Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent
PTI 16 Apr, 2015
Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia announced acquisition of French firm Alcatel-Lucent in an all-stock deal valued at 15.6 billion euros. As part of the deal, Nokia will give Alcatel-Lucent shareholders 0.55 shares in the combined company for each of their old shares, while Alcatel shareholders will own 33.5% shares of the company and Nokia shareholders 66.5%. The combined entity will be called Nokia.
ET Solar to Build 70 MWp Solar Power Plant in the Philippines
prnewswire.co.uk 16 Apr, 2015
ET Solar, a smart energy solutions provider, has executed an agreement to build a 70 MWp solar power project in the Philippines, along with local partner GATE SOLAR PHILIPPINES CORP to develop, invest, finance, construct, and operate the project. The construction is expected to be started in the last quarter of this year and the commercial operation is expected to be achieved in March 2016. ET Solar will be the co-development partner and technology sponsor, as well as the investor in the project.
Sembcorp set to develop two more wind farms in China
greentechlead.com 16 Apr, 2015
Sembcorp Industries is to develop two wind farms at Huanghua in China’s Hebei province. It is investing in the projects through a joint venture with Guohua Energy Investment of which it owns 49 percent. Sembcorp has already begun operation of a wind farm with 48-MW capacity in Jiedijianhe.The 94 million Singapore dollar wind farm supplies power to the Hebei South grid. Hebei Development and Reform Commission has also given its approval to Sembcorp to develop a 150-MW wind farm in Laoshibeihe estimated to cost about 0.3 billion Singapore dollars, construction will begin this year and complete in second half of 2017.
Unger builds storage facility for fertiliser factory in Saudi
tradearabia.com 16 Apr, 2015
Unger Steel Middle East is building six mega warehouses with conveyor systems for Spanish industry plant specialist Intecsa Industrial in Saudi Arabia at a cost of €530 million. The six large warehouses, which will have a length from 110 to 276 m and a clear span of over 70 m and a height of over 45 m, have been designed to create the maximum amount of storage space without restrictions. After on-time completion and handover in July next year, the warehouses will be used for the storage of potash and phosphate.
Ethiopia says China’s POLY-GCL to start gas drilling by July
Reuters 16 Apr, 2015
Chinese firm POLY-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Ltd plans to begin drilling for natural gas in development blocks in the southeast Ethiopia by June or July. It is carrying out seismic tests in both sites, where it has laid some infrastructure such as a 35-km road and will enter the digging phase around June and July 2015. Major works such the designing and laying of pipelines that will connect with an LNG plant in Djibouti for export will also be completed by 2016. The cost is estimated at $4 billion with first LNG production expected by mid-to-late 2018. Phase one aims to produce 3 million tonnes a LNG a year, eventually rising to 10 million tonnes.
Batelco, Huawei sign MoU for R&D Lab
tradearabia.com 16 Apr, 2015
Batelco, a Bahrain-based telecom company, and global IT solutions provider Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see Huawei utilise Batelco’s infrastructure and facilities to set up a Research and Development (R&D) Lab within Batelco’s ideas Innovation Centre. Under the agreement, Huawei will undertake to support Batelco to attain Broadband leadership with full capabilities for offering Best-in-Class network services.
City breaks ground for upgrade of sewage plant
davisenterprise.com 16 Apr, 2015
Ground breaking was done for a $89 million upgrade to a 42-year-old wastewater treatment plant in Davis city. The original cost of the upgrades was $95 million, but a low-interest state loan — at 1.5 percent — the city signed off on last month cut 6 percent off the construction price and could potentially save ratepayers more than $38 million over the next 30 years. The loan is through the State Water Resources Control Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
Permit for utility to build new wastewater plant approved
clarionledger.com 16 Apr, 2015
A permit is to be awarded to the West Rankin Utility Authority (WRUA) to construct a new wastewater treatment plant. Construction of the new plant will cost around $125 million.
Southern Co. expands solar power portfolio
ajc.com 16 Apr, 2015
Atlanta-based Southern Co. has acquired a controlling stake in additional solar projects in California. The company’s Southern Power subsidiary said the interest is in the 20-megawatt Lost Hills Solar Facility and the 12-megawatt Blackwell Solar Facility in Kerry County, from Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc. It recently announced plans to open an Energy Innovation Center at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square in Midtown to develop ideas for electricity use.
Solar Power to develop 80MW PV projects in UK and Japan
solar.cleantechnology-business-review.com 16 Apr, 2015
Solar Power has secured rights to develop solar power projects. Under an agreement with Global Renewable Construction, Solar Power will develop 50MW of solar PV projects in Wales and the Midlands. These projects are expected to be completed between the third quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. It will develop 30MW of solar PV projects in Japan’s Kanagawa, Chiba, Ibaraki, and Fukushima Prefectures, as part of its deal with Re Capital. Construction on these projects will begin May 2015, with completion and connection to the grid planned in the first quarter of 2016. In addition, SPI and Re Capital have agreed to explore co-development opportunities of up to 100MW of additional solar PV projects in Japan.
Cristalerias de Chile to install 9-MW wind park
renewables.seenews.com 16 Apr, 2015
Chilean glass container maker Cristalerias de Chile SA has agreed to participate with a 75% stake in a 9-MW wind project near Arauco city, central Chile. The construction of the wind farm will cost USD 20 million and will be financed with own funds and credits. The project will be developed through Parque Eolico Las Penas SpA, with four wind turbines connected to the network of power distributor Frontel. The developers are currently at the stage of contracting and procurement with a view to operating the wind park in the first quarter of 2016.
Nepalese billionaire to open new JLT hotel
constructionweekonline.com 16 Apr, 2015
CG Corp has announced plans to launch a new hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district. The company has taken a 50% stake in the new hotel, which will be a 207-key Vivanta by Taj property. It is a brand that currently has 29 hotels and resorts in India and the Indian Ocean region. Its hospitality arm, CG Hotels and Resorts is planning to take on more hotel properties on a management basis across the Middle East, targeting Oman, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia as potential locations. It is also targeting new properties in China, Africa and South Asia.
Vend launches ecommerce solution
businessspectator.com 15 Apr, 2015
New Zealand-based cloud point of sale provider Vend has launched an ecommerce solution on April 15. Vend Ecommerce will mean retailers running Vend’s POS software can take their store online, allowing all inventory, sales and customer information to be automatically synced across a company’s physical and online stores.
Koral Activewear Launches a New E-Commerce Destination
prnewswire.com 15 Apr, 2015
Koral Activewear, the luxury activewear label announces the launch of its new ecommerce website. The company released the VIP Spring Preview Event, a 20% off promotion across all products for Koral Activewear subscribers.
Entergy Arkansas seeks to launch state’s biggest solar power project
arkansasnews.com 15 Apr, 2015
Entergy Arkansas is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to create a solar power plant in Arkansas. It has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources, which plans to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy generating facility near Stuttgart on around 500 acres. The facility is to be connected to Entergy’s transmission grid by mid-2019. Entergy plans to invest $2.4 billion on generation, transmission and distribution improvements to the state’s electrical infrastructure through 2017.
BHEL, Russian firm INTMA ink pact for power plant in Kazakhstan
PTI 15 Apr, 2015
BHEL has signed an MoU with a Russian company INTMA, to set up a gas-based power project in Kazakhstan. The MoU aims to set forth a path to combine the BHEL’s competence in design and manufacturing of power plants and INTMA’s strength in handling EPC contracts so as to bid and execute projects of mutual interest in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Okanagan Getting Its First Wind Farm
kelownanow.com 15 Apr, 2015
An agreement has been reached between BC Hydro and White Rock-based developer Zero Emission Energy Developments Inc for two wind farms at Okanagan. The farms will be constructed in West Kelowna and Summerland, with each having the ability to produce 15 MW. A third agreement was also reached for a 15-megawatt wind farm near Taylor in northeastern B.C. Construction is scheduled to start late spring or early summer and will take about 18 months to complete.
SOCAR Signs New Contract Worth 350 mln Euros
oilandgaseurasia.com 15 Apr, 2015
The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has signed a contract with Maire Tecnimont for the implementation of a 350 million euros (approx) EPC-contract for the construction of polypropylene production within the framework of the project SOCAR Polymer. The contract provides for rendering full technical services, procurement, installation work and construction activity before commissioning the project, as well as its trial. The project is implemented in Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park and will produce 180,000 metric tons of polypropylene and 120,000 metric tons of polyethylene per year. Production is expected to begin in 2016.
City employees plan outlet mall pipeline plans
kgns.tv 15 Apr, 2015
Laredo city council’s approval is awaited for a project to install a 24 inch pipeline that would run water to the site of the new outlet mall in Texas. The 2.3 million dollar project would run water from the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant to a distribution point at bridge One
Kazakhstan starts exploration at large oil field
azernews.az 15 Apr, 2015
Satpayev Operating LLP plans to drill the first exploration well at ‘Satpayev’ structure in 2015. ‘Satpayev’ site is located on the northern part of the shelf in the north of the Caspian Sea and includes three structures: ‘Satpayev’, ‘Eastern Satpayev’ and ‘Karina’. The estimated recoverable resources are 253 million metric tons of standard fuel. ‘Satpayev’ block is under development by Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGas national oil and gas company and India’s ONGC Videsh Limited (with 25-percent share with the possibility of increasing). A subsoil use contract was signed on this site.
Gov’t to sign US$5-billion Logistics Hub MOU Monday
jamaicaobserver.com 15 Apr, 2015
On April 20, the Government of Jamaica will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Krauck Systems and Anchor Financial Group LLC, for the development of projects in Jamaica related to the Global Logistics Hub.
Plans for wastewater plant in Romney move forward
wlfi.com 15 Apr, 2015
Plans for a new wastewater plant in Romney are moving forward after nearly 11 years of work. The project will cost about $4 million. Work on the project is to commence next spring.
New spec warehouse project coming at Mountain Creek in SW Dallas
bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com 15 Apr, 2015
Courtland Development is building a192,260-square-foot warehouse project at the Mountain Creek Business Park in southwest Dallas. Mountain Creek 5 is being developed in a partnership by Courtland and Trez Capital. Southwest Bank provides financing for the project. Alliance Architect designed the building. Ratcliff Constructors LP is the general contractor. The project will open in November.
Mitsubishi to set up methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago
BS 13 Apr, 2015
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc (MGC), Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) have signed an agreement with state-owned National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (NGC) and Massy Holdings Ltd (Massy) for the construction of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago, and have concluded contracts for engineering, procurement & construction (EPC), gas supply, and relevant land leases. The plant, which entails about $1 billion of investment, will have capacity to manufacture 1 million tonnes per annum (tpa) of methanol and 20 thousand tpa of dimethyl ether. Discussions are currently underway with a syndicate of Japanese banks for finalising the loan agreement.
New Penang Sky Cab project in the pipeline
therakyatpost.com 15 Apr, 2015
A proposed project to link Penang Island and the mainland is in the pipeline. The project called Penang Sky Cab would connect the Penang Sentral Transportation Hub in Butterworth to Nordin Street Ghaut in George Town. The first phase would feature 40 cabins. The project is now at an advanced exploratory stage and is expected to be ready by 2018.
Fuel storage facility in Salalah to be ready in November
tradearabia.com 15 Apr, 2015
A fuel storage depot is being developed at the Salalah Port by Dubai-based Mina Petroleum. The 230,000-cu-m storage facility will be completed by November 2015. The construction work of the depot is well under way and is nearing completion. The depot will initially serve visiting naval ships and later will be expanded to commercial vessels.
Iran, Oman sign deal on 260-km below-sea gas export
customstoday.com.pk 15 Apr, 2015
Iran and Oman signed a deal to build 260 km below-sea pipeline to carry Iranian gas to Oman. The Oman pipeline contractor will begin work. The proposed pipeline would connect the Iranian province of Hormuzgan to Sohar in Oman. Iran would begin pumping natural gas to Oman by 2015.
Farm park planned for Neihu site
taipeitimes.com 15 Apr, 2015
The Taipei Government plans to start work on a farm park in Neihu District in July. The farm base is scheduled to be completed in December and wetland area is scheduled to be finished by 2016. A feasibility study of collecting rainwater and surface water for the wetland was conducted and suggest the project could maintain biodiversity and reduce the urban heat island effect.
Erickson wins Mexico Pipeline Construction Contract
finances.com 14 Apr, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has contracted for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico. The agreement will guarantee the use of an S-64 E Aircrane to assist in the external load transport of more than 1,000 natural gas pipeline segments that will complete the 329 mile long Topolobampo Project. The work will be completed early in Q2.
Doraville to get new film/TV complex
neighbornewspapers.com 14 Apr, 2015
Third Rail Studios project in Doraville will reuse an existing 130,000-square-foot building to accommodate 60,000 square feet of sound stages, 20,000 square feet of production support plus mill shops. The media complex will be a 270,000-square-foot facility in Atlanta. The expected build-out area will represent about $750 million in total investment. The studio is slated to open for business at the end of 2015.
Incyte is opening an R&D command center, staffing up in Geneva
fiercebiotech.com 14 Apr, 2015
Incyte is to set up a research shop in 9,000 square feet of space in Geneva, Switzerland. This new facility in the center of Europe will enable to create the infrastructure needed to support our global drug development programs.
ONGC, OIL and BPCL to invest $6 bn to develop Mozambique offshore gas field
domain-b.com 14 Apr, 2015
ONGC, OIL and BPCL will invest $6 billion in developing a Mozambique offshore gas field. Another $6 billion will be invested to develop Rovuma Area 1 field. Both companies have agreed to jointly build an onshore gas liquefaction facility in the Afungi LNG Industrial Park in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado at a cost of around $50 billion.
Construction set to begin on Dh1bn Abu Dhabi steel plant
thenational.ae 14 Apr, 2015
Construction work on a Dh1 billion galvanised steel plant in Abu Dhabi will begin in April. Al Diyar is the main civil contractor, with Zamil Steel providing the steel structure and Danieli of Italy supplying the majority of the manufacturing equipment to the plant. The facility will have the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of galvanized steel upon completion. The plant will be built in two phases, totalling 250,000 tonnes each, with the first phase expected to be complete in late 2016.
Duke Energy To Add 500 MW Of Solar Power In Florida
solarlove.org 14 Apr, 2015
Duke Energy plans to add 500 MW of solar power in Florida by 2020. Another 30 MW shall be available by 2018. It plans for a natural gas fired facility in Citrus County and upgrades at its Hines plant in Polk County. Gulf Power will add 120 MW of utility scale solar power at three military bases in Northwest Florida.
Marubeni, EDF unit to invest in 146MW solar power facility in Chile
solar.cleantechnology-business-review.com 14 Apr, 2015
Marubeni has signed an agreement with EDF Energies Nouvelles to invest in a 146MW solar power plant in Chile. The project is estimated to cost around $334m. Marubeni also intends to expand its presence in the Latin America region..
Enel Green Power Awarded 425 MW of Wind Power in South African Public Tender
africanbrains.net 14 Apr, 2015
Enel Green Power (EGP) has been awarded three energy supply contracts with South African utility Eskom. The three wind power projects are (Oyster Bay – 142 MW, Nxuba – 141 MW and Karusa – 142 MW) totalling 425 MW in South Africa. It will be constructed in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces. The Oyster Bay and Nxuba projects will be completed and enter into service in 2017, while Karusa will enter into service in 2018. The total investment is 500 million Euros.
H&M launches e-commerce in 3 new European markets
fibre2fashion.com 14 Apr, 2015
H&M has extended its digital sales service to three new European markets- Slovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary. The newly launched e-commerce service will offer a wide variety of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories alongside a full line of children’s wear.
Turkey launches construction of first nuclear power plant
ET 14 Apr, 2015
Turkey launches its first nuclear power plant which is a $20 billion project. The foundation stone was laid for the construction of the power station in Akkuyu in Mersin province and is expected to be completed by 2020 and will have four power units with a capacity of 1200 MW each. A second plant is to be in the Black Sea city of Sinop while a third plant whose location is yet to be finalised is also planned.
Meaford power station could be operational in 2020
alittlebitofstone.com 14 Apr, 2015
Meaford Energy Limited (MEL) has submitted its application for the Meaford Energy Centre (MEC) power station at the Meaford Business Park. The MEC represents a £300 million investment in the local economy. Construction on the planned gas turbine power station could begin in late 2017 with the centre in full operation by 2020.
Valpo steel plant expands, adds 35 new jobs
chicagotribune.com 14 Apr, 2015
Union Electric Steel is expanding its operations at its local plant at 3702 Montdale Park Drive. The pouring of the foundations for the equipment is already underway and the initial machine is slated to be operational in May.
Groundbreaking set for water treatment plant
vvdailypress.com 14 Apr, 2015
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled on 09 April at the southwest corner of Lenny Brewster Sports Center, 21024 Otoe Road, for the Apple Valley Subregional Water Reclamation Plant. The project is developed in cooperation with Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority and expected to be operational in 18 months.
Local wastewater treatment plant’s upgrades start next month
egcitizen.com 14 Apr, 2015
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant officials will host a groundbreaking event in May to begin ‘EchoWater’ multi-billion dollar project to upgrade their facility at 8521 Laguna Station Road outside Elk Grove. It is expected to cost approximately $1.5 billion to $2 billion. The project is to be fully completed and operational by 2023.
Vectren starts $31M in pipeline upgrades
daytondailynews.com 14 Apr, 2015
Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio has started to work on gas mains and service lines in 12 area cities through a $31 million investment in 2015. The project is to replace about 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron infrastructure in west central Ohio.
Seoul City to put solar power generator in EV
whowired.com 13 Apr, 2015
The Seoul Metropolitan Government introduces a new solar power generation system to improve EV driving range. The authorities plan to add solar power generator on EV. Seoul city is now reviewing a plan to release EV with a car-sharing company Han Car.
Enel Green plans 36-MW wind farm in Peru
renewables.seenews.com 13 Apr, 2015
Enel Green Power SpA has unveiled a plan to build a 36-MW wind farm worth USD 75 million in Peru’s Huaura province. The project is currently at the stage of feasibility. The construction period is expected to last 12 months, after that the installations will operate 25 years with costs of USD 2 million per year.
SoCalGas Launches First Power-to-Gas Project in U.S.
youroilandgasnews.com 13 Apr, 2015
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has joined with the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to launch demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the U.S. Located at the NFCRC at the University of California, Irvine and NREL’s laboratories in Golden, Colorado, the power-to-gas demonstrations will also assess the feasibility and potential benefits of using the natural gas pipeline system to store photovoltaic and wind-produced energy. Initial project results are expected by year end.
Work starting to replace leaking underground steam pipeline
9and10news.com 13 Apr, 2015
Work is planned that will replace a 427 feet leaking underground pipeline that serves the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s downtown steam customers. The first phase of the $1.3 million project will take place at Michigan Avenue and Washington Square. The second phase will extend from June 1 through mid-August. Phase three will begin in mid-August near the Radisson hotel. It is expected to be finished by the end of September
Dubai to invest USD 8.2bn in solar project expansion
renewables.seenews.com 13 Apr, 2015
Dubai expects to spend AED 30 billion on the expansion of a major local solar park to 3 GW by 2030 and has allocated AED 150 million for the activities of a new renewables research centre. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will invest AED 12 billion to build the 1 GW solar farm by 2019. The first phase of the project, with a capacity of 13 MW, was completed in October 2014. The 200-MW Phase II, will become operational by April 2017. DEWA has set aside AED 7 billion to establish a local smart grid to boost energy efficiency.
Subsea 7 awarded USD 200m SURF contract for Petrobras off Brazil
oilandgastechnology.net 13 Apr, 2015
Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract worth approximately USD 200m, with duration of two years, for the installation of flexible lines for Petrobras’ projects in Brazil. The vessel that has been operating for Petrobras will commence the new contract in direct continuation to the current one.
New Madinah airport’s test operations launched
english.alarabiya.net 13 Apr, 2015
A Saudi Arabian Airlines landed on 12 April at the new Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, marking the start of the airport’s test run operations. The trial operation of the airport would run for a limited period of time until its formal launch. It has completed the establishment of its offices and supplied it with the required cadres to process the passports of passengers. The airport, occupying an area of 4 million square meters, has been built at a cost of about $1.4 billion.
Trustar Energy awarded contracts to install 15 UPS CNG fueling stations throughout US
satprnews.com 13 Apr, 2015
TruStar Energy announces the awarding of 15 high capacity fueling stations for UPS. The CNG fueling stations, planned for 11 states and configured to fast-fill and time-fill their vehicles, will fuel over 2000 vehicles once the recently announced 1400 additions to their fleet are deployed. Station construction has already begun in Oklahoma City, Okla., and New Orleans, La. In addition to the design and construction of the stations, it was contracted to provide service and maintenance for 13 of the 15 stations on an annual contract basis.
Birmingham’s Steel City Pops opens in Auburn, Huntsville coming soon
al.com 13 Apr, 2015
Birmingham’s Steel City Pops has just opened its newest location of 620 square feet in 109 North College St, downtown Auburn, and additional stores should be open by mid-May to Huntsville in Bridge Street Town Centre and Dallas, Texas. Steel City Pops has signed lease agreements to open stores in Lexington and Louisville, Ky., in 2016.
Orient Paper constructs tissue manufacturing facilities in Hebei province, China
lesprom.com 13 Apr, 2015
Orient Paper, Inc. is building production facilities in the Wei County Industrial Park in Hebei Province, China, for tissue paper production. The production of tissue paper is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2015.
Group aims to bring new park to Valdese
morganton.com 13 Apr, 2015
Renault plans to venture into used car business in India in the second half of 2015. The company is currently testing internally the used car format on a pilot basis. It also plans to launch a sub Rs 4 lakh car in the country and aims to achieve 5 per cent market share in India by the end of 2016.
Spanish energy firm submits plans for solar panels on Dales farm
thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk 12 Apr, 2015
A Spanish company is seeking permission to construct Craven’s first solar farm on land at Lund Farm, Westhouse. Outline plans have been submitted to Craven District Council. If granted planning permission, the company proposes to contribute up to £30,000 to local environmental projects in the Burton-in-Lonsdale and Low Bentham areas.
New gas-fired power plant coming to Edinburg
brownsvilleherald.com 12 Apr, 2015
South Texas Electricity Cooperative is building $200 million gas-fired power plant with capacity up to 225 megawatts. The cooperative also owns the Falcon and Amistad hydroelectric dams and a wind farm in Sarita.
Quincy plans $3M in improvements to water treatment plant
bnd.com 12 Apr, 2015
The Quincy plans the first major overhaul of its water treatment plant. It is set to approve $3.1 million in work at the plant. About $500,000 in additional upgrades already have been approved. The plant treats an average 8 million gallons of water daily.
USM Gulf Park announces funds for raises, new building
hattiesburgamerican.com 12 Apr, 2015
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus received almost $10 million for improvements to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and for a new Holloway Complex Building Replacement Project to house several academic programs. The Complex will replace five modular units on the Gulf Park campus with a two-story, 24,000-square-foot building. The building will be open to students in fall 2017
Italian brand Boffi opens showroom in Manila
business.inquirer.net 11 Apr, 2015
Italian brand Boffi now open at the ground floor of The Residences at Greenbelt, San Lorenzo Tower on Esperanza Street, Makati City in Manila. It comes as an esteemed leading provider of premium kitchen, bathroom and wardrobe systems.
Iran to start oil exploration on Turkmen border
en.cihan.com.tr 11 Apr, 2015
Iran’s Caspian National Oil Company has announced new exploration operations to be undertaken in the Golestan Province, Turkmenistan. The operations will start in the present Iranian fiscal year (March 21, 2015 to March 20 2016). Iran increased gas imports from Turkmenistan in the fall.
Tokyo One Piece Tower indoor amusement park opens in capital
ajw.asahi.com 11 Apr, 2015
An amusement park dedicated to the “One Piece” pirate manga and anime series has opened at Tokyo Tower. It takes up a renovated section of a commercial complex at the foot of the landmark tower in Minato Ward.
SunEdison to Construct Three New Solar Power Plants in Utah Totaling 262 MW
solarquarter.com 10 Apr, 2015
SunEdison, Inc. has signed agreements to construct and install three new utility-scale solar power plants in southern Utah with a total capacity of 262 MW DC. PacifiCorp will purchase the electricity through three 20-year power purchase agreements. Construction of the power plants is expected to begin in the fall of 2015 with commercial operations expected in 2016.
Brenmiller Company in Israel will construct an unique electric power station
pellets-wood.com 10 Apr, 2015
A new electric power station situated in Dimona will use solar energy and biomass. Brenmiller Energy, declared that the electric power station capacity will be of 10 megawatts. The construction is valued at 300 millions of shekels.
Bui adds 260MW of power to national grid
citifmonline.com 10 Apr, 2015
The Bui Power Generating Station in the Tain District will add 260 megawatts close to its installed capacity of nearly 400 megawatts power to national grid. Water level in Bui dam is around 173.90 and our maximum level is 183 meters above sea level. So the amount of power we are currently producing now is based on a generation plant that was prepared between Bui power authorities in consultation with the systems control centre.
Austrian waste-to-energy plant expands DH capacity
cospp.com 10 Apr, 2015
LINZ AG STROM has commissioned Alstom to apply its AmStar 888 corrosion protection to the steam generator of the Linz-Mitte waste-to-energy power plant. Each year, the plant is designed to re-use roughly 200,000 tonnes of processed waste and around 50,000 tonnes of sewage sludge produced by the Asten sewage treatment plant
St Johnston to get wastewater treatment plant
highlandradio.com 10 Apr, 2015
The documents are being prepared for a contract signing for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in St Johnston. The contract will be signed in May. The construction work will begin in September and would take 52 weeks for completion
Croatia to build 2 biomass power plants
dtt-net.com 10 Apr, 2015
A deal was signed for construction of a biomass power plant in the eastern Croatian town of Osijek with an investment worth of Euro 16.25 million. Another similar deal expected to be signed in the town of Sisak, south of capital Zagreb, next week
Developer plans new 150-room hotel near Kahului Harbor on Maui
bizjournals.com 10 Apr, 2015
Maui Palms Hotel at Kahului Harbor will be the location of a new 150-room hotel that will be part of the Pagoda collection. Construction on the new hotel is anticipated to start within 18 months or sooner.
WORK BEGINS ON NEW HOTEL
islandecho.co.uk 10 Apr, 2015
The work gets fully underway on the construction of a brand new Premier Inn hotel in Lake. The foundation work has started for the new 81-bedroom hotel, which is set to open at Merrie Gardens. The work will be carried out by Carter Lauren Construction Ltd. The hotel will boast an additional 12 bedrooms compared to the existing Premier Inn at Seaclose in Newport, which will remain open.
Savanna Diamond Cement Begins Operations In Buipe, Northern Region
business.peacefmonline.com 10 Apr, 2015
A ($90million) Savanna Diamond Cement (SDCL) factory is to begin for production at Buipe. It has a capacity to produce 440,000 tons of cement per annum (tpa). The substation has a capacity of 25megawatts out of which SDCL needs only 7 MW and the remaining 18 MW will be available for the community.
$426 million Lake Forest Hospital expansion on track
chicagotribune.com 10 Apr, 2015
The new Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital at estimated cost $426 million schedule remains in place for September 2017 opening. The foundation and building footings are going into place featuring five pavilions, eight operating rooms and 114 private inpatient beds spread out over nearly 500,000 square feet
Shin-Etsu Chemical to build $108m photoresist plant in Taiwan
chemicals-technology.com 10 Apr, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical is planning to build a new photoresist plant in Taiwan. The company will invest around JPY13bn which will take a year to construct. The combination of the existing Naoetsu Plant and the new Taiwan Plant will be able to achieve the dispersion of business risks.
New hospital starting to take shape
tehachapinews.com 10 Apr, 2015
The new Tehachapi Hospital under construction has gained a healthy momentum. The exterior should be completed within six weeks and the interior remains a metal skeleton under construction will take some 10 months time. The estimate for the construction is $23 million. We could occupancy and licensure of the new building by the end of 2016.
Ballpark Set to Open
westvirgina.rivals.com 10 Apr, 2015
The 21-million dollar ballpark stadium has 2,500 seatback chairs has set to open. The West Virginia baseball program will play its 31st game of the season. West Virginia players are very excited to take the field in the new stadium for the first time. In the future, capacity for over 3,000 spectators will be possible when the grass fills each lawn
Imax expands in South Africa
mybroadband.co.za 10 Apr, 2015
Imax and Ster-Kinekor recently open two more Imax theatres in South Africa. The first Imax theatre will be at the Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and second to be at the Cradlestone Mall. It is set to open in Johannesburg in the second half of 2015
Waterbury to break ground on municipal complex
timesargus.com 10 Apr, 2015
Waterbury is planning to break ground on its new municipal complex on April 13. The new space will accommodate additional town offices and a community meeting room. The construction is expected to be completed by January. Work also is being done on Waterbury’s 86,000-square-foot state office complex to replace what was damaged in the storm.
GALLERY Active Kilrush Sports Complex opened
clareherald.com 10 Apr, 2015
The launch of the new (€320,000), facility which coincided with the official opening of the Active Kilrush Sports Complex was constructed by Sportslawn Ireland Ltd. The construction of the new AstroTurf pitch and development of additional facilities at Active Kilrush Sports Complex is in response to “a shortage of sports facilities in Kilrush
Tanzania: Chinese Bank Opens Door in Dar
allafrica.com 10 Apr, 2015
THE Bank of Tanzania has licensed China Commercial Bank (CCB), as its entry will contribute in increasing the level of financial inclusion. A new bank formed by Chinese and Tanzanian businesspersons. It will reach 50 per cent target by 2016 as set by the National Financial Inclusion Framework.
Flippin breaks ground for new school
baxterbulletin.om 10 Apr, 2015
The Flippin School District breaks ground on April 10 for a new elementary school. The project is estimated to be completed by summer 2016.
Kyocera, Partners to Build 15MW Solar Power Plant in West Japan
bloomberg.com 10 Apr, 2015
Kyocera Corp. will build a 15-MW solar power plant in the western prefecture of Hyogo. The company will supply 55,000 solar panels for the plant, which will start running in November 2016.
Chanel Launches E-Commerce Partnership With Net-A-Porter
au.lifestyle.yahoo.com 10 Apr, 2015
Chanel has announced its e-commerce partnership with online retailer Net-A-Porter. The move will see Chanel exclusively launch its Coco Crush fine jewellery collection on the site. The Coco Crush collection will be available on Net-A-Porter from April 15 – May 6.
Hulton Bridge construction advances
post-gazette.com 10 Apr, 2015
The work on $64.8 million Hulton Bridge replacement project will extend into spring 2016, but the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects that the new span will be open to traffic by late October 2015.
Asahi Indofood opens new beverage plant
thejakartapost.com 10 Apr, 2015
Asahi Indofood Beverage Makmur (AIBM) opens a new plant with an investment of Rp 700 billion at Sukabumi, in West Java. The plant is expected to produce (bottled tea Ichi Ocha and coffee Cafela) 100 million liters per year. It occupies a 59,000 square-meter compound in the Cicurug industrial area
Acacia Mining expands footprint in Burkina Faso project
uk.finance.yahoo.com 10 Apr, 2015
Acacia Mining has inked to expand its footprint in the Houndé belt in Burkina Faso. The company has signed agreements with Australia-listed Canyon Resources and Canada’s Thor Explorations for earn-ins which will expand its land package in the belt to 2,400 square kilometres.
Iran seeks to build 50MW, 100MW nuclear plants
azernews.az 10 Apr, 2015
Iran plans to build nuclear power plants with 50 megawatts and 100 megawatts capacity. It can be built to generate up to 1,000MW of electricity. Iran aims to produce 20,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear power.
Broomfield Hospital opens new emergency ward
essexchronicle.co.uk 10 Apr, 2015
A new purpose-built 19-bed ward for surgical emergency patients has opened on 07 April at Broomfield Hospital. The unit took nine weeks to complete, transforming the space into a state-of-the-art surgical area.
Work on new Hilton hotel to begin in June
registerguard.com 10 Apr, 2015
A New York real estate development firm plans to break ground in June for a 120-room Hilton hotel at the southwest corner of West 11th Avenue and Olive Street, in Eugene. The hotel project’s value is about $6.5 million. The Hilton will open in time for the start of summer 2016
Chinese group to invest in $2.1bn power project
dawn.com 10 Apr, 2015
Power Construction Corp of China Ltd plans to invest in a $2.1 billion coal-fired power project in Pakistan. The project is scheduled to be completed within 32 months and will mainly use coal from Indonesia. The project will require a total investment of $2.085bn.
Van Oord installs 1st turbine at 129-MW wind farm in Dutch waters
renewables.seenews.com 09 Apr, 2015
Van Oord has erected the first turbine at the site of the 129-MW Eneco Luchterduinen wind project off the coast of the Netherlands. The company will install the remaining 42 wind turbines with the goal of completing the wind park in August 2015.
City’s new wastewater plant begins operations
pasoroblesdailynews.com 09 Apr, 2015
Paso Robles City Wastewater treatment after two years of construction activity and preparation was fired up. The new biological process with six truckloads of microbiology was started. The new process is now getting established.
U.S. approves city sewage project here
dailyamericannews.com 09 Apr, 2015
The construction of a sewage disposal plant at a cost of $70,000 for West Frankfort and a sanitary sewer system for the Heights at estimated cost of $15 per lot has been approved with the allotment of $231,585.
Planned Staffordshire power station to be fully operational by 2020
expressandstar.com 09 Apr, 2015
Meaford Energy Centre (MEC), a new power station would be built at Meaford Business Park in Staffordshire and would be fully operational by 2020. Construction work could be underway by 2017. The Meaford Energy Limited plans to construct a cycle gas turbine station on the 85-acre site.
Cape MUA proposes sewer pipeline through Pinelands
pressofatlanticcity.com 09 Apr, 2015
The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is proposing to run a sewer pipeline 9 miles through the Pinelands from the county landfill to a treatment plant. The new pipeline would stretch down Route 550 or Route 608 to a pump station on Route 9 at Avalon Boulevard. The authority plans to go out to bid on a design in 2016.
Karcher opens new service centre and showroom in Bahrain
zawya.com 09 Apr, 2015
Karcher is opening a new service centre in Manama, Bahrain. The newly opened Bahrain facility joins four other centres in Dubai (UAE), Qatar, Omanand Egypt. The company is planning to soon open other dedicated centres in Kuwait and another in Dubai.
A New Restaurant Is Blooming in the New York Botanical Garden
vanityfair.com 09 Apr, 2015
The Modern at MoMA, Untitled is reopening at the new Whitney with a revamped menu soon. The New York Botanical Garden will soon be home to the Hudson Garden Grill. The restaurant opens later in April
Apple’s Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in Sao Paulo on April 18
macrumors.com 09 Apr, 2015
Apple’s second retail store in Morumbi shopping center at 1089 Roque Petroni Junior Avenue in Brazil will open in São Paulo on April 18.
$25 million project planned downtown
arugusleader.com 09 Apr, 2015
A new retail and office project ($25 million) is planned for downtown Sioux Falls. It could double to 100,000 square feet. The Hansen Professional Building is the second major mixed use project proposed downtown in March. Construction will start after at least half the building is leased.
China’s plans to build rail link with Nepal through Mt Everest could concern India
TOI 09 Apr, 2015
China plans to build a 540-kilometre rail link between Tibet and Nepal passing through a tunnel under Mt Everest. The Nepal rail project which has been taken up at Kathmandu’s request will be completed by 2020. China is likely to sign a deal to help Pakistan build a natural gas pipeline to Iran.
Exxaro Starts $21 Million Water Plant at South African Coal Mine
bloomberg.com 02 09 Apr, 2015
Exxaro Resources Ltd is treating 10 million liters of water daily at its 250 million-rand treatment plant at the Matla mine. The company is developing a plant near Belfast that will start up by the end of the 2015, and another at the Arnot mine near Middelburg that will start up by 2017.
Alibaba’s Ant arm launches China’s first e-commerce based stock index
in.reuters.com 09 Apr, 2015
On 09 April, Alibaba Group Holding’s finance arm launched an index that tracks e-commerce activities. The CSI Taojin Big Data 100 Index is composed of 100 stocks in sectors. The index started running as a pilot test on Jan. 18.
Taiwan’s Cathay United Bank gets ok to open Philippine branch
in.reuters.com 09 Apr, 2015
The Philippine central bank has given Taiwan’s Cathay United Bank the go ahead to upgrade its representative office with an initial capital equivalent to 2.2 billion pesos. The branch will start operations in the third quarter of 2015. A unit of Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc in February and South Korea’s Shinhan International Bank in March also won approval to open a Manila branch.
Sun Mountain Opens New Showroom in Park City, UT
prweb.com 09 Apr, 2015
Sun Mountain, Inc opens a new outlet at Park City in Utah. The showroom is located in the Silver Creek Business Park, 6400 N. It will also offer delivery and after-the-sale service to customers in the northern Utah region.
Lafarge to expand plant despite competition
globalcement.com 08 Apr, 2015
Lafarge Zambia will begin work on the US$217m expansion of its cement plant in Lusaka in 2015. Construction will start in the second half of 2015 and be completed in 2018 with increase in capacity to 2Mt/yr. Chinese and Zambian also are planning the construction of a cement plant in Zambia.
Groundbreaking ceremony held for first cement plant in Laos
worldcement.com 08 Apr, 2015
Siam Cement Group held the groundbreaking ceremony of its new Khammouane cement plant (1.8 million tpy) at Powa Village, Mahachai District in Laos and plans to begin production in 1Q17.
Entergy brings solar power to Mississippi, newspaper reports
nola.com 08 Apr, 2015
Entergy broke ground on April 7 on the first of its three planned solar projects in Mississippi. The company plans utility-scale solar projects in Jackson, Senatobia and Brookhaven, all of which will be operational by late 2015. The three sites will produce 1,500 kilowatts of electricity.
Developer proposes Maine’s largest solar power installation
miamiherald.com 08 Apr, 2015
A Portland developer wants to build Maine’s largest solar power array in Hancock County. The Gouldsboro Solar LLC has signed a letter of intent with The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to sell power from a 2.8 megawatt solar installation to the biomedical research lab. The $9 million project covers roughly 12 acres.
E.on launches US services unit
windpowermonthly.com 08 Apr, 2015
E.on launches US services unit and its services will be available to all wind and solar energy projects. It has invested nearly $5 billion in North America, owning or operating nearly 3GW of capacity, including 1,800 wind turbines.
Western Energy Partners to build 750-MW gas-plus-PV station in US
renewables.seenews.com 08 Apr, 2015
Western Energy Partners LLC plans to develop, install and operate a 750-MW gas-plus-solar power plant in San Juan County, New Mexico. The Clean Path Energy Center LLC complex will include a 680-MW natural gas combined cycle power plant and a 70-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park. The project is expected to be completed in the middle of 2019.
DRT announces commissioning of biomass power station in France
biomassmagazine.com 08 Apr, 2015
DRT’s biomass cogeneration power plant at its site in Vielle-Saint-Girons, France, has become reality with the commissioning of the power station. After a four-month testing phase, the power plant was officially put in service in the beginning of 2015.
Portucel breaks ground on pellet plant in South Carolina
biomassmagazine.com 08 Apr, 2015
Portucel Sporcel Group breaks ground on Colombo Energy pellet plant at Greenwood County, in South Carolina. The facility will have the manufacturing capacity to produce 460,000 tons of pellets annually. Scheduled completion is in the third quarter of 2016.
Cogen plant for SF wastewater company
cospp.com 08 Apr, 2015
Union Sanitary District (USD) has commissioned a new cogeneration project at a total cost of $14.5 million. The facility produces up to 1.7 MW of energy to generate power for its 33 acre treatment plant. The project includes two 850 kW engine generators
Royal Dutch Shell and BG open mega-deal pipeline
blogs.reuters.com 08 Apr, 2015
Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group may open a mega-deal pipeline. The $200 billion Anglo-Dutch energy colossus is in advanced talks to buy its $46 billion gas rival.
PSC approves two pipelines
inforum.com 08 Apr, 2015
The North Dakota Public Service Commission on 08 April approved permits for two pipelines (one for oil and one for natural gas liquids) in McKenzie County. Hiland Crude LLC received approval for a 12-inch diameter, 13-mile-long crude oil line in McKenzie County. It will increase the capacity of the system by 65,000 barrels per day.
NFM Lending Opens New Branch in Hendersonville, Tennessee
wiredprnews.com 08 Apr, 2015
NFM Lending opens a new branch in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The branch will focus its lending platform throughout Tennessee.
“Hunger Games” theme park set to open in Dubai in 2016
nydailynews.com 08 Apr, 2015
Lionsgate will be partnering with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring the film to life via a theme park scheduled to open in October 2016. Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-themed park is expected to include a Lionsgate zone that features “Hunger Games”-inspired attractions and retail facilities. The 4 million-square-foot facility will also have a DreamWorks Animation zone.
NCC to Construct a New Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg
businesswire.com 08 Apr, 2015
NCC will construct a new hospital that will be an extension of Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital at Gothenburg. The land and preparatory work will commence in spring 2015 and occupancy will occur successively from 2018 to 2020. The order value is estimated at approximately SEK 850 million.
New restaurant proposed for GR’s Arena Place
woodtv.com 08 Apr, 2015
The Wheelhouse, a new casual dining restaurant has been proposed for downtown Grand Rapids Arena Place, which is currently under construction at Ottawa Avenue SW and Weston. OCM Development, LLC, of Meritage Hospitality Group, Inc. is behind the proposed restaurant
MCCL new plant to be commissioned soon
theshillongtimes.com 07 Apr, 2015
In line with the modernization process of the Mawmluh Cherra Cement Limited (MCCL), the new dry process plant will be commissioned post the completion of the trial run by the end of this month. The production capacity would increase to 18000 metric tonnes a year. The Rs 100 cr modernized plant will also consume less electricity.
ET Solar Builds a 50 MWp Solar Power Plant in Israel
prnewswire.com 07 Apr, 2015
ET Solar builds a 50MWp solar power plant on 60 hectares land in Israel. The new solar power facility is expected to be grid-connected by the end of 2015, and generate over 85,000 MW.
NextEra Energy to build $640M Colorado wind farms
bizjournals.com 07 Apr, 2015
NextEra Energy Resources LLC is spending $640 million on two new wind farms in eastern Colorado. The 150 MW Carousel Wind Power Project in Kit Carson County will sell all its power to Westminster’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. under a 25-year contract. The 250-megawatt Golden West Wind Energy Project in El Paso County will sell all its power to Xcel Energy Inc. The work on the projects started recently and expects the wind farms to be operational by the end of 2015.
