cable, connecting the electric grids on Oahu and Maui. In another development, Google entered into a 20-year agreement with NextEra for buying wind power from the plants on Altamont Pass in eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Beginning from 2016, Google will receive approximately 43 MW of wind energy from this plant.

BASF Petronas Chemicals to set up 2-ethylhexanoic acid plant in Malaysia
BS 20 Feb, 2015
BASF Petronas Chemicals will build a new production plant for 2-ethylhexanoic acid (2-EHAcid) at its site in Kuantan, Malaysia. The construction of this plant is expected to commence in Q2 of 2015. The plant, with a total annual capacity of 30,000 metric tonnes of 2-EHAcid, is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition to the proposed plant, BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd is also building an integrated aroma ingredients complex at its Kuantan site for the manufacturing of citronellol, L-menthol as well as citral and its precursors. Groundbreaking for the $500 million integrated aroma ingredients complex was done in April 2014 and the first plant is scheduled to come on stream in 2016.

Ashok Leyland opens 6th service outlet in Riyadh

PTI 20 Feb, 2015
Ashok Leyland inaugurated its latest service workshop at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, taking the total number of outlets in the region to six. The facility would help maintain leadership position along with (channel partner) Western Auto and it intends to add three more workshops in coming year. On the occasion, the company delivered 150 buses to customers through Western Auto.

Billionaire Mansha Plans $300 Million Cement Plant in Pakistan 20 Feb, 2015
D.G. Khan Cement Ltd., plans to build an $300 million plant near Karachi in Pakistan. The company’s two cement plants have operated near full capacity in the past two years. The new plant near Hub, a city west of Karachi, will produce about 2 to 2.5 million tons of cement a year. Construction is targeted for completion late in 2018. The plant will be financed 40 percent through internal cash and the rest through debt.

Avon Lake Regional Water to begin 2 major projects 20 Feb, 2015

Avon Lake Regional Water will begin two large-scale construction projects this summer using zero interest loans from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The utility has qualified for about $15 million to increase drinking water storage capacity and $6 million on upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. The loans should cover the bulk of the two projects, slated to cost $20 million to $30 million, and the utility will apply for competitive low-interest loans through the EPA to cover additional costs. The water plant has the ability to store 2.5 million gallons of water with an additional 1 million gallons of storage out in the system. A total of 5 million gallons will be added. In addition to increased storage, the water plant also will improve emergency power generation capabilities and the process in which dirt and sediment brought in from the lake during the intake process are processed.

Technip Awarded a Substantial Contract for a New Fertilizer Unit in Slovak Republic 20 Feb, 2015
Technip (TEC) was awarded by Duslo a.s. a substantial contract on lumpsum turnkey basis to develop the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a new ammonia production unit in the existing fertilizer complex located in Sal’a, Slovak Republic. Based on Haldor Topsoe last generation technology, the new unit will have a capacity of 1,600 tons per day of ammonia. Technip’s operating center in Rome, Italy, will execute the contract, scheduled to be starting up at the beginning of 2018.

Delta invests $11 million at Bulawayo Chibuku plant 20 Feb, 2015
Delta Beverages is investing $11 million towards the upgrading of its Chibuku plant in Bulawayo, which is expected to be operational by May this year. The new plant was being imported from German and is expected to increase Chibuku Super production in Bulawayo to 330,000 litres per hour. Currently the plant produces 1,5 million litres per month. The new line should be able to produce 15,000 bottles per hour which would be commissioned in May 2015.

Showa Denko to expand plastic scrap gasification plant 20 Feb, 2015
Japanese firm Showa Denko (SDK) has received a loan from the Japanese government to help it expand its plastic scrap gasification facility in Kawasaki, Japan. SDK produces ammonia at its Kawasaki facility. The company then gasifies plastic scrap to obtain part of the hydrogen necessary to synthesize the ammonia. To raise the percentage of hydrogen it extracts from plastic scrap, SDK is planning to expand its gasification facility at Kawasaki. After completing the expansion, the percentage of hydrogen from plastic scrap will increase to more than 60 percent.

Bucharest’s District 1 City Hall to build EUR 12 mln commercial complex 20 Feb, 2015
Bucharest’s 1st district Market Administration is looking for a general contractor for a multifunctional complex on Mures street, that will include shops, a food market, offices and a kindergarten. The project will amount EUR 12.6 million, VAT included. The agreement has an estimated value of RON 45.3 million and will be completed within three years after the auction. The constructors who are interested in the project can submit their offers by April 8. 1st district Market Administration is subordinated to the 1st district City Hall and manages eight food markets.

Japan Display May Build New Factory in Japan to Supply Apple 20 Feb, 2015
Japan Display Inc. may build a factory in Japan to increase panel production for clients such as Apple Inc. Apple would cover much of the plant’s construction costs, and would get most of its panel output for its line of iPhone mobile devices. The factory would start operating in 2016.

Iran offers to partner in steel plant construction project in Azerbaijan 20 Feb, 2015
Tehran expressed readiness to cooperate with Baku in the construction of a steel production plant in Azerbaijan. Iran and Azerbaijan plan to have a joint cooperation commission meeting in early April. Iran and Azerbaijan are working on five new agreements and are hoped to be signed through mutual cooperation of the two sides.

Kenya’s Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant starts commercial operation
BS 20 Feb, 2015
Toshiba Corporation has announced the beginning of commercial operation of Kenya’s Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant on February 19. Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. awarded a full turnkey contract for Olkaria I and IV to a consortium of Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd. and Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 2011. Toshiba, selected by Hyundai Engineering to provide key equipment, supplied four 70-megawatt turbines and generators for the plant in 2013. Olkaria IV started commercial operation in September 2014, followed by Olkaria I in January this year.

Iraq to boost southern oil storage to 15m barrels 20 Feb, 2015
Iraq plans to increase its southern oil storage capacity to 15 million barrels by the end of 2015, to help cope with export bottlenecks caused by bad weather and to absorb rising production. Three new oil storage tanks near the southern city of Basra have been opened. The new facility will add more than one million barrels of capacity to the existing 9.5 million. Another four to five million barrels capacity will be added by the end of this year.

OX2 orders 10 V126-3.3MW turbines for a wind power plant in northern Sweden 20 Feb, 2015
Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 10 V126-3.3 MW turbines for the Maevaara 2 wind power plant. The order also includes the first Vestas De-icing System for the V126-3.3 MW. The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of 10 V126-3.3 MW turbines, along with a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution and a 15-year full-scope service agreement (AOM 5000), which was signed with Allianz Capital Partners, the Allianz Group’s in-house investment division for alternative investments. Allianz has recently purchased the Maevaara 2 wind power plant from OX2. Turbine delivery is planned to begin in the second quarter of 2016 with installation during second and third quarter of 2016

President Jonathan Commissions 750 Megawatts Power Plant 20 Feb, 2015
The 750 megawatts Olurunsogo power plant at in Ogun State, South West Nigeria, as part of the National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP) built by the three tiers of government, has been commissioned. Investments so far on the project stand at 650 million dollars and 8.26 billion dollars on other integrated power plants. The Olurunsogo Power Plant is already up and running.

Aman bank opens new business banking centre 20 Feb, 2015
Aman bank, a leading privately owned Libyan bank which is partly owned by the Portuguese BES bank, has announced that it is opening its new business banking centre at its Gurji road headquarters in Tripoli. The centre will provide services exclusively to the bank’s corporate clients.

Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group Adds Manufacturing Plant In Joplin, Missouri 20 Feb, 2015
Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group will expand to a manufacturing facility at Crossroads Park in Joplin, Missouri. The company signed a lease for a 42,000 square-foot facility. This expansion includes a $100,000 capital investment. To assist Leggett & Platt with its new Joplin operation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.

Busch’s to expand Ann Arbor store 20 Feb, 2015
Plans have been submitted to the city of Ann Arbor for an expansion of the Busch’s Fresh Food Market located at 2020 Green Road that would extend the front of the store. The plans call for an addition of 1,133 square feet that is currently enclosed under an existing canopy at the store’s entrance. Additions would be made to the north and south of the entrance with a portion of the canopy remaining. An outdoor seating area would be added near the northern entrance. The addition would increase the square footage of the building to 38,233. The plans are currently under review by the city Planning Commission and were submitted by Siegel/Tuomaala Associates of Southfield.

Kelly Cares Foundation makes donation to build new pediatrics unit at Memorial Hospital 20 Feb, 2015
The Kelly Cares Foundation donated 250 thousand dollars to build a new home for Memorial Children’s Hospital’s pediatrics unit in South Bend. It’s part of an overall campaign to raise ten million dollars. The new multi-story building will be constructed above the emergency room. The campaign is called “Shine” and so far 7 million dollars has been raised. Renderings have also been submitted

Granville Co. textile plant awarded third state grant for expansion 20 Feb, 2015
Shalag US has announced its second major expansion with plans to add another 40 jobs over the next three years. Shalag is expecting to invest $16 million in the Oxford plant facility in order to add a third thermo-bonding production line.

Work to start on unfinished Riffa Views villas 20 Feb, 2015
More than 200 villas at the luxury Riffa Views development in Bahrain are to be completed shortly. An agreement between The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) and Riffa Views has been reached for the 212 incomplete villas. The project is expected to be completed over the next two years with an undisclosed amount of funding to be provided by NBB and the four contractors, Projects Construction Company, Poullaides Construction Company, Cyprus Cybarco Tabet JV and Cyprus Building and Road Construction Company.

Siemens wins $400m Dubai power plant expansion deal 20 Feb, 2015
German industrial group Siemens has been awarded a Dh1.47 billion contract to expand the M-Station power plant at Jebel Ali in Dubai. The expansion will increase its electricity-generating capacity to 2,700 MW, from 2,060 MW, at the gas-powered facility. The expansion should be completed by the end of April 2018.

Agility plans up to $100m Africa spend this year 20 Feb, 2015
Logistics firm Agility plans to spend up to $100 million this year on its expansion plans, with Africa the main target of its investment. Among the target markets for the company’s expansion would be Ghana, Mozambique, Angola and Nigeria. The logistics unit moves, manages and distributes goods from various industries, including the chemicals industry.

Snow impedes SolarCity factory construction 20 Feb, 2015
Snow has slowed the pace of construction at the new SolarCity factory in Buffalo, but will not delay the production schedule. The piles are complete and the foundation is poured. Construction of the steel frame will begin in weeks. The completion date of the factory is still early 2016. Equipment will then be moved in and the factory is expected to be at capacity by early 2017. It will spend $5 billion to build the facility. The state will own the facility and will spend $350 million to build it as well as $400 million to buy equipment.

Preliminary talks for new hotel set for next week 20 Feb, 2015
Preliminary talks are scheduled to get underway with an unnamed developer of hotel properties between representatives of the Greene County Economic Development Corporation, the Greene County Redevelopment Commission and a representative of the possible company that would finally put a hotel near the Westgate Academy and newly-built I-69. It would take nine to 12 months to build the facility, to get permits and architectural designs, etc.

Plastipak plans expansion in Ottumwa 20 Feb, 2015
Plastipak Packaging plans to expand its operation in Ottumwa’s Industrial Park by opening a manufacturing facility to service its customer base. The company plans to buy the warehouse it currently leases on Oak Meadow Drive and add 100,000 square feet of office and production space. The proposed plan is to install two manufacturing lines which provide plastic containers to local customers. A total of over $16 million will be invested in Ottumwa.

General Motors to use wind electricity at manufacturing facility in Mexico 19 Feb, 2015
General Motors has entered into a power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power to provide wind electricity for one of its manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Enel Green Power will be constructing a major wind farm in Palo Alto, California, in the second quarter of this year. Seventeen 2-MW wind turbines installed by Enel Green Power at the site will supply electricity to the Toluca Complex owned by GM in Mexico. The Toluca Complex will use 75 percent of the supplied power and the remaining power will be given to Silao, San Luis Potosi and Ramos Arizpe facilities.

Zambia Sugar eyes $82m investment for sugarcane refinery 19 Feb, 2015
Zambia Sugar has planned to spend $82 million to construct a refinery that would double its annual refined production as well as make other factory improvements. The project would be financed through debt raised mostly in Zambia and the company’s own cash resources. Also, the unit of South African sugar producter Illovo said that the refinery would more than double refined output capacity to around 100,000 tons, and likely be up and running by May 2016.

Texas firm joins venture to build large natural gas-fired generating plant in Snyder County 19 Feb, 2015
Panda Power Funds of Dallas, Texas, that is building two natural gas-fired power plants in Bradford and Lycoming counties has entered into a joint venture for a larger one in Snyder County. It is joining Sunbury Generation to develop, finance and operate a 1,000 megawatt plant known as Hummel Station on the site of a former coal-fired plant in Shamokin Dam. UGI Energy Services plans to invest more than $150 million to build a pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale gas from Lycoming County to the plant. Hummel Station is expected to be one of the largest coal to natural gas conversion projects in the United States. The plant is expected to supply electricity to locations such as Harrisburg, New York and Philadelphia when it goes on line in the second half of 2017. Panda has two 829 megawatt plants under construction near Towanda and Montgomery that are scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Canadian Solar acquires solar power projects totalling 46MW in the UK 19 Feb, 2015
Canadian Solar has acquired six solar power projects totaling 46 MW in the United Kingdom. Four projects totaling 40.5 MW DC are under construction, and are expected to be connected to the grid in March 2015. An additional two projects totaling 5.5 MW DC are expected to start construction before the end of February, and are expected to be connected to the grid in the second quarter of 2015. Together, these six projects will produce approximately 50,183 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.

Albany Green Energy to develop 50 MW biomass plant in Georgia 19 Feb, 2015
Proctor & Gamble Co. and Constellation Energy recently announced the development of a 50 MW biomass plant that will provide all of the steam needs for P&G’s U.S. facility in Albany, Georgia. P&G will purchase the steam for its Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue manufacturing facility under a 20-year steam supply agreement with Constellation. The facility will also generate electricity for the local utility provider Georgia Power under a 20-year power purchase agreement for 42 MW. Constellation will build, own and operate the more than $200 million cogeneration plant under the name Albany Green Energy LLC. Additionally, DCO Energy LLC will hold a minority stake in the project and provide engineering, procurement and construction services. The new biomass plant will replace P&G’s aging boiler with Valmet’s circulating fluidized bed boiler technology. The project is slated for completion in June 2017.

RBS plans to build hotel and homes in New Town 19 Feb, 2015
Plans have been lodged for a new hotel, shopping and housing complex in the New Town Conservation Area of Edinburgh City. A 100-room hotel, 70 homes, shops, eateries and underground parking on a brownfield site at Eyre Terrace are planned. An application was submitted by GVA Grimley on behalf of the Royal Bank of Scotland to the City Council.

Vencor Lands Exclusive Contract to Manufacture Torrefied Bio-Coal 19 Feb, 2015
VENCOR INTERNATIONAL, INC. has entered into an agreement with Georgia based, Vega Biofuels, Inc. to manufacture Vega’s Bio-Coal product using torrefaction technology. The Agreement is for ten years and can be extended by the parties for additional ten year terms. In order to prepare for the increase in production, Vencor recently purchased the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment manufactured by Virginia based, Torretherm. The Company currently has two Torretherm machines available for production with plans to add additional machines as the demand increases.

Two new restaurants opening in Jackson 19 Feb, 2015
Mississippi’s first Fuddruckers and Luby’s restaurants are set to open shortly. The franchise, now has restaurants across the country. The restaurant offers cuts of beef ranging form one-third of a pound to 1 pound, in addition to chicken sandwiches, salads and milkshakes. The combined establishment is located off of Interstate 55 south in Jackson.

Century-old furniture factory reopens with loft apartments, restaurant and more 19 Feb, 2015
A 111-year-old furniture factory whose redevelopment stalled eight years ago is finally opening its doors as an apartment building, a restaurant and bar, and indoor storage lockers. The Aslan Building is now home to “7th Street Lofts,” the “Roots Brew Shop” and a Storage Pro storage unit facility. Orion Real Estate Solutions, which bought the building out of foreclosure with MGC Holdings and Birchwood Heights Equity Corp. for $2.5 million in late 2013, invested another $3 million into completing the renovation. The project involved redesigning and completing 25 apartments with 74 bedrooms on the second and third floor of the building. The building also includes a three-story luxury apartment.

Yara and BASF To Build Ammonia Plant In Texas 19 Feb, 2015
Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara ASA and German chemical group BASF have agreed to build an ammonia plant at BASF’s site in Freeport, Texas. Total capital investment for the plant is seen at $600 million, but it will in addition build an ammonia tank at the BASF terminal bringing Yara’s total investment to $490 million. BASF will in also upgrade its current terminal and pipeline assets. The plant will be 68% owned by Yara and 32% by BASF and will have a capacity of about 750,000 metric tons per year. Yara will manage construction of the plant while BASF will operate the plant and the export terminal. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

UAE inaugurates micro grid solar plants in Fiji 19 Feb, 2015
A solar photovoltaic micro grid project that brings clean energy to some of Fiji’s outer islands was inaugurated. The solar plants, constructed by Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar, have combined total capacity of 555 kilowatts (kW). The clean energy project is financed by the UAE’s $50 million Pacific Partnership Fund, through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The Fiji project was financed with $5 million from the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund.

Stansted Airport’s new £8m hotel set to open by Christmas 2016 19 Feb, 2015
Contracts have been exchanged to build a new £8m hotel next to Stansted Airport’s terminal. Urban & Civic has unveiled plans for an upmarket, 330-room facility on two acres next to Bassingbourn Road. Work on the project – in partnership with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – is expected to start in July and the hotel, to be run by a major branded franchise, is scheduled to be open for Christmas 2016. Conditional planning for the hotel has been granted, but an operator is yet to be agreed.

Tata Steel to supply 7,000 tonnes rail for Crossrail project

PTI 19 Feb, 2015
Tata Steel has signed a contract to supply 7,000 tonnes of wear-resistant rail for the Crossrail project. The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and travel more than 100 km from Reading and Heathrow in the west through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Rails produced by the company would be installed across the route. Tata Steel has already commenced deliveries. In total 7,000 tonnes of rail will be used. Rails would be manufactured at the company’s Scunthorpe site in the UK before being rolled at its Hayange mill in northern France.

Beverly Hills partners with VKOB Beverages to expand product presence to Middle East 19 Feb, 2015

US-based Beverly Hills Drink Company has entered into a partnership with UAE-based VKOB Beverages for the distribution of its drinks in the Middle East. As per the terms of the agreement, VKOB Beverages will distribute Beverly Hills 9OH2O across Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. VKOB will also distribute the products in Morocco, North Africa and Chile, South America.

CF Industries’ $2.1 billion Donaldsonville expansion on schedule 19 Feb, 2015
CF Industries’ planned $2.1 billion expansion at its Donaldsonville nitrogen complex is on schedule and will begin producing urea in the third quarter. The company expects the urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) expansion will start operations in the fourth quarter of this year while the ammonia project will be online in early 2016.

Kalyani group forms JV with Rafael of Israel

The Hindu 19 Feb, 2015
The Kalyani group announced a joint venture with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel to develop and manufacture a wide range of technology and systems. In the new venture, the Kalyani group will hold 51 per cent stake and Rafael the balance. In the initial stage, the joint venture company will look at domestic defence sector and is already in the process of acquiring land for setting up the new venture.

Berger Paints India to set up plant in Russia

HBL 18 Feb, 2015
Berger Paints India Ltd has inked an MoU with the Government of Stavropol Region, Russian Federation, for setting up an industrial coatings plant in the region. Berger would also conduct a feasibility study to be completed by this year for setting up the plant. The initial capacity will be 3,000 tonnes a year, which can be scaled up to almost 50,000 tonnes a year. Around $5 million will be invested to set up the plant in Russia. 6 hectares has been allotted.

Vietnamese government agrees extra cement production capacity 18 Feb, 2015
The Government of Vietnam has approved the Ministry of Construction’s proposal to increase the capacity of two cement plants in Ha Nam and Nghe An Provinces. The Thanh Liem Cement plant in Ha Nam Province’s Bong Lang Commune will be upgraded with an additional 2.3Mt/yr capacity production line, which is expected to open in 2018. Currently, the plant has just one production line with 450,000t/yr of cement production capacity.The Song Lam Cement plant, which is currently under construction in Nghe An Province’s Bai Son Commune, will now have 4Mt/yr of cement production capacity when complete. Construction on the plant began in February 2015 with investment capital of US$494m. Three production lines will be built by 2020. The first two are scheduled to be put into operation in 2017.

Delta-Energy Group investing $45M in new plant 18 Feb, 2015
Delta-Energy Group LLC is locating a new plant in a former International Paper Co. facility in Natchez, Miss. The new subsidiary, Delta-Energy Natchez LLC, represents a corporate investment of $45 million. The company raised $4.2 million from investors last December. It will use a proprietary process to reclaim purchased feedstock from products derived from scrap tires, such as carbon solids and hydrocarbon liquids. The company will then sell the carbon product for use in rubber compounds, and the liquids will be sold within the chemicals industry.

SunEdison reveals new solar power plant in East Bakersfield 18 Feb, 2015
The Regulus Solar Project of SunEdisen that houses 248,000 individually produced panels on 660-acres, was revealed. The solar panel fields will give power to Central and Southern California. The $145 million project was financed by Google’s Renewable Project Investment team.

Council approves new business park 18 Feb, 2015
A request to turn a proposed business park into a wetland reserve was snubbed by the Morinville town council. The South Business Commercial plan proposes to turn the 15.7 hectares of land south of the town’s industrial park, west of South Glens, and east of 100 Street into a mix of commercial and industrial/office space.

GE to supply 3.2-MW brilliant turbines for 60-MW Turkish wind park 18 Feb, 2015
General Electric will install in Turkey 19 units of its new GE 3.2-103 wind turbines, from the brilliant series, under a contract with local steel major ICDAS. GE will install the machines at the 60-MW Biga Res wind farm in Canakkale town. As a brilliant turbine, the 3.2-103 uses the Industrial Internet to help manage the variability of wind for smooth, predictable power. There is software that analyses tens of thousands of data points per second so that the turbine can wield advanced forecasting algorithms.

Beachy Cream ice cream factory opening in Long Beach 18 Feb, 2015
Beachy Cream, engaged in ice cream business will open a factory in Long Beach in March/ April 2015. The local facility will be located in a nearly 13,000-square-foot vacant building at 2310 Long Beach Blvd.

Hempel Opens its First Factory in Africa 18 Feb, 2015
Hempel has opened its first factory in Africa to manufacture coatings for the marine as well as decorative and protective industries to serve customers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hempel acquired its South African toll manufacturer, The Coatings Manufacturing Company (TCMC). The new factory will allow to reduce lead times, streamline its supply chain, increase its ability to serve the regional market. It also signed a binding agreement to acquire Jones-Blair Company, a North American coatings supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.

Solo Oil completes pipeline to Kiliwani North gas field 18 Feb, 2015
Solo Oil has completed a pipeline to the Kiliwani North gas field in Tanzania. Work is now taking place to construct the skid metering unit within the boundaries of the KNDL (Kiliwani North Development Lease) prior to tying-in with the Kiliwani North-1 (KN-1) wellhead. Pressure testing of the pipeline is expected to commence shortly and the final construction of equipment to connect the KN-1 wellhead is expected within the same timeframe. When connected to the export pipeline, the well head is expected to produce at least 20million cubic feet per day. Gas from KN-1 will be processed at Songo Songo and will then join the pipeline to the Dar es Salaam market.

Denim Factory Starts Trial Production 18 Feb, 2015
The denim factory, Kanoria African Textiles Spinning, commenced trial production in Ethiopia. The factory is entirely owned by Indians and it is being built with over USD 43 million. It has now started the trial period with 70 workers. It will have an annual capacity of producing 12 million meters of denim. There will also be another factory that will produce inputs for Kanoria African and it will be constructed around Addis Ababa. The products are mainly to be exported.

Integrated lands $2M to expand oil-well-maintenance operations in NM 18 Feb, 2015
Integrated Environmental Technologies Ltd. has secured nearly $2 million in funding to expand its operations in New Mexico’s Permian Basin. It would invest to expand oil-well operations in Utah’s Uinta Basin and to add a production facility in Texas.

Sibur starts construction on $9.5bn ZapSibNeftekhim project 18 Feb, 2015
Russia-based Sibur has started construction on its $9.5bn hydrocarbon to polyolefin processing facility in the Tyumen region, Moscow. The project, called ZapSibNeftekhim, is designed to operate a steam cracker with a capacity of 1.5mtpa of ethylene provided by Linde and 500ktpa of propylene, as well as 100ktpa of butane-butylene fraction. It will also include facilities with a total capacity to produce 1.5mtpa of various grades of polyethylene supplied by the UK’s Ineos and a polypropylene unit of 500ktpa supplied by Dutch firm LyondellBasell. Most on-site preparations have been completed. Contracts have been signed and started for detailed design work, equipment and materials supplies for key process units. NIPIgaz will design infrastructure and off-site facilities.

Marriott to Open Two New Hotels in Saudi Arabia 18 Feb, 2015
Marriott International has announced two properties, Al Khobar Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. This was made following a recent signing agreement with Ali Bin Sultan & Brothers Group Holding. Due to be completed in 2018, the Al Khobar Marriott Hotel will comprise of a total of 200 rooms. The 80-unit Marriott Executive Apartments is also due to be completed at the same time. Both properties will be managed by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with the owners – Ali Bin Sultan & Brothers Group Holding.

Ras Abu Fontas (A2) treatment plant nearly ready 18 Feb, 2015
The expansion at Qatar’s Ras Abu Fontas (A2) water treatment plant is 98% complete and will be finished in June. Qatar Electricity and Water Company’s (QWEC) sanctioned the 136,000 m3 per day plant in January 2013 at a cost of $500mn. It has begun to study the possibility of renewable energy projects as well as coal.

Takuma to Supply Boiler for 17MW Biomass Plant in Western Japan 18 Feb, 2015
Takuma Co., a builder of waste incinerator and water treatment plants, will provide a boiler for a biomass power station in western Japan. The 17-megawatt plant in Tottori prefecture built by Sanyo Paper Manufacturing Co. will start running in December 2016. Investment for the plant will total about 7 billion yen. The station will use palm kernel shells, coal and wood chips as fuel.

Starwood to build new 390-villa time-share resort on Maui 18 Feb, 2015
Starwood Vacation Ownership will develop a new 26-acre oceanfront time-share resort on Maui, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, scheduled to open in 2017 in Kaanapali. Plans call for 390 luxury villas, a 10,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool and a beach bar. The project also includes a 10-acre public park. Local architecture firm WCIT Architecture is designing the resort, and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. is the general contractor.

$412 million natural gas processing plant to be built in Eddy County 18 Feb, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners Inc. confirmed plans to build a $412 million a gathering system in Eddy County. The processing plant will be an expansion to the company’s already existing infrastructure in the area, and it will also include the potential for future expansion. It will consist of 93 miles of high pressure pipelines to gather gas, and 71 miles of pipeline to deliver natural gas liquid to the Enterprise Fractionator, a sorting facility, in Gaines County, Texas.

Hevel Solar opens USD-321m thin-film PV factory in Russia 18 Feb, 2015
Hevel Solar LLC has started commercial operations at a new RUB-20-billion thin-film solar module production facility in Novocheboksarsk, to the east of Moscow. The modules produced at the plant will be used mainly to bring power to people in remote areas. Hevel operates as a joint venture between local asset management group Renova and nanotechnology firm Rusnano Corp. In September it commissioned a 5-MW solar farm in Kosh-Agach, touted as the first in Russia’s Altai Republic, and has plans for several other projects. The company aims to build 500 MW of large-scale PV in Russia by 2020.

Tabro Meat Abattoir at Lance Creek in Gippsland plans $26m expansion 18 Feb, 2015
The Tabro Meat Abattoir at Lance Creek, near Wonthaggi, in Gippsland, is planning a $26 million expansion. Tabro Meat was taken over by the Chinese owned company HY Holdings Australia last year. The production of meat products is expected to triple.

Gamesa wins 150MW in Brazil 18 Feb, 2015

Gamesa has won orders for a combined capacity of 150MW in Brazil from two developers. The largest of the two contracts is for 54 G114 2MW low wind turbines to go to the União dos Ventos complex located in the towns of Pedra Grande and Parazinho in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, in north-east Brazil. The order is from Serveng. Delivery is set for 2016 and 2017, with a view to coming online by end-2017. Serveng had been expected to use the GE 1.6MW turbine on União dos Ventos after it signed a 170MW deal for the machine in 2011. Gamesa has also won a contract from Chesf and Sequoia for the supply of turbines to a 42MW project in Brazil. Gamesa will install 21 G97 2MW turbines on the Papagaio, Coqueirinho and Tamanduá Mirim 2 projects in Bahia. Commissioning is due in the second half of 2016.

The Factory incubator to expand to Netherlands 18 Feb, 2015
The German start-up incubator The Factory is coming to the Netherlands. The Factory is based in Berlin and houses companies such as Zendesk, Soundcloud and 6Wunderkinder. Google for Entrepreneurs and Lufthansa provide capital and mentoring for the site’s members. Similar incubators are already active in the Netherlands, such as the the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam. No location has been decided on yet for the German company. Amsterdam and Rotterdam have been invited to make proposals.

POF gets largest captive solar power plant 18 Feb, 2015
The groundbreaking ceremony of 1 MW Captive Mode Solar Power Project at Wah Nobel Chemical Ltd was held at Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) on Feb 18. The project will meet the energy requirements of Wah Nobel Chemicals Ltd and other industrial units in the area.

Manila Water invites sewer project bids 18 Feb, 2015
Manila Water Company, Inc. is inviting contractors to develop support systems for three major water infrastructure projects due for completion by 2016. In its invitation to prequalify, the Ayala-controlled utility called for expressions of intent to prequalify for Used Water Network Projects. These projects shall cover the rehabilitation of existing sewer lines in identified portions of Manila and Quezon City, as well as the construction of Taguig North, Marikina North and North and South Pasig sewer networks. Deadline for LOI submission has been set for Feb 19. Each of these systems has their own sewage treatment plants (STPs). The STPs in cities Taguig and Marikina are in the final stages of construction and are due to start operations within the first half of this year. The STP for the North and South Pasig facilities, meanwhile, is expected to be completed by December 2016.

Green Energy Africa Setting Up 40mw Solar Plant 18 Feb, 2015
Green Energy Africa (GEA) plans to set up a 40megawatt (MW) solar plant in Kajiado County before the end of this year. The project which will be on a 160 acre piece of land is awaiting approvals by the government through the Ministry of Energy. It has already sent EOIs (Express of Interest) to the ministry and waiting for the documentation. The investor is already on board. It is expected to cost approximately Sh3billion.

Googong’s sewerage water treatment and recycling plant to start by August 17 Feb, 2015
Work on the $25 million first stage of Googong’s water treatment and recycling plant, to service 1200 homes at the township, is underway. The entire $150 million integrated water system is designed to reduce potable water consumption by about 60 per cent with more than half the township’s wastewater recycled for irrigation. The project will entail more than four kilometres of pipework, nine concrete tanks with a total volume of 1.67 million litres, three glass-lined steel tanks and six chemical tanks in two buildings.

Golden State Foods to open $40 million meat processing facility in Opelika 17 Feb, 2015
Golden State Foods Corp. plans to open a $40 million state-of-the-art meat processing facility in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park. It currently services more than 125,000 restaurants from its 45 locations on five continents. It has approximately 5,000 associates worldwide.

New dry bulk cargo terminal in Bataan to be completed next year 17 Feb, 2015
A new dry bulk terminal in Bataan, Philippines, is due to be completed in 2016. The new Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal will handle cement raw materials such as clinker, as well as coal, silica sand, steel fertiliser and other dry bulk cargo. The 11.4 ha. terminal will include facilities for warehousing, stevedoring and cargo towing. SEASIA Nectar Port Services Inc. (SNPSI), which is a joint venture between Seasia Logistic Philippines Inc. and Nectar Group Ltd, has commenced construction of the terminal, which represents an investment of P813 million. Construction will be carried out in three phases. The first will include the development of a 5.9 ha. port facility with a 247 m quay and a 13.5 m draft. This phase will allow for the handling of at least 3 million tpy of cargo, and will accommodate two vessels of around 120 m or one supramax/panama vessel. The second and third phases will accommodate a further two vessels or one supramax/panama vessel.

Walton to set up R&D center 17 Feb, 2015

Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited is working on setting up the largest Research and Development (R&D) center with advanced machinery and technical experts in the consumer electronics industry of Asia.

CHS planning Gwinner grain loading addition, fertilizer plant 17 Feb, 2015
Minnesota-based CHS Inc. is planning a grain shuttle loading facility, a 2.2 million bushel storage addition and a dry fertilizer hub plant in the southeastern North Dakota city of Gwinner. The project would be on a 196-acre campus with a state-of-the-art grain loading facility served by a 120-rail car loop with a 3,800-foot spur track to speed up train loading on the BNSF cars. The grain-loading facility would open in the fall of 2016. The facility will be jointly managed by CHS Dakota Plains in Valley City and CHS Dakota Ag in Kindred. The fertilizer plant, with a 1,200 ton-per hour receiving system and with plans to open next spring, will be part of CHS Dakota Plains.

Rawlings Expands into Cosmetic & Pharmaceutical Glass 17 Feb, 2015
Rawlings plans expansion into the pharmaceutical and cosmetic glass markets. On the 25th and 26th of February this year, Rawlings will officially launch its new pharmaceutical and cosmetic ranges. Rawlings is also investing in new warehousing in 2015.

Nigeria, US To Finance Pharmaceutical Warehouse In Abuja 17 Feb, 2015
Nigeria and the United States are collaborating in the construction of a pharmaceutical warehouse in Abuja. The project, when completed, would reduce wastages and improve supplies of medical consumables to government hospitals across the nation. The project, which is code-named “Warehouse In a Box” is expected to be completed within five months. $10 million is jointly financed project by the Nigerian and the United States to float the project. Three modern warehouses are expected be built and completed in July

Uhde Inventa-Fischer wins contract to set up polyamide 6 plant in Poland
BS 17 Feb, 2015
Uhde Inventa-Fischer has bagged a major contract from the Polish chemical group Grupa Azoty to build a polyamide 6 plant in Tarnow, Poland. The multiline plant will have a total capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes per year of polyamide 6 for film applications and engineering plastics. The polymerisation plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s two-stage polyamide 6 process. The technological highlight of the plant will be the cost-effective, feedstock-saving Overproportional Refeeding Process (OPRP) developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer. Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supplies includes the know-how license, basic engineering and supply of all equipment as well as supervision of the construction and commissioning activities.

SDG&E $5 Million grant will expand solar-power microgrid 17 Feb, 2015
San Diego Gas & Electric announced that a $5 million state grant will allow the utility to expand a solar-powered microgrid in the desert to provide for all of the electricity needs in Borrego Springs. The microgrid is connected to the region’s main energy grid, but can disconnect and function independently during emergencies, supplying vital electricity to the local community through its onsite resources. The expansion is to be completed in the middle of next year.

Balfour Beatty to build £13M Crossrail train factory 17 Feb, 2015
Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £12.5M contract to build a production and testing facility for new Crossrail trains in Derby. The factory for client Bombardier will measure approximately 250m by 40m, enabling it to handle four 10-carriage trains. The work includes the construction of four multi-functional train lines, each with full length overhead lines, and inspection pits containing a range of services that will be accessible by rail at both ends, connecting into existing test track facilities. The project will create office space in the form of a two storey annex, along with associated power upgrade works to the site for the overhead electricity lines. The project is scheduled for completion in winter 2016.

Best Western opens a new hotel in Petaling Jaya 17 Feb, 2015
Best Western International has launched a new 344-room hotel in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. BEST WESTERN Petaling Jaya will provide a wealth of facilities for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel houses a Kembali Kitchen restaurant, the SkyZ Dine & Bar, four function rooms and a business center, rooftop swimming pool, fitness center etc. At least five more Best Westerns expected to open across Malaysia by 2017.

China to build 100 kW solar power station in Upper Mustang 17 Feb, 2015
China is supporting District Development Committee (DDC), Mustang to build a solar power station (100 kW) in Lo Manthang of Mustang. It has signed an agreement with Chinese government to build solar power station in Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang) which is situated at 3,800 meters above sea level. Construction will be completed within a year. The project will cost Rs 10 million. Chinese government will construct the power station with its own investment and hand it over to DDC after completion. China has given the contract to build solar station to a Chinese firm — Kincaid New Energy Technologies.

Improved waste-water treatment plant in Sa Coma 17 Feb, 2015
The Balearic Islands regional government will spend €4.8 million to improve and renovate the municipal waste-water treatment plant in Sa Coma (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar). The council would be in charge of putting the project out to public tender. Payment for the project is to be carried out in 10 yearly instalments of €402,079.

Rwanda: EAX Opens Grain Warehouse in Kayonza 17 Feb, 2015
A warehouse receipt system has been started in the Kayonza District by the East African Exchange (EAX) last week. Under the system, farmers who will store their produce at the EAX-run warehouse will be eligible to access bank loans of up to 70 per cent the value of the deposited produce. EAX will launch other warehouses in Nyanza, Bugesera, Musanze district, and the Kigali free trade zone in Gasabo District.

Saudi Aramco’s Sadara Chemical Project Will Start Output in 2015 17 Feb, 2015
Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and its partner Dow Chemical Co. plan to start production this year at their $20 billion Sadara chemicals joint venture as other projects being planned in the region. Ethylene and polyethylene will be the first products of Sadara Chemical Co. Full output is set for late 2017.

Giant Warehouse Soon At the Tiko Wharf 17 Feb, 2015
The Cameroon National Shippers’ Council (CNSC) has embarked on the construction of a giant warehouse at the Tiko Wharf. The foundation stone was laid on February 12, 2015. The structure will have modern toilets, changing rooms with autonomous water and electricity supply systems, among others. The project is expected to see the light of day at the end of May 2015.

New beach resorts planned for Myanmar 17 Feb, 2015
The Mon State government has approved the development of a hotel zone on an eight-mile stretch of pristine coastline. The project would be managed by the domestic firm Aurun Co Ltd. The project will be implemented in three phases over the next two years in Kabyar Wa. Phase one of infrastructural development will begin soon. Phases two and three are expected to be complete by the end of 2017. The company is now having discussions with firms from Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Europe to be joint venture partners in individual properties under the project.

Showa Denko mulls thermosetting bulk molding compound plant in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China 17 Feb, 2015
Showa Denko (SDK) has decided to establish a new production site for thermosetting bulk molding compound (BMC) in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, jointly with Eternal Materials Co., Ltd., a synthetic resin manufacturer based in Taiwan. BMC is used as headlamp reflectors and engine covers for car applications, and encapsulation material for home electrical appliances and precision parts.

Burger joint Snuffer’s plans new restaurants in Addison and Red Oak 17 Feb, 2015
Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar plans two more restaurants. The restaurant in Addison on Midway Road will move to 4180 Belt Line Road. The second new Snuffer’s will go in at 132 E. Ovilla Road in Red Oak. Existing Snuffer’s restaurants in North Texas are: on Greenville Avenue in Dallas; Preston Road and Northwest Highway in Dallas; Addison; Highland Village; Rockwall and Southlake

MAP: 1,000 New Hotel Rooms Coming to Jamaica 16 Feb, 2015
Seven new lodgings are planned for downtown Jamaica. This will include a nine-story Four Points Sheraton on 94th Avenue, which would boast 155 hotel rooms, and three Marriott-brand hotels. Two of them – Courtyard and Fairfield Inn and Suites – would be located in one building planned on Archer Avenue, near 149th Street. The 16-story building would contain more than 330 hotel rooms (Courtyard would have 224 rooms and Fairfield would feature 114). Another hotel – a six-story 160 rooms SpringHill Suites is planned on Queens Boulevard. There are also plans to build a 24-story Hilton Garden Inn directly across from the AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road station. That hotel is expected to bring 240 rooms, a restaurant and a business center to the area. Sleep Inn on Queens Boulevard (49 rooms), and a Comfort Inn hotel on 162nd Street, near 89th Avenue (62 rooms) are currently under construction.

Chomarat expands multiaxial glass fiber capacity 16 Feb, 2015
Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France) is expanding its Tunisian plant in Grombalia and has announced an increase in its production capacity of multiaxial glass fiber reinforcements for the wind turbine market. These investments come in response to a new contract to supply more than 10,000 tonnes of multiaxial glass fiber reinforcements to the wind turbine sector.

Water plant upgrades stalled in Umatilla 16 Feb, 2015
Water-plant upgrades in Umatilla, originally estimated at $677,050 but now more realistically pegged at $1.2 million have been stalled. The biggest expense on the plant improvement list is a new 150,000-gallon water storage tank estimated to cost $237,500. Other needed plant improvements and their projected costs are: new pumps, $150,000; a new emergency generator, $85,000; new piping, $75,000; new instrumentation and controls, $55,000; and repairs to an existing ground storage tank, $15,000.

Egypt and Kuwait partner on $6.8bn petrochemical and fertiliser projects 16 Feb, 2015
Egyptian and Kuwaiti companies have signed preliminary deals to set up petrochemical and phosphate fertiliser projects worth around $6.8bn. Work on the proposed projects is expected to commence in three to five years. The companies involved include Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding, Egyptian Phosphate, Egyptian-Kuwait Holding, Saudi International Petrochemical, Bawabet Al-Kuwait Holding and Boubyan Petrochemical. Planned to be built in Amreya, Alexandria, with an investment of $2.5bn, the propylene production complex’s construction is expected to start in 2020 and the complex will produce around 470,000t of propylene and its derivatives. The petrochemical and refinery plant will be built with an investment of $3bn. As part of phase one, production capacities of the refineries in Suez will be evaluated and imported crude oil will be refined at the existing refineries to produce oil derivatives, which will also be used for petrochemical production. The planned formaldehyde facility in in Kafr El-Sheikh will be designed to produce 70,000t of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetal, phenol-formaldehyde and melamine-formaldehyde. Named Phosphate Misr and Abu Qir Fertilizers, the phosphate and compound fertiliser complex will be built in Abu Tatur in New Valley. It will produce 500,000t of phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilisers. Work on the complex will require investments amounting to $1.2bn and is expected to be completed in three years.

Austin’s first all-vegan grocery store opens on South First Street 16 Feb, 2015
Texas’ only all-vegan brick-and-mortar grocery store, Rabbit Food Grocery has arrived in Austin. The newly minted shop offers a variety of vegan goods, from pantry staples and alternative meal options to more indulgent treats and material items.

Wood Partners to Develop $40 Million, 207-Unit Luxury Apartment Community in Raleigh, N.C 16 Feb, 2015
Wood Partners, LLC will break ground in February on Six Sixteen, a $40 million, 207-unit rental community on the site of a vacant office building next door to Cameron Village Shopping Center in Raleigh, N.C. Leasing is expected to begin in May 2016, and construction is expected to be complete in November 2017. Wood Residential Services, Wood Partners’ property management division, will manage the property at 616 Oberlin Road. The community, designed by JDavis Architects, will include a four- and five-story building with 183,724 rentable square feet and 389 parking spaces on a 2.41-acre lot. Six Sixteen will offer studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units as well as townhome units averaging 888 square feet.

Emirates Poultry Processor Increases Production 16 Feb, 2015
Emirates Modern Poultry Co, also known as Al Rawdah, has announced the launch of a new plant to double its monthly production capacity of processed items from 400 to 800 tonnes. The expansion will see a new plant operational within eight to 12 months. Phase 1, which comprises six new cold stores that add an additional 300 tonnes of storage at a cost of AED5.5 million, is complete. Phase 2, which will see the production facility expand to double output, is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 at a cost of AED15 million. The new plant will see Al Rawdah enter the first quarter of 2016 with a monthly production capacity of 800 tonnes of processed items

Moundsville Power’s 549 MW Combined-Cycle Gas Plant Approved by West Virginia Public Service Commission 16 Feb, 2015
The West Virginia Public Service Commission has issued a final order approving the siting certificate for Moundsville Power, LLC to construct a 549 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Marshall County on 37 acres. Moundsville Power can now proceed to financing. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with the plant operational in early 2018. The Moundsville Power facility will be a wholesale generator for the PJM grid. The plant will utilize $105 million of natural gas and ethane annually sourced from West Virginia producers and processors. Black & Veatch will design and build the plant. General Electric will provide the natural gas and steam turbines as well as other power island equipment. General Electric will also provide a long-term maintenance agreement. The plant will use GE 7F.04 gas turbines in a two-by one-configuration.

Evonik Industries to boost plasticiser alcohol production in Germany 16 Feb, 2015
Evonik Industries is planning to strengthen its plasticiser alcohol production capabilities at its facility in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The company’s recently developed ligand OxoPhos 64i will support the planned expansion of plasticiser alcohol 2-propyl heptanol (2-PH) production. Evonik currently produces 400,000t of plasticiser alcohols a year, including 2-PH and plasticiser alcohol isononanol. At the Marl complex, the company also converts C4 crack generated in crude oil processing to precursors and products, including butadiene, Methyl tert-butyl ether or plasticiser alcohols using its C4 integrated production network.

KH Neochem, CPC in JV to build petrochemical complex in Taiwan 16 Feb, 2015
Japan based KH Neochem has partnered with Taiwanese petroleum firm CPC and Mega International Commercial Bank to form a joint venture (JV) to build a petrochemical manufacturing complex in Taiwan, China. To be named Taiwan-Japan Oxo Chemical Industries, the plant will be located at the Kaohsiung Lin Hai Industrial Park. The project will be carried out with an investment of US$434 mln, in which CPC and KH Neochem will each hold a 47% stake and Mega International will own the balance 6% stake. Operations for the complex are planned to commence in 2019. The facillity will produce 180,000t of isononyl alcohol and 21,000t of butene trimer, which are key raw materials used to produce plastics, lubricants, and adhesives.

Phillips 66 Partners to expand Texas operations in $1 billion deal 16 Feb, 2015
Phillips 66 Partners LP would buy Phillips 66’s interests in three pipeline systems for a total of $1.01 billion to expand its operations in Texas. The deal includes two natural gas pipeline systems based in Texas, as well as a 19.46 percent interest in the Explorer Pipeline Company, which operates a pipeline carrying refined products between the Gulf Coast and the Midwest in the United States. The company expects the deal to be accretive immediately. Under terms of the deal, Phillips 66 will receive a total of $1.01 billion consisting of $880 million in cash and 1.7 million Phillips 66 Partners’ units.

AkzoNobel to expand performance coatings capacity in Indonesia
BS 16 Feb, 2015
AkzoNobel Performance Coatings plans to invest Euro 2.5 million to expand its plant in Cikarang, Indonesia. The investment will add capacity to help meet growing demand for the company’s international brand products, which are supplied by the protective coatings and marine coatings businesses. The project is expected to be completed by April 2015. It recently invested a total of Euro 5 million to add capacity for both its marine coatings and protective coatings businesses in Singapore and Sunshine, Australia.

Kenya: Pokot Cement Factory to Produce 64mw of Power 16 Feb, 2015
The Sh12 billion Pokot Cement factory at Ortum plans to generate its own power part of which will be fed into the national power grid. It will put up a 64MW power plant out of which 50MW will be sold. Cemtech which is a subsidiary of the Sanghi Group of India is finalising plans for the project which has already been approved by all government agencies. Most of the machinery for the factory are currently being assembled in several countries including India and South Africa before they are moved to the site. Construction of the project has delayed for more than five years. It will produce produce more than 1.2 million tones of cement annually.

Zimbabwe: Delta in U.S $8 Million Pet Plant Upgrade 16 Feb, 2015
Delta Beverages has relocated the PET plant with new additions to the main factory at Graniteside. Delta’s PET plant, which cost $7,6 million will now include a blow moulding unit, a syrup manufacturing plant as well as a lab upgrade. The new PET plant will not alter its capacity of 15 000 bottles (500ml) per hour, the line will, however, have capacity to package more pack varieties as well as flavours.

Lotte Group to Make Largest Ever Investment of 7.5 Trillion Won 16 Feb, 2015
Lotte Group is planning to invest 3.4 trillion won in the distribution sector, 1.5 trillion won in the heavy chemical and construction sector, 1 trillion won in the food sector, 1.1 trillion won in the tourism and services sector, and 500 billion won in other sectors. In the distribution sector, Lotte will invest in the construction of Omni Channel, which allows consumers to search and purchase products with various channels from online and offline to mobile devices. In the heavy chemical and construction sector, Lotte Chemical is building an ethane cracker plant, which is based on low-cost shale gas, in Louisiana, U.S., aiming to begin commercial production in 2018. Lotte will also invest a total of 600 billion won by 2017 in the expansion of production facilities for Kloud Beer. In the tourism and services sector, starting with Lotte City Hotel Ulsan in the first half of this year, Lotte Hotel will open Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong and Lotte Lifestyle Hotel Myeongdong in October and December, respectively. Lotte Hotel is planning to run 40 hotel chains at throughout Asia by 2018.

Rs 10-million meat processing centre opens 16 Feb, 2015
A meat processing centre has been opened at Simalghari, Sonpur, in Banke with an investment of Rs 10 million. The promoter of the centre, Fresh Hygienic Food Agro and Animal Farming has signed an agreement to purchase pigs from 300 farmers of Mid- and Far-western regions. The centre supplies 400kg meat a day to Kathmandu valley.

TSMC Will Build Semiconductor Factory In Taiwan 16 Feb, 2015
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited will invest over NTD500 billion, to build a new plant in Central Taiwan Science Park and it is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment.

Nippon Paper and Mitsubishi complete 21MW solar power plant in Japan 16 Feb, 2015
Nippon Paper Mega Solar Komatsushima, a joint venture between Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsubishi, has completed a 21 MW solar plant in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture. Shikoku Electric Power will buy the energy generated from the plant, which covers 250,000m² of area, under the country’s feed-in tariff (FiT) programme.

Viridian Glass Confirms Expansion of Highbrook Site 16 Feb, 2015
Following the successful joint venture with Euroglass in 2012, Viridian New Zealand continues to strengthen its position in New Zealand by announcing that, in 2016, it will move from its two processing sites at Mount Wellington and Auckland Airport to a purpose-built facility at Highbrook. The new factory will be situated next to its existing factory at Highbrook that specialises in producing insulated glass units for windows, doors and facades. The new factory will be a flexible glass processing plant that will enable Viridian to produce a wide variety of innovative glass solutions efficiently.

Cyprus and Egypt sign oil and gas MoU 16 Feb, 2015
Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of oil and gas. It provides for cooperation between the two countries in the development and exploitation of the Cypriot ‘Aphrodite’ gas field in block 12 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, utilising gas infrastructure existing in Egypt for the mutual benefit of the two countries. In particular, the MoU authorises the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) Ltd to examine technical solutions for transporting natural gas, through a direct marine pipeline, from the Aphrodite field to Egypt.

Fanuc to invest ¥130 billion in new plant, lab expansion 16 Feb, 2015
Fanuc Corp. plans a new plant at an industrial park in the town of Mibu, Tochigi Prefecture, at a cost of some ¥100 billion. The facility, which is seen as partially starting operations in October 2016, will have an initial capacity of 60,000 servo motors and 35,000 servo amplifiers a month. Fanuc will spend about ¥30 billion on expanding the facility at its headquarters in the village of Oshino, Yamanashi Prefecture, to help speed up product development. The expansion work will be completed in May 2016.

New $300m port planned for developing Indonesia’s Bantaeng Industrial Park 16 Feb, 2015
Bantaeng district government in South Sulawesi plans to start constructing in May a IDR4trn industrial port as part of the development of Bantaeng Industrial Park. The port located near the Flores Sea and expected to be completed in 2017 would be one of the main ports that could facilitate international shipping. Currently, the district is working to finish the port’s feasibility study. This port will be constructed on a 200-hectare land with a big terminal, and it will be integrated with the industrial area. Two consortia are interested in financing and developing the project.

Fonterra Commissions New Ingredients Plant in the Netherlands 16 Feb, 2015
New Zealand-based Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has commissioned its new dairy ingredients plant in Heerenveen, in the north of the Netherlands. The plant produces 5,000 metric tonnes of whey protein and 25,000 metric tonnes of lactose annually that will be used in high-value paediatric, maternal, and sports nutrition products by Fonterra and its global customers. The 25 hectare site has been developed in partnership with Dutch cheese manufacturer A-Ware Food Group.

Bellara Steel complex: construction work to start in March 2015 16 Feb, 2015
The realization of the Bellara steel complex, in the province of Jijel, Algiers will be launched in early March. The cost of the realization of the Bellara complex is $2 billion and will produce in a first step 2 million tonnes of steel per year from 2017. A production called to gradually increase to 5 million tonnes in 2019. The capital of the complex will be 51% owned by the national company Sider and the investment funds and 49% by Qatar International joint venture between Qatar and Qatar Steel mining.

SGL Kümpers moves to new production facility in Rheine 16 Feb, 2015
SGL Kümpers, the textile processing company, has relocated from its development site in Rheine-Gellendorf to a new production facility in the Rheine-Nord industrial park in Salzbergen-Holsterfeld in Westphalia. In addition to the existing fabric and braiding machines, this new production facility is equipped with a wide range of customized, highly automated production lines. Full production capacity is expected in the second half of 2015. The facility in Rheine will be used primarily for the production of carbon-fibre preforms (semifinished products) for the automotive and aviation industry.

New hospital with a dental centre opens in Al Ghusais 16 Feb, 2015
Thumbay Hospital having 150 beds, also comprising of a dental centre will open in Al Ghusais, Dubai, on February 21. The dental section will offer services in general dentistry which include orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontic and oral surgery. In the medical section, internal medicine, orthopaedics, radiology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology services are offered. The hospital is a part of Thumbay Group and GMC Hospitals and will be affiliated to Gulf Medical University Ajman.

Thailand plans to promote biomass energy production 16 Feb, 2015
Acting to further improve the environment in Thailand, the Energy Ministry will propose promoting biomass energy production to the National Energy Policy Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the National Energy Policy Committee. Under the terms of the proposal, the ministry will purchase power from biomass plants to encourage a production increase of 8-20 per cent or about 500 megawatts nationwide in the next 20 years. In addition, it might consider a smart grid project, a power network using high information technology for use in administration, production and distribution of electricity which could generate maximum benefit.

Procter & Gamble and Constellation team up for 50 MW biomass plant 16 Feb, 2015
In Georgia, Procter & Gamble and Constellation have announced the development of a 50 MW biomass plant to help run one of P&G’s largest US facilities. Construction activities have already begun on the site with the plant scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2017. Constellation will build, own and operate the $200 million cogeneration plant, which will supply steam to P&G’s Albany, Ga., paper manufacturing facility and generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.

Two new One&Only resorts planned for Mexico 16 Feb, 2015
Kerzner International has revealed plans to build two new One&Only resorts in Mexico. The properties will be developed in conjunction with private equity firm BK Partners. One&Only Mandarina and One&Only Santa Maria de Xala will complement the existing resort in Los Cabos. One&Only currently has nine properties dotted across the globe but, alongside the resorts Mexico, has plans to open in China, Montenegro and Bahrain.

Jyoti Structures bags Rs 582 orders for transmission lines

PTI 16 Feb, 2015
Gulf Jyoti International LLC Dubai, a joint venture of Jyoti Structures Ltd and Gulf Investment Corporation of Kuwait have recently secured several prestigious export and domestic orders for transmission lines. The projects include Rs 310 crore order for 400 kv transmission line project in Sultanate of Oman, Rs 32 crore 400 kv transmission line project from DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai and Rs 240 crore orders for various projects for fabrication and supply of transmission line steel structures.

ND fertilizer plant looks to Bismarck for water 15 Feb, 2015
CHS Inc. plans to construct a $3 billion fertilizer plant near Jamestown to open in 2018. The plant is expected to use 4,000 to 5,000 gallons per minute of water. It was determined that CHS could build a pipeline to transport water from the Missouri River for a lesser price. If completed, the CHS plant will produce more than 2,400 tons per day of anhydrous ammonia, which will be converted to urea, the fertilizer compound called urea-ammonium nitrate and diesel exhaust fuel. It is one of two proposed fertilizer plants in the state expected to open within the next few years. The other plant is proposed by Dakota Gasification Co., which also plans to produce urea at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah.

lines up $6.8 bln of Kuwaiti investment for energy projects 15 Feb, 2015
Egypt has agreed preliminary deals with Kuwaiti companies for the establishment of petrochemical projects worth $6.8 billion. The initial agreements signed, involved several companies, including Egypt Kuwait Holding Company, Kuwait Gateway Holdings and Boubyan Petrochemical Co.

Govt, Freeport agree to build smelter in Papua 15 Feb, 2015
The government and gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) have apparently agreed to build a smelter in Papua. The Papua provincial administration and related ministries will draft a national program to support the smelter construction, according to a release. Other than preparing land for the smelter, the provincial administration and Mimika regency administration will also build an industrial zone, which will be part of the smelter construction. It is planned on an island off Mimika’s Poumako Port.

RC Willey Announces New State-of-the-Art Store to be built in Sacramento, CA 15 Feb, 2015
RC Willey will build a new, state-of-the-art retail store in the new Delta Shores development in Sacramento, CA and become one of the anchor tenants. The RC Willey showroom will be a full-service retail location featuring furniture, appliances, electronics, mattresses and floor coverings. Opening of the new location is targeted for fall 2017. RC Willey plans opening of new store in Orem, UT in April 2015. Under development by Merlone Geier Partners, Delta Shores is an 800-acre, master-planned, mixed-use development, entitled for 1.3 million square feet of retail space, as well as over 4,900 residential units.

New push for 100MW solar tower project near Kalgoorlie 13 Feb, 2015
Interest in building a 100MW plus solar thermal plant in Western Australia’s Goldfields region has been revived. Two solar developers are considering plans for large scale solar thermal, such as solar towers plus storage, at the Mundari Industrial estate, around 23kms west of Kalgoorlie. One of those is WA-based company Exergy Power. Earlier, copper miner Sandfire Resources announced a $40 million solar PV plus battery storage project at its off-grid DeGrussa mine north east of Perth. Exergy Power is looking at a $600 million, 115MW capacity solar thermal plant that would cover 700ha. SolarReserve has its own solar thermal power plant due to come online in the US in the next few months. The company’s 110MW Crescent Dunes project is in the final stage of commissioning. The company also recently signed a contract to build a similar plant in South Africa, along with Saudi Arabian project developer ACWA Power.

Dominion Virginia Power Developing 400 MW Of New Solar Projects In Virginia 13 Feb, 2015
Solar energy projects, totaling 400 megawatts (MW) of new capacity, are currently under development by Dominion Virginia Power. The projects are expected to be online by 2020. Dominion will be investing at least $700 million. The company is currently in the process of site selection. These projects still have to be approved by the State Corporation Commission.

Virgin Media to invest $4.6 bn in fiber broadband to take on BT 13 Feb, 2015
Virgin Media, a part of Liberty Global, announced its plans to invest £3 billion or $4.6 billion towards Capex in UK to expand fiber network to nearly four million additional premises over the next five years. The Capex plan will enable Virgin Media to increase the coverage to nearly 17 million premises by 2020. This investment called Project Lightning can stimulate a combined £8 billion of economic activity and consumer benefit.

Iran-Built Cement Factory Launched in Venezuela 13 Feb, 2015
Cerro Azul Cement Factory constructed by Iranian engineers and experts came into operation in the city of Maturin, Venezuela. The factory will play a major role in meeting Venezuela’s growing demands for cement. It is capable of producing one million tons of cement per year. The government of Venezuela invested $400 million to build the factory.

Accumold plans $10 million Ankeny expansion 13 Feb, 2015
Accumold, the plastic injection molder will expand its Ankeny factory by 40,000 square feet. The project is expected to cost $10 million. The company will break ground on the expansion this spring.

UAE restaurant brand unveils franchise plan for expansion

yahoonews 14 Feb, 2015
Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant & Café, the themed family restaurant renowned for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, has launched an international franchising model with plans to open new outlets over the next two years. The brand wants to open an additional eight new branches, worth more than $17.6 million.

SouthData plans $2.65M expansion in Mount Airy, will add 14 jobs 13 Feb, 2015
SouthData Inc. will invest $2.65 million in equipment in 2015 and add 14 jobs over the next two years at its Mount Airy facility. The city of Mount Airy offered an incentive package of $49,200 — a cash grant of $38,000 for capital investment, and $11,200 for job creation. Surry County matched the grant, bringing the total package to $87,200. Surry Community College’s Customized Industry Training program will work with SouthData on training for current and future employees.

Iran Building Sewage Treatment Facilities Abroad 13 Feb, 2015
Iran is setting up sewage treatment facilities in 15 countries. Iranian companies are involved in water and sewage treatment projects in countries across the Middle East and Africa. Earlier this month, Iran’s first waste incineration plant was inaugurated in Tehran in a bid to convert city waste into electricity.

WSA Approves Final Design Phase For Hawleyville Sewer Expansion 13 Feb, 2015
Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members have unanimously approved having their consulting engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, start final design work on the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension. Voters by an 81-to-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development. The town has received approval for a $500,000 state grant that will be used toward the sewer expansion project. The system discharges its wastewater to the regional sewage treatment plant in Danbury. Fuss & O’Neill, Inc is expected to complete the sewer design work by late spring. Construction would start later this year.

Siemens to build 200 MW combined cycle power plant in Malta 13 Feb, 2015
Siemens won an order by Electrogas Malta for the turnkey construction of a 200 MW natural-gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP). The order value for Siemens is about EUR 175 million. Besides the new power plant, Electrogas Malta will provide a floating storage unit for LNG and a regasification plant to provide the natural gas fuel required both for the new CCPP and for an existing reciprocating engine power plant located at the same site, which will be converted to natural gas. Initial operation is scheduled for the summer of 2016. The new power plant is of Siemens type SCC-800 3x1C that is based on three SGT-800 gas turbines, three HRSGs and one SST-900 steam turbine.

SITA UK begins commissioning on Climafuel facility 13 Feb, 2015
SITA UK will undertake a series of commissioning tests on the new solid recovered fuel manufacturing facility, located at Malpass Farm in Rugby, before starting fuel-scale production of ‘Climafuel’, which will be used to power the adjacent cement kiln operated by Cemex. The facility collects commercial and industrial waste material from the local area. Once received on site, the material is sorted and any metals, plastics and paper present will be extracted for recycling. Similarly, materials with a high chlorine content, which could damage the kiln, will also be extracted and any residual waste material that is removed from the production process will be processed into refuse derived fuel for use in traditional energy-from-waste applications. SITA UK is also investing in new solid recovered fuel manufacturing facilities at the Port of Tilbury in Essex, which are currently under construction.

China voices support for 1,500 MW hydropower project in Afghanistan 13 Feb, 2015
China plans construction of a 1,500 MW hydropower plant in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province. The proposed hydroelectric project would be part of a package that also includes road and rail connections, all aimed at strengthening the region’s economy and political stability.

New hotel planned for Altoona’s River Prairie Development 13 Feb, 2015
A company is planning to build at new 120-room hotel in the Altoona’s River Prairie Development. Construction on the Staybridge Suites is planned to start in April. The hotel will be 90,000 square feet and will be designed to meet the needs of upscale extended stay guests. Larson Companies and the City of Altoona have been working on a sales and development agreement for the hotel during the past few months. It is expected to open in spring 2016.

Atmos Energy expands natural gas service in Pontotoc County 13 Feb, 2015
The Furrs community in Pontotoc County will soon have access to natural gas. It has been agreed to bring the service to 113 customers. Atmos Energy transferred its franchise territory in certain parts of the Furrs community over to the City of Pontotoc for natural gas service. Construction on the project is expected to begin by the summer. Atmos will also extend its facilities to 14 customers south of Highway 6 for natural gas service and estimates work for this area will begin in March.

New 135-room hotel planned for Jekyll Island 13 Feb, 2015
A new 135-room hotel is planned for Georgia’s seaside retreat Jekyll Island. State agency Jekyll Island Authority on Feb. 11 submitted a request for proposals for the design, construction and operation of a new limited-service hotel on the 11-mile-long barrier island. The new hotel would anchor the mixed-use Beach Village development that’s now under construction. It would sit on just over two acres at the project. Bids are due back March 23. New shops and restaurants are in the works. Around 1,000 new hotel rooms are expected to be built by 2017.

Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production
BS 13 Feb, 2015
Chevrolet has confirmed that it will start production of its next-gen pure electric vehicle based on the Bolt EV concept. The car will be produced at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit. The Bolt EV will make use of the battery technology from Chevrolet’s Volt and Spark EVs and is designed to offer more than a 200-mile range with a target price of around $30,000. The Orion Assembly and Pontiac Metal Center facilities will be receiving a $200-million investment to support production of the new electric vehicle with Orion getting $160 million for tooling and equipment and Pontiac $40 million for new dies.

Work to start on new £150m children’s hospital 14 Feb, 2015
The £150 million building will see services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service brought together in a modern and high-quality setting at Little France. Construction work will start over the course of the next few weeks and the new building is due to open in autumn 2017.

American Savings Bank to open new Ewa branch at Laulani Village Shopping Center 13 Feb, 2015
American Savings Bank will open its new Ewa branch in Laulani Village Shopping Center next week after eight months of construction. The larger branch includes safe deposit boxes, a drive-through teller and an ATM machine. American Savings Bank recently purchased a 1.3-acre vacant lot in Kapolei to build a new branch.

Bulgaria to Create Bioenergy Cluster in Crimea 13 Feb, 2015
Russia and Bulgaria are planning to develop a joint project to create a bio-cluster in Crimea. The project is expected to involve leading experts from bioenergy and agro-processing fields. Bulgarian investors are interested in the development of production in Crimea on conditions of a free economic zone. Among potential areas of cooperation are canning industry, chees production and greenhouse farming.

Men’s retailer Andrisen Morton expanding Cherry Creek store 13 Feb, 2015
Andrisen Morton, a high-end men’s clothing retailer in Cherry Creek North will remodel and expand its store at the intersection of Third Avenue and St. Paul Street. The store will increase its capacity by up to 40 percent with construction that began Feb. 2. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-August.

CHH organises its way into new paper bag factory 13 Feb, 2015
The new Japanese owners of the pulp and paper manufacturer arm of Carter Holt Harvey are to invest $30 million into an upgrade of the company’s Penrose, Auckland, bag-making facility, which services the dairy, food, agriculture, minerals, chemical and building sectors, among others. Oji, a global pulp, paper and packaging company based in Japan and the Innovation Network Corp of Japan bought CHH unit last April. The project will extend an existing hygiene hall and upgrade critical hygiene elements of the manufacturing process, as well as new bag-making machines and on-site warehousing. The project is to be finished in 2016.

New factory for thermal processing of animal by-products to be opened in Bosnia Herzegovina 13 Feb, 2015
The construction of a factory, in Bosnia Herzegovina, that will perform the thermal processing of animal by-products in order to produce animal protein and animal and technical fat will soon begin in Kakanj. It is an investment of the company “Agroproteinka” from Zagreb which founded the company “Bioorganika” in Kakanj for realization of investment worth around 20 million BAM. A new factory for the production of mattresses “Moj san” was recently opened in Kakanj, while the construction of the pellet plant is underway.

Jaguar Land Rover supplier invests £35m in new factory 13 Feb, 2015
Brose UK, a key supplier to Jaguar Land Rover, is planning to build a new 11,400m2 facility on brownfield land adjacent to its existing site in Exhall, Coventry as part of a £35m investment programme. The company has received £3m support from the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund towards the scheme. The new facility will be responsible for delivering lightweight seat structures directly to three car makers in the UK and is to be opened by early 2016.

Yara study confirms potash mining potential in Ethiopia 13 Feb, 2015
A feasibility study, carried out on behalf of Yara International confirms significant potential to extract potash in the Danakil depression in northeastern Ethiopia. The independent study identified an annual production of 600,000 metric tons sulfate of potash (SOP) over 23 years from reserves (Kainite, Carnallite and Sylvinite) at Yara’s Danakil concession. The company, which aims to begin mining activities in 3Q, 2018, is now seeking equity partners to develop the project. The reserves will be mined using solution mining technology. The product will be trucked 790km to Tadjoura, Djibouti, where the project includes a product storage and handling terminal at the new port currently under construction by the Djibouti Port Authority. Capital expenditure of the project is estimated at USD 740 million.

Contegra Construction completing work on Roxana water treatment plant 13 Feb, 2015
Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Co. is targeting a fall 2015 completion for the renovation and expansion of the water treatment plant that serves Roxana. The $7.96 million project in Madison County will boost the facility’s water storage capacity to 1.65 million gallons from 1.15 million gallons and bring it up to EPA regulatory compliance standards. Contegra is installing a new forced draft aerator, a hydrated lime line-feed system and water filters and is modifying the flow path of process water to existing clarifiers. The contractor is also erecting a new chemical feed building and a 9,600-square-foot addition to the existing filter building. Curry and Associates Engineers Inc., based in Nashville, Ill., is the project designer.

JCC expansion slated for completion by year-end 13 Feb, 2015
A $5.6 million expansion of the York Jewish Community Center is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The JCC is adding four new classrooms as part of a 10,820 square-foot addition to its childcare wing, The wellness center is also getting a 6,240 square-foot expansion that includes a dance studio and new rooms for group and individual fitness programs and weightlifting. The project’s architect is Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects.

Tubacex to buy 67.5% stake in stainless steel tubes unit of Prakash Steelage for $40M 13 Feb, 2015
Spain’s Tubacex SA is acquiring 67.53 per cent stake of seamless stainless steel tubes division of Indian metal products maker Prakash Steelage for Rs 254 crore. as part of the deal, the seamless stainless steel tubes unit of the Indian firm will be transferred to a new company in which the foreign partner will acquire a majority stake. Prakash Steelage will get Rs 206 crore for the sale of the business and the remaining Rs 48 crore will be infused into the JV by Tubacex. The deal values the unit at around $60 million.

Lundin Petroleum AB: Plan for Development and Operation for Johan Sverdrup 13 Feb, 2015
Lundin Petroleum together with its partners Statoil (operator), Maersk Oil, Det norske oljeselskap and Petoro, will submit a plan for development and operation for Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup field to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The full field gross recoverable contingent resources range for Johan Sverdrup is estimated at between 1.7 – 3.0 billion barrels of oil equivalent with approximately 95 percent being oil. The Johan Sverdrup field will be developed in several phases and with multiple fixed platform installations. Phase 1 of the development consists of four bridge linked platforms as well as three subsea installations. The gross capital expenditures for Phase 1 is estimated at NOK 117 billion. Phase 1 is scheduled to start production in late 2019 . Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development is expected to commence production in 2022.

Black Label Trading Company Launches New Factory 12 Feb, 2015
Black Label Trading Company has announced the formation and launch of a new cigar factory called Fabrica de Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua, which is being opened with a complete focus on small batch premium cigars. The factory officially started production on February 9 and is currently working on its first batch of Black Label Trading Company cigars. The factory is starting with four rolling pairs and estimates to have a production capacity of 30,000 cigars per month. The company has moved all of its production to the Oveja Negra factory.

UNASUR Plans to Launch South America’s Own Fiber Optic Network 12 Feb, 2015
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Latin American Development Bank/CAF have unveiled a plan to build a fiber optic cable network which will increase broadband speed and bring down Internet service costs across the region. If built, this will be the first fiber optic network solely financed by Latin American institutions. UNASUR has set aside US$1.5 million as an initial investment in the project.

Beeline launches fiber-optic cable service in Yerevan 12 Feb, 2015
Beeline has launched broadband fiber-optic Internet service in Yerevan using FTTB technologies. Users will get high-quality service, IP television, reserve Internet channels, said Beeline Director General in Armenia Andrey Pyatakhin. The services will first be available for residents of the 7th, 8th and 9th Nork arrays and the Avan District. Coverage of the service will spread in the next two years, implementing it in multi-storey buildings. Implementation of the service in other regions will start in mid-2015.

Morro Bay lists new sewage plant, street repairs among top priorities 12 Feb, 2015
Morro Bay City Council plans new sewage treatment plant by June 2016. It also plans an upgrade to the fish cleaning station in Tidelands Park and coordinate and deliver high-speed fiber connectivity in Morro Bay. It proposes adding a new community health center to the city.

CS Wind announces turbine tower factory 12 Feb, 2015
South Korean energy business CS Wind is set to build its European headquarters in the Humber. The firm announced the move today after winning a Government grant worth at least £1m. CS Wind is likely to be a key supplier for Siemens, which is moving into a £310m turbine assembly site at Alexandra Dock, east Hull. It will be the company’s first European manufacturing facility, building turbine towers for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Egypt inaugurates $57m factory 12 Feb, 2015
The first L’Oréal factory located near Cairo in Egypt was inaugurated. The total investment is worth $57 million. L’Oréal aims it would be a production hub for its production in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Oman to set up new light ammunition factory 12 Feb, 2015
A contract was signed on February 11 to set up a light ammunition factory in the Wilayat of Sumail in Oman. The project will supply light ammunition for the military and security forces. The contract includes the construction of a main building, the factory and various warehouses.

Australian copper mine adds solar power 12 Feb, 2015
The DeGrussa Copper Mine in Western Australia is building the largest off-grid solar array in the country, a 10.6MW power station with an up front cost of $1 million. The mine owner, Sandfire Resources announced the power deal with juwi Renewable Energy Pty, which will finance, build and operate the $40 million facility. The mine is an open-pit and underground operation. It will utilise a 10.6MW solar array comprising 34,080 solar photovoltaic panels that track the sun and a 6MW battery. It will be constructed on 20 hectares of land near the site of the current underground mine and 1.5Mtpa Concentrator. The solar power station will be fully integrated with the existing 20MW diesel-fired power station at DeGrussa, which is owned and operated by Kalgoorlie Power Systems

GE Oil & Gas Invests in Montrose Manufacturing Facilities 12 Feb, 2015
Oilfield engineering firm GE Oil & Gas has completed a $20.7-million investment at its manufacturing facilities in Montrose, Scotland. The site enhancements will provide advanced capabilities in manufacturing and the firm’s test and assembly activities in Montrose. GE has completed the construction of a 10,765-square foot heat treat and cladding workshop at its Brent Avenue facility, with structural work beginning on a new 6,460-square foot administration block, scheduled for completion in June 2015. The firm has also finished the new high bay facility at its Charleton Road site, the result of a $4-million investment.

Chomarat increases its production capacity for glass fibre reinforcements 12 Feb, 2015
Chomarat, the specialist in textile reinforcements for composites, is expanding its Tunisian plant in Grombalia, and has announced an increase in its production capacity of multiaxial glass fibre reinforcements for the wind turbine market. These investments come in response to a new contract to supply over 10,000 tonnes to the wind turbine sector.

Google signs Mountain View PPA with NextEra 12 Feb, 2015
Google has agreed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources to power its offices in Mountain View, central California. Google will purchase 43MW of power from the Golden Hills project at the Altamont Pass which is currently being repowered. The repowering willl see 775 Kenetech KCS56-100 turbines be replaced with 52 GE 1.7MW turbines. The new turbines are due to be installed in 2016 and 24 of these will power the office campus for 20 years.

Tata Steel acquires three service centres in Sweden, Finland and Norway
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Tata Steel has acquired three service centres in Sweden, Finland and Norway to strengthen its offering to manufacturers in the Nordic region. The company reached an agreement with steel producer SSAB to buy its strip products service centres at Halmstad in Sweden and Naantali in Finland. Tata Steel will also acquire from SSAB the remaining 50% stake it does not already own in Norsk Stal Tynnplater AS, another strip products service centre based in Fredrikstad, Norway. The three centres process strip products offering services such as cutting-to-length, slitting and recoiling

Siemens delivers 87 wind turbines for Logan’s Gap 12 Feb, 2015
The US Company Pattern Development ordered 87 wind turbines for the project Logan’s Gap in Comanche County, Texas, from Siemens. The wind turbines of the type SWT-2.3-108 will have an overall capacity of 200 MW. The onshore project is the 12th joint project of Siemens and Pattern Development. Siemens will deliver and install the wind turbines and will be responsible for services and maintenance. Each of the SWT-2.3-108 turbines has a capacity of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 m.

Corner Brook’s new water treatment plant will be up and running today 12 Feb, 2015
The City of Corner Brook announced the final phase of start-up of the plant will occur. The supply of treated water to the distribution system will be brought on-line in two phases, first supplying the existing Corner Brook/Massey Drive system and as a second phase supplying the Curling/Sunnyslope/Mount Moriah areas. The process will involve the newly treated water sourced from Trout Pond filling up the two large tanks located at the plant site. The existing Curling water supply system which currently supplies the Curling, Sunnyslope Drive and Mount Moriah areas is to be decommissioned following successful start-up and commissioning of the new plant and transmission system.

Tajiks ratify contract with China’s Huaxin on cement plants construction 12 Feb, 2015
Tajikistan’s parliament ratified an investment agreement between Tajikistan and China’s Huaxin Cement Co., LTD on construction of two cement plants in Tajikistan. A cement plant with annually capacity of one million tons will be constructed in the Bobojon Ghafurov district and another cement plant with annual capacity of 1.2 million tons will be constructed in the Dangara Free Economic Zone (FEZ). Tajikistan will own 30 percent of the Bobojon Ghafurov cement plant and 45 percent in the Dangara cement plant. Huaxin signed an investment agreement with the government of Tajikistan in September 2014.

Ithaca moves to safeguard new water plant from upstream development 12 Feb, 2015
Ithaca city’s $37 million water plant is in progress. The city is currently building the water plant, ensuring the safety of residents’ drinking water for decades. The City is currently constructing at substantial expense a new water filtration plant which is fed by a creek.

$128M contract awarded for new bridge over Lake Barkley 12 Feb, 2015
A contract has been awarded to build a new bridge over Lake Barkley in western Kentucky in a $128.3 million project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded the contract to PCL Civil Construction of Denver. The four-lane bridge will carry U.S. 68-Kentucky 80 over Lake Barkley and will be the eastern entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The bridge will replace the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge at Canton. The Lake Bridges Project also includes separate replacement of the Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake. Work on that bridge is underway.
Jumeirah Group to operate new resort in Abu Dhabi

ScanEx to establish its R&D center in Skolkovo 12 Feb, 2015
ScanEx, a Russian Earth-monitoring company, agreed to base its research and development department at the Skolkovo Foundation’s Innovation Center. As part of the agreement, ScanEx will rent an office space of more than 10,763 square feet in the Skolkovo Technopark, with 60 employees based at the $3 million R&D center. The company specializes in constructing, maintaining and upgrading the networks of receiving ground stations.

Egyptian Steel To Launch Two New Plants Next Year 12 Feb, 2015
Egyptian Steel, is likely to launch two new steel plants by the middle of next year. This move will see capacity being raised to 3.5 million tonnes a year. The company is poised to open a $460 million factory in the Nile city of Beni Suef this July or August with an annual capacity of 1.36 million tonnes. The company will also start another plant in Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea by mid-2016. The company is considering the viability of launching a fifth plant that would be fired by coal.

Swiss cable firm opens production facility in Saudi Arabia 12 Feb, 2015
Swiss cable specialist Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) has opened a new 1,500-sq-m solution assembly and production facility in Riyadh. The facility, which is located at the Modon Industrial City 2, will have dedicated quality control (QC) personnel. In the first phase, it is hoping to open doors for young Saudi technical personnel and the facility is equipped to have up to 20 technicians working in a single shift.

Geismar plant begins manufacturing ethylene for sale 12 Feb, 2015
Williams Partners has announced that its expanded Geismar olefins plant has started manufacturing ethylene for sale. It plans to ramp up the plant to the expanded production capacity of 1.95 billion pounds of ethylene per year. Williams Partners is an industry-leading master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain from transportation and processing to petrochemical production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins.

Zimbabwe: David Whitehead Needs $1m to Double Capacity 12 Feb, 2015
Textile company David Whitehead requires about $1 million in working capital to enable it to double capacity at its Chegutu integrated fabric plant. The investment will be to procure critical spares for machines, dyes and chemicals. That will help to raise capacity to 450 000 metres per month from the current 180 000 metres. The company is using 40 looms; but this can be raised to 96 if all other machines were repaired.

Deep-water wind energy coming to Germany 11 Feb, 2015
With 80 wind turbines in place, German utility company E.ON is nearing completion on activating a deep-water wind farm off the German coast. The Amrumbank West wind project is situated about 20 miles northwest of the German island of Helgoland. Infrastructure construction began in January 2014. The project is slated for mid-2015 completion. At its peak, Amrumbank West will supply 288 megawatts of wind energy to the German grid. The company spent a total $1.1 billion on project development.

Jumeirah Group to operate new resort in Abu Dhabi 11 Feb, 2015
Jumeirah Group, a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain, has signed an agreement with His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan – a senior member of the Ruling family of Abu Dhabi – to operate a luxury Jumeirah resort on Sa’adiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Expected to open in 2017, the hotel will comprise 294 guest rooms, including spa suites, presidential suites and private high-end villas. Food and beverage outlets will include an all-day dining venue, two signature restaurants, a lobby lounge and bar, a pool and beach bars, retail shops and outdoor beach and pool areas landscape and master planning will be completed by DBI Design Corporation, who also designed the architecture and interiors for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

Pork purveyor to build $43.5M facility, hire 260 11 Feb, 2015
John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, plans to invest $43.5 million to build and equip a 426,000-square-foot meat products distribution center in the Greenfield area, by the end of 2016. It plans to begin construction of the refrigerated facility immediately and finish within 10 to 12 months.

Cross Hands Five million pound investment for food park development 11 Feb, 2015
A new £5 million butchery in the Gwendraeth Valley has opened its doors. Celtic Pride has now unveiled its state-of-the-art purpose-built meat processing facility at its Cross Hands Food Park site. The new 31,000 square foot butchery is part of the Castell Howell complex, and has been built to replace the original smaller butchery unit at Pensarn in Carmarthen. Celtic Pride Premium Beef scheme is collaboration between Welsh Livestock Ltd, Castell Howell Foods and Wynnstay Group plc.

Cogeco to Open Large Data Centre in Montreal This Spring 11 Feb, 2015
Cogeco Data Services’ 100,000-square-foot data centre on the island of Montreal is scheduled to launch this coming spring. The state-of-the-art facility, located in Kirkland and designed to Tier 3 standards, will provide customers in Montreal and the surrounding area with access to advanced colocation, managed IT and cloud services that are secure, redundant, scalable and monitored 24/7/365 to ensure seamless protection and high-service availability. Upon completion, this facility will bring the company’s total data centre capacity to over 200,000 square feet.

$330 million fertilizer plant awaits approval in Berks 11 Feb, 2015
BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. of West Palm Beach, Fla., plans to build a $330 million fertilizer plant at Reading’s Riverview Industrial Park. The RRA is continuing to explore BioNitrogen’s intent to buy and transform the 50-acre parcel of land into a plant that would convert solid waste biomass into urea fertilizer.

Uzbekistan tire plant being planned 11 Feb, 2015
China’s Poly Technologies Inc. and the government of Uzbekistan have agreed to cooperate on the construction of a rubber products plant in Uzbekistan. The plant, to be built in the Angren Special Industrial Zone, would have capacities for car and agricultural tires and conveyor belting. The project is budgeted at $184 million, to be funded through loans from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan and foreign loans refinanced by the State Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Asaka. Poly Technologies will be the turnkey construction partner; Uzbekistan’s Uzkimyosanoat, a leading chemical firm in the country, will be involved. The partners foresee annual capacities of 200,000 agriculture tires, 3 million car tires and 100,000 meters of conveyor belting. The construction is scheduled to be completed by year-end. Uzbekistan signed a decree recently providing for construction of the plant in Angren, Tashkent. Ownership of the plant will include Uzhimprom J.S.C., a chemicals producer; Uzavtoprom J.S.C., an auto assembly firm; and the Navoi and Almalyk mining and metallurgical complex. Uzkimyosanoat J.S.C., an umbrella corporation for Uzbekistan’s chemical industry, has been selected to consult on the project and reportedly has reached an agreement with General Motors Co. on using the tires manufactured in the plant as original equipment in GM’s vehicles.

Neenah Paper plans Appleton mill expansion 11 Feb, 2015
Neenah Paper Inc. plans to construct a new manufacturing plant in Appleton’s industrial flats to produce specialty filter papers. The 44,000-square-foot plant would be built on a peninsula of vacant land south of the Fox River and north of a power canal off South Vulcan Street. The property is part of Neenah Paper’s Appleton Mill, which encompasses 10.5 acres. The expansion would include manufacturing space, utility rooms, offices, a covered tank farm for methanol and resin storage, a covered delivery area, a truck dock and parking. Construction could begin in May or June and be completed within two years.

Company to open plant to recycle scrap tires in Natchez 11 Feb, 2015
A tire recycling company will invest $45 million to set up a 91-employee plant in Natchez. Delta-Energy Group LLC will set up operations at the site of the former International Paper plant. The Mississippi Development Authority will give the company $600,000 to help rebuild a rail spur. The company will produce a carbon black product and fuel oils from scrap tires, selling the carbon black to plastics makers and the oil to chemical makers. It will be the first large-scale plant for Delta-Energy, which is owned by R.J. Lee Group, an industrial laboratory based in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, that developed the technology.

Atwater Brewery Success Pushes Expansion Plans for 2015 11 Feb, 2015
Atwater Brewery plans to increase production up to 60,000 barrels of beer for 2015. It will be expanding the original riverfront location on Joseph Campau by 40,000 square feet. In addition to the Detroit expansion, plans are to finish building a brewery in Austin, Texas. The Texas facility will handle West Coast expansion into Colorado and California. New state-of-the-art brewing equipment will be installed at both brewing facilities. Atwater in the Park, the company’s Grosse Pointe Park taproom and pilot brewery/distillery, hopes to open two new locations in Michigan this year.

Wal-Mart Canada expansion includes 2 new stores 11 Feb, 2015
Wal-Mart Canada plans to expand seven stores and open two new ones this fiscal year. The retailer will also convert 20 of its stores into supercentres by adding a grocery section. Wal-Mart Canada estimates the cost at $230 million, with an additional investment of $75 million to expand its distribution network and $35 million on on e-commerce initiatives. It also plans to complete another 29 supercentre projects. The expansion will bring Wal-Mart Canada’s store count to 396 by the end of January, 2016, consisting of 309 supercentres and 87 discount stores.

Apple investing 850 mln dollars to build 1,300 acre solar farm to power new headquarters 11 Feb, 2015
Apple is investing 850 million dollars to build a 1,300-acre solar farm in its new headquarters in Monterey, California in partnership with First Solar. The project will reportedly add 130 megawatts of new solar power to California that is enough to power about 50,000 average homes. Apple plans on building an $850 million solar farm in Monterey County that will power its operations in California. The farm will provide renewable energy to power the Cupertino campus, retail stores in California, and a data center in Fremont. Apple is working on the project with First Solar, a solar energy equipment supplier, and is expected to be finished by the end of next year.

Samsung to invest $3.6 billion in new OLED production line 11 Feb, 2015
South Korea’s Samsung Display plans to invest 4 trillion KRW into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels. The investment will take place from 2015 to 2017 for a new production line that will make medium and small-sized OLED displays for consumer electronics devices like smartphones. Samsung is also expected to start building a 15.6 trillion KRW chip plant in South Korea in the first half of the year. Construction for this plant will be completed in the second half of 2017. LG Display Co Ltd plans to invest between 1 trillion KRW and 1.2 trillion KRW this year to add capacity in an existing large-panel OLED production line.

New contract to build municipal wastewater treatment plant near Ankara 11 Feb, 2015
WABAG, with local partner ECETAS is to construct a new municipal wastewater treatment plant and sewerage network in Polatli, located near Ankara, the Turkish capital. The project, which has a total value of around EUR 13 million, is being co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The wastewater treatment plant will be equipped with conventional mechanical/biological treatment technology on the basis of the activated sludge process, and also incorporate carbon and nitrogen removal. In addition, the plant will operate using aerobic sludge treatment, sludge dewatering and a biological waste air filter. The treatment plant will have a capacity of roughly 20,000 m3/d. Plant start-up is scheduled for autumn 2016.

Tata Steel revives plans for power plant on Deeside 11 Feb, 2015
The proposed combined heat and power plant (CHP) at Tata Steel’s Deesite site would be carried out before 2020. The Tata Steel Colours division manufactures pre-finished steel for domestic appliances and building. The project was temporarily shelved. It has now applied to renew the permission. The proposed CHP plant would generate heat and electricity from a refuse derived biomass fuel that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

New Holiday Inn hotel opens on High Point Road 11 Feb, 2015
Koury Corp. has opened its new Greensboro Holiday Inn Coliseum Hotel on High Point Road. The small hotel features 161 rooms, six suites, a small meeting area and a restaurant. Koury spent $7 million turning the former Park Lane Hotel into a Holiday Inn.

EDF EN’s first wind farm in South Africa established at PPC quarry 11 Feb, 2015
EDF Energies Nouvelles is commissioning its first wind farm in South Africa, located at PPC Cement’s Grassridge Quarry in Port Elizabeth. The project forms part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme of South Africa, which aims to achieve a renewable energy capacity of 3725 MW by 2016. In 2012, France-based EDF EN won a tender for three schemes. The Grassridge wind farm is the first of these, and is being carried out by the company’s local subsidiary InnoWind. The wind farm features 20 Vestas V-112 3 MW wind turbines, providing a total installed capacity of 61.5 MW

IMCD to expand its plastic additives partnership with Dow

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IMCD NV has expanded its partnership with Dow Europe GmbH for Paraloid impact modifiers and Surecel processing aids into the DACH region (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) and the UK. This extension takes effect from March 1, 2015 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and from June 1, 2015 in the UK. This is an extension of a long existing partnership in a number of other European territories and complements the recent appointment of IMCD by Dow on a Pan-European basis for the Tyrin chlorinated polyethylene range.

Samsung opens cell-phone factory in Indonesia 11 Feb, 2015
Samsung Electronics Corporation has opened a new cell-phone factory in Indonesia. The facility, developed with an investment of more than US$20 million, began operating last month. The facility will be located at Samsung’s existing factory complex in Cikarang, West Java. It is slated to produce around 800,000 cell phones annually. The factory would be officially inaugurated within a few weeks.

IMO Bangladesh recycling project launches 11 Feb, 2015
The first phase of a Norwegian-funded IMO recycling project in Bangladesh has launched. Phase I has five action points: studies on economic and environmental impacts; studies on managing hazardous materials and waste; recommendations on strengthening the government’s system for handling ship recycling; a review and upgrade of existing training courses; and a detailed ‘project document’ to enable a possible follow-up implementing recommendations from Phase I.

Taxi manufacturer set to relocate to new factory in £200m investment 11 Feb, 2015
The Chinese-owned London Taxi Company is to quit its long-established Coventry base and relocate to a new factory in Ansty Park as part of a £200m investment into electric vehicle production. It will be a state of the art facility for research, development and assembly of high technology electric vehicles, including the next generation of London taxi. The site will be the London Taxi Company’s new headquarters and will include a substantial research and development department, supply chain team, global sales and marketing and administrative functions necessary to support the assembly operations of the new vehicles. It is anticipated that approximately 12,000 vehicles per year will be produced based on a single shift system.

Heisco wins contract for KPC’s clean fuel project 11 Feb, 2015
Gulf Construction, Maritime Business, and General Contracting, an affiliate of Kuwait-based Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (Heisco), has been awarded a contract for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation’s clean fuel project. The duration of the contract valued at KD7.9 million is between March 1 and April 16, 2017,

Egypt, Russia agree to build n-power plant in Egypt 10 Feb, 2015
Egypt and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to build a nuclear power station in Dabaa city in Egypt’s coastal Matrouh province. It has also been agreed to establish an Egyptian-Russian free trade zone as well as a Russian industrial city near the Suez Canal corridor region.

Wastewater treatment plant in Vietnam to get $130m upgrade 10 Feb, 2015
A US$130 million contract has been awarded to an international consortium to expand a wastewater treatment plant in Vietnam by 328,000 m3/day. Funded by the Japanese government, the Ho Chi Minh City project has been awarded to Veolia subsidiary, OTV, Hitachi and South Korean construction company, POSCO E&C. The order was from the Urban Civil Works Construction – Investment Management Authority of Ho Chi Minh City. This project aims to improve Ho Chi Minh City’s urban and domestic sanitation by expanding the daily processing capacity of the existing sewage treatment plant from 141,000 m3/day to 469,000 m3/day.

Cementos Cosmos restarts kiln following optimisation project 10 Feb, 2015
Cementos Cosmos, part of the Votorantim Group in Spain, has restarted the kiln at its Toral de los Vados cement plant. The plant will now resume clinker production following a two-month optimisation project to increase efficiency at the plant. The project represents an investment of approximately €2.5 million. The main modification work was carried out by FLSmidth and included the replacement of the kiln support and a 14 m section of the kiln.

Tokai Rika launches P1-b Laguna factory 10 Feb, 2015
Tokai Rika Co. Ltd., Japanese manufacturer of automotive switches, on Tuesday inaugurated a P1-billion plant at the Toyota Industrial Estate in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It opened the fourth expansion within the two-hectare facility. The new facility will improve production capacity by 50 percent and expand product line-up to include a variety of new automotive switches. Tokai’s automotive switches include 10 types used in back-up lamps, tire monitors, power seats and blowers.

Giti Tire set to break ground on South Carolina tire plant 10 Feb, 2015
Giti Tire Group is scheduled to break ground Feb. 12 on the $560 million tire plant it will build near Richburg, in rural Chester County. The plant will be built on the Carolinas I-77 Mega Site and will combine manufacturing and distribution activities at a structure that eventually will span 1.8 million square feet. Brad Cole Construction, of Carrollton, Ga., has started initial ground clearing at the 1,100-acre site along Interstate 77 in South Carolina’s Piedmont area. Output is put at 5 million car and light truck tires a year at full capacity.

Tama Home Completes 17MW Solar Power Plant in Southwestern Japan 10 Feb, 2015
Tama Home Co., a Japanese house builder, completed a 17-megawatt solar power station in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka. The plant, which uses solar panels supplied by Sharp Corp., started running on Feb. 1. The station is the first solar project for Tama Home and all the power generated will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co.,

New Fairmont luxury hotel to open in Bahrain 10 Feb, 2015
A new hotel operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is set to open on Bahrain’s west coast by 2018. Work on the five-star Fairmont Bahrain Resort is now due to start in the Al Jazair Beach area. It follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, and FRHI Hotels and Resorts. The project is being overseen by Mumtalakat subsidiary Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah). Plans include a Fairmont spa and health club, restaurants and lounges, as well as a public beach. The hotel will include 215 luxury rooms and cover an area of 2,000 square metres on the coast near the Bahrain International Circuit. The hotel is in the early stages of development, which is a mixed-use project comprising of a public beach, retail and restaurant outlets, hospitality components and entertainment facilities.

Work begins on construction of wastewater project 10 Feb, 2015
Excavators have scooped out the first bucket loads of earth associated with the $92 million Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant project undertaken by Bundaberg Regional Council. The initial contract work, valued at $7.4 million involved the construction of a 5.4 kilometre 600mm diameter pressure pipeline that will connect the East Bundaberg Wastewater Treatment Plant with the Rubyanna facility. The second pipeline, a 2.7 kilometre long 1200mm diameter outlet pipeline to transfer treated effluent will be constructed from the Rubyanna site to the Burnett River. Both pipelines will be constructed in tandem by Hall Contracting. Once the Rubyanna plant is constructed at the end of 2017 the current East Bundaberg facility would be decommissioned. Construction will commence in early 2016.

Engro Fertilizers plans offshore plant 10 Feb, 2015
The board of Karachi-based Engro Fertilizers Limited has accorded conceptual approval for its overseas fertiliser plant and it is considering some African countries, the Middle East and the United States as the possible destinations. The company has not finalised the size of proposed plant. The plan is in a preliminary stage and the size of the plant would depend on the prices of gas supplies.

Taiwanese electronics firm to open new PH factory 10 Feb, 2015
Taiwanese electronics firm New Kinpo is set to open its new factory in Batangas in March. The factory will be operated by its subsidiary Kinpo Electronics Inc.,. The new plant will focus on producing consumer electronics products such as calculators and electronic keyboard for a known Japanese brand. New Kinpo earlier invested P1.4 billion to set up the new factory, and intends to invest another P1 billion for the factory’s expansion this year.

Crown Paints to Set Up Rwf2 Billion Factory in Rwanda 10 Feb, 2015
Crown Paints will set up a paint factory at Rwanda with an investment of around Rwf2.14 billion. In October last year, it announced it would build a factory in the Kigali Special Economic Zone this year, with the capacity to produce up to 250,000 litres of paint per month. The company will be able to produce for export to countries like Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo once the factory is set up in Rwanda.

Abu Dhabi gas firms award $1.6 bln expansion contracts 10 Feb, 2015
Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Co (GASCO) and Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Co (ADGAS) have awarded about $1.6 billion worth of contracts for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) work to a consortium involving Italy’s Maire Tecnimont and Greece’s Archirodon, Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, and the United Arab Emirates’ National Petroleum Construction Co. The project will develop and expand facilities to boost gas transfer from offshore to onshore as part of the UAE’s plans to meet increasing local demand for gas. ADGAS had planned to increase gas production to 2.4 billion standard cubic feet (scf) per day by 2017, from 2 billion scf per day.

Luderitz’s Phosphate Demo Facility Nearly Complete 10 Feb, 2015
LL Namibia Phosphate started with the construction of a demonstration plant in Luderitz during May 2014, constituting an investment of about N$200 million, to conduct experimental test work for the manufacture of fertilisers from Namibia’s marine rock phosphate. The aim of the experimental test work is not only to test the technical feasibility of the project, but also to identify environmental issues in anticipation of the construction of the industrial fertiliser facility. During the second quarter of 2015, the company plans to conduct 10-day continuous trials to produce fertilisers from the phosphate rock once sufficient quantities of the material have been collected from the sampling programmer. LLNP and Namport are planning to construct a deep water port as an expansion of the port of Luderitz, which will also attract other identified industries to use this import or export facility.

PT Indonesia Chemical’s chemical alumina plant begins operation
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PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina (ICA), a joint corporation owned by Showa Denko KK (SDK) and PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk, of Indonesia, has started commercial operation at its new chemical alumina plant established in the Tayan District, West Kalimantan (Indonesia), and having a capacity of 3,00,000 tonne per annum (tpa). SDK will soon start to sell chemical alumina products manufactured at the new plant to its customers in and outside Japan.

Blue Sphere forms JV to develop 5.2 MW biogas facility in Charlotte 09 Feb, 2015
Blue Sphere, a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has formed a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a 5.2 MW biogas generation facility in Charlotte, NC. The project is developed in partnership with York Capital Management. Blue Sphere owns 25 percent of the project. The JV is anticipated to commence production and sale of electricity during the fourth quarter of 2015.

El Salitre wastewater treatment plant 09 Feb, 2015
Colombian capital Bogota’s US$400mn project to expand the El Salitre wastewater treatment plant will double treatment capacity to 8m3/s, as well as implement secondary treatment at the facility. Cundinamarca department autonomous regional corporation CAR is expected to fund up to US$370mn of the project, while Bogota water and sewerage utility EAAB and the local government will also help to cover the cost of the expansion. CAR and EAAB were due to sign an agreement with Bogotá communities to guarantee that the plant expansion tender will be awarded shortly. It is also planned to offer to install new wetlands and mitigate odors emanating from the plant. The Canoas wastewater treatment plant is being built in the south of Bogotá, which is slated for completion in 2017.

Evogene to establish R&D facility in St. Louis 09 Feb, 2015
Israeli biotech Evogene Ltd. signs a letter of intent to establish a research and development operation on the campus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. The $10M 6,000 sq. ft. facility will house the firm’s efforts on advanced solutions for insect control. It is expected to be up and running by the end of this year

First Bitcoin Retail Store Opens in San Francisco 09 Feb, 2015
20Mission, a co-working space dedicated to art and technology creators, announced the launch of Nakamoto’s electronics, the first Bitcoin retail store in San Francisco. Nakamoto’s tech retail store follows the initial concept behind, but in brick-and-mortar format, and aims to give more practical uses and applications for the digital currency on a local scale.A major part of the project’s funding came from loans that were funded on BTCJam.

Qatar launches $80mn carbon recovery plant 09 Feb, 2015
Qatar launched its $80mn carbon dioxide recovery (CDR) plant, two months ahead of schedule. The plant, set up by Qatar Fuel Additives (Qafac) – an Industries Qatar subsidiary. The project will capture 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day – which otherwise, would have been emitted – from its methanol reformer stack and will be injected back into the existing process to enhance the production capacity of methanol. The recovery unit has been constructed under licence from MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan) with specific and novel application of carbon dioxide recovery focused to optimise methanol production. The CDR plant comprises flue gas pre-treatment, carbon dioxide absorption, solvent generation and carbon dioxide compression.

Calgary firm to install urea cooler at U.S. carbon capture plant 09 Feb, 2015
Solex Thermal Inc. has been selected to build and install a 50-ton-per-hour urea cooler and water temperature control module at a Dakota Gasification Co. (DGC) carbon capture project in North Dakota.The project, DGC’s Great Plains Synfuels plant, captures, compresses and transports carbon dioxide emissions from a coal gasification process. The plant captures more carbon dioxide emissions from coal conversion – about three million tons annually. As much as 50 per cent of the plant’s carbon emissions are captured daily, and 8,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide is shipped by the company each day.

ZTE opens W China smart device factory 09 Feb, 2015
ZTE Corporation opened a new factory in western China producing smart devices including mobile phones and tablet computers. The factory is expected to churn out 15 million handsets a year and with potential to triple the capacity in five years. The number of smart terminals shipped by ZTE in 2014 surpassed 100 million, including 48 million cellphones. It aims to up the figure to 60 million this year.

Work started on building North Lincolnshire’s first solar energy park 09 Feb, 2015
Work has started on building North Lincolnshire’s first solar energy park which could save the TATA Steel works in Scunthorpe millions of pounds in electricity costs. The 190 acre park on the Raventhorpe Farm at Broughton adjoins the 2,000 acre site of the steelworks. When completed next month, it will generate enough electricity to power 11,500 homes in the region. But discussions are on-going between TATA Steel and the developers at the Manchester-based firm of Kinetica Solar over the direct supply of the new green power to the works. The park will generate up to 380 megawatts of electricity throughout its 25 year life span.

Spain to add 8.5 GW of renewables by 2020 09 Feb, 2015
The Spanish Ministry of Industry intends to add 8,537 MW of renewable energy capacity between 2015 and 2020. The government’s plan calls for the construction of 1,370 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities and 211 MW of solar thermal power plants. Some 6,473 MW of wind farms will be constructed.

Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm construction to start this year 09 Feb, 2015
The company behind the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, in north-west Victoria, will start generating electricity early next year. The site, near Charlton, is among three facilities the ACT Government has selected to deliver power to homes and businesses in Canberra. It is planning to start construction this year and generation will start early next year. It will have only six turbines.

RTA opens new bridge at Al Qudra-Lehbab Road 09 Feb, 2015
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a new bridge at the intersection of Al Qudra Road with Lehbab Road comprising three lanes in each direction. The new road aims to ease traffic flow from the Emirates Road to Seih Assalam. The opening of the bridge comes shortly after the opening of Al Qudra Road extending 12 km from Jebel Ali – Lehbab intersection to Bab Al Shams R/A.

Blackpool first in line for new store 09 Feb, 2015
Blackpool has been chosen as the first place in the country to get an outlet for a new UK furniture store brand. The Cherry Tree Retail Park has been chosen to host Onit Ltd’s first store. Works are under way at the former Dreams unit at Cherry Tree with an official opening set for the end of February.

Israeli company to build 20-hour-per-day solar power plant 09 Feb, 2015
Israel’s Brenmiller Energy will build a 300 million shekel solar power field using an energy storage technology that will generate electricity for about 20 hours a day. The 10-megawatt field, to be built on about 110 acres in the desert town of Dimona in southern Israel, will combine existing solar thermal technology with an underground system that stores heat for use at night. It hopes to complete the field in early 2017, and will then sell electricity through the grid. During the four hours of the day that solar energy is insufficient, the company said it will use biomass to produce power.

Closed factory in Ravenna reopening in July 09 Feb, 2015
Darling Ingredients is buying a vacant building and opening a shop in the Buffalo County town of Ravenna, just north of Kearney. The deal was finalized last month and renovations are already underway at the plant. It will make wet food product that it will freeze dry and ship off to manufacturing plants to make their own cat or dog food. Operations are to start up in July.

Industrial estate to set up 50 units 09 Feb, 2015
Hetauda Industrial Estate is preparing to set up 50 new factories on the 264 ropanies land that previously belonged to now-liquidated Hetauda Textile Factory. The state-run factory was liquidated 11 years ago. It has already started land survey and plans to develop infrastructure like roads. After completing the Detailed Project Report, it will invite bids from interested industrialists to set up factories. The management plans to complete the DPR in the next three months, after which it will seek approval from its board to invite the bids. The estate plans to set up separate areas for factories related to food, engineering, feed and plastic.

China assisted Pakistan to build 6 nuclear reactors 09 Feb, 2015
China has assisted Pakistan to build six nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 3.4 million kilowatts. Beijing plans to build two 1100 mw reactors in Karachi with USD 6.5 billion assistance. The country is involved in initial discussions with several countries on the possibility of exporting its nuclear power equipment. China has built two 300 MW reactors at Chasma in Pakistan’s Punjab province followed by two 320 MW units at the same place. It has also announced plans to construct for the first time two 1100 MW reactors in Karachi. China signed a landmark deal with Argentina to build a pressurised water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant.

Angolan mining company begins operations in diamond mine 09 Feb, 2015
Angola’s Lucapa Diamond Company and its local mining partners Endiama and Rosas & Petalas have commenced diamond mining in the Lulo diamond concession in Angola’s Lunda Norte diamond province. diamond-KimAlaniz-flickrLucapa Diamond Company has procured an investment of US$15mn as a bridge financing facility to fund operations on the Angolan concession. It has completed preliminary processing at the Block 29 area, which produced a diamond in-situ grade of17.33 carats per 100 cu/m. 286 diamonds weighing 266.7 carats were recovered from Block 29 over the first eight days of alluvial mining, for an average stone size of 0.93 carats. It has signed a term sheet with a mining company for an investment of US$15mn as a bridge financing facility to fund efficiency and operational movements, and ramp up thoroughput to a monthly target of 14,000 bulk cu/m.