Cemex brings forward Caracolito cement plant expansion
globalcement.com 07 Apr, 2015
Cemex in Colombia is bringing forward the expansion of its Caracolito plant. The project includes the expansion of the existing quarry with an additional 110,000m2 of land, a complete reconstruction of the kilns and the replacement of the air treatment filters. The company will also open a new plant in the northeast of Antioquia.
Ulyanovskcement building new cement plant
globalcement.com 07 Mar, 2015
Ulyanovskcement is setting up a new cement shipping and packaging department with 6200t/day dry-process cement production line. Equipment produced by Ibau Hamburg Ingenieurgesellschaft Industriebau GmbH will be installed
SCF wastewater treatment plant: finished by fall
presspubs.com 07 Apr, 2015
The Saint Croix Falls is planning to complete the wastewater treatment plant work by the end of this summer.
Four firms bid for $800m Kuwait oil pipeline
emirates247.com 07 Apr, 2015
Kuwait oil company (KOC) has received bids for $800 million project to build a pipeline network. It also issued the tender with plans to lift oil production from 700,000 barrels per day to nearly one million bpd. In August the company signed three contracts worth 662 million dinars with Petrofac, Dodsal & Larsen and Toubro for the construction of three oil gathering centres in north Kuwait. The project would be completed within three years and would be awarded on an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) basis.
Indofood Agri plans to build new sugar mill in Indonesia
ET 07 Apr, 2015
Indofood Agri Resources Ltd is to invest $150 million and build a new sugar mill in Indonesia.
Millcraft to build two hotels in Beaver County
bizjournals.com 07 Apr, 2015
Millcraft Investments plans to build two new hotels at the Stoney Ridge development in Monaca. The new hotels will be built where Columbia Gas broke ground on a new operating and training facility recently. The financing is expected to be completed soon and it shall break ground on the first hotel by mid-summer.
Myanmar to expand textile, garment industry
BS 07 Apr, 2015
Myanmar will expand its textile and garment industry with the export earning targeted at $2 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
USD 47 bln-worth investments in energy sector in five years
nvonews.com 07 Apr, 2015
The total investment to be pumped in Cairo’s energy sector in the next five years is estimated at USD 47 billion. Phase (9-A) of the mega project of developing the deep water oil fields of West Delta in the Mediterranean Sea was also inaugurated. The USD 6.1 billion project will produce 400 million cubic feet of natural gas and 2,500 barrels of condensates per day. USD 5.6 billion investments are planned for petrochemicals.
Hummingbird looks to develop hydroelectrric power plant
miningweekly.com 07 Apr, 2015
Hummingbird Resources is planning to develop a 30 MW hydroelectric power (HEP) plant in south-east Liberia. The plant will be completed by April 2016 at a cost of about $265 000.
Wastewater treatment plant will boost Yucca Valley groundwater supply
hidesertstar.com 07 Apr, 2015
The wastewater treatment plant proposed for Yucca Valley will not only accept sewage, it will rebuild the town’s groundwater supply. The project includes a water reclamation plant. After its first phase of construction, the treatment plant is expected to provide around 1 million gallons of water per day. When fully built, the centralized system would generate up to 3,000 acre-feet of reclaimed water per year.
Thumbs up for 70MW Scottish wind farm
energylivenews.com 06 Apr, 2015
A 70MW wind farm in the Highlands has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government. NBW Wind Energy plans to install 23 turbines at Corriegarth Wind Farm. The project will provide around £100,000 a year to support local projects.
Leonardo DiCaprio to build eco-resort
3news.co.nz 06 Apr, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio is planning to build an eco-resort Restorative Island in Belize. He wants to turn the 104-acre island estate into a luxury resort complete with villas worth up to US$15 million each and plans to open the resort in 2018.
New Biotech Plant Coming to Vermont
vnews.com 06 Apr, 2015
The developers expect to break ground in May on a new biotechnology plant in Newport. The 80,000-square AnC Bio Vermont facility will do research, manufacture heart-lung machines and portable dialysis machines, and perform cell-culturing for heart therapy.
Work underway on new Bedlingtonshire Community High School
chroniclelive.co.uk 06 Apr, 2015
Construction begins on new buildings of the new multimillion-pound Bedlingtonshire Community High School. It will open to 800 pupils in September 2016. The Northumberland County Council is contributing £1.8m towards the Bedlington scheme
Elegant Tile & Stone Announces New Cutting Edge Showroom in San Diego CA
virtual-strategy.com 06 Apr, 2015
Elegant Tile & Stone has launched a new cutting edge tile and stone showroom in Central San Diego, CA and will open in mid April. The company’s goal is 3 stores in three years.
Tappan Zee Bridge foundation work continues for new span
dailyfreeman.com 06 Apr, 2015
The foundation work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge ($3.9 billion) will continue this week by placing reinforced steel and concrete in the piles. Demolition will start in Tarrytown and the facility on South Broadway is being removed for construction of the new bridge. The completion of new facility is in 2018.
Recycling plant in the pipeline for Lanarkshire
minutemanpress.co.uk 06 Apr, 2015
The Levenseat recycling facility project costing over £100 million is to be built near Forth in Lanarkshire. All the work shall be completed prior to 2018. An annual target of 75 gigawatt-hours of electricity has been set for the plant.
Takeda opens new UAE office in Dubai
tradearabia.com 06 Apr, 2015
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company has inaugurated its new office at Tecom IRise Tower, in Dubai. Drugs related to cardiovascular metabolic, gastroenterology and oncology treatment areas will be launched within the next five years.
Century Ply sets up timber processing unit in Laos
HBL 06 Apr, 2015
Century Plyboards (India) Ltd has set up a timber processing unit with a capacity to process 150 cubic metres of log a day at Bolikhamsai in Laos. The full-fledged production will start from May. The company has also decided to set up a particleboard unit near Chennai with a capital expenditure of around 60 crore and adding two more lines to its Kolkata laminate unit at a cost of 50 crore. These two expansion projects are expected to be commissioned later in 2015-16.
Uzbekistan starts major textile complex construction
fibre2fashion.com 06 Apr, 2015
LT Textile Cooperatief UA has started the construction of a large textile complex spread over 30 hectares in Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan. The new complex will have a capacity to process 20,000 metric tonnes of cotton fibre and produce 15,000 metric tonnes of cotton and mixed yarn per year. The complex is targeted to be commissioned in November 2016 and will start operating to full capacity in Q1 of 2017.
144 solar panels to be installed on top of ministries’ buildings
thecairopost.com 05 Apr, 2015
In Egypt, some 35 out of 144 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed at the roof of the ministries’ buildings and governmental installations. The 144 PV panels have a capacity of 13,900 Kilowatts and cost 192 million EGP. In March, the inauguration of the first solar power plant in Siwa Oasis was done.
Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year
mrt.com 05 Apr, 2015
A new power plant at Odessa in West Texas that could transform coal into natural gas is poised to break ground later in 2015. The 400 MW project is on 600 acres. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the project $450 million in federal grants.
At Home opening first store in Northeast Ohio
crainscleveland.com 05 Apr, 2015
At Home plans to open a 125,000-square-foot large-format store in May at Cobblestone Square shopping center in Sheffield Village in Lorain County at Northeast Ohio. The new retailer will turn on the lights at a former Super Kmart store that was shut in 2003.
First Food Express store in Paceville
timesofmalta.com 05 Apr, 2015
Arkadia has opened its first Food Express store (450 square metres) in Paceville. In the next three months, a second convenience store will be opening in Swatar.
Construction starts on $24m Wafi Bridge in Dubai
constructionweekonline.com 05 Apr, 2015
Construction work has started on the 700-metre three-lane Wafi Bridge project (AED88mn) in Dubai. In January, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) awarded the construction contract to Dutco Balfour Beatty.
Freeport Road reconstruction work begins Monday
wpxi.com 05 Apr, 2015
Reconstruction of the 1,300 feet Freeport Road began on April 6. The $68.4 million project is to replace the 105-year-old bridge of 1,600 feet long with a new four lane structure. Work runs until Oct. 19. The project also includes reconstruction of 550 feet of Hulton Road.
Dh500m solar power project planned for Northern Emirates
thenational.ae 05 Apr, 2015
Solar power plants with a capacity of 100 MW are being planned for the Northern Emirates in a Dh500 million project. Work on the first plant will start in 2015. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority decided to double the size of a solar PV plant (200 MW) and it is expected to go online in April 2017. The 200 MW plant will be built and operated by Acwa Power.
Star Island solar installation to help produce 60 percent of energy needs this summer
greenfieldreporter.com 05 Apr, 2015
Star Island has a new solar installation in Porstmouth, New Hampshire that will produce about 60 percent of its energy. The 43-acre Star Island is home to the historic Oceanic Hotel and a fishing village.
APERVI to build 150-MW Negros plant
bworldonline.com 05 Apr, 2015
Asia Pacific Energy Resources Ventures, Inc. (APERVI), to build 150-MW Negros plant. The construction is scheduled to start by 2015 and operations are targeted for 2018. The buyers for the plant’s output are three electric cooperatives in Negros Occidental: North Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc., Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc., and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Economic Zones World to spend AED 200 million on TechnoPark infrastructure enhancement
zawya.com 04 Apr, 2015
Economic Zones World (EZW) plans to spend AED 200 million on new infrastructure development in TechnoPark. The plan will address traffic congestion problem TechnoPark companies are currently facing and also provide them with much efficient multi-modal logistics capabilities to move their products across the region.
Ridge Development Plans Industrial Park for N. Fort Worth
cpexecutive.com 04 Apr, 2015
Ridge Development is planning to develop a 642,000-square-foot, (47-acre) Railhead Industrial Park in Fort Worth. It expects to break ground in the second quarter and complete the building by the end of 2015.
Suzuki plans second Myanmar plant
Bangkok Post 04 Apr, 2015
Suzuki plans to build a second plant in 20-hectare at the Thilawa special economic zone, Myanmar. Construction is expected to start later in 2015, with the facility slated to come online in 2017. The new plant will produce some 10,000 cars a year.
Seven new footbridges for Dubai
emirates247.com 04 Apr, 2015
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) started the construction works on seven footbridges in six roads. Works are expected to be accomplished during the first half of 2016. The number of pedestrian bridges in Dubai is set to rise further to 107 in mid-2016.
Mohawk installing solar panels on roof of Summerville plant
northernwestgeorgianews.com 03 Apr, 2015
Mohawk Industries plans to install a solar array at its Summerville manufacturing facility and sell the electricity to Georgia Power. The new panels will generate approximately 628,000 KW-hours of electricity. The project was developed and constructed by Alpharetta-based United Renewable Energy LLC.
MoU signed with German company to establish a 360-megawatt power plant
zawya.com 03 Apr, 2015
Electricity Ministry of Damascus signed an MoU with the German BARO International company to establish a new electricity generating station on 02 April. The plant will be of 360 MW capacity.
Wastewater plant comes to forefront for city
hdnews.net 03 Apr, 2015
Hays city commissioners will discuss and design-build process for a wastewater treatment plant. The total cost of the project is estimated at $26 million to $28 million. The construction of the plants needs to be completed by late 2017.
SunEdison completes 30.6 MW of solar projects in USA
renewables.seenews.com 03 Apr, 2015
SunEdison Inc completed 30.6 MW solar projects in US. In North Carolina, it has a capacity of 26 MW and will sell the produced power to Duke Energy Progress through a 15-year power purchase agreements . In Maryland, it has a capacity of 2.5 MW and 2.1 MW, will supply the Cecil County School of Technology and Pocomoke City’s wastewater treatment plant via, 20-year PPA. The company will also develop and install four other PV plants (2.5 MW) for the City of Long Beach in California.
New Road Project to Begin Next Month.
mytwintiers.com 03 Apr, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation is starting a 2.4 million dollars new mill and fill project in May, to repair all of the potholes that have been created on I-86 between Horseheads and Elmira. The work should be done in August.
New bridge celebrated at Opal Creek forest center
statesmanjournal.com 03 Apr, 2015
The Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center has inaugurated a bridge over Battle Axe Creek on 04 April.
Huambo – Caala Industrial Park to Be Launched On April 9
allafrica.com 03 Apr, 2015
The Industrial Development Park in Caala, Huambo will be launched on 9 April and the park will occupy an area of 1.129 hectares. This is part of a total of 20 that are being built in the country. The park will comprise an adequate infrastructure for industrial activities, including water, solid waste treatment, electricity, telecommunications and roads.
Construction of 57 New Airports to Start in the Next 5 Years
thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com 03 apr, 2015
The Ministry of Transportation of Jakarta plans to build 57 new airports and pledged to set aside Rp 71 trillion over the next 5 years for the project. The construction work for 11 new airports will start in 2015 in the southern parts of Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua.
Developer builds $3M industrial facility
grbj.com 03 Apr, 2015
Robert Grooters Development Co. is building a $3-million industrial facility. The work started on a 100,000-square-foot industrial building in Grand Rapids at the Aerotech Industrial Park. The work should be completed in August.
Gibraltar steel plant is getting new start
clickondetroit.com 03 Apr, 2015
The McLouth steel processing plant in Gibralter will have a new start. The Wayne County Commission has cleared the way for new owners and long-awaited environmental cleanup. It will invest $53 million for a new line. The cleanup and upgrades should be completed by April 2016.
Nike store in Hecht Warehouse will open Thursday
bizjournals.com 03 Apr, 2015
The Nike Factory store planned for the Hecht Warehouse project from Douglas Development Corp. in Northeast D.C. is expected to open April 9.
Need seen for industrial park
durangoherald.com 03 Apr, 2015
The Economic Development Alliance is to build Durango’s next industrial park at south Durango. It is expected to be underway within the next five years.
Solar Power Inc. signs agreements for projects in Panama, China
sacbee.com 03 Apr, 2015
Solar Power Inc. (SPI) has signed new agreements with SG Panama Solar LLC to develop 120 MW of solar power projects in Panama and China. The SPI Solar Power Engineering Co. Ltd., has signed an agreement with Jingzhaolai PV Power Co. Ltd. to provide engineering, procurement and development services for a 20-MW solar project. Construction is expected to begin in April, with grid connection anticipated in June in Inner Mongolia.
Firm seeks to expand oil pipeline project
standardspeaker.com 03 Apr, 2015
Williams plans massive pipeline expansion connecting Pennsylvania natural gas to major Eastern seaboard markets. It has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its “Atlantic Sunrise” plan to build branches off its existing 10,000-plus-mile Transco Gas Pipeline. The $2.59 billion project represents a total 9.1 billion cubic feet. NortheasternPennsylvania pipeline capacity set to be in place by 2018. If approved by FERC, the company will place the project in service by July 1, 2017.
Firm shares proposals for Wormit solar farm
thecourier.co.uk 03 Apr, 2015
Green Hedge Renewables is drawing up plans for a 4MW solar farm on Wormit. The 11-hectare, 27-acre solar farm could be created with up 22,000 panels.
Power plant proposed for Towanda Township
thedailyreview.com 03 Apr, 2015
Gateway Green Energy Inc is proposing to construct a 165 MW natural gas based power plant in Towanda Township. The Towanda Municipal Authority’s sewage treatment plant produces, on average, 600,000 to 650,000 gallons per day of effluent. Gateway Green is proposing to buy all of the plant’s effluent and pipe it to the site of its proposed power plant. It is seeking a total of 800,000 gallons of water a day for the power plant.
Botany sewer project in Clifton nears end
northjersey.com 03 Apr, 2015
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s $18-million sewer pipe improvement project that began nearly a year ago is close to completion in May 2015. The project will entail major rehabilitation of 110-year-old pipes with new pipes.
New 17-92 flyover bridge in Casselberry opens
mynews13.com 03 Apr, 2015
A flyover of 17-92 is opened in Casselberry. The southbound lanes were opened on 03 April and northbound lanes on 02 April. The $22 million project is a work in progress. It began in October of 2013 and was scheduled to be completed this fall
Maldives keen on investments from India
HBL 03 Apr, 2015
The Maldives is keen to seek investments from India. The new Maldivian Government has removed hurdles for a Tata housing project. The Taj Group has two resorts in Maldives while Tata Housing Development Company has taken up a project to construct 1,000 low-cost housing units in Male.
Toyota plans to invest $1.3 bn for building new plants in China, Mexico
PTI 03 Apr, 2015
Toyota plans to invest a combined $1.3 billion to build new plants in Guangzhou, China and Guanajuato, Mexico. The new facilities are opening in 2018 in China and 2019 in Mexico. The output capacity of China plant will be 100,000 cars a year and Mexico with 200,000 cars a year.
Stitch Fix to open U.S. distribution hub in Dallas; to hire up to 500
bizjournals.com 03 Apr, 2015
Stitch Fix plans to open its third U.S. distribution center in June 2015 at southern Dallas. The company has an office in Austin. It plans to hire for its new 316,000-square-foot distribution center in 2016.
Work begins on Triad solar farm
bizjournals.com 02 Apr, 2015
A 15-acre Triad solar farm is expected to begin generating electricity in about two months. Construction has begun at the Loy Farm area for the facility being developed by Suntuity. Loy Farm Solar LLC, which is leasing the property from Elon University for 20 years, is arranging the project funding. Suntuity is working with an engineer and contractors to erect racks holding 9,900 photovoltaic panels on the 10 acres. The system is expected to annually generate nearly 4,500 MW hours of electricity to be sold to Duke Energy.
Kazakh company plans to build power plants operating on renewable energy.
renewablesbiz.com 02 Apr, 2015
Samruk-Energo Company plans to build renewable energy power plants in Kazakhstan from 2015 to 2019. The company plans to construct a 60 MW wind farm (with the possibility of reaching 300 MW) in the Shelek corridor, two new wind farms with the capacity of 50 MW and 2015 MW near the Yereimentau city. Another 45 MW wind farm will be commissioned in H1 of 2015. A solar power plant with the capacity of 50 MW (with the possibility of reaching 100 MW) will come up near Kapshagay city.
Aeronautica Windpower to Start Building 2MW Turbines
altenergymag.com 02 Apr, 2015
Aeronautica Windpower has signed a sales and licensing agreement with (W2E) Wind to Energy GmbH to build 2MW turbine in Seekonk, Massachusetts. The W2E has based the design of the 2MW turbine on its successful larger 2.5 and 3MW designs, but has scaled it down to fit in markets. The new machines are to be built at its facility. Orders are now being accepted, with production to begin within 2015.
MHPS to upgrade Unit 4 of Hartha thermal power station in Iraq
energy-business-review.com 02 Apr, 2015
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been awarded a contract by the Iraq Ministry of Electricity (MOE) to upgrade the 200MW Unit 4 at the Hartha thermal power station, Basra in South Iraq. The refurbishment work is planned to be completed in May 2017. MHPS will replace core equipment of the Unit 4, as well as install a new distributed control system (DCS). GAMA Power Systems Engineering and Contracting will be responsible for installation and other work at the site.
New Fairfield Inn hotel to open April 15 in Pembroke Pines
sun-sentinel.com 02 Apr, 2015
On April 15, a 127-room Fairfield Inn & Suites will open at 1650 S.W. 145th Ave. in Pembroke Pines. The hotel has 97 rooms and 30 suites. Other amenities include an 890-square-foot meeting room, fitness center and sundry/convenience shop in the lobby. Later in 2015, the company plans to begin construction of a 108-room hotel at 30 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
Best Western expected to construct 60-room hotel
desertdispatch.com 02 Apr, 2015
Best Western submitted plans to build a new 60-room Best Western Plus hotel in the Lenwood area on 1.408 acres. The construction is to break ground by early summer. The hotel plans to build a three-story location that will include two executive suites, one two-bedroom suite and a three-bedroom suite.
New World Grand Bali Resort To Open 2017
hospitalitynet.org 02 Apr, 2015
New World Hotels & Resorts, a Rosewood Hotel Group brand, has been appointed by Jakarta-based PT. Mugie Bali Indah is to manage New World Grand Bali Resort, scheduled to open in 2017. The 10.8 hectares luxury resort will offer 328 guestrooms suites and grand suites, four restaurants and a rooftop destination lounge. Meeting space will include a ballroom of 1,100 square metres and four meeting rooms.
Construction efforts begin for new bridge over Brush Creek
vaildaily.com 02 Apr, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation launches a 122 foot long bridge replacement project that will begin in April 2015 along U.S. Highway 6. The budget of the project is $3.9 million. The effort will also improve drainage in the area by installing a larger culvert. The work is slated for completion by Nov. 15. The bridges over Lake Creek and Castle Creek have also been identified for replacement.
Restoration company opens new warehouse and contents cleaning operation in Susquehanna Twp.
pennlive.com 02 Apr, 2015
In March, Reynolds Restoration Services opened a new 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 3539 N. Sixth St in Susquehanna Twp. The facility also includes a large meeting space. The company is a part of Harrisburg-based Reynolds Companies
RK Motors introduces new interactive showroom kiosk
charlotteobserver.com 02 Apr, 2015
RK Motors launched a new interactive sales kiosk in its showroom at North Charlotte at 5527 Lakeview Road. It allows customers to share their store experience over social media.
Keansburg Amusement Park ready to open
newjersey.news12.com 02 Apr, 2015
The Keansburg Amusement Park is set to open this weekend for the 2015 season. Several new attractions and rides have been restored.
Medanta Hospital to open in Dubai Healthcare City
imtj.com 02 Apr, 2015
Medanta will open a new hospital in Dubai Healthcare City in early 2017. It will have a capacity of 250 beds. Medanta Hospital in DHCC’s Phase 1 will have a capacity of 250 beds, and will cater to a broad range of specialties.
Tokomaru Water Treatment Plant upgrade officially opened
scoop.co.nz 02 Apr, 2015
The Tokomaru Water Treatment Plant upgrade was officially opened on 1 April, after a more financially-viable option allowed the project to be brought forward from 2025. Horowhenua District Council approved spending $350,000 for the upgrade in the 2014/15 Annual Plan. There is an annual operating and maintenance cost of $35,000.
Four schools will receive solar panels
guampdn.com 02 Apr
On 31 March, the Guam Education Board voted to install solar panels on four public schools built by the Guam Education Financing Foundation (GEFF). The term of the agreement between Guam DOE and GEFF is 25 years. The agreement allows for 80 percent of the school’s power to come from the solar energy provider. The solar panel installations are to begin this summer and be completed by September.
Dangote Cement’s Senegalese plant officially open
worldcement.com 02 Apr, 2015
Dangote Cement opened its new US$310 million plant with a capacity of 1.5 million TPY in Pout, Senegal. Commercial production began in January. The Dangote plant will produce 42.5-grade cement.
Construction of new Algerian plant imminent
globalcement.com 02 Apr, 2015
The construction work of Algerian-South African cement plant with a capacity of 2.2Mt/yr at a total cost of US$287m will begin shortly. The plant will be 80% financed by Algerian banks and 20% financed by the two joint venture partners.
Plans for a $35 million water pipeline in Orange
abc.net.au 02 Apr, 2015
The $35 million Orange and Central Tablelands Pipeline project will take three years. The draft budget is based on a total income of $113 million. Other projects include $20.3 million into Roads, $2.3 million for parks and gardens. The airport infrastructure works will receive $3.5 million. The council also proposed to buy land for a new sporting field.
Hilcorp plans to build pipeline
ncnewsonline.com 02 Apr, 2015
Hilcorp Energy Co. is proposing to build a natural gas pipeline from New Bedford in Pulaski Township and extend to Shenango Township in Mercer County. The work will involve construction of a buried natural gas gathering line, a buried fluids pipeline and an above-ground temporary water pipeline to transport water and natural gas and a proposed tap location.
New bridge over Blue River to open
examiner.net 02 Apr, 2015
The new bridge over the Blue River is scheduled to open on 3 April or 4 April. The two bridges carrying Interstate 70 over the Blue River is to be replaced. The bridge carrying eastbound traffic opened recently, and the westbound bridge opens by the end 2015.
Terengganu plans 2 water theme parks
therakyatpost.com 02 Apr, 2015
The Terengganu state government will be building two water theme parks. The first water theme park was being built in Tasik Kenyir while another one was being planned for Kuala Terengganu.. The theme park in Kenyir is expected to be operational in May.
Apollo Tyres eyeing China seriously
HBL 02 Apr, 2015
Apollo Tyres will consider listing its international assets abroad, and look at entering China. It will also consider increasing its presence in the US. It has no acquisition plans at the moment, growth would happen through a mix of organic growth and acquisitions. It is currently reviewing plans for 2020, the initial ambition is to be a $6-billion company by 2016.
Singareni Collieries eyes buyout of overseas mines
HBL 02 Apr, 2015
Singareni Collieries Company Ltd has charted out expansion plans within India, while scouting for possible buyouts overseas. The company is in the process of inviting global expressions of interest for buyouts and expects to come out with its plans by the second or third week of April. Singareni has begun the process to take up exploratory studies of Bayyaram Mines in Telangana for a possible foray into iron ore mining.
Rajesh Exports eyes gold assets in Australia
PTI 02 Apr, 2015
Rajesh Exports plans to invest up to US$ 700 million in Australia’s mining sector and opening jewellery stores in the country. Australian mines were estimated by Surbiton Associates to produce 284 tonnes of gold last year.
Inovateus Installs Solar And Storage System For Desalinization Plant On Antigua
solarindustrymag.com 01 Apr, 2015
Inovateus Solar has completed the installation of a 1 MW solar power generation project for the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, British West Indies. The system is expected to produce 1.85 GWh of electricity per year. The solar array supports a daily production capacity of 1.25 million gallons of fresh water.
Giant solar farm proposed in Knox County
wgme.com 01 Apr, 2015
A new solar farm with 3,000 solar panels is to be built in the town of Washington, Knox County.
NextEra lines up GE for 150MW
renews.biz 01 Apr, 2015
NextEra Energy Resources proposes to install up to 87 GE turbines at the 150MW Dickinson wind project in North Dakota. The project area covers some 39,000 acres. Dickinson would interconnect to Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s transmission system via a 31-mile 230kV overhead line. The utility has agreed to buy the output under a 30-year power purchase agreement. Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 2015 and expects commissioning to begin in October and commercial operation to start in December 2015.
Bouchon owners open new restaurant in Asheville
citizen-times.com 01 Apr, 2015
Michel Baudouin, will open a restaurant in Lafayette in May 1. Lafayette will bring Cajun and Creole cuisine to downtown Asheville. The announcement plans for Lafayette was in last July. He planned to open the restaurant and an event space, Rendezvous, in a building in his off-Lexington courtyard.
New restaurant opens in downtown Youngstown
wytv.com 01 Apr, 2015
A new 5th Floor restaurant opened in the Commence Building, downtown Youngstown. The restaurant will feature two banquet rooms and a bar.
Peterborough solar array to be completed next month
unionleader.com 01 Apr, 2015
The 1 MW solar array in the Peterborough waste water treatment plant shall be completed and operational by the end of May. The company is building the $2.6 million solar array for the town with a $1.2 million grant. The planned 947 kilowatt solar array on nearly five acres on the site of the town’s wastewater treatment plant would be close to double the 500 kilowatt capacity at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION INTO NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATION PLANS
in-cumbria.com 01 Apr, 2015
The NuGen consortium proposing to build a nuclear power station in west Cumbria is finalising plans for a public consultation. Three AP1000 reactors will be set up at Moorside, Sellafield.
Nestle Waters starts building Swiss biogas plant
finchannel.com 01 Apr, 2015
Nestle Waters has begun constructing an agricultural biogas facility in Switzerland. It will process 28,000 tonnes of manure per year and will open by the end 2015. The electricity will be fed into the Swiss national grid and heat will be piped to the nearby Henniez bottling plant.
Construction on track for new town centre supermarket after steel frame is completed
clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk 01 Apr, 2015
The new 3,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store being built in Connaught Avenue, Frinton is on track after its steel frame work completed. Millbrook Land is now to hand the building at the end of May. The store will then be fitted out and ready to open in July.
WYDOT Begins 10 Million Dollar Project
kgwn.tv 01 Apr, 2015
WYDOT’s 9.9 million dollars project will take place on Interstate 80 in Pine Bluffs this year. The bridges will be rebuilt with an updated steel girder to replace to hollow box girder bridges. The merge lane from Parsons Street will also be rebuilt. The project is 90% federally funded and 10% state funded. The project is contracted to end June 30th 2016.
Amagi Media Labs announces expansion to Middle East and Brazil
ET 01 Apr, 2015
Amagi Media Labs has announced expansion of its international operations to the Middle East and Brazil through partnerships with general news channel, NDTV 24×7 and Sundance Global Channel. This partnership will allow the channel to insert region specific ads in Middle East.
Siemens bags 130 turbines deal for 300-MW wind project in Oklahoma
greentechlead.com 01 Apr, 2015
Siemens made an announcement of its wind turbines deal with Apex Clean Energy to supply 130 turbines for the 299- MW Kay Wind project in Kay County, Oklahoma. The company will supply 130 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53-meter blades. Siemens’ Financial Services division will offer funds up to $80 million for the wind project’s construction. Apex Clean Energy will start the installation of the wind turbines this year and operations in the fourth quarter of 2015. Southern Power will acquire the wind facility from Apex Clean Energy.
BHP Billiton update: Brazil Aluminium Sao Luis (Alumar) facility
The Hindu 01 Apr, 2015
BHP Billiton announced that South32 has agreed with Alcoa, its joint venture partner and operator of the Alumar aluminium smelter, to suspend potline I from 15 April 2015. South32’s Brazil Aluminium business comprises a 14.8% interest in the Mineração Rio do Norte open-cut bauxite mine (MRN Mine), a 36% interest in the Alumar alumina refinery and a 40% interest in the Alumar smelter.
EVRAZ NA announces USD 200 million investment in Regina Facility
The Hindu 01 Apr, 2015
EVRAZ North America will make investment of approximately USD 200 million, at its Regina, Sask., facility in US. Spanning the next two years the investment, which is being entirely funded by EVRAZ North America, will include installation of a new two-step large diameter line pipe mill. EVRAZ is also making state-of-the-art upgrades in steelmaking including degassing and the ability to make larger steel slab sizes. Additionally, the power and size of its rolling mill will be increased to make thicker, wider steel coils.
Southern Power acquires 299MW wind facility in Oklahoma, USA
windtech-international.com 01 Apr, 2015
Southern Power has announced an agreement to acquire the 299MW Kay Wind facility in Kay County, Oklahoma from Apex Clean Energy. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2015 upon successful completion of the project. The project is expected to use 130 Siemens wind turbines. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold under 20-year power purchase agreements with Westar Energy, Inc. in Kansas and Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) in Oklahoma.
Solar farm construction to start middle of 2015
sunstar.com.ph 01 Apr, 2015
Juwi and Negros PH Solar Inc. will start work on a 140-mw solar power plant in Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, by May or June. Construction at the 120-hectare property will begin once permits and other requirements have been approved. The plant could be up and running by the end of the year. Soil and flood test in the area had been done and the environment checked.
Construction begins on Big River Steel
kait8.com 01 Apr, 2015
Construction has officially started on the $1.3 billion Big River Steel mill in Osceola on 1,400 acres of land. Several construction projects are already underway including the actual steel plant, the caster, and import stations along the Mississippi River. Construction is scheduled to be complete by June 2016.
Mexico’s Sonoyta city to build wastewater treatment plant
waterworld.com 01 Apr, 2015
Oomapas has called for technical and financial bids for a contract to build a wastewater treatment plant at Sonoyta, Mexico. The works will be financed with a grant from the North American Development Bank (NADB), and include construction of a wastewater treatment facility with oxidation lagoons and a treatment capacity of 0.68mn gallons per day. The project also includes works to improve the wastewater collection and treatment system in the city. The contract will be awarded on May 29, with works expected to start on June 22 and lasting 180 days. Bidding rules may be purchased until April 15 via the Oompas website.
Enviro Tech Chemical Services dedicates new facility
wmcationnews5.com 01 Apr, 2015
Enviro Tech Chemical Services, a chemical company focused on food safety and water treatment has dedicated a new facility in Helena-West Helena on March 31. It first announced it would locate a manufacturing facility in October 2011, with $1.5 million in investment and in July 2012, the company announced plans to expand the facility, investing an additional $4 million.
Mercure opens new hotel at Heathrow
citmagazine.com 01 Apr, 2015
The 184-room Mercure London Heathrow Hotel has opened close to Heathrow International airport. It has five fully renovated meeting rooms with the capacity for up to 200 people and state-of-the-art facilities and also a business centre, a restaurant, bar and lounge area, as well as a dry gym.
Coca-Cola opens new production facilities
thejakaratapost.com 01 Apr, 2015
Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (CCAI) expects to boost production with an investment of US$500 million. The company inaugurated on March 31, two new production lines at a plant in Cikedokan, Bekasi. The new facility would increase the plant’s capacity to 60,000 bottles per hour, helping the company attain its target of 450 million liters of beverages per year. The investment would be used to build new factories and warehouses, upgrade the production capacity of existing factories and buy cold storage units. CCAI plans four more facilities to be added in 2015, increasing its overall production capacity to 2.18 billion liters each year.
Medanta Medicity to set up super speciality hospital in Qatar
PTI 01 Apr, 2015
India’s Medanta Medicity has signed a MoU with Doha’s Humanis Group to set up a multi-million dollar 500-bedded super speciality hospital in Qatar.
Medanta Medicity to set up super speciality hospital in Qatar
PTI 01 Apr, 2015
India’s Medanta Medicity has signed a MoU with Doha’s Humanis Group to set up a multi-million dollar 500-bedded super speciality hospital in Qatar.
Kazakhstan to commission new wind project by 2016
windpowermonthly.com 31 Mar, 2015
The government of Kazakhstan is completing preparations for the building of a 78MW project in the Tainty Ulan area. Commissioning of the new wind farm is scheduled for 2016. The participants of the project are LLP Spain Consulting, Yertys, and Hydro China International Engineering. Last year, Kazakhstan announced plans to build up to six wind projects in northern Kazakhstan by 2018.
Sipchem to commission polymer and polyethylene plants in Saudi Arabia
chemicals-technology.com 31 Mar, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical’s (Sipchem) affiliate International Polymers (IPC) is preparing to commission its SAR3bn, 200,000t ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia this week. SABIC’s Jubail Petrochemical (KEMYA) will provide ethylene to the plant, while Sipchem’s International Vinyl Acetate Company will supply vinyl acetate monomer. Sipchem has also commenced initial operations at its 63,000t Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) plant in Jubail Industrial City to be commissioned in April.
RIL signs production sharing contracts for two offshore blocks in Myanmar
The Hindu 31 Mar, 2015
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has signed production sharing contracts (PSC) with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) for two offshore blocks (M17 and M18) in Myanmar. In 2013, RIL had won the offshore blocks through bidding. RIL will be the operator of the blocks with a 96 per cent participating interest while United National Resources Development Services Co. Ltd. (UNRD) will hold the remaining interest in the block. Both blocks are located offshore in the Tanintharyi basin of Myanmar in water depths up to 3,000 ft. and together encompass total area of 27,600 sq. km.
Mary Free Bed opens new rehabilitation facility
woodtv.com 31 Mar, 2015
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital opened a new rehabilitation facility off Jefferson Avenue and Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids. The new building will allow the hospital to serve 3,000 more people each year. The facility has 167 private rooms with sleeping accommodations, easy-access bathrooms, natural lighting, and new technology. The hospital also added 350 new nurses, therapists, and IT employees.
Finland’s largest solar power unit to be built in Oulu
yle.fi 31 Mar, 2015
Oulun Energia Group will build a solar power unit, comprising of 1,600 solar panels producing 420 kilowatts of power, will be built in Oulu, Finland on the roof of the Kaleva newspaper’s printing plant. System installation will begin in April, and the objective is for the unit to be operational by June 2015. Solar panels shall be ordered from Germany.
Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy
pennenergy.com 31 Mar, 2015
Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building. Energy generated from some 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament at Jerusalem.
GE to Invest in Pacifico Energy’s 96MW Solar Station in Japan
Bloomberg 31 Mar, 2015
A unit of General Electric Co. will invest in a 96-megawatt solar power station in southwestern Japan developed by Pacifico Energy K.K. The plant, under construction in Miyazaki prefecture, will begin operations in 2018. A group of Japanese banks led by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will provide a total 35 billion yen in loans.Trina Solar Ltd. will supply panels and Toyo Engineering Corp. will be in charge of construction of the plant.
Maersk Oil Commences Production from New Platform in Danish North Sea
rigzone.com 31 Mar, 2015
Maersk Oil commenced production from a new unmanned platform Tyra Southeast-B in the Danish North Sea, with the platform expected to add 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) of reserves over the next 30 years to Danish production. Drilling of the first well commenced in December 2014 with the jackup Ensco 72 (225′ ILC). It plans to drill a total of 8-12 horizontal wells between 2015 and 2017. In total, the Danish Underground Consortium (DCC) has invested $646.6 million. The new platform will produce around 20 million barrels of oil and 170 billion standard cubic feet of gas, with peak production of 20,000 boepd in 2017.
Ichiban Sushi to open new restaurant in Gonzales
nola.com 31 Mar, 2015
Ichiban Sushi has plans to open a new location in Gonzales. The new restaurant, which will take over the former Western Sizzlin space on North Airline Highway, will likely be ready for business in 2016.
Uzbekistan upgrades Tashkent thermal power station
en.trend.az 31 Mar, 2015
Uzbekenergo State Joint-Stock Company intends to build a complex of cogeneration gas turbine units worth $167 million at the Tashkent thermal power station in 2015-2017. Four cogeneration gas turbine units with a design capacity of 27 MW each are planned. One of the creditors of the construction – the Japan International Development Agency (JICA) began research and technical work. The tenders for choosing a building contractor and a supplier of equipment are to be announced in 2016. The construction is planned to be completed in late 2017. The project will be financed through JICA loans (around $50 million), the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan ($68 million), own funds of Uzbekenergo and the Tashkent thermal power station.
Long-term plan for hospital comes to fruition
gainesvilletimes.com 31 Mar, 2015
Northeast Georgia Health System’s 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton opens April 1 in South Hall County. The hospital offers a broad range of advanced surgical and medical services, with an emphasis on outpatient surgery as well as emergency services and specialty care in many areas, such as cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and neurosciences. The $114 million project’s architect is HGA.
Peppa Pig Attraction Opens in Italian Theme Park
worldscreen.com 31 Mar, 2015
The Italian theme park Leolandia has opened a themed attraction called The World of Peppa Pig (Il Mondo di Peppa Pig). It recreates some of the landmarks from the animated TV show created by Astley Baker Davies. Interactive experiences include Peppa’s family home, where kids can explore all the rooms; Daddy Pig’s car parked on the hill; Peppa and George’s playground; and a garden where little ones can jump in muddy puddles. The park is located outside Milan.
Soap maker Amish Country Essentials to open Wooster retail store
ohio.com 31 Mar, 2015
Amish Country Essentials will open its fourth store next week, at 156 E. Liberty St. in downtown Wooster. The company makes and sells soaps, lotions, shampoos and other items.
Vantage Opens Second Resort in Bali
cpexecutive.com 31 Mar, 2015
Vantage Hospitality Group has opened a new Lexington by Vantage-branded hotel in Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. The new Lexington Klapa Resort provides five-star services, features 122 guest rooms, business center, fitness center and spa, a Golf Terrace restaurant, a rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as an on-site convenience store.
Omni resort completes $17 million renovation
islandpacket.com 31 Mar, 2015
The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort completed the last phase of a $17 million renovation project recently. The final, $9-million portion of the project updated the resort’s 323 rooms with new flooring, kitchens and furniture. The upgrades are the latest in a slew of renovation projects that have invested more than $400 million into island developments, including the Shelter Cove Towne Centre.
Praxair extends oxygen pipeline in South Korea
gasworld.com 31 Mar, 2015
Praxair, Inc. has completed an extension of its pipeline to supply oxygen to Kumbi Corporation, South Korea. The six-mile extension supplies 100 tonnes per day of gaseous oxygen from Praxair’s Tangjung plant to Kumbi’s two glass-melting furnaces located in Asan. Kumbi uses the oxygen for its production of glass bottles for beverage, cosmetic and medical customers throughout the country. Praxair has also installed its advanced Oxy-burner technology at the facility. It will also serve liquid-product customers in the region.
Texas company wants to build 161-mile pipeline through Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
ohio.com 31 Mar, 2015
Columbia Transmission is seeking federal approval to build a new $1.4 billion, 161-mile natural gas pipeline (for transmission of up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day) plus three compression stations in southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia. The company has filed initial paperwork for the Leach XPress Pipeline with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The pipeline would carry natural gas from Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to markets served by Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission in Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states. Pipeline construction could begin in late 2016 with service beginning in late 2017.
Nasuva villagers get new bridge
fijivillage.com 31 Mar, 2015
The Fijin Government funded the new bridge worth over $100,000 under the Non Cane Access Road project at Village Nasuva, Seaqaqa, Macuata.
Fortum to invest in a new combined heat and power plant in Zabrze, Poland
globenewswire.com 31 Mar, 2015
Fortum has decided to build a new 220 MW multifuel combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Zabrze, Poland. The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 200 million. The new plant will primarily be fuelled by refuse derived fuel (RDF) and coal but can also use biomass and a mixture of fuels. The construction project is estimated to begin in the summer and start commercial operations by the end of 2018.
French Hotel Chain Acquires La Palisse Hotel
allafrica.com 31 Mar, 2015
The management of La Palisse Hotel in Nyamata has signed a 10-year management agreement with Golden Tulip Hotel and Resorts. The hotel will change the brand name to Golden Tulip La Palisse Kigali.It has spent about $25 million so far but still need about $1 million to complete the works so that it is ready to operate by July. The hotel proposed to become a four-star and boasts 188 rooms, 44 suites and one presidential suite as well as conference room facilities, etc.
Oman’s biggest indoor theme park to open in 2017
tradearabia.com 31 Mar, 2015
Majarat Oman, an indoor theme park being built in the premises of the Al Sawadi Beach Resort, is planning a soft opening in 2017. With an envisaged built-up area of 25,000-sq-m, the theme park will have a capital expenditure of $120 million and construction will start by the third quarter of this year. Sanderson group, the Australian theme park consultant, will pick up 51 per cent equity stake in Majarat Oman. The theme park will be developed by Amusement Cities, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed by Arab Malaysia Development Company.
Kosmos energy spends $500 million on Ghanaian projects in 2015
spyghana.com 31 Mar, 2015
Kosmos Energy has allocated 500 million U.S. dollars for its Ghanaian projects in 2015. This will be invested in the Tweneboah-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) project as well as the Larger Jubilee fields. The company will spend a total of 800 million dollars this year on its capital expenditure (CAPEX) globally.
Sydney fintech hub opens
finextra.com 31 Mar, 2015
Tyro Payments is opening a fintech hub in Sydney where startups can rent deskspace. The hub has desks for 125 fintech entrepreneurs. It will also host accelerators, conferences, hackathons, meetups and seminars at the site in a bid to build up Australia’s small but fast-growing fintech community.