AMRC leads £6m aero alloy project 09 Feb, 2015
The AMRC will lead a £6m European-funded project to develop an advanced lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry. The MMTech project involves manufacturers and research institutions from across Europe, including two small companies from Sheffield City Region’s advanced manufacturing cluster. The project will develop new ways of working with an advanced material called gamma titanium aluminide. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of Sheffield University. The consortium includes two Rotherham companies – precision engineer Advanced Manufacturing (Sheffield) Ltd, and technology specialist Teks Sarl Limited and partners from France, Italy and Spain.

Lakeland Dairies begins €36m expansion of milk powder plant 09 Feb, 2015
Lakeland Dairies is to begin a €36 million expansion of its milk powder processing operations at Bailieboro, Co Cavan. The co-operative processes over 800 million litres into a wide range of value-added products and ingredients which it exports to over 70 countries. The expansion will see the installation of a new seven tonne per hour milk drying facility at Bailieboro where total milk powder production capacity will increase to 19 tonnes per hour. Lakeland currently produces 80,000 tonnes of milk powders a year and this will rise to 130,000 tonnes on completion of the project in 2016.

PAL mulls over P9B Naia 2 expansion plan 09 Feb, 2015
Philippines–Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is studying a $200-million expansion plan for the existing Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 to cater to increasing demand seen in the next few years. The expansion project would rise on an adjacent lot that used to be Nayong Pilipino—an 18-hectare complex. The proposed terminal will be used mainly for international flights, and must be able to cater to at least 10 million passengers a year.

Iran invests USD2.2bn in steel industry 08 Feb, 2015
USD2.2bn has been allocated to funding seven new steel projects across Iran. Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at increasing steel production capacity in southern Iran. New steel-producing plants will be established in Chabahar, Qeshm and Bandar Abbas port cities. Under the comprehensive plan, Iran’s steel production capacity will expand by 11.6 million tons per year.

Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company Plans Us$500m Investments in the Beverage Sector within the Next Three Years 08 Feb, 2015
The Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company (ACCBC) revealed its significant expansion plans across the Middle East and North Africa. The company will invest US500 million into the beverage industry within the next three years, including a series of capacity improvements, innovations in new packages and consumer occasions, as well as IT infrastructure upgrades.

Indiana Fiber Network, LLC Announces Major Broadband Expansion Plan throughout the State of Indiana 08 Feb, 2015
Indiana Fiber Network, LLC announces a major multiyear network expansion plan. The plan upgrades IFN’s statewide core network to support 100GE transport bandwidth and improves network reliability through the utilization of a meshed architecture. It has over $75 million dollars of Capital Investment in Indiana and expects to increase that in the next five years to over $100 million dollars in fiber plant and equipment. Architected for network modernization; IFN’s core network electronics upgrade will be implemented in two phases. The first phase covers over 1,200 fiber route miles in Northern Indiana. The second phase will address over 1,300 fiber route miles in Southern Indiana with an expected completion date by 2016.

Kerry Group funds new dairy project 07 Feb, 2015
The Tralee based food giant is one of nine companies and eight third level institutions that will co fund and manage the new innovation facilities at the University of Limerick and at Fermoy in county Cork. A total of €45m is to be invested by Government and industry partners in the two facilities. €25 million has been earmarked for the construction of a new Dairy Processing Technology Centre at UL with €9 million to be provided industry. Separately, Teagasc and its nine industry partners, including Kerry, are to inject further investment of €10 million into the Moorepark Technology project in Fermoy.

Missoula Food Bank plans to build new, larger facility 07 Feb, 2015
The Missoula Food Bank has found the location of a new, larger facility. Currently, the food bank owns its service location at 219 S. Third St., with rented administrative offices next to it and two off-site warehouses at the Wye. A new facility with space for nutrition classes and connecting clients with other resources could help prevent hunger in a different way than providing food. Preliminary plans for a building on the new property, located at the corner of Wyoming and North Catlin streets, would more than double the current 8,000-square-foot service space. Cost is estimated at upward of $4 million, part of which would come from the sale of the current location, and from funds earmarked by the organization’s board and the possibility of government sources.

Geisinger CMC enters final phase of expansion 07 Feb, 2015
Geisinger Community Medical Center’s $97.1 million expansion project entered its final phase this week with work on a pedestrian sky bridge over Colfax Avenue. This phase also includes the construction of seven elevators inside the hospital, work should end March 30, and other elevators in the hospital will operate during construction. The new main lobby on Mulberry Street is expected to be open in June, as is the new 18-bed intensive care/critical care unit. A new hybrid cardiovascular operating unit with 14 rooms is slated to open in October. The project is part of a larger, $158.6 million project by Geisinger Health System to enhance clinical programs, increase physician recruitment, improve facilities and implement new information systems in Scranton and the surrounding areas.

Cape bags multiple contracts in Azerbaijan 06 Feb, 2015
Cape plc has announced that its SOCAR Cape JV has been awarded three significant contracts in Azerbaijan. The contracts are for the supply of services to projects that are part of the development of the Shah Deniz field, a major natural gas development in Azerbaijan. In aggregate the three contracts are expected to be worth in excess of $65 million for the JV. The JV agreement with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) was entered into in 2010 and is 51% owned by SOCAR and 49% owned by Cape.

AstraZeneca gets permission to build new global R&D centre and corporate HQ at Cambridge 06 Feb, 2015
AstraZeneca announced that Cambridge City Council has granted planning permission for the company’s new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters in the City. The purpose built facility will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Work is under way to prepare the site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and construction will begin in the spring. The site will also be home to a joint research centre, which will see Medical Research Council-supported researchers working side-by-side with AstraZeneca’s high throughput screening group.

Uruguay to add 300 MW of wind power by end-2015 06 Feb, 2015
Uruguay plans to install 300 MW of new wind farms by the end of 2015 and an additional 400 MW next year. The Juan Pablo Terra plant, inaugurated on 5 February, consists of 28 Nordex wind turbines of 2.4 MW each, installed near Artigas city. UTE is currently working on a trust fund to finance a new, 150 MW wind project in Tacuarembo department in association with retail investors.

Plains All American to Build 2 Pipelines in Delaware Basin 06 Feb, 2015
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. aims to build two new pipelines and associated gathering systems in the West Texas-based Delaware Basin, part of the Permian Basin. The Avalon Extension pipeline will be a 32-mile long and 12-inch wide extension of the existing Avalon pipeline from the partnership’s Blacktip station in southeast Loving County to Culberson County, TX. It will increase crude oil transportation capacity to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Plains.

Turkey’s 10th Development Plan includes US$16 billion for hydroelectric power 06 Feb, 2015
The Turkish government has allocated US$16 billion to developing the country’s hydroelectric power sector through 2018. The $50 billion plan is intended to diversify the country’s power generating portfolio, with allocations for nuclear, coal and natural gas facilities also included.

Construction begins on 9.9 MW merchant solar park in Panama 06 Feb, 2015
Solar company Ecosolar has announced that construction has begun on a 9.9 MW merchant solar park in the Panamanian province of Coclé. The project, owned by Ecosolar, is being built by British company Solarcentury. The project has obtained a US $11.9 million loan from Inter-American Investment Coporation (IIC). Total cost of the project is of US $17.8 million. The loan was provided to Divisa Solar 10MW S.A. The whole electricity produced by the solar park will be sold in the spot market.

Swinerton Selected by Scatec Solar to Build 104 MW (dc) Solar Project in Utah 06 Feb, 2015
Swinerton Renewable Energy and Scatec Solar have started construction on a 104 MW (dc) photovoltaic solar plant in Iron County, Utah. Scatec Solar has awarded Swinerton a contract to provide turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the project. The plant will be operational by the end of 2015. Scatec Solar, which developed the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park from inception, will support project procurement and construction management and will manage and operate the plant after completion. The park will generate around 210 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a twenty-year PPA with PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power

Tasty new restaurant opens in Leeds city centre 06 Feb, 2015
Caravanserai opened next to the Corn Exchange. The family-run restaurant offers North African and Middle Eastern street food (think falafel, shawarma, mezze and juicy, barbecued meat).

Biogen opens 45,000 TPA food waste to biogas plant in Hertfordshire, UK 06 Feb, 2015
Biogen, has opened its 45,000 tonne per year Bygrave Lodge food waste facility AD facility in Hertfordshire. The plant will process food waste collected from supermarkets, food processors, households and the hospitality industry to generate enough energy from waste for up to 4500 homes in Hertfordshire. The plant currently takes food waste from retailers including Ocado and ASDA, as well as local businesses Simmons Bakeries, KP Waste and The Grove Hotel. The plant also produces a nutrient-rich agricultural fertiliser for use on nearby farmland.

Armacell International acquires OneFlex 06 Feb, 2015
Armacell International SA, a Luxembourg-based provider of insulation foams for the equipment insulation market, has acquired OneFlex, a Turkey-based manufacturer of insulation materials for building technology. OneFlex generated a revenue of US$11.2m in 2014. The acquisition will allow Armacell to strengthen its production capabilities and position in Turkey and to expand its footprint across the regions of Middle East, Africa and South-eastern Europe

Finnpulp mulls new NBSK pulp mill in Finland 06 Feb, 2015
Finnpulp, based in Helsinki, announced its plans to invest up to €1.4bn in a new pulp mill in Kuopio, Finland. The company is currently in discussion with national and international investors to secure the financing and will soon commission an environmental impact assessment study for the pulp mill. Kuopio pulp mill is to offer an annual production capacity of 1.1 million t of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp. The market pulp is to be sold to packaging paper and tissue manufacturers. In addition to NBSK, Finnpulp is also meant to produce 60,000 tpy of tall oil and 800 GWh of energy which is to be fed into the national electricity grid.

Sappi opens new paper lab in Alfeld, Germany 06 Feb, 2015
Sappi has opened a new paper lab at its Alfeld mill in Germany. Replacing the earlier used test line in the climate lab, the new lab follows about €61m investment in the reconstruction of the PM 2 paper machine that was launched in 2014. The company will use the new lab to test the important quality parameters of paper production from all five paper machines in Alfeld. Following each check on a jumbo roll or drum, the related production batch will be allocated a certificate indicating the highest quality in speciality paper and carton board. It will test more than 30,000 jumbo rolls or drums a year. The new paper lab will evaluate drums across a number of criteria, including fibre orientation, formation, air permeability according to Bendtsen, burst pressure, shine according to Tappi 75° (top/screen side), lengthwise/crosswise tearing, lengthwise/crosswise breaking load, thickness, weight and smoothness.

Louisiana unveils LNG export project 06 Feb, 2015
Live Oak LNG is proposing to build a $2Bn LNG liquefaction and export facility in Louisiana with the capacity to produce up to 5M tonnes per year. The project will include two 130,000m³ storage tanks as well as port facilities with a jetty for standard-size LNG carriers. The proposed 142ha (350 acres) site is on the west bank of the Calcasieu River in southwest Louisiana. Initial study work is under way and the permitting process will begin within the next few weeks.

Wolfchase Appears to Be Preparing for Cheesecake Factory 06 Feb, 2015
Cheesecake Factory will open its first Memphis-area restaurant at Wolfchase Galleria mall. The Cheesecake Factory’s menu boasts more than 250 items, including appetizers, pizza, seafood, steaks, chicken, burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, omelets and desserts, including around 50 varieties of cheesecake and other baked desserts. It operates 189 full-service, casual-dining restaurants throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including 177 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory banner, 11 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe mark and one restaurant under the RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen mark. The company is expected to open 10 company-owned stores in fiscal 2014, including one relocation.

Angola: Cuanza Sul – Sumbe Gets Shoe Factory 06 Feb, 2015
A shoe factory, with capacity to produce 150 pairs of shoes a day, started activity in Sumbe, coastal Cuanza Sul province, in order to supply the domestic market. Called “A-Industria de Calçados, Angola”, the new plant initially will produce lady’s footwear. From next April, it will start with the line of men’s shoes.

Expansion plans for Muskoka Airport 06 Feb, 2015
The Federal Government announced nearly a $1 million grant for the Muskoka Airport. The airport can expand its serviced area – it can include a 40,000 square foot hanger.

St. Croix Chocolate announces expansion plans 06 Feb, 2015
St. Croix Chocolate Co. has bought the former Olive’s restaurant building on Judd Street and will be expanding this spring. It plans to continue making chocolates in their current location at 261 Parker St., but move retail sales to the new site at 11 Judd St. and also plans to add classes, tastings and wine-and-chocolate pairings.

Belarusian cement producers expected to export 1.8Mt of cement in 2015 06 Feb, 2015
Belarusian manufacturers are expected to export 1.8Mt of cement in 2015, including 1.3Mt to be supplied to Russia’s Eurocement. Belarus sold 980,000t of cement to Eurocement in 2014. Belarus’ cement output is expected to total 6.1Mt in 2015, up from 5.8Mt in 2014. Belarus’ AAT Krychawtsementnashyfer in Krychaw, Mahilyow, operated at a loss in 2013. To reduce the cost of cement production, Krychawtsementnashyfer installed a cement kiln fuelled by waste tyres in 2014 and plans to start using coal dust as a fuel in 2015.

Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining plans to buy Chenzhou Xiongfeng 06 Feb, 2015
Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining plans to take over 100% of the equities in Chenzhou Xiongfeng Rare & Precious Metal Materials through a share offering and cash payment. The target equities were assessed at US$145m. Chenzhou Xiongfeng recycles metals like bismuth, silver, gold and palladium from nonferrous metal smelting slag. Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining will raise capital by selling shares to not more than ten investors and the financing will be not more than 25% of consideration for the deal.

National Shale Oil R&D Centre established in Sinopec 06 Feb, 2015
The National Shale Oil R&D Centre is established in Sinopec.The centre’s inauguration and first academic committee conference was held in the Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute of Sinopec on Jan. 30.

Lundin discovers gas in Zulu prospect in North Sea 06 Feb, 2015
Lundin Petroleum, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 26/10-1 and discovered gas. The well investigated the hydrocarbon potential of the Zulu prospect in PL674BS, which is located 100 km west of Stavanger on the Norwegian west coast and approximately 30 km northeast of the Johan Sverdrup discovery.

Hoang Phat Vissai Group kicks off plant construction, Vietnam 06 Feb, 2015
Hoang Phat Vissai Group has started construction of Song Lam cement plant in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An. Located in Bai Son commune, the 18,000tpd works will be developed into two phases, the first of which will be completed within 18 months. Phase one will span the 2015-17 period and involve the construction of two production lines with a combined clinker capacity of 12,000tpd. The second phase involving 6000tpd of clinker will be developed over 2017-20 period.

CNOOC lets contract for Huizhou refinery expansion in China 06 Feb, 2015
CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Company Limited has let a contract to Porvair Filtration Group Ltd. (PFG), Fareham, Hampshire, UK, to provide filtering equipment for a coal-to-substitute natural gas (SNG) gasification plant to be built at its 12 million tonne per year Huizhou refinery in Guangdong Province, China. PFG will supply the plant char filtration equipment. It will deliver its scope of work under the contract to support the plant’s scheduled start-up in 2016. The POX coal-to-hydrogen plant will use coal and oxygen as feedstock to produce 150,000 tonne per year of hydrogen and 117,300 tonne per year of oxo-synthesis gas for use in the refinery as well as at a planned ethylene plant included in the Huizhou integration and expansion project.

Robot-staffed hotel set to open soon in Japan 06 Feb, 2015
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park, has announced plans to open a hotel called Henn-na Hotel in Japan. The first phase of the two-story hotel will open on July 17 with 72 rooms. The second phase will be completed in 2016 with an additional 72 rooms. The hotel will feature three “actroids” (robots with strong human likeness) that will act as receptionists. They’ll be able to engage in intelligent conversations with human guests. The hotel will also employ four service and porter robots, and others engaged in menial tasks such as cleaning.

Japan aims to restart nuclear reactor in June
ET 06 Feb, 2015
Japan’s government is aiming to restart a nuclear reactor by around June. The government has been pushing to bring some of the country’s reactors back online after all 48 closed following meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011. Kyushu Electric Power Co will be given the greenlight to restart two nuclear units in southwestern Japan, with June pencilled in for the first unit.

Saipem awarded $1.8billion pipeline contract 06 Feb, 2015
Saipem has been awarded a $1.8billion engineering and construction contract from the Kashgan field project in the Caspian Sea. The deal, through its subsidiary ERSAI Caspian Contractor LLC, is for the construction of two 95km pipelines which will connect D island in the Caspian Sea to the Karabatan onshore plant in Kazakhstan. The scope of the work will include the engineering, welding materials, conversion and the preparation of vessels and pre-commissioning of the pipelines. The two pipelines, with a diameter of 28 inches, are made of carbon steel, internally cladded with a corrosion resistant alloy layer, and will each have an offshore length of about 65 out of the total 95 km. The construction will be completed by end of 2016.

Bids sought on Barclay sewer extension 06 Feb, 2015
Town officials in Sudlersville will open bids for the sewer line extension to the Town of Barclay on Feb. 11. The contract is for the construction of a new sewer line from the Sudlersville sewage treatment plant to Barclay along Route 313. KCI Technologies designed the sewer line extension. Funding is expected to be covered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Town is going ahead with an upgrade to its sewage treatment plant, to which the extended line will be connected. The pump stations are also being upgraded as part of the plant work. The $6.2 million plant upgrade will provide added capacity to the plant using the latest technology. The company is also currently building a new sewage treatment plant in Queenstown

Porvair Filtration Group wins major Chinese gasification project 06 Feb, 2015
Porvair Filtration Group has won a major new Chinese contract for the filtration of syngas produced from coal gasification. The coal-to-substitute natural gas (SNG) gasification project will see Porvair supply char filtration equipment to the CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Company. The plant will be built at its Huizhou Refinery in Guangdong Province, China, with deliveries expected to support commissioning in 2016. Porvair will provide critical filtration of the syngas downstream of the gasifier and heat exchanger to remove the erosive and abrasive char that would otherwise damage downstream equipment and processes

Valentine – Loungewear Showroom Opened at Mulund, Mumbai 06 Feb, 2015
Ashapura Intimates Fashion Ltd. has opened its new flagship “Valentine Loungewear Showroom” at Rajyog, Vardhaman Nagar, Mulund West, Mumbai.. This, Mulund showroom has been second showroom of the Group. This will be followed by new Valentine showrooms coming up at Borivali, Thane and Ghatkopar soon. The company has massive expansion plan to set up 26 Valentine Loungewear showrooms in Greater Mumbai by end of December 2015. The company also plans to expand retail showrooms on franchise basis across India.

Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries University to set up feed mill at Bidar
The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries University plans to set up a feed mill on its Bidar campus to provide hands-on experience to students and train farmers. The centre will teach farmers how to make feed bricks or pellets using crop waste like sugarcane tops, red gram sticks, grain husk, jaggery, straw and leaves.

Mega textile cluster to come up in Srirampura
The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
Land has been identified at Srirampura in Mysuru for establishing a mega textile cluster. The Union government had already given its approval for setting up the textile cluster in Mysuru and had also released Rs. 28 crore towards the facility.

Xiaomi looking to set up manufacturing plant in Chennai 06 Feb, 2015
Inventec, the Taiwanese ODM which makes notebooks, consumer electronics, mobile phones and server products, is looking to set up a production facility in Chennai. The production is expected to begin by the third quarter of 2015. The first devices that will be rolled out of the Chennai factory would be smartphones and other devices for Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. It is talking to multiple partners for exploring manufacturing in India.

Tata’s Vizag, Chandigarh hospitals to be ready in 2 years

BL 06 Feb, 2015
Tata Memorial’s two new projects at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh are expected to be completed within two years. The two new projects were being set up at a cost of Rs. 450 crore each. Initially, these will be 150-bed facilities, which can be scaled up to 400 beds each.

BMW India plans on partnering with Indian suppliers for car component sourcing 06 Feb, 2015
The BMW India has partnered with seven local suppliers for sourcing components for production of cars at its Chennai plant. The list of company includes – Force Motors, ZF Hero Chassis, Draexlmaier India, Tenneco Automotive India, Valeo India, Mahle Behr and Lear India. The company has invested about Rs 390 crore at its manufacturing plant and parts warehouse in Mumbai. As for its Chennai plant, the company uses it for the production of eight popular models like – 1 Series, 3 Series, 3 Series Gran Turismo, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3 and X5 SUV.

Push for Shale gas project
TOI 06 Feb, 2015
Shale gas project at Sarpi in Andal block (Ichapur mouza) near Durgapur is planned. The gas is buried under 1170 metres of hard rock and spread over 1250-1300 sqkm. On January 2011, Oil and Natural Gas Comission (ONGC) discovered Asia’s first Shale gas deposit at Sarpi in Andal block under Damodar Basin. Indian scientists have identified 28 blocks (sedimentary basins, including Damodar), which have an extractable reserve of 260 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. This can meet India’s energy requirement for the next 200 years.

Work on Vellalore integrated bus stand to begin this May

TOI 06 Feb, 2015
The construction of the integrated bus stand at Vellalore in Coimbatore will begin in May this year. The civic body is in the process of preparing a detailed report for the Rs 200cr project to build the facility that would be spread across 67 acres. Earlier, it was to be constructed on 50 acres of land and so the estimate was lower and was Rs 125cr. The civic body is working currently on phase one which includes bus stands, amenities, food courts, parking lots, landscape and roads. Phase II would involve land acquisition. Next month, the proposal would be submitted for sanctioning of funds. The proposal was prepared by a Salem based company, Mukesh Associates.

GVMC inks pact on LED project
The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and Energy Efficiency Services Limited signed an agreement on implementation of an LED streetlight project for the city. The agreement paves the way for replacing about 92,000 conventional streetlights with LED lights and their maintenance for seven years on a payment of Rs.18.39 crore every year. More than 70,000 lights have already been replaced by ESSL, a joint venture company of PSUs of Ministry of Power and the Government of India. The total project cost is Rs.65.76 crore. EESL would also set up a Centrally-Controlled Monitoring System (CCMS) with cloud-based technology that would enable any repair in 48 hours.

Wi-Fi connectivity project launched
The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
West Bengal launched a project of extending Wi-Fi connectivity to Kolkata and its suburbs including Salt Lake, Barasat, Howrah and Rajarhat. Wi- Fi services were launched in Kolkata’s Park Street. Over 2,000 km of cables have already been laid in Kolkata. Another 250 km to 300 km will be laid soon. Initially, the service will be offered at no cost, subject to fair usage, for individual customers.

Construction of Perandoor Canal Road Inaugurated

IE 06 Feb, 2015
The construction of the Perandoor Canal road by utilising the Plan Fund of the Kochi Corporation was inaugurated. The proposed 8-m wide road will be constructed from Perandoor Balabhadra Temple to Kayappilly. The project will be implemented in a phased manner. It will be an integration of various infrastructure development projects and its estimated cost is Rs 1 crore. In the next phase, it plans to launch a project for purifying water from the canal.

HDFC Bank to open 16 branches in Odisha by March-end

PTI 06 Feb, 2015
HDFC Bank will open 16 more branches in Odisha by the end of March this year. The bank’s 100th branch, located at Infocity in the IT hub and special economic zone of Bhubaneswar, was inaugurated recently.

Honda to start operations in fourth facility in 2016

BS 06 Feb, 2015
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) is expecting its upcoming facility in Gujarat to start operations from the beginning of 2016. The new facility, coming up with an investment of around Rs 1,100 crore, is expected to start contributing to its business from the year 2016-17.

TN keen to tie up with Railways to set up SPV for projects in industrial corridor
HBL 06 Feb, 2015
Tamil Nadu is willing in principle to enter into a MoU with Indian Railways to set up a SPV to implement railway projects in the Madurai-Thoothukudi industrial corridor. The State government wants to develop the corridor as an integrated project with two sets of projects – industrial node development and trunk infrastructure projects. Three of the trunk infrastructure projects proposed under the corridor were railway projects – the Chennai-Thoothukudi freight corridor, Chennai-Madurai-Kanniyakumari high speed passenger link and Coimbatore-Madurai high speed passenger link.

Tata Communications signs $20 mn deal with KION Group

The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
Tata Communications has signed a $20 million multi-year deal with Germany-based KION Group to provide global wide area network (WAN) services to the group’s 330 sites across 30 countries. As part of the deal, Tata Communications will replace the KION Group’s existing stable of multiple WAN providers with a single global network.

Karnataka to set up new sugar mills
HBL 06 Feb, 2015
Karnataka plans over 50 new sugar units to come up over the next few years. The State has received 14 applications from companies for setting up new units. Besides, 40 companies have already received the Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum (IEM), an approval from the Centre for their proposed new units and expansion of their existing capacities. The companies that have already received IEMs for new plants include Godavari Bio Refineries Ltd for its proposed unit at Koujalgi in Belagavi and Bannari Amman Sugars for its new unit at HD Kote in Mysuru district. Majority of the proposed new units are in the northern districts of Belagavi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Kaluburagi and Raichur. Also, the southern districts of Mysuru and Mandya are also expected to see new units come up over the next few years

Waste management unit opened at SAP quarters

The Hindu 06 Feb, 2015
An eco-friendly waste management unit, styled after the Thumboormuzhi model, has been set up at the Special Armed Police (SAP) Forces quarters at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram. The unit has been set up by HLL Life Care. Since the plant has started functioning, Kudumbasree workers, who are part of the HLL-My City initiative, will collect organic waste from the houses in SAP colony and take it to the waste management unit for decomposition. Workers would also collect plastic waste from the residents.

Essel Group to set up solar parks in Rajasthan for Rs 4,000-cr

PTI 06 Feb, 2015
Essel Group has signed an initial agreement with the Rajasthan government for setting up solar parks at Bikaner and Jaisalmer at a total investment of Rs 4,000 crore. The group is also interested in developing major infrastructure projects in the state for verticals like roads and waste to energy. The group will explore and endeavour to setup manufacturing facility for solar PV module in future.

Martin Engineering creates new Russian business unit 05 Feb, 2015
Martin Engineering has created a new business unit in Russia that will focus on applications for conveyor technologies, flow aids and engineered vibration. The new group is already supplying components that have achieved TR CU certification (technical standards for products marketed in the three countries, similar to UL in the United States or CE in Europe). The new business unit will be based in Moscow.

Hoang Phat Vissai Group kicks off plant construction, Vietnam 06 Feb, 2015
Hoang Phat Vissai Group has started construction of Song Lam cement plant in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An. Located in Bai Son commune, the 18,000tpd works will be developed into two phases, the first of which will be completed within 18 months. Phase one will span the 2015-17 period and involve the construction of two production lines with a combined clinker capacity of 12,000tpd. The second phase involving 6000tpd of clinker will be developed over 2017-20 period.

Showa Denko to commence full operations at high-purity N2O facility in March 05 Feb, 2015
Japanese chemical engineering firm Showa Denko (SDK), in collaboration with Dooam Industrial (Dooam), has increased its capacity for supplying high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O). The firms jointly built a purification facility at Dooam’s plant near Seoul, South Korea, which is scheduled to be fully operational in March. Showa Denko Group’s high-purity N2O supply capacity has now increased to 1,800t per year, with the addition of the recently completed 600t per year South Korean facility to the existing 1,200t per year plant in Japan.

Ford completes 2.3 billion euro investment in Spanish car plant 05 Feb, 2015
Ford announced the final part of a 2.3 billion euro expansion of its operations in Spain. The investment consists of an initial 1.1 billion euros announced in 2011, followed by another 1.2 billion euros since 2013. The investments will allow Ford to build six different model lines, up from four currently, and expand exports to markets outside of Europe, including shipments of Transit Connect compact vans to the United States. Once the expansions are complete, the Valencia plant will have capacity to build 450,000 vehicles a year.

Dangote starts preparations to set up cement plant in Nepal 05 Feb, 2015
A team of technical experts from Nigeria’s Dangote Group visited potential sites in Makawanpur and Dhading Districts of Nepal to study the feasibility of opening a cement plant. The team has sent limestone samples collected from the sites for laboratory tests. Dangote would choose the project site and start land acquisition process within two months. Dangote plans to open a 6000t/day capacity cement plant in Nepal; the government has already approved the proposal to invest US$550m to establish a cement plant. For the purpose, the group has registered ‘Dangote Cement Nepal Private Limited’ at the Office of Company Registrar. It will start cement production by June 2017.

Eurus Akitako Wind Farm Is Operational In Japan 05 Feb, 2015
The 18 MW Eurus Akitako Wind Farm, at Akita in Japan, is now fully operational. According to Eurus Energy Group, six Siemens 3.0-101 wind turbines are powering the wind farm. The completion of the wind farm brings the company’s installed base in Akita to 55.65 MW.

Austri Vind, OX2 to develop 250 MW of wind power 05 Feb, 2015
Austri Vind and OX2 have formed a partnership to develop wind power projects in Norway. The companies signed the agreement in January, which calls for the development and construction of 250 megawatts of onshore wind power through three separate wind power projects: Raskiftet, Kvitvola and Kjølberget. The Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate has issued permits for all three projects and the companies are awaiting the final ruling by the nation’s Oil and Energy Department, which is expected during the year. It is hoping to start the construction of 100 MW this year.

Styrolution starts operations at styrene-butadiene copolymer pilot plant in Belgium 05 Feb, 2015
BASF and INEOS joint venture Styrolution has started a styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) pilot production plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The pilot facility will produce Styrolution’s SBC grades and process other polymer variants. The plant will support commercial operations and enhance specialty styrenics such as Styrolux and Styroflex. The company plans to use the pilot plant for research and development (R&D) experiments.

Natural food grocer Earth Fare to open first Michigan store Feb. 25 in Portage 05 Feb, 2015
Earth Fare, the organic and natural food grocery will open on Feb. 25 at its newly built, 23,800-square-foot location at 5070 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage. Its stores are full-service supermarkets that also sell frozen food, dried goods, beer, wine, vitamins and herbal supplements. They also have food stations that offer cookies, pizza, salad, sushi and other items. Construction of the project, part of a multimillion-dollar development on that site by Portage-based developer Hinman Co., was completed recently.

Travelodge books in for £1.3bn expansion 05 Feb, 2015
Budget hotel chain Travelodge is planning to capitalise on the UK’s growing appetite for cheap stayovers with a £1.3bn expansion programme this year that will target 205 new hotel sites, mostly in London and the south-east. Travelodge planned to offer developers 25-year leases, backed by the group’s US investors. Developers would then build the hotel to Travelodge’s specifications and the hotel group would fund the interior.

Hoang Phat Vissai Group starts to build US$488m cement plant in Nghe 05 Feb, 2015
Hoang Phat Vissai Group began work on the Song Lam cement plant with an investment of US$488m in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe on 4 February 2015. Located in Bai Son commune and being transformed from the current Do Luong cement plant, the new 5.6Mt/yr clinker plant will be developed in two phases and will be ready for operation within 18 months. The first phase will last until 2017, with two production lines with a combined capacity of 12,000t/day of clinker installed. The second phase, adding 6000t/day of clinker, will be developed in 2017 – 2020.

Amaka Cement Industries plant on the cards 05 Feb, 2015
Scirocco Enterprises Limited has entered into an agreement with a consortium to construct a state-of-the-art 2500t/day cement plant in Lusaka’s Makeni area at cost of US$200m. The company, Amaka Cement Industries Limited, has been incorporated in Zambia. Scirocco has entered into an agreement with a Chinese firm and an international funder to carry out the project. Feasibility study is being undertaken to establish the viability of the project. As soon as the exploration work that needs to be carried out is finalised, an environmental impact assessment will be carried out to comply with the prevailing laws. Construction is to start in September 2015 and it is expected to be completed by 2017.

Gujarat proposes varsity in Vapi for plastics industry

BL 05 Feb, 2015
The Gujarat Government announced setting up of an internationally-recognised industry-specific university – Plast India International University at Vapi. The university will also get association from The University of Massachusetts Lowell, US. Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) will allot 40 acres of land at concessional rates. This is aimed at creating skilled workforce for the requirement of the plastics industry. Also, the State government has planned to set up a Centre of Excellence for the automobile sector in cooperation with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and MS University, which will also facilitate innovation and incubation assistance.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank open two new branches in MP

BS 05 Feb, 2015
Lakshmi Vilas Bank has set up two new branches in Bhopal and Jabalpur to offer a wide array of traditional asset and liability products to customers. With the opening of these two branches, the total network of the bank has increased to 390 branches across the country.

Karnataka to spend Rs 2,000 cr to repair environment damage in mining areas
BS 05 Feb, 2015
The Karnataka government has incorporated a new company to undertake ameliorative and mitigative measures in and around mining areas in three districts. The new firm, Karnataka Mining Environment Restoration Corporation (KMERC), has come into existence with an action plan for Rs 2,000 crore. KMERC would be an independent body and would function in addition to District Mineral Foundation (DMF), which would be set up under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Ordinance. KMERC would repair the damage caused by mining, take up afforestation programmes, and address other socio-economic issues such as education, health, nutrition, water supply, employment and minor irrigation schemes in the mine-ravaged districts.

Tata Steel constructs a new Air-conditioned Ward at Danagadi Community Health Centre 05 Feb, 2015
Tata Steel constructed a new air-conditioned ward at the Community Health Centre, Danagadi in Jajpur district which was inaugurated on 5th February 2015. Tata Steel has spent Rs 52 lakhs for construction of the AC Ward and peripheral infrastructure. It is a 10-bedded furnished AC ward with power backup and separate blocks for male and female patients. It also commissioned solar-powered community drinking water points in five different villages..

Bhathinda-Jammu-Srinagar gas pipe line project reviewed 05 Feb, 2015
Bhathinda-Jammu-Srinagar natural gas pipe line project was reviewed. Notification for 36 villages under section 3(1) has so far been completed and only three villages are left in the district.

THAILAND PRESS-Loxley to invest 900 mln baht on 4 solar plants 05 Feb, 2015
Loxley Pcl, of Thailand has set aside 900 million baht to invest in four solar power plants starting this year. The company is expecting strong growth in the renewable energy sector as the government pledges full support for private companies building more green power plants.

BASF to expand bismuth vanadate pigments capacities in Germany
BS 05 Feb, 2015
BASF plans to increase production capacities of bismuth vanadate pigments in Besigheim near Stuttgart, Germany. The additional capacities will be available as of 2017. In 2015, BASF is also going to introduce a newly developed alkali-stable bismuth vanadate pigment for the formulation of paints as well as a temperature-stable bismuth vanadate pigment for plastic applications.

Live Oak LNG to develop $2-bn gas liquefaction project in Louisiana
BS 05 Feb, 2015
Live Oak LNG plans to set up a new natural gas liquefaction and export project, up to a $2 billion investment, in the Calcasieu waterway, Louisiana. The project is being designed for a plant capacity of up to five million tonnes per annum production and will include two 130,000 m3 storage tanks, and port facilities with a jetty for standard size liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The proposed site is about 350 acres. Initial study work is already underway and Live Oak LNG will begin the permitting process within the next few weeks. The anticipated start-up of the plant is in late 2019. It has awarded Bechtel a contract for the pre-engineering design and Chart Industries has been selected for the process design work

Work to start on $140m Goldfields Gas Pipeline extension near Laverton 05 Feb, 2015
AngloGold Ashanti has spent $140 million in a deal with the APA group to extend the Goldfields Gas Pipeline. It will be an extension of the existing pipeline near Laverton and service AngloGold’s Sunrise Dam and Tropicana Gold mines. It is a $140 million project and work should be finished by the end of the year.

Five projects to be launched in Astana industrial park this year 05 Feb, 2015
The Astana-New City special economic zone in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, plans to commission five projects worth 20 billion KZT in the Industrial Park #1 this year. The projects include construction of a plant for production of diesel engines, a fast food complex, temporary storage warehouses and a business center, a furniture factory, and production of military and civil engineering machinery. The Industrial Park #1 is expected to produce products worth 140 billion KZT. This year, works to develop design documentation for the construction of Industrial Park #2 will be launched at Astana-New City after approval of the project’s feasibility study.

Shaanxi Coal and Chemical plan to produce 110MT of raw coal in 2015 05 Feb, 2015
Shaanxi Coal and Chemical Industry Group Company, Ltd plans to produce 111 million tonnes of raw coal in 2015, down 16 million tonnes from 137 million tonnes in 2014. Its sales revenue in 2015 is set at CNY 190 billion and profit at CNY 500 million. In 2014, its raw coal production was 127 million tonnes, chemical products 13.13 million tonne, iron & steel 7.9 million tonne, and power generation 31.9 billion KWH. Coal and iron and steel output were flat from 2013, whilst chemical products and power generation increased 17.9% and 12.3% respectively.

U.S. to test carbon monitoring technology at oil sands project 05 Feb, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy would spend up to $500,000 to test monitoring technologies at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc oil sands carbon-capture and storage facility under construction in northern Alberta. The department will field test advanced monitoring, verification and accounting technologies for the storage of carbon dioxide underground at the Quest project, which is attached to an oil sands upgrader that converts bitumen from the oil sands into refinery-ready synthetic crude. The C$1.35 billion Quest project will be completed later this year, and store one million tonnes of the gas annually. The Boundary Dam facility attached to a coal-fired power plant in Saskatchewan, was commissioned in October. The Canadian governmenthas put C$120 million into the Quest project.

PPG Industries to expand precipitated silica production capabilities in Netherlands 05 Feb, 2015
US-based paints and coatings supplier PPG Industries is preparing to increase precipitated silica production capabilities at its manufacturing facility in Delfzijl, Netherlands. As part of the expansion, which is expected to be completed in 2016, the company plans to increase its capacity by more than 15,000t to meet the growing demand for Agilon performance silica products. With this expansion, the company will be able to serve a multi-year global supply agreement with a multi-national tyre manufacturer.

Tanzania-NDC wants to get coal mining underway at USD 3 billion 05 Feb, 2015
The National Development Corporation (NDC), Tanzania, is determined to implement the Mchuchuma and Liganga iron ore mining projects at a cost of USD 3 billion.

Petronet in race to build LNG terminal in Bangladesh

ET 05 Feb, 2015
Petronet LNG is one of the companies shortlisted to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Bangladesh. The company selected will be responsible for sourcing of gas, building and operating of the terminal, which will have a capacity of 2.5 to 5 million tonnes per annum.

Water treatment project moves forward
A request for authorization to begin the final design phase for the lime softening water treatment plant design and residuals management improvements by Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., was approved at the Breckenridge City Council meeting. As part of the final design process, authorization to advertise for bids was approved. The new water treatment plant will be built south of Twin Town Villa Assisted Living, along Highway 75. The project is expected to use funds from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, managed in Minnesota through the Public Facilities Authority. The proposed schedule includes a bid opening date of March 26 and awarding of the contract on April 6.

Martha’s Dandee Creme continues expansion project 05 Feb, 2015
Martha’s Dandee Creme on Route 9 is expanding its facility. The 2,700-square-foot expansion will house a new kitchen, food preparation space, service windows and the ice cream sandwich production line. Plans initially called for the work to be finished by Feb. 1. Construction is being done by Hilltop Construction Co. It’s now expected to come online a week or two before the business opens for the season, on March 21.

Adani to go ahead with projects in Australia despite govt change

PTI 05 Feb, 2015
Adani will go ahead with its 15 billion dollar mine, rail and port projects in Australia’s coal-rich Queensland state. The port project will not be allowed to commence until financial close, currently not scheduled until the end of 2015.

Gestamp Solar inks deal with Trina Solar for 42.5MW PV plan 04 Feb, 2015
Gestamp Solar has entered into a module supply contract with Trina Solar for a 42.5MW PV plant located in Marcovia, located in the Republic of Honduras of Central America. Trina Solar will provide nearly 160,000 of its high-efficiency utility-grade PC14-310W modules for the project. In addition, the installation will have 300 solar trackers to maximize the efficiency of the installation. The plant is expected to be operational in Q2 2015. In another development, Trina Solar announced the grid connection of the 90 MW solar power plant in Toksun, Xinjiang province, China.

ContourGlobal could start building Kosovo power plant in 2016 04 Feb, 2015
ContourGlobal could start building a coal-fired power plant in Kosovo in 18 months. The cost of the project is estimated at up to 1.4 billion euros, with a third to be financed by ContourGlobal and the remainder via loans. The company was the only bidder for the 660 megawatt plant that will replace the Balkan country’s 40-year-old Kosovo A power plant. The commercial offer was presented to the Kosovo government on the contract is expected to be awarded in six months. Two units, with 330 MW capacity each, may go online between 2020-2021. Their lifespan would be 40 years. The project had received backing from the World Bank and the European Union.

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant to launch in Kenya 04 Feb, 2015
Kenya will launch Africa’s first biogas plant that is linked to a national power grid, adding 2.2 megawatts of electricity generated from corn. Tropical Power Kenya Ltd, part of a company that builds biogas and solar plants in Africa, said the biogas plant built at a cost of $6.5 million would start producing power within weeks. Tropical has signed an agreement to sell half of the electricity it generates to the country’s sole power supplier, Kenya Power. The rest of the electricity generated will power the plant and VegPro, an investor whose farm supplies the corn. Tropical has also acquired 22 hectares near the biogas plant to build a solar plant that will generate 10 MW of electricity for the national grid.

Culligan International Announces Contract To Design And Install Water Treatment Plant In Kigali, Rwanda 04 Feb, 2015
Culligan International has been awarded a contract by the Water and Sanitation Corporation Ltd. (WASAC) in Rwanda to design and install a water treatment plant to provide drinking water to Kigali. Expected to be completed by July 2015, the new water treatment facility will produce 25,000 m3/d upon the plant’s commissioning with the ability to expand capacity to 39,000 m3/d once performance results are proven. As this is a full turnkey project, Culligan will provide all design and engineering works, equipment supply, civil works and installations. The treatment system is made up of raw water intake from the river including screening, a raw water intake pump station, sedimentation tank, aeration tank, raw water pump station, Culligan Omni Filtration (OFSY) Systems, disinfection and a 1,000 cubic meter treated water reservoir.

Brazil developers bring 98.9MW of new wind online 04 Feb, 2015
Brazilian power regulator Aneel has authorized four wind farms with combined 98.8MW nameplate capacity to begin commercial operation in Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Sul states. Italian renewables company Enel Green Power will start the 18.8MW Tacaicó, the 30.55MW Pedra do Gerônimo and the 30.55MW Pau Ferro wind farms in Pernambuco. Germany’s Siemens supplied 2.35MW turbines. Brazil’s Odebrecht received permission to start operation of seven of eight turbines totaling 18.9MW capacity at the Corredor Senandes 2 wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul. A final turbine is undergoing tests. The project is part of the 108MW Corredor Senandes complex that sold power in the reserve auction of 2011.

INPEX Begins Development Drilling for Ichthys LNG Project 04 Feb, 2015
The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project commenced drilling at the Ichthys gas-condensate field, about 200km off the Western Australian coast. The first development well was spudded on February 3 by the Project’s development drilling rig ENSCO-5006, which recently arrived at the field after undergoing major upgrades in Singapore. The ENSCO-5006 will soon be joined by an additional rig, which will also take part in the drilling campaign. This campaign will target the Brewster reservoir with 20 production wells. The wells will be drilled into reservoirs about ,000 to 4,500 meters beneath the seabed. Natural gas and other produce lifted from the development wells will be transported via subsea production facilities to the offshore Central Processing Facility, where gas and condensate will be separated and processed.

Petronas, Vopak, Dialog to develop major storage terminal in Malaysia 04 Feb, 2015
Petronas, Dialog and Vopak signed the shareholders agreement to jointly develop and operate an industrial terminal in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. The terminal will serve the world scale Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (RAPID) project. The industrial terminal will have a storage capacity up to 2.1 million m3 for crude, refined products, petrochemical products and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The marine infrastructure includes 12 berths. The 24m draft can accommodate very large crude carriers. Berths for unloading and reloading of LNG vessels up to QMax are included in the project plans. RAPID is estimated to cost $16 billion while the associated facilities will involve an investment of about $11 billion. PIC is poised for its refinery start-up by early 2019. The industrial terminal is scheduled to be commissioned, in line with the RAPID complex that it will serve, towards 2019.

Design of Russia-Turkey gas pipeline begins: Envoy 04 Feb, 2015
The design of a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey is under way. The move marks the technical launch of the Turkish Stream Project. The project is intended to replace the previously planned South Stream pipeline project, which was intended to carry natural gas to Europe via the Balkan region. South Stream was canceled due to objections from the EU over its construction

Celanese to set up technology center in Mexico

BS 04 Feb, 2015
Celanese Corporation, a specialty materials company, is setting up a new commercial and technology center in Mexico to support the growth of Celanese customers in Latin America and advance the technical capabilities of the Celanese product portfolio. The new center will serve industries such as automotive, consumer electronics, appliance, medical device, petrochemical and aerospace.

Hospital to open new £5m ward in March 04 Feb, 2015
Scarborough Hospital is set to open a new £5 million ward – called Lilac ward – by the middle of next month. The ward has 31 beds. There are 15 single rooms and four, four-bed bays. The ward will open as a surgical facility allowing the old Haldane ward, which is located in the North Wing to close. Work began on the ward on 28 April, 2014. The main contractor is Kier.

Greece to review offshore oil and gas tenders 04 Feb, 2015
Greece will review tenders offered on 20 offshore oil and gas blocks in the Ionian Sea and off southern Crete due to be signed by the end of the year. The government would not stop a tender on three oil and gas blocks in western Greece for which bids on are due to be submitted on Feb 6. But it would look again at the 20 offshore blocks. The previous government invited bids on the blocks, which cover more than 200,000 square km, last year and expected bids by May this year with contracts signed by October.

Daiwa House, Partners to Build 2MW Hydro-Power Station in Japan 04 Feb, 2015
Daiwa House Industry Co. and partners have set up a venture to build a 2-megawatt hydro-power station in Gifu prefecture, central Japan. The plant will start running in November 2017. A unit of Toshiba Corp. will also take part. Daiwa will buy the power produced at the plant for 20 years under Japan’s incentive program for renewable energy.

Chugai to expand Singapore R&D unit with $476 million investment 03 Feb, 2015
Japan’s Chugai Pharmaceutical which is majority owned by Swiss pharma giant Roche, plans to invest $476 million over the next seven years to expand its research institute in Singapore.

New power stations ’98 percent complete’ 03 Feb, 2015
The new power stations in Subiya and Al-Zour North in Kuwait will enter service this month as scheduled; the two stations are 98 percent complete. The Al- Zour North power plant will also produce 230 megawatts by June. The ministry had signed a KD125 million contract with a local company for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Subiya power plant to enhance the electrical capacity of the network by 500 megawatts.

New Hilton extended stay hotel opens in Midland 03 Feb, 2015
A new extended-stay hotel has opened near the rising Chevron campus and the Scharbauer Sports Complex in Midland. The 93-suite Hilton Home2 Suites opened its doors on Jan. 30.

Ibis brand expands in UK with seven new hotels 03 Feb, 2015
Accor is to open seven new ibis-branded hotels in the UK. ibis London Canning Town will be a 196-room hotel in the Hallsville Quarter development. The hotel is part of the new mixed-use scheme by property development company Bouygues Development. Four ibis Styles properties will be opened in 2015 under a franchise agreement with Carillion plc. The four properties will be located in Crewe, Barnsley, Haydock and Birmingham NEC and will be operated by Kew Green Hotels. The ibis Styles in Barnsley will be a 117-room hotel, Birmingham NEC a 166-room hotel, the Crewe property will have 112 rooms and Haydock will have 102 rooms. A new-build ibis Styles hotel of 47 rooms is currently underway in Greenwich and is expected to open in early 2016. The franchise agreement is signed with Acre Heathrow Limited which is part of Acre Hotels and Westcombe Group and is due to open in the summer of 2016.

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida 03 Feb, 2015
Enerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. The total investment amounts to $60 million. Project implementation is previewed to start in the third quarter of 2015 and production will begin within a year, during 2016.

Spirits high for new distillery 03 Feb, 2015
A groundbreaking ceremony for KO Distilling at Manassas was done recently, scheduled to open in mid-May. The site is tucked away in an industrial business center on Godwin Drive. The company plans to make and sell bourbon, rye whiskey, corn whiskey, gin, vodka and rum. The renovated warehouse space features a large copper still, a grain bin that can hold up to 6,000 pounds of corn, a large mash tank, fermenters and other equipment to automate the production process and store the product. The distillery will be able to produce about four or five barrels of liquor a week.

Vector shelves pipeline expansion 03 Feb, 2015
Vector Pipeline, a Livonia-based joint venture between Canadian oil and gas transport giant Enbridge and DTE Energy, is expanding its business, but is not expanding its pipeline. The company has secured binding agreements with two customers to haul 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the Dawn hub in Canada – one of those customers being Rover Pipeline.

Flint Hills announces $43 million expansion at Rosemount refinery 03 Feb, 2015
As Flint Hills Resources nears completion of a $30 million Contractor Building at its 60-year-old Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, the company announced today it will also build a $13 million expansion of its laboratory. The lab expansion will add 16,500 square feet to the existing lab where scientists perform about 35,000 tests each month. It is being built by Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Cos. in Minneapolis. Kraus-Anderson already started construction last year on a nearby site where it’s also building a 135,000-square-foot contractor building that will be used by about 500 engineers, designers and construction managers. That building is expected to open in the first half of 2015.

Maynilad completes new sewage treatment facility in Quezon City 03 Feb, 2015
Maynilad has a new sewage treatment plant (STP) in Talayan, Quezon City. The P249-million Talayan STP will serve more than 27,000 households and is one of six wastewater facilities funded by Maynilad’s $137-million loan from the World Bank. Other facilities to be funded by this loan are the construction of new STPs in Pasay, Valenzuela and Muntinlupa, construction of a South Septage Treatment Plant, and rehabilitation of the Alabang STP. The facility will occupy only 1,840 square meters and can treat up to 15,500 cubic meters of wastewater per day.

New Sugar Refinery To Start Operations In Saudi Arabia By End-2017 03 Feb, 2015
A new sugar refinery is due to start operations in Jizan in southwest Saudi Arabia by the end of 2017. The design is complete and financing is ready and ground scratching will be done in April this year.

Apple to open $2 billion solar-powered Arizona data center

DC 03 Feb, 2015
Apple unveiled plans to pump $2 billion over the coming decade into a data center “global command” facility in the southwest state of Arizona. The facility with some 120,000 square meters had been the planned site of a plant to produce sapphire glass screens in a collaboration with GT Advance Technologies. Apple has made a 30-year commitment with the data center.

Nigerian Breweries opens N18bn Aba brewery expansion 03 Feb, 2015
Nigerian Breweries plc has commissioned its new N18 billion ultra-modern Aba brewery expansion in Abia State.

Expansion Project Begins On Busy Roadway In NW OKC 03 Feb, 2015
One of four projects to expand State Highway 74 in Northwest Oklahoma City as part of third phase of expansion, was launched. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) will widen SH-74, also known as Portland Avenue, from two lanes to a four-lane highway. The third phase will cost the state approximately $34 million and will include reconstruction and widening from north of Memorial Road to just north of N.W. 164th Street.

Moolarben expansion given the green light 03 Feb, 2015
The Planning Assessment Commission has approved the expansion of Yancoal’s Moolarben coal mine. The expansion will include two underground mines, a third open cut mine, an extension to current open pit mines as well as supporting infrastructure. This will allow Moolarben to produce 17 million tonnes per annum ROM until 2037.

New Branch of Korean Grocery Store to Open on Collegetown’s Eddy Street 03 Feb, 2015
Green Castle Korean Market — a new Asian grocery store has been opened at Collegetown. The store will be mostly stocked with Korean products and would eventually expand to other types of Asian food.

Apple to invest $2 billion to convert sapphire plant to data center 03 Feb, 2015
Apple plans to invest $2 billion to convert a failed sapphire glass plant in Arizona into a data center. Apple teamed up with GT Advanced Technologies, to set up the plant in Mesa in 2013 to manufacture scratch-resistant sapphire screens for Apple devices. But GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October and closed the plant, which was owned by Apple, after the company’s sapphire glass was left out of Apple’s newest iPhones.The investment will stretch over 10 years with a 30 year-commitment from Apple to keep the facility running. The facility will be a data center as well as a command center for managing Apple’s other data centers and networks, which handle traffic from services like iTunes, iCloud and Siri. The plant would be powered mostly by solar energy.

Duqm Liquid Terminal work to begin by year-end 03 Feb, 2015
Oman’s Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has invited global engineering firms to tender to build a major Bulk Liquid Berths Terminal at the Port of Duqm in a move that aims to commence construction by the end of the year. The world-scale industrial and maritime hub on Oman’s Wusta coast will handle liquid volumes, comprising mainly refined petroleum commodities, chemicals and petrochemicals. WorleyParsons, a reputed engineering consultancy services firm, is currently undertaking the front-end engineering design (Feed) of the Bulk Liquid Berths project, which includes a refinery products terminal with six liquid berths, and a Pet Coke berth. The project also includes the construction of a jetty as well as dredging and reclamation, while topside facilities will include product storage tanks, dry bulk facilities, pipelines, buildings, road and other infrastructure. The Bulk Liquids Terminal project is scheduled to be handed over to Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company (DPTC) before the end of 2018 ahead of the start-up of the proposed Duqm Refinery project in 2019.

Bollore Africa Wins Wind Power Plant Contract 02 Feb, 2015
Bolloré Africa Logistics has won a contract to provide services to Bluesea Energy which is currently setting up a 40 Megawatt wind power plant in Meru. Bluesea Energy has tapped the services of Bolloré to transport 27 massive wind turbines from the port of Mombasa to Ntubiri in Meru. The turbines are extra-ordinary in dimension and require specialised vehicles and equipment. The turbine’s tower measures 4.6m in diameter, its nacelle, which houses the generating components of the turbine, weighs 52 tonnes while a single blade is 23.2m long. The project is expected to commence this month.

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016 02 Feb, 2015
BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd. is building a 36.3 MW wind farm and will operate and maintain the wind farm, which is expected to become operational in the first half of 2016. Upon completion, the project will sell power to the private electrical utility, Jamaica Public Service Company under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement. The World Bank’s IFC will provide a $10 million senior loan to the project from its own account. The IFC-Canada Climate Change program will be providing an additional $10 million loan. U.S. government development finance institution, OPIC, will provide a $42.7 million senior loan.

NLMK takes on SMS Group for Lipetsk plant maintenance 02 Feb, 2015
Russian steelmaker NLMK has signed a five-year service contract with the German technology provider SMS Group. The deal revolves around the full-time servicing of key steel processing equipment at the steelmaker’s BOF facilities in Lipetsk where productivity exceeds 12.5Mt/yr. SMS Group experts will ensure the maintenance and repair of all nine continuous casting machines and secondary metallurgy treatment equipment.

OnePlus To Build R&D Center In Europe This Year 02 Feb, 2015
OnePlus, a smartphone company, will be constructing an R&D (Research & Development) center in Europe some time in the second half of this year.

600 workers will build $2B mega-project in Sacramento 02 Feb, 2015
A project to upgrade the Sacramento region’s sewage treatment plant is about to begin. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for May, but some preliminary work has already begun. With an estimated price of about $2 billion, the sewage treatment plant project will reduce ammonia in the Sacramento River. Much of the project will involve building a biological nutrient removal facility to the northwest of the current plant. Another part of the upgrade will add a disinfectant process to the facility, designed to make the water cleaner. The entire program has an estimated budget of $1.5 billion to $2.1 billion. The state has set a deadline of 2021 for the ammonia-removal facility to be in operation, and 2023 for the disinfectant process.

Construction Starts On 44 Mw Biomass Plant In Breckland, Uk 02 Feb, 2015
Representatives from Breckland Council, owners Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) and developers Eco2 Ltd and Iceni Energy Ltd joined together to start construction of the Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant. The 44.2 MW straw-powered biomass plant will generate 44 MW of electricity. The plant will be opened in mid-2017. The plant will be run by BWSC, which will own the plant partnership and oversee the construction process, with a Danish infrastructure fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners A/S.

Solarcentury and Magnetar Solar to bring 111 MW of UK PV online before April 02 Feb, 2015
Solarcentury will construct and connect an additional 111 MWp of solar PV capacity to the U.K. grid before April 1 as part of a new deal with solar park developer Magnetar Solar. The arrangement sees Magnetar Solar purchase Solarcentury’s 71 MW pipeline of solar PV projects, and Solarcentury will also build an additional 40 MW of PV capacity as part of the deal. Solarcentury will act as EPC for all projects, and will also oversee all operations and maintenance (O&M) work for the duration of the projects, which are spread across eight individual sites in England ranging from 7 MW to 28 MW.

ETI seeks partners to develop new bioenergy project 02 Feb, 2015

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to deliver a project involving the validation of current estimates of available UK land for the production of biomass crops. ETI seeks partners to develop new bioenergy project. The project is aiming to refine existing estimates on the amount of land available within the UK for bioenergy crops and/or forestry to explain any differences occurring between theoretical estimates and survey findings. The project will build on the outputs of existing ETI Biomass Systems Value Chain Modelling (BVCM) and Ecosystem Land Use Modelling (ELUM) projects. The Request for Proposals will close on 23rd March 2015 and the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 16th March 2015.

St. Louis investor funds six solar plants in the Raleigh-Durham area 02 Feb, 2015
St. Louis investment firm Gardner Capital is financing six solar systems in the Raleigh-Durham area. The facilities are expected to generate nearly 57,000 MWh of solar power in their first year of operation. The plants have been in operation since December 2014. The projects were developed by Heelstone Energy and will feed emission-free electricity to the Duke and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Duke Energy will use the power created to its discretion.

Savannah Port expansion gets a $42 million federal pledge 02 Feb, 2015
The US administration has requested $42 million for the Savannah Harbor expansion project. There will be an additional $21 million dedicated to the Savannah project in the Corps’ budget for this year. Deepening the river from 42 feet to 47 feet will allow larger container ships into the port coming through a newly expanded Panama Canal, which is expected to be finished in 2016. In October, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Ports Authority signed a long-awaited project partnership agreement to start the dredging.

New sushi restaurant coming to West Carrollton 02 Feb, 2015
A sushi restaurant will open in the coming weeks in the space that previously housed the Grub Steak and, more recently, the Patriot Steakhouse at 2098 S. Alex Road. The Sushi Club will seat an estimated 140. The restaurant will also serve a full Japanese menu, including hibachi-style steak and chicken and soba noodle dishes.

Henan Yima Coal Company to produce 24MT coal in 2015 02 Feb, 2015
Henan Yima Coal Energy Company has proposed to to achieve CNY 0.12 billion profit and to produce 24.02 million tonnes primary coal in 2015.

NSW approves controversial new coalmine in central west 02 Feb, 2015
The NSW Planning Assessment Commission announced approval for China-owned Shenhua’s proposed USD 1 billion Watermark coal mine. The Liverpool Plains project will now require approval under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The mine would be built above fertile black soils in the area. The 30-year project will produce 10 million tonnes of coal a year.

Bergen receives grant to study sewer plant 02 Feb, 2015
The village of Bergen has received an Engineer Planning Grant from New York State Clean Water Revolving Funds to study a waste water treatment plant. The grant of $30,000, will allow the village to send cameras down through the pipes to determine if water is coming in where it shouldn’t. It uses a membrane filtration system and bacteria to purify water.

CUSD board approves K-6 Wireless Expansion Project 02 Feb, 2015
The Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board approved the K-6 Wireless Expansion Project for all elementary schools throughout the district. The project includes: installation and cabling of 1,000 Access Points; Wireless Management Suite for all devices and Aruba Care Support for one year; and Aruba ClearPass Access Manger Sever, licensing, and support. The K-6 Wireless Expansion Project will cost a little more than $1 million, which will be taken from the bond election and a gift from Intel that’s specific to technology expansion within the district. The expansion will be completed before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

SMart Wind submits plans for 1.8GW Hornsea 2 project 02 Feb, 2015
SMart Wind has handed in its planning application to the UK authorities for the second phase of the 4GW Hornsea offshore wind mega-development. Plans for the 1.8GW ‘project two’, submitted by zone joint venture companies Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services for developers Optimus Wind and Breesea, are built around a layout of 360 Siemens turbines installed 90km off the Yorkshire coast. In December, the government gave consent to the 1.2GW first phase development.

Alstom, Andrade Gutierrez open new wind turbines manufacturing facility in Brazil 02 Feb, 2015

€30m Torres Eolicas do Nordeste plant at Jacobina in Bahia will manufacture up to 200 wind turbine steel towers per year. The facility occupies a 22,000m² built-up area on a 140,000m² plot. Alstom owns 49% stake in the JV project and the remaining 51% interest is held by Andrade Gutierrez.

Dominion plans to open solar facility in Fauquier 02 Feb, 2015
Dominion Virginia Power proposes two projects; one is a 125-acre solar facility near the Remington power station in southern Fauquier County in Virginia. The 90,000 photovoltaic panels at the plant near Remington would generate 20 megawatts of electricity. The solar facility is expected to open in October 2016. The other project is a pilot program that will allow customers to buy energy from solar facilities.

Fehrer Automotive to expand Czech car parts plant 02 Feb, 2015
Germany’s car parts maker Fehrer Automotive is planning to expand the output capacity of its plant in Ceská Lípa, the Czech Republic. The firm is to take on a further 130 new workers at its production facility. The investment is to be carried out by the producer’s Czech subsidiary, Fehrer Bohemia s.r.o. Fehrer owns a second plant in the Czech Republic, located in Liberecer. The firm supplies its output to companes such as Volkswagen Group, BMW, Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki and Ford.

Subway celebrates 2,000th store opening in UK and Ireland 02 Feb, 2015
Subway has opened its 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland, with a new store in Jarman Leisure Park, Hemel Hempstead. The brand has now opened more than 430 non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland through partnerships with organisations such as Welcome Break, Euro Garages, Applegreen and Sodexo.

St. Joseph’s opens new hospital in Riverview 02 Feb, 2015
A new hospital opens February 2 in Hillsborough County. St. Joseph’s Hospital South will offer 22 medical services including emergency, orthopedic, and maternity. The 352,000 square foot facility has 90 private patients rooms and 22 observation rooms.

Northeast Georgia hospital plans new pediatric unit 02 Feb, 2015
A hospital in northeast Georgia plans to open a new pediatric unit. The Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System has received a certificate of need from the Georgia Department of Community Health for obstetric services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. The hospital’s primary service area is Hall County, and its secondary service area is Barrow, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Jackson counties.

New restaurant to open in former Furr’s Family Dining space 02 Feb, 2015
There may soon be a replacement for the former Furr’s Family Dining restaurant at 1606 S. Georgetown, which is near Harry and Georgetown. It is expected to close on the Georgetown property on Feb. 17 and then begin remodeling the approximately 10,000-square-foot space.

India to complete Myanmar port project in May

HBL 01 Feb, 2015
India will complete the reconstruction of Sittwe port and the associated river transport facilities, as part of the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar, in May this year. The project cost, is expected to be 29 per cent higher at Rs 450 crore, compared with the initial estimate of Rs 350 crore, largely due to unexpected volatility in exchange rate. The port and the river transport facilities will be ready for operations within the extended timeline of May 2015. Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project has proposed to revive the river transport route up to Paletwa and build a 129-km-long two-lane highway (NH-502A) through the hilly terrains of Myanmar to connect NH-54 at Lawngtlai in Mizoram. The road project, estimated to cost Rs 2,900 crore in 2010, is hanging fire, as contracts are yet to be awarded.

Indian consortium ICVL to invest USD 2 billion in Mozambique 01 Feb, 2015
Indian consortium International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) plans to invest USD 2 billion in Mozambique, including construction of a 300MW power station. The amount includes a project to transform coking into liquid fuels, in addition to mining within next three years of 13 million tons of coal annually. The consortium was formed as a “special purpose vehicle” for Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd and Coal India. ICVL has already sent 3 shipments of coal mined at Benga for SAIL and the RINL, and has plans to send 5 shipments this year.

Myrtle awarded grant to create sewage system 01 Feb, 2015
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced this fiscal year’s Clean Water Fund grant awards, one of which was given to Myrtle. BWSR awarded 90 grants totaling $14.1 million dollars this cycle. Almost 200 applications were received, totaling $37.1 million in requests. Some examples of the other funded projects include: 1) In northwest Minnesota, the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will install multiple water and sediment control basins 2) Benton SWCD will address problems in northeast St. Cloud, where there is little to no stormwater treatment within the existing drainage system before it enters the Mississippi River. 3) In the Twin Cities Metro, the Ramsey Conservation District will stabilize a portion of Lambert Creek’s eroding bank, resulting in a decrease of pollutants and sediment entering the creek.

Work at water treatment plant to come in under budget, says administrator 01 Feb, 2015
Four bids came in on a project at the Town of Nanton to replace two pumps and generator, as well as the completion of associated work, and the lowest bid was $528,477. The budget for the project is $613,000. The project is fully funded through grants.

Villar Group to expand retail business amid property boom

interaksyon .com 01 Feb, 2015
The Villar Group plans to open more one-stop shops for home furnishings, as well as supermarkets and convenience stores across Manila. The company is spending P2.7 billion to P3 billion this year to build six All Homes stores, which will be located in Las Pinas, Antipolo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and Imus, Cavite. Next year, it is hoping to open six more. The target is to open six every year. The newly incorporated MBV Retail is the holding company for the retail businesses.

Family restaurant opens in Byram 01 Feb, 2015
A new restaurant, The Trout and the Troll has been opened in Byram. The pub-style eatery opened Jan. 23. The eatery’s one-page menu is littered with classic American comfort foods such as chicken noodle soup, chicken fried steak, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza and burgers.

First Sioux City Marshalls store under construction 31 Jan, 2015
A Marshalls department store is under construction at Sioux City’s Sunnybrook Plaza. The 22,000-square-foot store is planned for Sunnybrook Village, a new commercial centre under development on a 5.6-acre site. Marshalls would occupy one of three spaces in the first of two buildings at Sunnybrook Village.

2Scugog supports natural gas expansion into rural areas
durhamregion. com 31 Jan, 2015
Scugog is calling on Ontario to include the cost of natural gas infrastructure expansion in the 2015 provincial budget. Councillors agreed to send a letter of support to the natural gas industry which is calling for the Province to 100-per cent finance the expansion of the utility to “outreach communities” that include Scugog Island and other farming communities across the township. Natural gas is available virtually everywhere across Alberta and in 92 per cent of all homes in Saskatchewan. The deadline for written submissions to be considered by the Province ahead of 2015 deliberations is Jan. 30.

KACST embarks on solar desalination project 31 Jan, 2015
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology signed an agreement with the Advance Water Technology Company for planning the design and construction of solar water desalination plant in Khafji with a production capacity of 60,000 cubic meters per day. The objective of the first phase of the initiative is to build a solar plant for reverse osmosis water desalination in the city of Khafji with a capacity of up to 60,000 cubic meters per day. It also aims to build a solar power plant with a capacity of 20 MW in mid-2015 to supply electricity to the desalination plant so that the two plants open in the first quarter of 2017.

Dangote group opens 3rd cement factory

businessincameroon. com 31 Jan, 2015

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote built a cement factory on the banks of the Wouri River will start production in the next few days. The latter indicated that the cement factory has already received raw materials, particularly clinker and gypsum as well as pozzolan produced from a 27-hectare quarry in Tombel that Dangote has been approved to mine for another 5 years.

Holmes County Replaces 25 Bridges 30 Jan, 2015
Holmes county is on the receiving end of 24 million dollars from DOT and all that money is bridging the gap between road repairs and long term solutions. All these projects are completely funded by FDOT. The goal is to replace wooden bridges with durable, long lasting concrete structures. At this time 19 of the 25 bridges have been completed and the remaining 6 are scheduled to be finished in the next 5 years.

Denso to expand Tenn. plant 30 Jan, 2015
Denso Corp plans to invest $85 million to expand production of gasoline direct-injection products at its Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee unit. The company is building a 224,000-square-foot facility at its existing location. Production is set to begin in July 2016.

Nigeria inaugurates $380m steel plant 30 Jan, 2015
The Nigerian Government has inaugurated N60 billion integrated steel mill in Shagamu in Ogun State in south-western Nigeria as part of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan.

Five firms interested to build Romanian hydro power plant 30 Jan, 2015
Five companies have filed preliminary, non-binding bids to build a 1,000 megawatt hydro power plant at Tarnita in Romania.

Croatia’s HEP eyes renewable energy projects under development 30 Jan, 2015
HEP was interested in wind farms, solar power plants with installed capacity of more than 300 kW, hydro power plants of up to 10 MW capacity, as well as biomass and bio gas power plants. HEP plans investment of more than $4.7 billion in power generation to become self-sufficient by 2017.

SolarCity to install solar power at MillerCoors brewery 30 Jan, 2015
Solar power provider SolarCity and MillerCoors completed a 3.2 MW array that consists of more than 10,000 solar panels installed across ten acres of the brewery’s grounds in Irwindale, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The system will prevent more than 144 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere over its lifetime-the equivalent of taking over 12,000 cars off the road or planting more than 6.2 million trees.

Upgrade planned for Boardman sewage plant 30 Jan, 2015
The Mahoning County commissioners approved this morning a $159,000 consulting engineering agreement with URS Corp. of Akron for an upgrade to the Boardman sewage treatment plant on East Parkside Drive.

Levi Roots launches Jamaican Sunset drink 30 Jan, 2015
Levi Roots Soft Drinks introduction of a new 500ml carbonate flavour for Convenience to help retailers respond to the growing demand for exotic drinks. Jamaican Sunset is a new addition to the brand’s range of soft drinks for the Impulse channel following its introduction as a 2L format into the Grocery channel.

Treatment plant progress detailed 30 Jan, 2015
Severn Trent Services progress is underway at the city’s water treatment plant. Steady progress has been made at the water treatment plant, there are still problems to solve..

ET Rover is still working FERC application to build natural gas pipeline 30 Jan, 2015
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a natural gas pipeline. Which is proposing to build a gas pipeline through parts of southern Genesee. ET Rover is still working through the filing process and the date for submission has changed. ET Rover was close to wrapping up the survey process for the $4.3 billion project. She also said they are hoping to break ground by January 2016. The proposed 42-inch-diameter pipeline is expected to be an 820-mile natural gas transmission line that would eventually run to West Virginia and later Canada.

Construction phase begins on Savannah Harbor expansion 30 Jan, 2015
The Savannah Harbor enter the first phase of construction this week. The $706 million project to allow larger and heavier container ships into the port is expected to force more saltwater upstream, threatening freshwater marsh in Georgia and South Carolina’s Jasper County. The Corps’ Savannah District plans to deepen the harbor and shipping channel from 42 to 47 feet and extend the channel about seven miles further into the Atlantic Ocean

Futuristic hospital with robots opens up in San Francisco 30 Jan, 2015
San Francisco’s Medical Center at Mission Bay is set to open on Super Bowl Sunday. The 25 tireless robots at the new medical center, created by Aethon Inc. The 878,000-square-foot facility is actually three hospitals in one: the 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, the 70-bed UCSF Bakar Cancer Center and the 36-bed UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, along with the 207,500-square-foot UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building.

Veterans Memorial Parkway project on schedule, Iron Mountain Road delayed 30 Jan, 2015
McClellan’s economic development is still set for completion this year, while the start of another has been delayed a few months. Work to extend Iron Mountain Road at McClellan has been delayed until at least April. The long-awaited Veterans Memorial Parkway, though, is still scheduled for completion in fall as planned. ALDOT had planned to award the contract for the approximately 2-mile extension of Iron Mountain Road in January, but has been delayed.

China unveils 15 GW solar target 30 Jan, 2015
The National Energy Administration of China is aiming for 15 GW of new solar capacity in 2015, of which DG will make up 7 GW. The 15 GW figure will include 8 GW of ground-mount capacity and the 7 GW DG target will include at least 3.15 GW of rooftop solar.

PowerChina unit to build 60-MW wind farm for CGN 30 Jan, 2015
A unit of PowerChina has won the bid to construct a 60-MW wind farm in China’s Guizhou province for China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). The Chinese engineering and construction firm, also known as Power Construction Corp of China, said that its subsidiary Shandong Electric Power Construction No 2 Co (SEPCO2) will erect 30 units of 2-MW turbines in Qiannan Buyei and Miao autonomous prefecture. PowerChina recently broke ground on a 84-MW wind power facility in Jiangxi province.

Israel to build 430 new West Bank settler homes: NGO 30 Jan, 2015
The Israeli government has published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. The announcements were the first since October 2014 and unlikely to be the last before the March 17 General Election.

Shell expects restart of 900,000 tpa ethylene steam cracker at Moerdijk 30 Jan, 2015
Shell expects the 900,000 tpa ethylene steam cracker at Moerdijk in the Netherlands to be back in operation by year-end. The shutdown, following a steam leak, was initially estimated to last until the end of Q3-2015. Derivative units for production of styrene monomer, propylene oxide and ethylene oxide have already restarted using feedstock from other sources.

BASF commences operations at polymer dispersion plant in Malaysia 30 Jan, 2015
BASF has begun operations at its first production plant for polymer dispersions in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia at the beginning of 2015. This plant is built at the existing BASF production site, located in the Pasir Gudang Industrial Park of the Johor Free Trade Zone. The plant is built with BASF’s advanced production technology, which can accommodate a broad spectrum of acrylic products that are being developed in its Asia Technical Center in Shanghai, China. The new plant will focus on the production of a variety of acrylic base polymer dispersions for decorative coatings, construction and adhesive industries, serving the entire Asia Pacific region, especially for South East Asia.

Second propylene unit in China commissioned using C3 Oleflex process technology 30 Jan, 2015
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced commissioning of its second propylene producing unit in China using its C3 Oleflex process technology. Zhejiang Shaoxing Sanjin Petrochemical Co., Ltd. commissioned a UOP C3 Oleflex process unit to produce propylene from propane, increasing the global production capacity from UOP technology to approximately 3.8 mln metric tpa. It will produce 450,000 mtpa of propylene at its facility in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, China.

JBS expands Utah beef plant as tight cattle supply squeezes rivals 30 Jan, 2015
JBS USA will expand a Utah beef-processing facility. The company plans to complete the expansion in the spring of 2016. JBS will spend $75 million to increase production at its plant in Hyrum, Utah. The plant processes nearly 500,000 cattle per year, and the expansion will increase production by more than 400 head per day.

Italian Thai, Rojana to sign $1.7 bln Myanmar Dawei deal in March 30 Jan, 2015
Italian Thai Development Pcl and Rojana Industrial Park will sign a $1.7-billion deal in March to develop the Dawei industrial zone in Myanmar. At the initial stage it will be an investment of around $1.7 billion. Italian Thai and Rojana will develop the first phase of the project. The project will begin with construction of a 138-km (86-mile) road from Dawei to Kanchanaburi province. Thailand will provide soft loans to Myanmar, to meet a budget of around 3.9 billion baht for the road construction. Besides the roadbuilding, the first phase aims to complete within five years such infrastructure projects as a telecoms network, a small port and a reservoir. Plans envisage a 250-sq-km deep-sea port, petrochemical and heavy industry hub.

County looks to complete funding package for Kensington treatment plant project 30 Jan, 2015
With construction scheduled to begin this year on the Kensington sewage treatment plant in Lisbon, Columbiana County commissioners agreed to seek the last piece of funding needed to pay for the project.

UK’s Argos to open digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets 29 Jan, 2015
British general merchandise retailer Argos has struck a deal with supermarket Sainsbury’s to open 10 new format digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s stores. The stores, ranging in size from 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet, will provide shoppers with a choice of over 20,000 non-grocery products which they can either buy in store using tablets, or reserve online for collection. The 10 digital stores will open by summer this year.

Solar power firm to develop 5 ‘garden’ projects 29 Jan, 2015
SunShare announced a deal with NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy. NRG Energy will finance the $25 million development of five new “solar garden” projects: four in the metro Denver area and a 2-megawatt one in Colorado Springs. In exchange, NRG will receive a significant equity position in the projects.

EDF scraps plans for 54-MW Scottish wind farm 29 Jan, 2015
The UK-based renewable energy unit of French utility EDF SA has abandoned plans for the development of its up to 54-MW Airriequhillart wind project in Scotland. The company no longer considers the selected site to be technically viable.

The Glen shopping centre $500m expansion plan to create 2600 jobs 29 Jan, 2015
A $500 million redevelopment of The Glen shopping centre is planned. Federation Centres and Perron Group have submitted an application for a planning permit to Monash Council for the works. The proposed development also includes three apartment towers offering more than 500 residences.

BMR Jamaica receives $62.7m loan to build wind farm 29 Jan, 2015
Blue Mountain Renewables Jamaica Wind Ltd (BMR) has received a financing of $62.7m for the construction of 36.3MW wind farm. The wind farm will be located about 90km from Kingston. Under a 20-year power purchase agreement, the wind facility will sell power to the Jamaica Public Service Company. The plant is expected to become operational in the first half of 2016.

NDB funds first-ever wind power projects in Northern Region 29 Jan, 2015
NDB granted 2 long term facilities aggregating to Rs.3.3 billion towards construction and commissioning of two wind power projects in Vallimunai and Puloppalai of the Kilinochchi District in Sri Lanka. The two new projects will add approximately 60 GWh green energy annually to the national grid.

County commissioners approve cement plant expansion 28 Jan, 2015
The proposal for a $130 million upgrade to the St. Marys Cement Inc. facility in Charlevoix has received approval from the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners.

Napanoch water treatment plant should be online in six weeks 28 Jan, 2015
A water treatment plant for the Napanoch Water District will be ready to go online in late February or early March. It is a $1.5 million plant that will remove the iron and manganese out of the water to bring crystal-clear water into people’s homes. Water system improvements also are planned for the 500-user Kerhonkson Water Distric. New water tanks are planned for Academy Street and Route 44/55. It received $1.9 million grant, and a loan for $1.8 million. That will include a chemical storage building, replacing some more piping and also hooking up every commercial and residential business with new water meters.

Water reservoir project nearing completion 28 Jan, 2015
Lebanon’s new water reservoir is now in service after a seven-month delay. The new four million gallon reservoir was expected to be ready last spring, but some tiny leaks on the inside put the project behind schedule. With the new reservoir, another one located on Grant Street, and the new water treatment plant to be built soon, Lebanon’s storage capacity will be at the minimum requirement. The project is expected to be completed by this spring.

Inter Pipeline Announces Completion of Cold Lake and Polaris Pipeline Expansion Projects 28 Jan, 2015
Bahrain is likely to award contracts for two major sewerage network projects in the North Town area by Inter Pipeline Ltd has completed construction activity on two major expansion projects on its Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline systems. These projects, representing a combined investment of $3.0 billion, will provide transportation service to the Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects owned by the FCCL Partnership, a business venture between Cenovus Energy and ConocoPhillips. Inter Pipeline will construct 840 kilometres of pipeline and seven pump stations to provide transportation service to FCCL’s Foster Creek, Christina Lake and Narrows Lake oil sands developments.

Myanmar-China oil pipeline inaugurated 28 Jan, 2015
A pipeline transporting Myanmar’s oil to China has been inaugurated. The trial operation of the 771-kilometer pipeline started on January 28. The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in cooperation with Myanmar’s state-run Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) completed the construction of the pipeline in May 2014. The new oil pipeline can transmit 22 million tons of crude a year from Myanmar’s Madae Island, which is due to be officially opened on January 30..

GE to build 1,200MW thermal power plant in Ghana 28 Jan, 2015
General Electric plans to construct a 1,200MW thermal power plant in Ghana. The power plant will become operational in the next five years. The project will be split into two phases. The first phase will comprise a 750MW plant that will run on liquefied natural gas and become operational by 2017. The second phase will see another plant becoming operational two years later.

Hilton to open new hotel in Alexandria 28 Jan, 2015
Hilton Worldwide Hotels is planning to open a new hotel in Egypt in 2015; Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch, with a further five hotels currently under development. The company is now-owning over 550 hotels across six continents.

Two Southington sewer projects underway 28 Jan, 2015
Two sewer system upgrade projects are underway at Southingdon. One project will reduce bad smells at the water pollution control plant on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and lessen the amount of waste hauled from the plant. The other is the replacement of the 1970s-vintage Queen Street pump station that’s susceptible to flooding, costing less than $1 million. Kovacs Construction of Danbury is the lowest bidder for both projects. Construction should begin in the early spring and end by January 2016. Equipment has been ordered for the Queen Street pump station replacement.

Choctaws’ new hospital nearing completion 28 Jan, 2015
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning to open the tribe’s new hospital near Philadelphia on March 9. The $55 million facility will be set up to meet an array of health care needs of 10,000 reservation residents. Aside from the 20 beds that it will have for patients and space to house 14 doctors and 12 dentists, this facility will also be used to house the Choctaws’ Public Health Department. It will provide services for behavioral and mental health issues along with addictions.

Tanner beginning preliminary work for new hospital 28 Jan, 2015
Tanner Health System may go ahead with some of the preliminary work towards the Wedowee Hospital. The hospital is expected to be opened in 2017.

Two companies consider Jeffersonville expansion 28 Jan, 2015
Chemtrusion Inc. and Mytex Polymers US Corp. plan to expand their facility at the Port of Indiana – Jeffersonville. Chemtrusion provides dedicated compounding services to Mytex Polymers, which serves the auto, home appliance and other industries. The two companies plan to invest more than $7.5 million to expand production capacity. The project would include the removal and relocation of existing equipment, acquisition and installation of new equipment, expansion of rail-storage facilities and expansion of warehouse capacity.

Chile to consider public-private partnerships to develop lithium 28 Jan, 2015
Chile will consider boosting the development of its lithium industry through public-private partnerships. According to the commission, global lithium demand is expected to jump to 158,000 tonnes per year by 2018 and to between 250,000-300,000 tonnes by 2020, from a current 95,000 tonnes.

ADB funds for GMR’s Philippines project 28 Jan, 2015
The Mactan Cebu International Airport project in the Philippines, awarded to a JV comprising GMR Infrastructure, is getting $75 million ADB funds. GMR Infrastructure said the joint venture firm, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, has amended the financing documents of the project to include ADB.

New water treatment for Seaforth and Midge Point 28 Jan, 2015
Mackay Regional Council will spend $740,000 to install re-chlorination facilities at Midge Point Reservoir and Seaforth. The facilities had been on the drawing board for a while and a tender had been finalised with Roebuck Civil Pty Ltd. The new re-chlorination facilities would monitor chlorine levels remotely and automatically top up levels to ensure consistent water quality. Work will begin in April and completed within months.

Bahrain to award two sewerage project tenders 28 Jan, 2015
Bahrain is likely to award contracts for two major sewerage network projects in the North Town area by the second quarter of 2015. The Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning has completed the designs and tendering documents for the implementation of the project. Technical offers are presently being evaluated. The first project involves implementation of a sewage treatment plant with the capacity of 40,000 cu m per day, expandable to 60,000 cu m per day, a tri-treatment unit to produce treated water for irrigation purposes, sludge management to fulfill technical requirements and a 4.5-km-long emergency line flowing to the sea. The scope of work also includes all civil, electrical and mechanical works, besides setting up a tank for the collection of treated sewage water and the main pumping station, he stated. The second project comprises installation of about 1.7-km-long main sewerage lines besides transfer lines using the micro-tunnelinlg methodology extending 5.7 km in addition to main transfer lines extending 8.2 km.

New Giza to develop mixed-use project in Egypt 28 Jan, 2015
New Giza for Development and Construction plans to develop a major mixed-use project NewGiza 6th October City in Cairo at an investment of E£1 billion spread across 6.3 million sq m of land. The project would be implemented within 10 years. The project will comprise of ten self-contained neighborhoods. New Giza is set to complete and hand over more housing units in the first phase of its project this year.

Gulf of Suez power project tender extended 28 Jan, 2015
Egypt has extended the deadline to submit bids for a 250-MW project being tendered in the Gulf of Suez under a build, own and operate contract, to March 18. Meanwhile, a total of 36 companies were picked to build wind power projects of 20 to 50 MW in the first round of a tender for independent power producers. The government will inform the developers of the exact capacities and the next steps to be taken.

Union Properties to complete Dubai project in 2017 27 Jan, 2015
Union Properties has started work on the third phase of its 1.48 million-sq-ft master-development, Green Community, in Dubai. This will see the addition of 227 units, of which 210 are townhouses, and a dedicated retail space. The first two phases of the Dh680 million project have together built 1,555 units. It will issue the tender for the main construction in early Feb, as it aims to complete the third phase of the project by February 2017. The enabling works are scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Check Out Apple’s Gorgeous New Store In China 28 Jan, 2015
Apple plans to have 40 stores operating in China by the end of 2016, and is opening five locations in just five weeks. Apple started its activity with the opening of its store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province situated over two large levels of retail space.

FPL announces plans to build a solar power plant in Manatee County 28 Jan, 2015
Florida Power and Light is announcing it plans to build one of three new solar power plants in Manatee County. The three new plants are estimated to provide about 225 MW. About 1 million solar panels will be installed among the three plants. FPL is considering three sites for the new solar power plants: FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center – Manatee County, FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center – DeSoto County, FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center – Charlotte County. FPL would begin construction on the plants later this year and complete them by the end of 2016.

Whirlpool, Ball invest in Findlay Wind Farm 28 Jan, 2015
Whirlpool Corp. and Ball Corp. are making an $18 million investment in wind power with a generation facility to be called the Findlay Wind Farm. Five wind turbines are expected to go online in late 2015. Two will generate power for Whirlpool’s manufacturing facility; the other three will supply electricity for Ball. The project is being financed by One Energy.

Water Treatment Company Brews Up Plan to Make Beer from Sewage Water 27 Jan, 2015
Hillsboro-based water treatment plant Clean Water Services, which operates four water treatment plants in the metro area, has come up with a new triple-purification water cleansing system that can convert waste water into water that meets or exceeds all drinking water standards.

Process water pilot plant approved 27 Jan, 2015
The Paradise Irrigation District Board of Directors are to spend about $90,000 to bring in a pilot plant before going forward with the district’s process water recycling project. The pilot plant is a small-scale, portable version of a mechanical plant that is slated for construction later this year.

Union Properties to complete Dubai project in 2017 27 Jan, 2015
Union Properties has started work on the third phase of its 1.48 million-sq-ft master-development, Green Community, in Dubai. This will see the addition of 227 units, of which 210 are townhouses, and a dedicated retail space. The first two phases of the Dh680 million project have together built 1,555 units. The tender for the main construction will be issued in early February and will complete the third phase of the project by February 2017. The enabling works are scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

General Electric says to build 1,200 MW power plant in Ghana 27 Jan, 2015
General Electric Co (GE) will build a 1,200-megawatt thermal power plant in Ghana to come onstream in the next five years. The U.S. company will also provide emergency power systems in Ghana this year to help offset a current crisis.

Venezuela: cement production to reach 12 million tpy by 2017 27 Jan, 2015
Cement production in Venezuela is expected to rise from 7 million tpy to around 9 million tpy. The additional capacity includes the 1 million tpy of cement that will be produced at the Cerro Azul plant, developed through an agreement with Iran.

Developer plans new hotel, expansion on Lynch 27 Jan, 2015
A new all-suite, extended-stay hotel will be developed next to Sleep Inn along Lynch Road. In addition, Sleep Inn & Suites plans to expand its existing property. Sleep Inn & Suites at 361 Lynch Drive plans to expand its existing 76-room hotel this year. A national franchise has been awarded to Premier to develop a new 75- to 80-room all-suite, long-term stay hotel property next to the Sleep Inn on land it already owns. Premier is finalizing joint venture agreements with a large hotel developer/operator and an Illinois-based hotel construction firm to build and operate the new hotel.The combined project investment is estimated to be approximately $6 million.

New hotel coming to the ByWard Market next year 27 Jan, 2015
An affiliate of Hyatt Hotels has entered an agreement with Claridge Homes to bring a new hotel to the ByWard Market by mid-2016. The 200-room Andaz Ottawa Byward Market will be built at 325 Dalhousie Street, at York Street. The hotel will also have a destination restaurant, a rooftop bar and lounge, and meeting facilities.

New five-star hotel opens at PortAventura 27 Jan, 2015
PortAventura Resort has made a move into the luxury market with a new five-star hotel. It has 28 rooms and 2 suites with express premium wristband access to the theme park. The new hotel will open on 2 April. The new hotel is part of a EUR10 million expansion in accommodation with also includes an extended Hotel Gold River. A themed 78-room Callaghan Building has been added with its own entrance and reception area, due to open on 1 June.

Quebec-based firm wins water treatment deals worth $14M 27 Jan, 2015
H2O Innovation Inc. has won six new contracts worth a combined $14 million, mainly to supply drinking water systems to municipalities in Canada and the USA. The contracts include design, manufacture and commissioning of a 38,000 cubic metres a day complete drinking water ultra filtration system for the Town of Innisfi. The company also won a pair of contracts in Western Canada—one for the design, manufacture and commissioning of three integrated ultra filtration and nano-filtration systems in northern Alberta. The systems will be installed at water treatment plants in John D’Or Prairie, Boyer River and Meander River, and will have respective capacities of 980 cubic metres a day, 416 cubic metres a day, and 438 cubic metres a day. The other deal is for the treatment of mining effluent at a site in northern British Columbia. The contract consists of the rental of four insulated containerized media filtration units that can handle a flow of 2,721 cubic metres a day for a minimum of six months.H2O Innovation will design, manufacture and commission a reverse osmosis system in Abilene, Texas, that will treat as much as 41,600 cubic metres per day.

GE Signs Its Largest Wind Turbine Deal in China 27 Jan, 2015
General Electric announced that China’s Huaneng Corp. will install 55 of its GE 2.7-120 Brilliant wind turbines 151 MW worth at its Huaneng Dali Longquan wind farm in southwestern Yunnan province. The deal includes a two-year operations and maintenance service agreement. Brilliant wind turbines, such as the 2.75-120s are to be installed at the Huaneng Dali Longquan wind farm.

Nordex wins 30MW US deal 27 Jan, 2015
Nordex has been handed a 30MW deal by Fair Wind Power Partners to supply turbines to a project in Maryland, northeast US. Nordex will have installed over 100MW in Maryland with this new contract. Nordex will manufacture 12 N100/2500 turbines for the 30MW Fair Wind project, with installation expected in September 2015. A 20-year servicing contract forms part of the deal.

Jeju Energy Corporation to Construct 230MW Wind Power Generation Complexes on Land and Sea 27 Jan, 2015
By 2020, Jeju Energy Corporation (JEC) is expanding its currently-operating wind power generating facilities on Jeju Island. The JEC is planning to construct offshore wind generation complexes to produce 100MW in optimal conditions and achieve a carbon-free Jeju Island. A total of 725 billion won will be invested in the project, 175 billion won for land-based facilities and 550 billion won for offshore facilities. The JEC is also planning to develop 1855MW wind farms on land and at sea by 2030.

$4.4 million renovation for Frisco water treatment plant underway 27 Jan, 2015

A $4.4 million renovation at the Frisco wastewater treatment plant next to Highway 9 just south of Main Street is underway. Crews with the Fort Collins contractor Hydro Construction Co. will start pouring concrete at the plant on Jan. 27 and expects to finish that stage by the end of February. The tanks will be replaced with concrete ones, which should last 40 to 60 years, and other aspects of the treatment process will be changed to meet new regulations required by September 2016.

Beltone, Total to set up solar plant in Egypt 27 Jan, 2015

Beltone Capital and the Egyptian unit of France’s Total plan to spend about $100 million on the development of a 50-MW solar project in Egypt. The duo has received the Ministry of Electricity’s approval for the project. The list of firms prequalified to build 20-MW-plus solar parks in Egypt includes US-based First Solar Inc, Scatec Solar ASA of Norway, Italy’s Enel Green Power and India’s Tata Power.

Qatar plans to to build 2nd LNG terminal in Italy 27 Jan, 2015

Qatar and Italy are planning to build their second liquified natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in Italy to enhance capacity. The countries are also conducting discussions on many other investment proposals that are in the pipeline.

Saudi, Egypt groups to build industrial complex 27 Jan, 2015

Leading businessmen from Saudi Arabia and Egypt are planning to build an industrial complex at an investment of E£500 million. The new industrial complex by Saudi Egyptian Businessmen Association (Seba) would encompass three factories for building materials located in one of Suez Canal cities. Seba is set to announce the project at its second annual conference on January 31. The industrial complex, which will boast key Saudi Arabian and Lebanese investments, will be ready by the year end and start its operation in 2016.

Minelab sets up new facility in Dubai 27 Jan, 2015

Minelab, a metal-detecting technologies provider, has opened a new facility in Dubai, UAE, as part of a $2 million investment. Minelab MEA General Trading has been set up to act as a regional base and well-connected transit hub for Africa, ensuring good access and availability of Minelab products to customers.

Mitsubishi Electric Completes 6MW Fukushima Solar Power Station 27 Jan, 2015

Mitsubishi Electric Corp., completed a 6-megawatt solar power station in northern Japan. The plant in Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture, was built for a venture between Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., Mitsubishi Electric also built a 12-megawatt station which went online in Iwaki city in August for the two companies.

Pellets prompt expansion 27 Jan, 2015

The UK’s Port of Tyne is investing £25m to expand its multi-functional deep-sea facility at South Shields. The project covers some 300 metres of quay, including the construction of a brand new 125 metre quay extension with a load capacity of 10t per square metre. A 118 metre section of existing quay which is over 70 years old will be removed, and the old fenders will be replaced with new before the quay itself can be laid. In total 240 steel piles up to 33m long and weighing up to 21t each will be needed to support the new quay and will be driven into the river bed over the course of the project.

Sirius begins mining at Nova 27 Jan, 2015

Sirius Resources’ mining operations have begun at its Nova nickel project near Balladonia. Mining operations were proceeding alongside major construction activities following receipt of final statutory approvals. Initial mining of the boxcut is expected to take about three months with contractor Barminco then moving on to the underground decline under a three-year contract valued at $129 million. The work is due to be finished in March. Equipment for the construction of the aerodrome and access roads is being mobilised to site with work expected to start this week. Tenders to build the processing plant have closed with the preferred party expected to be announced in March.

RMBS firm to launch new bank 27 Jan, 2015

RMBS firm will launch the new bank, called Charter Savings Bank, which will significantly improve the group’s financial strength, governance structure and risk management framework. CCFS will be looking to bring further deals to market in 2015 and will remain a programmatic issuer of UK RMBS for the foreseeable future.

Upgrades finished on Lessalt water treatment plant 26 Jan, 2015

Upgrades are done to the Lessalt Water Treatment Plant as part of a broader plan to improve water quality in the Hollister area. The project is a multi-district endeavor headed up by local water agencies that involves major construction projects such as improvements to Lessalt located along Fairview Road. After Lessalt, the next phase in the project is construction of the West Hills Treatment Plant to treat up to 4.5 million gallons a day of imported water.

Sunworks signs up two large agricultural solar projects 26 Jan, 2015

Sunworks has won contracts to design and install solar photovoltaic projects for two California agricultural companies. The new projects are a 504 kilowatt array at Heidrick & Heidrick Properties in Woodland and an 893 kilowatt photovoltaic array at Innovative Produce Inc. in Santa Maria.

Duke Energy to Build 13 MW Solar Facility at Camp Lejeune 26 Jan, 2015

Duke Energy Corp. announced that it will build a 13-megawatt (AC) solar facility at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, NC. The project will be built in partnership with the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. A Duke Energy North Carolina unit – Duke Energy Progress – will operate the facility. The project is expected to be in service this year and is yet to receive approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (“NCUC”). This 80-acre solar project will be connected to the electric grid at a Duke Energy Progress-owned substation on military property.

Furniture manufacturer expanding in Mississippi 26 Jan, 2015

Furniture manufacturer United Furniture Industries is expanding its operation in Verona, Mississippi. It is investing $2.75 million in the expansion. It currently operates in more than 4 million square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space in Mississippi, North Carolina and California. It plans to begin some production in mid-February.

Cancer Care Unit expansion underway 26 Jan, 2015

St. Joseph’s General Hospital is moving forward with an expansion to their Cancer Care Unit. The expansion will involve securing a small area from the rehabilitation services department to allow more space to comfortably accommodate five treatment areas, a patient centre and room for additional equipment necessary to care for patients efficiently. RBC Foundation donated $20,000 to purchase new equipment for the unit. The budget for the renovation and equipment is $130,000, with work underway; it is expected to be complete by late-spring.

Tryp hotel to open in Fort Lauderdale in 2016 26 Jan, 2015

New 150-room Tryp by Wyndham hotel is set to be built in Fort Lauderdale along the State Road 84 Marina district. Groundbreaking on the $23 million, eight-story hotel at 2161 W. State Road 84 is slated for early March, with a target opening date of March 2016. Officially called Tryp Maritime by Wyndham, Fort Lauderdale, the new hotel will cater to marine businesses in the area such as boat brokerages, marinas and repair yards. It will have a modern nautical feel, with some cruise ship elements, and photography of marine life in common areas, hallways and rooms.

Iran, Iraq to boost cooperation in post, telecommunication sectors 26 Jan, 2015

Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi held a meeting with visiting Iraqi Minister of Communications, Hassan Kadhim Al-Rashed in Tehran. During the meeting the two sides stressed the need to boost their relations in different fields including telecommunication, post, post bank, satellite, internet, land lines, mobile phones, and IT.

Commissioners approve rezoning of Koch land 26 Jan, 2015

Garfield County commissioners have given approval to rezoning requests on land for Koch Nitrogen, making way for an expansion project at the Enid facility. The expansion is worth about $1.3 billion. Two parcels of land — located at South 78th and East Market and at South 90th and East Rupe in Enid — were rezoned from A-1 agriculture to 1-3 heavy industrial. One parcel of land will contain a private road and a private rail loop to the Koch Nitrogen plant. A vacant home on the other parcel will be converted to office space during the plant’s expansion. The parcel also will include two rail spurs to connect to the loop track on the plant site. Construction has begun on some aspects of the expansion, but the rezoning will allow for construction to begin on the rail loop. Construction will include building a urea plant.

UF Health To Build Two New Hospitals Specializing In and Neuromedical Conditions 26 Jan, 2015

UF Health broke ground on two new hospitals. The hospitals will specialize in helping patients who suffer from cardiovascular and neuromedical conditions. The $415 million project, which was launched to prevent the hospital from hitting capacity, was made possible through fundraising in addition to available funds. The hospital will house the latest medical technology. Construction will take two-and-a-half to three years. Both facilities are scheduled to open in early 2018.

JFE Engineering of Japan receives order for sewage treatment plant in Sri Lanka 26 Jan, 2015

Japan’s JFE Engineering has received an order for the design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant and treated effluent disposal system in Sri Lanka’s central hill capital of Kandy. The order from the Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Drainage Board under the “Kandy City Wastewater Management Project will be for the Design and Construction of Waste Water Treatment Plant, Main Pump Station, Treated Effluent Disposal System, Sludge Drying Beds and Supply of Operation and Maintenance Equipment. It is funded by the Japanese Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. The facility will treat sewage from approximately 70,000 city residents which will lead to an improvement of the water quality of rivers and lakes.

Planning Commission approves Larkmead winery expansion 24 Jan, 2015

County planning commissioners decided that Larkmead Vineyards winery can increase production and visitation and that a proposed Girard winery needs further exploration. Annual production is to be raised by 36,000 gallons to 75,000 gallons. Vintage Winery Estates wants to build the Girard winery at 1077 Dunaweal Lane outside Calistoga. The Girard winery would be a 32,771-square-foot building with cupolas that could produce 200,000 gallons annually.

Rajawali may seek Rp 1.8 trillion for new plant 24 Jan, 2015

Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) is mulling over the possibility of seeking Rp 1.8 trillion from external funds to finance the construction of a new sugar plant. The firm would review the possibility of loans to build a new refined sugar plant this year. Groundbreaking for the plant is expected in May or June this year. The new plant is planned to have a total production capacity of 6,000 tons of refined sugar per day.

Solvay to build hydrogen peroxide grade production plant in Netherlands 23 Jan, 2015

Solvay is planning to expand hydrogen peroxide grade production capabilities in the Netherlands with a new manufacturing and filling facility. Planned to be built at Solvay’s peroxide production site in Linne-Herten, the new plant will produce the hydrogen peroxide grades for the pharmaceutical industry. Work on the plant is expected to be complete in July 2015.

Brazilian meats processor BRF looks to expand in Asia 23 Jan, 2015

Brazil’s BRF SA, chicken exporter aims to expand further into Asia by building on a recent Indonesian joint venture with more partnerships and acquisitions.

Mali set target to produce 800,000 tonnes of cotton per year by 2018 23 Jan, 2015

Mali, Africa’s gold producer plans to produce 800,000 tonnes of unginned cotton per year by 2018. Mali plans to invest between 60 to 70 billion CFA francs per year.

Sewage connector project under way in Ringgold 23 Jan, 2015

Ringgold’s sewerage department has started laying sewage lines on Candy Lane to carry it to the eastern end of Pollard Road. The city council awarded a contract to Talley Construction to build a 1,000-linear-foot road that will connect Candy Lane to Pollard Road. The road is hoped to be completed by June or July.

Peet’s opening in Wrigley Building as it brews up further expansion 23 Jan, 2015

Peet’s Coffee & Tea opens its flagship store in the Wrigley Building next week, capping a 15-store expansion in the Chicago area since September. Peet’s continues to scout real estate after openings that included adding four stores in Wisconsin, Burwick said. All of the new Chicago-area Peet’s are in former Caribou Coffee stores, aside from the space in the Wrigley Building on North Michigan Avenue. The 1,140-square-foot store in the Wrigley Building’s south tower will include outdoor seating in the plaza between the landmark structure’s two towers at 400 and 410 N. Michigan Ave.

Wawa plans South Florida expansion 23 Jan, 2015

Wawa, the gas station and convenience store chain is planning a South Florida expansion beginning in Broward and Palm Beach counties in 2017. It is scouting sites and expects to begin building stores by late 2016. Wawa’s long-term plan maps out 100 to 150 stores in the region in 10 years. Projections for 2019 are 17 to 23 stores in Palm Beach County, up to 20 in Broward and five to 14 in Miami-Dade. All of Wawa’s stores are corporate-owned.

Olathe Medical Center plans largest expansion in its history 23 Jan, 2015

Olathe Medical Center is planning a multiyear expansion. The expansion will total more than 200,000 square feet of new construction and will cost more than $100 million. The project is set to kick off this spring.

Navy, Air Force planning major solar power projects at Florida Panhandle bases 23 Jan, 2015

Florida utility company Gulf Power announced plans to work with the U.S. Navy and Air Force to build three major utility-scale solar power farms at military facilities across the Florida Panhandle. The new facilities would generate up to 120 MW of renewable electricity. Plans for the new facilities have been submitted for approval to the Florida Public Service Commission and the facilities could be in service by the end of 2016. If approved, the plans call for a 30-megawatt facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, a 40-megawatt installation at Holley Field in Navarre and a 50 MW facility at Pensacola’s Saufley Field. The facilities will be developed by HelioSage Energy, with construction scheduled to begin in February 2016, pending FPSC approval.

Vegetation Clearing Starts at Desert Solar Project 23 Jan, 2015

NextEra Energy Resources’ 485 MW Blythe Solar Power Project, approved by the California Energy Commission in January, will occupy about 4,000 acres of desert plain west of Blythe when it’s completed.

Hardide Coatings to open new manufacturing plant in Virginia, US 23 Jan, 2015

Hardide Coatings is set to open a manufacturing plant in Virginia, US, with an investment of around $7m. Located in Martinsville, Henry County, the 26,000ft² facility will feature chemical vapour deposition coating reactors, and pre-treatment, inspection, quality assurance and finishing equipment. It is planned to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Hirschvogel Auto Group commissions innovative Schuler press line in Denklingen 23 Jan, 2015

The Hirschvogel Automotive Group is currently commissioning a new Schuler press with 2,000 metric tonnes of force to manufacture a variety of shafts for transmissions, drivetrains and engines at its headquarters in Denklingen, Germany. It is now equipping an increasing number of forging presses with ServoDirect Technology. In addition to the MSL 2-2000 press, these also include a 1,600-metric-tonne closed die forging press and a 500-metric-tonne knuckle-joint press.

China Longyuan to build 150 MW of Anhui wind farms 23 Jan, 2015

China Longyuan Power Group Corp Ltd has agreed to develop 150 MW of wind projects in Anhui province. It will build the new facilities mainly in the city of Wuhu, located in the southeastern parts of the province. It also obtained approvals to construct 36 wind parks, totalling 2,642.4 MW, in 18 Chinese provinces.

Canadian company wants to expand pipeline through Wisconsin 23 Jan, 2015

Canada’s Enbridge Energy Co plans to double the pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Superior to Delavan and on to a refinery in Illinois. Line 61 pumps a half-million barrels a day through Wisconsin.

Gurit wins €30.5m automotive supply contract 23 Jan, 2015

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre based automotive body panels at a value of more than CHF 30m, calculated on a multi-annual basis. The new project is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2015 and involves industrial production of exterior Class-A carbon body panel parts, utilising both Gurit’s existing open mould manual and its new proprietary and patented advanced press technology.

Work begins on quay extension at Port of Tyne 23 Jan, 2015

The Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the £25 million extension of Riverside Quay, the port’s multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields. The main contract for over 300 meters of quay work includes a 125 meter quay extension, an upgrade of 118 meters of existing quay and 90 meters of quay wall renewal at the former McNulty site. The £18.6 million contract was won by Tyneside-based Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd. who will start construction this month. In total 240 steel piles up to 33 meter long and weighing up to 21 metric tons each will be needed to support the new quay and will be driven into the river bed over the course of the project.

Signs Point to New Restaurant Opening Soon in Vienna 23 Jan, 2015

Caboose Brewing Company will soon be opening its doors in Vienna at 520 Mill St. NE. The establishment will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also for a brunch on weekends.