Taj Group opens property in Dubai
BS 30 Mar, 2015
Indian Hotels Company has announced the opening of Taj Dubai, located in the Burj Khalifa downtown area in Dubai. Accommodation at Taj Dubai includes a total of 296 rooms, including two lavish suites, comprising Taj Club Rooms, 16 Junior Suites and 15 Luxury Suites, restaurants, etc.
3+ Megawatt Solar Facility Opened In Queensland
energymatters.com.au 30 Mar, 2015
Queensland’s solar array and the solar photovoltaic (PV) research facility in the southern hemisphere is switched on at University of Queensland’s Gatton campus. The 3.275 megawatt Gatton Solar Research Facility is made up of more than 37,000 solar panels. The facility will also incorporate a megawatt-hour-scale battery storage system in the next few months. The facility development is funded by a $40.7 million Federal Government Education Investment Fund program grant administered by the Department of Education. The project is managed by UQ’s Global Change Institute (GCI).
China plans to build giant solar power station in space
customstoday.com.pk 30 Mar, 2015
China plans to build a solar power station 36,000 kilometres above the ground in an attempt to battle smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve energy crisis, much on the lines of an idea first floated in 1941 by fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
Alfa Laval Wins SEK 70 Million Natural Gas Order in the U.S.
benzinga.com 30 Mar, 2015
Alfa Laval has won an order to supply air cooler systems to a natural gas plant in the US. The order, booked in the Energy & Process segment, has a value of approximately SEK 70 million. Delivery is scheduled for 2015 and 2016. The air cooler systems will be used to cool the main process streams at the natural gas plant. In the cooling process natural gas liquids (NGL) are separated from the gas and then fractionated (distilled) into ethane, propane and butane. These fluids can then be used, for example, as feed stock for petrochemical plants, for household heating or as fuel for vehicles.
Wyoming Transportation Commission approves $12.8 million in highway projects
trib.com 30 Mar, 2015
The Wyoming Transportation Commission recently awarded six highway projects in Wyoming totaling $12.8 million.
1. Cheyenne’s Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries won the largest contract with a bid of $3.2 million for improvements to nearly 4 miles of U.S. 26 in Torrington. The work will include isolated concrete slab replacement, milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with a new layer of asphalt. Lighting upgrades also are planned and sidewalks and curbs will be upgraded. To be completed by Oct. 31, 2016.
2. Simon Contractors and Subsidiaries will also receive $2.88 million for a contract for patching on nearly 10 miles of highway sections in Albany and Laramie counties. To be completed by Oct. 31.
3. Worland’s McGarvin-Moberly Construction won a $1.97 million contract to grind off deteriorating pavement and replace it with a new layer of asphalt on almost 4 miles of Wyoming Highway 28 in the Red Canyon area about 11 miles south of Lander. To be completed by Oct. 31, 2016.
4. Knife River of Casper will receive $1.96 million for adding turn lanes on Wyoming Highway 59 at all its intersections with county roads between Douglas and Bill. The work also will include adding rumble strips to improve safety. To be completed by June 30, 2016.
5. Gillette’s S&S Builders won a $1.7 million contract for rehabilitation work on two bridges in the Cheyenne area. The Interstate 25 northbound bridge over Interstate 80 and the College Drive bridge over the Union Pacific rail lines north of Campstool Road will be repaired and modified. To be completed by Oct. 31.
6. Surface Preparation Technologies of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will receive $1.1 million to install rumble strips around the state. To be completed by June 30, 2016.
Dreher winds up warehouse investment
bbj.hu 30 Mar, 2015
Dreher Breweries, a unit of SABMiller, inaugurated new warehouse space worth HUF 447 mln at its base in Budapest. It expected to recoup the investment on the two warehouses, with a combined area of 4,400 sqm, in the following year.
Doha Clinic to open 250-bed hospital
thepeninsulaqatar.com 30 Mar, 2015
Doha Clinic is planning to open a new hospital in Abu Sidra in Al Rayyan area with a capacity of 250 beds. The hospital also has plans to buy a plot of land in Doha to build another hospital with 60 beds. The new projects are part of the preparations for the third phase of the national health insurance scheme, Seha, which will cover all expatriates. This phase is expected to be implemented by the end of next year.
Family dairy firm plans a £20m new Stirling facility
bbc.com 30 Mar, 2015
A Scottish family dairy firm plans to build a £20m new facility in Stirling. The Family Dairy has revealed plans to build a new dairy, research and training facility at Craigforth. The 150,000 Sq.Ft. facility would include production lines for milk, cream, cheese and butter as well as a research centre for developing new products. The firm hopes to finance the new facility via a development of 600 houses, community amenities and a primary school on their land at Airthrey Kerse, awaiting planning permission from the council. It could produce 350 million litres of milk every year, with the fast-expanding firm already churning out more than 700,000 pints a day.
Chinese steel maker to open mega plant in Kenya
capitalfm.co.ke 30 Mar, 2015
Sinosteel has announced plans to develop a multi-billion shillings steel plant in Kenya. This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Kenyan government and the company. The company is expected to grow to 2.5 million metric tonnes by 2020 and double that number by 2030.
Airgas to build gas production plant in Tuscaloosa
steelguru.com 30 Mar, 2015
Airgas will build an Air Separation Unit in Tuscaloosa. The running scheduled to do so around spring 2017. Construction will begin in the fall at 1675 Holt Road NR in Tuscaloosa on a 10 acre site. The unit will supply tonnage oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to Nucor Steel. It’ll also supply these gasses to the area’s merchant bulk gas market.
World’s first fluoropolymer recycling facility starts operations
plasteurope.com 30 Mar, 2015
Dyneon cut the tape for fluoropolymer up-cycling facility on 26th March, 2015. The pilot plant is designed to up-cycle up to 500 t/y of fluoropolymer waste. The facility is integrated into Dyneon’s existing fluoropolymer production lines in Burgkirchen and uses pyrolysis to decompose perfluorinated polymers into gaseous monomers. Its initial focus will be on PTFE, PFA and FEP but in a second phase it is targeting polymer compounds containing fillers.
QDF opens four new retail outlets
thepeninsulaqatar.com 30 Mar, 2015
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has announced the opening of four new exclusive retail outlets at Hamad International Airport (HIA). Bazaar, Blush, PSG and Bein Sports are the latest additions to QDF’s premium portfolio of brands within 25,000sqm duty free shopping area which includes over 70 outlets.
Fraser Hart opens new store in Worcester
retail-jeweller.com 30 Mar, 2015
Fraser Hart opened a new store in Worcester on March 28. Occupying a central location on Worcester’s main high street, the new store incorporates dedicated boutique areas for prestigious watch brands including Rolex, Tudor, Tag Heuer and Longines and also carries jewellery brands such as Gucci, Emporio Armani and Michael Kors, etc. Additional in-store services include a full repair, valuation, insurance and re-modelling service.
Labasa Sugar Mill to start co-generation project soon
fijivillage.com 30 Mar, 2015
The Labasa Sugar Mill will start their co-generation project soon. The 10 megawatts plant has been installed in the mill to generate power to the power grid throughout the year. They are using the fibre from the cane to run the turbines and generators and produce power in the crushing season. The plant is worth of $17 million. This is made possible through a loan from the Fiji Development Bank.
Ocean theme park under construction near Shanghai Disneyland
shanghaidaily.com 30 Mar, 2015
The Haichang Polar ocean theme park is under construction in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area. With planned investment of 3 billion yuan, the park will cover 190,000 square meters and include 12 display venues, four marine animal interactive programs, and three theaters. The park, located near Dishui Lake, Shanghai’s biggest artificial lake, will feature various marine animal species. It is scheduled to open in 2017.
New restaurant to open in old Chile Rio space along I-25
bizjournals.com 30 Mar, 2015
Hacienda del Rio in Old Town, will open a second Hacienda del Rio in the 5,000-square-foot building on west Pan American Freeway near Montaño. The deal for the building is arranged with the help of Base 5 Retail’s restaurant specialist David Fite. The new restaurant should be open within weeks.
EIG to Invest in Breitburn
nasdag.com 30 Mar, 2015
EIG Global Energy Partners agreed to invest $1 billion in Breitburn Energy Partners LP. EIG, a Washington, D.C., firm that specializes in energy-related debt and equity investments, is purchasing $350 million of convertible preferred equity and $650 million. It plans to use about $938 million in net proceeds from the offerings to pay down borrowings under its credit facility to around $1.24 billion.
Chinese-owned Volvo to open first U.S. car factory
money.cnn.com 30 Mar, 2015
Volvo will build its first car plant in the U.S. It would invest $500 million to build the plant. The new plant is part of a U.S. revival plan. The company has a short list of potential locations for the plant.
Melia signs new resort in Phu Quoc
traveldailymedia.com 30 Mar, 2015
Melia Hotels International has signed a contract with developer MIK Corporation to manage the new Sol House Phu Quoc 4-star resort on Phu Quoc Island, in southern Vietnam, will be opened in 2016. The property will have 260 rooms and bungalows, a spa, two dining outlets, a beach bar, swimming pool and a beach sports centre. The company is also planning two more Sol House projects in Indonesia.
International rail bridge set to open
valleymorningstar.com 30 Mar, 2015
The first international rail bridge between the United States and Mexico is expected completion shortly. It is located off U.S. Highway 281 near the River Bend Resort area. The project is a collaboration of Cameron County, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, the city of Brownsville,Union Pacific Railroad, the Texas Department of Transportation, city of Matamoros, state of Tamaulipas, Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, and Kansas City Southern Mexico rail system with the further assistance of federal. The new rail bridge is constructed at a cost of $40 million to the partners in the United States, and at a higher cost of $80 million in Mexico, which has to relocate its switchyard. On the United States side, the contractor is McCarthy’s Texas Division and the engineering firm is HNTB. The contractor in Mexico is Compania Constructora Nacional. The funding agencies in the United States are the Texas Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific Railroad, Cameron County and the city of Brownsville.
Loop Trolley construction closes DeBaliviere Bridge
kmov.com 30 Mar, 2015
The DeBaliviere Bridge will be closed for construction of the Loop Trolley. The changes are necessary for crews to start construction on a new bridge deck on the DeBaliviere Bridge.
Uniqlo Opening Two New Australian Stores
thefashionspot.com 30 Mar, 2015
Uniqlo has decided to expand its offering down under with two new stores in Sydney’s Westfield Parramatta and Westfield Miranda. The stores will each span over 1000sqm and will open with an Autumn 2015
Jimmy John’s plans two new locations in Fayetteville
fayettevilleflyer.com 30 Mar, 2015
Fayetteville could have two new Jimmy John’s sandwich shops by the end of the year. Site plans are recently submitted to city planners for a new Jimmy John’s location at 1777 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. shows a 2,876-square-foot building with room. Negotiations are underway for another 4,500-square-foot retail space just south of the main Whole Foods building.
New cold storage in New Brunswick driven by increased seafood exports
undercurrentnews.com 30 Mar, 2015
Extreme Cold Ltd has plans to open a new warehouse in Moncton, New Brunswick, to accommodate the expanding export industry. The warehouse will begin operations next May as a multi-purpose transshipment facility, contributing directly to increasing exports of fish and seafood products.
New solar plant to be built in Northern Colorado
coloradoan.com 30 Mar, 2015
A solar energy facility in Northern Colorado will soon be under construction north of Wellington. Platte River Power Authority signed an agreement with Juwi Solar to develop, design, build and operate the 22-megawatt solar energy facility at the Rawhide Energy Station. Design and construction should start this summer and be completed in late summer 2016.
New Parkland hospital dedicated; will open in August
wfaa.com 30 Mar, 2015
The new public Parkland hospital is officially dedicated in Dallas County, Texas. It costs about $1.3 billion. Even though the hospital was officially dedicated, it won’t start accepting patients until Aug. 20. Studies are underway to decide what to do with the old Parkland building.
Evonik plans Euro 4 bn investment in R&D
BS 30 Mar, 2015
Evonik is planning to spend Euro 4 billion over the next decade in R&D. Innovation areas for Evonik include ingredients for the cosmetics industry, membranes, specialty materials for medical technology, food supplements and animal feed additives as well as composite materials.
Sasol begins work on $8.1bn ethane cracker complex in US
chemicals-technology.com 30 Mar, 2015
Sasol has started construction work on its $8.1bn ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Westlake, Louisiana, US. By the time construction is complete in 2018, its investment will total almost $9bn dollars. It will soon start site above-ground work and heavy equipment deliveries with plans to commence mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work in 2016 and 2017. The complex, which will also have six chemical manufacturing plants, it will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of ethylene a year. The company plans to invest $800m in infrastructure improvements, land acquisition and utility improvements at the site.
Statoil starts work on Polarled pipeline installation
offshore-technology.com 30 Mar, 2015
Statoil has started laying a 482 km pipeline that will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea, to Nyhamna in western Norway. The project includes expansion of the Shell-operated gas plant at Nyhamna. The pipeline, which is expected to be laid by the end of August, will take gas in 2017.
SRL Diagnostics plans to open labs in African countries
ET 29 Mar, 2015
SRL Diagnostics is planning to expand its network in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda by opening labs and collection centres. The company will tie up with a local partner to set up reference laboratories and run for 5-10 years. The future investment will be funded through internal accruals as the company generates adequate profits.
Lords Hotels eyes Africa for expansion
HBL 29 Mar, 2015
Lords Hotels and Resorts is eyeing management opportunities in the Africa market. This is part of its plans to have 49 hotels up and running in India and overseas by 2017. The company will soon sign a franchise-management agreement for a hotel in Nairobi in Kenya. The company is also in advanced stage of negotiations for a property in Kampala in Uganda.
Upgrades to begin on Water Reclamation Facility in May
alamogordonews.com 29 Mar, 2015
The Alamogordo City Commission approved $3,317,300 for phase two of the upgrade to the Water Reclamation Facility. Phase two consists of making improvements in the sludge beds, where solids are removed from solid waste and disposed of. The project also includes upgrading the core injection system, installing an electrical power transmitter and making minor improvements to the administration building, such as replacing the windows. The Water Reclamation Facility Upgrade consists of improvements to the headworks grit chamber, new aeration basin, process equipment, electrical power and cords, new blower building and an effluent reservoir. Phase two should be done by the end of this calendar year. It’s a 210 calendar day project and it’ll probably start in May.
Two pipeline plans at a glance
lowellsun.com 29 Mar, 2015
Kinder Morgan plans the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct Project. It is from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, through much of western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Spectra Energy plans Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project, expanding the existing Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline. It is from Lambertville, N.J., to Boston, through New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and communities south and southwest of Boston.
Fonterra to expand organic milk business
dairyherd.com 29 Mar, 2015
Fonterra will expand its organic milk business. It will also increase the total certified organic payment to $1.50 per kg milk solids from June 1, 2015. This reflects a new farmer payment of an additional 45¢ per kgMS to contribute to the costs of maintaining organic certification, in addition to the certified organic milk premium of $1.05 per kgMS.
Kesko opens a new K-Ruoka store in St. Petersburg, Russia
eprretailknews.com 28 Mar, 2015
Kesko opened a new K-ruoka store in St. Petersburg on 26th March, 2015. The store is located in a property owned by Kesko at Shuvalovsky Prospekt 45. The next two K-ruoka stores that are being built will open in May and June.
Aberdeen set for two new hotels
eveningexpress.co.uk 28 Mar, 2015
Dominvs Hospitality to open two hotels-the Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza-in Aberdeen. The structures are complete for the creation of a Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza Hotel at ABZ Business Park in Dyce. The Holiday Inn Express will have 193 bedrooms, a meeting room and a restaurant with 150-seat capacity. The Crowne Plaza will have 165 bedrooms, seven meeting rooms, two banqueting suites and a 240-cover restaurant. Holiday Inn Express will open in June while the Crowne Plaza will be ready by October 2015.
IHG to open hotel in Midtown New York City
rustourismnews.com 28 Mar, 2015
InterContinental Hotels Group announces the signing of a 251-room Crowne Plaza hotel in the heart of New York City. The property is scheduled to open in 2017, and IHG will manage on behalf of the owner, LRR Holdings, LLC. The new build property will also feature an 80-foot glass atrium at the entrance, flexible meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and standalone restaurant and bar concept. It is situated in Manhattan’s Garment District and next to Times Square South.
Hotel Opening in Downtown Tucson
azpm.org 28 Mar, 2015
The Downtown Clifton Hotel, opening soon in downtown Tucson, is the newest incarnation of a building that started as a motel, is converted to public housing and in recent years has sat vacant. It has 10 rooms and is located between Barrio Viejo and Armory Park, at 485 S. Stone Ave.
Berckmans Road Realignment Project to Start in May
wjbf.com 28 Mar, 2015
The city of Augusta is accepting bids for the Berckmans Road realignment project. Construction should get started in May. The company is down to selection of the contractors. The plan is to realign Berckmans with Washington Road at Alexander Drive. The $17 million project is finally a reality. The project is to be finished by March 2016.
Downtown Rochester gets 2 new hotels
13wham.com 28 Mar, 2015
The Hilton Garden inn is now open Downtown Rochester, and another Hilton is set to go up near U of R’s college town this fall. The Rochester Plaza Hotel is also undergoing a makeover and soon turning into a Holiday Inn.
Chandra Asri to build synthetic rubber plant
thejakartapost.com 27 Mar, 2015
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical plans to begin construction of a Rp 5.6 trillion, 120,000 TPA synthetic-rubber plant in Cilegon, Banten, early next year. The firm is selecting contractors to build the plant. Commercial operations are to begin in Q1 2019. In the initial phase, most of the output would be exported, to markets such as Thailand and China, and later shifted to the domestic market.
Americans to build new refinery in Azerbaijan
news.az 27 Mar, 2015
According to the results of the tender, SOCAR has provided management contract for its oil and gas processing project and petrochemical complex for the American company Fluor Limited. The implementation of the project will be launched in 2015. Implementation will be by the office of Fluor Limited in the UK Farnborough.
PetroEnergy unit plans 50-MW solar farm in Philippines
renewables.seenews.com 27 Mar, 2015
The renewables arm of Philippine-based PetroEnergy Resources Corp plans to build an up to 50-MW solar park near Hacienda Luisita in the province of Tarlac. PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC) has entered into a service contract with the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the project with a capacity of between 10 MW and 50 MW in stages.
SunEdison to Install Four Solar Power Plants for City of Long Beach
azocleantech.com 27 Mar, 2015
SunEdison, Inc., announced an agreement to develop and install four solar power plants for the City of Long Beach, delivering a combined 2.5 MW of solar energy. It has added the plants to the call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc. It will install the solar systems on a number of city buildings and properties, including the Long Beach Airport and the Main Health Department building. Operation and maintenance will be performed by SunEdison Services.
SemGroup Corporation to Build Maurepas Pipeline
stockhouse.com 27 Mar, 2015
United Envirotech Ltd (UEL) has signed an investment agreement on March 25, 2015, with the Luntai Industrial Park Management Committee to design, build and operate for 30 years an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Luntai County, Xinjiang, China. The total capacity, to be developed over two phases, will be 100,000 cubic metres a day. The total investment for Phase 1 construction of the 50,000 cubic metres a day plant and the associated piping network is estimated to be 300 million yuan. The wastewater treatment plant will use UEL’s advanced Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology.
China Minsheng Investment to invest $5 bln in Indonesia industrial park
Reuters 27 Mar, 2015
China Minsheng Investment Group would invest $5 billion to develop an industrial park in Indonesia. The investment is part of a $40 billion worth of agreements that it signed with the Indonesia-China Business Council in Beijing. It would develop the industrial park project with 10 other private Chinese enterprises.
Restaurants in Denver opening this April (or spring)
9news.com 27 Mar, 2015
A new set of restaurants – MAX’s Wine Dive Denver at 696 Sherman St, Denver, OSAKA RAMEN – 2611 Walnut St. restaurant, Denver are set to open in April. Cho77 – 42 South Broadway – OK opens March 30.
APP to install 200MW of solar power in Chinese mills
packagingnews.co.uk 27 Mar, 2015
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is to install rooftop solar capacity in excess of 200 MW across eight of its mill companies in China. The panels will be installed at APP operations at Gold East, Gold Hongye, Gold Huasheng, Hainan Jinhai, Yalong, Ningbo Zhonghua, Ningbo Asia and Guangxi Jingui mills in China. All 200MW of capacity is expected to be installed within the next three to five years.
De Heus opens 5th animal feed factory in Vietnam
allaboutfeed.net 27 Mar, 2015
De Heus opened a new 400,000 tonnes per year feed factory for pigs, poultry, cattle, and aqua in northern Vietnam on March 27 at an investment of US$30,000,000. De Heus has imported equipment and machinery from Europe and America. It is a four-in-one production facility with a dedicated piglet feed line, a separate aqua feed line, its own bulk loading station and one line for other animals.
Israel to extend gas pipeline to Gaza power plant
worldbulletin.net 27 Mar, 2015
The Israeli occupation has agreed to extend a direct natural gas pipeline to operate Gaza’s power plant. The cost of extending the line from Israel to the center of the Gaza Strip is close to $25 million; Qatar has agreed to fund the project.
SunPower starts construction of new solar power plant at Nellis Air Force Base
airforce-technology.com 27 Mar, 2015
SunPower has begun construction of a new 15MW solar project at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada, US. The $50m project is called the Nellis Solar Array II. It is being built over a closed landfill, and new infrastructure will be owned by NV Energy. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.
General Electric’s Unit Acquires Langhope Rig Wind Farm
nasdaq.com 27 Mar, 2015
GE Energy Financial Services expanded its international wind portfolio with a definitive agreement to buy the 16-megawatt Langhope Rig wind farm from SSE plc. The Langhope Rig wind farm, nearing completion, is powered by 10 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines. GE Energy Financial Services will take over ownership and operation of the wind farm when its construction is completed later this year.
Two new restaurants open in Buffalo
wivb.com 27 Mar, 2015
Two new spots are opening up for Buffalo’s foodies. Buffalo’s first of its kind, Allen Street Poutine served its first customers officially on March 27. Another new food, joint, Allen Burger Venture opened March 26 near Allen Street Poutine. The burger joint has a variety of burgers, mac-n-cheese skillets and craft beer.
New hospital opening in Fort Collins
kwgn.com 27 Mar, 2015
Banner Medical Center at Fort Collins, Colorado is a new 146,000 square foot facility that will open on April 6. It has two operating rooms, an emergency room, four labor and delivery rooms and capacity to hold 144 beds.
Mining equipment firm to expand in Tazewell
richmond.com 27 Mar, 2015
Simmons Equipment Co. is planning to expand its Tazewell County operations at an investment of $1 million. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved up to $1.14 million in funding to be invested through the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Foundation located in Abingdon. The funds will be used for the company’s planned research and development and commercialization activities.
New Water Treatment Plant at Lecta’s Zaragoza Mill
packagingnews.co.uk 27 Mar, 2015
Lecta has successfully completed a new phase in its investment plan at its Zaragoza paper mill, totalling some 23 million euros, aimed at reducing its environmental impact. Following the installation of two new electrostatic precipitators in the mill’s recovery boilers, resulting in a 74% reduction in solid particle emissions, Lecta has started up a biological water purification plant.
Sennheiser opens first flagship retail store in Germany
pcr-online.biz 27 Mar, 2015
Sennheiser has opened its first flagship retail store in Germany. Along with the retail store, the audio company has opened up an innovation campus within the 7,000 square metre build, which aims to invite cross-functional teams to work on projects that develop and market groundbreaking audio solutions.
P&G to build $100M Gillette factory
bizjournals.com 27 Mar, 2015
Procter & Gamble broke ground on a $100 million factory in Vietnam, which will make razors for its Gillette brand. Manufacturing at the razor factory is expected to begin in 12 months. The new plant in the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park II reportedly will bring P&G’s total investment in Vietnam to $360 million.
New nightclub to open at Hard Rock Hotel
kesg.com 27 Mar, 2015
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will be opening a new nightclub at the hotel this spring. Bardot (bar-dough), located in Hollywood, is expanding its brand of nightlife to Palm Springs. Construction of the new lounge is already underway and it’s expected to open in June.
London Underground takes over Croxley Rail Link project
Railway Gazette 27 Mar, 2015
London Underground is to take over responsibility for the Croxley Rail Link project, under an agreement with the Department for Transport and Hertfordshire County Council which was formally announced on March 27. The project involves the diversion of the Metropolitan Line from its current Watford terminus to serve Watford High Street and Watford Junction stations, as well as two new stations at Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road. Construction is planned to start this year for opening in 2019.
Appliance maker to establish R&D center in Louisville
bizjournals.com 26 Mar, 2015
Midea America Corp., plans to open a U.S.-based research and development center at Louisville. It received preliminarily approval for $800,000 in state tax incentives for the project. It will invest $2.65 million to lease a local facility, the location of which was has not yet been determined.
Apple Inc. Set To Launch R&D Center In Japan
technewstoday.com 26 Mar, 2015
Apple Inc is building “Campus 2” – the new headquarter of the company situated in Cupertino, California. It is also planning to commence construction of a new R&D center in the suburbs of Yokohoma, in Japan later this year and is projected to end in late 2016.
Jilin Power to invest in 100 MW of wind in China’s Henan
renewables.seenews.com 26 Mar, 2015
Jilin Power Share Co Ltd will invest CNY 784.4 million to develop 100 MW of wind power capacity in Henan province. It will provide 20% of the total sum from its working capital, the remaining 80% will be secured by way of bank loans. The project envisages the installation of 50 units of 2-MW turbines on the west side of the Taihang mountains. It plans to kick off construction works at the site later in 2015 and complete by the end of the year.
Lucio Tan’s solar power plant starts operations
rappler.com 26 Mar, 2015
Lucio Tan Group’s Absolut Distillers Incorporated (ADI) started the operations of its P189-million, 2 MW solar power plant project in Lian, Batangas on March 25. ADI would be selling the power generated by the plant to the Batangas Electric Cooperative (Batelco).
Dominion seeks to build new natural gas plant
wtvr.com 26 Mar, 2015
Dominion Virginia Power is hoping to build a new 1600-megawatt natural gas power station in Greensville. The plant would cost $1 billion to build. The plan is pending regulatory approval, but if it is approved, construction would begin in 2016. The plant would be operational by 2019.
New hotel proposed for Foxboro’s Patriot Place
thesunchronicle.com 26 Mar, 2015
A five-story, 136-room hotel is planned to be built at Patriot Place, Foxboro. The hotel is targeting a fall 2016 opening. The Kraft Group is seeking to relocate the hotel, originally planned for an existing parking lot behind the new CVS, to the Patriot Place North Marketplace.
The Lodge Hotel expands with 25 new guest rooms and 1,800 sqft events space
incentivetravel.co.uk 26 Mar, 2015
The Lodge, London will be expanded from a 9-bedroom guesthouse to encompass 77 guest rooms, scheduled to launch this summer. Other facilities include a restaurant – Hide & Seed, quintessential library, gym and spaces for eating, drinking, meetings and events. This July 2015, The Lodge Hotel will launch 25 new guest rooms, and a brand new 1800 sq ft events space. It has enlisted architects AWW Inspired Environments, and interior designers Distinction Contracts.
Koch to invest $7.5 million in Alabama chicken plant
meatpoultry.com 26 Mar, 2015
A second expansion is in the works for a Koch Foods poultry processing plant in Gadsden, Ala., The Gadsden City Council approved non-education tax abatements for Koch, which plans to invest $7.5 million in its chicken-processing plant in East Gadsden.
Pint & Jigger partner opens pub in Downtown Honolulu
bizjournals.com 26 Mar, 2015
Hideo Simon has opened a new restaurant called Square Barrels in the heart of Downtown Honolulu in the former Cafe Che Pasta space. It has scheduled a grand opening for April 11. The Square Barrels bar boasts 22 craft beers on tap, including Maui Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewing, Hawaii Nui, Ballast Point, and Rogue Ales.
Tolmar adds warehouse to support new manufacturing facility
fiercepharmamanufacturing.com 26 Mar, 2015
Tolmar, nearing completion on a manufacturing plant expansion, is now taking on some warehouse space to complement it. It is adding a 12,300-square-foot building to the other facilities. The Windsor facility is expected to produce drugs in 2016.
Zimbabwe: Manicaland Plants Produce 40 MW
allafrica.com 26 Mar, 2015
Kenneth Matimaire Independent Power Producers (IPPs) operating in the eastern border province are currently producing a combined 40 megawatts. Six IPPs are already operational while five more are expected to take-off the ground soon. Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) intends to undertake construction of a 30MW run-of-river small hydro power station on the Gairezi River in Nyanga.
ACWA-led group signs PPA for 200-MW solar project in Dubai
renewables.seenews.com 26 Mar, 2015
ACWA Power International and its Spanish partner TSK have secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the output of the 200-MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum solar project in Dubai. The whole Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum solar complex will total 3 GW once completed in 2030. The first phase of 13 MW, was completed by US company First Solar Inc in October 2014. Phase II will become operational by April 2017.
Emerson opens new $35 million facility in the Philippines
Philippine Times 27 Mar, 2015
Emerson has opened a new $35 million Integrated Solutions Center in the Philippines. The new facility will house 2,300 Emerson employees and support several of Emersons business units, including its Process Management and Climate Technologies segments.
JLR in £600-m UK investment programme
HBL 26 Mar, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is making £600-million investment. It covers both recent and future investment, and covers three sites – Castle Bromwich, the Whitley Advanced Design and Development Centre, and the National Automotive Innovation Centre. JLR has acquired 62 acres to add to the existing 55-acre site at Whitley to support its R&D of ultra low emission technologies. The £400-million put into Castle Bromwich, included £320 million put into an aluminium body shop focused on lightweight vehicle manufacture. Last week construction began on a £150-million National Automotive Innovation Centre set to open at the University of Warwick in two years’ time.
Danish firm set to build power plant in NTT
thejakartapost.com 26 Mar, 2015
Vestas, in cooperation with PT Asian Grand Capital and PT Bayu Alam Sejahtera, would build a 20 MW wind-fueled power plant in South Central Timor regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Winrock International is currently conducting a survey, especially regarding the strength of roads and bridges, from the regency capital of Soe to North Mollo regency capital of Kapan, the site of the project. The project, worth Rp 71 billion, would commence in the next 12 months.
Sewage Treatment Plant Begins Operating in Mexican State of Chiapas
laht.com 26 Mar, 2015
A wastewater treatment plant has been put into operation in Chiapas’ capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez. A total of 164.5 million pesos were invested in the plant, which has a processing capacity of 320 liters per second. Of that total investment outlay, 28 percent came from federal funds, 47 percent from state and municipal funds and the remaining 25 percent from the private sector. The plant has the capacity to treat 27,600 cubic meters of water per day.
Earth Fare grocery store opens today in Morrisville
wral.com 26 Mar, 2015
Earth Fare, a new healthy foods grocery store was opened at Morrisville on March 25 in the Park West Village shopping center.
United Envirotech to invest $66.1 million to build wastewater treatment plant in China
straitstimes.com 26 Mar, 2015
United Envirotech Ltd (UEL) has signed an investment agreement on March 25, 2015, with the Luntai Industrial Park Management Committee to design, build and operate for 30 years an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Luntai County, Xinjiang, China. The total capacity, to be developed over two phases, will be 100,000 cubic metres a day. The total investment for Phase 1 construction of the 50,000 cubic metres a day plant and the associated piping network is estimated to be 300 million yuan. The wastewater treatment plant will use UEL’s advanced Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology.
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opens New Restaurant in Orlando
franchising.com 26 Mar, 2015
Hurricane Grill & Wings, an island-inspired full-service restaurant franchise group affiliated with Maali Enterprises, is continuing its home state expansion with its second Orlando-area location in the Lake Buena Vista neighborhood. The restaurant features a dining room that seats 191 people in addition to an outdoor patio that seats up to 45 people. Central Florida Wings, LLC, the area developer, has plans to open an additional three restaurants in the Orlando area. Hurricane Grill & Wings has plans to open six more restaurants in the Orlando market.
Pub owner looks to open new restaurant
lakeplacidnews.com 26 Mar, 2015
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery plans second brewery at Lake Placid. The new brewery will be called Around the Bend Brewing. It will serve as a second brewery and also a restaurant. The space will allow the business to brew more beer on the site and also start a bakery, that will make fresh buns and bread.
New Wastewater Treatment Plant Being Built in Masontown Will Increase Rates
wboy.com 25 Mar, 2015
The West Virginia Public Service Commission approved the new wastewater treatment plant at Masontown. The town received a $1.5 million grant and is being given a $7 million loan from the state for the project. The facility will take at least one year, maybe two, to be completed.
Versace to open 30 more stores this year
fashionista.com 25 Mar, 2015
Buoyed by strong sales and a $208 million investment from Blackstone last year, Gianni Versace S.p.A., after opening 40 stores in 2014, plans to open 30 more this year. Those stores will be in not-yet-specified locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, with an especially strong retail push planned for Japan.
Aperam South America to build USD 17 million plant in Brazil by 2016
steelguru.com 25 Mar, 2015
Aperam South America is investing USD 17 million to set up a high permeability grain oriented electrical steel plant at its Timóteo industrial park in the city of Timoteo, in the state of Minas Gerais. The company expects to start production by 2016. The project is now at an initial phase, with basic engineering and the purchase of equipment and technologies.
Nuberg bags Rs 200-crore chemical plant contract from Saudi firm
PTI 25 Mar, 2015
Nuberg Engineering has won a contract worth Rs 200-crore from Addar Group to construct greenfield Sulfolane plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant is scheduled to commence during the first quarter of 2017. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is the engineering partner and the US-based GTC Technologies is the technology partner for the chemical plant project.
Southern Province Cement starts trial operations of new line
cemnet.com 25 Mar, 2015
Southern Province Cement (SPC) launched trial operations of a third production line at its plant in Tuhama, Saudi Arabia on 23 March. The new production line will have a daily capacity of 5000t. The trial period will last about four months.
QPMC cement terminal to be operational in 2015
globalcement.com 25 Mar, 2015
The upcoming cement storage and conveying terminal being developed by Primary Materials Company (QPMC) in Mesaieed will be completed by the end of 2015. The facility has been designed to discharge 1.8Mt/yr of cement into the 12 silos with a total storage capacity of 60,000m3. The cement terminal is also equipped with smaller silos, which have been designed to load up to four trucks simultaneously, taking the total loading capacity to 40 trucks per hour.
Donskaya Tekhnicheskaya Company to build cement terminal
globalcement.com 25 Mar, 2015
Donskaya Tekhnicheskaya Company intends to construct a cement terminal in Azov, Rostov in 2015, for Euro3.13m. The terminal will load out over 490,000t/yr of cement. The cement will be dispatched by rail and by ships from the Sebryakovcement plant in Volgograd and the Novoroscement plant in Krasnodar.
Lenovo opens HPC innovation center in Germany
infotechlead.com 25 Mar, 2015
Lenovo has opened its first global High Performance Computing (HPC) innovation center in Stuttgart, Germany. The center will be offering a R&D and application benchmarking site as well as a new ecosystem of partners that will collaborate on projects to bring the commercial benefits of HPC to clients and workloads. Working with Intel, the center offers the latest Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 processor with Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect fabric leveraging Lenovo’s NeXtScale System as base compute platform to expand capabilities and advance localised research.
Construction begins on US$117.5 million Kiyú wind farm, Uruguay
sunwindenergy.com 25 Mar, 2015
Construction has begun on the US$117.5 million, 49 MW Kiyú wind farm, located in the San José district of Uruguay. Mott MacDonald is monitoring construction of the plant, which is being developed by Spanish company Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, on behalf of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. The farm will comprise 16 Vestas V112-3,075kW wind turbines, a 150kV transmission line. The Kiyú wind farm is due to become operational by the end of 2015.
New greenfield water treatment plant to be built in city of Huntsville, AL
waterworld.com 25 Mar, 2015
Brasfield & Gorrie has been awarded a $83-million project to build a new greenfield water treatment plant (WTP) for Huntsville Utilities in the city of Huntsville, Ala. Work will begin in March 2015. Located on a 266-acre site near the intersection of Highway 431 and Guntersville Dam Road, the facility is expected to treat 12 million gallons of drinking water per day. The scope of the project includes a raw water intake structure, 42-inch raw water main pipelines, a conventional settling WTP and a 48-inch finished water main pipeline, all of which will be completed in March 2018.
Tanzania: Construction of Natural Gas Pipeline Completed
allafrica.com 25 Mar, 2015
As the construction of the 542-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam is completed by 100 per cent, the government will be saving 1.6tril/- annually from purchase of heavy oil for electricity generation. The construction of natural gas processing plants at Madimba – Mtwara and SongoSongo Island – Kilwa are completed by 96 per cent. The natural gas processing plants will be done by November, this year.
Catalyst, German firm set up e-commerce JV in Qatar
tradearabia.com 25 Mar, 2015
Qatar-based Catalyst and 004 GmbH, based in Germany, have signed an MoU to establish a joint venture in Qatar to pursue e-commerce business opportunities. The joint venture company will focus on e-commerce business activities ranging from services and marketplaces to e-commerce hubs and other related e-commerce operations. The new venture will offer a one-stop shop for e-commerce with the know-how, infrastructure, speed to market and credibility to become the top e-commerce enabler for the Mena region.
Centennial Renewable Energy to build Idaho pellet plant
biomassmagazine.com 25 Mar, 2015
Centennial Renewable Energy of Idaho is building a 160,000-metric-ton wood pellet plant in northern Idaho and recently signed agreements to purchase land for the project. CRE has named its funding advisor as U.K.-based CHP Ventures, which has completed extensive due-diligence and secured development funds to take the project to financial close. Dome Technology has been selected as lead design-build contractor. The pellet produced at the plant will meet the ENPlus A2 standard. Engineering work is set to begin in the coming week; with completion slated for 2017.
JYSK – Home furnishing retailer, opens new Regina store
newswire.ca 25 mar, 2015
JYSK Bed • Bath • Home – the Scandinavian-based retailer with over 2200 locations worldwide, opens their new JYSK location in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The store offers over 28,000 sq.ft. of retail space offering furnishings; from mattresses to towels, including linen and curtains. There are currently 54 JYSK locations across Canada.
Harvey Nichols opens department store in Azerbaijan
theguardian.com 25 Mar, 2015
Harvey Nichols has opened a seven-floor store in Azerbaijan. The 110,000 sq ft outlet in Baku’s Globus Plaza will be the upmarket London department store’s eighth overseas venture, joining others in Turkey, Hong Kong, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai. The store will offer stylists , personal shoppers, restaurants, a beauty hall and more than 500 international designer fashion brands.
Washington Blvd-Route 110 Bridge Construction Begins
arlow.com 25 Mar, 2015
Construction on the project to replace the Washington Blvd bridge over Route 110 next to the Pentagon is underway. The $29.5 million endeavor will replace the existing bridge – built in 1941 – with a new structure that expands the shared-use path to 14-feet wide, add an 8-foot sidewalk and is longer, wider and taller than the existing bridge. It expects to complete the bridge by May 2018.
Haynes Street Bridge construction to start next week
wjactv.com 25 Mar, 2015
A major construction project is to begin at the Haynes Street Bridge in Johnstown next week. The Haynes Street Bridge will close on April 1 and cost $4.1 million. The project is scheduled to be completed in December. The Dellwood Street Bridge in the city’s Woodvale neighborhood is next on the list.
US GM to invest USD 350 million at Mexican facility
Steel Guru 25 Mar, 2015
General Motors will invest USD 350 million at its Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, plant in Mexico. The investment will be used to produce the Chevrolet Cruze. This is part of USD 5 billion investment the company announced in December last year. Earlier this month, GM announced it would invest USD 85 million to expand its stamping plant in the city of San Luis Potosi.
Tata Power ties up funds for Georgian hydel project
PTI 24 Mar, 2015
Tata Power has achieved financial closure for the 187 MW Adjaristsqali hydel projects in Georgia by arranging an additional $ 250 million long-term loan from IFC, ABD and EBRD. The first phase is called Shuakhevi plant, which will be commissioned by 2016, and the second phase is called Skhalta plant, work on which began in September 2013. The plant will be exporting a part of the generation to Turkey through a transmission line financed by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Israel Chemicals plans to build potassium nitrate production plant
chemicals-technology.com 24 Mar, 2015
Israel Chemicals (ICL) is considering constructing a potassium nitrate production plant to meet increasing demand for soluble specialty fertilisers and food-grade phosphoric acid. The company is working to determine a location for the potassium nitrate plant based on considerations, including raw materials supply, logistics, tax and investment encouragement policies and proximity to its customers.
Primrose Solar signs 104MW power purchase agreement with EDF Energy
solarpowerportal.co.uk 24 Mar, 2015
Primrose Solar and EDF Energy have entered into a 15 year power purchase agreement (PPA) for their solar farms, which total 104MWp of capacity. Primrose Solar has 10 solar farms throughout the UK, which contain 184MW of installed capacity. Of those 156MW are currently operating while 28MW are under construction.
Ontario to add 1.7GW of wind in next 18 months
rechargenews.com 24 Mar, 2015
Ontario will add about 2.3GW of new generation capacity through September 2016 including 1.7GW of wind and 240MW of solar. Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) anticipates demand could reach as high as 24.8GW this summer. It forecasts normal weather demand at 22.99GW.
Pattern, Samsung propose new 200-MW wind project in Ontario
renewables.seenews.com 24 Mar, 2015
Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy are planning to develop another wind project in Ontario of up to 200 MW in Kent Country. The two-phase scheme calls for the installation of up to 90 turbines in North Kent as an extension to the operational 270-MW South Kent complex. Work on the exact design and layout is in progress. The Chatham-Kent municipality will have an option to buy a 15% equity interest in the project.
Russian official proposes building nuclear power plant in Crimea
in.rbth.com 24 Mar, 2015
Crimea plans to build two electric power plants with a total capacity of 900 MW, and has also launched a project of an 850 MW electric power bridge with Russia. A project was developed to build two NPP units with a capacity of 1,000 MW each on the territory of Crimea. This abandoned Crimean NPP construction site is located in the area of Kazantip Cape.
Longview firm developing plan for $100M pipeline to Shreveport
news-journal.com 24 Mar, 2015
Plains All American Pipeline LP, the owner of the Plains Atlas Terminal in Longview is teaming up with Delek Logistics Partners LP to build the $100 million 12-inch Caddo Pipeline to haul crude oil from Longview to refineries in Shreveport. It will move 80,000 barrels of domestic crude per day to the Louisiana refineries and Delek’s refinery in El Dorado, Arkansas and would be completed in mid-2016.
Tetra Pak opens new warehouse
b92.net 24 Mar, 2015
Tetrapack has opened a new warehouse, covering 4,000 square meters at Gornji Milanovac in Serbia. This is a part of the company’s investment totaling EUR 11.9 million over the past two years.
Good Samaritan Hospital opens Mother Baby Unit
newsday.com 24 Mar, 2015
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip has opened a new Mother Baby Unit with six private rooms where mothers and newborns remain together for their hospital stay.
ITT Makes Additional $20 Million Investment in Wuxi, China Facility
businesswire.com 24 Mar, 2015
ITT Corporation is investing approximately $20 million to further expand its braking technology production capabilities in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, bringing its total investment in the facility to nearly $50 million over the past three years. ITT has a variety of other products and services that support the energy, transportation and industrial sectors of the Chinese economy.
Ontario investing in wood pellet manufacturing facilities in Wawa and Atikokan
lesprom.com 24 Mar, 2015
Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Ontario will invest $4 million in two projects to help Rentech Inc., to convert two idle wood product mills into facilities that manufacture wood pellets. The facilities, located in Wawa and Atikokan, will turn Crown-owned wood materials that previously would not have been used or sold, into wood pellets to be used to produce electricity in local and international power production facilities. The Wawa facility has already secured a sales contract with a UK-based company for their production. The Atikokan facility will sell to Ontario Power Generation.
Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort to open five-star hotel in 2016
incentivetravel.co.uk 24 Mar, 2015
A new five-star boutique hotel is to be built alongside the Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel – which features 18 rooms and two suites – will open in spring 2016. Construction on the hotel is scheduled to begin in June 2015. The planning license also allows for another 152 hotel rooms to be built in stages.
Second Crowne Plaza Hotel opens in Panama
ftnnews.com 24 Mar, 2015
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opens the second Crowne Plaza hotel in Panama. With a US $20 million investment by owner and operator Bern Hotels & Resorts, the new-build 144-room hotel comprises two on-site restaurants, The Jetstream and The Hub Bar & Grill.
Enel Green Power to build 74 MW wind farm in Oklahoma
greentechlead.com 24 Mar, 2015
Enel Green Power (EGP) has commenced the construction of the 74 MW Little Elk wind project in Oklahoma of USA. EGP plans to invest approximately 130 million US dollars. The plant will be operating under 25 year-power purchase agreement (PPA) with People’s Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma (PEC). The wind farm is expected to be online by the end of 2015. Enel energy is planning to invest almost €18bn in renewable energy and smart grid markets in coming five years.
Resorts World Las Vegas Construction Begins In May
cardplayer.com 24 Mar, 2015
A massive $4 billion casino called Resorts World Las Vegas by Malaysia-based Genting Berhad will begin being built on May 4. Original estimates for the cost of the casino were between $2 billion and $7 billion.
83 rental homes, 120-unit apartment complex under construction
bizjournals.com 24 Mar, 2015
Construction began recently on Greensboro developer Barry Siegal’s new residential project, which includes 83 rental homes and a 120-unit apartment complex. Lafayette Landing Apartments and Villas will sit on 40 acres. The Greensboro project is expected to cost an estimated $20 million. Salem Commercial Contracting is the project’s general contractor. Construction will take 18 months, but the first phase – which will include 17 detached single-family homes, three apartment buildings, a clubhouse and garage building – is expected to be ready for occupancy by August.
Milbank advises lenders on $5.2bn expansion of Saudi Arabia petrochemical plant
hydrocarbons-technology.com 24 Mar, 2015
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has advised lenders on the $5.2bn expansion financing for the PetroRabigh refining and petrochemicals project in Saudi Arabia. The lenders include Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and several commercial banks/Islamic financial institutions. PetroRabigh’s existing facility has a capacity to produce 17 million tonnes of refined products and 2.4 million tonnes of petrochemical products per year. The new expansion facility, dubbed Rabigh 2, is being developed jointly by Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical. It will bring derivative products including ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber, thermo plastic olefin, methyl methacrylate and polymethyl methacrylate.
Teleperformance opens new offshore facility in Suriname
Reuters 24 Mar, 2015
Teleperformance opened a new offshore facility in Paramaribo, Suriname in March, 2015. The new multichannel contact center will provide customer care, customer acquisition, and technical support solutions to Benelux clients in Dutch
Malaysia’s Unichamp opens $24M lime plant in Palawan
rappler.com 24 Mar, 2015
Unichamp Group has opened a $24-million newly-commissioned, lime manufacturing plant in the Rio Tuba Economic Processing Zone in Bataraza, Palawan. Put up through local unit Unichamp Minerals Philippines, Incorporated formally inaugurated on March 25. It will be locked in a 15-year agreement with Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) for the supply of lime milk used in metal processing. The new plant has the capacity to produce 400 metric tons of reconstituted lime milk per day. The plant would be sourcing natural limestone from the quarry operated by the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation. It is a special purpose plant that produces high quality industrial lime that suits various needs like metal processing, sugar refinery, paper manufacturing, soil treatment, and water treatment, among others. The company is also now in talks for supply agreements with mining firms Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) and Oriental Peninsula Resources Group
SCG to open Yangon showroom in May
mmtimes.com 23 Mar, 2015
SCG to open Yangon showroom in May. It aims to showcase products to its partners and dealers, while architects, developers and home owners will be able to explore a variety of building materials. SCG is also developing a training program to educate dealers on product use and construction technology. Construction of its first cement plant at Mon State in Myanmar is now under way, with total expenditures coming to 12.4 billion baht. It is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016.
Dunlop invests in plant
rubbernews.com 23 Mar, 2015
Dunlop Oil & Marine has invested about $26.8 million in the construction of a soon-to-open new hose manufacturing site in Macae, Brazil. The investment is in response to growing demand for advanced-performance hose products in this sector. The facility—ContiTech Dunlop Oil & Marine Brazil—was completed in October 2014, and will be ready to supply hoses in the first quarter of 2015.
Construction to Begin on Solar Power Station in Central Mexico
industrialinfo.com 23 Mar, 2015
Construction of a 37.4-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power station is set to begin this month in Central Mexico. Located 26 kilometers southeast of the city of Delicias in the state of Chihuahua, the project has a total investment value of $86 million.
$183m FMG pipeline completed
Yahoo News 23 Mar, 2015
DPB Development Group’S $183 million pipeline that will enable Fortescue Metals Group to lower costs by switching from diesel to gas at its Solomon Hub in the Pilbara has been completed. The 270km Fortescue River Gas Pipeline connects Solomon to the Dampier-to-Bunbury natural gas pipeline, allowing the iron ore hub’s 125 megawatt TransAlta power station to be converted. Fortescue has a 20-year, 100 per cent take-or-pay gas transportation agreement with DPB and joint venture partner TEC Pilbara. The main contractors on the FRGP project were Monadelphous KT and Enerflex Process
New hotel on Planning Board agenda
salisburypost.com 23 Mar, 2015
A 93-room, six-story Home 2 Suites hotel on Jake Alexander Boulevard is planned by Huntersville-based Narsi Properties. The land parcel is only 1.43 acres, and the developer is seeking approval of a Conditional District Overlay to allow for a six-story building.
Work on new Nausori Hospital to start in September
fijivillage.com 23 Mar, 2015
Construction work on the new 80 bed Nausori Hospital will start in September. The new hospital will be built on Vunivivi Hill near Nausori town. Tender will be called in early September and the construction work will start as soon the contract is awarded to a contractor. The new hospital will have a General Out Patient Section, 2 Operation Theaters, X-ray Department, Dental Services and Laboratories. The work on the new hospital is expected to be complete by early 2017.
Hon Hai Chinese retail unit builds ‘makers’ brand
chinapost.com 23 Mar, 2015
Big Cyber, a retail subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., plans to open 20 stores in China for technology innovators known as “makers,” by the end of the year. The new stores will be opened in Beijing and Guangzhou in April and May after already opening a first store in Shanghai. The store also holds workshops for students to build their own tech gadgets or craftwork. It is also to launch an outlet in Shenzhen. The chain has 31 stores across China.
Smyth auto components opens 5th central Ohio place
chroniclebulletin.com 23 Mar, 2015
Smyth Automotive Parts Plus has opened a warehouse distribution center, at 4093 Leap Rd., Hilliard, Ohio. It is the company’s 23rd components location in Ohio. Smyth Automotive Components Plus now operates 4 warehouses and one particular retail place in the Columbus location, in addition to locations in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.
Saxon Oil Acquires Interests in 3 US Oil Fields with Permian Basin Oil Well Leading the Way
PR Newswire 23 Mar, 2015
Saxon Oil WI has made acquisition of the MN Spring Pond Series. Its previous project the, Three Lease Project, has already had a positive impact for the company. The board has targeted interests in three different regions in the U.S., one of which is based in the prolific Permian Basin, which will enable the corporation to receive multiple revenue streams. The acquisition has wells that are due to come fully online in the latter of the year.
Maynilad awards P1.044-B Muntinlupa sewage treatment plant to J.E. Manalo-Degremont Consortium
gmanetwork.com 23 Mar, 2015
Maynilad Water Services Inc. awarded the P1.044-billion sewage treatment plant (STP) in Cupang, Muntinlupa City to the J.E. Manalo-Degremont Consortium. J.E. Manalo will do the civil works and Degremont will cover the technological aspects of the facility. The Cupang STP – designed to treat up to 46 million liters of wastewater per day, is one of six wastewater facilities funded by Maynilad’s $137.5-million loan from the World Bank to develop and improve wastewater services in the West Zone. Maynilad is also working on the construction of new STPs in Pasay and Valenzuela as well as the South Septage Treatment Plant and the rehabilitation of the Alabang STP which was completed in 2013.
11street sets up physical education centre for e-commerce sellers
digitalnewsasia.com 23 Mar, 2015
Ahead of its April launch, South Korean online marketplace 11street has unveiled its ‘Seller Zone,’ the e-commerce education centre and support facility in Malaysia for e-commerce business coaching, training and development programmes. The 9,500 sq ft facility is equipped with professional photography studios, training centres, and a public lounge for networking, relaxation and refreshment. 11street is also teaming up with national ICT custodian Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Google Malaysia on its training and development programmes.
SportsDirect.com opens mega store in Cardiff-St Davids
retailtimes.co.uk 23 Mar, 2015
SportsDirect.com opened a mega store in the St Davids’s Centre in Cardiff on 22 March 2015. The new 26,759sq f. store will offer the biggest brands in sportswear, footwear, sports equipment and fashion at guaranteed low prices. It will showcase Nike, Adidas, Lonsdale, Puma and Dunlop, as well as Firetrap and Kangol along with the latest brands at the best prices and will also include dedicated in-store areas for running, outdoor, football, golf and much more.
Energy majors BG Group and Woodside to invest $1.1 bn in Myanmar
domain-b.com 23 Mar, 2015
BG Group Plc and Australian energy major Woodside Energy Ltd will invest up to $1.1 billion in oil and gas exploration in Myanmar. The companies were the winners of an auction of four offshore blocks comprising two shallow water and two deepwater blocks, held last year by the government of Myanmar. The four blocks AD-2, AD-5, A-4 and A-7 are located in the Rakhine Basin in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. The investment in the shallow blocks A-4 and A-7 will be approximately $545 million while the deepwater blocks AD-2 and AD-5 will cost $535 million and the projects will take around seven to eight years to complete. The companies signed a production-sharing agreement, which authorises Woodside to commence the exploration programme subject to environmental approvals.
Japan upgrades economic view for first time in 8 months
HBL 23 Mar, 2015
Japan’s government upgraded its view on the overall economy for the first time in eight months. The government also raised its assessment of production, corporate profits and sentiment, encouraged by further signs of an economic recovery from a recession unexpectedly caused by a sales tax hike last April.
Ippudo Catering plans new Japanese restaurant
thesundaily.my 23 Mar, 2015
Ippudo Catering Sdn Bhd, the joint venture (JV) company that operates Japanese ramen chain Ippudo in Malaysia, plans to open a new brand of Japanese restaurant by the second quarter of this year. It usually spends RM2 million to RM3 million per outlet depending on size, location and concept. Its plan was to open five stores in Malaysia in five years.Expansion is mostly funded via internal resources and bank loans. Cool Japan Fund, financed mostly by Japan’s government, will inject ¥700 million into the Fukuoka-based Chikaranomoto Holdings to set up premium outlets in Europe and the United States.
Zee launches entertainment channel in Indonesia
HBL 23 Mar, 2015
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has launched a general entertainment channel ‘Zee Hiburan’ in Indonesia. The new channel would feature popular Indian serials localised for the Indonesian audience.
Eurocement’s Sengileevskaya plant to begin production in 2 months
worldcement.com 23 Mar, 2015
Eurocement group’s new cement plant is scheduled to begin production at the end of May, bringing the total production capacity of the Ulyanovsk region close to 4 million t.
Zoeller Pump Co. plans $4 million expansion in South Louisville
bizjournals.com 23 Mar, 2015
Zoeller Pump Co., which makes sump pumps, sewage pumps and other equipment, plans a $4 million expansion of its facility on Cane Run Road. The business is adding a training and research and development facility that will be dubbed the “Center of Excellence.” The company has hired Floyds Knobs, Koetter Construction Inc. and Kovert-Hawkins Architects for the project. Ground-breaking is set for March 31. The company hope to start using the center by 2016, when it plans to train at least 250 new and current workers over the course of 20 weeks. The training center will occupy about 6,000 square feet of the new building, while the research and development operation will occupy about 5,000.
Montreal building $100M waste water treatment facility
Montreal.ctynews.ca 23 Mar, 2015
The city of Montreal is awarding a $100 million contract to build a waste water treatment facility to the Montreal subsidiary of a French company. Construction on the ozonation plant, to be built at the existing Jean R. Marcotte facility, is scheduled to begin in a few weeks and take three years. Once completed the Jean R. Marcotte facility should produce 57 tonnes of ozone each day, at a yearly operation cost of $9 million.
Brazil’s Cemig plans wind and solar farms in Minas Gerais
renewables.seenews.com 23 Mar, 2015
Cemig plans on participate in the 2016 auctions for solar and wind power farms in the north region of Minas Gerais state. Specific details on the planned projects are not revealed.
New Asian restaurant planned on Davis
evanstonnow.com 23 Mar, 2015
Great Clips hair salon space at 620 Davis St. in downtown Evanston is slated to soon become a new Asian restaurant. The Boiling Point and will be a Type 1, or dine-in facility, with seats for 84 customers.
IMF happy to cooperate with China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
HBL 22 Mar, 2015
The International Monetary Fund will be “delighted” to cooperate with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). There is “massive” room for co-operation with AIIB on infrastructure financing. The World Bank will also cooperate with the AIIB. The new bank slated to start operations by the end of the year.
Firm to build $80-M solar power plant in Pampanga
sunstar.com 22 Mar, 2015
Novosol Power Company will build a $80-million solar power plant in Barangay San Juan, in partnership with businessman Jaime “Boy” Tetangco of Apalit. Tetangco’s eight-hectare property in San Juan will serve as the solar power generation plant and office. Tetangco has tapped partners from Czech Republic for the funding of the project, which will use a technology from Canada. The plant is expected to be operational at the end of the year. Tetangco and Sigua signed an agreement allowing Pampanga Electric Cooperative 3 (Pelco 3) to purchase power generated by the plant.
Al Jazeera Steel set to open new rebar facility
timesofoman.com 22 Mar, 2015
Al Jazeera Steel Products Company has completed building a new rebar production line, which is already in trial production. It is expected to start commercial production in the second quarter of 2015.
Road work to begin on H1 Freeway in Aiea
kitv.com 22 Mar, 2015
Pre-cast concrete panels wil be used to repair the 200-foot square area of the H1 Freeway just east of the pedestrian over-pass in Aiea, in Hawaii. The cost of the pavement repair project will be 1.4 million dollars. Because of the innovative technology, the federal government will provide an additional 300-thousand dollars through a grant.
Work to begin on 2 NY bridge projects
leaderherald.com 22 Mar, 2015
Work will soon begin on two new bridges in Genesee County in western New York. The $6.5 million project will include the replacement of two bridges over the Tonawanda Creek. The state is seeking federal funding to upgrade or replace 105 bridges deemed to be vulnerable to flooding. So far $278 million has been approved for 80 bridge projects.
Chick-fil-A plans new restaurants in Edinburg, Pharr
valleycentral.com 22 Mar, 2015
A Chick-fil-A restaurant is to open at Edinburg on March 26. The new, 4,800-square-foot restaurant at 1360 W. University Drive will employ nearly 85 people. Chick-fil-A counts 307 restaurants in Texas and more than 1,900 nationwide. Another Chick-fil-A is slated for Pharr at the intersection of South Jackson Road and West Kelly Avenue.
Haier opens largest overseas R&D center in Japan
wantchinatimes.com 21 Mar, 2015
Haier Group started operating its overseas research and development center in Saitama prefecture in Japan. The R&D center will focus on fundamental research, new product planning and key technology design over white goods led by refrigerator. Haier invested some 7 billion yen in the center, with 200 researchers working in the center.
Vietnam energy industry adds 203,00mw from wind energy
customstoday.com.pk 21 Mar, 2015
With more than 3,000km coastline and plenty of islands, the total potential of wind energy in Vietnam is estimated to be as high as 713,000MW – 510,000 MW on land and 203,000 MW in islands. The Master plan VII sets the renewable energy target rate at 5.6 pct. of total primary energy consumption by 2020 and 9.4 pct. by 2030. The Government’s target is to increase the wind power to 1,000 MW (0.7 pct. of electricity production) by 2020 and 6,200 MW (2.4 pct.) by 2030. The investor can raise funds in different forms permitted by relevant lawsfrom individuals and organizations in and out of the country and may have access to State credit for investment pursuant to the laws.
Nordex receives 27 MW wind farm project in Finland
greentechlead.com 21 Mar, 2015
Nordex has signed a contract with Taaleritehdas for nine N131/3000 turbines to be supplied for the 27 MW Kooninkallio-Kankaanpää wind farm in Finland. The construction is due to begin in 2015 and the service contract period is for 15 years. Nordex is also supplying nine N131/3000 turbines for the Bürgerwind Brechte and Bürgerwind Strönfeld citizens wind farms in Germany, in addition to eight turbines for the Sellen wind farm. The type approvals in accordance with DIBT 2012 have been issued for the N131/3000 for hub heights of 99, 114 and 134 meterd in Germany. Besides, the international IEC certification has been received for all hub heights. Nordex will be installing fifty-nine N117/2400 low-wind turbines at the Pampa wind project under the department of Tacuarembo in central Uruguay as stipulated in the contract. It will be completing the project for commission by the middle of next year if construction begins as scheduled in the second half of this year. German banks KfW Ipex and BayernLB will be part financing the $320-million project through a $224-million loan.
20-MW solar power plant to rise in Cauayan City
interaksyon.com 21 Mar, 2015
A 20-megawatt solar power plant will soon rise in Cauayan City. The solar power plant is being eyed to be constructed in a 24-hectare land in Barangay Tagaran. It is finalizing the draft feasibility study and once it is completed, it is expected to start the construction in the next seven months. The city government wants the proposed project to supply power to the city hall and the coliseum.
China aims to build 3 to 5 giant steel mills by 2025
business.asiaone.com 21 Mar, 2015
China aims to build three to five giant steel mills and boost the crude steel output of its top 10 steelmakers to more than 60 per cent of the country’s total by 2025. China’s largest steel producer, the northern province of Hebei, will close all blast furnaces smaller than 450 cubic meters and electrical furnaces smaller than 40 tonnes. The move is expected to cut an estimated 57 million tonnes of ironmaking capacity.
Tata Power to hike production via hydro-energy projects by 2020
Hindustantimes.com 21 Mar, 2015
Tata Power is looking to increase power generation through the clean energy source. It recently commissioned the first unit of the 126-megawatt Dagachhu Hydro Power Corp in Bhutan, has a total hydro-generation capacity of 513 mw. It plans to further acquire hydro projects to build its portfolio. The company’s overall power generation capacity is now at 8,684 mw, and targets hiking this to 26,000 mw by 2020.
Tokyo Cement plans expansion project
globalcement.com 20 Mar, 2015
Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) plans to invest US$50m on 1Mt/yr of additional production capacity. The extra capacity will be via a new plant under a new subsidiary, Tokyo Eastern Cement. The project is expected to be implemented in the next two years.
Everest Industries to commission UAE plant by January 2016
globalcement.com 20 Mar, 2015
Everest Industries’ new US$16m plant is now expected to be operational by December 2015 or January 2016. The plant will produce cement boards and panel products.
BASF selects Texas for planned methanol-to-propylene complex in US
chemicals-technology.com 20 Mar, 2015
BASF has selected Freeport, Texas, US, as the potential site for its planned petrochemical complex on the US Gulf Coast, making use of natural gas feedstock. The facility will feature Lurgi MegaMethanol and methanol-to-propylene technologies, to produce 475,000t of petrochemical product. Air Liquide has been awarded a contract to manage basic engineering activities for the gas-to-propylene complex. The project is part of the company’s plan to strengthen its backward integration into propylene and grow its propylene-based downstream activities. The methanol-to-propylene project is subject to final approval from BASF board of executive directors in 2016.
TransAlta & DUET Group Unit Build Natural Gas Pipeline
zacks.com 20 Mar, 2015
TransAlta Corporation has completed the construction of the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline in Western Australia in collaboration with DUET Group’s subsidiary, DBP Development Group. The 270-kilometre long, 16-inch wide natural gas pipeline links the Dampier Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to TransAlta’s 125-megawatt (MW) dual-fuel Solomon Power Station at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub in the Pilbara region. A 20-year gas transportation agreement was signed by Fortescue Metals Group to utilize the pipeline for delivering natural gas to the power station.
Sg Semenyih water treatment plant fully operational
thestar.com.my 20 Mar, 2015
The Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant is fully operational. The plant has started pumping 682 million litres of treated water to the water storage tank.
Water treatment plant opens
Imtonline.com 20 Mar, 2015
A opening for the $98 million El Pico Water Treatment Plant in Northwest Laredo is held. The plant, which has a capacity of 20 million gallons per day and is located on a 50-acre tract, can be expanded to a maximum capacity of 120 million gallons per day.
Gazprom begins build on 96 MW Artic gas power plant
pennenergy.com 20 Mar, 2015
Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a 96 MW projected-capacity gas turbine power plant (GTPP), capable of being scaled up to a total capacity of 144 MW, at the Novoportovskoye field, set to become one of the largest in the Yamal Peninsula. First-phase commissioning of an initial 48 MW capacity will be launched at the end of 2016. Site preparation and initial engineering is currently ongoing prior to construction of the facility, the total footprint of which will cover some 11 hectares. The plant will be built around six 16 MW gas turbine generators, designed and custom-made to order for project operator Gazprom Neft Novy Port -factory testing having been successfully completed at Russian producer ODK Gas Turbines in January. The key facilities at the plant will be two turbine halls, a gas treatment system, a boiler room, an emergency diesel electric power station, and 25MVA-capacity transformers. The plant can run on both natural and associated petroleum gas (APG), and will provide power for infrastructure facilities for the extraction, transportation and storage of hydrocarbons, as well as for the terminal currently being built in Cape Kammeny for the year-round shipment of oil. Construction of a 98-kilometre 110kW electricity transmission line, allowing an energy supply from the field to the coast, is planned by the end of 2016. The plant is expected to reach its planned 96 MW capacity in mid-2017.
20-MW solar panel fields soon in Pangasinan
sunstar.com.ph 20 Mar, 2015
The Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp) has just entered into an agreement with a Manila-based firm that will install the solar panels in Dagupan, Manaoag, Santa Barbara and other areas in Pangasinan that could generate at least 20 megawatts of power. being served by Decorp. One solar panel that can generate at least one kilowatt of electricity costs P70,000. Decorp and the Manila-based company providing the solar panels are now preparing all the requirements needed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in connection with the solar project.
New hospital set to open
joplinglobe.com 20 Mar, 2015
Mercy Hospital Joplin has been opened on 20 March. The hospital’s obstetric department and emergency department will open for patients. As the new hospital opens, the temporary Mercy hospital at 2817 St. John’s Blvd will shut down operations. Patients coming to the temporary hospital will be redirected to the new hospital.
Two chains will add 46 hotels by 2017
mexiconewsdaily.com 20 Mar, 2015
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced plans to open three under the Aloft brand and one Sheraton by the end of 2017. The Aloft hotels, to be operated as franchises by Grupo Presidente, will be located in Tijuana, Baja California, and Coatzacoalcos and Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel, located in the city of Chihuahua, will be operated by Hoteles Real de Chihuahua. Grupo Posadas, which currently operates 132 hotels in Mexico and one in the United States, will invest US $515.1 million in the expansion project, which will open new hotels under its One and Fiesta Inn formats.
Holiday Inn Resort opens amenities center
vagazette.com 20 Mar, 2015
The new Town Center for Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort has been opened. The facility was formerly Colonial Crossing. Orange Lake Resorts bought the property in July 2013, re-branded it as a Holiday Inn Resort the following May and has been making renovations. The amenities center includes a four-lane bowling alley, a playground, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, an arcade, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a snack bar and even a small market.
Mart Resources acquires interests in OML 18 oil and gas fields
proactiveinvestors.co.uk 20 Mar, 2015
A consortium of oil companies including Mart Resources has acquired 45% of a large oil lease, OML 18, in Nigeria. The US$1.1bn deal with Shell sees the Eraton vehicle acquire the asset. Mart will now have a 10% indirect interest in OML 18 via its stake in Martwestern Energy, which owns 50% of Eraton. OML 18 incorporates Alakiri, Awoba, Cawthorne Channel, Krakama, and Buguma Creek fields, as well as facilities and infrastructure. Together, the fields produced some 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2014.
Bureau Veritas opens automotive components and system testing lab in China
Business Review 20 Mar, 2015
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) has opened its new Electrical & Electronics laboratory specializing in the testing and certification of automotive components and systems, and large domestic appliances in Guangzhou, China. The Lab will also facilitate performance and safety testing for household electrical products including dishwashers and washing machines.
Stion completes 228kW commercial rooftop solar project for US Continental Marketing
semiconductor-today.com 20 Mar, 2015
Stion Corp of San Jose, CA, USA, provider of turnkey photovoltaic solutions, has completed a 228kW commercial rooftop solar project at US Continental Marketing Inc of Corona, CA, USA, a vertically integrated provider of leather and fabric care products. Stion’s project development arm Stion Energy Services was selected to provide a turn-key solution for the project, which was commissioned at the end of December. The solar installation will offset a significant portion of the electricity used by the company for its manufacturing operations. Powered by 1690 of Stion’s thin-film modules, the rooftop solar system will generate about 390,000kWh of electricity per year.
Worldwide Dispensers Opens New Facility
plasticspr.com 20 Mar, 2015
Worldwide Dispensers announces the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The new facility manufacturers of quality dispensing and precision moulding solutions. The 67,000 square foot facility in Bolingbrook, Illinois is fully operational running 24 hour shifts, seven days a week. With room and plans for growth and continued expansion-Worldwide Dispensers Bolingbrook opens with 19 fulltime employees, 10 injection moulding machines and 2 assembly cells.
Japanese auto supplier locating plant
thestate.com 20 Mar, 2015
Itsuwa is building a 32,000-square-foot coating and painting facility in Bardstown at an investment of $5.2 million. The facility is expected to be operational early next year. The state has preliminarily approved the project for tax incentives up to $800,000 and also approved $50,000 in tax incentives.
Solar plant may be coming to Carbondale
wpsdlocal6.com 20 Mar, 2015
A solar plant that would convert the sun’s energy into usable energy, could be headed to Carbondale, Illinois. For more than a year, the city has been talking with a developer who wants to turn an old industrial site into a 70-acre solar farm. If the project is to go through, it will take three years to construct the solar panels.
Schur is Building Europe’s Most Modern Folding Box Plant
packagingeurope.com 20 Mar, 2015
Schur Pack Germany is currently building a modern high-tech folding box facility and is massively investing in a new location at Business Park A24. A 28,000 square metres plant is presently being constructed at an investment of almost 70 million euros. The new high-tech plant’s complete construction is supplied entirely with regenerative sources of energy and no fossil fuels are required in the entire building.
China to build $1bn solar power plant in Ghana
m.starrfmonline.com 20 Mar, 2015
The Chinese Hanergy Group is to help build a 400-megawatt solar power plant in Ghana. The cost of the project is $1-billion. The Chinese government has undertaken other projects in Ghana such as the western corridor gas infrastructure development project, construction of the 400- megawatts Bui Dam, and the Kpong Water Supply Expansion Project.
Cypriot pharmaceutical firm breaks ground on $16mn plant in southern Vietnam
tuoitrenews.vn 20 Mar, 2015
Medochemie has broken ground on its second manufacturing facility in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park 2 A at Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam. The plant, the construction of which began on March 17, costs US$16 million and will specialize in producing pharmaceutical products. It covers a total area of 44,700 square meters and includes several workshops to produce different types of medicines following WHO-GMP and EU-GMP standards. The plant is expected to be completed in late 2015 and become fully operational in early 2016. The products will be consumed locally as well as exported to other countries.
Woodside Restarts Production at Pluto LNG Plant in Western Australia
rigzone.com 20 Mar, 2015
Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has successfully restarted production at its Pluto LNG (liquefied natural gas) Plant in Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia. This follows the precautionary action to shut-in production after a submersible drilling rig under contract to another party drifted near Pluto flowlines. The 2015 production target range of 84 to 91 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) remains unchanged.
DWM Plant Agrees Â£150k Funding Deal
insidermedia.com 20 Mar, 2015
Groundwork construction services specialist DWM Plant has agreed a £150,000 funding deal to support its growth plans. The company switched all of its banking facilities to the Royal Bank of Scotland before securing the new funding package with the lender. DWM Plant is keen to increase revenues after recording a £5.5m turnover in 2014.
Ratan Tata inaugurates new automotive innovation centre in UK
zigwheels.com 20 Mar, 2015
Tata Group laid the foundation stone of the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) in UK. The centre will cater to create next generation of vehicles for the global market. This automotive innovation centre will be built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore, and will be operational at the University of Warwick campus in Coventry by 2017. This centre is funded by Tata Motors and its UK firm Jaguar Land Rover, the University of Warwick and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England. The new facility will sprawl a good 33,000 sq mt and will include a design and simulation space, also an adaptable and advanced fully immersive drive-in car simulator.
India, East Africa set to tap joint business opportunities
HBL 20 Mar, 2015
Businesses in India and East Africa are set to collaborate in sectors such as cotton and textiles, IT, leather, oil meal, spices, medical equipment and coffee under a programme rolled out by the International Trade Centre (ITC). The Export Import (EXIM) Bank of India and industry body CII have partnered with ITC — a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations for enhancing trading capacities of developing countries — to identify potential trade partners from India and finance the ventures. India’s exports to East African countries in 2013-14 were $10 billion, over 3 per cent of its total exports, while imports stood at only $1 billion (0.23 per cent of total imports).
Holcim, Lafarge agree new terms for merger deal
Reuters 20 Mar, 2015
Holcim Ltd and Lafarge SA have agreed to new terms over their planned multi-billion-euro merger, including agreeing to a new share-swap ratio for the deal. They agreed to a ratio of 9 Holcim shares for 10 Lafarge shares. Under the new terms, Lafont is to be co-chairman with Holcim chairman Wolfgang Reitzle while Lafarge’s board is to propose a CEO that has to be accepted by the Swiss group’s board.
Pakistan plans to raise n-power plants’ capacity
Web India 20 Mar, 2015
The overall production of nuclear power plants in Pakistan will be raised to 40,000 MW by 2050. Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, Chashma Nuclear Power Unit-1 and Unit-2 have been producing a total of 755 MW of nuclear power. This capacity would be raised to 3,535 MW by 2021, upon completion of the under construction C-3, C-4, K-2 and K-3 projects. After 2021, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) will be focusing on commencing construction work on at least one nuclear power plant project every year in order to achieve the desired targets.
CII signs MoU with National University of Singapore to enhance ease of doing business in states
cii.in 19 Mar, 2015
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) with the aim to improve India’s rating on ease of doing business. As per the MoU, CII and NUS will conduct joint state level research across 11 parameters including starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, land acquisition and registration of property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency and labour market regulations.
Everlight Electronics purchases existing factory for capacity expansion
digitimes.com 19 Mar, 2015
Everlight Electronics has acquired an existing factory in central Taiwan from optical disc maker Ritek at a price of up to NT$1.3 billion to expand production capacity by 25%. Production at the factory will begin in 2016. The factory occupies 32,155 square meters and has total floor area of 46,638 square meters. In order for the capacity expansion, Everlight will raise funds through issuing 5-year zero-interest unsecured convertible bonds worth NT$5 billion.
New $50M Plant Slated for Burley
magicvalley.com 19 Mar, 2015
Fabri-Kal Corp. plans to break ground this month on a new $50 million facility at Burley. The plant is to open this fall. Fabri-Kal, a manufacturer of food containers, operates three other plants in Kalamazoo, Hazleton, Penn., and Greenville, S.C. The Burley plant will help the company expand its environmentally friendly Greenware packaging line, products made from a patented process using wheat straw and soy straw, not petroleum. The 100,000-square-foot design and manufacturing plant will be built along Washington Avenue. The property is owned by the Burley Development Authority.
German chemical giant to build another Freeport plant
bizjournals.com 19 Mar, 2015
BASF SE has chosen Freeport, Texas, to build a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex along the Gulf Coast. BASF and Norway-based Yara International ASA are already planning to build a major ammonia plant in Freeport to open in 2017 at BASF’s existing property. The new methane-to-propylene project is still subject to final approval in 2016 by the BASF board of executive directors. BASF has contracted with Paris-based Air Liquide for engineering services, and the plan is to use Air Liquide’s proprietary methanol-to-propylene technologies. The plant is planned to have an annual production capacity of approximately 475,000 metric tons of propylene.
Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water
kpbs.org 19 Mar, 2015
San Diego County is constructing a desalination plant. Pipes under construction will eventually move water between treatment facilities at the Carlsbad desalination plant. Construction of the Carlsbad plant is 85 percent complete, the facility will generate 50 million gallons of potable water a day. Poseidon Water is building the billion dollar plant. The facility will force 100 million gallons of ocean water through reverse osmosis filters each day.
Thomson Plastics Opens NC Plant In Lexington
wfmynews2.com 19 Mar, 2015
Thomson Plastics, INC. manufacturing opened a plant in Lexington on March 19. After renovation, Thomson moved into a 110,000 square building vacated by Tarheel plastic. Thomson Plastic spent more than $2 million of its own money and got nearly $1 million in matching funds from state and local government to make the move. The company manufactures plastic injection molded casings used in small motors, lawn mowers and other equipment.
U.S. Steel to build new $277 million plant, furnace at Alabama mill
post-gazette.com 19 Mar, 2015
U.S. Steel will invest $277.5 million at its Fairfield, Ala., mill to build a new steel-making furnace and a plant that will produce couplings that link tubing used in the energy industry. Construction of both projects is scheduled to begin in the second quarter. The coupling plant will be completed in the first quarter of next year while the furnace is expected to be built by the third quarter of 2016.
Hino Motors to invest $8 million in Williamstown plant
charlestondailymail.com 19 Mar, 2015
Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota, plans to invest up to $8 million to expand its truck assembly facility in Williamstown. The company plans to add 30,000 square feet to its existing 200,000-square-foot plant. It will also add a dedicated training facility — dubbed a “dojo building” — as well as a stand-alone quality control testing center and new employee break room. The expansion is expected to be completed in the fall. The plant currently has the capacity to produce about 43 trucks a day.
Gov. Nixon joins in at groundbreaking for new EaglePicher Technologies plant
joplinglobe.com 19 Mar, 2015
EaglePicher Technologies broke ground on the new Lithium Ion Center of Excellence. The 100,000-square-foot plant will be constructed behind an existing EaglePicher plant in the Crossroads Center Business and Distribution Park at 8225 E. 26th St. The new plant will manufacture cutting-edge lithium ion batteries for use in defense, space, medical and other commercial applications. Limited operations shall begin in 2016.
Hazelwood considers loan for manufacturing plant
stltoday.com 19 Mar, 2015
Silgan Plastics Corp plans a 500,000-square-foot plastic packaging manufacturing plant, which is being built within the Hazelwood Aviator Business Park on Lindbergh Boulevard at the site of the long-shuttered Ford plant in Hazelwood. The City Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would authorize a $1.4 million, no-interest loan to finance equipment for the project. The company plans to begin manufacturing operations by Sept. 30 in a building being built by Panattoni Development Company Inc.,
Construction of BelGee plant to begin in 2015
eng.belta.by 19 Mar, 2015
Construction of a BelGee new plant will be launched in 2015 in Borisov District. The contract has already been signed. At the first stage it will produce 60,000 cars per year.
Hengli Petrochemical PTA Plant Starts up Successfully Using INVISTA-licensed Technology
businesswire.com 19 Mar, 2015
INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) and Hengli Petrochemical announced the successful start-up of Hengli’s third PTA line utilizing INVISTA’s PTA process technology. The 2.2 million-tonne PTA production line is starting up quickly, with one of the streams reaching 100 percent utilization within 24 hours.
China’s Jinko to build cell/module factory in Malaysia
rechargenews.com 19 Mar, 2015
China’s JinkoSolar has unveiled plans to build a large cell and module factory in Malaysia. Jinko’s Malaysia factory comes with a $100m price tag and will be able to produce 500MW of cells and 450MW of modules each year. The factory will be located in Penang, Malaysia and will commence operations in May.
Logistics company opens next warehouse
grbj.com 19 Mar, 2015
Hutt Logistics has opened a 67,000-square-foot warehouse in Hudsonville to handle demand for cold food storage. Since the new facility opened a few months ago, it has reached 80 percent capacity. The space can accommodate more than 7,500 pallets at full capacity. The company expects to expand the new location during the fourth quarter of this year to accommodate growth. The expansion will accommodate an additional 7,000 to 10,000 pallet spaces.
Daimler expands built-to-suit parts distribution in China
autocarpro.in 19 Mar, 2015
Daimler Northeast Asia Parts Trading and Services Co (DPTS), has opened an all-new parts distribution centre in Guangzhou. With the addition of the 36,000 square metres Guangzhou facility, DPTS has a total warehouse capacity of approximately 170,000 square metres, stocking more than 53,000 different parts. At present DPTS caters to 325 Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers, plus another 52 Mercedes-Benz van and 34 truck outlets, altogether in196 cities across China and with a service level beyond 96 percent.
CEM to invest MOP1.7 billion in natural gas
macaubusinessdaily.com 19 Mar, 2015
Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM) will invest some MOP1.7 billion to generate power with natural gas. For this year, the total investment of the company in Macau will be around MOP1 billion. It has submitted its investment proposal to the Macau Government.
Miron Construction building $16M Monroe infant formula plant for Chinese company
host.madison.com 19 Mar, 2015
Neenah-based Miron Construction will partner with Power Engineers to design and build an infant formula plant valued at $16 million in Monroe for Amlat. To start in June at a site in the Monroe Business and Industrial Park in Green County, the 60,000-square-foot greenfield construction will consist of a precast dryer tower, a wet processing area, a small warehouse and office space, according to a news release. Powdered infant formula made at the plant will be exported to meet growing demand for formula in China.
Starbucks partners drinks maker Tingyi to expand in China
Reuters 19 Mar, 2015
Starbucks Corp will partner Taiwanese drinks maker Tingyi Holding Corp to produce and sell ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages in China. Starbucks will have Tingyi manufacture the drinks for China and help extend its distribution on the mainland. Starbucks has more than 1,500 stores in nearly 90 cities in China, the majority of stores are company-operated,
Twitter to open office in Dubai
India Blooms News Service 19 Mar, 2015
Twitter announces plans to open @TwitterMENA’s first office in the region at #ARABsmis.
Magna to set up new auto exteriors plant in Mexico
autocarpro.in 19 Mar, 2015
Magna International Inc has announced the start of construction at a new, state-of-the-art automotive exteriors manufacturing facility in Queretaro, Mexico.
The facility will produce moulded and painted exterior parts including fascias and rocker panels for global automakers. With an investment of approximately US$135 million, Magna plans to construct a 26,400-square-metre facility. The launch of the plant is projected for the first quarter of 2016.
Everest Ind to commission UAE unit by Jan
HBL 19 Mar, 2015
Everest Industries is planning to make operational its first overseas unit at Ras Al-Khaimah in the UAE by December this year or January 2016. Built at around Rs 100 crore, the facility will manufacture boards and panels. It will cater to the company’s exports in West Asian and African nations. Also, it has decided to have a retail touch point in all centres with a population between 5,000 and 10,000.
Wipro bags 5-year deal from Greater Cincinnati Water Works
PTI 19 Mar, 2015
Wipro has bagged a five-year deal from US- based utility company, Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW). As GCWW’s IT partner, Wipro will help transform the utility firm’s CRM, billing and service bureau operations. GCWW provides about 133 million gallons of water a day to over one million people across the states of Ohio and Kentucky in the US. Wipro will design, build, host and deploy a Customer Information System (CIS) and maintain the solution for for a period of five years after the initial implementation under a pay-per-use pricing model.
Aarya 24kt enters North America
Franchise India 19 Mar, 2015
Aarya 24kt, a brand that deals in gift articles, artifacts, home décor and much more made from 24k Gold, recently opened its first outlet in Canada. The brand also holds an exclusive silver plated brand called Da Plataa.
SkyPower, IGD sign 3,000 MW solar agreement with Egypt
pennenergy.com 18 Mar, 2015
SkyPower Global and International Gulf Development (IGD) have signed an agreement with the Egyptian government for the development of 3,000 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be built over the next four years. The venture – in which SkyPower joins forces with Middle Eastern infrastructure specialists IGD – will entail a multi-phase development. SkyPower IGD’s phase one will reach commercial operation in late 2015.
Final stage of Townsville Ring Road project underway
fullyloaded.com 18 Mar, 2015
Construction has started on the last stage of the Townsville Ring Road between Shaw Road and Mount Low at the Port of Townsville in Queensland. The final piece of the road project involves an 11.5km section crossing the Bohle Plains. The new section will include 10km of dual carriageway highway and new grade separated interchanges. The Federal Government is providing $160 million towards the construction of the road, with Queensland chipping in $40 million. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The Townsville Ring Road is being built in four stages. The entire section will be upgraded to a four-lane, median-divided motorway in the future, similar to the first section of the project.
Tyson Fresh Meats plans to expand boxed beef warehouse
feedstuffs.com 18 Mar, 2015
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. plans to invest $47 million on a new, expanded boxed beef warehouse at its Lexington plant. The project, which will begin this spring, will involve construction of a 50,000 square foot warehouse on the southeast corner of the existing beef complex. It is currently expected to be completed in mid-2016.