Total and SunPower Celebrate Completion of 70-megawatt PV Salvador Solar Plant in Chile 23 Jan, 2015

Total and SunPower Corp. announced the completion of the 70-megawatt PV Salvador project at Chile. PV Salvador power plant is expected to produce approximately 200 gigawatt-hours of solar electricity per year. SunPower designed and constructed PV Salvador. At the 138-hectare site, SunPower installed SunPower Oasis(TM) C1(TM) Power Plant technology, featuring proprietary single-axis trackers and over 160,000 SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels. SunPower will now provide on-going operations and maintenance. PV Salvador will initially operate on a merchant basis where the electricity produced is sold on the spot market and is delivered to the Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC) electricity network.

City seeking $6.5 million for sewer repairs 23 Jan, 2015

The Huntington Water Quality Board is seeking approval from City Council to issue up to $6.5 million in bonds for repairs to the main lines at its wastewater treatment plant. The plant processes about 13 million gallons of sewage a day. The project would take about a year to complete. Pipe Plus Inc., of Nitro, was the low bidder to do the work on both the intake system and outgoing system at $1.7 million and just more than $1 million, respectively. The city has also contracted with Potesta & Associates out of Charleston for the engineering work required.

First phase of new Saudi airport nearly ready 23 Jan, 2015

The first phase of the construction of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport will be completed soon at a cost of SR27 billion. When completed the airport will have 46 gates and serve about 30 million passengers annually. The new airport would have a capacity to handle as many as 92 aircraft at a time.

New Mexican restaurant coming to Chichester 23 Jan, 2015

A new Mexican restaurant is coming up in the Chichester Gate retail park. Mucho Burrito currently has a planning application in with Chichester District Council for the empty unit next to Frankie and Benny’s.

Enbridge’s Edmonton to Hardisty pipeline to start up around April 1 22 Dec , 2015

Enbridge Inc’s new 570,000 barrel-per-day Edmonton to Hardisty crude oil pipeline will start up around April 1. The start-up date will be roughly on schedule with Enbridge’s planned in-service date of the first quarter of 2015.

BASF to Euro 56 mn to expand polyvinylpyrrolidone capacities


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BASF is planning to invest about Euro 56 million for the expansion of its polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) value chain over the next four years. Through revamping existing plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Geismar, Louisiana and introducing the PVP technology at BASF’s site in Shanghai, China, the company will increase its global PVP production capacities by up to 6,000 metric tonnes.

See progress of $59.6 million Bay Area Water Treatment Plant 22 Jan, 2015

Construction on the $59.6 million Bay Area Water Treatment Plant looks nearly complete from the outside, with masonry work done and only the final layer of the roof still under construction. Electrical and plumbing work is soon to begin. The plant has a projected completion date in late July. The project itself is financed by Bay County and overseen by the Bay County Road Commission, of which the Bay County Department of Water and Sewer is a subsidiary. The cost is likely to fall at $59.6 million.

First phase of waste treatment project should be complete soon 22 Jan, 2015

The first phase of a project to replace the Haw River Interceptor is to be completed by the end of this month. The Burlington City Council voted to extend a contract with Morrisville-based Parks Construction to complete the next section of the project, which should begin by spring. The Haw River Interceptor is a pipe that collects and transports the entire sewer to the East Burlington Wastewater Plant, which services about half of the city. The project is broken into three parts, Phases 1, 2A and 2B. With Phase 1, Parks Construction was given a $3.1 million contract to replace approximately 3,580 feet of pipe — 42 inches in diameter — of gravity sewer lines from the East Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant to Riverside Drive. Phase 2A will replace approximately 3,558 feet of gravity sewer lines from Riverside Drive to just south of Servis Creek crossing for an expected cost of $2.7 million. Design work is underway for Phase 2B, which will replace line from 4,720 feet of pipe.

Edinburgh Airport set for next £50m expansion stage 22 Jan, 2015

Edinburgh Airport is to start another stage of its expansion, with the announcement of a £50m development. A new immigration and baggage hall is to be built, which should triple the capacity for larger long-haul aircraft. It is the second stage of a £150m programme. The first stage included a new security hall and a temporary arrivals hall to accommodate Middle East routes.Work on that temporary structure started this week, to be ready for the June start to the Etihad service.

Lucky Eagle Casino announces $40 million expansion 22 Jan, 2015

South Thurston County’s Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel announced a $40 million expansion plan including a parking garage that will provide space for 250 additional vehicles.The work will begin in early February and take 16-18 months to complete. In addition to the 120,000-square-foot parking garage, the casino will expand by 41,000 square feet, including additional gaming, food service and administrative space. It also will get a new sports bar and grill, more meeting and entertainment space, and a new player’s club and lounge. The Cowlitz Tribe also has proposed a new casino in La Center. Red Wind is undergoing its own expansion, which will grow the casino and has added more parking.

Vestas Signs On To 298 MW Oklahoma Wind Project 22 Jan, 2015

Vestas Wind Systems will be providing 149 wind turbines to the Kingfisher Wind project in Oklahoma, which is expected to begin operation in 2016. Vestas Wind will provide 149 V100-2.0 MW turbines to the project, which is ‘construction ready’ and expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Wind Farm First Reserve has agreed to acquire the project from Apex Clean Energy, who will remain on as construction and asset managers during facility operation.

Capital Dynamics finances 150MW Texas wind project 22 Jan, 2015

Capital Dynamics has completed financing with General Electric Energy Financial Services and Morgan Stanley for its 150MW Briscoe Wind Farm in the Texas Panhandle. GE Energy Financial Services and Morgan Stanley will provide tax equity, with Morgan Stanley also supplying construction debt and letter of credit agreements for the project. Briscoe Wind Farm will utilize 81 GE 1.85MW wind turbines with 87-meter rotors. Capital Dynamics has also contracted with GE for a 10-year full service agreement that includes operation and maintenance of the turbines. The parties target commercial operations to begin in the second half of 2015. Capital Dynamics will sell Briscoe’s electricity into the merchant Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electricity market.

Russia’s Gazprom to build LNG plant on the Baltic Sea 22 Jan, 2015

Russia’s Gazprom would build a liquefied natural gas plant with an annual capacity of up to 15 million tonnes on the Baltic Sea. The plant would be built near the port of Ust-Luga.

Ube Industries to begin construction of new R&D centre in Osaka 22 Jan, 2015

Japanese chemical company Ube Industries will begin construction of a new research and development (R&D) facility within the Sakai Factory in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Scheduled for completion in July 2016, the new facility will focus on R&D for specialty products. The R&D facility will be closer to the company’s manufacturing facilities, which produce battery materials and other specialty products, as well as its customers. The new Osaka R&D centre will cover from elemental technologies to production technologies, focusing on materials, processing and production for battery materials, electronic materials and automotive components.

Value Place Opens New Hotel in Urbancrest, Ohio 22 Jan, 2015

Value Place has announced the opening of a newly-constructed hotel in Urbancrest, Ohio. Value Place has partnered with VP Columbus LLC to open the new hotel on January 22nd. The hotel is located on 3205 Centerpoint Drive. The four-story, 124-room hotel will feature such guest amenities as laundry facilities, high-speed wireless internet, modified kitchens, and the cleanliness, safety, and security that a Value Place provides to every guest.

Saudis to build world’s first large scale solar powered desalination plant 22 Jan, 2015

A Saudi Arabia company is to build the world’s first large-scale solar-powered water desalination plant, using solar PV to provide much of its power needs during daylight hours. Advanced Water Technology, the commercial arm of the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology has commission Spanish renewable energy group Abengoa to incorporate the plant into the $130 million facility. Abengoa will build the 15MW solar PV facility, with tracking. The plant, to supply Al Khafji City in the north-east of the country, will produce 60,000 cubic metres of water a day. It is due to be commissioned in 2017.

Prologis completes 4.2 MW solar power project in Los Angeles 22 Jan, 2015

Prologis, Inc. announced the completion of four new solar projects in Los Angeles. Some 1.1 million square feet of Prologis rooftop space will feed a combined 4.2 megawatts of power directly into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) electrical grid as part of the utility’s Feed-In Tariff (FiT) program. Prologis developed and built the solar installation. It was acquired by an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C., in partnership with Bright Plain Renewable Energy.

Jason Fox to open new restaurant in Mint Plaza 22 Jan, 2015

Jason Fox has signed a lease to take over the former Thermidor space (8 Mint Plaza), which has been dark for nearly three years. Fox, along with Vigilante Hospitality, is planning to open a more casual restaurant in the pedestrian square right off the corner of Fifth and Mission. Fox and Felkner hope to open this summer.

India considers laying LPG and gas pipeline to Nepal 21 Jan, 2015

India is now studying feasibility of laying a LPG and gas pipeline to Nepal for supply of cooking fuel. Oil Minister of India agreed to send a technical team to Nepal to study feasibility of setting up of LPG and natural gas pipeline infrastructure from India to Nepal. There is also a proposal to lay a pipeline from Bihar to Kathmandu for supply of petrol, diesel and ATF. The pipeline from Raxaul in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal in the first phase and to Kathmandu in the next phase was agreed. Work on the 41 kilometer pipeline was to start this month and is targeted for completion by July 2017.

Distillery plans revealed for tiny Hebridean island 21 Jan, 2015

A disused hotel on a tiny Hebridean island with no pub could be turned into a distillery and visitor centre. Edinburgh-based R&B Distillers Ltd wants to convert Borodale House – formerly The Isle of Raasay Hotel – on Raasay into small distillery producing batched runs of whisky for a niche market. The company appointed Raasay-based ABIR Architects to undertake a feasibility study for the project. The Raasay distillery will be a sister facility to a separate distillery in Walkerburn in the Borders. Whisky would be distilled in 6.5 – 8.7 gallon casks with product available in three to four years.

Funding deal signed for Jordan solar plant 21 Jan, 2015

Nebras Power has signed a financing agreement worth $129m with a Japanese funder for its 52.5MW Shams Ma’an solar project in Jordan. The financing deal has been arranged with a consortium of Japanese banks and export credit agencies including the Japan for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Mizuho Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Construction of the $1bn solar project is being carried out by US-based First Solar. It is expected to start work in March. Commercial operations are set to begin in July 2016 and a 20-year supply agreement is already in place with Jordan’s National Electric & Power Company.

Sharjah firm to build solar power plant 21 Jan, 2015

The Sharjah-based waste management company Bee’ah will build a solar power plant in the emirate with a capacity to generate more than 20 megawatts. A Build Operate Transfer (BOT) tender was announced and the company is seeking to identify a partner who will develop, build and setup the project on the Bee’ah main Landfill Site at the Bee’ah Waste Management Centre in Al Saj’ah area of Sharjah. The solar plant will be utilised to power all the Bee’ah facilities at the Waste Management Centre in Al Saj’ah – Sharjah as an off grid (Stand-alone PV system) installation with potential storage capacity to power the facilities during non-daylight hours.

Qatari investors plan new cement plant in Ethiopia 21 Jan, 2015

A Qatari business group plans to invest US$500 million in Ethiopia. This includes a cement plant in Dire Dawa as well as a sugar factory and other industrial facilities. Greenfield and expansion projects are underway in the country, which earned almost US$10 million from cement exports in the last full budget year. Current capacity is at around 15.7 million t.

Amazon Invests In 150MW Indiana Wind Farm To Power Its Data Centers 21 Jan, 2015

Amazon is working with the Pattern Energy Group to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. The new wind farm will go online in about a year and the expectation is that it will supply at least 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power annually.

Bigfoot Beverages to expand in Bend 21 Jan, 2015

Bigfoot Beverages plans a 12,300-square-foot expansion of its warehouse on NE Fourth Street in Bend partly to accommodate its new contract to distribute beer by Ninkasi Brewing Co. of Eugene. Plans filed with the Bend Community Development Department call for two additions to the existing Bigfoot warehouse at 2440 NE Fourth St. One addition measures 8,421 square feet and the other 3,878 square feet. The expansion includes more cold storage, warehouse space and improved racking technology that makes more efficient use of space.

German Pellets of Louisiana to Complete New Mill in March 21 Jan, 2015

German Pellets of Louisiana LLC is nearing completion of its second wood fuel pellet manufacturing plant, located in Urania, Louisiana. The $300 million plant is expected to be operational in the spring of 2014.

Chinese firms invited to develop agriculture sector 21 Jan, 2015

A framework memorandum of cooperation between Beijing Zhubang Commercial Center, Beijing International Economic and Trade Development Association and PBIT Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) was signed. Joint ventures can be considered for various products, like cotton, cotton yarn, leather, rice, cereals, animal feed, stones, marble, gems for jewellery, fruits and vegetables.

Lenovo plans data center in Asia Pacific 20 Jan, 2015

Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company (Cyberport) has joined hand with Lenovo to set up Lenovo’s first cloud service and product research and development centre in Asia-Pacific at Cyberport, Hong Kong. The R&D centre will focus on studies in two main perspectives, including big data and enterprise-level cloud services infrastructure platform.

Imperial readies production from 40,000 bpd oil sands expansion 20 Jan, 2015

Imperial Oil Ltd, Canada’s integrated oil producer and refiner has begun injecting steam at the 40,000 barrel per day Nabiye expansion of its Cold Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta and expects first oil from the project by the end of March. First oil from the expansion project will come during the current quarter.

Sabic likely to review Hadeed expansion plans 20 Jan, 2015

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) is likely to review the planned expansion of the Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed), its metals affiliate, following a decline in steel prices. Feasibility studies are under way for two Hadeed projects, one in Rabigh and one in Jubail. The 2 plants are envisaged to cost USD 4.26 billion.

Aberdeen hotel bosses plan massive expansion 20 Jan, 2015

Marriott International has lodged plans to create an additional 147 rooms at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel next to the airport in Dyce. If approved, the Argyll Way hotel could end up with 341 bedrooms.

Bohai Sea underwater railway to be considered for 13th five-year plan 20 Jan, 2015

The first phase of the Bohai Sea Underwater railway project, which might cost 200 billion to 250 billion yuan is to be considered for 13th five year plan. The project was first put forward in 1992, after which the State Council, China’s cabinet, supported further research into its possibilities. Its effects on the environment and economic development still need to be verified.

Major Saudi-Bahrain pipeline contracts set 20 Jan, 2015

The first construction contracts for a new crude oil pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are expected to be awarded by the second quarter of this year. A new 30-inch diameter, 115km-long pipeline running onshore for 74km, with the remaining 42km being sub-sea, is planned to be built to replace the current ageing pipeline. RFP for both portions of the project were issued earlier this month. The cost of the project is estimated at $350 million. With the new pipeline coming onstream, the transport capacity from Aramco’s Abqaiq plant to Bahrain will be raised to 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 230,000bpd currently. The pipeline is a key pre-requisite for Bapco’s planned Sitra refinery expansion up to 500,000bpd total capacity, which is estimated to cost upwards of $6 billion.

Oil pipeline through Myanmar to China expected to open in Jan –sources 20 Jan, 2015

PetroChina has built 60 percent of the refinery in Yunnan province that borders Myanmar, designed to process the crude shipped via the pipeline. Completion is slated for later this year. The pipeline has a capacity of 440,000 bpd. China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) subsidiary Southeast Asia Pipeline Co. Ltd., is in charge of building and managing the pipeline. The 2,400-km line would open at the end of this month.

Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens to develop bio-aromatics production technology 20 Jan, 2015

Anellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens have partnered to develop a new technology for low-cost production of aromatics from renewable non-food biomass. Under the terms of the partnership, Anellotech will work on the clean technology platform at the Pearl River pilot plant in New York, US, to produce bio-based aromatics. IFPEN will conduct process scale-up and hydrodynamic studies at its facility in Lyon, France, while Axens will be responsible for final development and basic plant design, as well as preparing the technology for commercialisation.

Rydges adds new hotel in Melbourne 20 Jan, 2015

Rydges will launch its third hotel in Melbourne next month. Following a rebranding and refurbishment of the former Urban St Kilda hotel, the new Rydges St Kilda will launch on 2 February 2015. The hotel will feature a contemporary design and a series of upscale facilities, including a restaurant and bar, business centre, gymnasium and two conference rooms.

Kong Sun to Add $1.1 Billion of Solar Power Projects This Year 20 Jan, 2015

Kong Sun Holdings Ltd., plans to develop or buy new projects worth 7 billion yuan in 2015. It will add 800 megawatts of photovoltaic power, tripling its capacity on current projects that have been completed or are being built. About 75 percent of the new projects will be utility scale and the rest will be smaller installations. The developments will mainly be in western China. Kong Sun currently operates 70 megawatts of solar power projects and has about 200 megawatts under construction.

Six Foreign Firms, Dangote to Begin Mining Gold, Iron Ore in 2015 20 Jan, 2015

Six foreign mining companies and Dangote Group of Companies would commence mining of gold, iron ore, coal, lead and zinc in 2015. The companies are Kogi Mines Ltd, Segilola Nig. Ltd and Mines Geotechniques Nig. Ltd. Others are Northern Numero Resources Ltd, West African Polaris Investment Ltd. and Tongyi Allied and Mineral Services Ltd. Kogi Mine has concluded exploration programmes, and would commence mining of iron ore in Agbaja in the state this year. The company has completed its four-year exploration and that it had delineated more than 500 million tonnes of iron ore. Segilola Nig. Ltd would also begin mining of gold in Iperindo area of the IIesha Schist belt of Osun State. Mines Geotechniques Nig. and Northern Numero Resources, would begin mining of gold this year in Kebbi. Dangote would conclude its coal exploration in 2015 and was expected to immediately commence mining of coal in Kogi and Benue States. West African Polaris Investment would commence mining of tin and columbite in Nasarawa State. Tongyi Allied and Mineral Services would begin mining of lead/zinc in Wasa, Plateau State.

Boise hospital seeks approval for major expansion 19 Jan, 2015

St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center is planning an expansion that will cost up to $400 million. It has submitted its final plan to the city last month. The plan includes a new pediatric facility linked to the children’s hospital with a sky bridge, expansion of the children’s hospital, and expansion and remodeling of the existing hospital.

North Sea Project Begins Production 19 Jan, 2015

Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, in partnership with Core Energy AS and Lundin Norway AS announced the production of first oil from their offshore project in the Bøyla field.. Total investment in the development of the Bøyla field amounts to approximately NOK 5 billion. Recoverable reserves from the field are estimated at approximately 23 MMBOE. The Bøyla field consists of two horizontal production wells and one water injection well. The expected production rate is in excess of 20 MBOEPD when both wells are in production.

Beverage can manufacturer raises daily capacity with new Dubai factory 19 Jan, 2015

Can-Pack, a Polish beverage can manufacturer will expand its operations in Dubai to meet rising demand. It will now be able to manufacture 5 million aluminium cans a day, a daily increase of 1.75 million cans, at its new Dh200 million factory in Dubai Investments Park. The company will invest Dh70m to expand capacity further this year to add another million cans a day to its output.

Bidders land 200 MW solar deal 19 Jan, 2015

Saudi energy and desalination plant developer ACWA Power and Spanish engineering firm TSK have won a single-phase solar plant tender. The winning bidders have been awarded the contract to develop the 200 MW second phase of the planned 1 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in Dubai. The 200 MW second phase is set to be complete by April 2017 and the winning bidders will receive a levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of $0.0584/kWh under the terms of a 25-year PPA. The first, 13 MW, phase of the solar park has already been connected and the 40 km2 development will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.

Braskem expands polyethylene production at Bahia plant in Brazil 19 Jan, 2015

Braskem has completed its BRL50m Bahia facility expansion to increase its linear low-density polyethylene production capacity. The company intends to increase its polyethylene production capacity of LLDPE to 120,000t per year. The project includes conversion of one of the company’s polyethylene production lines to offer a resin that employs the latest technology in plastic films manufacturing.

India eyeing LPG pipeline in Nepal

BL 19 Jan, 2015

India has agreed to send a technical team to Nepal for conducting a feasibility study for setting up an LPG and natural gas pipeline between the two countries. LPG will be supplied to the Himalayan nation in adequate quantity without interruption. The project is estimated to cost Rs 200 crore which will be invested by Indian Oil Corporation. The pipeline will extend from Raxaul in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal in the first phase and to Kathmandu in the next phase.

Mombasa begins second phase of expansion 19 Jan, 2015

Japan released funds for the second phase of expanding Kenya’s port of Mombasa. JBIC is providing a KES25Bn loan for reclaiming land and building three berths and a container terminal at West Kipevu. There are also plans to deepen channels, construct access roads and railway lines, and install new gantry cranes. Japan has agreed to lend up to KES50Bn for Mombasa’s port expansion and associated works. The full three-phase scheme developed by Japan Port Consultants for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will eventually cover 100ha near the existing Kipevu Oil Terminal. KPA announced in December that Phase 1 of the new container terminal – expected to complete by March 2016. The second phase will open in 2017 and the third in 2020.

Toshiba Announces Commercial Production of FFSA(TM) for NEC iPASOLINK(TM) Microwave Backhaul Products 19 Jan, 2015

Toshiba Corporation announced that NEC Corporation (NEC), having previously chosen the Toshiba FFSATM (Fit Fast Structured Array) flexible custom LSI solution, has now moved to the commercial production phase of its iPASOLINKTM high capacity microwave communication equipment for mobile networks.

$80m food manufacturing hub planned in Bahrain 19 Jan, 2015

A food manufacturing complex is being built in Hidd, Bahrain with a new biscuit factory as its centrepiece. The government has invested $80 million to reclaim the land for the compound, where US-based food giant Mondelez International is constructing its $90 million factory. The state-of-the-art facility will produce 90,000 tonnes of biscuits per year at the plant, which will be spread over 250,000 sq m. All four lines become fully operational by 2017.

RusForest engages Hekotek to build wood pellet plant in Magistralny 19 Jan, 2015

RusForest has signed a contract with Hekotek for delivery of equipment to construct a wood pellet plant with an annual capacity of 30,000 tons at the company’s Magistralny sawmill in Eastern Siberia. The new pellet plant will ensure utilization of all sawmill residuals and improve the long-term profitability of RusForest’s Magistralny unit. The company plans to produce premium pellets for the European and South Korean markets. The total investment is estimated to be approximately EUR 4.4. Completion and launch of the new pellet plant is expected by the end of 2015.

Tolko and Pinnacle Renewable Energy to proceed with pellet plant construction at Lavington 19 Jan, 2015

Construction of a proposed pellet plant at Tolko’s Lavington mill will begin later this month, Tolko Industries Ltd. and Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced. The pellet plant will be built adjacent to the Lavington sawmill owned by Tolko Industries Ltd. The investment will reach approximately $39 million and will have an annual capacity of 250,000 metric tons. Most of the production will go to the industrial pellet export market. It has received permit approval from the Ministry of Environment and the District of Coldstream. The pellet plant is expected to be operational by September of this year.

Aberdeen bar planning expansion to create new restaurant 19 Jan, 2015

A change of use application has been submitted to Aberdeen City Council to expand a bar into an office to create a new eatery. The plan is to incorporate an investment services office into the adjacent Number 10 Bar. The change of use application is yet to be considered by the council.

Gamesa to build 24-MW wind park in Jamaica 19 Jan, 2015

Spanish company Gamesa will construct a 24-MW wind farm in Jamaica’s county of Middlesex for a unit of local power firm Petroleum Corp of Jamaica. Under the contract, signed with Wigton Windfarm Ltd, the company will deliver and install 12 of its G80 2-MW turbines. Gamesa will ship its equipment in the third quarter of 2015. The Wigton III wind farm, to be located in the Parish of Manchester, is expected to commence operations in February next year.

ACWA Power wins phase II Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Ameinfo Jan 17, 2015

A consortium led by ACWA Power, a leading water and power developer, owner and operator based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with international operations in 9 countries, and TSK, the Spanish engineering and construction company as technology provider, was announced by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as first rank bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the solar photovoltaic independent power project ofa net power capacity of 200 MW for the Phase II of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy power plant located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai.

Anglo-African seeks $40m for project in Ebola-hit nation


Independent Jan 17, 2014

Irish mineral explorer Anglo-African Minerals is looking for $40m (€35m) to get a bauxite project in Guinea into production. The funds would be used to set up its mining operations and carry out environmental and feasibility studies. The company has completed two preliminary drilling campaigns on the project, and has received a scoping study that indicates the project is economically viable in certain conditions.

Novartis to Close Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico by 2019


Associated Press Jan 17, 2015

Novartis AG is closing its manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico as part of a major overhaul of its business. The shutdown of its Humacao plant will conclude in early 2019. Some 270 employees will be laid off. Novartis says it will transfer some manufacturing and packaging operations to companies including Eli Lilly & Co. Some operations also will be transferred to Novartis’ manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tianyin Pharmaceutical forms strategic alliance with Buchang Pharma

Pharmabiz Jan 16, 2015

Tianyin Pharmaceutical (TPI), a pharmaceutical company that specialises in patented biopharmaceutical, mTCM, branded generics and API, announced that TPI and Buchang Pharmaceutical plan to establish Tianyin-Buchang Strategic Alliance to synergise and accelerate the growth of the Company, boosting TPI’s mTCM franchise focusing on its cardiovascular revenue driver Gingko Mihuan (GMOL).

Aboitiz works on 50-MW Philippine solar project – report


Renewable Jan 16, 2015

Aboitiz Power Corp has plans to install a 50-MW solar park in the Philippine province of Albay. Company executives have confirmed the information. The exact capacity of the plant is yet to be determined and the development is likely to be carried out in partnership with US solar major SunEdison Inc.

China State Const Eng : CSCEC Wins Arterial Highway Project in Fujian

4-trader Jan 16, 2015

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd has won the bid for the highway Project, the segment from Hanjiang Jiangkou to Xianyou Fengting. With the total length of 33km, the Project has the total investment value of nearly 4.6 billion yuan.

Cash-strapped Mongolia offers more land for mining projects


Reuter Jan 16, 2015

Struggling Mongolia is hoping to drum up more foreign investor interest in its flagging mining industry after opening up an additional 10.1 million hectares (39,000 square miles) of territory for mining exploration.

AstraZeneca unit in deal with Omnis Pharma for oncolytic viruses in immuno-oncology

Pharmaletter Jan 15, 2015

Anglo-Swedish pharma major AstraZeneca’s (LSE: AZN) biologics R&D subsidiary MedImmune has entered into a licensing agreement with Omnis Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held US biotech firm focused on the development of oncolytic viruses.

Southern Hemisphere Mining farming out IOCG project in Chile


Proactive Investors Jan 15, 2015

Southern Hemisphere Mining has signed an option agreement to farm-out its Juan Soldado Iron-Copper-Gold Project in central Chile to a Chilean private equity fund. Fondo de Inversión Privado EPG Exploración Minera (EPG Exploration Fund), a private fund managed by EPG Partners, will sole fund US$1.2 millionworth of exploration expenditure to earn a 50.1% interest in the project. This includes a minimum of 1,000 metres of drilling.

Rove Hotels set to open 10 properties in region by 2020


Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Rove Hotels, a mid-market, lifestyle hotel brand, will roll out 10 properties across central locations in Dubai and the region by 2020. Developed by Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of developer Emaar Properties, and Meraas Holding, a Dubai-based development company, Rove Hotels’ approach is to deliver value hospitality experiences for the global traveller.

DSOA and Zain Jordan sign deal

Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company (Zain) on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Dubai and Jordan.

Dewa and Etihad ESCO ink Dh37m energy saving deals


Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, or Dewa, and Etihad Energy Service Company, or Etihad ESCO have signed Dh37 million energy saving performance contracts. These contracts will improve and enhance overall energy efficiency of the lighting infrastructure of the power plants at Jebel Ali and Al-Awir and 7 Dewa-owned buildings including the main headquarter building.

Black Oak Minerals starts mining at New South Wales silver


Proactive Investors Jan 14, 2015

Black Oak Minerals has started mining at its recently acquired Manuka Silver Project in New South Wales with production expected to start in the coming weeks. The company, formerly known as Southern Cross Goldfields, acquired the project from the liquidators of Cobar Consolidated Resources for $375,000.

SunEdison To Develop 5GW Of Wind And Solar In Karnataka


Energy Matters Jan 14, 2015

SunEdison, Inc. has announced the signing of a MoU with the state government of Karnataka in India to develop five gigawatts of solar energy and wind power in the state over the next five years. As in other states in India, many residents of Karnataka do not have access to electricity or supply is intermittent

Rio in talks to sell uranium to India.

Miningaustralia Jan 14, 2015

As part of Rio Tinto’s plan to do more business with India, the company is in talks to sell the country its uranium. Rio Tinto hopes to open a $US2 billion iron ore mine and a $US500 million diamond mine in India.

Kerman wins $23m Nova contract. Jan 14, 2015

Kerman Contracting says it has won a $23 million contract to design and build accommodation facilities for Sirius Resources’ Nova nickel project near Balladonia. Kerman will begin work on the 496-person camp this month with work expected to be completed by August.

Qatar Petroleum, Shell halt $6.4bn petrochemical project


Reuters Jan 14, 2015

Qatar Petroleum and Shell had decided not to proceed with their $6.4 billion Al Karaana petrochemical project in the Gulf state, the region’s second big energy project to be shelved since oil prices began to plunge late last year. Prices quoted by contractors to build the huge complex showed the project was “commercially unfeasible, particularly in the current economic climate prevailing in the energy industry”, the two companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Shah sour gas project begins operations.

Khaleej Times Jan 14, 2015

Abu Dhabi’s Shah Sour Gas project went into commissioning this week, with the production of 100 million standard cubic feet a day, which will eventually reach 600 million standard cubic feet this year, said Abdullah Nasir Al Suwaidi, director general of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).

Metro Mining doubles Bauxite Hill resource

Miningweekly Jan 13, 2015

Metro Mining has more than doubled the direct shipping ore (DSO) inferred resource at its Bauxite Hills, in Queensland. The company reported that a 24.9-million-tonne DSO inferred resource had now been estimated at the BH1 deposit, at Bauxite Hills, taking the project’s total inferred DSO resource to 47-million tonnes

Purepoint Uranium Group Inc. Initiates Winter Drill Program at Hook Lake

Juniorminingnetwork Jan 13, 2015

Purepoint Uranium Group Inc. (the “Company” or “Purepoint”) (TSX VENTURE:PTU) today reported that drilling has commenced at the Hook Lake Project on the Western edge of the Athabasca Basin Saskatchewan. The project adjoins Fission Uranium Corp’s Patterson Lake property where late last week they announced the 43-101 resource estimate of over 105 million lbs U3O8 for their Triple R deposit.

Southern Hemisphere Mining farming out IOCG project in Chile


Proactive Investors Jan 15, 2015

Southern Hemisphere Mining has signed an option agreement to farm-out its Juan Soldado Iron-Copper-Gold Project in central Chile to a Chilean private equity fund. Fondo de Inversión Privado EPG Exploración Minera (EPG Exploration Fund), a private fund managed by EPG Partners, will sole fund US$1.2 millionworth of exploration expenditure to earn a 50.1% interest in the project. This includes a minimum of 1,000 metres of drilling.

Rove Hotels set to open 10 properties in region by 2020


Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Rove Hotels, a mid-market, lifestyle hotel brand, will roll out 10 properties across central locations in Dubai and the region by 2020. Developed by Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of developer Emaar Properties, and Meraas Holding, a Dubai-based development company, Rove Hotels’ approach is to deliver value hospitality experiences for the global traveller.

DSOA and Zain Jordan sign deal

Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company (Zain) on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Dubai and Jordan.

Dewa and Etihad ESCO ink Dh37m energy saving deals


Khaleej Times Jan 15, 2015

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, or Dewa, and Etihad Energy Service Company, or Etihad ESCO have signed Dh37 million energy saving performance contracts. These contracts will improve and enhance overall energy efficiency of the lighting infrastructure of the power plants at Jebel Ali and Al-Awir and 7 Dewa-owned buildings including the main headquarter building.

Black Oak Minerals starts mining at New South Wales silver


Proactive Investors Jan 14, 2015

Black Oak Minerals has started mining at its recently acquired Manuka Silver Project in New South Wales with production expected to start in the coming weeks. The company, formerly known as Southern Cross Goldfields, acquired the project from the liquidators of Cobar Consolidated Resources for $375,000.

SunEdison To Develop 5GW Of Wind And Solar In Karnataka


Energy Matters Jan 14, 2015

SunEdison, Inc. has announced the signing of a MoU with the state government of Karnataka in India to develop five gigawatts of solar energy and wind power in the state over the next five years. As in other states in India, many residents of Karnataka do not have access to electricity or supply is intermittent

Rio in talks to sell uranium to India

Miningaustralia Jan 14, 2015

As part of Rio Tinto’s plan to do more business with India, the company is in talks to sell the country its uranium. Rio Tinto hopes to open a $US2 billion iron ore mine and a $US500 million diamond mine in India.

Kerman wins $23m Nova contract Jan 14, 2015

Kerman Contracting says it has won a $23 million contract to design and build accommodation facilities for Sirius Resources’ Nova nickel project near Balladonia. Kerman will begin work on the 496-person camp this month with work expected to be completed by August.

Qatar Petroleum, Shell halt $6.4bn petrochemical project


Reuters Jan 14, 2015

Qatar Petroleum and Shell had decided not to proceed with their $6.4 billion Al Karaana petrochemical project in the Gulf state, the region’s second big energy project to be shelved since oil prices began to plunge late last year. Prices quoted by contractors to build the huge complex showed the project was “commercially unfeasible, particularly in the current economic climate prevailing in the energy industry”, the two companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Shah sour gas project begins operations

Khaleej Times Jan 14, 2015

Abu Dhabi’s Shah Sour Gas project went into commissioning this week, with the production of 100 million standard cubic feet a day, which will eventually reach 600 million standard cubic feet this year, said Abdullah Nasir Al Suwaidi, director general of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).

Metro Mining doubles Bauxite Hill resource

Miningweekly Jan 13, 2015

Metro Mining has more than doubled the direct shipping ore (DSO) inferred resource at its Bauxite Hills, in Queensland. The company reported that a 24.9-million-tonne DSO inferred resource had now been estimated at the BH1 deposit, at Bauxite Hills, taking the project’s total inferred DSO resource to 47-million tonnes

Purepoint Uranium Group Inc. Initiates Winter Drill Program at Hook Lake

Juniorminingnetwork Jan 13, 2015

Purepoint Uranium Group Inc. (the “Company” or “Purepoint”) (TSX VENTURE:PTU) today reported that drilling has commenced at the Hook Lake Project on the Western edge of the Athabasca Basin Saskatchewan. The project adjoins Fission Uranium Corp’s Patterson Lake property where late last week they announced the 43-101 resource estimate of over 105 million lbs U3O8 for their Triple R deposit.

KKR plans multi-billion-euro expansion into German property market 13 Jan, 2015

U.S. buyout group KKR said it is entering the German property market, setting up a business that a person familiar with the transaction said planned to invest 5 billion euros over the next five years. German Estate Group AG (GEG), which will focus on commercial real estate, will take over the operating business and 40 staff from real estate developer Deutsche Immobilien Chancen (DIC), KKR and DIC said in a joint statement.

Texas Children’s expansion to cost $506 million 13 Jan, 2015

Texas Children’s plans to add a new heart center, renovate the emergency center and expand other critical care, diagnostic and therapeutic services. The additions, with cardiovascular operating rooms and a 130-bed intensive-care unit, will be part of a 19-floor, 640,000 square-foot expansion to an existing six-story building next to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. Construction on the tower should begin in about a year and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Saval Foods plans expansion to double plant capacity 13 Jan, 2015

To satisfy a growing consumer hunger for roast beef, corned beef, pastrami and other deli products, Saval Foods Corp. Plans to expand its plant in Baltimore, a move that will double production capacity. The addition of 3,300 square feet for new cooking and cooling equipment is expected to double the 30,000-square-foot plant’s capacity from 200,000 to 400,000 pounds a week.

Delta Unveils JFK Terminal Expansion 13 Jan, 2015

Delta Airlines unveiled the second phase of its $1.4 billion upgrade of JFK Airport’s Terminal 4. The latest expansion adds 11 new gates at the terminal and allows the airline to relocate a majority of its connecting flights from Terminal 2. The expansion is part of Delta’s $2 billion commitment to modernize terminals at JFK and LaGuardia airports.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery invests $130K in Triad expansion 13 Jan, 2015

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is expanding its footprint with a $130,000 investment in facilities and equipment in the Triad. The Charlotte brewery has secured a 5,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in Greensboro — a site chosen for easy access to major highways. It is investing $50,000 in that space to install cold storage, with the facility scheduled to be operational by the end of January.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plots Palo Alto expansion 13 Jan, 2015

Jazz Pharmaceuticals has big plans to expand in the Bay Area. Jazz recently signed a lease deal for a new, yet-to-be constructed building in the Stanford Research Park. Under the deal, park owner Stanford University will construct a building of between 95,000 and 105,000 square feet at 3170 Porter Drive, the document states. That’s currently the site of a vacant building formerly occupied by Lockheed.

Port Union park getting 2 new industrial buildings 13 Jan, 2015

The tight market for industrial real estate has spurred Minneapolis-based real estate companies to develop two new large industrial buildings at the West Chester Township and Fairfield border. The Opus Group said it has started construction on two industrial buildings for as-of-yet unsecured tenants at the Port Union Commerce Park. The buildings will total more than 800,000 square feet of space and will sit on 46 acres of land. Construction on the buildings, now called Buildings 1 and 3, is expected to be completed in September. Building 1 at 4250 Port Union Road will be 260,000 square feet and Building 3 at 4350 Port Union Road will be 547,000 square feet.

Appalachian Power plans to upgrade transmission power line 13 Jan, 2015

Appalachian Power plans to rebuild the company’s South Bluefield-Wythe transmission power line.

If the project is approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, the roughly 21-mile power line will be upgraded from a 69 kilovolt transmission line to a 138 kilovolt line. Appalachian hopes to begin work in 2016 and complete the project in 2018.

Western Rural Bank opens a new branch 13 Jan, 2015

Western Rural Bank has opened its third branch in Takoradi, with a call on individuals, churches, small and medium enterprises, to do business with the bank rural banking. The Western Rural Bank offers services such as personal salary loan, group loans, SME loans, Western Church loan, as well as Western susu loan.

Robotic technology development centre for Fukushima 13 Jan, 2015

A new centre will develop and test remote-controlled equipment for use in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi plant while boosting the local economy in Fukushima prefecture. Work began on the Naraha Remote Technology Development Centre, which is being built by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), in September 2014. The centre at Nahara-Minami industrial park is due to begin full operations in the 2016 fiscal year. The complex will house a mock-up of the lower part of a reactor containment vessel, representing the interior of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as well as an indoor demonstration test area for disaster response robots which will also be used to train operators and workers.

” Greenwood to takeoff 80 MW merchant solar project in Chile 12 Jan, 2015

Greenwood Energy is partnering with Pacific Solar to develop an 80 MW solar PV project in the Antofagasta region of Chile. The construction of the plant is expected to start in the first half of 2015 and could be operational in the first quarter of 2016. The company may launch a yieldco in 2016 and by 2018 will have another 5GW of capacity built near to this plant. Greenwood has not yet awarded the module contract to any supplier. The company also plans to develop 250 MW of new commercial rooftop solar in Mexico by 2017.

ACWA Power International wins US$2bn solar plant contract in Morocco 12 Jan, 2015

A consortium led by ACWA Power International has a won a US$2bn contract to construct two solar plants in Ouarzazate in southern Morocco. The consortium offered 15 cents per kW for the first 200MW plant with parabolic mirror technology. Other consortia such as Spain’s Abengoa, GDF International Power and ACWA Power were shortlisted for the 200MW Noor II tender. The two plants would have a combined capacity of 350MW, and are part of the second phase of the 500MW Ouarzazate solar project. The solar plants are expected to generate power by 2017.

Cardiff’s Windsor Road bridge rebuild work to start 12 Jan, 2015

Work to rebuild a 102-year-old Cardiff road bridge over south Wales’ main railway line will begin shortly. Windsor Road bridge, which connects Adamsdown with Splott, will be closed until spring 2016 with diversions of up to two miles in place. The new bridge is needed to accommodate heavier loads and allow extra headroom needed for the future electrification of the railway by 2017.

Premier Campbell Newman says road projects to benefit from privatising assets 12 Jan, 2015

The State would be contributing $21 million to the upgrade of the Boundary Road overpass of the Bruce Highway at Murrumba. The Commonwealth would be contributing $84 million to the project. A further $80 million would be spent upgrading the Sumners Road interchange in Mount Ommaney. The State would chip $47.4 million funds to fix Exit 54 of the M1 on the Gold Coast if given a mandate to sell assets.

Airport expansion moving forward 12 Jan, 2015

The $55 million project to expand the terminal at Grand Cayman’s central airport is beginning to take off following the recruitment of an American design and cost consulting firm. RS&H consultants signed a deal with the Cayman Islands Airports Authority last week to draw up plans for the expansion, which will more than double the capacity of the building. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, following a competitive tender process. A separate project, also slated to get under way this year, will reinforce the runway to allow British Airways’ newer Boeing 777 jets to land at the airport. There will be no extension to the runway. The terminal expansion is expected to take around four years to complete.

Plans for massive TPU capacity expansion in Japan, US / Automotive applications 12 Jan, 2015

Sanyo Chemical Industries has announced plans for a massive expansion of its “Therpus F” TPU at its facilities in Nagoya / Japan and at its subsidiary in Pasadena, Texas / USA. The two plants currently have nameplate capacities for 8,000 t/y of TPU, of which Therpus F accounts for just 600 t/y. Sanyo plans to remodel its existing facilities and raise output to 30,000 t/y. While the added capacity is expected to come on stream in Nagoya in October this year, the additional output at Sanyo Chemical Texas Industries will most likely be commissioned in January 2016.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to open restaurant in Scotland 12 Jan, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is planning to open a new restaurant in the United Kingdom. The leader is eyeing up locations. The restaurant, if opened, will be the second North Korean government eating joint in all of Europe. The first North Korean government restaurant was opened in Amsterdam in 2012.

Three new bridges planned for Liffey 12 Jan, 2015

Dublin will get three new bridges over the Liffey. The council will soon begin searching for designers for at least one of two planned new pedestrian bridges, with work due to begin next year. The other is a traffic bridge to connect Ringsend with the quays. The council will this year commission the designer of one of two footbridges. It will be located between the East Link Bridge and the Samuel Beckett Bridge. The pedestrian bridges will cost between €10m and €12m each to build. All three of the bridges should be completed within four years.

Chinese-built 338 MW hydropower dam in Cambodia begins operation 12 Jan, 2015

A Chinese-constructed 338-megawatt Russei Chrum Krom River hydroelectric dam at Cambodia commenced operation on 11 Jan. The project was developed by the giant power company China Huadian Corp for a cost of 495 million U.S. dollars under a contract of a 35-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) with the Cambodian government. Chinese firms have invested over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars to build six dams with a total capacity of 928 megawatts in Cambodia. 246-megawatt Tatay River Hydropower Plant in Koh Kong province, will also be put into operation later this year.

McDonald’s opens €3.2m restaurant in Ballincollig 12 Jan, 2015

McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland has opened its new €3.2m drive-through restaurant in Ballincollig, Co Cork. The restaurant features technology such as self order kiosks and Samsung Galaxy tablets as well as an interior play area. The restaurant can accommodate 170 diners at any one time, with a further 40 seats in an outdoor dining area. The new restaurant brings the total number of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland to 87.

ABB sets up 500 kV HVDC link to boost renewable power 12 Jan, 2015

ABB has set up a 500 kilovolts (kV) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link between Norway and Denmark to boost renewable hydroelectric and wind power in grid. The Skagerrak 4 link at 500 kilovolts (kV) uses Voltage Source Converters (VSC). The system spans 240 kilometers crossing the North Sea’s Skagerrak Strait, providing 1,700 megawatts of transmission capacity. The converters rely on semiconductors to convert electricity from high–voltage alternating current to direct current and back, while offering controllability and compact design. The new link operates in bipolar mode with the Skagerrak 3 link that uses classic Line Commutated Converter HVDC technology.

” Antam to use Rp 7t for expansion projects 10 Jan, 2015

PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) is planning to use around Rp 7 trillion allotted by the government, to finance its business projects. It would use the funds to finance the construction of a ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera (North Maluku), a smelter-grade alumina facility in Mempawah (West Kalimantan) and an anode slime project. The projects require around $1.6 billion, $1.7 billion and $100 million, respectively. It plans to carry out the rights issue sometime this year, from which it will get at least Rp 7 trillion from the government. The firm would possibly get more funds from other potential buyers. The firm plans to build a joint venture for its Mempawah project, which is expected to have production capacity of 1.2 million tons of alumina. The $1.7 billion-project is targeted to kick off this year. Antam also plans to operate an anode slime plant this year to produce raw materials for a gold refinery run by its subsidiary PT Logam Mulia.

City’s waste infrastructure projects approved after months of stalemate 10 Jan, 2015

The city’s HK$30.5 billion waste infrastructure projects – an incinerator and expanded landfills – have been approved. In a 40-17 vote, lawmakers approved the plan to build an incinerator, which would cost HK$19.2 billion, on an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau, south of Lantau. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. It could be operational by 2022.

Development Bank of Kazakhstan funds modernization of Pavlodar Oil Refinery 10 Jan, 2015

Pavlodar Oil Refinery will receive $1.2 billion in funding from Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK). KazMunaiGas Processing and Marketing Company owns the plant. The cost of the turnkey contract is far greater than $1.2 billion. Most of its is funded by via a club loan from Japanese banksand only around 25 percent comes from DBK in the form of a 10 year loan for construction and installation works. The project will improve the quality of engine fuels produced at the plant and bring them to K4 and K5 emission classes (corresponding to Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards). The plant’s refining capacity will also be increased. After the modernization is complete the plant will be able to processes 7 million tons of Western Siberian oil per year against the current 5 million tons, plus up to 5 million tons of Kazakhstan’s oil per year. The refinery located in north-west of Kazakhstan close to the Russian border is currently oriented at processing Western Siberian oil. The project is led by Rominserv, a subsidiary of Romania’s Rompetrol Group. The modernization project involves upgrading ten of the plant’s existing units – Crude Distillation Unit, Vacuum Distillation Unit, Kero Hydrotreater, Diesel Hydrotreater Unit, Merox, Naphta Hydrotreater, Vacuum Gas Oil, Catalytic Cracking Unit, Catalytic Reforming Unit, Utilities and Off-sites – and construction of several new installations – a Penex isomerisation unit, sulfur recovery unit, sour water stripper, amine regeneration unit, and diesel hydrotreating and dewaxing units.

Iran to build major factory for melting iron in Oman 10 Jan, 2015

Iran is set to construct a major factory for melting iron in Al Duqm, Oman, for which a major chunk of its proposed USD 4 billion in investments will be utilised. Other major investments in the Sultanate will be in the Al Wusta Governorate. The smelter will be tasked with extracting metal by heating natural ore which is seen in Oman’s rocky mountains that is mixed with purifying and heat generating substances such as limestone and coke at high temperatures in an enclosed furnace. Iranian companies will also be co-operating with Oman Rail Company to build bogies and rails.

Swiss Belhotel to open 10 new hotels in GCC, Iraq 10 Jan, 2015

Swiss Belhotel International Group is planning to open 10 new hotels in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Iraq in 2015 as part of an expansion strategy in the region. It would manage the two hotels in Riyadh under its brand name following an agreement signed in November last year. Swiss Belhotel would also open a new hotel in Muscat, Oman, at the end of this year and is locked in negotiations to have another hotel in Doha, Qatar. Plans are afoot to open new hotels in Oman, Iraq, and Qatar in 2015.

Turtle Bay to open new restaurant in Cheltenham bringing a taste of the Caribbean to the town 10 Jan, 2015

Turtle Bay Restaurant & Bar plant to open its new eatery in Pittville Street. The expanding company, which has 13 restaurants in the UK with another 12 due to open this year, provides Caribbean food inspired by the cuisines from Europa, Africa and Asia. On its menu are ‘one pots’, for example Blue Mountain curry goat, Jamaican Browned Chicken and a Rastafari Run Down.

”Sharyn Gol” to commission coal-washing plant in UK 09 Jan, 2015

“Sharyn Gol” JSC intends to commission a 600 thousand TPA coal-washing plant within the Q1 of 2015. This plant has been built on the funding of USD 6 billion loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the equipment procurement has been executed by Parnaby Cyclones International Company Limited of the UK.

Slim’s Carso, consortium wins U.S.-Mexico gas pipeline contract 09 Jan, 2015

A consortium including an energy company controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim won a contract to build a 230 km pipeline to supply gas to central, northern and western Mexico. The consortium, which consisted of Slim’s Carso Energy and U.S. companies Energy Transfer Partners and MasTec Inc, presented the lowest bid of $767 million for the work. The Waha-Presidio pipeline will run through Texas and connect with a pipeline in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state

QCLNG begins world’s first CSG facility 09 Jan, 2015

BG Group has been loading the first cargo of LNG from its Queensland Curtis LNG facility since 28 December and is anticipated to have completed with work beginning on the second cargo. The vessel being loaded is the Methane Rita Andrea. The second cargo of LNG from the facility will be loaded onto the Methane Mickie Harper, which is expected in Gladstone in the first week of January. The project will expand further with the start-up of the second train in the Q3 of 2015. At plateau production, expected during 2016, QCLNG will have an output of around eight million tonnes of LNG a year. Bechtel is the lead contractor on the design and construction of the LNG plant.

Kuwait awards $4.2bn heavy oil contract 09 Jan, 2015

Kuwait has awarded a $4.2 billion contract to develop heavy oil fields in the north of the country. The project, called Lower Fars Heavy Oil Development Phase 1, was awarded to UAE-based Petrofac International and the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company. The project includes plans to produce 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of heavy crude by 2018 and to build the infrastructure facilities for further phases. In the second phase, production will double by 2020. Last year, the emirate awarded contracts worth $12 billion to upgrade two of its three oil refineries and procedures are underway to award contracts worth $15 billion to build a new 615,000-bpd refinery. When the two projects are completed by 2018-2019, the refining capacity will be boosted to 1.4m bpd from 930,000 bpd at present.

New road opens to ease west traffic 09 Jan, 2015

The Transport Ministry opened a new 4.6 Km road linking Ratchaphruek Road and Bangkok’s western-ring road to facilitate traffic on the western side of the Chao Phraya River. It was designed to relieve traffic on Ratchaphruek and Chaiyaphruek roads that served 150,000 vehicles and 50,000 vehicles, respectively, per day. The Rural Roads Department built the six-lane asphaltic connector that cost 2.4 billion baht. The project includes two U-turn flyovers.

Coronal Group adds 35 MW solar capacity in Arizona 09 Jan, 2015

Coronal Group has acquired 35 MW solar farm located Tucson, Arizona, from Avalon Solar. The 225-acre Avalon Solar Project has been operational since December 2014. A solar project form Coronal in ColoradoPanasonic Eco Solutions, a unit of Panasonic North America, is overseeing the operations and management of the facility. This is the first solar project fully owned, operated and managed by the Coronal-Panasonic platform. Avalon Solar Project includes 114,720 solar panels. The project was developed by Clenera Renewable Energy (Clenera) and built by general contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy under the direction of Clenera Renewable Energy and Panasonic. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation acted as the financier for the project sale to Coronal.

First Phase of Andrews Hospital Construction Completed 09 Jan, 2015

The first phase of the new Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews has been launched. A $60 million bond passed in November of 2012 for the hospital. The hospital has a wellness and fitness center that includes diabetic counseling and diabetic teaching, new workout equipment, therapy pools, a sauna etc. Also, phase one has the new Andrews family medicine, which is the doctors clinic. The construction included other offices and a board room. The other phases include tearing the old clinic down and eventually getting a whole new hospital. The final phases should be finished by the end of 2016 to early 2017. Phase two will begin later this month.

South Africa: New Solar Plants in Sunny Northern Cape 09 Jan, 2015

Two new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants have been announced by the Department of Energy, to be built in the Northern Cape. Kathu Solar Park and Redstone Solar Thermal Power, which will both build 100MW capacity, were the preferred bidders in the third round of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). A consortium led by GDF SUEZ, and comprising the Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, Investec Bank, Lereko Metier and Public Investment Corporation, is backing the Kathu Solar Park. The consortium behind the Redstone Solar Thermal Power project is led by SolarReserve and Advanced solar thermal technology, and International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power), the Saudi water and power developer, owner and operator. The project was scheduled to achieve financial close later in 2015 and begin operations in early 2018.

Auckland’s Lynn Mall expansion gets under way 08 Jan, 2015

Work started this week on the $36 million expansion of New Zealand’s Lynn shopping mall. Completion is expected in November. The current retail offer will be expanded through the development of a new Reading Cinemas multiplex on a 15-year lease, complemented by a new dining precinct called The Brickworks, and additional specialty retail.

Access prequalified for solar, wind projects in Egypt 08 Jan, 2015

Access Infra Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Access Power MEA, and its consortium partner Eren have been prequalified by Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy to develop large scale wind and solar power plants in the country.

New cement grinding plant proposed in Guinea-Bissau 08 Jan, 20115

The IFC is considering a proposal from Scancem, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, and Maxime Cardoz, a private individual, regarding the construction of a 200 000 tpy cement grinding plant in Guinea-Bissau. The project has an estimated cost of €22 million and the requested loan amount is €11 million.

Sandals to open new luxury resort in Barbados 08 Jan, 2015

Sandals Resorts International will open a new luxury resort in Barbados on Jan. 28 following a $65 million renovation of the former Couples Barbados. The resort will feature 280 luxury rooms in three different villages: Ocean Village, Crystal Lagoon Village and Caribbean Village. The complex boasts 11 eateries, featuring French and Japanese cuisine as well as SRI’s first Indian restaurant, Bombay Club. The all-inclusive resort will also feature a six-treatment salon spa and three swimming pools.

New windfarm proposed near Cairngorms National Park 08 Jan, 2015

A new windfarm is planned on the edges of the Cairngorms National Park by Swedish company Vattenfall. Vattenfall already operates the 18-turbine Edinbane Wind Farm on the Isle of Skye and recently finished the construction of the 18-turbine Clashindarroch Wind Farm in Aberdeenshire. With four projects in development, Vattenfall could invest £500million in Scotland by 2021.

Peru to build $800 million hydroelectric project 08 Jan, 2015

Peru’s environmental authorities approved a hydroelectric project planned for northern region Amazonas that would require close to $800 million. Energoret Ingenieros Consultores filed the EIS for the planned Tingo I (210 MW), II (148 MW) and III (48 MW) complex with the energy and mines ministry. The Utcubamba and Magunchal rivers would supply Tingo, which would take six years to complete. Other hydroelectric project planned for Amazonas region are Amazonas (122 MW), Chadin 2 (600 MW), Rio Grande I and II (750 MW), Utcubamba I (124 MW) and Veracruz (730 MW).

AGH continues expansion Hospital completing new bone, joint center, other projects 08 Jan, 2015

The Artesia Special Hospital District (AGH) is doubling the size of its operating rooms, adding one additional procedure room, an internal pharmacy, and facilities to support the new bone and joint center slated to bring in additional physicians as well as volunteers and slated for a late January completion. Other changes include a reduction of lobby space and moving the chapel over to add in-patient admission for rehabilitation services.

Flowery Branch council approves Cinnamon Cove project 08 Jan, 2015

Flowery Branch council has awarded the project for diverting wastewater from the Cinnamon Cove condominium complex on Gaines Ferry Road to the city’s treatment plant on Atlanta Highway to Smith Pipeline Inc., at a budget of $2.04 million. It’s mostly being funded through a $1.5 million loan through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Construction on the project should begin in March, with a projected completion date one year later in 2016.

Trina Solar announces sale of a 13.2 MW UK PV project to funds managed by Foresight Group, 08 Jan, 2015

Trina Solar Limited has completed the sale of its 13.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project located in Dorset, UK, to funds managed by Foresight Group LLP. This follows the successful sale of a similar 10.6 MW UK solar power project to the same buyer in September of 2014. Construction of the Homeland Solar Farm started in December 2013 with successful connection to the grid in March 2014. The project utilized approximately 52,000 high quality and durable Trina Solar TSM-255-PC05A PV modules. The project sale concluded at the end of 2014 with revenue recognition in the fourth quarter of 2014.

China said to speed up $1 trillion in projects to spur economy Jan 07, 2015

China is accelerating 300 infrastructure projects valued at 7 trillion yuan this year. The investment will be in seven industries including oil and gas pipelines, health, clean energy, transportation and mining. The projects will be funded by the central and local governments, state-owned firms, loans and the private sector. The government had approved more than 420 projects needing investment of more than 10 trillion yuan, without specifying a timeframe. Rail investments may exceed 1.1 trillion yuan this year.

GE Wins Contract For 600 MW Integrated Solar Combined-Cycle Project In Saudi Arabia 07 Jan, 2015

General Electric has won a contract to supply a 600 MW integrated solar combined-cycle power plant for the Green Duba project in Saudi Arabia. It is being developed in the Saudi Red Sea port-city of Duba by the Saudi Electricity Company. The parabolic trough portion of the project will generate around 50 MW.

University of Georgia to build solar farm 07 Jan, 2015

Georgia Power and the University of Georgia got the approval to establish a 10-acre solar farm (1 MW) on university land. Georgia Power will operate it and distribute the energy from it in its electricity grid, but it will be a teaching tool for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering.

Sonnedix Finalises 86MW South African Solar Project Contracts 07 Jan, 2015

Sonnedix has closed a deal with Juwi Renewable Energies, which will build the 86 MW Prieska PV solar park in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. Sonnedix also won the backing of the nation’s major financial institutions, Nedbank and Standard Bank, after partnering with Mulilo, a South African renewable energy developer. Eksom, South Africa’s sole power utility, has signed a power purchase agreement with the consortium to buy electricity from the project. Construction of the solar park would begin in the first quarter of 2015. Juwi will also provide operations and maintenance services over the life of the project.

Praj Industries bags order to build ethanol plant in Uganda


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Praj Industries has bagged an order from Uganda’s Kakira Sugar to build an ethanol plant with a capacity of 60,000 litres per day. The plant will produce ethanol and premium grade extra neutral alcohol (beverage alcohol). Praj Industries will provide key technologies for fermentation, distillation and waste-water treatment. The plant will use captive power for about 50-60 per cent of its electricity requirement and the effluents generated by the plant will be converted into bio-compost.

More development for Mt. Pleasant includes new hotel, apartments, retail 07 Jan, 2015

Johnson Development Associates plans to build a hotel, 456 apartments, 62,000 square feet of commercial space and a self-storage facility on a tract of land just off Highway 17 near the Towne Centre at Mt. Pleasant. The project was approved by Mount Pleasant Town Council in December. The plans for landscaping and architecture are still subject to design review approval. The plan also includes pedestrian connections to the adjacent Wando East neighborhood.

Majunaka to build power station using paddy husks 07 Jan, 2015

Majunaka Eco Energy Sdn Bhd will build a renewable energy power station using paddy husks and wood chips costing RM106 million in Naka. Upon completion next year, the power station will sell 7 MW of its generating capacity of 9.95 MW to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and utilising the remaining capacity. The company had received the approval of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) and the Energy Commission of Malaysia to go ahead with the project. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Jan 24. It would be built with the aid of a RM50 million loan under the Green Technology Financing Scheme approved by KeTTHA, apart from a commercial financing facility and an internal funding.

WABAG To Build A Produced Water Treatment Plant (PWTP) For The Suplacu De Barcau Oilfield In Romania 07 Jan, 2015

WABAG Water Services SRL, Romania, the subsidiary of the Vienna-based VA TECH WABAG GmbH received a contract from OMV Petrom SA for a new produced water treatment plant at the Suplacu de Barcau oilfield. The order volume amounts to around EUR 17 million. Suplacu de Barcau has an output of up to 1,000 t/d. The treatment plant will have a capacity of 8,000 m3/d. The main process steps consist of dissolved air flotation (DAF), biological treatment, two-layer and activated carbon filtration, and sludge dewatering. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

Marriott opens Shunde Marriott Hotel in South China 06 Jan, 2015

Marriott International opened the first hotel under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Shunde, a district of Foshan in Guangdong Province. The 258-room Shunde Marriott Hotel has been set up under a long-term management agreement with the owner, Shunde Midea Group.

Sansha’s new passenger ship goes into operation 06 Jan, 2015

A new roll-on/roll-off ship delivered last month to China’s southernmost city of Sansha has set off on its maiden voyage. The ship, the Sansha Number One, will increase cargo and passenger transportation capacity between the island groups in the South China Sea, and the port city of Wenchang on the main island of Hainan Province. Compared to the existing transport vessel, the Qiongsha Number 3, the new ship cuts travel time by a third, to ten hours. The Sansha Number One is also equipped with a helicopter landing platform, which makes it convenient for maritime rescue and island patrolling.

Iran to set-up $1.5b hospital complex in Oman by 2018 06 Jan, 2015

A $1.5 billion multi-speciality hospital complex that Iran plans to establish in Barka will be ready by 2018. The hospital complex will also include a four-star hotel for the convenience of patients and specialists. The 400-bed hospital will be equipped with the latest medical facilities. The construction of the complex will begin soon.

New ward to open at Warwick Hospital in time for next winter 06 Jan, 2015

A new ward block at the Warwick Hospital is under construction. The new three-storey facility, which was started in August and has cost £6.2 million excluding enabling works, is due to be completed in time for next winter. On the ground floor will be beds for trauma orthopaedics, the first floor will be elective orthopaedics and finally the top floor will have a number of single rooms.

Air Arabia to open new international hub in Jordan 06 Jan, 2015

Air Arabia will open a new international hub at Amman Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, its fifth fixed-based operation globally, following the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Petra Airlines. The deal will see the existing principle shareholder of Perta Airlines, RUM Group, maintain a 51 per cent stake. Air Arabia Jordan operations are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2015. Two Airbus A320 aircraft will initially be based at Amman Queen Alia International Airport and the fleet will grow as the business demands.

NCIP approves P10 b hydro power plant 06 Jan, 2015

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has backed the application of a consortium of Filipino and South Korean investors to operate a P10 billion 60-megawatt run-off-river hydro power project. Construction of the two power plant turbines will take four and half years. The plant, which will be located in Barangays Cuba, Beleng-Belis and Balacbac and Barangay Badeo in nearby Kibungan town, will be in full operation in the fifth year. An initial budget of P1 billion will be spent on building roads. It will be part of the P10 billion overall cost to construct the various components of the plant.

South Korean company to build thermal power plant in Atyrau Oblast 06 Jan, 2015

South Korean company Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has signed an agreement with a Kazakhstani company Karabatan Utility Solutions for the construction of a thermal power station. The companies signed the agreement on $308 million. According to the agreement, specialists will construct a thermal electro power station working on coal with a capacity of 310 MW. The thermal power station will be built in Atyrau Oblast; construction will be completed by February 2018.

New hospital inaugurated at Nkawkaw 06 Jan, 2015

A modern hospital at Nkawkaw has been inaugurated. The 100-bed facility, known as the Kenop Care Hospital, would be upgraded to a 250-bed facility in the future. It is being managed by consultant physicians, gynaecologists, surgeons and experienced nurses.

Canadian Solar (CSIQ) Sells Two 10-MW Power Plants to RET 06 Jan, 2015

Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. has completed the sale of two 10-megawatts solar power plants to Renewable Energy Trust Ontario Holdings. The sale of the DiscoveryLight and FotoLight plants is a part of a sales agreement to sell three utility-scale solar power plants from the Ontario pipeline of Canadian Solar to RET. The sale of the third plant is expected to close early this year. While DiscoveryLight is situated in Beaverton, FotoLight is located in the Township of Prince Edward County. Both plants have started commercial operations and the electricity generated will be purchased by Hydro One under a 20-year Ontario Power Authority feed-in-tariff contract. Canadian Solar will provide operations and maintenance services to the projects. The third power plant, CityLights, is slated to commence operations in the first quarter of 2015.

Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant


Wall Street Journal 06 Jan, 2015

Google is backing Utah’s largest solar power plant with Norwegian power company Scatec Solar. Google and Scatec, along with Prudential Capital Group, are investing about $188 million in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park. When up and running at the end of 2015, the plant will generate roughly 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Google is the tax equity investor in the deal and will pay a portion of the project’s cost in return for tax incentives and a share of the facility’s income.

Istanbul orders Hyundai Rotem metro trains 05 Jan, 2015

ISTANBUL Metropolitan Municipality has placed a Won 103.8bn provisional order with Hyundai Rotem for the supply of 17 four-car metro trains that will boost capacity on Line M2 between Yenikapi and Haciosman. The new trains are due to be delivered in the second half of 2017.

Thurston water treatment plant begins operations 05 Jan, 2015

The Thurston Village Council and administration recently announced the beginning of treatment operations of the village’s new water treatment facility on Dec. 17. The plant, owned and operated by the village, is designed to treat 140,000 gallons of ground water per day via filtration, softening and disinfection. The $3.3 million project was financed with the assistance of the Ohio Water Development Authority. The project was designed by GGC Engineers, of Gahanna. Project contractors include: Warthman Drilling, well construction; Rock River Construction, well electrical and raw water transmission line; Mid Atlantic Storage Systems, storage facility; and Engineered Fluid, water treatment plant.

Water project moves forward 05 Jan, 2015

A public hearing will be held shortly for a water project in Waterloo. The project would provide access to public water for a business and residents in the Waterloo area. The cost of the project is estimated at $180,000. The project consists of extending a West Lauderdale Water Authority line to Ginesis National Products on Lauderdale 8.

Major water-pipe construction planned 05 Jan, 2015

one water pipe crossing the Animas River behind Walmart. The city expects the pipe to cost about $400,000, depending on the requirements of the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, expected in the next 30 days. Another new main is planned to connect Rogers Reservoir with the Animas-La Plata Project river intake. The main will allow the city to use pumps within the Animas-La Plata pump station near Santa Rita Park and pump water west to Rogers Reservoir. The new main will tie existing pipes together and is expected to cost about $780,000, Salka said. The pipe will also need to run through Santa Rita Park, and construction on that section is expected to start in spring.

New water pipeline to increase water pressure in north Carlsbad 05 Jan, 2015

A water line project in North Carlsbad is currently underway. In September, a $2.7 million bid was awarded to AUI Inc. to install a high pressure loop transmission line in north Carlsbad. The water line will extend from about New Mexico State University Carlsbad, along Callaway Drive, then follow East Canal before ending at the intersection of North Canal Street and Prizt Street. The project is expected to take nine months to complete, and is scheduled to be finished in early July.

U-Haul planning expansion at Preston Highway location 05 Jan, 2015

U-Haul International intends to construct a 5,000-square-foot warehouse facility at its location at 4612 Preston Highway as part of expansion. The facility will be used to secure and protect the company’s U-Box cntainers, which are portable storage containers. The facility is expected to be constructed and operational by the middle of the year.

Beijing Triumph completes work for Suez Cement 05 Jan, 2015

All activities for civil work, installation of steel structures, equipment installation and electrical installation for the 2 x 5000 tpd cement production lines renewal project in Suez, Egypt, have been completed. The standalone test and electrical automation dotting test are currently underway. The project was carried out by Beijing Triumph International Engineering Co., Ltd for the Italcementi Group.

EQUATE completes turnaround at petrochemical plant in Kuwait 05 Jan, 2015

EQUATE Petrochemical has completed the turnaround and first phase of the debottlenecking project at its polyethylene plant in Kuwait. The company currently produces 825,000t of polyethylene each year. Planned to be completed during 2016, the debottlenecking work will increase polyethylene capacity at the facility to one million tonnes per year.

New outdoor party hotel coming to Mallorca 05 Jan, 2015

From May 2015 a brand new hotel, BH Mallorca is set to open its doors with parties. Taking over what was formerly Mallorca Rocks, the hotel will incorporate outdoor music events, an over-18s water park and luxury rooms for guests. ‘The Stage’ live arena will host two events per week with DJs from around the world and a state of the art sound system.

Basin Electric signs for 300MW wind in North Dakota 05 Jan, 2015

Basin Electric has signed agreements to purchase 300MW of wind power from two projects in North Dakota that NextEra Energy Resources and Tradewind Energy have under development. The deals cover NextEra’s 150MW Dickinson Wind Energy Center and Tradewind’s 150MW Lindahl Wind Project. NextEra expects to have Dickinson in commercial operation by the end of 2015. Tradewind is targeting start-up for Lindahl at the end of 2016.

Uzbekistan to allocate $66 M for chemical complex construction 05 Jan, 2015

Uzhimprom State Joint-Stock Company (SJC) and China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd. signed a contract (turnkey basis) for the construction of a chemical complex for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), caustic soda and methanol on the basis of Navoiazot JSC in Uzbekistan worth $439.8 million in August 2014. Implementation period of the contract is three years. Design capacity is 100,000 metric tons of PVC, 75,000 metric tons of caustic soda and 300,000 metric tons of methanol per year.

Nazarbayev launches sulfuric acid plant 05 Jan, 2015

A plant for the production of sulfuric acid was launched in Stepnogorsk town. The cost of this project was 12,230 mln tenge. Production will be switched from iron sulfide to Kazakhstan’s raw materials – lump sulfur (Tengizchevroil), and will meet the needs of Kazatomprom (Kazakh nuclear giant) for sulfuric acid. The start of production is planned for the second quarter of 2015.

UP Minister suggests Centre to set up hydro power plants in Nepal 05 Jan, 2015

The Central government is making a proposal for setting up hydro power plants in Nepal. The state of Uttar Pradesh will also benefit from it by getting cheap electricity.

Jannah to open 30 hotels by 2020 05 Jan, 2015

Jannah Hotels and Resorts group is planning to open 30 new hotels by 2020 while its Burj Al Sarab by Jannah will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2015. The 18-floor Burj Al Sarab is located in Mina area and is a result of cooperation between Jannah and Al Rubaya group, which owns the hotel. Jannah targets the management of nearly 30 hotels in the next five years. The 5-start hotel comprises of 318 rooms and suites as well as several restaurants offering various cuisines to different nationalities, a health club with pool, gym and an SPA. The group plans to open new hotels in Dubai’s Marina through 2015, and there are also negotiations to manage another hotel in Dubai.

Fylde entrepreneur plans five-star hotel 05 Jan, 2015

Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby is planning to build a five star hotel. Three locations are being considered.

Anantara’s Banana Island Resort opens in Doha 05 Jan, 2015

Anantara Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the Banana Island Resort, located on a Qatari crescent-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf and featuring an 800-metre private beach. The property was officially inaugurated last week. The resort, which was developed by Al Rayyan Hospitality, has 141 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas in Arabian styles. It was constructed by Qatar-based firm UrbaCon. Banana Island features a marina that has 30 berths as well as a dive centre and a two lane surf pool; recreational facilities include a fitness centre, an entertainment centre with a nine-hole putting golf course, eight pin bowling alley and a VIP cinema theatre.

Galfar lands $556mn hospital deal 05 Jan, 2015

Omani builder Galfar Engineering & Contracting has been awarded a $556 m deal to build a new hospital in the Airport Heights area of Muscat. It had received a letter of award for package one of the Royal Oman Police’s new general hospital and expects to complete the work within three years. In December, the contractor had been confirmed as the winner of a tender to convert a stretch of the Barkha-Nakhal road in Oman into a dual carriageway worth $168.7m.

Magnetation LLC Announces First Production at New Iron Ore Concentrate Plant 05 Jan, 2015

Magnetation LLC (Magnetation) has successfully produced its first iron ore concentrate at its new plant, Plant Four, located near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Plant Four will have a production capacity of 2.0 million tonnes of concentrate per year once it is fully operational. The iron ore concentrate from Plant Four will supply Magnetation’s new pellet plant facility located in Reynolds, Indiana, which began operating in September 2014.

Masdar starts solar PV projects totaling 1.8 MW in Pacific island countries Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu 05 Jan, 2015

Masdar in December 2014 announced the construction kick-off for four new solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Pacific island countries of Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Financed under the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s USD 50 million UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund, the solar projects will collectively deliver 1.8 megawatts of clean energy. Completion of the projects is expected by the second half of 2015.

Another Subway restaurant to open in Riga in February 05 Jan, 2015

A Subway fast-food restaurant will open in Riga in February 2015. The new restaurant will be located at the “Olimpia” shopping center. The total area will be 100 square meters and the amount of money invested into the new restaurant reaches EUR 100,000. This will be the fourth Subway restaurant to open in Latvia. Submarine Latvia is the Subway franchise holder in Latvia.

Albanian private hydropower plants increase production 05 Jan, 2015

Production of electricity from small and medium-sized private hydropower plants increased by almost a quarter in 2014, compared with 2013. Private plants generated 788,000 megawatt-hours, covering slightly more than 11 percent of the Albania’s need. The increase in production has come as a result of the completion of some investment projects. The Albanian government has issued over 100 concession contracts to build more than 300 hydropower plants. But only a small part of them have been completed.

New PDC hospital leads health care developments for 2015 05 Jan, 2015

The 25-bed, 137,000-square foot Crossing Rivers Health Center in Prairie du Chien is targeted to open in June. The $37 million building is part of a $50 million project including land, amenities and equipment. The new hospital includes a much larger emergency department, a helipad, a two-bay ambulance garage with closing doors. Among the more than 60 services available at the hospital are general, orthopedic, ophthalmologic and podiatric surgery; obstetrics; rehabilitation, and other specialty offerings.

Shiloh Industries opens automotive part plant in Tennessee 05 Jan, 2015

Shiloh Industries has opened an automotive parts facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. The company has spent USD 20 million re-tooling a plant formerly owned by Contech Castings. The company is expanding its capacity for aluminium casting in the USA, Mexico and Europe. Shiloh is considering additional investment at Clarksville to install production tooling for parts made out of light-weight magnesium.

Ogun proposes to expend N4.690bn on agriculture in 2015 05 Jan, 2015

Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture has proposed to expend the sum of N4.690 billion in agriculture. N11.9 million would be expended on purchase of agriculture equipment, N108 million will be for production of farm seedlings.

Filipino DOE awards contracts to develop 22 hydroelectric projects on Mindano Island 05 Jan, 2015

Construction will begin on 22 new hydroelectric projects on Mindano Island this year after the Filipino Department of Energy (DOE) announced it awarded pre-development and development contracts to nine organizations on Jan. 2. The projects, in the Davao Region, have a combined potential capacity of 256.35 MW. The awarded service contracts are for site pre-development and development. The pre-development service contracts will allow companies to begin site feasibility studies and compile required documents, certificates and government endorsements.

Qatar and Algeria ink $ steel plant deal 05 Jan, 2015

A joint venture between Qatar Steel and Algeria’s national steel and iron company Industrial Park Cedar will see a new USD$1.2 bn steel plant built and operational by 2017. A MoU was signed between the two companies in 2013. The plant will be built in the industrial Bellara zone in the Eastern Algerian Mediterranean port of Jijel and is expected to produce 2 million tonnes of steel and iron per year. The plant will increase production to five million tonnes annually under future expansion plans.Cedar controls a 51 percent stake in the venture while Qatar Steel has the balance. Most steel will be used to fuel the domestic demand for steel and iron.

SMR expansion on track 04 Jan, 2015

Marysville auto supplier, SMR Automotive Systems has finished building a paint facility located at 1855 Busha Highway, as part of their three year plan. The paint plant will begin production this month. The plant will be opened on 21 January. The company has invested more than $40 million in its expansion projects over the past 15 months.

Jack Williams opens 30th retail store 04 Jan, 2015

Jack Williams Tire Co. has a new outlet in Brodheadsville, Pa. It is the company’s 30th retail store overall and seventh in the Greater Pocono area. The new store has a spacious customer waiting and work area with free Wi-Fi and offers courtesy customer shuttle service. Jack Williams Tire operates 30 retail locations in northeastern and central Pennsylvania and 11 wholesale locations in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Be Resorts developer to expand to 3 areas 04 Jan, 2015

ENRISON Land Inc., the developer of Be Resorts in Mactan, is expanding its resort chain to three new locations in the region. It will open a 205-room hotel in Panglao, Bohol in the first quarter this year and a 30 to 40-villa beach resort in Malapascua Island also this year. The company is also working on a 30-villa beach resort in Talima, Olango Island, which might open before 2015 ends. Be Resorts in Panglao, Bohol is a five-hectare resort development that will have a villa community with waterway. Be Resorts in Malapascua and Talima, Olango Islands, are two- and three-hectare resort developments, respectively.

Columbia Gas ready to start $2.4M project 03 Jan, 2015

Columbia Gas of Ohio will begin a $2.4 million rehabilitation of its natural-gas pipelines in parts of Toledo this month. Work will be in the area north of Dorr Street, west of I-75, east of Detroit Avenue, and south of Prospect Avenue. Steel pipe will be replaced with plastic pipe. Columbia also will be replacing indoor gas meters with outdoor meters.

Saudi Solar-Gas Power Plant to Be Built Near Red Sea: Report 03 Jan, 2015

Saudi Electricity Co. (SECO) will build a 50-megawatt solar power plant and 550-megawatt natural gas power plant for more than 4.5 billion riyals in western Saudi Arabia. The Dibaa project is expected to enter service between 2017 and 2018 in the Tabuk region. The plants may export power to Egypt, Turkey and Europe.

Panama Canal planning major transshipment port on the Pacific entrance 03 Jan, 2015

The two-phased transhipment port project will include the construction of a 2,081-linear-meter-dock, a container yard, offices and warehouse facilities within a 120-hectare area owned by the Panama Canal. The project’s first phase will include 1,350 linear meters of docks, three docking positions for Post-Panamax ships, and an approximate handling capacity of three million TEUs. The Panama National Assembly is expected to review the bill in the coming days. If approved, the Panama Canal will move forward with the development and tender process. The contract will, most likely, consist of a 20-year concession, renewable once for 20 years. The new port terminal will also include the construction of port facilities capable of handling Post-Panamax vessels. With a terminal of 16.3-meter-deep access canal and a depth of 18 meters along the dock, the new facility will provide docking facilities for five Post-Panamax ships.

CBM based 30MW power plant set up in China 03 Jan, 2015

Lu’an Group has built the world’s largest facility to utilize methane gas from coal mines to generate electricity. The 30 megawatt facility at Shanxi Province in north China, is expected to start operation soon. It is capable of utilising 99 percent of methane gas discharged from the coal mine. The newly built facility would decompose the gas into carbon dioxide and water under temperatures more than 950 Celsius, and use the heat and steam for power generation.

New Asian bank to be operational by year-end 03 Jan, 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIDB) is expected to go into operation before the end of 2015. The founding nations of the bank are expected to complete negotiations over and subscription of the bank’s charter and regulations before June this year. The Maldives has become the latest prospective founding member of the bank after a consensus was reached among the 22 existing members Dec 31. So far, the number of Prospective Founding Members of the AIDB has increased to 23. These are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and the Maldives. According to a memorandum of understanding signed in October 2014, Beijing will be the host city for the AIDB’s headquarters

Work on new restaurant begins 03 Jan, 2015

Work is getting underway on another new restaurant in Albany. The owners of Smoke and Fire got a building permit last week to start renovating the old Beef-O-Brady’s building on Gillionville Road. The restaurant will have a menu of pizza, ribs, and bar-be-que. Smoke and Fire will start taking applications next week and hopes to open the first week in February.

Russia building a new high speed train that will travel to Beijing in just 48 hours .

ET 02 Jan, 2015

Russia plans to build a new high speed railway, with trains that would speed from Moscow to Beijing in just 48 hours. the Kremlin has awarded the project to China Railway High-speed (CRH), a subsidiary of the state-controlled China Railway (CR), which is working in a joint-venture with the local firm Uralvagonzavod. Previously, Russia had commissioned a French firm, Alstom, for the first work on the rail line between Moscow and Kazan. But since France did not deliver its order of Mistral ships in late November this year, it appears the Russian government decided to switch that branch of the construction of the high speed railway to CRH, now in charge of the whole line, from Moscow to Beijing.

UGI plans to spend $150 million on natural gas pipeline to serve Shamokin Dam power plant 02 Jan, 2015

UGI Energy Services plans to invest more than $150 million to build a natural gas pipeline to supply Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas to a proposed generation plant in Snyder County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval will be needed before construction, scheduled for 2016, can begin on the approximately 35-mile pipeline. The 20-inch line would be built from a Transco pipeline in eastern Lycoming County through parts of Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties to the proposed power plant on a 216-acre site along the west bank of the Susquehanna River in Shamokin Dam. Preliminary documents already have been filed with FERC. Hummel Station, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunbury Generation, will build the 1,000 megawatt power plant. The goal is to have it on line in 2017.

Expanded Gas-Fired Power Plant Starts Up in Oregon 02 Jan, 2015

Portland General Electric Co. (PGE) commenced operations of its additional 220 MW natural gas-fired generation at its Port Westward Unit 2 on 01 January. The Unit 2 addition is composed of 12 reciprocating engines. The $300 million addition began in May 2013, requiring the installation of the dozen 25,000 hp reciprocating engines from Wartsila North America. Black & Veatch and Oregon-based Harder Mechanical Contractors Inc. in a joint venture managed the design and construction of the Unit 2 project.

Mexico inaugurates interocean gas pipeline 02 Jan, 2015

A new natural gas pipeline will soon be fully operational south of the border where a new energy project will link production fields in the Gulf of Mexico to shipping yards in the Pacific Ocean. The natural gas pipeline extends 310 miles from Jaltipan, Veracruz, to a refinery in Salina Cruz. The $6 billion dollar project will reduce time required to move natural gas from productions areas in the Gulf of Mexico to the refinery from 16 days to seven. The interocean pipeline also eliminates the need for ships to use the Panama Canal and will quickly move natural gas to a fleet of ships that will take it to lucrative markets along the Pacific Ocean in Asia, North American and South America.

Guntersville Airport runway expansion project 02 Jan, 2015

Work is progressing on a runway expansion project at the Guntersville Airport. Construction crews are adding a four thousand foot runway extension. The new runway is expected to be paved by the end of January. The extended runway in the future will allow jet aircraft to land at the airport. The next step in the project will add an additional one thousand feet of runway for jets which will take another year to complete. Several new hangars will also be built that will house ten planes each. The project will cost twenty eight million dollars.

Investors planning hotel for downtown Nashville site 02 Jan, 2015

A San Francisco-based private investment company has paid $4.5 million for property on Eighth Avenue South, which currently is home to a Goodyear tire store, with plans for a hotel. In August, Fillmore Capital Partners LLC had the site under contract. Fillmore and Rockville, Md.-based hotel franchising company Choice Hotels International Inc. have a partnership to develop properties nationwide under the Cambria Suites lifestyle brand. Cambria Suites feature Reflect, a casual dining and gathering area that serves a dinner menu, liquor, wine, beer, gourmet salads and sandwiches, a barista bar featuring Wolfgang Puck coffee and a hot breakfast buffet.

Hello Kitty theme park opens in China 02 Jan, 2015

A Hello Kitty theme park in Anji County, east China’s Zhejiang Province, opened on New Year’s Day to celebrate the cartoon character that was created 40 years ago. The theme park, which covers an area of 150 acres, is expected to attract a million visitors annually. The park is divided into six zones that feature Hello Kitty and other characters by the same creator.

Kenya: Savannah Cement to build second grinding plant 02 Jan, 2015

Savannah Cement plans to invest more than US$198.3m for the construction of its second milling plant near Kitengela town in Kajiado County. The high efficiency milling plant will feature a roller press mill, which allows for environmentally efficient cement production. The ground breaking plans for a clinker manufacturing plant are also well underway. Savannah Cement currently has a cement capacity of 1.5Mta.

New Mexican restaurant Paniolos Hawaii opens in Kailua 02 Jan, 2015

A new Mexican restaurant, Paniolos Hawaii, has opened at 600 Kailua Road. The restaurant is owned by Tamara Valdivia and Sara Lufrano. Diners go through a cafeteria-stye line and pick their own toppings for burritos and other Mexican fare. The restaurant serves fresh food with local ingredients, such as beef from the Big Island.

Sammy’s Trattoria owner to open Italian restaurant, wine bar in Fells Point 02 Jan, 2015

The owner of Sammy’s Trattoria in Mount Vernon is opening a second restaurant and wine bar in Fells Point. Sammy’s Enoteca is on track to open at 621-625 S. Broadway on the ground floor of the Marketplace at Fells Point. The restaurant and wine bar will seat 131, according to building plans, with several different seating sections, including 10 counter seats, 17 seats at the bar and 104 at tables.

Production begins at Peru’s 5.3-MW Canchayllo small hydro plant 02 Jan, 2015

British power developer Rurelec has begun production at the 5.3-MW Canchayllo hydropower project, which is located on the Pachacayo River in Peru’s Junin province. Rurelec had successfully connected the small run-of-river hydroelectric plant to the grid a month ago, after what as about an 18-month long construction process. The plant was developed by Rurelec’s indirect subsidiary, Empresa de Generacion Electrica Canchayllo (EGECSAC), which received a loan of $7.2 million for the project from the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in December 2012.

New restaurant proposed in Edina 02 Jan, 2015

A new restaurant may fill the closed Wally’s Service Station at Wooddale Avenue and Valley View Road. A sketch plan of the proposed restaurant received a favorable review from the Edina City Council Dec. 16. The restaurant is expected to use the existing gas station building. A 500-square-foot addition of a kitchen and trash enclosure is planned for the back of the building, and a 640-square-foot addition of a porch and patio area is planned for the front of the building.

Colombia opens digital kiosk in Pueblorrico 02 Jan, 2015

Colombia’s ICT Ministry has opened a digital kiosk in Pueblorrico, Antioquia department. Vive Digital kiosks provide internet connection, ICT training and mobile services. The new centre will benefit 150 people. The government has already installed over 7,700 digital kiosks across Colombia since 2010.

WRD expands recycled water capacity to 8 million gallons per day 02 Jan, 2015

On December 18, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) held a dedication ceremony for its newly expanded Leo J. Vander Lans Advanced Water Treatment Facility (LVLAWTF). With the new development, the advanced water treatment facility will now go from producing 3 million gallons of treated wastewater per day to 8 million gallons per day. In addition to the increase of 5 million gallons of recycled water that will be produced each day, the plant has now further reduced waste and raised overall recovery from 77 to 92 percent.

Empire State Development board approves $1 million grant to the Lewis County Development Corp. 2 Jan, 2015

The Empire State Development board of directors approved a $1 million grant to help the Lewis County Development Corp. finance the Lyons Falls brownfield redevelopment project. The LCDC applied for funding assistance through round 2 of the Regional Economic Development Council process and was awarded $1 million. The purpose of the project is to create a shovel-ready site for a modern commercial industrial park to help with business expansion and economic development. The site is 9.4 acres and has 20 deteriorating buildings from the Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill. The project is in the first phase of demolition, which is estimated to cost about $2.9 million to complete. It will take about $4 million more to complete the remaining three phases of the project.

Geely set to build £150m UK plant for green taxis 2 Jan, 2014

Geely, the quirky Chinese carmaker is poised to announce a new £150 million factory in Britain to produce the next generation of energy-efficient London taxis. Plans for the plant, which have been under deliberation since late 2013 and have received heavy coaxing from the British government, are expected to be announced soon.

Hyosung to expand spandex production in China 2 Jan, 2015

Hyosung Corp. will boost spandex production at its China plant. The plan will help the company’s China facility in Guangdong Province expand production of spandex yarns by 14.3 percent to 80,000 tons per year. The company said it will also push to build up production capacity at its factories in Vietnam as well as in Brazil and Turkey down the road.

Hotel rooms opening up in Buffalo 2 Jan, 2015

New hotels expected to open in 2015 run the gamut from an upscale, boutique-style destination like downtown Buffalo’s Curtiss Hotel to more moderate priced ventures like the region’s first Home 2 Suites in Cheektowaga. Within downtown Buffalo, the hotel room inventory will increase by nearly 15 percent once the 205-room Marriott opens in the HarborCenter and the Curtiss opens in the fall. Iskalo Development is bringing the first Hyatt Place to the region when the Snyder hotel opens this summer. Aloft and Home 2 Suites, both in Cheektowaga, are new hotel nameplates for the Buffalo Niagara region.

Utah to build new gas-fired power station 2 Jan, 2015

The Ute Indian tribe plans to build a 1,000MW natural gas-fired generation facility on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeast Utah. The project is in development stages. Southern California Telephone and Energy (SCT&E) is hired by the tribe to assist with planning. The plant is expected to generate up to 1,000MW.

Zardari to launch Asia’s largest RO filter plant 2 Jan, 2015

The Sindh government has completed installation of 150 reverse osmosis water filter plants in five talukas of the parched Tharparkar district. The reverse osmosis (RO) plant having capacity to filter two million gallons per day will be inaugurated on 3 Jan, 2015. Under the Rs5 billion schemes, 750 RO plants are being installed in Thar. The RO plant in Mithi will filter a million gallon of water using solar energy and another million on electricity.

Ethiopia’s dam project could start power generation by June 1 Jan, 2015

A much-delayed $1.8 billion dam project under construction along Ethiopia’s Omo river could begin generating power by June and be fully operational by early 2016. Gilgel Gibe 3 will nearly double the country’s energy output. 88 percent of the work for the Gibe 3 hydropower project has already been completed. Two of ten units would be ready by June, one additional unit would come on line each month after that. Upon completion the project will generate 1,870 MW of power.

Starwood Opens New Four Points Hotel in Barranquilla, Colombia 1 Jan, 2015

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has opened its newest resort in the Caribbean Basin: the Four Points by Sheraton Barranquilla. The hotel is operated by GHL Hotels under a franchise agreement. The hotel opened concomitantly with a new Four Points in Bogota. The hotel has 119 guestrooms, along with two junior suites, and a restaurant, Kitchen by Raush, along with a lobby bar and a rooftop bar.

Work set to begin on hotly-contested London airport 1 Jan, 2015

An airport that used to handle more passengers a year than Gatwick is to see a £25million expansion. The airport is set to undergo a renewal following government authorisation of a £25million project that will see a 965ft expansion of the main runway and the construction of a new terminal. The runway extension will enable regional jet aircraft to fly a full payload of passengers to a wider range of destinations across Europe. The development was planned as early as 2000 and agreed in 2010, but a public inquiry from February to September 2011 stalled progress before the government gave the go-ahead for work to start.

Berea mayor has big plans for new year 1 Jan, 2015

The Berea City Council has invested in the city in a variety of ways. The city also developed a second industrial park, which has 400 acres that is ready to house any new industry coming to town, new curbs and sidewalks were built and two-thirds of the Indian Fort Trail has been finished.

Assuta to open new medical center in Ra’anana 1 Jan, 2015

Assuta will also open Ashdod’s first hospital in 18-months. Assuta Medical Centers, owned by Maccabi Health Services, will open a new medical center in the Ra’anana industrial zone. Without a change in the Ministry of Health’s policy, the new center will be used for specialist clinics and imaging institutes (CT scans, X-rays, etc.). Assuta recently signed a long-term lease with REIT Sella Capital Real Estate Ltd. Under the lease, Assuta will rent 4,000 sq.m. of the 16,000 sq.m. in the building for its new center.

2 Japanese medical firms expand in PH 1 Jan, 2015

Two of Japan’s major medical product manufacturers selected Lopez-led First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Santo Tomas, Batangas as the location for their Philippine expansion projects. Through their respective subsidiaries, Tokai Medical Products (TMP) and JMS Company Ltd. (JMS) signed contracts with FPIP for the lease of areas within the 442-hectare economic zone in Batangas. Tokai’s plant within FPIP will be its first outside Japan. The company’s new plant in FPIP will manufacture medical catheters for export to Japan and the US. Tokai’s local unit will start constructing its factory in January, and move to commercial operations in October 2015. The JMS plant within FPIP will be its first in the Philippines. JMS Healthcare Phl Inc. will manufacture and assemble medical devices and disposables, such as infusion sets, from FPIP for export to Japan, Europe, and Latin America. JMS expects to go on commercial operations in the first quarter of 2016.

Commercial production to begin at Williams’ ethylene plant 1 Jan, 2015

Williams Partners is expecting ethylene production for sale to begin this month at its Geismar plant as commissioning efforts for the project near completion. Geismar plant has capacity to produce 1.95 billion pounds of ethylene per year. Of this, Williams Partners’ share is approximately 1.7 billion pounds per year.

Dubai Investments’ $2.7bn plans include new hotel 1 Jan, 2015

Dubai Investments PJSC (DIC) revealed residential and commercial projects, amounting to AED10 billion in the next five years. The developments include Mirdif Hills, a AED2.5 billion project in Dubai that will include 1,500 homes, a 230-room hotel, shops and 200,000 ft2 of office space, which Dubai Investment Real Estate Co. unit will start tendering for the development in the next two months. The company may still need bank or debt-market funding for a AED7 billion project planned in Dubai Investment Park. The 13 million ft2 village with homes, shops, offices and hotels may require the company to raise cash either through loans, Islamic bonds or by seeking investors to take a stake in the project.

Mobile County plans work on two new road projects in January 1 Jan, 2015

A portion of Patruski Road in Bayou La Batre will transform from a dirt road into a paved one. The paving starts at Ole Road and heads east for .4 of a mile. The project includes clearing grubbing, grading, drainage, setting the base, paving, guardrail and intersection improvements. The project cost projection is $376,000. Two lanes will be added in front of Hutchens Elementary School on West Lake Road. The roads will be separated from the main roadway of West Lake to accomodate motorists dropping their children off at school. The project cost projection is $165,166, and is funded outside of the Pay-Go program.

New restaurant to open at Gatwick Airport with views of runway 1 Jan, 2015

A New restaurant, called Wondertree will open in the South Terminal in the summer of 2015. An extensive menu will include fresh bread, pastries, sandwiches, all day breakfasts, salads, smoothies and shakes. Drinks on offer will include tea, coffee, wine, beer and sangria. A Wondertree restaurant was opened at Heathrow Airport earlier this year.

Major Caribbean Energy Project Closer to Launching Construction 1 Jan, 2015

The Amaila Falls Hydro Power project is set to achieve financial close and commence construction with months. The government of Norway had transferred $80 million in earnings from its partnership with Guyana to the Inter-American Development Bank to fund part of Guyana’s equity share in the long-awaited project. The Amaila Falls project involves the building of a hydropower plant at the confluence of the Amaila and Kuribrong rivers in west-central Guyana. The plan is for electricity from the plant to be delivered to Georgetown, and Linden.

Anantara Opens New Luxury Island Resort In Doha 1 Jan, 2015

Anantara has unveiled Banana Island Resort Doha, the brand’s first luxury property in Qatar. The resort will be developed by Al Rayyan Hospitality. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is located on a Qatari crescent shape island in the Arabian Gulf and has an 800-metre private beach. The resort consists of 141 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas in Arabian styles with 54 Premier Sea View Rooms, 16 Deluxe Sea View Rooms, eight Sea View Suites, 18 Anantara Suites and 34 Sea View Pool Villas featuring a personal pool and poolside cabana. It will also have eight two-bedroom over water villas and a trio of three-bedroom Anantara over water villas that offer 360 square metres of space and a 62 square metre personal pool.

Saudi Electricity signs deal for integrated gas/solar plant 30 Dec, 2014

Saudi Electricity Co signed a contract worth 1 billion riyals to buy generators for 550-megawatt integrated solar combined cycle plant will primarily burn natural gas, but will generate 50 MW of solar energy to increase fuel efficiency at the planned facility near Tabuk. The project would be fully operational before the end of 2017. A new high voltage direct current facility in Tabuk, expected to cost 4.5 billion riyals, would be commissioned in.

Hyundai Motor to build two vehicle factories in China 30 Dec, 2014

Hyundai Motor Co would build two factories in China. The factories will start production in 2016 and 2017. Affiliate Kia Motors Corp also would expand capacity at one of its three Jiangsu province factories to up to 450,000 vehicles by 2016 from 300,000 now. Hyundai said construction of its Hebei province plant, to be located in city of Changzhou,will start in the second quarter of 2015. The factory will be able to produce small vehicles by the second half of 2016 and production will reach full capacity by 2018. Construction on the Chongqing plant will start in the third quarter of 2015.

Canal board approves Corozal port 30 Dec, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has approved construction of a container transshipment port at Corozal, near the waterway’s Pacific entrance. The new port is planned for a 120-hectare plot not far from the canal’s Miraflores Locks. The terminal will handle up to 5 million teu per year. Transhipment capacity needs are expected to rise after the ACP completes a widening of the waterway, which is scheduled to be complete next year. The ACP expects annual container transshipment needs on the Pacific side to reach 6 million teu upon completion of the canal expansion and 8 million teu by 2020. The project’s two phases will include more than 2,080 metres of dock space, a container yard, offices and warehouse facilities. The ACP will issue a call for bids to hire a company that will be responsible for all stages of the project. The contract will most likely involve a 20-year concession renewable for another two decades.

Bahrain to award airport construction deals in Q1 30 Dec, 2014

Bahrain Airport Company is set to award contracts for the enabling works related to the country’s airport modernisation programme (AMP) in the first quarter of 2015. The scope of works includes the construction of a new passenger terminal, and other buildings including all general civil engineering, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, aircraft parking, car-parks, interiors, and exterior and other related works. The first phase of the programme was launched at the start of this year with enhancement works being done on the existing terminal. This includes the aerobridges along with new high-tech scanning machines, the extension of the duty-free area featuring additional luxury brands, the provision of free wi-fi across the terminal, the introduction of more food and beverages options and many more, said the statement. Additionally, bids have been invited from local and international companies for the second phase of this ambitious project.

Tanzania: Govt Committed to Complete Mwanza Airport Expansion 30 Dec, 2014

The renovation and expansion of Mwanza Airport is underway. The government dished out 4bn/- to Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (BCEG) for expansion work at Mwanza Airport. The contractor has already started the second phase of gravel level building before upgrading all runways into tarmac level. The airport’s expansion is carried out by BCEG at 105bn/- which is a loan the country acquired from Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and Opec Fund for International Development (OFID). The two bodies gave out 10bn/- each while the remaining 85bn/- was to be covered by the Tanzanian government. The work is scheduled to take two years.

Expensive reconstruction of Minsk airport terminal over 30 Dec, 2014

The reconstruction of the air terminal of the National Airport Minsk has been completed. With the second phase finished, the reconstruction of the air terminal of the National Airport Minsk has been completed. The reconstruction has added over 2,000m2 of space, has enabled more comfortable conditions for passengers and better working conditions for the border service and the customs service. Br720 billion has been spent on implementing the project. The construction of the second runway will begin in 2015. The runway will be built within two years.

Elmer’s Chocolate plans $40M expansion, 10 more jobs 30 dec, 2014

A $40 million expansion of the Elmer Chocolate facility in Pontchatoula is underway. A 70,000-square-foot addition is being built at its North 5th Street site. The expansion will bring Elmer’s total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

Tyson completes Emporia expansion 30 Dec, 2014

Tyson Foods in Emporia has completed a line expansion of its prepared foods plant, in partnership with the state of Kansas. The $3 million expansion created an additional line to make products for a national foodservice customer.

Land contracts finalized for future industrial park 30 Dec, 2014

Contracts to allow Franklin County and the City of Ottawa to acquire 303 acres from five landowners in south Ottawa to develop a industrial park were completed. The City of Ottawa, Franklin County and the Franklin County Development Council approved motions to jointly acquire the acreage, which is located on the southeast side of U.S. 59 and I-35, immediately south of Ottawa, to develop a new Franklin County industrial park at a special joint meeting Dec. 3.

Shamaeel Ansari launches first retail store in Karachi 30 Dec, 2014

The Pakistani fashion designer Shamaeel Ansari has launched her first-ever retail outlet titled House of Shamaeel in Karachi, Pakistan. The store will feature cotton, evening and semi-formal ready-to-wear clothing collections along with order-based bridal and couture lines from the designer.

New hotel opens in uptown just in time for big events 30 Dec, 2014

Perched on South McDowell Street, Le Meridien is the latest hotel to open in Uptown. Le Meridien will hold its grand opening Jan. 8. The hotel offers 300 hotel rooms, bringing the total amount of hotel rooms in uptown to 4,568. The hotel also hopes to bring in business travelers with a 55,000-square-foot convention center. This spring, the hotel plans to add a rooftop bar to attract more local customers

New railroad bridge approved for Letchworth park 30 Dec, 2014

Federal approvals cleared the way for a $71 million replacement project that would build a new railroad bridge over the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park. The Federal Highway Administration has given the go-ahead for design and construction of the new span, which will carry the Norfolk Southern Railway Southern Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with the new span located just south of the existing 1875-era structure. Plans are to remove the old bridge when the new one is up and running.

295 MW German wind farm ready to go 30 Dec, 2014

German renewable energy company RWE Innogy’s all 48 turbines at the Nordsee Ost wind farm off the German coast are in place. Nordsee Ost will provide at its peak 295 megawatts of power. The next phase would be connecting each wind power unit to the grid one-by-one. The first wind turbine has commenced trial operation in the past few days. Nordsee Ost will be connected fully to the German energy grid by early 2015.

2 new restaurants opening on Coburg Road 30 Dec, 2014

Two new restaurants are opening in time in Eugene. Both Subway and Domino’s Pizza are opening along Coburg Road. The Subway is opening along Coburg and Willakenzie. Down the road, Domino’s Pizza is opening its fourth location in the Uptown Plaza in the former Burger King. The restaurant is debuting a new pizza theater concept where kids can watch their food being made. Domino’s is planning another location on Agate Street near the University of Oregon campus, which could open in the spring.

Sipchem Announces Q1 Start for New Chemical Plant 30 Dec, 2014

Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) announced that its new polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) chemical plant will undergo initial start-up in the first quarter of 2015. The facility will produce up to 63,000 tons of PBT, a thermoplastic used for the automotive industry’s electrical and electronic material production and for materials in the IT industry. Located in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, the plant’s equipment is undergoing testing to prepare for launch.

PIA to induct five more 320-A aircrafts in its fleet in January 30 Dec, 2014

PIA will obtain five more 320-A aircrafts on January 4 and it will induct them in its fleet. PIA has acquired these new aircrafts on lease for the period ranging between 5 to 7 years. National Airlines will appoint its own staff in these planes. PIA is also engaged in talks with different companies to obtain 777 Boeing planes on lease which are likely to be inducted in its fleet till March.

Ayala group raising funds for 540-MW power plant 30 Dec, 2014

An Ayala-led consortium has executed the documentary requirements to raise funding for a 540-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, which was estimated to cost $1 billion. Construction of the plant is set to start in early 2015. GNPower Kauswagan Ltd. Co., a limited partnership owned by Ayala Corp. subsidiary AC Energy Holdings Inc., signed the definitive documentation along with its partners, Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI) Fund and Power Partners Ltd. Co. The project is currently underwritten with a combination of debt and equity. The debt will be financed by a syndicate of domestic banks with additional debt from international banks. It is expected to be operational by 2017.

McLean Co. water consolidated water project moving forward 30 Dec, 2014

Fiscal Court is spending $15,000 to help upgrade the waterline between Calhoun and Island. Fiscal court is using Coal Severance money to help fund the upgrade. The waterline will be used to connect three water districts under the new McLean County Regional Water Commission. The county also has plans to build a new water plant in Calhoun to supply the whole county. The new regional water system is scheduled to operational by 2017.

Bridge project In Crawford County to begin in January; work to being on $1.05 million bridge 30 Dec, 2014

A long-term bridge project in Crawford County is scheduled to kick off in early January. County road crews will begin work on the $1.05 million Pevehouse Bridge project on Jan. 5. The county and the city of Van Buren will work together on the bridge. They received a disaster relief funding grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency for the project. The federal share of the grant is $701,250, with the local share more than $300,000. The city has pledged around $100,000 and the county will contribute around $200,000. The project is slated to be complete by early September.

Sahara Energy sets sight on thermal plant 30 Dec, 2014

Nigerian energy group, Sahara Energy is considering building a thermal plant in Ghana by next year. It is holding discussions with the Volta River Authority which it still lifts crude oil towards the construction of the about 2000 megawatts plant in Ghana. There are some projects in the pipeline. They include the upgrading of Sunon Asogli to generate 360MW more. The company also wants to build a 700MW zero discharge coal plant in the Western Region. The VRA is also building a 220MW Thermal Power Project at Kpone (KTPP), which is expected in the first quarter 2015.

Department of Energy invests in thermal management research and development 29 Dec, 2014

DOE’s ARPA-E division funds 22 new projects that promise to facilitate emissions reductions and improve energy efficiency. The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $60 million in funding for nearly two dozen innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The scope of the various projects ranges widely, from the development of new, low-cost optical sensors that will be integrated in a distributed sensor network to enable enhanced methane leak detection from natural gas systems, to the creation of novel printed sensor arrays can quantify and locate methane leaks. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions and Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities.

Time-lapse shows new bridge being built in a flash 29 Dec, 2014

The new Queensferry Crossing is under construction. Work in 2014 has seen the bridge’s three towers rise to more than 90 metres in height, with the south approach viaduct now reaching 450m from the shore of the Forth. Installation of 12 bridge deck ­sections made of 250 tonnes of raw steel and the completion of a new Queensferry junction on approach to the bridge had been undertaken. The £1.4 billion project would come in under its ­final budget, with £195 million saved from the cost expected when construction began. Construction is due to be completed in 2016.

New US 378 bridge between Ga. and SC set for 2017 29 Dec, 2014

A new bridge linking McCormick County, South Carolina, and Lincoln County, Georgia, should be finished by the spring of 2017. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that the U.S. Highway 378 bridge to replace the current span over Lake Strom Thurmond is two-thirds complete. The 1,680-foot bridge will have four lanes and shoulders, replacing the two-lane bridge built in the late 1950s. Construction on the bridge started in 2010, but had to be halted in summer 2013 when cracks were spotted in the new bridge’s support columns.

Former Orsay chef plans to open new restaurant next door 29 Dec, 2014

A former Orsay chef is planning to open a restaurant one door down from the upscale French restaurant in Avondale. The southern-inspired restaurant called, appropriately, South Kitchen and Spirits would be located at the corner of Park and Dancy streets. It is still unclear, however, when demolition of the existing building will begin and construction on the new building will get underway.

Scatec Solar secures financing for $125 million solar plant investment in Honduras 29 Dec, 2014

Scatec Solar secures project financing for $125 million investment in the 60 MW Agua Fria solar plant in Honduras. The company has entered together with partners into financing agreements totalling about $90 million for the project. It will own 40 percent of power plant, while Norwegian Norfund/KLP and local project developer PEMSA each will hold 30 percent. Construction will start immediately and plant is expected to be in operation in H2 2015.