Denso adding 100 jobs in $54 million expansion
battlecreekenquirer.com 18 Mar, 2015
Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. plans a $53.6 million expansion of its auto components manufacturing operations in Battle Creek. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $640,000 in state funding through a business development performance-based grant. The expansion will add new manufacturing lines for advanced thermal systems, additional labs for new product testing and validation and expand logistics and packaging operations.
Saginaw to help Genesee County test new water treatment process for Karegnondi pipeline
therepublic.com 18 Mar, 2015
Saginaw will help Genesee County test a water treatment process that’s proposed as part of a pipeline project to bring water from Lake Huron. Genesee County is building a new water treatment plant in conjunction with the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline and Michigan requires the proposed treatment process to be tested before the plant can operate. Testing will be done at a 180 million gallon reservoir in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township that serves as a backup water supply for the city of Saginaw’s system. The Karegnondi pipeline is scheduled for completion in 2016. The tentative completion date for the new treatment plant, which will be in Lapeer County, is the spring of 2017.
First Baccarat hotel opens in New York
travelweekly.com 18 Mar, 2015
The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York opened on March 18. The hotel, which occupies the first 12 floors of a Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed tower, features a 125-foot-wide crystal curtain at its entrance as well as a restaurant, bar and a 50-foot-long indoor pool. The property has 114 hotel guestrooms as well as 60 luxury residences.
Slice Pizza & Brew owners to open new Lakeview restaurant
bizjournals.com 18 Mar, 2015
The founders of Lakeview’s Slice Pizza & Brew will be launching a new SkyCastle restaurant venture in 2015 oin the bottom floor of the 29/7 mixed-use development. The owners are currently in the process of obtaining their permit from the City of Birmingham.
Dow Signs On to Develop Massive Wind Farm
pddnet.com 18 Mar, 2015
Dow Chemical Company has signed a long-term agreement with a wind farm under development in south Texas. The farm, which will power Dow’s Freeport Texas manufacturing plant, will span 35,000 acres. The farm is being developed by Bordas Wind Energy, a joint venture between MAP and Enerverse.
Google to fly 84-feet ‘plane-like’ wind turbine next month
dnaindia.com 18 Mar, 2015
Google has planned to fly an 84-foot ‘plane-like’ wind turbine next month. The turbines would rise to 450 meters in the air after being released. The drag turns each of the eight propellers into individual turbines which deliver 600 kilowatts back down to Earth. The firm has flown 28-feet-long turbines till now. Google is planning to fly an 84-feet turbine next month.
Universal Studios Japan Planning New Theme Park on Okinawa
hollywoodreporter.com 18 Mar, 2015
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is planning to open a theme park on the southern island of Okinawa, possibly on the site of a U.S. military base which is due to relocate within the prefecture. The Okinawa park will be based on local themes from the tropical island rather than Hollywood and Japanese movie franchises. USJ also has also been looking into the potential for more Universal Studios parks in other Asian countries.
New hospital building will open in November
spectator.sme.sk 18 Mar, 2015
The new building of St Michael’s Hospital in the centre of Bratislava will open by the end of this year. It should pass the approval procedure in October, while its opening is planned for November. The hospital should serve mostly the public, as well as soldiers, police officers and rescuers, who should comprise some 10 percent of the treated patients. The construction of the facility with the capacity of 110 hospital beds and 50 outpatient departments cost altogether €50 million. The medical equipment will cost €22 million. The capacity of the hospital may increase to 140, even to 200 beds in the future.
US Forest Service OKs Eldora ski resort’s plans to expand
gazette.com 18 Mar, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service has OK’d Eldora Mountain Resort’s expansion plans. Highlights of the resort’s plans include several new or replacement lifts, 66 acres of new trails, the creation of 77 acres of tree and gladed skiing areas, plus modifications to about 42 acres of existing tree and gladed terrain across six areas. A new lodge below the top of Indian Peaks lift is also in the plans, as is the expansion of the existing Lookout lodge.
University of Colorado Health plans new hospital in Longmont
denverpost.com 18 Mar, 2015
University of Colorado Health is planning a new hospital in Longmont with 50 to 75 inpatient beds, intensive care unit, operating rooms, emergency department, advanced cardiology services and a birth center. UCHealth expects to break ground on the $100 million to $125 million facility this year with a grand opening planned for late 2016 or early 2017.
Chinese firm invests in 6000 tpd cement plant in Nepal
worldcement.com 18 Mar, 2015
China agreed a RMB800 million grant to Nepal, which is set to be invested in infrastructure projects and development programmes that the two countries will agree on. China’s Hongshi Holdings Group has signed a joint venture with Nepal’s Shivam Holdings to invest US$300 million in a greenfield cement plant. Other big investors into the cement industry in Nepal are Nigeria’s Dangote Cement and India’s Reliance Cement. Hongshi-Shivam Cement Private Limited will produce 6000 tpd of cement. It is hoped production will begin within 3 years.
Bolivia to invest USD 410 million in iron and steel project in 2015
Steel Guru 18 Mar, 2015
Bolivian government plans to invest USD 410 million to start building the delayed El Mutun iron and steel project this year. It expects to complete the project by 2025 in three different phases. The first stage of the initiative was the completion of a USD 410 investment. The project will be 85% funded by private capital and 15% by government money. At its first phase, the project will be able to produce 150,000 MT of finished iron per year and the volume could supply 65% of the nation’s civil construction demand. The volume would then increase until it reaches its full capacity at second and third stages.
China to install 17.8 GW of solar power in 2015, says National Energy Administration
ET 18 Mar, 2015
China plans to install 17.8 gigawatts of solar power generating capacity this year, up from an original estimate of 15 GW. Last month, China aimed to install 15 GW of solar generating capacity this year, but it would consult the industry before setting a final target.
JandM steel solutions to expand plant equipment
webindia123.com 18 Mar, 2015
JandM steel solutions in a joint venture with the Ministry of Construction, Myanmar, have announced the expansion of its steel structure fabrication plant in Thaketa Township, Yangon. JandM has decided to expand the plant’s production capacity from 10,000 tons per year to 20,000 tons per year by the end of March 2016. As part of this plant expansion project, the site area will be doubled, from 32,000 m2 to 65,000 m2, and yards for outdoor storage of members and trial shop assembly will be expanded. The area of structures for housing machinery will also be increased from 8,000 m2 to 12, 000 m2, and indoor and outdoor cranes and equipment for the various processes of bridge block fabrication will be added.
Ethiopian oil plant in the pipeline
iol.co.za 18 Mar, 2015
Ethiopia’s private oil marketer plans to build a $5 billion refinery within 10 years. A refinery could compete with imports from India, the Gulf and beyond, and also help African countries extract more value from their own oil discoveries. The final decision to build a refinery producing between 200 000 to 300 000 barrels per day is yet to be taken.
N$35 million water pipeline almost complete
newera.com.na 18 Mar, 2015
The N$35 million water pipeline being constructed in the Zambezi Region is 80 percent complete. The project stretches over 118 kilometres from Katima Mulilo to Ngoma. The N$35 million rural water supply project under the sponsorship of the rural water supply and development division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry was contracted to Likoze Investments – which partnered with 2M Civil Contractors, who handle the technical aspect of the project. The project is expected to be complete by July this year. Phase two is progressing well, as civil works on the pump house are 95 percent done and should be complete by June this year. Phase three will cover areas such as Kabbe and Lusese while the fourth phase would link Bukalo to Muyako, Ibbu, Ioma and Mutikitila.
First of 2 new Folly Beach bridges opens
live5news.com 18 Mar, 2015
The first of two new Folly Beach bridges opened shortly on March 17 at South Carolina. The bridge is for traffic leaving Folly Beach. The remaining bridge, which will take people to the beach, is expected to open soon.
Diageo unveils $21.5 millon high-tech warehouse in western Sydney
tandlnews.com.au 18 Mar, 2015
Diageo Australia has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art, 26,000 pallet capacity warehouse at its bottling facility in Sydney’s western suburbs. The company invested $21.5 million in the new facility. The warehouse has the capacity to store 26,000 pallets of Diageo’s products. The warehouse building, which commenced in May 2014, includes state-of-the-art features across a smaller than average footprint of 5,000m2, which was achieved by implementing 30 metre-high Colby pallet racking from partner Dematic. The system also features six new Dematic RapidStore 1224 storage retrieval machines (SRM) and pallet conveyors, as well as a new paperless warehouse management system.
Work Starts On I-91 Bridge Replacement In The Upper Valley
digital.vpr.net 18 Mar, 2015
Work is beginning on the replacement of two Interstate 91 bridges over Route 5, near White River Junction. Over the next six months, the two new bridges will be pre-fabricated in staging areas beside the aging bridges in the north and south bound lanes. This is one of six bridge projects in southern Vermont that are essentially re-building parts of I-91.
New 20-room hotel set to open above Vista Lounge, Llanelli
llanellistar.co.uk 18 Mar, 2015
A new hotel is set to open in Llanelli. The floors above Vista Lounge will soon provide accommodation with 20 en-suite rooms available along Murray Street. The venue is currently under development by owner Paul Jenkins with the first phase of 10 rooms set to open in May.
JLR Sets 2017 Target for Opening of New R&D Center
wardsauto.com 18 Mar, 2015
Construction is under way on Jaguar Land Rover’s planned £150 million national automotive innovation center at the University of Warwick in Coventry that will serve as a technology hub for its advanced research team when it opens in about two years. The new facility represents a partnership between the Warwick Manufacturing Group, JLR, Tata Motors European Technical Center and the U.K. government’s Higher Education Funding Council England. The 355,209-sq.-ft. facility, due to open in spring 2017, will boast cutting-edge workshops, laboratories, virtual engineering suites and advanced powertrain facilities. It will be equipped to handle a full range of design, visualization and prototyping activities. The operation will house 1,000 skilled workers.
P&G to build massive R&D center in Mason
bizjournals.com 17 Mar, 2015
Procter & Gamble Co. will spend $300 million to build a massive research and development center at its Mason campus. Construction will begin this summer on a 500,000-square-foot facility at 8700 Mason-Montgomery Road. Preliminary work is expected to start in April. The workers will transfer there from the Sharon Woods Innovation Center beginning in 2018 and into 2019. It will house inventors, scientists, researchers, consumer experts and others. The center will include laboratories, pilot plants and space to conduct focus groups with consumers regarding new P&G beauty products. The principal architect and engineering firm is HDR Inc. of Princeton, N.J. The design firm for the interior space and offices is Gensler of Chicago. The general contractors partnering on the project are M+W Group of Watervliet, N.Y., and Hunt Construction Group of Indianapolis.
Invenergy Begins Construction On Kansas Project
nawindpower.com 17 Mar, 2015
Chicago-based Invenergy has started construction on the 100 MW Buckeye Wind Energy Project, located in Ellis County, Kan. The wind farm is fully permitted for a total of 200 MW, will be powered by GE 1.7MW-100 wind turbines. The project will connect to the Midwest Energy Post Rock 230 kV substation, and Lincoln Electric System has agreed to purchase 100 MW of generated power via a long-term contract. Commercial operation is scheduled to commence by the end of this year.
Turkey and Azerbaijan begin construction of TANAP pipeline
euractiv.com 17 Mar, 2015
Turkey and Azerbaijan will formally begin construction on 17 March of a new $10 billion gas pipeline in Turkey’s Kars region, which will pump gas from the vast Azerbaijani Shah Deniz 2 field to Turkish and EU consumers. The 1,850 Km Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) pipeline, which is due to be completed in 2018, will link the existing South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) which connects Turkey to the Azerbaijani gas fields in the Caspian Sea, through Georgia. It is hoped that natural gas from Shah Deniz 2 both in Turkey and Europe will be consumed by the end of 2018. Turkey is also talking with Russia on a new Turkish Stream pipeline that will pump Russian gas under the Black Sea to its own territory, and to Europe.
Coos Bay to build new, bigger wastewater treatment plant
kcby.com 17 Mar, 2015
City of Coos Bay officials have approved plans to demolish the old wastewater treatment plant and build a bigger one. The new site sits across the street on Empire Boulevard. The $25 million project will begin this summer and it’s expected take two years to complete.
Water facility to be finished in November
nanaimobulletin.com 17 Mar, 2015
Nanaimo’s new state-of-the-art water treatment plant, the South Forks Water Treatment Plant, part of its new $70-million filtration system is to be finished in November. It has also used 81 per cent of its $1.35-million contingency fund. Once complete, the plant is expected to cost $1.2 million in its first full year, including $700,000 to staff the plant.
New Hotel Coming to the Bahamas
caribjournal.com 17 Mar, 2015
The Island House, a 30-room boutique hotel, is slated to open next month in the tony Lyford Cay enclave of the Bahamian island of New Providence. The hotel will include a spa called The Bamford Spa, featuring everything from pilates to “AntiGravity Yoga,” along with a 48-seat cinema. The property is home to the popular Mahogany House restaurant, which has been open since December 2010.
200m investment to build new hospital in Gozo and refurbish St Luk’es Hospital
independent.com.mt 17 Mar, 2015
A €200 million investment by the private sector in the health sector has been announced. The investment by Queen Mary University includes the opening of a medical school in Gozo, as well as the building of a new hospital in Gozo together with the refurbishment of St Luk’es Hospital and Karen Grech Hospital.
New restaurant planned for old St. Charles
capjournal.com 17 Mar, 2015
A new restaurant by Central Pierre Properties in the old St. Charles Hotel, 207 E. Capitol Ave., will open within a month or two. The menu might offer such items as sushi or ossobuco, an Italian sort of stew or casserole of veal and vegetables.
Investment firm to support Summit Sports e-commerce expansion
theoaklandpress.com 17 Mar, 2015
Bloomfield Hills-based Summit Sports has announced an investment by Digital Fuel Capital into the leading multi-channel action sports company and its websites http://www.skis.com, http://www.snowboards.com, http://www.inlineskates.com, http://www.wateroutfitters.com and http://www.campgear.com. The investment is aimed to support Summit’s acquisitions of other e-commerce leaders in specialty sporting goods, as well as continue Summit’s organic growth and stellar performance in the action sports industry. In addition to continued growth in its existing categories, Summit will begin a combined search, with the help of Digital Fuel, for leaders in specialty sporting goods e-commerce with a minimum revenue of $5 million.
Lotte opens R&D center in Busan
koreajoongangdaily.joins.com 17 Mar, 2015
Lotte Group opened a research and development center at Centum Green Tower in Haeundae, Busan on March 16. The Busan Center for Creative Economy and Innovation will be dedicated to forging new growth engines such as the online retail and movie businesses. The center will also organize a certification system, dubbed Best Innovative Goods, starting in June. It has invested 100 billion won into this project. The government plans to launch centers in 17 metropolitan cities and provinces by the end of next June.
Scatec Solar plans to develop 200MW of solar power projects in Egypt
solar.cleantechnology-business-review.com 17 Mar, 2015
Scatec Solar is planning to develop up to 200MW of solar power projects in Egypt in the next two to three years. The company has signed an MoU with Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) to develop a 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project under the Government’s new feed-in tariff scheme (FIT). Scatec Solar and its finance partners plan to invest over $300m to develop, construct, own and operate 150MW to 200MW of solar projects. Egypt has invited foreign developers to bid for 2,000 MW of solar and just as much of utility-scale wind power capacity along with 300 MW of decentralized solar in 2015-2017.
Lidl to build giant warehouse
spectator.sme.sk 17 Mar, 2015
Lidi will build a warehouse in the industrial park Juh of Sereď on 128,000 square metres, of which the built up area will be 52,000 square metres. It will invest €50 million in the facility; opening is planned for 2016. Construction of the warehouse is part of the €200 million investments plans of Lidl up to 2018.
Raffles opens artistic new hotel in Jakarta
traveldailymedia.com 17 Mar, 2015
The new Raffles Jakarta was soft-opened on 16 March 2015. The hotel features 173 rooms and suites. Facilities include Raffles’ signature Writer’s Bar, an Arts Café, meeting spaces, including the 2,500m² Dian Ballroom, a spa with six treatment rooms, swimming pools, a fitness centre, tennis courts etc. Two more restaurants will open later this year. It plans to expand further with new hotels in Jeddah, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Warsaw set to open over the next few years.
Umm Al Quwain to build 32km of new internal roads
Yahoo News 17 Mar, 2015
A 10.5km-long road is being built in the Suwaihat-2 area, and the entrance of UAQ and the Bypass Road extension are being developed as well. The Department of Planning and Survey in Umm Al Quwain will build 32km of new roads across the emirate in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works. Internal roads of 17.5km will be built in the Nifa area, in addition to other roads of 8km in the Ramlah area, and 2.5km of internal roads in the Muhazab area.
Blominvest to develop industrial park in Riyadh
tradearabia.com 17 Mar, 2015
Blominvest Saudi Arabia has signed a deal with SinoGulf, to develop an industrial logistic park in Riyadh. The new project, which will cover an area of 1.1 million sq m, is being set up through a private fund that will be managed by Blominvest. With a fund size of SR1.15 billion, the project will aim to develop warehouses, office space, and labor camps over a period of four years.
New restaurant at Westport Village set to open in June
wdrb.com 17 Mar, 2015
A new restaurant, Artesano Tapas is to be opened in Westport Village, Louisville in mid-June 2015. It will have a draft system for mixed drinks, with four to five kinds of margaritas on tap.
Tata Power commissions Dagachhu project Unit-II
PTI 17 Mar, 2015
Tata Power has commissioned the second unit of 63 MW of its 126-MW Dagachhu hydro power project in Bhutan. The power generated will be sold to India. The project is a joint venture initiative between Tata Power and Druk Green Power Corporation. It is a run of river hydro project located in Dagana Dzongkhag, Bhutan. Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation has entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement with Tata Power Trading Company Ltd for selling power generated from the project.
Tata-funded automotive research centre to come up in UK
HBL 17 Mar, 2015
The Tata Group unveiled the foundation stone of a £150-million centre, targeting pioneering automotive research, in central England on March 17. Funding for the National Automotive Innovation Centre has come from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors and the University of Warwick, on whose campus the centre will be built, as well as from the British Government. Once built, it will provide 33,000-metre square space for 1,000 engineers, designers and academics. Facilities will include a design and simulation space, a laboratory focused on advanced propulsion systems, and a highly advanced drive-in car simulator. The centre will also be used as part of Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors’ research into driverless cars.
TCS expands Singapore operations
HBL 17 Mar, 2015
Tata Consultancy Services has expanded its presence in Singapore by opening a 1,000-seater centre for clients in banking and financial services. The ‘TCS Singapore Banking and Financial Services (BFS) Centre’ will replace a 500-seater centre established in 2011 and offer a range of services with a major focus on digital offerings.
Wipro invests $5 million in US-based start-up
HBL 17 Mar, 2015
Wipro has invested $5 million in Drivestream, a US-based start-up company that integrates Oracle technology solutions. The company has set up Wipro Ventures, a $100 million fund whose focus is to invest in disruptive start-ups.
MATRIXX Software Expands into Middle East with New Office in Dubai
Business Wire India 17 Mar, 2015
MATRIXX Software has opened of a new office in Dubai to support business development in the Middle East region. The office will serve Communication Service Providers (CSPs) based in countries in the Middle East, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey.
Toshiba wins 688 MW STG order for coal power plant in Vietnam
pennenergy.com 16 Mar, 2015
Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply 688 MW super-critical steam turbine and generator (STG) for Duyen Hai 3 Extension coal-fired power plant in the Duyen Hai district of Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. The contract was awarded by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, the EPC contractor for the project. Toshiba will make delivery in 2016 and the plant will start operation in 2018.
New water treatment plant planned in Marshall County
waaytv.com 16 Mar, 2015
Huntsville Utilities is planning a new water treatment plant, estimated to cost $83.5 million, on 250 acres near Highway 431 and Guntersville Dam Road in Marshall County. Construction on the new plant is expected to start in the next few months, with the goal of opening by summer of 2018.
Aurobindo Pharma USA to build large warehouse
centralijersey.com 16 Mar, 2015
Aurobindo Pharma USA has purchased 90 acres on Windsor Center Drive and plans to develop the site for a major pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution center. A new warehouse and distribution center will come up at the site.
New Boutique Hotel Opens in Downtown Durham
twcnews.com 16 Mar, 2015
A “21C Museum Hotel” boutique hotel was opened in Durham on March 16. The 125-room boutique hotel is housed in the historic Hill Building, which was recently occupied by SunTrust Bank. The lower levels have been transformed into a contemporary art museum and a restaurant called the “Counting House.” The $48 million project was made possible with more than $7.5 million of help from the city and county.
Work on A5-M1 link road starts
highwaysmagazine.co.uk 16 Mar, 2015
Construction work on the £162.1 million A5-M1 link road has started. The new road will feature a 2.8 mile two-lane dual carriageway and three junctions. It is to be completed in spring 2017. Three new junctions will be constructed. The scheme also includes an over bridge on Sundon Road, B579 Luton Road and four bridges passing over the A5-M1 Link. The first phase of work will include the construction of the new B579 Luton Road east and west, temporary link roads and Sundon Road bridge.
2 new retail stores coming to East Naples
naplesnews.com 16 Mar, 2015
Two new retail stores in Southwest Florida are planning to open before the end of the year along U.S. 41 East in East Naples. Lucky’s Market, an organic grocery store, is coming to Naples Towne Center, and Sears Outlet is replacing Sunshine Ace Hardware after it relocates to its new location nearby.
Angola: Construction of New Bridge Over Kwanza River Starts This Year
allafrica.com 16 Feb, 2015
Angolan National Road Institute (INEA) shall start construction of the new bridge over Kwanza river, connecting with the national road number 100 (Luanda-Lobito) this year. The new bridge has been projected to be similar to a motorway. Gradually the rivers Longa and Queve, in the same section, will equally get new bridges with the modern characteristics.
U.K. auto parts maker opening facility in St. Charles County
bizjournals.com 16 Mar, 2015
Universal Components Group (UCG) plans to spend $765,000 to put a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in O’Fallon, Missouri. UCG’s existing relationship with Wainwright Industries in Wentzville prompted the move. The Missouri Department of Economic Development offered an incentive package to UCG, if it meets job creation and investment criteria.
SOCAR expands petroleum business in Ukraine
vestnikkavkaza.net 16 Mar, 2015
The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has opened a petroleum station in Mykolayev. The company sells Euro-5 fuel produced in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. The SOCAR plans to have up to 60 petroleum stations in Ukraine by the end of 2015. It owns petroleum stations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland.
India’s IL&FS signs MoU for key Nepal road project
BS 16 Mar, 2015
IL&FS on March 16, signed an MoU with the Nepalese government to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for a key fast-track road project in the Himalayan nation. The Rs.62 billion Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track Road aims to link Nijgarh and Bara with capital Kathmandu, where the Nepal government is also planning to develop a second international airport. The DPR is expected to complete within four months. The 76.2-km long express highway will be built on the BOOT (Built, Operate, Own and Transfer) model.
Construction begins on Bourne community solar farm
pennenergy.com 16 Mar, 2015
IGS Solar, LLC has teamed up with Beaumont Solar Co., to build a 1.3 MW ground-mounted solar array that will provide renewable energy to the Bourne community. The community solar farm is currently being constructed at 53 MacArthur Blvd in Bourne. IGS and the Bourne Recreation Authority, have signed a long-term agreement to provide clean energy to the John Gallo Ice Arena.
Siemens to build blade factory in Egypt
windpowermonthly.com 16 Mar, 2015
Siemens has signed firm agreements with the Egyptian government to develop 2GW of wind projects and build a blade factory in the country. Egypt has great potential for wind power generation, especially in the Gulf of Suez and the Nile Valley. The agreement was part of a wider deal, which would see Siemens develop 6.4GW of power generation.
Ming Yang completes 6.5 MW wind turbine prototype
windpowerengineering.com 16 Mar, 2015
China Ming Yang Wind Power Group Limited announced that its Super Compact Drive (SCD) offshore wind turbine prototype, with a 6.5-megawatt (MW) platform, began trial operation in March. The SCD prototype can be expanded and developed to a series of wind turbine generators (WTGs), with capacity ranging from 5.0 MW to 7.0 MW. The commercial trial operation was done in Rudong, Jiangsu Province, China.
Ashwin Muthiah’s firm plans $1-bn US plant
BS 16 Mar, 2015
Ashwin Muthiah’s firm, AM International will set up an 800-tonne ammonia manufacturing plant at Louisiana at an investment of $1 billion. Jindal has offered the company a performance¬ based $5.6-million grant to offset the project’s infrastructure costs. AM Agrigen Industries, a subsidiary which will execute the project, has selected a St Charles Parish site. Feasibility studies are underway and the company has secured an option to purchase 650 acres of land. It has also received the requisite environmental permits. Construction is likely to begin in the last quarter of 2015 and be completed in about 30 months. AM Agrigen Industries plans to tap a mix of global investors, apart from roping in companies with which it will have offtake agreements for ammonia to fund the project. The bulk of the investment will come from the group’s holding company, AM International.
GCC plastic production to reach 34m tonnes by 2020
tradearabia.com 16 Mar, 2015
The plastics production capacity in the GCC grew 6 per cent to 25.5 million tonnes in 2014 and is projected to further increase 25 per cent to 33.8 million tonnes by 2020. The GCC manufacturers are also awaiting a significant rise in the product portfolio, which is set to go up from the current 13 to nearly 30 in the following years in order to cater to the growing demand from sectors like aviation, transport and food packaging. Domestic demand for plastics is growing fast in the GCC. The per capita consumption of plastics is estimated at 39 kg in the region, 33 per cent higher than the world average.
Bolivia and Brazil to Work on Hydroelectric Projects
laht.com 16 Mar, 2015
Bolivia and Brazil are preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding covering the development of two hydroelectric power projects. The agreement is designed to spur viability, design and construction studies for the Rio Madera and Cachuela Esperanza hydroelectric projects. The Rio Madera binational project could generate 3,000 MW, while the Cachuela Esperanza project is expected to generate 700 MW.
Another gas pipeline to run through Tremont Township
republicanherald.com 16 Mar, 2015
The Tremont Township plans another natural gas pipeline in Molleystown. Future Power PA LLC is developing a natural gas-fired combined cycle electric power plant in Porter Township, near Good Spring, and required a new 10- to 12-inch natural gas pipeline be constructed. The line will begin in Heidelberg Township, Berks County, and run through Tremont, Porter, and Frailey townships in Schuylkill County, a distance of approximately 23 miles. The construction of the new power plant is expected to begin in the final quarter of 2015 and be complete during the first quarter of 2018, while the pipeline will start in mid-2016 and be complete by mid-2017
YOTEL to Open its First Hotel in Dubai, UAE
virtualpressoffice.com 16 Mar, 2015
Yotel has signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties LLC (‘DIP’) to operate a new hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE. When complete in early 2018, the 42-storey property designed by Arkiteknik International will boast 438 ‘cabins’, furnished with the brand’s signature Techno Walls and Smart Beds, as well YOTEL’s exclusive Club Lounge, 127 serviced apartments, managed by YOTEL. The company is currently in advanced negotiations on potential hotel projects in other key destinations in the region, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi.
Thailand’s Manathai opens resort in Khao Lak
traveldailymedia.com 16 Mar, 2015
Thailand’s Manathai Hotels & Resorts has launched its first property in the beach resort area of Khao Lak. The new Manathai Khao Lak becomes only the third hotel in Manathai’s portfolio, following the Manathai Hua Hin and Manathai Surin Phuket. A fourth, Manathai Koh Samui, is set to open in the second quarter of 2015. The hotel features 158 rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, library, meeting space etc.
Por Cuisine opens new restaurant
phnompenhpost.com 16 Mar, 2015
Por Cuisine, a state of the art modern classic restaurant has been opened in Siem Reap. The restaurant features all day dining and hosts cocktail receptions, gala events and sit-down dinners with a variety of different themes. Por Cuisine has a capacity of up to 150 seats and 300 people for a standing finger food reception. The restaurant was formally opened in January this year.
Sanderson Farms to build new poultry complex
worldpoultry.net 16 Mar, 2015
Sanderson Farms plans a new poultry processing plant and waste water treatment facility at a site located in the town of St. Pauls and Robeson County, North Carolina, and the company has sites under consideration for a new hatchery. The state-of-the-art poultry complex will have the capacity to process 1.25 million birds per week. At full capacity, the complex will be equipped to process and sell approximately 500 million pounds of dressed poultry meat annually. It expects to invest approximately $139 million in the complex. The company expects to begin construction of the facilities this summer, with initial operations to begin during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016.
Glamour Eyeing E-commerce
wwd.com 16 Mar, 2015
Glamour is getting ready to take the leap into e-commerce in some form this year, starting in the U.K. and the U.S. It’s a common project of CNI and Condé Nast U.S. Other Glamour-ous projects include a pop-up café in four German cities in November, in partnership with fashion brands, and there are possible upcoming initiatives involving celebrities taking over Glamour Instagram feeds. Two new Glamour editions are in the works: Iceland and Turkey.
E-commerce expected to boom in 2015
english.vietnamnet.vn 16 Mar, 2015
One-third of Vietnamese access the internet regularly, 58 percent of websites allow orders online, and 15 percent of websites allow online payments. The smartphone market is booming in Vietnam, with 30 percent of the population using smartphones. Vietnamese users spend one-third of their time online on mobile devices. If the value of online goods transactions per head increases by $30 in 2015 in comparison with 2013, the total online goods turnover would be roughly $4 billion in 2015. Google, which has become a member of the Vietnam E-commerce Association, has said that it hopes to earn $30 million a year from the Vietnamese market. Alibaba and eBay, two giant online companies, have found official representatives in Vietnam, an important step to develop the market. Meanwhile, Amazon and Rakuten are seeking suitable partners and looking to purchase shares of Vietnamese online trade firms. Thai and South Korean firms are also believed to eye the Vietnamese market by seeking Vietnamese partners. Numerous Vietnamese e-commerce brands have increased recently. Analysts noted that Vietnam still does not have “major players” like Alibaba and e-Bay, but Vietnamese brands like Vat Gia, VC Corp, Cho Dien Tu (Peacesoft) and Mekongcom have become very familiar to consumers. The gap between Vietnam and developed economies, between the start and the place where the economies stand, is five to seven years.
Röchling to expand Czech plastic car parts plant
europeanplasticsnews.com 16 Mar, 2015
German plastic car parts maker Röchling is aiming to expand its production facility in Kopřivnice-Vlčovice industrial park, the Czech Republic. To carry out the investment, the company will add two new production halls, fitted with a floorspace of 2,200 square metres and 3,900 square metres, respectively, to the plant. Construction works will begin in May 2015, and are to be completed in January 2016. Röchling makes various plastic components for GM, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Škoda, Subaru etc.
Ibraco in RM212mil commercial hub project
thestar.com.my 16 Mar, 2015
Ibraco Bhd is embarking on another major joint-commercial centre project with a gross development value (GDV) of RM212mil in the prime greater Tabuan area along the Kuching-Kota Samarahan Expressway. (i) The project, located within the Tabuan Tranquility mixed project, comprises 112 units of three-storey shop-offices, as well as a parcel set aside for a private school/institute of higher learning. Construction work will commence soon and the project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2017. (ii) The 66ha Tabuan Tranquility, with a GDV of some RM520mil, was in the final stages of a five-phase development. Completed phases include 76 units of four-storey shophouses sold between RM1mil and RM1.79mil, 242 units of terraced houses, a Giant hypermarket, a petrol station and a drive-in McDonald’s restaurant. Ongoing phases include 94 units of double-storey, semi-detached houses, 398 units of terraced houses and 178 condominium units in six and 10-storey blocks. The entire project is due for completion in 2017. (iii) Most of the first phase comprising 74 units of three-storey shop-offices and one block of shops in the Bintulu Town Square project has been sold. It would soon launch the second phase comprising 200 units of medium-cost apartments, high-rise condominium units, a mall, shophouses and other components. The entire project, a joint venture with the Bintulu Development Authority, the first major integrated development undertaken by the company outside the state capital, has a GDV of over RM600mil. (iv) Technical details on the Kuching Waterfront extension project is being worked out.
Interserve JV to construct Rotherham biomass plant in UK
biopower.cleantechnology-business-review.com 16 Mar, 2015
A joint venture (JV) of Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund has won a £150m contract from the Brite Partnership North East to build a 45MW biomass-fired power plant in England, UK. To be built in Templeborough, Rotherham, the plant will be fired with locally sourced waste wood. Work on the plant is expected to commence shortly, with planned completion in the second quarter of 2017. Stobart Group has signed a 20-year biomass supply contract for the facility. Interserve’s portion of the project is worth £50m. Babcock & Wilcox Vølund will operate and maintain the Brite plant from 2017.
Lupin to buy out partner in SA’s Pharma Dynamics
PTI 16 Mar, 2015
Lupin has inked a pact to acquire an additional 40 per cent stake in South Africa’s Pharma Dynamics, taking its holding in the company to 100 per cent. As per the agreement, the founders of Pharma Dynamics will exercise their put option before March 31, 2015, for the 40 per cent equity stake they currently hold in the company. On completion of this transaction, Pharma Dynamics will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lupin, subject to closing conditions.
China’s TCL Corp to build factories in India, Brazil
Reuters 16 Mar, 2015
China’s TCL Corp is seeking to build factories in India and Brazil next year. It hopes to complete factory construction next year. TCL Corp is investing some 50 billion yuan in LCD screens, and in August, started construction of a 16 billion yuan project that will make high-end small- and medium-size panel displays in 2016.
Eversendai bags RM246m Saudi contracts
The Star Online 16 Mar, 2015
Eversendai Corporation Bhd has secured up to RM864mil of contracts since January 2015 with the most recent being two contracts in Saudi Arabia worth RM246mil. Its subsidiary won the first contract valued at RM203mil which was awarded by the BACS Joint Venture comprising of Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company, Almabani General Contractors and Consolidated Contractors Company WLL.The job is to construct the East, North & South Depots of the Riyadh Metro project – Package 1 (Lines 1 and 2) for the Riyadh Development Authority. The scope of work undertaken by Eversendai includes connection design, supply, fabrication, erection of steel work, application of intumescent fire proofing; inclusive of complete envelope cladding works for roofing and walling, and is scheduled to be completed by October 2016. It also secured the RM43mil contract for the connection design, supply, fabrication, erection of structural steel and complete envelope cladding works of roofing and walling for a conversion hangar in Riyadh. The hangar will be used for the servicing and maintenance of aircrafts. It had won structural steel works contracts for Nas Indoor Futsal and Volleyball Arena in Dubai, Reliance Convention Centre in India, PKT Logistics’ fourth generation warehouse dubbed the 12 Waves in Malaysia and the Al Wadha Arches and Visitors Centre in Qatar.
Xcel Energy Plans 140 MW of New Solar in New Mexico
rdrnews.com 15 Mar, 2015
Xcel Energy is adding 140 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy to its Texas-New Mexico generation mix with an agreement to purchase the output of two planned solar developments near Roswell, N.M. The company has signed two long-term power purchase agreements with affiliates of Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC, and expects to add the solar energy capacity in 2016. Xcel Energy announced in 2014 it was seeking up to 200 megawatts of solar energy for its Texas-New Mexico system. At roughly the same time, NextEra was looking to build three solar projects near Roswell in Chaves County, N.M., and the output of two of these three projects will make up the Xcel Energy purchase.
Area projects ready for spring start
oleantimesherald.com 15 Mar, 2015
Two multimillion-dollar projects – one private, the other public – outside downtown Olean are on track for a start this construction season. Orchard Park-based Krog Corp. will start construction of the $17 million Olean Gateway hotel and retail complex in May. Later this summer, efforts on a $19 million upgrade to the city’s wastewater treatment plant on South 19th Street are planned to start. (a) Olean Gateway will be built on a 60-acre lot. HK Olean Hotel LLC is overseeing the hotel’s construction and development, while Olean Gateway LLC is overseeing the retail complex component of the project. Phase one of Olean Gateway’s construction will take most of this year. The remaining four phases would be completed by 2020. Immediately behind the hotel and retail complex’s construction zone, Poughkeepsie-based BQ Energy will build the 24-acre “Solean” power project, a $15 million solar energy generating facility. The array is expected to produce 2.7 megawatts of electricity. St. Bonaventure University will be the primary recipient of energy from the facility and will receive around $100,000 in annual power credits from National Grid. (b) Plans for the wastewater treatment plant are nearing completion. The project is being designed by the O’Brien and Gere engineering firm. The project will be bid out in April, opening bids in May and awarding the project contract in June. Construction is expected to commence in August. It’s being funded by a $19 million bond, approximately $18 million of which is interest-free. Improvements to the plant include replacing most of its machinery, including pumps, filters and emergency power generators; refurbishing waste processing containers, including its four digesters and holding tanks; and renovating the facility’s administrative building, among other changes. (c) Work will soon resume on the $8.85 million overhaul of North Union Street. Plans are also being discussed for continued renovation work at Bradner Stadium and various road repair projects around the city.
Jeddah road, bridge projects to be completed in time
arabnews.com 15 Mar, 2015
Six projects are currently under construction in Jeddah. One of these projects is the tunnel that extends throughout King Abdulaziz Road and its intersection with Palestine and Al-Hamra Streets. Another mayor infrastructure being hauled is the tunnel and bridge of Prince Majed Road Intersection with the old Makkah Road, in addition to a two-way tunnel at the Old Makkah Road. Around SR1.5 billion were allocated to support the general budget. Bidding just started for 17 developmental projects, while the municipality signed contracts for 124 infrastructure projects last year estimated at SR3 billion. The total financial allocations for the past two years amount to SR4 billion and 506 million to implement these projects in different sectors in Jeddah and the accompanying governorates. The implemented projects included the construction of new roads and maintenance of old ones including bridges, tunnels, asphalt paving and lighting. The municipality has also implemented public infrastructure projects such as waterfronts, open areas and public parks.
$158 Billion In Foreign Investments Signed By Egypt
egyptianstreets.com 15 Mar, 2015
The second day of Egypt’s Economic Development Conference at Sharm el-Sheikh saw the country sign agreements and memoranda of understanding with international companies worth $US 158 billion dollars.
1) China’s State Grid signed with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company an agreement to develop Egypt’s electricity transmission grid at the cost of $1.8 billion. 2) Siemens signed a group of memoranda of understanding with Egypt’s Electricity Ministry to establish power stations at the cost of $10 billion 3) Electricity Minister also signed two memoranda of understanding with Saudi Arabia-based power and water project developer ACWA Power and the United Arab Emirates’ state-owned renewable energy firm Masdar. The first MoU was signed with ACWA Power and Masdar to establish a 2200 megawatts electricity power station, a 1500 megawatt solar energy station and a 500 megawatt wind energy station, at the cost of $2.4 billion. The second memorandum was signed with ACWA Power to establish a power station generating 2000 megawatts of electricity through the use of coal, costing $7 billion. The power station is scheduled to expand to generate 4000 megawatts of electricity. 4) Egypt’s Petroleum Minister signed an energy deal worth $12 billion with British Petroleum. The deal is set to provide Egypt with a quarter of local energy production and will contribute to filling the gap in demand of petroleum products by 2020. The deal will see the BP develop 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 55 million barrels of condensates in the West Nile Delta area. 5) Italy’s oil company Eni signed with Egypt a framework agreement worth around $5 billion to develop the country’s oil resources over the next four years. Eni aims to develop 200 million barrels of oil and around 37 billion cubic metres of gas. Egypt’s government is also scheduled to sign an agreement with British energy company BG to invest $4 billion over the next two years. 6) Egypt’s Housing Ministry signed an MoU with the Emirati Aabar and the Egyptian Palm Hills real estate companies for a project worth $19.7 billion. The new projects will be located in the 6 of October city west of Cairo. Egypt’s government launched a new administrative capital east of Cairo at the cost of $45 billion, due to be built within the next five to seven years. 7) The international Beyti company will invest $4 billion in Egypt’s food industry. The investment would involve establishing a new juice factory in Beheira. 8) PepsiCo will expand its production in Egypt by investing $500 million this year 9) The Islamic Development Bank signed with the Egyptian government six agreements worth $3.875 billion. The agreements include a project to develop the International Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, and a petroleum refinery in Assiut. 10) Supplies Minister also signed two deals with the Emirati Swaidan company worth $6 billion.
Western Kenya power deal signed
busiweek.com 15 Mar, 2015
Two contracts have been signed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) for the implementation of the Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu electricity transmission project. The new 400kV line will bring geothermal energy from the increased capacity at Olkaria to western Kenya. The planned network involves connecting to the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnector which terminates at Suswa substation, via the Olkaria-Suswa project. The line will run from Olkaria to Lessos (near Eldoret), connecting to Tororo in Uganda via the Kenya Uganda interconnector and further to Rwanda. The Olkaria – Lessos – Kisumu project shall consist of three lots, whose tenders were awarded to: Kalpataru Power Transmission CompanyLimited (India) in joint venture with Kinden Corporation (Japan) for Lot 1; NARI Group Corporation (NARI) and China Construction Civil Engineering Limited Consortium (China) for Lot 2; and SIEYUAN Electric Co. Limited (China) for Lot 3. Lot 1 involves the construction of an approximately 213 km, 400kV transmission line from the Olkaria substation to the Lessos substation. The line is designed for 400kV use, but will initially be operated as a 220kV link. The scope of Lot 2 is to construct approximately 100km of 220kV double circuit line from Lessos to Kisumu. This lot also includes the interconnection line of approximately 3.5 km of 132kV double circuit line between the new 220kV Kisumu East substation in Kibos and the existing 132kV Kisumu substation in Mamboleo. Lot 3 shall involve the expansion of the existing Olkaria-II substation, works at the Lessos substation, the expansion of the existing Mamboleo substation and construction of the new 150 MVA 220/132/33 kV Kibos substation.
Work starts on main road into £210million Skypark
exeterexpressandecho.co.uk 15 Mar, 2015
Work has started on a new primary access road to open up the office element at the £210m Skypark scheme near Exeter. The new Western Avenue Road, entering the western end of the 100-acre site off the Clyst Honiton bypass, is due to be completed in September by civil engineering and building company Dawnus Construction Ltd. St Modwen is Devon County Council’s joint venture partner for the 20-year Skypark project. Skypark combines office, industrial and distribution space with hotel, local facilities and a biomass and gas combined heat and power plant in a landscaped environment of over 100 acres. When complete it will provide 1.4 million sq ft of warehouse, industrial and office space.