Greenfield plant in Turkmenistan announced 29 Dec, 2014

Turkmenistan plans to build a 1Mta cement plant in the Koytendag region of the Lebap province. The plan comes under the ‘Program for Development of Construction and Industrial Sectors in 2012-16,’ which is designed for the diversification and modernisation of the building materials infrastructure. The Koytendag region has rich reserves of raw materials and railway infrastructure has been established, which will allow for increased export opportunities.

Damac Maison opens new hotel apartments in Dubai 29 Dec, 2014

Damac Properties has opened its third luxury serviced hotel apartments in the Burj Area of Dubai, UAE – Damac Maison Cour Jardin – managed by the company’s hospitality arm, Damac Maison Hotels & Resorts. Spreading across 19 floors, with more than 350 apartments, the property offers refined living in comfortable deluxe rooms, with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites on offer, all with exceptional services. The company’s pipeline of hospitality projects to be opened in the coming months extends in different locations of the Burj Area and other key areas of Dubai.

New 118-key hotel to be built on West 40th Street 29 Dec, 2014

An application to construct a 118-room budget hotel at 306 West 40th Street was filed. The plans call for a 30-story building that will span 44,234 square feet. Two new hotels are under construction on the same block, one at 310 West 40th Street and one at 350 West 40th Street. Architects Studio NY is the architect of record for the proposed 283-feet-tall building.

Portuguese hotel group plans to expand to Cabo Verde and Mozambique 29 Dec, 2014

Portuguese hotel group Vila Galé plans to expand to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) on the islands of Boa Vista and Sal. Its hotel in Rio de Janeiro, having 292 rooms and cost Vila Galé 35 million euros was opened last week. In addition to Cabo Verde, Vila Galé also has plans to invest in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, which may involve purchasing or leasing a building that is yet to be built.

Taiwanese firm to invest $100mn in Vietnam garment unit 29 Dec, 2014

United Textile Co. Ltd from Taiwan laid the foundation stone for a $100 million apparel factory in An Giang province. The plant located in Xuan To Industrial Park in Tinh Bien District is to be set up in two phases. The first phase of the garment stitching plant will come up on 54.7 hectares of land and is expected to be operational in 2016-end. Construction on the second phase will begin in 2017 and will last till 2019. The company would scale up investment to $500 million.

IU Health planning new hospital in Bloomington 29 Dec, 2014

Indiana University Health officials are working on plans for building a new hospital in Bloomington. A decision is expected within about a month from the statewide system on moving ahead with the project. The new hospital would have about 200 inpatient beds with all private rooms, along with an outpatient surgery center. The current hospital has 279 inpatient beds. A decision hasn’t been made on whether the new hospital would be built at its current campus or on an 85-acre site it owns on the city’s west side. It could take a year for design and development work on the new hospital, followed by two years of construction.

Kentucky-American Water gets OK on new filtration plant in Lexington 29 Dec, 2014

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized Kentucky-American Water Company to replace a 90-year-old filtration facility at its water treatment plant on Richmond Road in Lexington. The Richmond Road plant, which can treat up to 25 million gallons of water per day, was built in 1924 and was last expanded in 1953. The new filters are designed to be more effective and efficient and will provide reserve capacity, which the current plant does not have. Estimated cost of the new facility is $15.6 million.

Gila Bend solar power plant generates output 29 Dec, 2014

Gila Bend Solar Power Plant, an Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) facility, is now in operation. Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the plant. Construction was performed by Overland Contracting Inc. The 32-megawatt facility’s construction began in October 2013.

Local, foreign companies to begin building 8 solar power plants 28 Dec, 2014

Eight local and foreign companies were granted licences to start procedures to build eight solar-run power plants in the Kingdom. The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) gave a 20-year licence to each of the eight companies to build solar plants in the south of the Kingdom. The power plants have a total capacity of 150 megawatts and will be built at a total cost of $300 million.

China’s NDRC approves US$4 billion for bridges, roads 29 Dec, 2014

China will look to invest US$4 billion in new infrastructure including new bridge and road construction projects after the National Development and Reform Commission approved the spending. The NDRC approved almost US$200 billion of investment in the fourth quarter.

DOST sets up R&D hub in Laguna 29 Dec, 2014

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has put up a research and development hub in Laguna to help raise product standards of local traders to make them globally competitive. The Ideation, Design and Development (IDD) laboratory offers product design, development and prototyping for micro, small and medium enterprises and aims to serve as a creative hub for entrepreneurs, designers and students in preparation of the economic integration next year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

SAFCO completes work on urea plant 29 Dec, 2014

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co. (SAFCO) has completed mechanical and construction work on a new urea plant at its industrial complex in Jubail. Trial operations will now take three months before the project starts up commercially. Annual production capacity is estimated at 1.1 million tons of urea. The plant was originally scheduled to start up in the third quarter of 2014, but was delayed due to construction work falling behind the original timetable.

China: Another Four Subway Lines Opened in Beijing 29 Dec, 2014

Beijing increased its subway connections with four new lines that reached a total route measuring 527 kilometers, 13.3 percent more than in 2013. By 2020, Beijing is expected to have a subway system with 1,000 kilometers.

Ba Hospital project on track 29 Dec, 2014

Earthworks at the site for the construction of the new Ba Hospital are complete. Preparations are in place to start constructing the hospital in February next year. The Health Ministry is looking at the tender for the construction of the building which was scheduled to begin in February. The Government has provided $15million for the project in next year’s budget; the total cost of the project is about $23m and is a private-public partnership project.

Hyatt Officially Opens Third All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico 29 Dec, 2014

Hyatt has opened its third all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The new property is located at the former Dreams Puerto Vallarta, which recently underwent a $20 million expansion, renovation and repositioning. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is the third Hyatt all inclusive destination in Mexico. The 335-suite property includes four a la carte restaurants, a “tequila sommelier” and a spa with hydrotherapy services.

Guangyuan port opens 29 Dec, 2014

Guangyuan port, a river port in Sichuan province, has opened for operation this weekend, becoming the fifth productive port in Sichuan. The port has constructed four 500 tons-class berths in Hongyan port area, and is planning to build twelve 1,000 tons-class berths with annual handling capacity of 2.6m tons. For long-term development, Guangyuan plans to build 51 berths by 2030, with 12.5m tons cargo handling capacity

68.4pc work completed on NJ Hydro Project 29 Dec, 2014

Around 68.4pc work has already been completed on the ongoing 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) and efforts are being made to complete in its schedule time 2016. The first unit of the project would start generating in 2016. 3rd diversion stage at dam site would be also be completed by April, the C-1 site of power house is also 100 per cent completed. The project would contribute 5.15 billion units of cheap electricity to the national grid. The annual benefits accruing from the project have been estimated at Rs.45 billion.

Poconos indoor water parks doubling in 2015 with $400 million investment 29 Dec, 2014

This coming year, Camelback Lodge Aquatopia Indoor Water Park, a $163 million addition to the outdoor Camelbeach Water Park open now during warmer months, is scheduled to open in spring followed in summer by the $230 million Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. All offering overnight accommodations, the four indoor mazes of pools, slides and other novelties are separated by about 15 miles, with the closest about 25 miles from Easton. Other resorts in the Poconos have also invested in aquatic attractions, including a $6 million entertainment center with indoor pool at Mount Airy Casino Resort. Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, also announced plans for a water park, eying a spring 2017 opening.

Saudi company completes pipe factory work 29 Dec, 2014

Saudi Specialised Pipes’ factory at King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia will launch production trials next month following the completion of construction work and equipment installation. The factory has been set up at an investment of SR50 million. The plant and machinery to manufacture PRC pipes and products is sourced from German companies such as B+S, Respecta, while computer-controlled and automated moulding machines for production are from Metromax.

Iran plans operations at giant petchem plant in 2015 29 Dec, 2014

The first phase of a massive petrochemical project coming up in Iran will be operational by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015).

Jakarta box port planned 29 Dec, 2014

Asian liner industry majors PSA International, Mitsui & Co and NYK Line are teaming up with Indonesian port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia II (IPC) to develop a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok, the port for Jakarta. Together they have formed a new company called PT New Priok Container Terminal One (NPCT1) that will build a terminal capable of handling 1.5m teus per year. The terminal will have a total berth length of 850 meters and a draft capability of 16 meters. The port will be developed as a green terminal that will be provided with environmentally friendly facilities such as cold ironing capability.

KPC to set up aromatics plant in Bahrain 28 Dec, 2014

Kuwait Petroleum Corportation (KPC) has signed a deal with Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority to jointly set up an aromatics plant in the kingdom. The plant will be set up through the Kuwaiti firm’s subsidiary Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC). As per the deal, the two companies will conduct a feasibility study on the plant to be set up in Bahrain and its operation.

Iraq approves airport project in Karbala 28 Dec, 2014

Iraq has agreed to construct a large civilian airport in the central Karbala governorate, which will be funded by the province’s Imam Hussein Holy Shrine Authority. It has signed a MoU with the Iraqi ministry of transport to invest in the Imam Hussein airport project. The Imam Hussein Holy Shrine will invest and fund the project. The project would be constructed in three phases and is one of the region’s largest airports, with a capacity of 15-20 million passengers a year. A French firm had already prepared designs for the project.

UAE firm bids for Iraqi airport deal 28 Dec, 2014

A UAE company is among 12 foreign firms bidding for the operation of a new airport in Iraq’s southern Dhi Qar province. The governorate would award the contract to operate its first civilian airport within the next three months. The new airport located at Imam Ali military air base would be commissioned in early 2015.

Nigeria Signs Fresh Agreement For 1 GW Solar Power Capacity 28 Dec, 2014

The Nigerian government has recently finalised a new agreement to set up a lot more solar power capacity. In the latest round of negotiations, the Nigerian government has received pledges from three companies to set up a total of 1 GW solar power capacity across the country. Solar Force Nigeria Limited will set up 200 small-scale projects of 1 MW each across as many villages. Solius NGC is expected to set up the balance 300 MW capacity. Peoples Home Association will also set up solar research centers across universities in Nigeria to help generate about 10,000 jobs in the solar power sector.

New Hotel Construction to Start Soon at Jefferson Casino 28 Dec, 2014

A Wisconsin developer will soon break ground for a new hotel at the new Wild Rose Casino site near Jefferson. Bri-Mark Builders of Oshkosh, Wisconsin plan a new 70 room hotel to be built onto the casino building. The hotel will have an indoor pool to take advantage of the large convention center that will be attached as a part of the casino. The new hall will be able to seat 1000 people for events. The new casino is slated to be completed by August of 2015.

Tokyo to get its first kosher restaurant 28 Dec, 2014

A first restaurant with an official kashrut certificate is set to open in Japan’s capital city next week. The restaurant, called “Chana’s Place,” is located in the Chabad House in central Tokyo’s Takanawa neighborhood. It has 14 indoor seats and another 48 seats in the garden. The restaurant already began operations several weeks ago for special occasions by appointment, but will open to the public on a regular basis starting next week.

General Authority for Industrial and Mining Projects to finish seven logistical areas in Q1 2015: Official 28 Dec, 2014

The General Authority for Industrial and Mining Projects plans to finish establishing seven logistical areas during the first quarter (Q1) of 2015. The logistical areas lie in Luxor, Beni Suef, Tanta, Talkha, Damanhur, Port Said and Kafr El-Zayat. Two trade areas in Tanta and Beni Suef, being constructed by the Arab Contractors company, are almost finished. The total cost of establishing the seven areas is estimated at EGP 150m. The government plans to finish establishing 13 industrial zones by the end of 2015. Of these, three zones will be in Sohag, three in Beni Suef, one in Gamasa in Daqahleya governorate, another in El-Wadi El-Gedid, two in Kafr El-Sheikh and two in Qaliubiya. The government plans to launch the mining port of Safaga next March. The investment cost of development works at the port is estimated at EGP 1.2bn.

Petronet, Shell, Mitsui shortlisted for Bangladesh LNG terminal


ET 28 Dec, 2014

Petronet LNG Ltd is among five global energy firms that have been shortlisted for setting up an LNG import terminal in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is looking at setting up a 3.5 million tons a year LNG import facility at Matar Bari in Moheshkhali Island of Cox’s Bazar district or Anwara, Chittagong. The terminal, which is to be set up on the build-own-operate basis, will supply gas to power plants. The terminal will supply gas to a proposed 1,000 MW combined cycle power plant as well as the existing power plants in Raozan and Sikalbaha through a planned pipeline

Floating LNG import facility in Bay of Bengal

ET 28 Dec, 2014

Bangladesh is looking at setting up a floating LNG import facility in Bay of Bengal. The Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) will have 500 million cubic feet a day capacity. Petrobangla is planning a floating LNG import terminal with a capacity to handle 5 million tons a year of LNG and a regasification capacity of at least 500 million cubic feet per day at Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal. It would have berthing and mooring facilities for LNG vessels with a capacity of 138,000-260,000 cubic meters, with Petrobangla looking to award the construction contract on a build-own-operate-transfer basis for 15 years. Bangladesh has already extended its MoU with Qatar for the import of 4 million tons per annum of LNG, which expired in March 2013, until June 2015. It expects the floating LNG terminal project to be completed by then.

Tender floated for new water transmission pipeline project 28 Dec, 2014

Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), Oman, has floated a tender to build a water transmission pipeline between Bausher and Seeb. According to the tender document, potential bidders can submit their bids up to February 9, 2015, while the tender documents will be distributed up to January 8. Three companies – Larsen & Toubro (Oman), Societe Egyptienne Denterprises and Towell Infrastructure Projects – have already evinced interest as these firms have already bought the tender documents.

Fulfilling a promise – KAEC to launch apartment projects 27 Dec, 2014

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) announced the launch dates for unveiling of apartments in phase one at the Al-Shurooq district. The cluster based community is ideal for employees of companies operating in the port, Industrial Valley as well as in the commercial and retail businesses within KAEC. It is also a prime real estate opportunity for investors who wish to purchase entire buildings to lease out to companies and individuals. Covering 150,000 square meters of land and containing approximately 1,440 housing units for rent or purchase, phase one of Al-Shurooq will be ready to welcome new residents in mid 2016.

Thai Diamond Food sets up JV in Hong Kong 27 Dec, 2014

Thai Diamond Food Co, operator of April’s Bakery shops, has set a regional expansion plan, beginning with the establishment of a joint-venture operation in Hong Kong next year. The JV, Jin Cha Tea House, will look after all franchising of April’s Bakery houses throughout the region, including Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan. The company would appoint its first overseas master franchisee in Singapore in 2015. Thai Diamond Food has opened 56 April’s Bakery shops in Bangkok. About 50 stores are operated by franchisees, and only six are owned by the company.

Manufacturer to expand 28 acres in business park 27 Dec, 2014

Promotional products manufacturer Leed’s is expanding onto the last large parcel of land available in the Westmoreland Business and Research Park. With Leed’s agreeing to occupy 28 more acres, there are only a few small, developable parcels remaining. The new, 500,000-square-foot building will more than double the company’s under-roof space in the park. The newest building will be used primarily as warehouse space, but about 20 percent will house “decoration operations”. The first phase of construction, about 240,000 square feet, should be completed by fall 2015.

Petrobras cleared to start oil and gas production at Buzios field 27 Dec, 2014

Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras received clearance from the oil and gas regulator ANP to start production from its Buzios field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The company had declared the field, which was formerly known as Franco, commercially viable in December 2013. Three-dimensional seismic studies and 11 wells have been completed in order to define the dimension of the reservoir. The field accounts for the bulk of the oil the company received in its 5-billion-barrel oil-rights agreement with the Brazilian government in 2010. Buzio is estimated by Petrobras to hold more than 3 billion barrels of recoverable oil and gas.

EQUATE Petrochemical Company in final stages of its plant maintenance 26 Dec, 2014

EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint-venture, will soon be in the final stages of its plant maintenance (turnaround). EQUATE has successfully entered its final stage of the turnaround’s operations relevant to a number of industrial units for ethylene, polyethylene and ethylene glycol. Every phase and step of the turnaround is implemented in coordination and cooperation with Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority (EPA) by complying with all relevant guidelines.

VA Tech bags ₹175-cr order in Philippines 26 Dec, 2014

The Philippine subsidiary of VA Tech Wabag has bagged a ₹175-crore order to set up a sewage treatment plant at Valenzuela, the Philippines. It will design and build 60 million litres a day sewage treatment plant for Maynilad Water Services. Wabag will maintain the facility for one year as part of performance assurance. The project is funded by the World Bank.

Bardstown distillery on track for 2016 opening 26 Dec, 2014

Bardstown Bourbon Co. LLC is planning a new distillery in its namesake city. The distillery will be located on 100 acres in the Nelson County Industrial Park. The goal is to finish the facility in 2016. Buzick Construction Inc. is the contractor on the project.

CNPC to develop new gas-condensate fields in Uzbekistan 26 Dec, 2014

Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will launch a new project in 2015 to develop three gas-condensate fields discovered recently in Uzbekistan. Around $277.32 million are planned to be invested in the project to develop Dengizkul, Khojadavlat and East Alat fields until 2020 and $50 million in 2015. One billion cubic meters of gas is expected to be produced in the fields per year after the project completion. CNPC and Uzbekneftegaz established the New Silk Road Oil & Gas Company Ltd to implement the project in October 2013. A funding line will be opened and the first tenders will be announced for sub-contract work in 2015.

Containers on Grand Apartments to Open in Phoenix March 2015 26 Dec, 2014

The container-based housing, located at Grand and 12th avenues, is expected to open in March of 2015. Containers on Grand will be the first market rate container apartment project in the country. Design and construction of the rehabbed shipping container apartments is being handled by StarkJames, LLC of Scottsdale. Each studio apartment will offer 740 square feet of interior space with a washer and dryer, as well as kitchen, bath, storage, and living space. The project is still in the early stages of construction and acquiring permits.

Amstar and Transwestern to Build 229-Unit Apartment Community in San Antonio’s Southtown Submarket 26 Dec, 2014

Amstar, a Denver-based real estate investment manager acting on behalf of one of its public retirement system clients, announced the acquisition of a 2.3-acre development site in San Antonio. Amstar and its development partner, Transwestern Development Co., will construct a 229-unit apartment building on the site. The infill development, known as Southtown Flats, will begin earthwork activities in January 2015 with the first units scheduled to deliver in the first quarter of 2016.

Travelodge eyes up second Lincoln hotel 26 Dec, 2014

Travelodge wants to open a second hotel at an undisclosed Lincoln location. City council officials have entered into talks with the firm, which over the construction of a second hotel in Lincoln has proposed a new partnership to finance a hotel with public cash. The hotel would be built on surplus local authority land and the money would come from the council’s internal resources or from low-cost funding from the Public Works Loan Board, which distributes Government cash. If the hotel is built, the council would then have the choice of retaining ownership or selling it with Travelodge as its operator and retaining the development profits for the benefit of local communities.

Hotel to open this spring in Tea 26 Dec, 2014

A new 50-room GrandStay Hotel & Suites will open this spring in Tea. The three-story hotel will include a pool, meeting room and bar. The hotel is being developed by Tea Hospitality LLC. Guest rooms will include extended-stay suites. The hotel has started construction.

East Hampton eager for natural gas pipeline project 26 Dec, 2014

Maniscalco is focusing on the proposed extension of a natural gas line into and through town in 2015. The Town Council approved an agreement with Connecticut Natural Gas for the installation of a nine-mile pipeline into town. The proposed route will take the pipeline from St. Clement’s Castle into Cobalt and then along Route 66 to the split with Route 16. There the pipeline will veer off and run along 16 before turning north and coming up through the Village Center before rejoining Route 66 and heading east out to Marlborough.

More than 200 solar panels were installed in Cienfuegos 26 Dec, 2014

The installation of about 205 solar heaters several facilities in the province of Cienfuegos reduced consumption of fossil fuel to heat water and assimilate clean energy sources in providing that service. The location of 28 collectors in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and another 17 coming into operation in nursing homes and Cumanayagua Lajitas, as part of care for the elderly program. That in 2014 also completed the construction of the solar system for heating the water in the Hotel Rancho Luna, 120 collectors, the most important work, still under adjustment and commissioning.

New bridge opens over Chao Phraya in Nonthaburi 26 Dec, 2014

The 4.3-kilometre Nonthaburi 1 Bridge links the western side (Bang Krang and Bang Sri Muang subdistricts) with the eastern part of the province (Suan Yai and Talat Kwan subdistricts) and a new road connecting with Ratchaphruek Road. Taking 32 months to build, the bridge is the anchor of a project which also comprises building six-lane roads connecting with existing streets. The 3.79-billion-baht bridge will come up on Nonthaburi 1 Road.

CLP gets new solar panels 26 Dec, 2014

Cooperative Light & Power, along with its wholesale power supplier Great River Energy, have installed a 20-kW solar array at the cooperative’s headquarters in Two Harbors. The solar array was energized on Dec. 12.

Thailand’s PTT plans to invest nearly $10 billion during 2015-2019

ET 26 Dec, 2014

Thailand’s top energy firm PTT’s board has approved a five-year investment plan (2015-2019) of 327 billion baht, half of the total in natural gas business. PTT aims to invest 85.5 billion baht in 2015 and 38.1 billion baht in 2016, mainly in natural gas business.

Work on Drumnadrochit Health Centre to start in New Year 26 Dec, 2014

Construction work on a replacement, £1.5 million health centre in Drumnadrochit will start in the new year. NHS Highland had previously hoped that the project would begin in October, but the tendering process took longer than anticipated. The new centre will have five GP consulting rooms, a dedicated nurse and healthcare assistant consulting room and two treatment rooms. Work should start on January 12. The company has awarded the contract to MM Miller.

Mega Colombo Port City Development Project 26 Dec, 2014

The Ministry of Ports has taken steps to gear-up construction work on the mega Colombo Port City Development Project. The port city comprised with sport complexes, mini golf ground, housing and office complexes, luxury hotels and many other modern facilities. The Colombo Port City Project, which covers 233 hectares has been planned for two stages and will be completed in eight years. The total land area for the project is 233 hectares and that area will totally be reclaimed from the sea. The proposed area will include all related facilities such as access roads, electricity, communication and all other infrastructure facilities together with landscaping constructions including lakes. The work on the breakwater for the project commenced last October with a total investment of USD 15 billion.

Janakuasa, Vietnam reach deal on 1,200 MW power plant 26 Dec, 2014

Vietnam has reached a preliminary agreement with Malaysian company Teknik Janakuasa on a build-operate-transfer contract for a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Preparations for the Duyen Hai 2 plant construction in the southern province of Tra Vinh have been going since 2009, and the project still requires an investment licence to go ahead, The plant, involving French power and transportation firm Alstom as the main equipment supplier and scheduled to be operational before 2020, could cost around US$2.2bil.

Development to begin at Platte Valley Industrial Park East 26 Dec, 2014

Development on the Platte Valley Industrial Park East will begin in 2015. The Platte Valley Industrial Park East lies north of Wildwood Drive and west of Blaine Street. It totals 280 acres, which were recently improved with the addition of city water and sewer mains, plus the paving of Blaine Street. The city received a $900,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to help pay for those improvements. The EDC is working with a developer on those first 40 acres to prepare them as site-ready parcels.

Meritage resort plans major expansion 26 Dec, 2014

The Meritage Resort and Spa in south Napa recently showed the city’s Planning Commission a design proposal for a 134-room expansion on 9.3 acres just north of their property. The new hotel would be called “Meritage Commons.” In addition to the hotel, developers want to add a multi-use event center with an outdoor lawn area, tasting rooms and a market for hotel guests, a wellness spa and several pools, as well as renovating some of the current features. The hotel currently sits on 300,000 square feet; the proposed addition would add about 170,000 square feet. Pacific Hospitality Group, which owns the Meritage, purchased the land in December 2012.

New natural gas pipeline planned 26 Dec, 2014

UGI Energy Services LLC (UGIES) has made a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the 35-mile Sunbury Pipeline project, which would run from northern Lycoming County to the site of the Sunbury Generation LLC plant in Shamokin Dam. UGIES expects to invest over $150 million to build the pipeline. The pipeline, to carry interstate natural gas supplies, including those produced in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, will be designed to provide up to 200,000 dekatherms of natural gas a day along its length. The Sunbury Pipeline is in the planning stages. A formal application before the FERC is expected to be filed in mid-2015 and, if approved, construction is expected to begin in 2016 and the pipeline is to be operational by early 2017.

A coal mine expands 25 Dec, 2014

A coal mine in Benwood, WV is expanding. Increased coal production at Murray Energy’s Ohio County Mine – and a $45 million expansion at the mine’s preparation plant are proposed. A new coal processing facility is being constructed at the site that will improve the operation’s efficiency and coal processing capacities. This upgrade will allow the plant to process up to 1,800 tons per hour – a 38-percent increase from the current feed rate. The cost of the project is approximately $45 million, and the new module is to be fully operational in May of 2015.

Empire Access continues to expand fiber reach 25 Dec, 2014

Local telecommunications company Empire Access envisions a service area for its fiber optic Internet, TV and phone offerings that extends from Batavia to Sayre, Pa. They recently put together a deal to bring their low-cost, high-speed service to the Town of Big Flats early in 2015, and they have other rollouts planned for the coming year.

Agreement for fertilizer plant in American Falls 25 Dec, 2014

An agreement has been reached to build a new $2 million fertilizer plant in American Falls. ConAgra Foods and Magnida also announced an agreement on groundwater. The two companies say arrangements for financing the new fertilizer plant have been in the works for more than six years. Construction on the new plant could begin in 2015. Magnida would turn natural gas into ammonia nitrate fertilizer for domestic farmers. The plant could open as early as 2018.

Rosneft, BP may launch a new project in Siberia 25 Dec, 2014

BP is said to be discussing a new deal with Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft to develop the Taas-Yuriakh oil field in Eastern Siberia. The deposit contains 135 million tons of oil reserves, as well as more than 155 billion cubic meters of gas. BP could buy a 20-percent share of the project. The deal is worth between $700 and $800 million. The parties have signed only the preliminary agreement. The deal will be concluded in the beginning of 2015.

New ships on order: Carnival, Holland America will boost fleets in ‘18 25 Dec, 2014

Carnival Corp. will increase the fleets of two of its brands, Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line, ordering two ships from Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard. The 64-guest Safari Voyager will begin sailing week-long adventure cruises between Costa Rica and Panama in October 2016. Carnival Cruise Line will add a 3,954-passenger vessel scheduled for delivery in March 2018. Holland America’s first Pinnacle-class vessel, the 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam, debuts in February 2016 and will now have a sister ship.

Surrey Bend Regional Park to open in 2015 25 Dec, 2014

Surrey Bend Regional Park is scheduled to open in 2015. 34 parcels of land comprise the park’s 348 hectares. Metro Vancouver is spending up to $4 million developing the site. Although the public is being allowed to use the service road, including for dog walking, the trails and bridges throughout the park remain closed due to ongoing construction. Located on 112th Avenue just north of Highway 17 (the South Fraser Perimeter Road), the park is tentatively scheduled to open in September.

Chattanooga VA clinic plans interim expansion 25 Dec, 2014

Steps are being taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, to lease a 10,000-square-foot facility, allowing the clinic to expand its services within the next calendar year. Chattanooga’s clinic provides primary care for 14,600 patients, and 25,000 veterans in the Chattanooga area are enrolled for some type of services. The leased space will allow the clinic to hire additional medical professionals and better serve veterans, while the existing 40,000-square-foot clinic is being expanded into a 100,000-square-foot facility, slated to open in 2020. The facility will allow the clinic to increase the services it offers to include optometry, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics and podiatry.

First wind farm to be built in Georgia’s north 25 Dec, 2014

Georgian Energy Ministry will construct wind farms in Gori (Shida Kartli region, eastern Georgia) jointly with the country’s Energy Development Fund. Initially, the project for the construction of the first wind farm with the installed capacity of 20 megawatt in the country will be implemented. Its capacity can increase to 300 megawatt in the future. The wind farm will be constructed by using public funds. The project’s investment value is $30 million. It is planned to start the construction in 2015. The preliminary feasibility study of the project has already been worked out.

Russia to build first nuclear power plant in Jordan 25 Dec, 2014

Russia has signed an agreement to build Jordan’s first nuclear power plant. It will be a joint project with Russia’s Rosatom nuclear power corporation. The nuclear power plant in Jordan will have two reactors, each with the capacity of 1000 MW. The first is expected to start operating in 2024, and the second in 2026. The project will be run as a ‘build-own-operate’ scheme. The two countries will create a joint venture in which a controlling stake of 50.1 percent will be owned by Jordan, and Rosatom will have 49.9 percent.

JFE Engineering to build ¥14.8 billion biomass plant in Aichi 25 Dec, 2014

JFE Engineering Corp. and partners have won an order to build a biomass plant for Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The ¥14.8 billion plant will use sewage and food waste to generate power. JFE has a 60 percent stake in a company that will build and operate the plant. Contracting giant Kajima Corp. is among three other companies taking part.

World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Announced By Kyocera 25 Dec, 2014

The government of Kawajima-machi’s (Saitama Prefecture, Japan) plans to develop a 7.5 MW solar power plant on the surface of Umenokifurukori reservoir. Kyocera has announced a 13.4 MW floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The plant will be developed and operated by Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture between Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. The Kyocera group will supply, install, operate and maintain the equipment for the solar plant, whereas Century Tokyo Leasing will provide project financing. The modules will be installed using the French company Ciel et Terre’s patented Hydrelio floating platforms

NLMK Group opens trade office at Sao Paolo in Brazil 25 Dec, 2014

NLMK Group has announced the opening of its trade office in Sao Paolo (Brazil), and a logistics office in Sao Francisco do Sul (Brazil). NLMK Group is currently in negotiations with a number of large machine-building companies in North and South America for the supply of high-quality NLMK plates. An agreement has already been reached to supply Quard 450 plates to one of the leading American manufacturers of abrasion-resistant components for mining and construction, as well as agricultural equipment and machinery.

Cedar Point adding restaurant 25 Dec, 2014

Cedar Point will be home to wings of the edible kind when the park opens a new Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant in 2015. The Lube also features specialty salads, burgers, ribs and an extensive kids’ menu. The new restaurant will be located adjacent to Castaway Bay indoor waterpark/resort, and is scheduled to open in May, 2015.

Velim gets projects worth Rs 3.5 crore 24 Dec, 2014

Projects worth Rs 3.5 crore were launched in Velim constituency. Projects were initiated at Velim village, Assolna, Sarzora, Chinchinim and Dicarpale. The foundation stone was laid at Sarzora for the black toping of the road to the Sarzora lake.

Israel’s Largest Solar Plant to be Inaugurated 24 Dec, 2014

Energix Renewable Energies has announced that Israel’s biggest solar energy project, at Neot Hovav in the Negev, has received a permanent license for producing electricity. The solar power plant will be inaugurated on 24 December, which has an output of 37.5 megawatt. The plant is on reclaimed land formerly used as an evaporation pond for industrial waste, on which some 400,000 photo-voltaic panels have been erected for collecting the sun’s rays and converting them to electricity. The power produced by the plant will be transmitted via a sub-station to Israel Electric Corporation’s national grid.

Germany to Loan Morocco $796 Million for Solar Thermal Projects 24 Dec, 2014

Germany will loan more than 654 million euros for two solar-thermal power projects in Morocco. KfW, the German state-owned bank, will become the biggest lender financing the 300-megawatt Noor II and III plants near Ouarzazate in southeastern Morocco. The two solar thermal-power plants will be the second and third phases of the project. The loans are part of 1.4 billion euros in funds that have been committed. The project has also got loans from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and the Agence Francaise de Developpement. Construction on the two projects is expected to begin in April. The first 160-megawatt phase, which is already under construction, is set to come online in October. The entire three-plant solar complex is expected to cost 2.2 billion euros.

PSEG acquires 12.9MW solar power plant in Maryland 23 Dec, 2014

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)’s Solar Source subsidiary has acquired a 12.9MW solar power plant from Colorado based solar generator, Juwi. Construction is to begin in early 2015 with Juwi as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. Juwi also developed the project and will operate it once complete. The plant is scheduled to be operational by June 2015. The 12.9MW solar facility is to be named the PSEG Waldorf Solar Energy Center and will see 40,000, 315-watt solar panels installed near Waldorf, in the US state of Maryland. The plant has 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO).

Hinto Energy announces new oil exploration well in Ohio 23 Dec, 2014

HINTO ENERGY, INC, engaged in the exploration, acquisition, and development of oil and gas properties, has drilled a new well in Ohio, located on the Appalachian geosyncline which includes both the Berea Sands and the Ohio shale stratigraphic levels. The well kicked off and produced 20 plus barrels of oil in approximately 15 minutes and natural gas at an estimated rate of 250,000 cubic feet per day. The well should be placed on production in early January, following installation of oil tanks and pumping unit. Hinto has established a 36 square mile AMI (area of mutual interest) with the operator, which could provide for additional drilling opportunities.

Ocean Springs YMCA expansion on track for March opening 23 Dec, 2014

Despite a July fire which caused a two-month delay, construction of the $2.4 million expansion at the Ocean Springs YMCA is on track for a March opening. The YMCA’s capital campaign raised $1 million for the project and the YMCA secured a loan of up to $2 million in additional funds. The expansion includes a 13,000 square foot, two-story building with a glass-front, indoor walking track, open fitness area and large membership lobby. The natatorium, Wesson and administration buildings will be renovated and a family playground area will be installed. Parking will also be improved.

China planner NDRC approves $4 billion in new roads, bridges: Media report 24 Dec, 2014

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved 25 billion yuan of new bridge and road construction projects. The NDRC approved 1.38 trillion yuan of projects in the fourth quarter.

Akuo Energy Plans Ocean Thermal Power Plant in Martinique 23 Dec, 2014

Akuo Energy SAS will work with DCNS Group and Vinci SA’s Entrepose Group to build a power plant in the French Caribbean island of Martinique, generating electricity by harnessing temperature differences at varying ocean depths. The three companies signed an agreement on Dec. 18 to work together on the project, called Nautilus. Renewable marine power developer Akuo will use technology from DCNS in the so-called ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC plant. Entrepose will carry out the engineering at sea. The 5.7-megawatt project at Bellefontaine in Martinique will cost about 150 million euros. It will be funded with non-recourse project finance, and Akuo intends to begin construction in 2016.

New Hotel Coming to Pleasant Valley 24 Dec, 2014

A new hotel will soon be opening in Marion County. Construction is underway on the Hampton Inn, located on Pleasant Valley Road just off Interstate 79. The hotel will offer more than 100 rooms. The Hampton Inn is part of the international Hilton hotel chain.

New integrated building opens next to Changi General Hospital 24 Dec, 2014

A new building next to Changi General Hospital (CGH) and St Andrew’s Community Hospital (SACH) was opened, adding two wards of 30 beds each. Jointly managed by the two hospitals, the 280-bed Integrated Building will provide geriatric, psychology and rehabilitation services. One ward belongs to CGH, the other to SACH. More wards will open gradually at the building, which is expected to be fully operational by July.

Western Digital to set R&D center in Taiwan 24 Dec, 2014

Western Digital has announced to establish an R&D center in Taiwan. The R&D center is located in Hsinchu, Northern Taiwan. After the R&D center starts operating, the facility will focus mainly on developing software for consumer and small-to-medium enterprise storage products. The company will also strengthen its cloud computing solutions such as WD My Cloud for its external and network attached storage products to assist consumers and enterprise users to manage, protect, share and access their stored data.

PSC OKs New Filtration Plant for Kentucky-American Water 24 Dec, 2014

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized Kentucky-American Water Co. to replace a 90-year-old filtration facility at its water treatment plant on Richmond Road in Lexington. The Richmond Road plant can treat up to 25 million gallons of water per day. It was built in 1924 and last expanded in 1953. The new filters will not change the plant’s overall output, but are designed to be more effective and efficient than the ones they replace. They also will provide reserve capacity, which the current plant does not have. The estimated cost of the new facility is $15.6 million.

World Bank approves loan for Vietnam’s waste water treatment 24 Dec, 2014

The World Bank has approved a credit worth 450 million U.S. dollars for a Vietnamese waste water treatment project. The fund will be used in implementing the second phase of an environmental protection project, with focus on waste water treatment, improvement of the environment, and technical support that would enhance relevant agencies’ capability in controlling waste water and local residents’ awareness of the project’s feedback. The plant would process waste water from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal which is now running to the Saigon River, and from other areas in district 2. The city authority will add 45 million U.S. dollars from its budget to the fund.

Two new restaurants coming to Brown Street 23 Dec, 2014

Ginger & Spice Asian Bistro at 1105 Brown St. is projected to open by mid-January. It is owned by Grace Peng, who formerly operated Tsao’s Cuisine near Wright State University in Fairborn, and it will feature dishes created by the founding chef of that restaurant, Anne Tsao. It will serve a variety of Asian dishes, including Chinese, Thai and Korean. At the corner of Brown Street and Stewart Street, a new El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant will be opened. The Brown Street restaurant is expected to open in late January or early February.

RES Americas completes 267 MW wind power project 23 Dec, 2014

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has announced substantial completion of the Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington State. RES Americas served as the Balance of Plant (BOP) construction contractor for the project’s owner, Portland General Electric (PGE). Located on 20,000 acres in Washington’s Columbia County, the 267 MW project consists of 116 2.3 MW Siemens turbines. Construction of the project began in September 2013 and was completed in December 2014. The project was completed on time and constructed for a fixed price budget of $500 million, excluding AFDC.

GDF SUEZ launches $560mn Morrocan wind farm 23 Dec, 2014

GDF SUEZ and its Moroccan partner Nareva Holding have started operations at the 301 MW Tarfaya wind farm on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast. Built by Tarfaya Energy Company (TAREC), the project comprises of 131 wind turbines of 2.3 MW each and spread over an area of 8,900 hectares. The EUR 450mn project is expected to yield a high load factor of 45%. The Tarfaya plant has been contracted to supply electricity to the Moroccan state utility Office National de l’Electricite et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. Construction of the wind farm started in January 2013 and phased commercial operation commenced in tranches of 50 MW in June 2014. The wind farm will be operated by TAREC.

New Fresh Market store, retail center planned in Greenville 23 Dec, 2014

Hughes Commercial Properties announces the development of a new Fresh Market and retail center on Woodruff Road at the intersection of Feaster Road. The 21,000 square-foot specialty grocery store will anchor the development that also includes 6,300 square feet of smaller shop space that is currently available for lease. Harper Construction is the general contractor for the property which has already broken ground and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2015

New Hilton hotel opens in Gallup 23 Dec, 2014

Hotel chain Hilton announced the opening of a new 105-room hotel in Gallup, N.M., the Hilton Garden Inn Gallup. Hilton Garden Inn is located near the Gallup Municipal Airport and Gallup Cultural Center. It features seven meeting rooms and more than 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

Chinese firm to build phosphate mine, fertiliser plant in Uganda 23 Dec, 2014

Uganda has signed a deal with a Chinese company to develop a phosphate mine and fertiliser plant at a cost of $620 million. The Chinese firm, Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group, will develop the project – which will also include a steel plant – in Tororo district in eastern Uganda. The fertiliser plant will have the capacity to produce at least 300,000 tonnes of phosphate fertiliser a year, while the steel mill is expected to produce 300,000 tonnes of steel a year.

World’s largest solar farm complete at Indianapolis airport 23 Dec, 2014

The world’s largest airport solar farm is up and running at Indianapolis International Airport. With the second phase of an expansion now complete, the solar farm more than doubled in size and boasts 76,000 photovoltaic solar panels. The second phase of the project added 32,100 sun-tracking panels that will produce more than 15.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. It is owned and operated by a Taiwanese company, General Energy Solutions.

Yingli & Huawei To Jointly Expand Solar Power In Thailand 23 Dec, 2014

Yingli Green Energy Holding, photovoltaic modules manufacturer, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Yingli Green Energy Singapore Company Pte. Limited (Yingli Singapore) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei, Solventina Solar Energy, and Kasikornbank to provide turnkey solar power solutions for power plants and distributed generation projects throughout Thailand. Yingli would provide engineering, procurement, and construction services to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for a 5 MW solar power plant in Thailand as a member of a four-party consortium.

Officials OK subsidies for vegetable oil plant 23 Dec, 2014

State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county property taxes through 2024. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved another $1 million in loans and state tax credits for the project at AGP’s complex near Sergeant Bluff, which includes a soybean processing plant, biodiesel plant and grain storage facilities. The vegetable oil refinery will be designed for 30 rail tank cars per day. Construction on the plant is set to begin next year and be completed by the spring of 2017.

‘Machine Gun America’ Theme Park Opens 23 Dec, 2014

A new theme park was opened in Florida. The park gives gun enthusiasts have a chance to shoot machine guns from all over the world. There are also full immersion military grade simulators that allow up to four guests at a time to play a variety of games.

First UAE nuclear plant to start in 2017

ET 22 Dec, 2014

The first of four nuclear reactors being built by the United Arab Emirates will come on line in 2017 and the rest will be fully operational by 2020. When fully operational in 2020, they will generate 25 percent of UAE power needs. 61 percent of the first reactor has been completed and it is slated to start production in 2017. Work is underway on the second and third reactors while the site is being prepared for the fourth. The second reactor will come on line in 2018, the third the following year and the last in 2020.

Golden Tulip Hotels to launch 4 properties in Q1-2015 22 Dec, 2014

Golden Tulip Hotels will launch four new properties in the premium and luxury category by the first quarter of 2015. A new five star spa and beach resort- Royal Tulip Luxury Resort Cox’s Bazaar is planned in Inanai beach in Bangladesh. The property will offer 493 rooms. The brand is launching three properties in North India, namely Golden Tulip Vasundhara, a four star contemporary business hotel in Delhi/ NCR which will offer 162 rooms, Royal Tulip Luxury Resort located in Kufri – Shimla which will offer 80 exclusive rooms and the Golden Tulip Neemrana, a four star resort.

Manila’s $56 mln transport terminal project attracts two bidders 22 Dec, 2014

Filinvest Land Inc and Megawide Construction Corp subsidiary MWN Terminals filed necessary documents for the Integrated Transport System Southwest Terminal Project. The transport department will review the two bids for the 4.6 hectare terminal over the next 40 days. The National Economic and Development Authority’s Investment Coordination Committee is set to discuss eight PPP projects worth 625 billion pesos. Those projects include the 35.4 billion pesos Cavite-Laguna Expressway, the 19.3 billion pesos Motor Vehicle Inspection System, the 177.2 billion pesos North-South Railway Project, and the 374.5 billion pesos Makati-Pasay-Taguig Mass Transit System Loop.

Acland expansion plans progressing 22 Dec, 2014

The New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project expansion has been cleared. The $900 million project needs to seek State government approval for a mining lease under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 and an Environmental Authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

RwandAir plans further regional expansion in 2015 and launch of long-haul services in 2017 22 Dec, 2014

RwandAir is planning major expansion over the next three years which will see the small East African carrier add widebody aircraft and launch long-haul services. RwandAir is also pursuing further expansion of its regional network in 2015 as it expands its single-aisle fleet from seven to nine aircraft, building up feed ahead of the anticipated launch of 787 operations in 2017.

Industrial park to rise in southwest Houston 22 Dec, 2014

San Antonio-based USAA Real Estate Co. and Illinois-based Conor Commercial Real Estate, a member of The McShane Cos., are developing an industrial park in Missouri City. The joint venture partners recently bought a 36-acre site at the interchange of Beltway 8 and U.S. Highway 90 in the southwest Houston suburb. Gateway Southwest Industrial Park will be composed of three buildings, which combined will total 525,800 square feet. It will be delivered in two phases, with the initial delivery of the first phase scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. Phase I includes Building 1, a 131,560-square-foot, front-load facility with 26 dock doors, and Building 2, a 217,440-square-foot cross-dock facility with 60 dock doors. Phase II will consist of Building 3, a 176,800-square-foot, front-load facility with 36 dock doors. Dallas-based Cadence McShane Construction Co. and Houston-based Powers Brown Architecture will provide the design-build construction services for the project.

State grants $600K for Charles City broadband project 22 Dec, 2014

State announced a $600,000 grant to expand broadband for businesses near Roxbury Industrial Park along state Route 106. The Community Development Block Grant under the program’s economic development fund will finance the estimated $500,000 to $550,000 installation of 6 to 7 miles of in-ground fiber cable and two potential wireless towers. The project’s target completion is June 2015.

CD Custom Enterprises plans expansion in Newton 22 Dec, 2014

CD Custom Enterprises has planned expansion at the Newton Industrial Park. The company has an existing 9,000-square-foot facility and plans to add 20,000 square feet to it. The company, which makes metal components and supplies other area manufacturers, is investing more than $1.8 million in the expansion project.

Metro Pacific Unit to Operate Bulk Water Facility in Mindanao 22 Dec, 2014

A unit of Metro Pacific (MPI) Investments Corp. will operate a 100 million-liter a day bulk water facility that supplies about 640,000 people in Cagayan de Oro. Metropac Water Investments Corp. signed the agreement to operate and maintain the facility of Rio Verde Water Corp.

Groundbreaking waste water technology ready for use in north 22 Dec, 2014

Wastewater recycling technology which turns sewage into pellets for industry use has completed its pilot stage at a treatment facility in the Highlands. The Sewage Recycling System was being tested by Scottish Water at Dunbar and Aviemore Waste Water Treatment.

Group Including Sumitomo to Develop Mongolia Coal Mine 22 Dec, 2014

A group comprising Energy Resources LLC, China Shenhua Energy Co. and Sumitomo Corp. won the right to develop one of Mongolia’s largest metallurgical-coal deposits. Mongolia’s government will retain full ownership of the Tavan Tolgoi deposit. Tavan Tolgoi, about 240 kilometers north of the Chinese border, has 7.4 billion tons of coal reserves. The latest winner is required to eventually produce 30 million tons of coal a year at Tavan Tolgoi and deliver into at least two export markets.

Senvion successfully commissions phase one of 350 MW wind farm in Canada 22 Dec, 2014

Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, has completed the first phase of the 350 megawatt Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm in Canada. Senvion has so far installed and commissioned 75 of the 175 Senvion MM82 and MM92 type turbines that are specially made for cold climate. Phase two of the project, which consists of 100 additional turbines, is slated at the end of 2015. The wind farm consists of a total of 152 Senvion MM92 and 23 Senvion MM82 type turbines. The 150 MW wind farm, called Mesgi’g Ugju’s’s, is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016.

E.ON commissions large scale wind and solar projects in the US 22 Dec, 2014

New projects entail the start of commercial operation of the onshore wind farm Grandview I in the Texas Panhandle and the kick-off of a solar plant in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Grandview I, a joint venture between EON and GE Energy Financial Services, is a 211-megawatt wind farm using 118 wind turbines. The Fort Huachuca solar plant in southern Arizona is now generating power to the grid. Built at the US Army Fort Huachuca in partnership with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the US Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), E.ON provided construction management and supply chain services for the project.

Chevron Phillips Chemical to construct polyethylene pilot plant in Oklahoma, US 22 Dec, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical is planning to construct a polyethylene pilot plant at its R&D facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, US. The plant will feature Chevron Phillips’ MarTECH loop slurry process and MarTECH advanced dual loop technologies and will produce polyethylene and bimodal polyethylene resins for various applications. Work on the pilot plant is expected to begin in 2015 with completion expected in 2017.

New hotel opens on Dominican Republic’s north coast 22 Dec, 2014

Gansevoort has officially opened its second hotel in the Caribbean, Gansevoort Playa Imbert, in Cabarete. The hotel features 48 suites comprised of one and two-bedroom lofts; three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and spacious terraces; and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses.

Travelodge plans new hotel in Exeter 22 Dec, 2014

Travelodge is planning a second hotel in Exeter. The hotel chain company has written to Exeter City Council proposing a new development partnership to finance the construction of the second Travelodge hotel in the city.

UGI plans $150 million natural gas pipeline 22 Dec, 2014

UGI Energy Services plans to construct a new 35-mile, 20-inch gas pipeline through north-central Pennsylvania. The so-called Sunbury Pipeline would begin in Lycoming County and end at a proposed natural gas-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam, in Synder County. UGI has already started the pre-filing phase of the process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The company expects to file its formal application by the middle of next year. If approved, pipeline construction would begin in early 2016. The new power plant would open in 2017. UGI expects to invest about $150 million.

Putin gives start to major Arctic gas field development project 22 Dec, 2014

Gazprom’s gas field No. 1 at the giant Bovanenkovo deposit on Russia’s Yamal peninsula in the Arctic was launched. This year, Gazprom plans to produce 38.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas at the deposit. The launch of new gas extraction capacities at Bovanenkovo will help increase local gas production by 50% to 90 billion cubic meters. The Bovanenkovo gas condensate deposit is scheduled to reach annual output of 115 billion cubic meters of natural gas in three years and eventually 140 billion cubic meters a year.

Action Hotels announces completion of new hotels 22 Dec, 2014

Action Hotels has announced the completion of two new hotels in the Middle East. Ibis Seef, a 304 room Accor managed property, is Action Hotels’ first hotel in Bahrain and has been completed on schedule and below budget. The property also features 18 apartments, giving it a good exposure for longer stays and families. Official opening is scheduled for 28 December 2014. Premier Inn Sharjah is a 168 room hotel and is Action Hotels’ first Premier Inn branded project and also Whitbread’s first hotel management contract in the Middle East outside of their joint venture with Emirates. The hotel is complete and final preparations are being made to enable the official opening planned for January 2015. Both freehold properties will be revalued as completed properties and will be reported in the 31 December 2014 results. Action Hotels is developing the Premier Inn Bahrain and has taken the decision to schedule its opening in Q3 2015.

Urban Outfitters Moving to Super Size Store in Chicago 22 Dec, 2014

Urban Outfitters will be moving into a Super Size store in May to a three-level, 19,138-square-foot store at 1100 North State Street. Urban Outfitters will vacate its current store further south at 935 North Rush Street, at Walton Street. The development will include a 7,000-square-foot high-end restaurant located on the third floor. The restaurant, which is scheduled to open later in 2015, will not be affiliated with the retail store. A separate entrance to enter the restaurant will be located off Maple Street.

BHEL bags Euro 16.96 million contract in Turkey


THE HINDU 22 Dec, 2014

BHEL has bagged a Euro 16.96 million contract for a thermal power project in Turkey. The company has bagged a contract for rehabilitation of 3 units of Electrostatic Precipitators for the 430 MW Tuncbilek Thermal Power Project in Turkey on EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) basis. The order envisages dismantling, supply, civil works and erection & commissioning of the Electrostatic Precipitators.

New container terminal set to be built at Tanjung Priok Port 22 Dec, 2014

Four companies have jointly agreed to construct and operate a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (IPC), Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and PSA International (PSA) will form a project company called PT New Priok Container Terminal One (NPCT1). The new US$300m terminal will have an annual capacity of around 1.5m teu, a berth length of 850 m and a 16 m draught. Construction had not yet been decided.

Nakilat to build 11 vessels for New Port Project 22 Dec, 2014

Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) has signed an agreement with Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar to construct 11 workboats for use at the port. NDSQ will build four 29m-long Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug boats, three 16m-long mooring boats and four15m-long glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pilot boats. The 11 vessels will be built entirely at Qatar’s Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan for delivery in 2016. The vessels will be engaged in service at NPP performing a variety of marine support services to vessels visiting the port.

Sino-Sagarmatha agrees to build 132kV power line 22 Dec, 2014

The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has signed a MoU with Sino-Sagarmatha Hydropower to build a 132 kV single-circuit transmission line from Bhulbhule to the Marsyangdi corridor. The 20-km power line will evacuate the energy generated by the Upper Marsyangdi-A Hydropower Project. Sino-Sagarmatha is also the contractor for the 50 MW Upper Marsyangdi-A project. As per the MoU, Sino-Sagarmatha will be responsible for evacuating the energy generated. As per the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with the NEA, the project will start supplying power to the national grid by December 2016. More than 60 percent of the construction work has been completed. The government expects the Marsyangdi Corridor 220 kV Transmission Line to evacuate approximately 1,000 MW of power generated by different hydropower stations in the Marsyangdi Corridor. The 115-km double circuit transmission line will extend from Manag (Dharapani) to Khudi HUB (32 km), Khudi to Markichok (53 km) and Markichok to Bharatpur (30 km). Substations with 220, 132 and 33 kV capacities will be built at Dharapani, Khudi, Udipur, Markichok and a bay extension will be set up at Bharatpur Substation. The project is estimated to cost $100 million, and it will be funded by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Nepal.

Lincoln power utility adds wind, solar farms 22 Dec, 2014

The Lincoln Electric System will add 173 megawatts of power generated from a wind farm in north-central Kansas and one in northeast Nebraska in 2016. The utility also will add a 5-megawatt solar energy farm along Interstate 80 near the Lincoln airport.

Pungwe hydro to be operational in 2015 22 Dec, 2014

2,75MW of power for Pungwe B was commissioned recently. Pungwe B, a mini hydro-power station, is owned by Nyangani Renewable Energy. Commissioning of 2,75 megawatts of 15,25 megawatts of Pungwe started last month and the rest will be done early next year.

Energiya Global to build solar array in Georgia 21 Dec, 2014

Energiya Global plans to build a 17.68 MW solar array through subsidiary Energiya USA. The company has signed an agreement to construct the first solar array in eastern Georgia in the US for over NIS 100 million. The company believes that its array will be connected to the regional electrical grid by December 31, 2015.