Urban Polymers sets up plastics recycling plant in North York
insidetoronto.com 14 Mar, 2015
Canada Fibers Ltd’s new plastics recycling plant is opening in April at at 130 Arrow Rd, North York. The 160,000-square-foot facility, named Urban Polymers, will focus on creation of pure, homogeneous plastic materials from post-consumer and post-industrial waste, using state-of-the-art equipment and additive formulations sourced globally. During its initial phases of development, Urban Polymers will focus on production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flake material, as well as products of compounded polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in pellet form. The plant will be capable of processing 25 million pounds a year of PET and 11 million pounds a year of PP and PE during its initial phase of development.
China firm wants to build railway in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta hub
tuoitrenews.vn 14 Mar, 2015
A Chinese firm has expressed interest in setting up a railway system in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho. The railway would connect the Mekong Delta hub with Ho Chi Minh City and the Cambodian cities of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. The project includes the establishment of a complex of an industrial park, a retreat center, a residential area, and a hi-tech hub. It will be funded by an assistance loan from South Korea and other foreign sources. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has proposed building a 180km Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City track, whereas the respective lengths of the services to Siem Riep and Phnom Penh are 320km and 243km.
Developer Proposes 74-Unit Housing Complex In Sandy Hook Center
newtownbee.com 14 Mar, 2015
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is reviewing a request for sanitary sewer service at an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, where a local builder/developer proposes the construction of a 74-unit multifamily apartment complex known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village. Developer/builder Michael Burton wants the WSA to designate 9,250 gallons of sewage treatment capacity at the sewage plant for wastewater disposal. The project would include an affordable housing component. Preliminary drawings for the complex indicate five buildings, including three-story and two-story structures.
India, Sri Lanka sign four agreements
PTI 13 Mar, 2015
India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements on visa, customs, youth development and building Rabindranath Tagore memorial in Sri Lanka. India stands ready to help Trincomalee become a petroleum hub and announced that New Delhi will provide a fresh Line of Credit of up to $ 318 million for the railways sector in Lanka. This will be used to procure rolling stock, and to restore and upgrade existing railway track. The Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka have agreed to enter into a Currency Swap Agreement of $ 1.5 billion to help keep the Sri Lankan rupee stable
Shin-Etsu Chemical to expand silicones production in Thailand
chemicals-technology.com 13 Mar, 2015
Japan-based Shin-Etsu Chemical is planning to strengthen its silicones business with the expansion of production capacity in Thailand, as well as establishing a new technical centre in New Jersey, US. As part of the expansion, Shin-Etsu will increase its silicone monomer plant’s production capacity by 50% from 70,000t a year to 105,000t a year. The company will also increase its silicone polymer production capacity by about 40%, to 74,000t a year. Construction of the expansion project, which is estimated to cost JPY20bn, is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The new centre, in cooperation with the Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center at Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture in Japan, will work on expanding the company’s silicones business in the US
ENMAX and Capital Power commission 800MW natural gas-fuelled power station in Canada
power-technology.com 13 Mar, 2015
ENMAX and Capital Power have started operations of the 800MW Shepard Energy Centre (Shepard) in east Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The natural gas fuelled facility is ready to be connected to the provincial power grid in Alberta. The centre features combined-cycle technology with dual combustion turbines. The facility utilises the waste heat generated from each turbine for additional power generation, which makes it 30% more efficient than conventional coal-fired facilities. Capital Power shall continue to work with ENMAX to deliver Genesee 4 & 5, Alberta’s next large natural gas-fuelled generation facility near the end of the decade.
Sanderson to develop Malaysia park
interpark.co.uk 13 Mar, 2015
Sanderson Group is to design and build a 500,000sq.ft theme park and waterpark in the Harbour City development at Pulau Melaka, Malaysia. The MYR800m, one million sq.ft Harbour City development, set for completion in early 2019, includes a six-storey shopping complex with over 800 retail stores, three five-star hotels. Plans for the theme park include the Ocean Kingdom indoor and outdoor water theme park, Sky Deck theme park, Extreme theme park and man-made Sky Beach.
Chile’s ENAP to build $30 mln oil pipeline in Egypt
Reuters 13 Mar, 2015
A subsidiary of Chile’s state oil company ENAP will invest $30 million to build a 90 km oil pipeline in Egypt’s Western Desert. The pipeline would allow the company to extract oil from a new discovery west of Cairo and sell it to the Egyptian government which is facing a severe energy crunch.
Huntsville Utilities to build its first and priciest water treatment plant in three decades
whnt.com 13 Mar, 2015
Huntsville Utilities plans to build a new water treatment plant with an $83.5 million price tag. The new plant will be built on 250-plus acres near Highway 431 and Guntersville Dam Road in Marshall County. The company’s two current treatment plants have the capacity to treat 96 million gallons of water per day. The new plant near the Guntersville Dam will treat an additional 24 million gallons. Construction on the new plant is expected to start in the next few months with the goal to open by the summer of 2018.
New Restaurant to Open in Hickory
whky.com 13 Mar, 2015
Neon Noodle restaurant is opening on March 16 in Hickory in the Second Street Square complex at 958 Second Street N.E. It will feature a unique atmosphere, combining modern with traditional Asian cuisine. Many of the noodles and tofu products are made in-house.
Flora’s restaurant opening Monday in Lancaster
lancasteronline.com 13 Mar, 2015
Flora’s, a restaurant that offers dishes influenced by a variety of Latino cultures, is opening on March 16 in Lancaster. Menu items at Flora’s include paella, a Spanish rice with scallops or shrimp, as well as pollo guisado, a Dominican braised chicken with sauce and vegetables served over rice. The restaurant has seating for 20 in a front room, including spots at window counters and wall tables. There is also room for 12 at a communal table in the back.
Jefferson County to work on more than 17 bridges in 2015
wtov9.com 13 Mar, 2015
The Jefferson County is looking to improve its bridge program, and with this past year, it has taken a major step forward. Of the 248 bridges the office keeps up with, many are troubled. Last year, 15 bridges needed to be repaired or replaced. Seven bridges are planned to be replaced this year – three with funds from the federal highway administration and one funded by the state and three funded by Ohio Public Works. It also plans to continue repairing more than 10 structures and upgrade and replace more bridges over the next few years.
Biz group on board with natural gas pipeline expansion
wpri.com 13 Mar, 2015
The Rhode Island Business Coalition praised the preliminary approval by federal regulators of the expansion of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline in New England. The pipeline passes through northwest Rhode Island and brings natural gas to New England from shale fields in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Ecuador to spur development of 36 mining projects
bnamericas.com 13 Mar, 2015
Ecuador’s government, which halted mining operations in 2008 in a bid to redraft mining legislation, now plans to spur 36 projects to produce gold, copper and molybdenum. It has lined up 96 projects in the mining and manufacturing industries which will require US$37bn in financing. Mining projects include Llumiragua, Tola Norte, Nanguipa, El Torneado, La Bonita, Telimbela, Pacto and Sangola. Ecuador is seeking to drum up more foreign investment after oil prices fell by half since mid-2014, slashing government revenue. Industry projects include petrochemical and paper plants, steelworks, copper and aluminum smelters and shipyards.
Ryder Opens Commercial Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Center
environmentallader.com 13 Mar, 2015
Ryder Systems has opened a new maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, to provide commercial natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance for companies that outsource their fleet management to Ryder; the facility will also feature a rental counter for businesses in need of a commercial vehicle. The company has deployed compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana, as well as in Canada. Last month, Ryder Systems launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its entire North American maintenance network consisting of more than 6,000 employees across Ryder’s 800 facilities.
Best Western has a New Hotel in Jakarta
ftnnews.com 13 Mar, 2015
Best Western International has opened a new hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. Located in the upscale Pondok Indah district of South Jakarta, the 10-story BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Bellevue offers 156 guest rooms and suites, all equipped with modern amenities as a business center and a choice of three meeting rooms able to accommodate between 50 and 250 people, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, spa etc.
Siemens upgrade to 7MW wind turbine
oedigital.com 13 Mar, 2015
Siemens has introduced the new Siemens SWT-7.0-154, a generator upgrade to seven megawatt (MW) which delivers nearly ten percent more energy production than the predecessor under offshore wind conditions. Additionally, the converter and transformer have been upgraded, in line with the higher electrical output. All other components remain the same as the 6MW wind turbine, SWT-6.0-154. The 6MW version will continue to be available for sale but following the improvements, Siemens has renamed the product platform to D7. The SWT-7.0-154 is set to go into series production by 2017.
Brazil Adecoagro to test new 80 MW in biomass plant
renewables.seenews.com 13 Mar, 2015
Brazilian electricity sector regulator Aneel allowed Adecoagro Vale do Ivinhema SA to start test operation of two new units of 40 MW each in its Amandina biomass plant. The bagasse-fuelled plant is located in Ivinhema, Mato Grosso do Sul state, where the company has a sugarcane mill with a crushing capacity of 2 million tonnes. In June 2014, Aneel issued a permit for commercial operation of the first 40-MW unit in the power plant.
Uganda to spend $365 million to revamp main airport
sowetanlive.co.za 13 Mar, 2015
Uganda will spend $365 million over the next six years to upgrade its sole international airport to accommodate growing passenger numbers. Uganda is at various stages of implementing several multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, including two hydro power dams, a refinery, express highways and a railway line to expand its economy and prepare for oil production around 2018. The money to improve Entebbe International Airport would come from internal savings and debt. A new passenger terminal building, air traffic control tower and cargo handling centre will be built, while two existing runways will be re-built.
Google opens first store
oregonlive.com 13 Mar, 2015
Google has opened its first Google Shop in London. Employees at the shop will offer training on how to use Android devices, Android apps, Chromebook laptops and Chromecasts. Google is also planning to open up two more stores in the U.K.
Work on building new £165 million hospital in Cambridge to start straight away
cambridge-news.co.uk 13 Mar, 2015
Work will start immediately on the construction of the £165 million New Papworth Hospital at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. A £47 million loan is coming from the European Investment Bank (EIB), to part-fund the move. Private finance and public sector funding will go into the construction of the 310-bed hospital which is being transferred from its historic site in Papworth.
SDC to spend up to $1.2m on bridges
stuff.co.nz 13 Mar, 2015
The Southland District Council will spend up to $1.2million upgrading bridges before the end of June this year. The 2014-15 Bridge Renewal programme, obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals 13 bridges will be upgraded this year in the hopes the council will be able to remove weight limits on the bridges. 114 bridges had their postings confirmed. One of the bridges, which could cost the most to repair at up to $250,000, is on Dipton Flat Road, in a forestry area. Most of the funding comes from the ‘minor improvements fund’, allocated to the council by the NZTA. Some of the bridges have already been upgraded.
New ski resort to open in Svaneti
dfwatch.net 13 Mar, 2015
A new ski resort is to open in the Svaneti region in the northwest of Georgia in December, 2015. It will have the longest ski slope in South Caucasus – 9.5 km long – and be open for more than six months a year with a capacity of more than 6,800 visitors. Tetnuldi lies inside the planned Zemo Svaneti National Park. USD 40 million has been invested in the project by the governments of Georgia and France. Construction started in May 2014.
New grocery coming to Avondale Meadows area
wthr.com 13 Mar, 2015
Save-A-Lot Food Stores has committed to building a new flagship grocery in the Avondale Meadows area along East 38th Street at Indianapolis. Save-A-Lot will build a 16,000-square-foot store on a nearly seven-acre lot on the northeast corner of 38th and Meadows Drive. Plans also call include space for three or four small retailers. It is expected to break ground this summer with the new store opening in the spring of 2016. It would be the seventh Save-A-Lot in Indianapolis.
First specialised Furniture Hub to be built in Sungei Kadut
straitstimes.com 13 Mar, 2015
The JTC Furniture Hub is set to be the first specialised high-rise and multi-tenanted development for furniture companies and related service-providers in the furniture industry. It will be developed as a new building of its own in the Sungei Kadut Industrial area. Within the Hub, the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) will be managing a training institute for people within the furniture industry, such as carpenters and designers, to receive skills training and improve their creative craftsmanship. SFIC will also run a design lab for new companies to innovate their furniture ideas, and a showroom for both trade visitors and the public.
Wood Group wins £40m Norway gas plant contract
BBC 13 Mar, 2015
Wood Group has won a contract worth more than £40m to expand and upgrade a Norwegian gas processing plant. The firm will carry out engineering modifications and upgrades to the Kollsnes facility. The contract was awarded by Statoil on behalf of plant operator Gassco. It has already started work on the project, which will last through 2017. The scope of the contract includes front-end engineering design as well as work on updating electrical, instrumentation and control systems. The Kollsnes plant processes natural gas from the Troll, Kvitebjorn and Visund fields in the North Sea. It will be capable of processing 144.5 million cubic metres per day of gas.
Vietnam starts 120-megawatt wind farm in Central Highlands
thanhniennews.com 13 Mar, 2015
Vietnam began constructing a 120-megawatt wind farm with a total investment of 6 trillion dong in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. HBRE Wind Power Solution Co. will build the project in three phases through 2020. General Electric Co. will provide the project’s 60 turbines. The first phase, which uses 14 two-megawatt turbines, would start generating electricity next year. Vietnam aims to produce 1,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020. Vestas Wind Systems A/S has signed a deal with Phu Cuong Co. to develop a 170-megawatt wind farm in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang. The $436-million project is expected to begin construction in 2016 and start generating power the following year.
GE to invest $200 mln in Egypt manufacturing facility
Reuters 13 Mar, 2015
General Electric is investing $200 million in a manufacturing and training facility in Egypt’s Suez City. the investment would focus on power generation, renewables, water, oil and gas, aviation and rail transport.
NRI Founded Healthcare Opens 100-Bed Hospital in Dubai
PTI 13 Mar, 2015
An NRI founded healthcare facility has inaugurated a 100-bed hospital in Dubai. The new branch of Aster DM Healthcare was inaugurated. The group operates over 239 health facilities across the Middle East and India. These facilities offer primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care. The hospital also has a speciality mother and neonatal care unit to provide tertiary level care during pregnancy and to premature babies, especially critically-ill neonates.
Union Bank opens UK arm; to expand in Europe
HBL 13 Mar, 2015
Public sector Union Bank of India opened its British subsidiary in London, on 13 March, with plans for a balance sheet of up to $1 billion in the next few years, and the potential for further expansion into Europe. Opening a subsidiary, regulated by Britain’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, would give the bank freedom to expand its branch network in the UK, as well as into the Euro area. The bank would focus on funding large corporates and British small and medium sized businesses, as well as retail customers.
Dangote S$400 million cement plant to be commissioned
lusakatimes.com 12 Mar, 2015
Dangote Industries’ US$400 million cement plant in Masaiti district on the Copperbelt will be commissioned by the end this month. The commissioning of the cement plant has been delayed due to flooding coupled with the delay in getting a permit from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA). Another cement plant to be constructed in Chilanga is making progress. Permission has already been granted to get into the land and start mining and most likely the same contractor (SINOMA) might move to build an identical plant with the one in Masaiti.
Bolivia seeks to invest US$410mn in El Mutún
bnamericas.com 12 Mar, 2015
The Bolivian government has drafted a three-stage plan to start building the delayed El Mutún iron and steel project this year. A national steel plan has lined up funding to invest US$410mn in the first stage of the project, which will take 30 months. International financing will cover 85% of the first stage while the state fund the remainder. Two more stages will be built by 2025. El Mutún is projected to produce 150,000t/y of iron during the first stage, which will cover 65% of the local construction industry’s iron demand. El Mutún project will involve construction of direct reduced iron (DRI), pellet, laminating, oxygen and thermal power plants. The plant will be supplied with 300,000m3/d of natural gas during the first stage and 3Mm3/d by 2025.
4.3 megawatts of solar capacity proposed in Milton
vtdigger.org 12 Mar, 2015
The Selectboard will be asked at its March 16th meeting to authorize contract negotiations with preferred vendor Sun Edison to construct two solar arrays on leased Town property. Over 20 years these arrays are expected to yield the Town over $2 million. This benefit will be realized through savings in electricity cost through net metering credits coupled with lease payments and tax revenue paid by Sun Edison. The Milton Community Solar Park (MCSP) would be built on both the capped and uncapped portions of the former Town Landfill. It would be sized with 3.8 Megawatts (MW) of capacity, capable of producing upwards of 4.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually. The systems are slated to be operational by December 2016.
Two new road projects start in Tulsa
krmg.com 12 Mar, 2015
The City of Tulsa is starting a concrete patching project on Sheridan between 44th and 46th Streets. This new project is expected to take about a month. The City of Tulsa also announced a new construction project on Yale Avenue. The work will happen between Admiral and 11th Street on Yale. The road will be narrowed to one lane each way until January 2016.
Calbee UK plant to start production in June
just-food.com 12 Mar, 2015
Japanese snacks group Calbee has confirmed production at its new UK plant at Deeside will start in June. Calbee has yet to disclose what specific lines will be made at what is set to be its first production plant in Europe. Calbee wants to generate sales of GBP65m within the next five years.Last month, Calbee announced plans to open a subsidiary in Spain, with the company set to start selling its Harvest Snaps product in the country. It plans to establish the production and sales arm in April, although it did not disclose where the subsidiary would be based. It is aiming for annual net sales of JPY5bn by the end of fiscal year 2021.
Russia to build Macedonia gas pipeline, possible Turkey route link
Reuters 12 Mar, 2015
Russia’s Stroitransgaz will build a gas pipeline across Macedonia, which could eventually be used as part of a route to supply Europe with Russian gas via Turkey. The Negotino-Klecovce gas pipeline is 96.6 km long. Stroitransgaz will build 61 km of the link by June 2016. Moscow plans to build an undersea pipeline to Turkey, a replacement for the cancelled South Stream project via Bulgaria. The details of an onward route from Turkey through Greece have not been finalised. Stroitransgaz, 63 percent owned by Timchenko, led a consortium which planned to build South Stream. It will carry out its work as part of the repayment of the outstanding debt between the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia, of which Macedonia was a member. The cost of the entire project stands at $75.7 million.
Plans for Geraldine’s first waste water treatment plant nearing final steps
whnt.com 12 Mar, 2015
Geraldine town plans a waste water treatment plant. The plans for the plant began nearly two years ago when the town got a grant to help facilitate the project. The town is in the final stages before bidding the project out.
Kay-Lynn’s Boutique opens in Industrial Park
wagonertribune.com 12 Mar, 2015
A new boutique – the Kay-Lynn’s Boutique has been opened at the Wagoner Industrial Park at 906 S. Adams Ave., The boutique specializes in clothing, accessories and jewelry, and also a home decor section of the store it is currently stocking.
Govt to Spend Rp 14.5t on Agro-Industrial Areas
Jakarta Globe 12 Mar, 2015
The Industry Ministry plans to begin construction of two agriculture-based industrial areas in Palu, Central Sulawesi, and Bitung, North Sulawesi, in June. Sulut Membangun, a consortium of companies based in North Sulawesi, is tasked to build the industrial area in Bitung on 53 hectares of land. The project is estimated at Rp 2 trillion. Meanwhile, province-owned Bangun Palu Sulteng will spend up to Rp 12.5 trillion for its construction of the 1,500 hectares industrial park in Palu. The former will focus on fisheries, logistics and coconut industry. The industrial park in Palu will specialize in the rattan, seaweed, cacao, and mineral industry.
Port moves forward on warehouse expansion
newsherald.com 12 Mar, 2015
The Panama City Port Authority moved forward with efforts to expand warehouse space at its Intermodal Distribution Center on U.S. 231. Currently, half of the 150,000 square-foot warehouse is being utilized by moving and storage company Aadvantage North American. The estimated $4.5 million project would expand the current warehouse by about 100,000 square feet. The port currently has a $1 million matching grant to put toward the warehouse, and officials hope to grant money allocated at the next meeting of the Florida Ports Council. The board approved spending up to $36,500 for engineering firm Hatch Mott McDonald to prepare a request for qualifications for the project, which will be completed through a design/build contract. The board also addressed another IDC project, accepting a $245,000 bid from GAC Contractors for site work on another parcel at the distribution center.
Gates Corporation Announces Release of 132 New Automotive Aftermarket Parts
globalnewswire.com 12 Mar, 2015
Gates Corporation has expanded its extensive Original Equipment (OE) quality automotive products line with 132 new part numbers this month. The product release includes five new sizes of the FleetRunner Hi-Temp Straight Coolant Hose. It also includes two complete turbocharger hose assemblies which complement Gates growing line of turbocharger hoses and kits.These assemblies for Sprinter Vans include all OE Exact components (hoses, mounting bracket) at a competitive aftermarket price. This extension of 20 new parts is comprised of Thermostat Housing Assemblies, Water Outlets, Thermostat Covers, Coolant Air Bleeder Housings and more. Also on the lineup this month are 14 new parts for light duty water pumps. Recognized for durability and quality, our water pumps are constructed with premium materials for maximum performance
Friends American Grill opening new restaurant at The Exchange at University Parkway
gwinnettdailypost.com 12 Mar, 2015
The Exchange at University Parkway plans to add Friends American Grill to its growing roster of restaurants. The restaurant chain is expected to open on Exchange Boulevard, at the Bethlehem shopping center in the third quarter of 2015. Friends has five existing locations in Dacula, Suwanee, Buford, Winder and Dawsonville.
Ottawa airport opening new restaurants and stores
ottawacitizen.com 12 Mar, 2015
Two new quick-service restaurants, The Local and PZA have come up in the post-security area at Ottawa airport. And the existing full-service restaurants, the Rideau Bar & Grill and Byward Taps have introduced new menus that reflect the flavours, influences and local products of the region. This spring, Good Earth Coffeehouse will open with premium coffee and home-baked goods in the pre-security area of the terminal and The Tulip Bar and Wine Lounge will open this summer in the post-security area with Canadian and international wines and cocktails, along with small-plates cuisine. Metalsmiths Sterling opened last month and offers exclusive, designed-in-Canada sterling silver jewelry and accessories post-security. Others include electronics boutique iStore, The Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, and duty-free shops that have been renamed The Loop.
L&T Infotech appoints Chad Alderson as Canada subsidiary chief executive
indiablooms.com 12 Mar, 2015
L&T Infotech announced the strengthening of its leadership team in Northern America and Canada business, with the appointment of Chad Alderson as the Chief Executive for L&T Infotech Financial Services Technology Inc. Effective March 2015, Alderson will be responsible for the growth of the Canadian business within L&T Infotech’s overall services and product solutions offerings.
Crompton Greaves bags order worth 3.4 million euro from SEC
Livemint 12 Mar, 2015
Avantha Group Company, Crompton Greaves (CG) has been awarded a prestigious contract worth 3.4 million euro by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), to supply ZIV three phase smart meters. The company has bagged the largest lot for the supply of the first batch of industrial smart meters.
Asif inaugurates 49.5MW wind power project in Thatta
customstoday.com.pk 12 Mar, 2015
A 49.5MW wind power project was inaugurated at Jhimpir in Thatta, which would be built by China’s Three Gorges-First Wind FarmPakistan Ltd, while CSCEC Wind Power Equipment Pakistan Ltd will be responsible for manufacturing facility. The Sindh Energy Development Department, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) and National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC) are also partners in the project.
China Firm Investing $7b In Hydropower Projects, Two Mou Signed
pakobserver.net 12 Mar, 2015
China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) is in the process of investing about US$ 7 billion in seven mega hydro power projects in Pakistan including Kohala (1100 MW), Kehrot (720 MW), Azad Pattan (640 MW) and Mehal (590 MW), which would be completed in the next five years. CTGC signed two MOUs with WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority, Pakistan). The MoUs are related to Cooperation in Training, Education as well as public private partnership for hydro power projects and water conservation.
Alliant Energy to build natural gas pipeline to Oakdale
host.madison.com 12 Mar, 2015
Alliant Energy Corp. will start construction next week of a 15-mile natural gas pipeline between New Lisbon and Oakdale. The pipeline will follow a route through Camp Douglas, and will end southwest of Oakdale. The installation is to be completed by the end of August.
Plastics-manufacturing estate planned for Mae Sot
bangkokpost.com 12 Mar, 2015
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand has signed an MoA with PTT Global Chemical Plc, the Federation of Thai Industries and the Plastics Institute of Thailand to study the development of a plastics complex on a 2,000-rai plot in Mae Sot in Tak province. The factory-estate operator would develop the infrastructure, while PTT Global Chemical will supply plastic pellets and the federation’s Plastic Industry Club will advise on production technologies and marketing. Construction would cost about 2 billion baht. The industrial zone is expected to be ready for commercial operation in 2017.
Keystone Automotive to open warehouse on West Plains
spokesman.com 12 Mar, 2015
Keystone Automotive Corp., a subsidiary of LKQ Corp will open a 250,000-square-foot warehouse off Hallett Road, south of Interstate 90 by the end of the year. The land is owned by SDS Realty Inc., which also handled the transaction. Garco Construction Inc. is building the warehouse. Keystone operates a smaller distribution center at 3200 E. Trent Ave.
Alibaba plans to invest $200 million in Snapchat
invezz.com 12 Mar, 2015
Alibaba Group Holding Plc plans to invest $200 million in Snapchat, the mobile messaging application that lets users send ephemeral photos. The investment from the Chinese e-commerce behemoth would give the US firm a valuation of $15 billion, making it one of the highest valued privately-held start-ups in the world. An investment in Snapchat would be consistent with Alibaba’s strategy to expand its reach globally.
Beijing to Complete 800 km of Railways in Surrounding Region in 2015
english.cri.cn 12 Mar, 2015
Beijing Railway Bureau is working on plans to create some 800 kilometres worth of railway lines through the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region this year. This would be around one-tenth of all planned railway construction for the whole of China this year. It will complete the Beijing-Tianjin inter-city railway which will be extended to the Binhai New Area in Tianjin. The project is scheduled to be finished by September. A high-speed train link between Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou is also part of the plan. That link will cross through the Badaling area of the Great Wall. Other railway construction plans this year in the BTH region include the Beijing-Baoding line and the Zhangjiakou-Tangshan line.
Sappi to build nanocellulose production facility in Netherlands
chemicals-technology.com 12 Mar, 2015
South Africa-based Sappi has announced a plan to construct a Cellulose NanoFibrils (CNF) (nanocellulose) production facility at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands. The unit, which is anticipated to start operations in nine months, will test the manufacturing of dry re-dispersible CNF and identify options for commercial production. Any of Sappi’s Saiccor, Ngodwana and Cloquet dissolving wood pulp plants will supply the the raw material for the new unit. The plant will use technology developed by Sappi and Edinburgh Napier University. It will have access to several partners, with whom Sappi will plan to co-develop products that incorporate CNF across various product applications.
Borneo Oil bags mining contract in Pahang
The Sun Daily 12 Mar, 2015
Borneo Oil Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Borneo Oil and Gas Corp Sdn Bhd (BOG) entered into an exclusive production sharing agreement with HDL Global Sdn Bhd to carry out mining works on an exclusive basis in Pahang. The agreement includes prospecting, exploration, mining, extraction, processing, marketing, sales and collection of sales revenue with respect to all minerals and precious metals including gold. It estimates an initial financial commitment of RM5 million for preliminary exploration works, a budget of RM20 million for plant and equipment and initial working capital of RM12 million for alluvial gold mining. HDL has five additional mining leases under application. It will carry out mining works on the mining area within six months from the date of the agreement, if exploration indicates the existence of such resources including gold.
SunEdison’s Japan project to be handled from India
HBL 12 Mar, 2015
The Indian arm of the US-based solar major, SunEdison, will be putting up a 9.6 MW solar plant at Tarumizu in Japan, for which the company has recently secured a non-recourse loan of $21 million from a Japanese Shinsei Bank.
Collierville OKs Helena Chemical expansion
bizjournals.com 11 Mar, 2015
The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the final site plans for Helena Chemical Co.’s expansion into a two-storey, 52,000-square-foot mixed-use development at Schilling Farms. The agricultural chemical company’s Southern Business Unit will occupy the second floor, and 21,300 square feet of the first floor will be dedicated to office space and the rest retail space. Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. is building the mixed-use development on a 3-acre lot. In December, the project was granted a seven-year, $55,636 payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentive and a seven-year, $166,901 tax abatement from Collierville’s Industrial Development Board. The approved site plans also include a second, 9,000-square-foot building dedicated solely to retail. Linkous Construction is anticipated to begin construction this spring.
Cemento Tupi confirms plans to build US$295m plant in Parana
globalcement.com 11 Mar, 2015
Cemento Tupi plans to build a US$295m cement plant in Adrianople, Paraná.
PPC Zimbabwe invests US$75m on Harare plant in 2015
globalcement.com 11 Mar, 2015
PPC Zimbabwe intends to invest US$75m in 2015 on its Harare cement mill to develop its export market. The mill will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016. It is also spending US$6.4m on production upgrades at its Bulawayo and Colleen Bawn cement plants.
Portland Has Alt-Fuel Plans for Sewage Plant
ngtnews.com 11 Mar, 2015
The City of Portland, Ore., has plans to build a facility that converts biogas into compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel at the existing Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP). The project would help enable the plant to reuse nearly all of the 600 million cubic feet of biogas, a sewage byproduct, it produces annually. The project would cost an estimated $10.9 million to design and construct the biogas processing and storage facility and an on-site CNG fueling station at the CBWTP. It is exploring available grants and financial incentives to help reduce project costs.The Portland City Council has approved a contract for final design of the facility. Construction could start early next year, and the facility could be operational by 2017.
Starwood Planning to Open New W Hotel in Panama
caribjournal.com 11 Mar, 2015
Starwood is planning to debut a new W Hotel in Panama. The W Panama is slated to open in 2017 near the Zona Rosa neighbourhood of Panama City. The 203-room hotel would include two restaurants, a W Living Room, a “destination nightclub,” a pool deck, a spa and an 8,400-square-foot fitness facility. Starwood opened another new W in the region last year in Bogota.
New Radisson Hotel Opens in the Baltimore Area
cpexecutive.com 11 Mar, 2015
Radisson is expanding in the Baltimore area by opening a new hotel in Timonium. The Radisson Hotel North Baltimore is located at 2004 Greenspring Drive and has 249 guest rooms and suites. The hotel also features a business center, an outdoor pool, fitness center, an on-site Northern Lights restaurant, and 20,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms, 17 conference and breakout rooms and a 10,000-square-foot Atrium Exposition and Conference Space.
Work to start on Blodgett Road in Channahon at I-55 for bridge work
The Herald News 11 Mar, 2015
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that work on the Blodgett Road over Interstate 55 Bridge and Blodgett Road over Grant Creek Bridge near Channahon is set to start March 18. To complete the work of removing the bridge over I-55 and reconstructing the bridge over Grant Creek, Blodgett Road will be closed between I-55 and Grant Creek until the project is completed at the end of September. In addition to the work on Blodgett Road over I-55, the bridge over Grant Creek will be reconstructed and new pavement realigning the west frontage road connection to Blodgett Road will be built.
Broomfield furniture maker opens retail store in Westminster
conewsfeed.com 11 Mar, 2015
Mountain High Furniture, a Broomfield family owned and operated furniture manufacturer, recently announced the opening of its new retail location, Mountain High Interiors, at 112365 Huron St., No. 200 in Westminster. Along with their own furniture, Mountain High Interiors will offer a line of custom leather couches, bedding and other home décor items.
CDH Invests $23M In Zhongding Dairy Farming
chinamoneynetwork.com 11 Mar, 2015
Hebei province-based dairy firm Zhongding Dairy Farming has received RMB400 million financing from CDH Investments and other undisclosed investors. Among the investors, CDH agreed to inject RMB140 million. The company will use the proceeds to expand its dairy assets network. Zhongding Dairy currently manages 32 small and medium sized dairy farms with over 25,000 milk cows. The company’s strategy is to consolidate small and medium sized dairy farms, standardize operations and management, in order to provide high quality dairy products to Chinese consumers.
Swiss company opens meat production facility in Georgia
agenda.ge 11 Mar, 2015
Blauenstein Georgia is starting to produce meat products at a special facility in Georgia’s Racha region. The company already owned cattle farms in Georgia’s Racha region. For the first time in Georgia, Blauenstein Georgia has started to produce so-called ripened meat that meets modern standards.
B&W unit to build 40-MW biomass power plant in England
renewables.seenews.com 11 Mar, 2015
The Danish unit of US firm Babcock & Wilcox Co or B&W, has won contracts worth more than USD 220 million to build and operate a 40-MW biomass power plant in England. Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S will leave the construction work to its partner, Interserve Strategic Projects, while the Danish firm itself will take care of the future operation and maintenance of the power station over a 15-year period. The developer of the project is Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The Rotherham facility will use a multi-fuel boiler, designed by B&W Volund, with a DynaGrate fuel combustion system along with a dry flue gas desulfurisation system. The completion of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.
HeidelbergCement inaugurates new plants in Togo and Burkina Faso
worldcement.com 11 Mar, 2015
On 6 March 2015, HeidelbergCement held an inauguration ceremony for its new greenfield clinker plant. The Scantogo plant, which is located in Tabligbo has the capacity to produce 1.5 million tpy of clinker. Scantogo will supply clinker to HeidelbergCement’s West African cement grinding mills in Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin and Ghana. The new clinker plant represents an investment of US$250 million. It is partially funded by the IFC, part of the World Bank Group. The government of Togo will have a 10% stake in Scantogo. It recently commenced construction of a 0.25 million t cement grinding plant in Kara, in the north of the country. This greenfield project is scheduled for completion in 2017. HeidelbergCement has also inaugurated the new Cimburkina cement grinding plant near to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, marking the occasion with a ceremony on 5 March. The US$50 million cement grinding plant has a capacity of 0.8 million tpy. Following the inauguration of the two new facilities, HeidelbergCement has a cement production capacity of 10 million tpy across eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its operations include three integrated cement plants, one clinker plant and eight grinding plants.
VVF (India) to open plant in S. Africa this year
HBL 11 Mar, 2015
Personal care and oleochemicals maker VVF (India) Ltd plans to launch its fourth global manufacturing facility in South Africa this year. Currently, the Mumbai-based group, which expects to grow into a $one billion firm in 2016, has international plants in Dubai, Poland and Indonesia. In India, its manufacturing facilities are at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh and Daman.
New Hotel Under Construction
siouxlandnews.com 11 Mar, 2015
Construction is underway on a new 91-room, 4-story hotel ‘Hampton Inn’ in Sunnybrook Plaza, Sioux City. It will feature an indoor pool and other amenities. The hotel is expected to open in July or August.
Companies propose building 80,000 panel solar farm near western Queensland town of Barcaldine
abc.net.au 11 Mar, 2015
Two Spanish companies want to build an 80,000 panel solar farm near the central-western Queensland town of Barcaldine. Kingsway Europe SL and Elecnor Australia have formed a company called Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm that would plan and develop the project. Once approvals and finance are in place, it will start building early next year. The company is going to be installing approximately 80,000 panels. The company has got approximately 35 hectares. The plant is expected to generate 53,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy into the national power grid each year.
India revives plan to set up 1.3 mln tonnes urea plant in Iran
firstpost.com 11 Mar, 2015
India has revived plans to set up a urea manufacturing plant in Iran with a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. India’s Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd, and Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd will form the joint venture with Iranian partners to set up the plant and output from the unit will be imported into India. The Indian companies have appointed SBI Capital to identify the Iranian partners for the venture.
Firm Establishes N121bn Fertilizer, Power Plants in Edo State
thisdaylive.com 11 Mar, 2015
OBAX World Limited is building a N121 billion fertiliser plant and 350 megawatts power generating plant in Ologbo. The plant is going to cost of $250 million while the power plant will cost about $300 million.
New 100-bed super speciality hospital opens doors
en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com 11 Mar, 2015
Aster DM Healthcare inaugurated a new 100-bed super speciality hospital at Mankhool, Dubai. The new hospital will offer round-the-clock emergency services, daycare surgical services, 24-hour pharmacy, full-fledged diagnosic services with advanced radiology, imaging and laboratory services. The facility has cutting-edge equipment including 1.5 Tesla MRI, 16-slice Spiral CT Scanner and 4D ultra-sound scanner and digital X-rays, among others. Additionally, one Medcare Hospital is coming up on Shaikh Zayed Road in the next one year and one Aster hospital will be up and running in Al Ghusais by the end of 2016.
APR Energy To Expand Natural Gas Power Plant In Myanmar
ise.co.uk 11 Mar, 2015
APR Energy PLC has commissioned a 20 megawatt expansion of its natural gas power plant in Myanmar. The company would be extending three projects in Argentina to add a further 75 megawatts of power generation and has signed a contract renewal for its Iraq power generation deal, taking the term of the contract through to the end of 2015. It also signed 106 megawatts of contract extensions in Sub-Saharan Africa in February, including an extension on its 40 megawatt Morro Bento power contract in Angola, taking its term into early 2016.
Croatia and Montenegro to build pipeline for gas from Azerbaijan
news.az 11 Mar, 2015
Croatia and Montenegro are going to build a natural gas pipeline that will join the project TAP over the next five years. Croatian and Montenegrin section of the pipeline will stretch along the Adriatic coast. Zagreb and Podgorica are going to spend EUR 700 mln on the construction of the GTS. Bosnia and Herzegovina shall also be included in this project. GTS TAP is designed to deliver the Azerbaijani gas to Europe. BP has invested $ 28 bn in the development of the Azerbaijani “Shah Deniz” field, from which it plans to sell 16 bn cubic meters of gas per year to Turkey and Europe. The company’s partners are Statoil ASA, Total SA and the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR.
Tex-mex restaurant to open in Silverburn, creating 20 jobs
heraldscotland.com 11 Mar, 2015
The Tex-Mex restaurant, costing £600,000, is opening at Silverburn. Chimichanga will offer an extensive menu including classic favourites; burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, quesadilla’s and fajitas, as well as an extensive grill section, featuring barbecue baby back ribs, flame grilled piri piri chicken and sirloin steak. The restaurant has seating for 100 guests, including seating in the mall itself.
Adani, GVK Power get clearance for port expansion in Queensland
HBL 11 Mar, 2015
The Queensland government has cleared plans by two Indian companies – Adani Enterprises and GVK Power & Infrastructure – to expand a port for coal projects in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. The expansion was to have involved dumping 3 million cubic metres of soil dredged at the port of Abbot Point into the sea about 25 km from the Great Barrier Reef. The next steps for the projects include finalising all of approvals, before executing coal off-take agreements and finalising financing arrangements.
Luxury cigar retailer to open flagship Tampa store
83degreesmedia.com 10 Mar, 2015
Davidoff of Geneva plans to open a 5,000-square-foot flagship store in Tampa’s Westshore Business District by late 2015. Retail space will co-mingle with indoor and outdoor lounges, complete with a full service bar. The new location will be opened in partnership with Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz, owners of the Orlando-based Corona Cigar Company.
St. Marys to reopen Dixon cement plant
saukvalley.com 10 Mar, 2015
St. Marys Cement plans to reopen its Dixon plant in Illinois this spring. The company also plans to invest $130 million in its Charlevoix, Michigan, plant to increase capacity. The plant will resume operation shortly thereafter with all required environmental permits in place.
Dedeman Hotels opens a new hotel in Moscow
ftnnews.com 10 Mar, 2015
Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International is setting up the ‘The Dedeman Park Izmailovo Moscow’ hotel at Izmailovo, Moscow, Russia. It will be opened in April 2015. The 110-room Dedeman Park Izmailovo Moscow offers Turkish and international cuisine at the Park Restaurant, featuring fully equipped meeting rooms
£5million investment in Dorisland water plant
carrickfergustimes.co.uk 10 Mar, 2015
Carrickfergus area is to benefit from an investment of approximately £5million in the Dorisland Water Treatment Works (WTW) at Dorisland. Upgrade work at the plant involves the installation of new filters. It is expected that the work will be completed by the end of 2015. The £1 million investment is for the Killylane water treatment works. Dawson WAM is the contractor for the Dorisland scheme, with AECOM providing design and technical support. AECOM Design Build Ireland Ltd is the contractor for the work at Killylane.
Myaynigone flyover open by end of March
elevenmyanmar.com 10 Mar, 2015
The Yangon Region Government has completed 90 per cent of its construction work for Myaynigone flyover in Myanmar, which is to be completed by end of March 2015. It has four lanes with a total length of 2,310 feet and an estimated cost of US$16.928 million.
White Cap Construction Supply to open new warehouse in Denver
bizjournals.com 10 Mar, 2015
White Cap Construction Supply Inc. will open a new warehouse in 107,000 square feet of industrial space in Denver. The new location, at 701 Osage St., is scheduled to be operational this summer.
Enel Green building 231 MW of PV plants in S Africa
renewables.seenews.com 10 Mar, 2015
Enel Green Power SpA has started construction at three South African photovoltaic (PV) projects of combined 231 MW . Aurora and Paleisheuwel, each of 82.5 MW, will be able to generate over 168 GWh and 153 GWh, respectively, while the 66-MW Tom Burke will be installed in Limpopo to produce up to 122 GWh a year.
Arkema to expand speciality polymer capacities in France and US
chemicals-technology.com 10 Mar, 2015
French chemical group Arkema is planning to expand its production capabilities for polymers in its operations in France and North America. The proposed projects will enable the company to meet the increasing demand for its new kepstan poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) ultra-high performance polymer, which is used in carbon fiber composites and 3D printing. As part of the expansion, Arkema plans to double its production capacities in France by the first half of 2016 and construct a PEKK production plant in Alabama, US. The US facility is scheduled to commence operations in the second half of 2018.
Chandra Asri Petrochemical plans to build naphtha refinery in Banten, Indonesia
chemicals-technology.com 10 Mar, 2015
Barito Pacific’s subsidiary Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) is planning to build a naphtha refinery at its Cilegon complex in Banten, Indonesia, with an estimated investment of $740m. The company is now undertaking a one year preliminary study. Production is slated for 2018. Planned to be located on an 80 ha area, the refinery is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of condensate a day. The company plans to use 1.3Mt of naphtha as feedstock to produce olefins. It currently imports 1.7Mt of naphtha a year from Middle Eastern countries and Singapore. CAP plans to finance the preliminary study using $250m funds allocated for capital expenditure this year. The funds will also be used to finalise the $380m expansion of a naphtha cracker at the Cilegon complex to increase ethylene production capacity to 860,000 kilotonnes. It will also facilitate construction of a synthetic rubber plant in partnership with French firm, Michelin. The rubber plant is expected to produce 100,000t of butadiene, a raw material for styrene butadiene rubber, acrylonitrile butadiene system and styrene butadiene latex. The upgraded naphtha cracker and butadiene plant are expected to commence operations next year.
Two new hotels coming to Bakersfield
turnto23.com 10 Mar, 2015
Prime Hospitality Service is in the process of building two new hotels in Bakersfield, California. The company is building a Marriott Townplace Suites at 8300 Granite Fall Drive, and a Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites on Spectrum Parkway next to the existing Hampton Suites. The Marriott Townplace Suites is set to open in mid-June of this year and will be an extended stay hotel. The Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites will break ground later this year and should be open for business in late 2016.