China builds first high-speed railway through karst region 21 Dec, 2014

Construction of China’s first high-speed railway running through the country’s southwest karst regions was completed. The 857-km railway linking Guiyang, capital of landlocked mountainous province of Guizhou, with south China’s economic powerhouse Guangzhou, is expected to become operational on December 26.

China, Thailand ink MoU to build 867km of dual track railways 21 Dec, 2014

Thailand and China have reached an agreement to build 867 kilometres (542 miles) of dual track railways in Thailand. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed. China will be responsible for the construction and development of the rail network and Thailand will take part in preparing the groundwork for construction. The first line will be a 734-km standard-gauge dual track railway connecting Nong Khai on Thailand’s border with Laos, to the map Ta Phut deap-sea port in Rayong province. Another 133-km rail track will link central province of Saraburi to Bangkok, about 108 kilometres away, with construction set to begin in 2016.

Robinsons Retail to expand existing formats next year 21 Dec, 2014

Gokongwei-led Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc is expanding its retail portfolio next year. Robinsons Retail also expanded its supermarket formats with the introduction of compact neighborhood grocery store Robinsons Easymart and premium supermarket Robinsons Selection. Robinsons Retail operates under six business segments — supermarkets, department stores, do-it-yourself (DIY) stores, convenience stores, drug stores and specialty stores.

Plato’s Closet opens new location in Hanover 21 Dec, 2014

Plato’s Closet has opened its door in Hanover County. The franchise chain, which buys and sells used brand-name clothing and accessories, opened a shop Dec. 4 in the Hanover Square shopping center at 7336 Bell Creek Road. Plato’s Closet has more than 415 franchised stores in the U.S. and Canada. The parent company, Winmark Corp., also franchises Play It Again Sports, Once Upon a Child, Style Encore and Music Go Round. The investment in opening a franchise is estimated at $250,000.

Amway hotel plans new concept Wolfgang Puck restaurant aside riverwalk 21 Dec, 2014

Amway Hotel Corporation has scored a new concept restaurant from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck will replace Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant on the ground floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel next fall. The other is being built in Dubai. The new eateries are scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Plans Progress for New Romeoville Hotel 21 Dec, 2014

The proposed Value Place Hotel is a four-story building consisting of 43,036 square feet that includes a total of 116 rooms on a 2.1-acre vacant parcel located on the south side of Windham Parkway along I-55. Value Place is an extended stay hotel that has 175 sites in 30 States throughout the U.S.

First UCG power plant to start in April 21 Dec, 2014

Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) plans to launch its first power plant at Islamkot, Thar in April 2015. The Sindh government allotted Block-5 of Thar Coal field to UCG to generate underground coal gas known as Syn gas to produce electricity. Initially it is launching 4 MW electricity and within a month its capacity would be enhanced to 10 MW and then to 100 MW.

Turkey privatises 2 thermal power plants for $521 mln 21 Dec, 2014

Orhaneli and Tuncbilek thermal power plants located in western central provinces of Kutahya and Bursa have been privatised for $521 million. Turkish construction and energy company, Celikler Holding won the tender for the Orhaneli and Tuncbilek thermal power plants located in western central provinces of Kutahya and Bursa. Celikler Holding offered the highest bid with $521 million and secured the tender. Orhaneli Thermal Power Plant has one unit with 210 megawatts of production capacity and Tuncbilek has a capacity of 365 megawatts.

Morocco Raises 1.7 Billion Euros for Solar Plants 20 Dec, 2014

Morocco has raised more than $2 billion for the next phase of a huge solar energy project. The funds are being provided by international organisations including the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. The first phase of the Noor 1 project is already under construction at a cost of 600 million euros in the Ouarzazate, and is due to begin operating in October 2015. Noor 1 will generate 160 megawatts. Construction of the second phase — Noor 2 and Noor 3 — is set to begin within eight to 10 weeks and last for around 30 months. A call for tenders had attracted seven firms, including from France, Spain and Saudi Arabia. The winner will be announced shortly. The third phase of the solar park Noor 4 will also be at Ouarzazate.

LES announces new wind and solar projects 20 Dec, 2014

LES has finalized agreements to buy energy from three new wind farms and a local solar installation. New wind farms located in Northeastern Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma will be up and running. A solar facility will also be ready in Lincoln. A field near Northwest 75th and Holdrege will be the site of the 30-acre solar facility and will provide 5 megawatts of solar energy to the LES supply.

“Tokyo One Piece Tower” Theme Park to Open on March 13, 2015 20 Dec, 2014

Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park will be opened on March 13, 2015. The new theme park featuring the world and characters of Eiichiro Oda’s internationally popular manga series will be set in Tokyo Tower, 333-metre-tall tower in Minato-ku, Tokyo. The theme park will have live character shows, attractions featuring each characters (see the images below), restaurants, and shops for original merchandise.

Supermarket plan ‘fantastic’ for Mosgiel 20 Dec, 2014

Countdown plans to build a $15 million supermarket in Gordon Rd which would replace its Factory Rd store. The proposed 3450sq m supermarket in Gordon Rd would be built on the former site of St Mary’s School. An additional 180sq m of specialty retail space would be built on an adjoining site. The site would have a car park for 181 cars. Submissions on the proposal close on February 9. Store will take more than six months to build if resource consent granted.

Downtown Kitchener beer store opens Saturday 20 Dec, 2014

KITCHENER — The Beer Store has opened its new location in downtown Kitchener on December 20. The store, at 400 King St. W. (King and Francis streets) has about 4,000 square feet of space, including a separate room for return of empties. It will stock the Beer Store’s full selection of beers including those from craft brewers.

Alavar pushhes for construction of hydro power plant in Sibulao 20 Dec, 2014

Councilor has invited the Phil Carbon Inc. to conduct a feasibility study at the Sibulao River for the possible construction of a hydro power plant that would cater various barangays in the east coast. The company is now conducting a feasibility study for the entry of its 2.8 megawatts hydro plant in Lamisahan.

Brazil’s BRF says formed $200 mln joint venture in Indonesia 19 Dec, 2014

Brazil’s BRF SA, poultry exporter has agreed to form a joint venture in Indonesia with PT Indofood Suskes Makmur. The 50-50 venture will require investments of about $200 million over the next three years, according to BRF, which has sought to expand its processed-food business internationally.

Franciscan, MultiCare plan psychiatric hospital in Tacoma 19 Dec, 2014

Two Pierce County medical groups plan to build a 120-bed psychiatric hospital in Tacoma. CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System (operator of Tacoma General Hospital) filed a certificate of need application with the state Department of Health to build the proposed $41 million facility. The two groups have created an independent nonprofit organization to operate the planned hospital at MultiCare’s Allenmore Hospital campus.

America’s second busiest airport LAX plans $5bn expansion 19 Dec, 2014

A $4 billion automated people mover and the up to $1.25 billion midfield satellite concourse at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) were approved by the board. The people mover, or LAX Train, will include three stations in the central terminal area and three outside east of the terminals at a new intermodal transportation facility, a new station on the Los Angeles light rail system and a new consolidated rental car facility. The 74,322 square metre (800,000 square foot) concourse will have 11 contact gates capable of handling up to Airbus A380 or Boeing 747-8 sized aircraft when it opens in 2020. A roughly 396m underground tunnel will connect it to the Tom Bradley terminal. Construction on both projects is scheduled to begin in 2017.

Pratt & Whitney plan $67M investment at airport 19 Dec, 2014

Aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney Canada is planning a $67-million investment over the next six years at its manufacturing facility near the Halifax airport. The Nova Scotia government will provide up to 20 per cent or $13.4 million of the costs of the project. The investment will allow it to build components of its new PurePower PW800 engines and upgrade its engine blade manufacturing facility.

Runway Construction Begins At White Sands Regional Airport 19 Dec, 2014

The White Sands Regional Airport hosted a ground breaking ceremony for their runway extension. The purpose of the runway extension is to provide safe operations for swept-wing jet aircrafts. The project is broken into two phases, dirt work and paving. The dirt work phase has been awarded for $1.8 million by the city. Construction of the dirt work phase begins later this month and will be completed in the spring of 2015. The paving phase should begin at the end of the fire season and be completed by the end of 2015. The runway is currently 7,005 feet long. The 2,200 foot runway extension will result in a 9,205 foot long by 150 foot wide paved runway with a maximum load capability of 120,000 pounds. The 2,200 foot extension is being added to the end of Runway 21, which is the southwest end.

New Carnival, Holland America ships on the way 19 Dec, 2014

Carnival Corp. has reached an agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build a 3,954-passenger vessel for Carnival and a 2,650-passenger vessel for Holland America. The Carnival ship will be delivered in March 2018 and the Holland America ship will arrive in late November 2018.

General Dynamics wins $498 million deal for 4th U.S. Navy ship 19 Dec, 2014

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Corp a contract valued at $498 million to build a fourth amphibious assault ship that will serve as a floating base for military operations. The contract, which runs through March 2018, covers work by General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Co (NASSCO) unit on a fourth Mobile Landing Platform Afloat Forward Staging Base for the Navy.

Avera to start spec industrial project in Permian Basin, undeterred by lower oil prices 19 Dec, 2014

Houston-based Avera‘s industrial project in the Permian Basin is in early stages of development. Avera plans to break ground on Phase II at Bombardier Business Park in Midland early next year which encompasses more than 150 acres. Phase II will consist of two buildings, each on about 2.1 acres. Building II will be 22,433 square feet, and Building III will be 18,526 square feet. Groundbreaking for both projects is scheduled for early 2015. Phase I was completed in October with the lease of Building I to Access Midstream, a national natural gas services provider. Avera is developing a 600,004-square-foot building for plastic pellet processor Frontier Logistics in Pasadena.

BioCNG breaks ground on biogas project in Colorado 19 Dec, 2014

BioCNG LLC participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the BioCNG biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), in Grand Junction, Colorado. The $ 2.8 million BioCNG system will produce about 500 gallons of gasoline equivalent per day from the WWTP digester gas, which will be piped in a dedicated pipeline nearly 6 miles on a public roadway right-of-way to Grand Junction’s existing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The project is jointly owned by the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County, Coloardo, and is scheduled to be completed by April 2015. Mike Melan is the project manager for BioCNG, which provides the biogas conditioning equipment, engineered and permitted the system, and will be providing construction management, commissioning, and system start up.

Orica to build three ammonia flaring systems at New South Wales chemical plant 19 Dec, 2104

Orica has received approval from the New South Wales Government to proceed with its planned construction of three ammonia flaring systems at its facility in Kooragang Island. The three flare stacks will be of 6m, 10m and 20m respectively. Work on the project is scheduled to commence in the coming days and is expected to take three years to complete. As part of the programme, ammonia storage vessels and detection and isolation systems will be upgraded. The company has also secured approval to build a nitric acid tank at the Kooragang Island complex. The tank will store imported nitric acid, which will allow Orica to increase its production of ammonium nitrate from 430,000t to 500,000t per year.

Eastman Chemical to expand Texanol ester alcohol production at Texas plant 19 Dec, 2014

Eastman Chemical is planning to expand production of Texanol ester alcohol at its manufacturing facility in Longview, Texas, US. The expansion will increase ester alcohol capacity at the plant by more than 20% and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016.

TROSA Opens New Thrift Store in Durham 19 Dec, 2014

The Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abuse (TROSA) officially opened a brand new thrift store on 19 December at the Oxford Commons Shopping Center. The facility will find clothing, furniture, electronics and household goods at bargain prices.

New Co-op store opens in Quorn 19 Dec, 2014

Central England Co-operative’s first ‘premium convenience store’ has been opened in the former Royal Chequers restaurant in Quorn on December 12. The Loughborough Road store features a variety of ‘Truly Irresistible’ food and drink, and a chilled champagne cabinet situated at the kiosk.

Boutique western store opens in Hartford 19 Dec, 2014

Legends Western Wear & Tack has been opened in Hartford. The store is building its inventory with a range of clothing, boots, accessories, tack for horses and home décor. The store also has a consignment area for clothes and tack for shows and every day wear and use.

Inovisi to Spend Rp 1.2t for Hydropower Plants in North, West Sumatra in 2015 18 Dec, 2014

Inovisi Infracom plans to spend Rp 1.2 trillion next year to build two power plants in West and North Sumatra, through its unit QDC Technologies. QDC Technologies will construct hydropower plants in Pasaman, Batu Lunak, in West Sumatra with capacity at 30 megawatts to 40 megawatts, for a cost of Rp 1 trillion. Another project is a micro-hydropower plant with 7.5 megawatt capacity at Sembilin, Dairi in North Sumatra, at a cost of Rp 160 billion. The company has secured financing commitments from Bank Permata for some investment. The loan would complement the company’s internal funds.

Ethiopia: Railway to Be Completed Next Month 19 Dec, 2014

Addis Ababa’s metro rail system, which is being undertaken by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) is mostly financed by a loan from China’s Exim Bank. Ethiopia is also constructing a new railway that links it with Djibouti and also intends to finish a total of 5,000 kilometer railway by 2020. In addition to this, it has plans to treble the size of the road network from 50,000 Kilometers by the coming year. 80 percent of the track laying task has been completed and the rest will be completed by the end of next month. There are two lines dividing Addis Ababa, north-south and east-west, and they stretch for a total of 32 Kilometers. There are going to be 39 stations in underground and overground stations. Trial phase is going to be carried out by CREC in up to three months’ time.

China’s Wanda Opens First Movie Theme Park in Wuhan 19 Dec, 2014

Dalian Wanda group gave official openings to its latest entertainment industry extravaganzas. The Wanda Movie Park, the indoor theme park, the specially built Han Show Theatre were opened. The two sites had cost a combined RMB7 billion.

Orlando Resort Plans Retail Complex with Meeting Space 19 Dec, 2014

Westgate Resorts has broken ground on a new retail development at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando. The $11 million development, known as Westgate Lakes Retail Village, will include a high-end steak restaurant, a sports bar and grill, retail shops, a grocery store, a game room, a two-lane bowling alley, a 450-space parking garage, and 32,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. The Westgate Lakes Retail Village will be completed by the end of 2015.

Avantha Group’s CG bags contract from Belgium firm


ET 19 Dec, 2014

Avantha Group firm CG has bagged a contract from Belgian firm Northwind to provide operation and maintenance services for a 216 MW wind farm offshore substation in the European country. CG has been awarded a contract from Belgian offshore wind farm operator Northwind to provide operation and maintenance services for the 216 MW wind farm offshore substation on Lodewijk bank, 40km off the Belgian coast, Financial details of the contract were not disclosed. This order follows a previous contract the company bagged from Northwind for the grid connection study, supply of a 275 MVA main transformer and two reactors of 65 MVA.

Bajaj Auto bags order from Sri Lankan govt for 1.25 lakh bikes


ET 19 Dec, 2014

Bajaj Auto, through its distributor David Pieris Motor Company in Sri Lanka, has bagged an order for 1.25 lakh units of Discover-125M motorcycles from Sri Lankan government. The order will be executed in next 3-4 months.

Health and fitness brand opens first store in Coral Gables 19 Dec, 2014

Nutrition Empire, a health-and-fitness product retailer, opened its first store in Coral Gables. The specialty store is at the Gables Ponce complex at 4583 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. It will carry more than 550 health and wellness brands, sports nutrition products and dietary supplements.

Modern Commercial Complex at Pundaluoya 19 Dec, 2014

Work on the new commercial complex in Pundaluoya town began on 18th December. The existing old shopping complex which was destroyed in fire accident will be rebuilt into a modern commercial complex at a cost of Rs. 100 million. Once completed the new commercial facility will have 24 shops. The project will be handled by the Urban Development Authority and is scheduled to be completed within six months.

BNDES Approves $222 Million in Loans for Brazil Ethanol Plants 19 Dec, 2014

Abengoa SA and three other companies were approved to receive about 592 million reais in government loans for four sugar and ethanol projects in Brazil. Abengoa Bioenergia Agroindustria will receive 309.6 million reais for a project capable of producing 64 million liters ethanol per crop. Biovertis Producao Agricola Ltda. will get 139.3 million reais to produce energy-intensive sugarcane. Raizen Energia SA will get a 4.5 million-real loan for technical improvements to reduce costs at a project, and Cerradinho Bioenergia SA’s 138.8 million reais will go toward buying machinery and research and development.

Kenya: Cement Makers Start to Reap From SGR Project 19 Dec, 2014

CEMENT firms Athi River Mining and Bamburi are among the first local beneficiaries of lucrative contracts derived from the construction of the Sh327 billion Standard Gauge Railway project. The project is being constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation which has already signed purchase agreement with the two giant cement firms and is seeking a third deal with Savanna Cement. CRBC has also signed deals with other suppliers of different equipment and materials such as explosives and oil.

Santiago’s Metro subscribes $800 mln in loans for expansion 19 Dec, 2014

The metro train system servicing Chile’s capital has subscribed $800 million in loans with a syndicate of international banks to finance expansion work. A syndicate of banks headed by Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp will lend Metro $250 million, and a second syndicate led by BNP Paribas will loan another $550 million. Metro will use the money for equipment and expenses for building new rail lines.

Chevron Phillips completes ethylene plant expansion 19 Dec, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP has completed ethylene expansion at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, Texas. Construction on the expansion began in 2013, and it has been completed with the addition of a tenth furnace to ethylene unit 33 at the Sweeny complex. The capacity has now increased to roughly 12 million pounds of ethylene per day, or 4.3 billion pounds annually. The US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project includes the construction of an ethane cracker at the company’s Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas and two polyethylene units in Old Ocean, Texas near the Sweeny complex.

Adani Group awards $2 bn mining contract to Australian co Downer 19 Dec, 2014

Australian Engineering Group Downer EDI has won a $2 billion contract from Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Mine project in Queensland. Under the five-year contract, with two additional one-year options, Downer will be responsible for statutory management and mine operations, drilling and blasting and load and haul of waste and coal. It has received two Letters of Award for the provision of mining services and the construction of mine infrastructure at the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. First mining is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016 and first coal in 2017.

Hotel Leelaventure in MoU with Summit Group to open luxury hotel in Kathmandu

ET 18 Dec, 2014

Hotel Leelaventure is establishing a five-star deluxe hotel in Nepal. It inked a memorandum of understanding with Nepal-based Summit Group which will develop the property in Kathmandu in 36 months. Leela will market and manage it as a part of its Leela brand. Leela Kathmandu will be followed by a hotel in Lumbini. Other places in Nepal where hotels are being planned under the Leela banner include Pokhara. The new properties under development of the Leelaventure include Jaipur, Bengaluru, Agra, Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala and Lucknow.

Toray to increase PP spunbond production in Indonesia 18 Dec, 2014

Toray Industries Inc and its subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK) will expand the production facility for high-performance polypropylene spunbond (PP spunbond) at P T Toray Polytech Jakarta (TPJ) by 18,000 tonnes per year. After the expansion, the production capacity of TPJ will be about 37,000 tons per year, boosting the Toray Group-wide PP spunbond production capacity to about 153,000 tons per year. The added production facility at TPJ is expected to start operating in September 2016.

OxyChem and Mexichem to set up ethylene cracker in Texas 18 Dec, 2014

Ingleside Ethylene Llc, the 50:50 joint venture between Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) and Mexichem has commenced construction of ethylene cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, Texas, complex and the project is to become commercially operational in the first quarter of 2017. Total investment in the project will be approximately $1.5 billion. When completed, it will have the capacity to produce 1.2 billion pounds (550,000 cubic meters) of ethylene per year. In December 2013, the company awarded CB&I the engineering and construction contract to build the cracker.

SIBUR commences propylene production using UOP technology at Russian plant 18 Dec, 2014

SIBUR has commenced production of propylene at its Tobolsk-Polymer complex in Tymen, Russia, using Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex process technology. Using catalytic dehydrogenation process, the C3 Oleflex converts propane to propylene. The facility currently produces 510,000t of propylene each year.

Piedmont expands natural gas fueling stations to convenience stores 18 Dec, 2014

Piedmont Natural Gas plans to lease space at a Spinx convenience store in Anderson, S.C., to set up a compressed natural gas fueling station. It is looking at new sites for its CNG stations. pinx owns about 70 stores that offer food and auto fuel in the Carolinas. This first Piedmont station will be at the Spinx on West Whitner Street and Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson, about six miles off Interstate 85. Piedmont will own and maintain the site’s CNG facilities, which will be open to the public for use by commercial fleets and individual vehicles.

FERC Approves Leidy, East Side, U2GC Expansion Projects 18 Dec, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco), authorizing construction of the Leidy Southeast expansion, which would create an additional 525,000 Dth/d of capacity. The Leidy project is expected to cost $607 million. FERC also issued a CPCN to Columbia Gas Transmission LLC for its East Side Expansion Project, which would add 312,000 Dth/d of firm capacity. The project, estimated to cost $268.5 million, calls for construction of about 19.1 miles of new 20- and 26-inch diameter looping pipelines in Chester County, PA, and Gloucester County, NJ. A third CPCN was awarded to Texas Eastern Transmission LP (Tetco) for its Uniontown to Gas City (U2GC) Expansion Project, which is designed to transport Marcellus Shale gas from southwestern Pennsylvania to Indiana. The total cost of the project is estimated at more than $56 million.

New Airport Terminal Opens in San Juan 18 Dec, 2014

The Caribbean’s newest airport terminal has debuted at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Terminal B at the airport is the result of an investment by Aerostar Airport Holdings of $130 million. The project included the rehabilitation and rehabilitation of the entire 150,000-square-foot terminal, including a new passenger inspection centre, an automated baggage handling system and 10 new aircraft boarding bridges. The new terminal also includes seven new food and drink concessions and seven retail establishments and a bank branch. The project includes $24 million in improvements to terminal D and another $75 million planned for investment in the redevelopment of the airport’s Terminal C, slated for completion at the end of 2015.

Cemex to invest $35 mln to expand cement plant in Costa Rica 18 Dec, 2014

Mexico’s Cemex’s subsidiary, Cemex Latam Holdings, will invest $35 million over 3 years to increase capacity at its plant in Colorado, Costa Rica. The project will increase cement production capacity at the plant by about 25 percent and also includes construction of a new grinding mill. By 2017, the plant will have the capacity to produce 1.1 million tonnes of cement per year.

Hard Rock plans to open new hotel in Tenerife 18 Dec, 2014

Hard Rock International plans to open the new Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife in mid-2016, the second project with Palladium Hotel Group which recently opened Hard Rock’s first European hotel in Ibiza. The Tenerife resort will feature 637 rooms, including 236 suites, spread across two towers. It also will feature four dining establishments, multiple outdoor terraces and entertainment venues.

New Aloft Hotel to open in David Whitney Building 18 Dec, 2014

The Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney Building is currently scheduled to welcome its first guests, part of a $92-million overhaul of the dormant 1915-era tower near Grand Circus Park. The building, a landmark 1915 tower near Grand Circus Park, reopens soon as a boutique hotel. A development team led by Detroit-based Roxbury Group has been renovating the tower as an upscale hotel, residential and retail complex in a $92-million project.

BHEL commissions Rwandan hydro plant 18 Dec, 2104

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has announced the successful commissioning of the 28MW Nyaborongo hydroelectric project in Rwanda. The Nyaborongo poject is owned by the Government of Rwanda and has been financed under the Government of India’s Line of Credit. BHEL’s scope of work in the project involved turnkey execution of the Hydro-mechanical and Electro-mechanical packages, comprising two Francis type hydro generating units of 14MW each. Major equipment supplied for the project includes hydro turbines, generators, transformers, controls, monitoring and protection systems and switchgear.

Alstom to renovate French hydro plant 18 Dec, 2104

EDF has awarded Alstom two contracts to renovate the speed and voltage systems in hydroelectric power plants in France. The operation involves replacing existing systems with Alstom-designed ones to control the hydraulic turbines and their related generators. In addition, the contracts include a MOC (Maintenance in Operational Conditions) section. Initial refurbishment works are due to start in early 2015. Alstom Hydro Services will carry out speed control work and Alstom Power Automation & Controls will be responsible for voltage control.

Clark County will get $24 million for replacement highway bridges 18 Dec, 2104

Two Clark County federal highway aid projects were bid by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Robertson Contractors of Poplar Bluff, MO, was the apparent low bidder to replace a bridge on Arkansas 51 across the Ouachita River and the Union Pacific Railroad at Arkadelphia. The bid was $14,872,977.02. The continuous composite plate girder bridge will run for 1,629.43 feet. Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. of Tulsa, OK, was the apparent low bidder to replace four bridges on U.S. 67 near Gurdon. The bid was $9,323,493.49. The state wants to build four continuous composite W-beam bridges with a total length of 976.42 feet.

Apple reportedly opens first official retail store in the Philippines 18 Dec, 2104

Apple has opened its first official retail store in the Philippines. The store is part of a multi-brand gadget and appliance center located on the ground floor of the newly opened Abensons building in Metro Manila. The store is managed by Abensons, and its construction cost Apple an estimated P50 million. The store is set to feature a Genius Bar, which will be staffed by Geniuses upon completion of their training. Apple would be opening its first retail store in Brooklyn, New York, as early as April 2015.

New Chinese restaurant opens in Hiawatha 18 Dec, 2014

New China Chinese Restaurant has been opened at the downtown location of 723 Oregon St., in Hiawatha.

Arms of Adani, Posco tie up for new terminal in Oz to export coal

FE 18 Dec, 2014

Adani Mining Pty, a subsidiary of the Adani Group, has signed an MoU with Posco E&C for the construction of a new strategic terminal at the Abbot Point port to export high-quality coal at competitive rates. The new terminal, Terminal Zero (T0), will be constructed at the port of Abbot Point near Bowen town, Queensland. T0 will have a capacity for 40 metric tonne per annum initially with an expansion to 70 mtpa in its second phase.

Vedanta plans power business in South Africa 18 Dec, 2014

Vedanta plans $780 million investment in the South Africa to develop the Gamsberg zinc mine. The second phase of the Gamsberg zinc mine development would be the energy securitisation programme, which could either be captive power generation or for use in the country. The company is looking for energy from all sources: coal-fired power, gas-based power, solar and renewable energy. Gamsberg has 215 million tons of ore, of which 20 per cent is being developed in phase one.

Yacuces cement plant to feature Gebr. Pfeiffer raw material grinding system 18 Dec, 2014

Gebr. Pfeiffer Inc., a subsidiary of Germany’s Gebr. Pfeiffer SE, has been selected to supply raw material grinding equipment to Itacamba Cemento S.A.’s new cement plant in Yacuces, Bolivia. The 2000 tpd cement plant, which is located in the Germán Busch province, will feature a raw material grinding system incorporating Gebr. Pfeiffer’s MPS 3750 B mill as its main component. In addition to the raw mill, Gebr. Pfeiffer’s scope of supply comprises: DSZ 1400 R rotary lock; SLS 3150 B classifier; AZZ500 cyclones; related engineering and spare parts. Delivery of the equipment has been scheduled for 2Q15.

New gas plant could save Ghana $300 mln on fuel costs –official 18 Dec, 2014

Ghana has begun processing gas from its offshore Jubilee oil field through a pipeline project. The Atuabo gas plant is supplying 50 million cubic feet of gas per day to nearby thermal power generators operated by the Volta River Authority (VRA) power utility in the western town of Aboadze. It has also produced 3,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and condensate as by products. The project, financed by a loan from the Chinese Development Bank aims to ramp up production to 150 million cubic feet by the end of December. Two more gas fields are expected to come onstream by 2017 to add to Jubilee, which is operated by British firm Tullow Oil.

Innovation centre for agriculture launched in Sharjah 18 Dec, 2014

To enhance food safety in the country, an agricultural innovation centre was launched in Sharjah. The centre aims to promote advancements in agriculture, and maintain sustainability in the UAE. The centre will coordinate with international centres and collaborate with international organisations, authorities and industry experts, namely the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA). The centre will cooperate with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) as well as participate in various joint studies covering local agricultural segments, such as a study on the effects of multiple levels of salinity on the production of some salinity-tolerant agricultural and pastoral crops.

New Bedford plant expansion boosted by city, state 18 Dec, 2014

The $685,000 expansion plan of Advanced Marine Technologies (AMT) BioProducts Corp. at 33 Cape St. has been approved by the Patrick administration. AMT converts waste material from seafood processing plants into organic agricultural, consumer and industrial materials. It wants to expand into an adjacent vacant seafood processing plant, doubling its size.

APM Terminals set to begin construction in 2015 on $1 billion Costa Rica port after environmental study approved 18 Dec, 2014

APM Terminals is set to start construction on a new $1 billion terminal on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) has approved the project’s environmental impact study.

ADPC launches Maqta Gateway project 18 Dec, 2014

Abu Dhabi Ports Company has launched a new innovative port community system project (Maqta Gateway) that will interlink all of the relevant parties involved in Abu Dhabi’s growing import and export trade business. The Maqta Gateway will offer ports, exporters, importers, shipping lines, customs and government agencies a single point of contact and real time information at any time of the day – even via mobile, significantly enhancing processing times and communication procedures. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ADPC and partner organisations. These organisations included the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW), Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA), Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT).

BSH to expand output capacity in Poland 18 Dec, 2014

Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) has unveiled plans to boost its output capacity by 80%. The three factories are based in Łódź, in the country’s central part, and their product portfolio includes washing machines, clothing dryers and dishwashing machines.

Furniture retailer IKEA opens first store in South Korea 18 Dec, 2014

Furniture retailer IKEA opened its first store in South Korea on 18 December. The 131,550 square-metre outlet is located in the city of Gwangmyeong. The company expects to open five outlets in the country by 2020. It is currently operating 365 stores in 43 countries across the globe.

Voltalia announces start of operations at new wind power plant 18 Dec, 2014

Voltalia has announced start of operations at its new 10 MW wind power plant in Molinons on Dec. 9, 2014. There are five V100-type machines, with nominal output power of 2.0 MW each. Voltalia’s production capacity in France now amounts to 68.4 MW.

E.ON has commissioned new U.S. wind, solar installations 18 Dec, 2014

German utility E.ON has commissioned two large-scale renewable energy projects in the U.S. It said it has started commercial production at the 211 megawatt (MW) Grandview I wind farm 26 miles east of Amarillo, Texas, in a joint venture with GE Energy Financial Services. It has also taken on stream a new 18 MW solar unit at the Fort Huachuca plant in southern Arizona, in partnership with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (ETIF). TEP will own and operate the project and supply power under a long-term contract.

New Saudi German Hospital to open in Ajman in 2017 18 Dec, 2014

IHCC has announced the launch of a new 300-bed Saudi German Hospital in Ajman by 2017. The one million square-feet hospital is designed to be a state-of-the-art health care facility and will include advanced medical equipment.

Austria, Georgia to build hydroelectric power station together 17 Dec, 2014

Georgia and Austria signed a memorandum on the construction of Mestia Chaladidi HPS with a capacity of 30 megawatts. The construction will begin in spring of 2015. After the commissioning of hydroelectric power plant, the local budget will annually receive assessments of 1 million GEL.

Belle Fourche, SD, to build $8.4M grain terminal 17 Dec, 2014

The Belle Fourche, S.D., Economic Development Corp. is planning an $8.4 million terminal to load and unload rail cars in the city’s new industrial park. The facility initially will be able to load gondolas or boxcars and bulk shipping of agricultural products from South Dakota and North Dakota. The project includes 15,000 feet of track and a covered warehouse for crane-loading and unloading

Israel Chemicals to invest $452 mn in Chinese phosphate operations 17 Dec, 2014

Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), has agreed to invest $452 million in phosphate operations in China as part of its strategy to expand abroad. Under the deal, ICL will acquire a15-per cent strategic stake in Yunnan Yuntianhua Co Ltd (Yunnan) with focus on phosphate products and have substantial mineral resources, for about $269 million. In addition, ICL will also buy a 50-per cent interest in a joint venture with Yunnan that will produce a fully integrated world-scale phosphate production facility in China. The JV will own a rock phosphate mine with a capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of phosphate rock annually for 30 years. It will also own an integrated world-scale phosphate operation with a capacity of 700,000 tonnes of phosphoric acid, 850,000 tonnes of fertilizers, 65,000 tonnes of specialty phosphates for the food industry and engineered materials markets and approximately 1.85 million tonnes of sulfuric acid. ICL intends to fund the deal from its internal resources

Bosnia to expand coal-fired plant with 668 mln euro China Exim Bank loan 17 Dec, 2014

Bosnia will expand a coal-fired power plant with a loan of 668 million euros arranged with the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China. Power utility EPBiH plans to build a 450-megawatt unit at its Tuzla power plant. EPBiH has selected a consortium of China Gezhouba Group and China’s Guandong Electric Power Design to carry out the project.

B.C. government approves 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project 17 Dec, 2014

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has approved BC Hydro’s plans for the 1,100-MW Site C hydropower plant. The US$7.7 billion project will be located on the north bank of the Peace River in northern British Columbia. The project was granted final environmental approvals in October. Construction on Site C will begin in Summer 2015.

Dangote to invest $2bn in Nigerian petrochemical and fertiliser complex 17 Dec, 2014

Africa-based Dangote is planning to spend $2bn at its petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Lagos, Nigeria. The company plans to add new production lines for polyethylene and double production of polypropylene at the refinery. The complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day and produce 2.8 million tonnes of urea as well. The refinery and petrochemicals project is planned to be completed by the end of 2017. Last year, the company has signed deal with local and international commercial banks, including Guaranty Trust Bank and Standard Chartered Bank for $3.3bn loan for the project.

Sudbury’s new LCBO store set to open 17 Dec, 2014

The new LCBO store at 1099 Marcus Dr. in Sudbury will open on December 19. The new 10,000-square-foot store has more than 6,600 square feet of display space. It carries a wide selection of more than 1,900 wines, spirits, beers, ready-to-drink cocktails and coolers. It also has a vintages corner featuring up to 350 premium wines and spirits. The new store has a prominent Ontario wine display showcasing more than 305 Ontario products, including 151 VQA wines. It also features a walk-in beer cold room with 480 linear feet of shelving.

$7.3M in upgrades planned for southeast S.D. rail line 17 Dec, 2014

Dakota & Iowa Railroad, in partnership with the state of South Dakota, will invest $7.3 million to upgrade the Sioux Valley Line in the southeast corner of the state. The project will include upgrading nine bridges on the line, allowing it to handle 286,000-pound rail cars. A section of track that is currently in an area subject to landslides will be moved. The Sioux Valley Line upgrades will be funded by $5.1 million in grants and loans from the state Railroad Board; a $1.8 million federal grant; $300,000 from the Dakota & Iowa Railroad; and a $100,000 grant from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Spanish group in €15m upgrade of agro film extrusion plants 17 Dec, 2014

An expanding Spanish group, manufacturing agricultural films plans to invest €15m to upgrade and modernise its operations at two plants in Andalusia, southern Spain. Morera y Vallejo Industrial has launched a major investment programme at the Plastimer and Macresur film plants in El Ejido, Almeria. The plants operate 36 film extrusion lines with an installed capacity of 70,000 tpa along with flexographic printing and conversion machines for the manufacture of a range of plastic bags and sacks. The modernisation project will include the installation of new extrusion lines, upgrading of other equipment as well as the introduction of new technology to reduce energy consumption and optimising raw materials use. In addition, the plants expect to add three new film product lines with increased width and greater quality.

Stora Enso opens new biomaterials innovation centre in Sweden 17 Dec, 2014

Stora Enso will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an Innovation Centre that will be located in the Stockholm area in Sweden. The centre, which will open during the 2Q 2015, will host research, application, business development, and strategic marketing.

Industrial park in southwest Wichita moving forward 16 Dec, 2014

Consumers Energy’s $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Upper Thumb has begun commercial operation. Cross Winds is Consumers Energy’s second wind park and has a generating capacity of 111 megawatts. It consists of 62 wind turbine generators, all located in Akron and Columbia townships in Tuscola County. Michigan-based Barton Malow was the lead contractor for the Cross Winds facility. More than $100 million of the $255 million project included investments for construction and components made by Michigan manufacturers.

New 1,329 MW Warren County gas-fired power station 16 Dec, 2014

Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals and Sinopec have started operations at their joint venture (JV), Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers, in Shanghai, China. The JV is located at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park and will produce 75,000t of ethylene-propylene-dieneterpolymer (EPT) each year for the Chinese market. The plant will use metallocene catalyst technology to manufacture EPT, which will be available as Sinopec Mitsui EPT. EPT is primarily used in automotive parts, electric cables, and other industrial materials. It is claimed to have superior resistance to heat and cold, UV rays and chemicals, as well as good electric insulation and other exceptional properties.

Caricom Cement commissions new plant in Guyana 16 Dec, 2014

Caricom Cement Company Incorporated commissioned its newly constructed cement manufacturing plant at Everton, Berbice. The facility, which has a designed production capacity of some 11.7 million tpy of cement and more than 500 000 tpy of clinker, is located on the former site of Berbice Mining Enterprises’ bauxite mining plant. A second production line would soon be added to the facility.

BASF to build electronics-grade sulphuric acid plant in China 16 Dec, 2014

BASF has announced plans to build an electronics-grade sulphuric acid (H2SO4EG) facility at Zhapu in Zhejiang Province, China, in partnership with Jiahua Energy Chemical. The companies have signed an agreement for the proposed project. Under the deal, BASF will be responsible for the groundwork to build the plant at the Jiahua production site in Zhapu, while Jiahua will supply the key raw material for plant. Work on the project is scheduled to begin within the next year with plans to start operations in 2016. The H2SO4 EG products produced at the plant will be primarily used by the semiconductor industry in China

Kitimat refinery plan honed 16 Dec, 2014

With a design and feasibility study in tow, Kitimat Clean needs to secure government support to build an oil refinery north of Terrace area. Hatch Ltd. had completed the study for the project, which sets out that the proposed refinery would process 550,000 barrels of diluted bitumen a day in to 460,000 barrels of day of refined fuel—gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel—for export overseas. The refinery would cost an estimated $22 billion.

Chevron awards contracts for North Sea Captain field expansion 16 Dec, 2014

Chevron has awarded front end engineering and design contracts for the expansion of its Captain oil and gas field in the North Sea to British suppliers Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler. The offshore field, located around 68 miles (109 kilometres) north of Aberdeen, in 2013 produced around 25,000 barrels of oil and 3 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The planned work aims to increase the field’s output using polymer injection technology. Wood Group was awarded a contract for the subsea engineering of the trees, wellheads, controls and the polymer injection flowlines to the subsea injection wells. AMEC will conduct facilities engineering on the proposed bridge-linked platform (BLP), which will be used to store, mix and pump polymer, as well as the BLP brownfield tie-ins to the existing facilities.

Norway’s Statoil approves $610 million North Sea development 16 Dec, 2014

Norwegian energy firm Statoil will spend 4.6 billion crowns to develop its small Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen gas and condensate field in the North Sea. The company aims to tie the discovery into the Gullfaks field and recover around 80 million barrels of oil equivalents in total after production starts up in the first quarter of 2017. The Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen project will use existing infrastructure and also extend the lifetime of the Gullfaks A platform, keeping costs relatively low. The field, which is expected to operate for 15 years, will produce 31,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day at its peak production in 2019

Company hopes to build a nitrogen fertilizer plant in Canada 16 Dec, 2014

A Canadian-based company is seeking U.S. investors for a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant near Regina, Saskatchewan. It would supply farmers in both Canada and the U.S. Construction of the $1.7 billion plant known as Project N, could begin in 2016 or 2017. About 3,000 farmers, most of them from Canada, already have invested $9 million in the plant, which would be in Belle Plaine, about 30 miles west of Regina. It would produce ammonia, urea and UAN. Project N has purchased land for the plant and completed its pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) study to show to potential investors.

Fertilizer and agro-inputs warehouse opened in Birim North 16 Dec, 2014

Sakant Enterprises Limited has opened a fertilizer and agro-products warehouse at Panpese in the Birim North District. The warehouse has 20,000 metric tons capacity, equivalent to holding 240,000 bags of 50 kilogrammes of fertilizer.

New store in Ghana for Woolworths 16 Dec, 2014

Woolworths has opened a new store in Accra’s upmarket West Hills Mall, the retailer’s second store in Ghana on 555 square metres. The store stocks a comprehensive range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as beauty, footwear and accessories. Woolworths currently has 63 stores in 11 African countries outside of South Africa.

Abengoa to Develop a New Transmission Project in Argentina 16 Dec, 2014

Abengoa has been selected by Gerdau (Sipar Aceros S.A.) for a new power transmission project in central Argentina that will supply electricity to a new steel plant. The project is worth $27.2 million. Abengoa will be responsible for the procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of six kilometers of 220 kV double-circuit line, the extension of the Rosario Oeste transformer station and construction of a new 220 kV transformer station. The works will be carried out at sites close to the city of Pérez, Santa Fe, and the project is expected to be completed within 12 months.

GDF Suez to Invest $1.7 Billion in Chile Power in Latam Push 16 Dec, 2014

GDF Suez SA (GSZ) will invest $1.7 billion on a power plant and transmission lines in Chile as part of a push into Latin American energy projects. The contract was won by subsidiary E-CL through an auction. GDF Suez will invest $1 billion on a 375-megawatt thermal power plant in Mejillones, expected to start up in 2018, and another $700 million on a 600-kilometer (370-mile) transmission line to deliver the power to the so-called SIC distribution companies, according to a press release. The utility will supply 5,040 gigawatt hours of power annually for 15 years.

1 Retail giant Woolworths rolls out small convenience stores in Melbourne 16 Dec, 2014

Woolworths has signed up for two CBD locations on Swanston and Flinders streets for the scaled-down stores. Woolworths will roll out a new convenience concept store at 160 Swanston on a gross rent believed to be around $2030 a square metre in a deal negotiated by Allard Shelton’s Patrick Barnes and CBRE. Another deal is understood to have been negotiated by Colliers International for 700 square metres at 262 Flinders Street in a space occupied previously by an IGA store. Last week it opened a small concept store at 302 Elizabeth Street in Sydney.

Arrow awards contract for Bowen Basin-Gladstone gas pipeline design work 16 Dec, 2014

Arrow Energy has awarded a contract for the preliminary design of its proposed gas pipeline in central Queensland. The company wants to build a liquefied natural gas export plant off Gladstone, which will be supplied with gas from its reserves in the Bowen Basin. The firm WorleyParsons has been appointed to produce front-end engineering designs for a 500 kilometre pipeline linking the gas fields to Gladstone.

Travellers Intl sets $650-M Resorts World expansion 16 Dec, 2014

Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. is set to unveil annually over the next three years the outcome of its massive $650-million expansion program for Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. The company is on track to finish by 2017 Resorts World Manila’s expansion which will double the size of the integrated resort’s gaming, hotel and retail facilities. By next year, the company plans to finish Mariott Grand Ballroom, the following year the Mariott extension, the new wing, and then after that the Phase 3. Phase 2 involves the expansion of the existing Marriott Hotel Manila with the construction of a grand ballroom that can sit about 2,000 people as well as the addition of 227 rooms. Phase 3 would include construction of two new hotels, namely Hilton Manila and the Sheraton Hotel Manila as well as an extension of Maxims Hotels.

SunEdison solar farm to deliver power at $US85 per megawatt-hour 16 Dec, 2014

US solar PV manufacturer SunEdison has been awarded two 15-year contracts to supply 190 gigawatt-hours to Chile’s central SIC grid by 2016 at $US89 per megawatt-hour and another for 350GWh by 2017 at $US85/MWh.

111 MW Cross Winds Energy Park begins commercial operation 16 Dec, 2014

Consumers Energy’s $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Upper Thumb has begun commercial operation. Cross Winds is Consumers Energy’s second wind park and has a generating capacity of 111 megawatts. It consists of 62 wind turbine generators, all located in Akron and Columbia townships in Tuscola County. Michigan-based Barton Malow was the lead contractor for the Cross Winds facility. More than $100 million of the $255 million project included investments for construction and components made by Michigan manufacturers.

New 1,329 MW Warren County gas-fired power station 16 Dec, 2014

The 1,329-megawatt Warren County Power Station, has entered into commercial operation. The natural gas-fired power station is located just north of Front Royal, Va., and can produce enough electricity to power about 325,000 homes at peak demand. The $1.1 billion facility came in on time and under budget. The company operates a diverse mix of generation that includes nuclear, coal, hydro, natural gas and renewables, such as wind and solar.

Cummins committee look to finish water project 16 Dec, 2014

The Cummins committee approached the Viterra grain handling site in Cummins to capture water flowing from the site and make it available for the caravan park, and later the Railway Triangle. The project includes a solar pump, 700 metres of poly pipe and a storage tank to transfer water to the caravan park. The project will cost about $20,000. The company had filed an application for funding through Philmac and is looking at other options including fundraising.

Kukula to facilitate power generation 16 Dec, 2014

KUKULA Capital is expected to participate in the generation of 1,000 megawatts(MW) through equity facilitation and advise in the next four years. Kukula Capital partner in charge of corporate finance and consultancy Jito Kayumba cited the 400 MW thermal power project to be developed in Sinazongwe by Texxon Energy, 50 MW solar plant in Central Province to be implemented next year, and the 24 MW thermal plant at Kafue Sugar in Nampundwe expected to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2016, as some of the projects the firm will offer advisory and facilitation services to.

Havasu installs new water lines at SARA Park 16 Dec, 2014

The new water system is planned at SARA Park. The new water lines will bring adequate firefighting supply, but will also considerably improve the trailhead shortly after the project is complete. The city has contracted Tri-Suns Engineering, a local construction agency, to install the pipeline, and is already more than six months along. At a price tag of $672,773.60, Tri-Suns has been given 211 calendar days to complete the installation of SARA Park’s new waterlines. The project is expected to be completed in February.

UPDATE 1-Boralex to buy Enel Green Power for C$400 mln 16 Dec, 2014

Renewable energy company Boralex Inc has offered to buy the French subsidiary of Enel Green Power SpA for C$400 million to expand in France. Boralex would buy the 25 percent stake held in Boralex Europe SAS by joint venture partner Cube Infrastructure Fund, or convert it into debt as Cube wanted to exit the business. The acquisition, including a pipeline of wind and solar projects, will add 12 wind farms with a total installed capacity of 186 megawatts (MW) in the country. It will increase Boralex’s overall net installed capacity by 25 percent to 940 MW. The company expects the deal to immediately add to cash flow, and will fund the deal with credit facilities and a C$110 million public offering of its subscription receipts.

World’s Largest River Diversion Project Now Pipes Water to Beijing 15 Dec, 2014

China’s South to North Water Project has opened. The leg of the project that opened, is a series of canals stretching 890 miles across northeastern China that will annually transport an estimated 9.5 billion cubic meters of water from central China to major cities on the north China plain, including Beijing and Tianjin. If and when the final western leg of the project is completed, the canal system will reroute roughly 45 billion cubic meters of water annually across the country. Construction costs for the first two legs have already reached nearly $80 billion.

Cameroon Water Plant for Yaounde to Start Operating in 2015 15 Dec, 2014

Cameroon’s Akom Nyada treatment plant will start processing water by the end of next year to help meet demand in Yaounde. The facility will process 55,000 cubic meters per day of water by the end of next year. The plant is the first stage of a $603 million project led by General Electric Co. and Environmental Chemical.

Central Elgin reviewing proposal for inflatable water park in Port Stanley 15 Dec, 2014

An inflatable water park floating off Main Beach is planned. The structure under consideration would have trampolines, monkey bars and slides and could accommodate as many as 65 people.

Pengrowth Announces First Steam at the Initial 12,500 Barrel Per Day Commercial Project at Lindbergh 15 Dec, 2014

Pengrowth Energy Corporation has commenced steam operations at the Lindbergh Thermal Project located in the Cold Lake area of eastern Alberta. The first steam was delivered on-time. Pengrowth has been operating a two well pair pilot at Lindbergh for the last 34 months, which has produced approximately 1.6 million barrels to date with a cumulative steam oil ratio of 2.1x. November production from the pilot averaged approximately 1,760 bbl/d with an instantaneous steam oil ratio of 2.3x.

Summit Midstream plans Utica Shale natural gas pipeline system 15 Dec, 2014

Dallas-based Summit Midstream Partners reached an agreement with XTO Energy Inc. to develop a Utica Shale natural gas gathering system servicing XTO’s natural gas production from Belmont and Monroe counties in southeastern Ohio. The system will be owned and developed by a new indirect subsidiary of Summit Investments, Summit Midstream Utica, LLC. Summit Utica will deliver natural gas produced by XTO into Regency Energy Partners’ Utica Ohio River Trunkline project, a 2.1 billion cubic feet per day system that’s under construction, and other downstream delivery points. Summit Utica will consist of over 115 miles of gathering pipeline with four natural gas compressor stations and will have an initial design capacity of 500 million cubic feet per day. The $400 million project is expected to make the first deliveries to Regency Utica Ohio River in the second half of 2015.

Downtown boutique hotel proposed in Albion 15 Dec, 2014

The $9.2 million project — a three-story, 67,000-square-foot facility with 72 rooms, a restaurant and a ballroom — has been proposed for a 1.25-acres site at the Porter Square area. Saginaw-based SSP Associates is behind the project. The City Council approved a brownfield plan for the project during its regular meeting. Construction could begin in the spring.

Solb Misr invests USD 100 million to boost steel production in Ataqa Plant 13 Dec, 2014

Amwal Alghad reported that Egypt based steel group, Solb Misr has pumped investments worth USD 100 million to establish a new production line for its Ataqa factory. The Group’s factory in Ataqa is on a total space of around 1.1 million meters. Solb Misr has recently obtained the state Industrial Development Authority’s approval to produce an additional 2.5 million tonnes of steel billets annually.

Poland’s ZChP to build phosphoric acid plant near its Senegal mines 13 Dec, 2014

Poland’s Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP) is to construct a phosphoric acid plant near the phospate rock mines in Senegal which it acquired a controlling stake in last year. Shipments of phosphorites from the mines to ZChP’s production complex in Police, near Poland’s northwestern Baltic Sea coast, would amount to 200,000 tonnes in 2014.

National Grid set to build 19 solar power facilities in Mass. 13 Dec, 2014

National Grid plans to announce it will install solar panels at 19 sites across the state. The new installations, located on both public and private land, would be owned and maintained by National Grid. Spread out at locations from Attleboro to Sturbridge, each of the new installations would generate, on average, less than a megawatt of power per site. Costing the utility up to $75 million, the project will entail adding about 50,000 solar panels and is expected to completed by next June.

126-room Marriott hotel in Marischal Square to go ahead 13 Dec, 2014

Aberdeen City Council and the Marriott hotel group sealed the deal to deliver a hotel in the city centre at the controversial Marischal Square development. The new 126-room hotel will be Marriott International’s first expansion into the city centre. The £107 million Marischal Square project is also set to include office spaces and restaurants. Work on the hotel will begin in January next year, and is expected to complete by summer 2017.

South Africa to announce 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy contracts

South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power into the country’s constrained electricity grid. The “Window 4″ of its renewable energy bidding rounds has invited bids for a range of renewable projects such as wind, photovoltaic, biomass and small scale hydro-electric. All projects should be constructed within two years, and by 2017 their first power should be feeding into the grid. Contracts were signed with 15 companies to also provide 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the “Window 3″ round.

Synthesis Energy Systems plans 3 coal gasification plants in China 13 Dec, 2014

Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) will build 3 coal gasification in China in cooperation with local partner Zhangjiagang Chemical Machinery. SES’s Jiangsu Tianwo-SES Clean Energy Technologies Ltd. (TSEC) China JV partner, ZCM has secured orders of more than RMB 650 million for three industrial syngas supply plants, which will utilize SES gasification technology for seven gasification systems. The agreement is between Aluminum Corporation of China, Shandong Branch and ZCM’s subsidiary, Innovative Coal Chemical Design Institute (Shanghai) Company Limited. ICCDI will serve as the general contractor providing all engineering and construction of the three projects. The new gasification plants will be built to provide a total of approximately 175,000 normal cubic meters (NCM) per hour of industrial syngas as a clean energy fuel for three existing aluminum manufacturing plants, located in the Shandong, Henan and Shanxi provinces, south of Beijing.

Pakistan signs $248 million loan deal with ADB 13 Dec, 2014

Pakistan has signed a loan and project agreement worth $248 million with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for power transmission enhancement investment programme, expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The power transmission tranche-4 aims to improve energy supply and security by reducing transmission infrastructure bottlenecks and transmission losses and expanding the national transmission grid by connecting generation sources and load centers.

SolarCity, BofAML fund $400 million in solar-power projects 12 Dec, 2014

SolarCity (SCTY) has created a new investment program with BofA Merrill Lynch (BAC) to finance an estimated $400 million in solar power projects in 2014 and 2015.

Haiti – Economy : $70M to expand the Caracol Industrial Park 12 Dec, 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a grant of $55 million and co-financing from the United States government to the tune of $15 million. This amount will be used to expand facilities for businesses at the Caracol Industrial Park (PIC). The new financing will focus on construction of buildings and factories for industrial activities and structures to meet the demands of current tenants and new ones that will set up shop in the PIC. There will be an expansion of roads and public services. Funds will also be allotted for projects that boost urban development, transport and other public works in the communities that surround the PIC, such as a bus garage and a bike path that will connect the PIC to the town of Caracol.


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