Cemex Dominican Republic announces investment projects
worldcement.com 10 Mar, 2015
Cemex Dominican Republic plans to invest DOP315 million in a new bagging, packing and palletizing line at it San Pedro de Macorís cement plant. The new line will enable Cemex to meet local demand over the next 5 years. To further strengthen its position in the country, Cemex will also carry out a series of improvements on one of the plant’s mills in order to increase its cement production capacity. It has also begun to receive delivery of 50 mixer trucks, representing an investment of DOP256.5 million.
KU Med breaks ground on $280m expansion facility in US
hospitalmanagement.net 10 Mar, 2015
University of Kansas Hospital (KU Med) has broken ground on a new facility. Located at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, the Cambridge North Patient Tower is being developed northeast of existing hospital buildings with an investment of $280m. The seven-storey facility will include 92 beds, 12 operating rooms, serving the needs of growing specialty areas such as neurosciences and surgical oncology, including ear, nose and throat cancers. The building, which will include 28 intensive care beds, will also feature a lab, pharmacy and imaging. The new facility is expected to commence operations in 2017.
Philippines’ JG Summit on the lookout for acquisitions
Reuters 10 Mar, 2015
JG Summit Holdings Inc., remains on the lookout for acquisitions following its food subsidiary’s $609 million takeover of a New Zealand snacks maker. Its subsidiary Universal Robina Corp bought New Zealand Snack Food Holdings, the parent of Griffin’s Foods Ltd in July.
India’s polymer emulsions firm opens unit in UAE
PTI 10 Mar, 2015
Visen Industries Limited has opened a new polymer emulsion plant at Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZA) in the UAE. It is set to begin commercial production from next month. The USD 51 million plant has a total land area of about 78,000 square meters with a capacity of 120,000 metric tons per annum. The plant also has a well-defined Effluent Treatment Plants facility and also has adequate storage tanks to store monomer and finished products within the plant. Visen’s HFZA facility has adequate land available for expanding capacity to 300,000 metric tons per annum which it plans to accomplish in the next three years.
L&T unit wins orders worth Rs. 1,242 cr
HBL 10 Mar, 2015
L&T’s Metallurgical and Material Handling (L&T-MMH) business has secured orders worth Rs. 1,242 crore during Q4 of FY15. It has won EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) orders from SENAAT General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi, for its 2,40,000 TPA pipe mill project and 20,000 TPA seamless copper tube plant project. The finished products from these plants will cater to the requirements of the oil & gas and utilities industries.
Tianjin port undergoes USD2.5 bil. Expansion
ihsmaritime360.com 09 Feb, 2015
A total of about CNY16 billion will be invested in port infrastructure projects at Tianjin port in 2015. The projects comprises the completion of the Shenghan Petrochemical Terminal, a bulk stack yard in the port’s Nanjiang area, three petrochemical quays in Dagang area, and the 100,000-tonne Dagusha Channel of Tianjin port. Local authorities aim to complete these projects within this year. Also, the investments will cover new projects comprising the first phase of the 100,000-tonne channel of Gaoshaling port area, a liquefied natural gas terminal, #27 general cargo berth at Nanjiang port area, and a general cargo quay in Lingang Economic Zone of Tianjin.
Murray Resources Expands into Dallas and Austin Markets
finance.yahoo.com 09 Mar, 2015
Murray Resources, a Houston-based recruiting and staffing firm, will be expanding into the Dallas and Austin markets to accommodate growing client demand for the firm’s services in those areas. The company’s new offices in Dallas and Austin, to open April 6th, will offer Murray Resources employers and candidates direct-hire, temporary, and temp-to-hire services in the areas of Accounting/Finance, Engineering, IT, Manufacturing/Operations, Sales/Marketing, Human Resources, and Customer Service.
Rwf3 Billion Coffee Factory Opens in Gikondo
allafrica.com 09 Mar, 2015
A coffee roasting and packaging factory in Gikondo, Kigali was inaugurated. The factory is owned by the Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company (RFCC) whose shareholders include the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI), Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD), The Hunter Foundation (THF) and the National Agricultural Export Board (Naeb). The $3 million facility has a production capacity of three tonnes of roasted coffee per day. The factory will produce under the brand ‘Gorilla’s coffee’ and will sell to local, regional, Asian and European markets.
Roberto Rella launches new Dubai restaurant
arabianbusiness.com 09 Mar, 2015
Italian restauranteur Roberto Rella has announced the launch of his restaurant, TRE by Roberto Rella, at the Radisson Royal hotel in Dubai. TRE will be stretched across three floors, starting with the bar at the 49th level. The other two floors will house a restaurant and lounge, separately, and will serve Italian cuisine a Mediterranean twist. For TRE, Rella has partnered with the ACICO group.
NADEC Inaugurates New Food & Beverage R&D Innovation Center to Drive Growth
zawya.com 09 Mar, 2015
NADEC Foods announced the inauguration of its new Research and Development (R&D) Innovation Center in Haradh City, Saudi Arabia. The state-of-the-art center will serve as a hub for the development of new products, packaging, and processing for NADEC ‘s businesses throughout the region. The fully equipped center will replicate NADEC ‘s current production and evaluate new processes, products and formulas. The facility will also provide a full range of capabilities to address food research, product development, shelf life studies, and product evaluations all aimed at enhancing our product offering.
Pipeline construction project set to begin in Amarillo
newschannel10.com 09 Mar, 2015
A large pipeline construction project is starting up this week in Amarillo. The project will run from NE 24th Avenue to the Osage Water Treatment Plant and will install more than 32,000 feet of a water transmission main. The goal of the project is to deliver additional water to the Osage treatment plant and distribute it to the rest of the city. The expected deadline for the construction will be April of 2016. In January, the City Council awarded the $11,740159 project to Condie Construction Company from Utah.
Alcoa to buy RTI for $1.26 billion to expand aerospace unit
chicagotribune.com 09 Mar, 2015
Alcoa agreed to acquire RTI International Metals for about $1.26 billion to expand its business making titanium and specialty-metals products for the aerospace industry. Buying RTI will increase Alcoa’s aerospace revenues by 13 percent. Supplying components to jet-engine and aircraft makers is one of Alcoa’s strongest businesses right now.
RWE officially opens 65 MW Markinch biomass plant
biomassmagazine.com 09 Mar, 2015
RWE Innogy has officially unveiled its 65 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility in Fife, Scotland on March 5. The state-of-the-art facility replaces an outdated coal-and gas-fired CHP power station on the site of Tullis Russell, a paper and board manufacturer. The new plant provides all of Tullis Russell’s electricity and steam requirements. Excess electricity is being fed into local networks, where it powers approximately 45,000 homes. The plant has been generating power since February 2014. The project received an £8.1 million Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Scottish government.
Japan’s Chubu Electric to build 6.7-MW biomass plant
renewables.seenews.com 09 Mar, 2015
Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power Co Inc plans construction of a 6.7-MW biomass plant on the central Japanese island of Honshu. The facility will be built in Mie prefecture by Chubu Electric’s unit Chubu Plant Service Co. A groundbreaking ceremony is to be held on March 23. The biomass plant will run on woody biomass materials and is expected to generate about 50 million kWh of electricity per year. Chubu Plant Service expects to initiate commercial operations at the facility in June 2016.
Dublin Airport taking off with a €20m expansion
independent.ie 09 Mar, 2015
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is investing €20m in the new facilities which will cover 67,500 square metres at its Collinstown campus. It comes after five airlines announced they would begin offering services from Dublin this year, including Ethiopian Airlines, Vueling, WOW Air, Transavia and Finnair, which is returning to the market. Some 10 extra aircraft parking stands are required, three taxiing lanes are also under construction. The new apron area being developed covers about 67,500 square metres. The construction work is being carried out by Clare Civil Engineering. It is due to be completed by April next year.
Abengoa commissions 100 MW CSP solar thermal plant in South Africa
greentechlead.com 09 Mar, 2015
Abengoa has partnered with Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and KaXu Community Trust to launch a 100 MW concentrated solar thermal power plant near the town of Pofadder in Northern Cape Province. The KaXu Solar One (KXSO) project is South Africa’s first concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) and uses parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight on a trough of liquid, which is heated to drive a generator. In addition, KaXu also stores energy in the form of molten salts to provide 100MW of power for 2.5 hours without direct sunlight. This project is a well arranged public-private partnership which was awarded by the Department of Energy of South Africa. The generated electricity will be supplied to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Last week, another plant Medupi’s unit six came online with a capacity of 794MW, which will be fed into the South African national grid. Medupi’s full capacity of four 764MW is expected to be online in 2019. Abengoa is building the Khi Solar One, a 50MW solar plant using tower technology and another Xina Solar One project with a 100 MW parabolic trough plant. Xina Solar One will be merged with KaXu Solar One the largest solar platform in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kuwait plans 2015 tender for oil service deals
reuters.com 09 Mar, 2015
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) plans to tender this year for oilfield enhanced technical service agreements. BP, Chevron, Total and Royal Dutch Shell are interested in such deals. KOC wants to increase crude output and develop some of its oilfields including Burgan. The plan is part of efforts to meet Kuwait’s target of 4 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) by 2020. Kuwait currently produces around 3 million bpd and exports around two-thirds of that output. Kuwait’s oil production capacity is around 3.2 million bpd and plans to raise output are proceeding despite a fall in oil prices since mid-2014. Kuwait aims to increase its oil and gas drilling rigs by 50 percent by early next year to 120. All those 120 rigs are onshore and KOC plans offshore exploration drilling in 2016.
Natco launches Hep C generic drug in Nepal
HBL 09 Mar, 2015
The Hyderabad-based company Natco Pharma had announced that it launched the first generic version of Sofosbuvir in Nepal under its brand Hepcinat. Sofosbuvir is used for chronic Hepatitis C infection and sold globally by Gilead Sciences, under its brand Sovaldi. Natco priced its generic medicine at an MRP of Rs. 19,900 for a bottle of 28 tablets in Nepal. Natco had recently signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences to manufacture and sell generic versions of its chronic Hepatitis C medicines in 91 developing countries.
Saudi businessmen to invest in new Egypt projects
tradearabia.com 09 mar, 2015
Leading businessmen from Saudi Arabia plan to invest about E£1 billion into Egypt for the implementation of key real estate projects in new cities. They will be signing memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Egypt’s Ministry of Housing in this connection during the Economic Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh this month. The number of real estate units being built annually are estimated at 250,000 units, while the demand is estimated at 600,000 units.
Orascom Construction eyes funding for Egypt power plant
tradearabia.com 09 mar, 2015
Orascom Construction is in talks with leading banks in Egypt to finance the first phase of a $5-billion coal-fired power plant in Egypt. Last November, Orascom Construction had announced a 50:50 joint venture with Abu Dhabi’s state-owned International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) to build the power plant with a total capacity of 3,000-4,000 MW on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. The project is split into two phases. The first phase will provide 1,800-2,000 MW and will cost about $3 billion, while the total budget is $5 billion. The firm is negotiating with banks to arrange the debt part of the first phase and is targeting to achieve financial close if not the end of this year, the first quarter of next year. The first phase would likely take 30-38 months to build, although construction could start prior to financing being finalised, while the second phase could start before the first was completed if the government approved it.
Abengoa starts work on Morocco desalination plant
tradearabia.com 09 mar, 2015
Abengoa has begun construction of a desalination plant in Agadir, Morocco. Once commissioned, the Abengoa plant will supply 100,000 cu m per day of drinking water to more than 500,000 people in the region. This is the first project that the National Power and Drinking Water Office (ONEE) has developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) system. The plant will use the most modern ultrafiltration pre-treatment systems and reverse osmosis technology to desalinate sea water. Furthermore, the plant’s capacity may be increased in the future by an additional 100,000 cu m per day of drinking water. A total of €82 million in financing has been arranged with a consortium of local banks led by Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur.
India getting ready to build 500mw thermal plant in Sri Lanka
The Hindu 09 Mar, 2015
India is getting ready to build a 500 mw thermal power plant in Sri Lanka. It waiting for the environmental clearance to come through.
Solar energy plan for water treatment sites in York
yorkpress.co.uk 09 Mar, 2015
Yorkshire Water’s parent company Kelda Water wants to build solar farms at Naburn and Elvington, to power their water and sewage works. It is currently investigating two potential solar photovoltaic (PV) schemes at Elvington and Naburn. The company is now looking at further survey work to minimise environmental impacts. Screening requests have gone to City of York Council, before full planning applications are submitted. The Naburn site could cover as much as 2.59 hectares, and would generate 1.17 megawatts; but the Elvington site could cover 4 hectares producing up to 2 megawatts.
Smokejumpers Grill to Open Grizzly Peak Airfield on March 20
themeparkinsider.com 09 Mar, 2015
Disneyland announced that the first section of the refurbished Grizzly Peak Airfield land in Disney California Adventure will open on March 20, with the debut of the Smokejumpers Grill. The Smokejumpers Grill replaces the former Taste Pilots Grill, which stood in the same building in the old Condor Flats section of the park. Smokejumpers will feature a similar menu to its predecessor, with selections including bacon cheddar burgers, chili cheeseburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. Disney also released new concept art for the land that offers a look at the new exterior for Soarin’ Over California, which will remain closed until later this spring as it undergoes its refurbishment to upgrade its projection system as well as to recreate that exterior.
Tank-Weld Investing $300m In New Warehouse
jamaica-gleaner.com 08 Mar, 2015
The Tank-Weld Group will invest $300 million to construct a new warehouse on Molynes Road in Kingston to expand its warehousing capacity. The facility should be complete in three months following demolition of the plaza which stood on the property. With 20,000 square feet, the new warehouse will be fully automated and equipped with overhead cranes. Outside of its core steel business, Tank-Weld also distributes lumber, cement and other hardware products such as plumbing items.
Tata JLR plans to build first electric car in Austria
PTI 08 Mar, 2015
Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is set to build its first all-electric car in Austria. It could begin production of the vehicle next year. A new factory is planned in China and one is under construction in Brazil. The company plans for a small production line in Austria, making about 10,000 cars a year, by leasing space in an existing factory. The firm is also exploring plans for a factory in America.
IndianOil, ONGC, Oil India named by US govt for Iran ties
PTI 08 Mar, 2015
The US Government Accountability Office has named Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) along with China’s CNPC and Sinopec as foreign firms reported to have engaged in commercial activity in Iran’s energy sector between November 8, 2013, and December 1, 2014. The US Iran Sanctions Act provides for steps against persons, including foreign firms, investing more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector in any 12-month period. The three firms have been named for their stake in the Farsi offshore block in Iran.
Hilton announces new hotels in Dubai, Saudi Arabia
Yahoo News 08 Mar, 2015
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of three new Hilton Garden Inn hotels for Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf is expected to open in early 2017, following the signing of a management agreement with AIG Investments. The hotel will feature 336 guest rooms, two F&Boutlets etc. The 166-key Hilton Garden Inn Al Ahsa is expected to open in 2016 as part of a management agreement with Al Jazeera Group. Hilton Garden Inn Al Ahsa will also feature two F&B outlets, four meeting rooms etc. The 154-guest room Hilton Garden Inn Al Khobar King Fahd Causeway is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2016.
Foxconn Making Progress in Talks for China Plant, Official Says
wsi.com 08 Mar, 2015
Foxconn, Apple Inc.’s main assembler of iPhones, is progressing in its discussions to build a display factory in China’s northern city of Zhengzhou. The plant has a potential investment of as much as 35 billion yuan. The company has sought to expand into higher-margin sectors in recent years, including high-end components and retailing.
LG to build new R&D center in Changwon
koeraherald.com 08 Mar, 2015
LG Electronics plans to build a new research and development center for its home appliance division due for completion by 2017 in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. The company started the construction work early this month, with a budget of 200 billion won. The new 20-story building will be located on a 51,810 square-meter site, accommodating some 1,000 researchers.
Grant funds upgrade at Kingman factory
kdminer.com 08 Mar, 2015
Insteel Wire Products was awarded a $40,000 grant through the RevAZ Challenge program that will help fund improvements to the company’s plant at Kingman Airport and Industrial Center. The upgrade will add value to the plant that makes pipe mesh, tunnel mesh, bright basic wire and engineered structural mesh used for reinforcement in concrete projects such as culverts, median barriers, manhole covers and parking decks.
Work begins to transform Studebaker plant into high-tech hub
washingtontimes.com 08 Mar, 2015
Major work is underway inside the massive former Studebaker Corp. assembly plant at South Bend Ind (AP). This will be the venue for expansion of the Union Station Technology Center high-tech hub that has long operated in the former city train station on South Street. It has already invested about $9.7 million on the project, and expects to spend in excess of $17.5 million.
Egypt to offer $10bn petroleum projects to investors
tradearabia.com 08 Mar, 2015
Egypt will highlight a total of 12 petroleum, petrochemicals and minerals projects worth $10 billion to potential global investors at an upcoming economic development summit in Sharm El-Sheikh. Egyptian banks will offer seven projects worth $5 billion, these include a hydrocracking complex at the Assiut Oil Refinery Company at a cost of $2.8 billion, and a phosphate fertilisers and phosphoric acid plant worth $1.2 billion. A $430 million complex with an annual production capacity of 375,500 tonnes of petroleum commodities will be highlighted at the global conference, as well as a venture to construct a $299 million bio ethanol plant. A 100-kilometre Sohag to Assiut LNG, as well as a Sohag to Aswan line of 500 Kilometres, at a cost of $35 million and $201 million respectively, will also be the show. Other proposals include a propylene production plant at a cost of $2.5 billion to lay out 250,000 tonnes of the gas annually; an aromatics and fertilisers complex at a cost of $2.13 billion to produce 1.4 million tonnes of industrial chemicals and fertilisers annually. An industrial chemical formaldehyde project at a cost of $100 million to produce 70,000 tonnes annually will be on offer, as well as a new desalination unit in Amreya Oil Refinery Company which could produce 4.59 million tonnes of petroleum products annually at a cost of $250 million. Egypt will also promote a glass sand processing plant with a production target of 250,000 tonnes annually at a cost of $35 million.
Saudi builder Khodari clinches hospital deal
Reuters 08 Mar, 2015
Saudi Arabian builder Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al Khodari and Sons has signed a contract worth SR313.2 million with the Ministry of Health for the construction of a hospital in the kingdom. The company also signed a SR34.9-million contract with the Higher Education Ministry for the development of the second phase of the Support Deanship Building at Taibah University.
Egypt’s Damietta Port to construct new berth
tradearabia.com 08 Mar, 2015
Egypt’s Transport Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of a 630-m-long and 17-m-deep berth at Damietta, with an adjacent handling yard totaling 75,000 sq m. With the project completion, the ships of all dimensions and volumes will be able to enter the Damietta port.
NBO awards new head office building contract
tradearabia.com 08 Mar, 2015
National Bank of Oman (NBO) has awarded a contract for the construction of its new head office building in the Omani capital. Omani construction group Al Turki Enterprises is set to handle the project which will be built at Al Athaiba. The work on the new building, which will comprise a total built-up area of 50,000 sq m, is likely to be completed in 2017. The new building will comprise nine floors, including two basements levels, ground, mezzanine and five upper floors, providing office space together with a range of supporting facilities.
Burnley engineers win Â£1m expansion
telegraph.co.ok 08 Mar, 2015
BCW in Burnley, Lancashire has received a £1m investment from the banking group Close Brothers, which will be used to buy metal-cutting machinery and to open a new site. BCW expects turnover to increase from £16m to £25m in the next two years after securing new orders. BCW plans to double its disused Michelin plant in May, with the second site handling aerospace orders.
Iberdrola Acquiring UIL Holdings For $3 Billion For Expansion Into US
cleantechnica.com 08 Mar, 2015
Iberdrola SA, is acquiring UIL Holdings Corporation for roughly $3 billion in cash + stocks in order to add to its American holdings and create a new US utility (with ~3.1 million potential customers). The company will also invest $6.9 billion over the next 5 years – including pursuing the renewable energy market. The boards of both companies have already approved the deal which is expected to be closed by the end of 2015. Regulatory approvals are still pending.
Binh Duong builds $318.5 mln wastewater treatment plant
english.vietnamnet.vn 08 Mar, 2015
A new plant at South of Binh Duong, capable of treating 54,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day, has a total investment of 6.8 trillion VND allocated to three phases. With capacity of 17,000 cubic metres per day, the first phase of the project will be implemented in Thuan An commune, costing 2.3 trillion VND, 85 percent of which comes from Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds and the remaining from the Binh Duong Water Supply Sewerage Environment Co., Ltd. During the first phase, a 200 kilometre network of pipes, mainly in residential areas around Ba Bo Canal, will be built.
Microsoft’s $750 million data center investment in Wyoming
techrepublic.com 07 Mar, 2015
Microsoft representatives and Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead announced on February 17, 2015 Microsoft’s up to $200 million data-center expansion near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is Microsoft’s third data-center expansion since 2011-12 in a business park owned by Cheyenne LEADS
Apple Supplier Japan Display to Build $1.4 Billion LCD Plant
gadgets.ndtv.com 07 Mar, 2015
Japan Display Inc would build a new $1.4 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing plant, which would supply smartphone screens for Apple Inc. Apple would also invest an unspecified amount in the plant. The total cost of the plant in Ishikawa, central Japan, is estimated at 170 billion yen. Operations at the plant are likely to commence in 2016 and expects the move to increase its LCD capacity by 20 percent.
Loxley to build Kingdom’s first Kompogas plant
nationmultimedia.com 07 Mar, 2015
Loxley International Co expects to start construction of the first Kompogas plant in Thailand by the end of the third quarter. Kompogas utilised “dry thermophilic anaerobic digestion” technology to treat organic fractions of waste. The process produces biogas, which is used to generate electricity or can be converted to compressed biogas for vehicle fuel or industrial applications. It is talking seriously with six companies in Thailand about possibilities for cooperation or earning contracts to build Kompogas plants for them.
Plans for $6 billion steel plant progressed
gladstoneobserver.com.au 07 Mar, 2015
Plans for Gladstone’s $6-billion Euroa Steel Plant Project have progressed, with a group of Malaysian investors actively seeking foreign investment approval from the Federal Government. Boulder Steel’s environmental impact study is in its final stages. It plans to commence construction in 2016.
Denso to kick off operation of third plant
thejakaratapost.com 07 Mar, 2015
PT Denso Indonesia will officially launch operations at its automotive components factory, built with overall investment of Rp 1.4 trillion, next month. The plant, which is located in Bekasi, West Java, will initially produce 10 kinds of autocomponent, including spark plugs, starters, engine control units and speed control units. Around 70 percent of the output generated will be sold in the domestic market, with the remainder set for export. The largest proportion of production would be dedicated to spark plugs, which can reach 7 million units each month and are to be shipped to countries in Asia, America and Europe, while other products would follow market demand. Denso has spent up to Rp 600 billion to develop its new plant since the end of 2012 and further expansion is expected to reach completion by 2018.
Hospital expansion moves to final phase
coastreporter.net 07 Mar, 2015
The final phase of the St. Mary’s Hospital expansion is expected to start this summer. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) expects go to tender on the project this June and start construction in July with a projected occupancy of September this year. The final phase of the expansion project involves renovating the original hospital building to provide a new ambulatory care department, an updated endoscopy suite and more flexible space to accommodate additional acute care patient beds. The total project budget is expected to come in at around $5.2 million. Funds for the renovation are already in place as part of the overall $45 million hospital expansion budget. The renovation will increase the number of beds onsite from 50 to 63.
I-520 Expansion Project is Almost Done
wjbf.com 07 Mar, 2015
Final touch up work for the lane expansion and interchange project on Interstate 520 (Bobby Jones Expressway) from State Route 10/Gordon Highway extending just east of State Route 4/Deans Bridge Road continues next week. Overall, this widening and interchange project took the existing four-lane I-520 and widened it to six lanes in each direction with a raised median, as well as reconstructing the Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road interchanges. The total project length is 3.4 miles. Federal and state dollars funded the Augusta area interstate reconstruction executed by Pittman Construction Company. Work started in Feb. 2, 2012 and lanes opened to traffic Dec. 19, 2014.
Barito Pacific to spend Rp 4 trillion for power plant
thejakarapost.com 07 Mar, 2015
PT Barito Pacific (BRPT) plans to build a power plant with a generation capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) near its industrial compound in Cilegon, West Java, with an initial investment of around Rp 4 trillion. The company has not yet decided whether it would build a coal-fired or gas-fired power plant, although the funds had already been allocated for the power project. It is conducting a study regarding the kind of generator that it would eventually build; initially considering a 150-MW facility, but also a large 1,000-MW power plant. The power generator would be built on land belonging to BRPT’s subsidiary, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP), in Cilegon. The plant is to start operation by 2019. BRPT is currently working on two petrochemical investment projects worth a total of $815 million, which should be completed by 2017. The first is via Chandra Asri, which has reached a deal with French tire maker Compagnie Financière du Groupe Michelin for a $435 million synthetic rubber plant. The second project also involves the chemical subsidiary expanding the capacity of its naphtha cracker plant in Cilegon.
New Vietnamese restaurant opens in Nederland
beaumontenterprise.com 07 Mar, 2015
Brenda Tran opened Cali Kitchen recently at 1513 S. U.S. 69 in Nederland. The Vietnamese restaurant also includes a nod to Thai flavors. Cali Kitchen’s menu is small, with selections of Pho – Vietnamese noodle soup – and Banh Mi – a sandwich that combines traditional Asian ingredients, such as cilantro, jalapeno, and cucumbers with meat in a French baguette. It also offers bubble teas and Vietnamese coffee.
Seven pedestrian bridges open in Abu Dhabi
gulfnews.com 07 Mar, 2015
Seven new pedestrian bridges have been opened in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi Services Company (Musanada). The new facilities aim to provide safe passageways for pedestrians, and avoid pedestrian related accidents. All footbridges are equipped with electric elevators and energy-efficient lights. The height of the footbridges has been increased by 1.5 metres, with each facility reaching a height of 6.5 metres now. The overall project plan was outlined by the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee [STSC] after listening to the requirements of pedestrians.
BP Unveils $12 Billion Investment in Egypt Gas Fields
profit.ndtv.com 07 Mar, 2015
British energy giant BP unveiled plans to invest $12 billion in Egyptian gas fields with Russian partner DEA. The investment – equivalent to 11 billion euros – will be on the West Nile Delta (WND). The London-listed group holds a 65-per cent stake in the project, while DEA owns the remaining 35 per cent. The aim is to develop five trillion cubic feet of gas resources and 55 million barrels of condensates, with production expected to begin in 2017. Gas will be produced by two BP-operated offshore blocks – North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater – with a potential for future exploration.
FA Connecticut Water Co. cleared to build Shenipsit Lake treatment plant
journalinquirer.com 06 Mar, 2015
The Planning and Zoning Commission granted two special permits to Connecticut Water Co., allowing the company to construct a new water treatment plant at Shenipsit Lake. One permit will allow more than a total of 25,000 square feet of structures. A second permit will allow two underground basins within 200 feet of a residential structure.
Stockholm to Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant with MBR Technology
pollutionsoultions-online.com 06 Mar 2015
GE (USA) will provide Stockholm Vatten with membrane bioreactor (MBR) equipment for the Henriksdal municipal wastewater treatment facility to upgrade the existing technology. Once the upgrade is complete, it will process up to 864 million liters of wastewater per day. At the core of GE’s LEAPmbr technology is GE’s ZeeWeed 500 membrane, an advanced ultrafiltration technology that separates solids, bacteria and viruses from water or wastewater. The scope encompasses the design, supply and servicing of the entire membrane filtration package. The contract will be completed in multiple stages and delivered over a period of four to five years. Design will be completed in 2015 and first shipments will begin in 2016.
Pipeline Construction to Begin
myhighplains.com 06 Mar, 2015
Construction of a transmission pipeline from northeast 24th Avenue to the Osage Water Treatment Plant is set to begin on March 9. Amarillo City Council awarded the $11,740,159 project to Condie Construction Company, Inc. of Springville, Utah in January. The project is funded from a low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board. The project includes the installation of 32,340 linear feet of water transmission main from the NE 24th Avenue Pump Station to a connection near SE 34th Avenue and Osage Street near the Osage Water Treatment Plant. The contract requires completion of the project within 395 days from the start date of March 9, 2015 and the completion date of April 07, 2016.
Volkswagen Set to Announce Expansion of Mexican Plant
wsj.com 06 Mar, 2015
Volkswagen AG plans expansion of its Mexican plant to build a new, longer version of its Tiguan sport-utility vehicle for the U.S. market. Production of the Tiguan is expected to commence next year. The VW plant in Puebla produces nearly 500,000 cars a year. VW will invest about $1 billion in the Puebla expansion. VW is now expanding its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. to produce a midsize SUV known as the CrossBlue, which is expected to go on sale next year.
Egypt Launches New Solar Power Plant
egyptianstreets.com 06 Mar, 2015
Egypt launched a new 10 MW power plant generated by solar energy in Siwa. Establishing the power plant costs $25 million, the costs were provided by an Emirati grant signed last year worth $140 million. Egypt aims to build solar power plants and wind energy facilities within the next three years, with a total capacity of 4,300 megawatts. It is also seeking to generate electricity using nuclear power and has signed an agreement with Russia to assist with building a nuclear facility.
Australia’s first floating solar project is underway
pennenergy.com 06 Mar, 2015
Infratech Industries Inc. announced plans for Australia’s first floating solar array in July 2014 and now the project is underway. The new solar facility will be located at a water treatment plant in Jamestown, South Australia. Construction of the new solar facility will be completed primarily offsite and then assembled at the Jamestown treatment plant, with operations anticipated to begin as early as April. The solar farm will generate enough energy to power both the treatment facility and Jamestown’s commercial district.
Marriott proposing new hotel in Taylor
thenewsherald.com 06 Mar, 2015
Marriott International Inc. is working with the city of Taylor to bring a new hotel to vacant land on Eureka Road at I-75. The proposed Marriott TownePlace Suites will sit on land formerly occupied by a small factory. The company is looking to develop a four-story hotel with about 100 units. The extended-stay hotel will feature one- and two-bedroom suites with work space, storage areas and kitchenettes.
Kinder Morgan IDs shippers for planned pipeline
lowellsun.com 06 Mar, 2015
Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire into Massachusetts has lined up utilities and other entities to transport the gas. It now has commitments from National Grid, Liberty Utilities, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. and other anchor shippers to transport about 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The pipeline’s capacity is from 1.2 billion to 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day
360CASHMERE Malibu Retail Store Opening
PR Newswite 06 Mar, 2015
360CASHMERE, the California-based premium knitwear company, announced the official opening of its new retail store located at Malibu Lumberyard. The store design showcases the brand’s East Coast meets West Coast aesthetic, with natural wood and dark metal details. Modern design group 30 Collins worked on the build and interior design element of the retail space, drawing inspiration from the Malibu setting. The 360CASHMERE store will open to the public March 1st and the store-opening event will be held at the end of May.
Peerless-AV Opens New Warehouse in Dubai
hiddenwires.co.uk 06 Mar, 2015
Peerless-AV has announced the opening of a new warehouse location in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone (JAFZA), Dubai, to improve response times to customers throughout the Middle East, Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The warehouse will be managed by DTK. It works with a mix of customers across the region and is committed to supporting new partners in a prompt and efficient manner.
Ministry to build roads connecting seaports, airports
thejakartapost.com 06 Mar, 2015
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is to build 1,000 kilometers of roads connecting seaports and airports between now and 2019. It aims to develop 24 seaports, including existing ones, over a five-year period. The Transportation Ministry also plans to construct 15 new airports across the country during the same period, including the Kertajati Airport in West Java. It would also build a total of 1,350 kilometers of road to support the development of 15 national strategic tourism areas (KSPN) over the next five years. Rp 2.69 trillion has been earmarked by the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry for the project this year. It will also allocate Rp 3.7 trillion from the state budget to develop roads in border areas and Rp 1 trillion to support industrial estates. Another strategic project this year is the repair of Java’s northern coastal highway (Pantura) connecting West and Central Java and and humming with economic activity, which will get Rp 1.4 trillion this year.
Battery Factory Construction on Schedule
wsj.com 06 Mar, 2015
Tesla Motors Inc.’s construction progress for its $5 billion battery factory near Reno, Nev., is on schedule. “Project Tiger,” the local code name for the battery factory could start delivering batteries in late 2016, slightly ahead of earlier projections. The skeleton of the massive factory—which when finished may be 10 million square feet—already is in place in an industrial park east of Reno. The batteries from the factory will be used to supply up to 500,000 vehicles and will be needed when Tesla reaches high-volume production of its Model 3 electric vehicle, due out in 2017
Acciona opens tower factory in Mexico
windpowermonthly.com 06 Mar, 2015
The plant in the state of Nuevo Leon will produce towers for the Ventika and Ventika II projects with a combined capacity of 252MW. The projects will use 84 Acciona AW116 3MW turbines, which the company will service for 15 years. The projects are due to be commissioned in 2016. Blackstone subsidiary Fisterra Energy, Cemex and other investment firms are developing the Ventika complex. Financial close was reached in April 2014.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Opens Hotel in Katy, TX
carlsonrezidor.com 06 Mar, 2015
Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Katy (Houston West), TX. This new construction hotel features the brand’s latest design which includes new exterior architecture, modern interiors, comfortable yet stylish furnishings, and spacious guest rooms and suites that feature spa-like bathrooms. It offers 63 guest rooms and suites along with a 763 square-foot event space to accommodate 56 guests
Egypt aims for final Arabtec housing deal by mid-March
tradearabia.com 06 Mar, 2015
Arabtec plans to build a million homes. The government is hoping to secure domestic and foreign investment of up to $12 billion. Last March that it has reached agreement in principle with Egypt’s army to build the homes at 13 locations around the country on land provided by the armed forces.
Mega power station to be built in Sioma
daily-mail.co.zm 06 Mar, 2015
A 50-megawatt (MW) power station is set to be established in Sioma in Western Province at a cost of over US$200 million by Western Power. The construction of the power station is expected to start next year. Feasibility studies have since been completed and the project is now at design stage. The project will enable the company to supply power to Zesco Limited. The constructed is expected to be completed in 2018. The Development Bank of South Africa has so given a loan of US$1.5 million. The company is now looking to go and source for over US$200 million through equity and debt.
Sun launches new hotel in Sri Lanka
traveldailymedia.com 06 Mar, 2015
The new Sun Aqua Pasikduah, a five-star boutique resort in Pasikudah Bayofficially, on Sri Lanka’s east coast, opened its doors on 5 March 2015 by the Sun group. The resort will offer just 34 suites and two ‘grand beach pavilions’. The resort has two restaurants, including a beachfront outlet, plus the Pavilion bar which features a glass-enclosed wine cellar, while leisure facilities include an infinity-edged outdoor pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, watersports centre and tennis and badminton courts. Two more are expected to be added in 2015 and 2016, both of which will be located in the Maldives. The company also plans to launch a Sun Siyam property in Sri Lanka.
Industrial park work in Dunbar Township scheduled
triblive.com 06 Mar, 2015
The Dunbar Industrial Park is expected to begin in Dunbar Township on April 1. The industrial park will be constructed off Route 119 by Fay-Penn Economic Development Corp. Plans call for the township to expand sewage lines, build roads and prepare the infrastructure for the industrial park. The sewage project, which is expected to cost an estimated $5 million, is a joint project that will involve both Dunbar Borough and Dunbar Township. That project will be funded through various grants. In addition to expanding sewers to the new industrial park, the project includes the expansion of the Dunbar Borough sewage system. Plans also call for expanding sewage lines along Highway Supply Road, Eighty Acres Road and the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport. Kenny Martray, with Widmer Engineering, the sewage-line expansion project will make its way up Route 119 around the area of the Fayette County Fairgrounds and Rural King at the Laurel Mall. The company is constructing the industrial park and building the roads.
New Siemens healthcare unit to start in May
in.reuters.com 06 Mar, 2015
Siemens (SIEGn.DE) will house its German healthcare operations in a standalone unit in the form of a GmbH legal entity on May 1. The move paves the way for a possible a spin-off of the 12 billion-euro ($13 billion) business, which faces a paradigm shift towards molecular biology and biotechnology.
Amazon to likely build warehouse in Fall River
turnto10.com 06 Mar, 2015
Amazon plans to build a warehouse and shipping center in the Massachusetts city, with the center to be constructed in an industrial area off Route 24. Two-thirds of the facility and land would be located in Freetown. It requires approval from the City Council. It also needs approval from the United States. A vote on the state level is expected to take place next month. If approved, it will likely to break ground this summer, with the facility possibly opening late next year.
Sumitomo to build Â¥5 billion thermal power plant in Myanmar
japantimes.co.jp 06 Mar, 2015
Sumitomo Corp. has won an order to construct a thermal power plant in Myanmar. The order is from Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise worth about ¥5 billion. The plant will have two 25,000-kilowatt gas turbines. The first unit is set to launch operations in March 2016 and the second unit in July 2016.The plant will supply electricity to the Thilawa economic zone and Yangon. The project is funded by soft loans from the Japanese government. The turbines and generators will be supplied by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. Taihei Dengyo Kaisha Ltd. will be in charge of other necessary equipment.
China invites Japan to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
HBL 06 Mar, 2015
China has invited Japan to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), 27 countries including India have signed up to be its founding members. The chance to be an AIIB founding member is available for all Asian countries including Japan by March 31. India has joined the initiative to set up the Bank floated last year by China to step financing of infrastructure projects in the region. The bank to be headquartered in Beijing is expected to be operational this year. The bank together with BRICS Development Bank and $ 40 billion Silk Road development fund established by China was expected to fund large number of infrastructure projects in the region. European countries, including major ones, have expressed the intention to join it. Currently 27 countries have confirmed to join AIIB, an initiative proposed by China. The bank will be set up within 2015.
ZTE Signs Deal With Algeria Telecom to Build LTE Phase II Project
Business Wire india 06 March, 2015
ZTE Corporation has signed a deal to build Algeria Telecom’s LTE Phase II project in Algeria. The Algerian government gave high priority to the building of fixed broadband and wireless broadband, with the LTE project one of the main elements of its national broadband strategy.
Daimler Invests in U.S. Factory
wsj.com 05 Mar, 2015
Daimler AG plans to spend $500 million to build a Mercedes-Benz van factory in South Carolina. Later this year it will add a new vehicle to its Alabama car plant, and also build sport-utility vehicles with a contract manufacturer in Indiana. The German auto maker has a small manufacturing facility in the Charleston area that receives nearly finished vans kits from Germany and does final assembly.
Holcim Ecuador inaugurates phase II of the Guayaquil modernisation project
worldcement.com 05 Mar, 2015
Holcim Ecuador has inaugurated the second phase of its modernisation project at the Guayaquil cement plant. The project enables Holcim to produce 4500 tpd of clinker at the plant. Approximately US$400 million has been invested in the modernisation work in the last 5 years. In addition, the new clinker line will help Holcim Ecuador to reduce its CO2 emissions by 700 000 t.
Misr Cement Company awards two contracts to FLSmidth
worldcement.com 05 Mar, 2015
FLSmidth has won two contracts from Egypt’s Misr Cement Company (Qena) for the provision of equipment to a plant in Luxor. The comapny’s scope of supply includes an ATOX® coal mill, an OK® vertical cement mill, Pfister® weighing and dosing systems, MAAG Gear® reducers and Airtech filters.
SSH wins Bahrain mixed-use development contract
tradearabia.com 05 Mar, 2015
SSH Bahrain has won a major contract from PK Development Company for the development of a key resort in Bahrain. As per the contract, SSH will provide master planning, architecture and engineering consultancy services for the new 1.5 million sq m mega-structure located in the south of Bahrain’s main land.
Vopak may further expand Fujairah oil storage capacity
tradearabia.com 05 Mar, 2015
Vopak is building five crude oil storage tanks with total capacity of 478,000 cu m at the port of Fujairah and may eventually expand that number. The five tanks, which are due to become operational by June, would take total storage capacity of the joint venture to 2.6 million cu m from around 2.1 million cu m now; all the current capacity is for refined oil products. The current expansion phase, known as Black Pearl, will also see the construction of a VLCC jetty for the supertankers to dock in Fujairah.
Evoqua to Double Manufacturing Capacity and R&D Footprint in Massachusetts
businesswire.com 05 Mar, 2015
Evoqua Water Technologies will double the capacity to produce its water treatment products at one of its key production facilities in the United States. It has broken ground on building a new production facility in Tewksbury, Mass., to replace its existing manufacturing in nearby Lowell, Mass. The Company’s R&D center in Lowell will be expanded into the vacated manufacturing space. The new R&D capabilities will include pilot production for new products. The Tewksbury and Lowell expansions are expected to be operational in the Spring of 2015.
CB&I wins storage tank contract in Kuwait
tradearabia.com 05 Mar, 2015
CB&I has won a contract valued at approximately $60 million by JGSK JV, a joint venture between JGC Corp, GS E&C and SK E&C. The project scope includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of 39 storage tanks and two spheres for the Clean Fuel Project (CFP), a major initiative of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) to upgrade and expand two existing KNPC refineries.
Tex Styles Ghana Commissions Multi-Million Cedi Waste Water Treatment Plant
news.peacefmonline.com 05 Mar, 2015
Tex Styles Ghana Limited (TSG) opens an eight million Ghana cedis Waste Water Treatment Plant at its Tema factory. Commences the first phase of the project, which will treat waste water using biological, Ultra Filtration and Reverse Osmosis processes, making it safe for re-use and allowing TSG to recycle 40 percent of all waste water generated by the factory.
Rio Grande LNG project doubles site size
lngindustry.com 05 Mar, 2015
NextDecade LLC has signed an option-to-lease agreement with the Port of Brownsville that will double the size of the company’s site for its proposed Rio Grande LNG export terminal to 1000 acres. This decision follows company’s recently completed Basis of Design (PreFEED) for the LNG terminal facility and its accompanying 130 mile Rio Bravo Pipeline, linking the terminal with the Agua Dulce market hub. It is currently preparing to start FEED. The Rio Grande LNG site is located on the northern shore of the Brownsville Ship Channel. It is currently engaged in a detailed assessment of every aspect of the site to ensure that all safety and environmental requirements are met as it prepares for initial FERC pre-filing process submissions later this month. The company is also actively conducting community consultations.
Golar LNG, Rosneft sign MoU for FLNG cooperation
lngindustry.com 05 Mar, 2015
Golar LNG Limited and Rosneft Oil Comoany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future cooperation in the area of FLNG and the transportation of natural gas. Under the MoU, the companies will enter into discussions to develop opportunities for the use of Golar’s GoFLNG facilities in Latin America and potential other locations. The parties are targeting the signing of two FLNG tolling agreements for projects within Rosneft’s portfolio. The agreement represents an opportunity for both companies to clearly align their objectives, combining Golar’s midstream LNG credentials (liquefaction, transportation and regasification) and Rosneft’s upstream portfolio.
New hotel will open its doors in Son Servera
euroweeklynews.com 05 Mar, 2015
The newly-renovated Catalonia del Mar Hotel in Cala Bona (Son Servera) will reopen its doors next May . Catalonia Hotels and Resorts announced that the new 189-room-hotel is the ‘Adults Only’ resort of the Balearic Islands and holds facilities such as a spa, treatment cabins, fitness and chill out area, indoor acclimatised pool and jacuzzis amongst others.
Bestobell Marine wins new order in China
lngindustry.com 05 Mar, 2015
Bestobell Marine has received its order from Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. The company will supply of 460 cryogenic miniature needle globe valves per ship for four Teekay/CNOOC/China Shipping Group LNG carriers to be built at the shipyard. It has already secured orders for its cryogenic globe and check valves, as well as its float level isolation (FLIV valves), for ten LNG carriers currently under construction at the shipyard.
Fairview Heights planning to develop new business park
bnd.com 05 Mar, 2015
The Fairview Heights City Council narrowly approved a resolution to invest $28,500, or half of the engineering expenses needed to develop a 33-acre business/industrial park in Fairview Heights. The development is located adjacent to Arrowhead Building Supply off Illinois 161. The total development would cost an estimated $1.2 million. The city also wants to develop a mixed-used residential commercial development center around the MetroLink station.
ExxonMobil to start up 16 major oil and gas projects
energyglobal.com 05 Mar, 2015
Exxon Mobil Corporation expects to start up 16 major oil and natural gas projects during the next three years and is on track to increase daily production to 4.3 million oil-equivalent barrels by 2017. In 2015, ExxonMobil expects to increase production volumes by 2% to 4.1 million oil equivalent bpd, driven by 7% liquids growth. The expected startup of seven new major developments in 2015, including Hadrian South in the Gulf of Mexico, expansion of the Kearl project in Canada, Banyu Urip in Indonesia and deepwater expansion projects at Erha in Nigeria and Kizomba in Angola.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to open biomass plant
bbc.com 05 Mar, 2015
The RWE’s Markinch Biomass plant, a combined heat and power biomass plant on the site of a Fife-based paper maker in Glenrothes is to be opened. The state-of-the-art plant replaces the former 1950s coal and gas-fired power station on the site of Tullis Russell. It represents a reduction in fossil fuel-related carbon dioxide emissions by around 250,000 tonnes per annum. Construction on the plant started in 2009 and was fully completed in 2014
Glanbia to open â‚¬150m plant in Kilkenny
independent.ie 05 Mar, 2015
Glanbia is opening a new €150m milk processing plant in Kilkenny. The company is to ramp up production with EU milk quotas set to be lifted in April. It recently announced it’s going to invest a further €35m in the plant.
<strong Abu Dhabi Ports, Gulf Precast sign $13m Musataha deal
tradearabia.com 05 Mar, 2015
Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a Musataha (land development) deal with Gulf Precast, which will invest Dh50 million to set up its new precast concrete manufacturing plant at Khalifa Port’s Industrial Zone (Kizad). The new facility will cover an area of around 72,000 sq m and is set to commence operations in April 2016. Meanwhile, Gulf Precast has recently started building additional precast plants in Saudi Arabia and is in the planning stages of expanding within other countries in the GCC region and North Africa.
ABB opens new drive service workshop in Dubai
tradearabia.com 05 Mar, 2015
ABB has opened its drive service workshop in Dubai. This workshop will provide repair, reconditioning service and exchange units for low voltage drives. This new facility allows us to test the repaired drives with load up to 500kW to ensure high field quality when products are delivered to the customer site.
Tech Mahindra opens office in Vietnam
HBL 05 Mar, 2015
Tech Mahindra inaugurated its sales office in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to expand its operations in the country where it plans to increase the headcount to 100 in the next 2-3 years.
Shopping center with Marina Food grocery store to open in Pleasanton
contracostatimes.com 04 Mar, 2015
A new shopping center anchored by a Marina Food grocery store is going to be built in eastern Pleasanton near the Livermore Premium Outlets. The City Council approved plans for the 112,000-square-foot Pacific Pearl shopping center. The center will be built on 11.5 acres in the Staples Ranch area at the southwest corner of El Charro Road and Stoneridge Drive near Interstate 580. The center is to have 10 to 12 restaurants, along with other businesses. The center is expected to open in mid to late 2017.
Feds approve expansion of natural gas Feds pipeline
westchester.news12.com 04 Mar, 2015
A federal agency has approved the expansion of the controversial Algonquin natural gas pipeline. The pipeline would run about 20 miles from Stony Point in Rockland, through Westchester and out through the town of Southeast in Putnam.
Specialty Polymers expanding Chester plant
thestate.com 04 Mar, 2015
Specialty Polymers Inc is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $5.5 million to increase the water-based emulsion polymers and adhesives plant’s capacity by adding a 6,000-gallon emulsion polymer reactor system. The company has invested more than $20 million at the Chester plant.
Wacker to build specialty monomers plant in Germany
BS 04 Mar, 2015
Wacker Chemie AG is setting up a plant for specialty monomers with an annual capacity of 3,800 metric tonnes at its Burghausen site, Germany, involving investment of around Euro 8 million. The plant is scheduled for start-up in the second quarter of 2015.
Lotte Group to open a new hotel in St. Petersburg
rustourismnews.com 04 Mar, 2015
Lotte Group is set to open a new hotel in St. Petersburg in 2017. An investment of $140 mln will go into the hotel’s construction, and it will be situated near Saint Isaac’s Square, on the location of Yakuchikova’s mansion. The building design is drawn up by the French architect.
City’s water treatment plant closer to being fully operational
thewesternstar.com 04 Mar, 2015
A new water treatment plant is ready for its final commissioning once again in Corner Brook. The contractor is preparing to start the plant. The first, 10-days performance trial is scheduled to begin next week.
ICD to develop $1bn office project in Dubai
tradearabia.com 04 Mar, 2015
Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) has partnered with Canadian property Brookfield to build a $1 billion development in the heart of the emirate’s financial district. The development, ICD Brookfield Place, will come up next to the cluster of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) buildings. It will comprise a 50-storey office tower, hotel and retail outlets. The first tenants are expected in 2018.
TDIC villa project on track for completion
tradearabia.com 04 Mar, 2015
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), is constructing the third phase of the Saadiyat Beach Villas (SBV) in Abu Dabhi, which comprises 77 luxurious residences, will be completing in June. Once completed, the total number of residences within this lively villa-based community will grow to 428 units. The SBV are four and five-bedroom villas available in Mediterranean Standard style, with a 4,833 sq-ft built-up area for a standard four-bedroom villa whereas a five-bedroom villa will be 5,834-sq-foot. A retail centre offering day-to-day conveniences is also set to be developed, which will feature a grocery store, a pharmacy, a hair & nail salon and a coffee shop.
Global construction giants eye Oman rail project
tradearabia.com 04 Mar, 2015
Oman Rail will award the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 207-km segment national rail network by the middle of this year. Technical offers from 11 joint ventures (JVs) have been received by the Oman Rail. The Italian consortiums include JV of Saipem, Rizzani De Eccher and Dogus Insaat and JV of Astaldi, Oman National Engineering and Investment Company, Yapi Merkezi and Corsan-Corviam Construction, while the key Chinese JVs include China State Construction Engineering Corporation and SK E&C; China Railway Group and Mapa Insaat ve Ticaret and China Railway Construction Corporation, International Contractors Company and Mohammed Al Kharafi & Sons. The others are consortiums led by Indian firms Larsen and Toubro and Ircon International and Korean firm Hyundai Engineering and Construction.
Bridges being replaced in new I-75 construction project
minbcnews.com 04 Mar, 2015
A major construction project is taking place on I-75 in Saginaw County. First on the list is the King Road bridge. A $45 million is being invested on the stretch of I-75 from just north of Bridgeport, to Buena Vista. In addition to the King Road bridge, the bridges on Hess and Baker roads over I-75 will also be replaced. And during this two-year project the northbound and southbound lanes are being widened to four lanes on each side.
Senaat, Japanese firms in $300m pipes venture
tradearabia.com 04 Mar, 2015
Senaat and a Japanese consortium are jointly investing Dh1.1 billion in a steel pipe manufacturing facility. Senaat will hold 51 per cent of Al Gharbia Pipe Co while Japan’s JFE Steel Corp will own 27 per cent and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc will have 22 per cent. The facility, at Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa industrial zone, will produce 240,000 tonnes of sour grade steel pipes with commercial production expected from 2018. The company is in talks with banks to secure financing for its share of the project. It is also planned to invest Dh5 billion in local industry over the next two years.
Prologis plans to build spec Hebron warehouse
cincinnati.com 04 Mar, 2015
Prologis plans to build a new warehouse and distribution facility in Northern Kentucky without a committed tenant. Building construction could begin later this year. The new building located near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport would be 520,000 square feet and could serve two tenants. The nearly 35-acre site is located south of operations for Verst Group Logistics and Zumbiel Packaging.
Brazil Votorantim may invest in wind power projects
renewables.seenews.com 04 Mar, 2015
Votorantim Industrial SA mulls over investing in wind power projects and small-scale hydroelectric plants which will produce electricity for the market.
Permasense opens new office
lngindustry.com 04 Mar, 2015
Permasense has opened its first international office in Houston, Texas, USA.
Valmec secures APLNG services contract
lngindustry.com 04 Mar, 2015
Valmec Services has been awarded its contract to provide services to the Talinga Gas Processing Facility, operated by Origin Energy. The contract for the Australia Pacific LNG project, worth approximately AUS$5.3 million, involves Valmec providing maintenance and overhaul services for the compression equipment at the facility, located near Chinchilla, Queensland. Work will commence immediately, with an expected completion date of July 2015.
AkzoNobel begins construction of new alkoxylation facility in China
chemicals-technology.com 04 Mar, 2015
AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals has started construction of a new alkoxylation facility in Ningbo, China. The multi-site at Ningbo covers around 50ha and houses production facilities for chelates, ethylene amines, ethylene oxide, organic peroxides and Bermocoll cellulose derivatives. The latest investment will increase annual capacity by about 18,000t.
The Opus Group to develop 145,000-square-foot spec warehouse property in Minneapolis market
rejournals.com 04 Mar, 2015
The Opus Group will develop a 145,800-square-foot speculative industrial office and warehouse facility located at the intersection of 85th Avenue and Wyoming Avenue North in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Construction will begin in May of this year, with completion planned for the fall of 2015. The building will be owned by a joint venture partnership between Opus Development Company, L.L.C. and Founders Properties, L.L.C. Opus Development Company, L.L.C. will be the project’s developer. Opus Design Build, L.L.C. will be the design-builder and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. will be the architect and engineer of record. Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq will market the property for lease.
Medupi produces its first power
pressoffice.com 04 Mar, 2015
Eskom synchronised unit 6 at Medupi Power station on 4th March. The generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid. Within the next three months, South Africa will see Medupi unit 6’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the South African national grid.
Executive Hotels & Resorts Plans June 2015 Opening of Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York
uk.finance.yahoo.com 04 Mar, 2015
The Executive Group plans to open the Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York in June 2015. This new location is under construction in the heart of Mid Town Manhattan at the prime intersection of 5th Avenue and W 36th St. The Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York will offer a combination of 163 guest rooms and suites, a lobby espresso/cocktail bar, several meeting rooms including a rooftop penthouse and an exciting lobby restaurant/bar concept in 22 story tower being.
Thanks to city deal, Aqua seeks OK to expand Aboite sewer plant; rate hike request likely
news.sentinl.com 04 Mar, 2015
Aqua Indiana is seeking county planners’ permission for an $8.5 million project that will more than double the capacity of its treatment plant at 6811 Engle Road. Construction could begin by early summer on work that, by the end of the year, will increase the plant’s treatment capacity from the current 1.7 million gallons per day to 3.5 million gallons. The company has also pledged to spend about $25,000 per year to provide sewer service to properties with septic tanks.
Tata Steel’s Canadian facility to start operations by month end
HBL 04 Mar, 2015
Tata Steel Minerals, Canada (TSMC) is expected to commission later this month its integrated iron ore processing facility near its mine site in Canada. The unit at its peak capacity would process 6 million tonnes of iron ore a year. The main processing facility is expected to be commissioned by March 2015. The processing capacity would gradually reach the peak in the next three quarters.
ET Solar builds a 9.1 MW solar power farm in UK
pennlive.com 03 Mar, 2015
ET Solar announces that ET Solutions AG has completed the construction of a 9.1 MWp ground-mounted solar farm project in partnership with solar energy specialist Hilperton PV. Code named “Marsh Farm”, the project is located at Trowbridge in Wiltshire and is expected to be grid-connected under the 1.4 Renewable Obligation Certificates scheme this month. Hilperton PV is to develop and manage the brand new solar park, which has been funded by a GBP4.5 million loan facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. An additional GBP2.3 million funding from Lloyds Bank has also been provided to Gaiger Bros, to further support the creation of the site. In collaboration with Hilperton PV, Marsh Farm will consolidate in providing solutions to develop and build up utility-scale solar power plants on a global basis and specifically in the UK.
Oman’s first solar power plant to start operation in May
tradearabia.com 03 Mar, 2015
The 303kW solar power plant, executed by US-based Astonfield and local firm Multitech, is set to go operational by May at Al Mazyunah in Dhofar. The technology used in the project includes PV thin films and polycrystalline system and is spread over 8,000 sq m. Meanwhile, work on a 50-megawatt wind-based power plant in Dhofar would begin in June and will be completed by next year at an estimated to cost $200 million. Located at Harweel over 200,000 sq m, the project will be implemented by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar). Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco) will invest RO153 million ($395.7 million) during the 2015-17 period to increase power generation capacity and improve the transmission and distribution network. Eight diesel power plants are identified for conversion to gas fired plants provided gas is available.
Whole Foods targets April opening of new store
chron.com 03 Mar, 2015
West Houston will be home to a new 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market on Voss Road in early April. This March, the company will open its 10th store in The Woodlands. The relocation of the Woodway store, which is only 20,000 square feet, is the latest project. The additional space at Voss will accommodate several new features, including the first and only Ramen food station in Whole Foods stores across Houston.
$135-million Sarnia plant on track to be commercially operational by fall, company says
theobserver.ca 03 Mar, 2015
BioAmber is targeting to start producing bio-succinic acid commercially at its $135-million Sarnia plant, Lanxess Bio-industrial Park on 11 acres. It has started commissioning the 30,000-tonne capacity plant off Vidal Street, including testing the plant and to produce the bio-based succinic acid. It plans to be in full commercial operation in Q3 2015. Construction is still ongoing. The project is within the initial budget estimate of US $125 million, plus or minus 10%. It has another two plants in the works, including a $500-million facility that the company will produce both succinic acid and butane-diol. The plant is expected to be built in Canada or the United States, and Sarnia is in the running. A decision on that plant’s location is expected sometime later this year.
Teck to start building $4-mill groundwater treatment plant
thenelsondaily.com 03 Mar, 2015
Teck Trail Operations will begin construction on a $40 million groundwater treatment plant as part of our overall groundwater remediation plan. The remediation plan is submitted to Environment Canada in 2012, and is designed to address groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Three monitoring wells will also be installed this spring within Gyro Park and along Dyke Road in East Trail. The well installation will be completed during daylight hours from Monday through Saturday, beginning March 16, 2014. Each well will take approximately one week to install.
UI proposes $75M west-side power plant
press-citizen.com 03 Mar, 2015
University of Iowa (UL) plans to construct a new steam production power plant on the west side of campus within the next four years. UI is asking the Iowa state Board of Regents for permission to begin the planning phase for a new, $75 million steam production plant. The construction likely would take two years. The new facility would be fueled by natural gas, the proposed building site allows options for biofuel sources via an adjacent rail line. UI estimates that the proposed facility initially will be capable of delivering 150,000 pounds per hour of steam and could be expanded to up to 300,000 pounds per hour. The main power plant, in contrast, produces 480,000 pounds per hour. The regents will discuss UI’s proposal during the board’s March 11 meeting in Iowa City.
GNEA pipeline project update
energyglobal.com 03 Mar, 2015
Argentina will invest US$1.8 billion to build a pipeline to import Bolivian gas to supply its northeastern provinces. The GNEA project will connect to the existing Juana Azurduy pipeline, which transports gas from Bolivian fields to the Argentine province of Salta. It will transport gas to the rural provinces of Salta, Formosa, Chaco, Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, and cost up to US$4 billion. Construction on a section of GNEA that extends to the northern province of Santa Fe will be completed by the end of 2015, while the entire pipeline will be ready by 2016. Work has already begun on the natural gas pipeline in northeast Argentina. The US$25bn pipeline will be built in three sections, comprising 1810 km of trunk lines and 2334 km of branch lines across provinces Formosa, Chaco, Santa Fe, Salta, Corrientes and Misiones. Section I will supply 23 localities in Formosa, Salta and Santa Fe. Section II will serve 80 towns in Formosa, Chaco and Santa Fe. Section III will supply 65 towns in Corrientes and Misiones. Enarsa awarded civil works tenders for sections I and II to Argentine firms Vertua, Helport, CPC, Techinct, Contreras Hermanos, Panedile, Rovella Carranza, Chediack, UCSA, Conta Walter Mario, BTU, Esuco, Victor Contreras, and JCR. Pipeline materials will be provided by SIAT and ROYO. Enarsa has not yet launched tenders for section III.
TAP launches two pre-qualification contracts
energyglobal.com 03 Mar, 2015
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has launched two pre-qualification contracts for the construction of the 105 km offshore pipeline section under the Adriatic Sea. The greatest depth the pipeline will be laid is 820 m. The first pre-qualification comprises Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) works for the offshore section of the 36 in. pipeline between the coastlines of Albania and southern Italy. The EPCI scope of work includes associated landfall civil works at the landfalls in both Albania and Italy, as well as survey, seabed and pre-commissioning activities. The second pre-qualification process is for supply of offshore line pipes and coating. The scope of work is divided into three lots. TAP aims to issue the related Invitations to Tender (ITT) for offshore construction by May 2015.
Atlas Pipeline and Targa Resources merger completed
energyglobal.com 03 Mar, 2015
Atlas Energy, L.P has announced the completion of the merger transactions of Atlas Energy with a subsidiary of Targa Resources Corp. and Atlas Pipeline with a subsidiary of Targa Resources Partners LP. The consummation of the mergers follows the approval of the merger by ATLS and APL unitholders as well as TRC stockholders at special meetings that occurred on 20 February, 2015.
Technip to supply flexible pipes for Lula Alto pre-salt field
energyglobal.com 03 Mar, 2015
Technip was awarded a major1 contract from Tupi BV, a consortium composed of Petrobras Netherland BV (PNBV, 65%), BG (25%) and Galp (10%), for the ongoing development of the Lula Alto field, located in the Santos Basin pre-salt area, Brazil. This contract covers the supply of around 200 km of flexible pipes and associated equipment, including gas lift, gas and water injection, gas export and production lines. Technip’s operating center will perform the project management and engineering. The flexible pipes will be produced at Technip’s manufacturing sites of Vitoria and Acu, Brazil. Delivery is scheduled to start in the second half of 2015.
EPA recommends Gorgon LNG expansion
lngindustry.com 03 Mar, 2015
Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended Chevron’s Gorgon LNG fourth train expansion proposal, for conditional approval. Chevron’s fourth train expansion proposal is expected to expand the LNG production capacity on Barrow Island from 15 million tpy to 20 million tpy. The proposal would involve drilling new production wells and installing new subsea infrastructure, construction of a new feed gas pipeline system, and the addition of a fourth LNG train and associated infrastructure within the company’s existing gas treatment plant on Barrow Island. The proposal had been rigorously assessed at the Authority’s highest level of environmental impact assessment – a Public Environmental Review (PER). The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing 17 March 2015.
Stabilis announces opening of LNG facility
lngindustry.com 03 Mar, 2015
Stabilis Energy has announced the opening of its LNG production facility in George West, Texas. The 100 000 gal./d facility is located in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale play to provide fuel for high horsepower engines used in the oilfield, as well as transportation, mining, rail, marine, asphalt and other industrial sectors. Stabilis additionally provides turnkey LNG fuelling services including transportation and logistics, cryogenic equipment rental, and field service support. The facility has approximately 270 000 gal. of storage capacity.
HoSt starts construction of demo plant at WWTP in Echten, Netherlands
altenergymag.com 03 Mar, 2015
HoSt has started the construction of a Thermal Pressure Hydrolysis (TPH) demo plant for sewage sludge at the wastewater treatment plant in Echten. The main components are installed. The piping, control and cables will be installed in the upcoming weeks. It is expected that the plant will be operational in March 2015
New warehouse near Muscat set to open
timesofoman.com 03 Mar, 2015
A warehouse in Rumais, which is expected to be ready for rent in May this year, will provide 36 warehouse units in three different types with floor areas of 500 square metres (sqm) to 1,000sqm. The first phase is under construction on the eastern part of the 81,000sqm development site. Cluttons has been appointed as the lead marketing and leasing agent. The developer, First Logistic Services Company, is a joint venture between the Golden Group of Companies and First Investment Company. It is currently assessing the development of Phase 2.
Expansion of Delta LNG plant is B.C.â€™s second-biggest project
biv.com 03 Mar, 2015
B.C. has started construction for the $400 million expansion of the Tilbury LNG plant in Delta in the third quarter of 2014. FortisBC, awarded Houston, Texas-based Bechtel an engineering, procurement and construction contract to expand the facility, which will include a new billion-cubic-foot full-containment LNG storage tank. The new LNG tank includes a 9% nickel steel plate used for the cryogenic containment system within the tank’s concrete walls. Construction is expected to be finished in November 2016. The project will add approximately 46,000 cubic metres of LNG storage and raise the facility’s liquefaction capacity to 1,740 cubic metres per day. There are $100 million worth of oil and gas extraction projects proposed, mostly LNG plants in northwest B.C.
Spurred by manganese, $19M water treatment plant rises in Brooklyn Center
startribune.com 03 Mar, 2015
A $19 million water treatment plant is being built in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The plant will include filters to remove manganese and iron. Construction began last September and the plant is expected to be in operation this December. The city is borrowing the money for the water plant through the Minnesota Public Facility Authority loan program at a 1 percent interest rate. The facility will have a brick facade, will be enclosed by a fence and will include a 1 million-gallon underground storage tank.
PSE&G Seeks to Spend $1.6B Bringing Natural-Gas Mains into 21st Century
philly.com 03 Mar, 2015
Public Service Electric & Gas is proposing to spend $1.6 billion to modernize its aging natural-gas mains, which deliver fuel to its 1.9 million customers in the state. Public Service Enterprise Group, PSE&G’s parent, detailed plans to invest up to $13 billion in capital over the next five years — $10.8 billion allocated to the utility. The proposed investments come on top of other huge projects undertaken by PSE&G recently, including a $1.2 billion program to beef up the resiliency of its gas and electric infrastructure approved by the BPU last year. It also has a more-than-$100 million plan to fund energy efficiency initiatives pending before the agency.
Estonia’s Graanul Invest to build pellet factory in Broceni
baltic-course.com 03 Mar, 2015
Broceni Pellets – a Latvian subsidiary of the Estonian company Graanul Invest – is preparing to build a new pellet factory in Broceni. It has already acquired 16 hectares of land in Latvia’s Broceni Region. The company has also received permission from the local government to build the factory. At the same time, long-term raw material supply contracts have been entered with the region’s major companies to guarantee the factory with a steady flow of raw materials. The new factory will begin to operate at the beginning of 2016. The estimated production capacity is around 150,000 tons of pellets per year.
Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminium plant for car supplies
japantimes.co.jp 03 Mar, 2015
Kobe Steel Ltd., is considering building a ¥100 billion plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America. The company may need to add capacity at the plant to process aluminum alloy. If the company can secure new supply of semiprocessed alloy, it would revert to its original plan to build a smaller plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons.
New Philly Pretzel Factory opens in North Lebanon Township
ldnews.com 03 Mar, 2015
The new Philly Pretzel Factory location in front of the Lebanon Valley Mall is open for business. The store had a soft opening on March 1. Its menu includes about 20 items. In addition to pretzels and pretzel bites, it also offers pepperoni pretzels, hotdog pretzels, hot sausage pretzels and cheesesteak pretzels – soft pretzels stuffed with grilled steak and melted cheese. Philly Pretzel Factory has about 150 locations in nine states, mostly on the east coast.
Thailand’s PTTEP plans $16 bln capex over next five years
Reuters 03 Mar, 2015
PTT Exploration and Production PCL (PTTEP) plans to invest $3.1 billion in 2015 as part of a $16 billion capital expenditure programme over the next five years. Most of the investment will be used to develop oil and gas fields in Thailand and Southeast Asia, mostly Myanmar. PTTEP, part of top energy firm PTT PCL, maintained its 2015 sales growth target of 6 percent, but is revising its long term plan to boost production to 600,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) by 2020.
France’s CEMOI to open Ivory Coast chocolate factory in May
Reuters 03 Mar, 2015
French chocolate maker CEMOI plans to open a factory in Ivory Coast in May to target the local and West African market. The factory will be ready in May. CEMOI buys about 145,000 tonnes of cocoa beans every year and already produces semi-finished chocolate products.
Mordovcement’s reconstruction project on track for April completion
worldcement.com 03 Mar, 2015
Eurocement’s Mordovcement is in the process of reconstructing its process line to reduce fuel consumption and stabilise production. The project will involve installation of steel structures, technological equipment and machinery. Already, part of the kiln shell has been replaced, dryer-crusher plates have been repaired and repairs to the lining of the cooler have been carried out. ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is providing technical support for the installation and commissioning of new equipment acquired for this line. The new semi-dry line is on track to be put into operation in early April 2015.
Anantara launches new flagship hotel in Bangkok
traveldailymedia.com 03 Mar, 2015
Anantara has officially rebranded the former Four Seasons Bangkok to create its new flagship hotel in the Thai capital. The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is located on central Bangkok’s Rajadamri Road, opposite the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and close to the city’s main shopping malls. Minor Hotel Group, Anantara’s parent company which owns the hotel, has confirmed plans to invest US$20 million renovating the property over the coming months. The hotel offers 354 rooms and suites, 10 F&B outlets, a swimming pool, tropical gardens with a waterfall and lotus ponds, an Anantara Spa and a 24-hour health club with a gym, squash court, yoga studio, steam room and whirlpool. For the MICE market, the property includes numerous meeting rooms and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 1,000 people. Four Seasons plans to launch a new Bangkok property, which is expected to open in 2018.
ENBL announces Oklahoma expansion capacity open season
energyglobal.com 03 Mar, 2015
Enable Midstream Partners, LP, has announced that Enable Gas Transmission, LLC (EGT), a wholly-owned subsidiary, is holding a non-binding open season to allow interested parties an opportunity to obtain new firm interstate natural gas transportation capacity resulting from an expansion of EGT’s Line AD in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Expansion Capacity will provide enhanced transportation options from receipt points in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP) region, as well as the Woodford and Cana Basins, the Granite Wash and the Colony Wash supply basins in Oklahoma. Together with existing EGT system capacity and EGT capacity on third party pipelines, the Oklahoma Expansion Capacity will fill a transportation need for natural gas delivery to pipeline interconnections in the Bennington, Oklahoma area and at or upstream of the Perryville Hub.
New garment factory to come up in Ghana’s Koforidua
fibre2fashion.com 03 Mar, 2015
The eastern region office of Ghana Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GTDA) is set to construct a garment factory in the regional capital city of Koforidua. The manufacturing unit, which will be built on an area of two acres, will produce clothing for both export and domestic market. Apart from the factory, the yet-to-be-built two-storey building would also include offices as well as accommodation for key staff members.
Shapoorji Pollonji group plans 50 MW solar project in Egypt
HBL 03 Mar, 2015
The Shapoorji Pallonji group is likely to begin work on a 50 MW solar power project in Egypt. The plant will be owned by the group company, Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Ltd. The company bagged the project by responding to an Expression of Interest. The power purchase agreement will be signed with the Egyptian Electrical Transmission Company (EETC), for a tariff of US cents 14.38. It is close to signing a PPA for a 10 MW project in Telangana (tariff of Rs. 6.90 a kWhr), but its big solar projects are likely to come up in Tamil Nadu. An agreement with the TN generation and distribution utility is imminent and the group could sign PPAs for 70-80 MW.
Google Fiber expands business service in KC
bizjournals.com 03 Mar, 2015
Google Fiber has broadened its gigabit service for businesses to large swaths of North Kansas City and south Kansas City. Google Fiber already offered the service in parts of Kansas City, the River Market, Downtown, the Crossroads Arts District, Waldo and Kansas City, Kan. Google Fiber for business has yet to enter Johnson County. Businesses in Google’s coverage area can access the gigabit speeds, about 100 times faster than standard Internet, for $100 a month. Google announced the much-anticipated business service in November. In addition to $100-a-month gigabit service without a construction fee, Google Fiber will offer firms static IP addresses. Google Fiber offers one static IP address for $20 a month or five for $30 a month. When a device is assigned a static IP address, it does not change and is normally used more when external devices or websites need to remember a user’s IP address.
TomTom expands in Latin America, Europe
Reuters 03 Mar, 2015
TomTom, the navigation software and device maker has extended a supply deal with Fiat Chrysler to Latin America and will begin supplying Hyundai Motor with data in Europe. It would supply maps and navigation software to Fiat in Latin America, beginning with Brazil and adding other countries during 2015. The deal runs for seven years and begins with Hyundai’s Tucson SUV model in the second half of 2015.
Stadium Power sets up R&D centre in Norwich
newelectronics.co.uk 02 Mar, 2015
Stadium Power has opened a standalone power product R&D centre in Norwich. The facility, on the Norwich Research Park, features a 1000sq ft laboratory and will be home to the company’s engineering team, which is relocating from Diss.
100 MW KaXu solar power plant launches in South Africa
pennlive.com 02 Mar, 2015
Abengoa and state-owned financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), together with KaXu Community Trust have launched a 100 MW solar plant near the town of Pofadder (Northern Cape Province). KaXu Solar One, the first Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) power plant in South Africa, incorporates a storage system that enables production of 100 MW for 2.5 hours after sunset or before dawn. This project, a well arranged public-private partnership, was awarded by the Department of Energy of South Africa and it will serve clean and reliable electricity to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Abengoa owns 51% of the project, the IDC 29% and KaXu Community Trust 20%.
City to open El Pico Water Treatment Plant
kgns.tv 02 Mar, 2015
The city of Laredo is planning to open the El Pico Water Treatment Plant, located far North of Mines Road. This plant will have the capacity to pump 20 million gallons of water a day. Construction of the facility cost approximately $100 million. The plant is also modular. The feature allows the plant to upgrade its facilities to improve output. The plant will begin pumping public water after March 19.
Parts of natural gas pipeline in Rankin Co. to be replaced
clarionledger.com 02 Mar, 2015
Gulf South Pipeline will be replacing segments of natural gas pipeline in Rankin county. The primary reason is to expand the capacity of the pipeline.
Council to consider new industrial park
gwdtoday.com 02 Mar, 2015
Greenwood County Council is to consider the purchase of nearly 150 acres of land along U.S. 25 N. to be used for a future industrial park. The 145-acre property is comprised of four lots which sit just north of SPF Inc., UTS Aerospace and the future home of Colgate-Palmolive. The total cost of the property should council approve the purchase would be $645,000.
Two Trees to break ground on Domino Sugar Factory project
therealdeal.com 02 Mar, 2015
After multiple delays, Two Trees Management is breaking ground on the first building at the Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg today. The developer is starting construction on a $200 million, 16-story building on the east side of Kent Avenue. The SHoP Architects-designed building will include 500 rental units, of which 105 affordable homes. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
Eisai Expands Facilities In Suzhou
asianscientist.com 02 Mar, 2015
Eisai China Inc. (ECI), has decided to build a new oral solid dose (OSD) production facility at the site of its new Suzhou plant located within the Suzhou Industrial Park. The new facility will expand its existing OSD production facility within the same industrial park. In November 2014, a parenteral facility for the local production of injection products was established at this site as the new plant. In addition to the OSD production facility, ECI will also build an administration building at the site. Expected to stand three floors above ground and containing floor space of approximately 20,900 m2, the new OSD facility will handle the manufacturing and packaging of oral solid dose products for the domestic Chinese market. Construction is scheduled to begin in first half of fiscal 2016 and finish during the second half of fiscal 2017, with operations to commence in the second half of fiscal 2018. Once operations have commenced at the new OSD facility, the old plant will be closed down.
Ezra christens US$600 million subsea construction vessel
energyglobal.com 02 Mar, 2015
Ezra Holdings Limited has officially christened and named the Lewek Constellation prior to its departure to the Gulf of Mexico to commence work for Noble Energy. The Lewek Constellation is an ice-classed, multi-lay offshore construction vessel with ultra-deep water pipe laying and heavy lift capabilities. The hull was successfully launched in 2012. It measures 178.27 m by 46 m, and sports all single berth cabins, and is designed to deliver complex projects in a safe, efficient and reliable manner in water depths exceeding 3000 m. It has an ice-classed hull capable of transiting through 0.8 m of ice and a technologically advanced DP3 system and also comes equipped with an 800 m Huisman multi-lay system that is able to support both rigid and non-rigid pipelines, a 3000 m Huisman offshore heavy lift crane, two Schilling workclass remotely operated vehicles (WROVs) and a unique portable reel system which significantly reduces mobilisation time. It is slated to begin work for Noble Energy in the first quarter of 2015 with work schedule extending well into 2016 and beyond.
Dubai’s Abraaj sets up Dh734m healthcare group
emirates247.com 03 Mar, 2015
Private equity house Abraaj has teamed up with three financial institutions to set up North Africa Hospital Holdings Group, a $200 million healthcare group focused on Egypt and Tunisia. The three partners are the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwickungsgesellschaft (DEG) and the Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (Proparco). Abraaj will be the main investor in the healthcare group with $145 million, while EBRD is investing $25 million and DEG and Proparco are each investing $15 million. The healthcare group currently has four hospitals: Cleopatra Hospital and Cairo Medical Centre in Egypt, and Clinic Taoufik and Clinic La Soukra in Tunisia. Development and upgrade projects at these hospitals are already underway.
PowerChina unit wins 21 MW of solar EPC jobs
renewables.seenews.com 02 Mar, 2015
The Jiangxi-based unit of PowerChina has recently won two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for 21 MW of photovoltaic (PV) schemes in the province. The bigger deal was sealed with sector investor Guoxin Tendering Group. It calls for the development of a 20-MW solar plant in the city of Guixi, and is estimated to require a total investment of approximately CNY 150 million. The same unit has also won the bid to construct a CNY-10-million distributed generation (DG) scheme. The PV arrays with a combined capacity of some 1 MW will be spread across the rooftops of a high school in Nanchang.
Samsung has set up a R&D center in Turkey
balkans.com 02 Mar, 2015
Samsung has set up a research and development (R&D) center in Turkey in cooperation with local tech firm Semper-Tech, located in Teknopark Istanbul. The facility will conduct R&D on next-generation wireless technologies with a particular focus on healthcare and educational software. The company employs 71,000 engineers and researchers in a network of 36 R&D centers distributed in 17 countries, in addition to the latest one in Turkey.
MG expands in Tasmania
theland.com.au 02 Mar, 2015
Murray Goulburn (MG) co-operative has bought Tasmanian farm services business AgriCorp Pacific’s (AgriCorp) stores in Smithton and Deloraine in the State’s north and north west. The sites will be rebranded immediately as MG Trading, significantly expanding the co-op’s services available to support its Tasmanian dairy farmers, as well as other agricultural industries in the State. Planning is underway to further expand the service offering to include fertiliser, agronomy, nutrition, feed, fuel, milk machine maintenance, insurance and finance services. It now has 25 trading stores, five fertiliser depots and a feed business, servicing the livestock and crop producers in Victoria southern NSW, Tasmania and south eastern South Australia.
FG Commissions Nigeria’s First Solar PV/Wind Power Plant
leadership.ng 02 Mar, 2015
A 25 kilowatt (kw) Hybrid solar PV/wind demonstration power plant located at the National Power Training institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Regional Training Centre, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State was commissioned. The project is an achievement of Nigeria-Germany Energy partnership under the Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP). The plant combines more than one source of renewable energy and is able to operate off-grid as well as on-grid. The plant consists of a 10kw solar PV and three wind turbines of 5kw each, making 25kw power plant.
3.5GHz trial a step to expanding NBN fixed wireless capacity
computerworld.com 02 Mar, 2015
NBN Co and Ericsson have completed a trial of fixed wireless broadband using the 3.5GHz band. The 3.5GHz band provides up to 200 MHz of spectrum and will allow NBN Co in the future to increase capacity of the National Broadband Network’s fixed wireless network in regional areas. This will complement fixed-wireless services currently delivered over NBN Co’s 2.3GHz spectrum holdings. In the LTE TDD trial, NBN Co and Ericsson tested 3.5 GHz radio coverage and fixed-wireless service performance. The trial was carried out at two sites using a 20 MHz TDD carrier in the 3.5GHz band. Wireless termination network devices (WNTD) were provided by NetComm Wireless, based on chipset solutions provided by Sequans Communications.
New bridges to be built on Alat-Astara-Iran highway
azernews.az 02 Mar, 2015
The construction of new bridges in Azerbaijan on Alat-Astara-Iran highway is underway. Work on the construction of new bridges on the road section Yenikend-Salyan, Salyan-Shorshulu, Jalilabad-Masalli will continue. A new bridge over the Lenkeranchay River at the site of the Masalli-Astara highway has already been completed. Preparations are underway for the construction of another on the Shorshulu-Jalilabad road section. The investments in the construction of the International North-South Transport Corridor are projected to stand at $400 million. In its first stage, the North-South Transport Corridor will transport an estimated 6 million metric tons of cargo per year, which capacity will increase to 15-20 million metric tons of cargo in the future.
Sri Lanka’s Renuka Agri Foods invests in its own organic unit
lankabusinessonline.com 02 Mar, 2015
Sri Lanka’s Renuka Agri Foods, a manufacturer of coconut-based food and beverage products, has invested 609 million rupees in its fully owned subsidiary Renuka Organic which makes organic food products. Renuka Agri Foods has brought 4,350,000 ordinary shares from Renuka Organics (Pvt) Ltd., at 140 rupees per share on 27 February 2015. The company will invest in plantations and other vertical integration projects to improve the supply chain.
Indonesia’s Pelindo II needs $1.6 billion to built 5 ports by 2019
customstoday.com 02 Mar, 2015
Indonesia Port Corporation II needs Rp 14 trillion to build and develop five ports across Indonesia by 2019. The operator known as Pelindo II is planning to build three ports this year, namely in Sorong, Kijing and Tanjung Carat. Meanwhile, development of two other ports, in Bojonegara and Cirebon, is scheduled to start in 2016. Pelindo II would raise funding from internal cash, bank loans, bonds and investors – barring any capital government injection.
New Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg to open in November
mediaupdate.co.za 02 Mar, 2015
The City Lodge Hotel Group will soon start developing the 90-room Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg, which is scheduled to open in November. It will commence before the end of February and will be situated on the corner of New England Road and Hesketh Drive in Hayfields. Road Lodge is the budget one star brand within the four brand City Lodge Hotel Group – the other three brands being the four-star Courtyard Hotel, the three-star City Lodge Hotel and the two-star Town Lodge brands
EPC contractor finalised for Magnolia LNG
lngindustry.com 02 Mar, 2015
Magnolia LNG LLC has set for finalisation of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the selected Magnolia LNG joint venture contractor parties in support of continued advancement of the Magnolia LNG project. KBR and SK E&C USA, who will deliver the EPC phase of the Magnolia LNG project, have completed the execution of the formal JVA as per the previously announced schedule. The executed JVA calls for KBR to provide the Project Director for the Joint Venture, while SK E&C USA will provide the Deputy Project Director, with a 70% – 30% KBR-SK ownership structure in the JV as originally planned. The project task force team will be located in the KBR Tower in downtown Houston, Texas, US, where project activities under the current Technical Services Agreements leading to the EPC Contract are underway. The JVA encompasses the full four-train, 8 million tpy planned capacity of the facility and supports planned transition into the EPC project phase in 2015.
Idemitsu to Build 5MW Geothermal Power Plant in Southwest Japan
Bloomberg 02 Mar, 2015
Idemitsu Kosan Co., will build a 5-megawatt geothermal power station in Oita. The plant will start running in March 2017, near a 27.5-megawatt geothermal power station jointly operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Idemitsu. The new project will use binary technology, a type of geothermal power plant that allows lower-temperature geothermal reserves to be used than is traditionally found in power generation using underground heat.
Eagle Ottawa signs contract on HUF 9 bln expansion
bbj.hu 02 Mar, 2015
American automobile interior maker Eagle Ottawa and Hungarian city Szolnok Mayor Ferenc Szalay signed a contract on a HUF 9 bln expansion investment at the Hungarian base of the company in Szolnok (central Hungary). Eagle Ottawa would double capacity and expand the product palette at the base over two years. Eagle Ottawa Hungary had net income of HUF 5.8 bln on revenue of HUF 26.9 bln in its 2012/13 business year.
World’s biggest drinking water reservoir
emirates247.com 02 Mar, 2015
A Strategic Water Storage project in Breiman area in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is being developed by the National Water Company (NCW) and is considered as the world’s biggest drinking reservoir. It includes the implementation 11 cylindrical tanks with a capacity of 188,000 cubic metres for each tank in the first phase. This will bring the full capacity of the first phase to two million cubic metres at a cost of SR740 million. It has awarded the two phases, the second phase will be implemented in the Breiman area, and the third phase will be implemented in the Faisaliah Jeddah area. The total future capacity would reach up to two million cubic metres at a cost of SR824 million Saudi for the second and third phases.
Enoc plans 250 Zoom outlets across region in 5 years
emirates247.com 02 Mar, 2015
Following the expansion of its Zoom convenience store to Saudi Arabia, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has taken its retail business to Bahrain and plans to open 250 outlets across the region in five years. Enoc Retail partnered with Bukhowa Investments Holding Company to open the first Zoom in Juffair, Bahrain. The first Zoom in Bahrain is located in the Al Fateh service station in Juffair. The outlet will also feature Pronto, Enoc Retail’s F&B concept that offers fresh tea, coffee and pastries. Enoc Retail currently operates over 170 Zoom convenience stores as part of its service station network as well as across Dubai Metro stations. It also has 22 Zoom market stores in convenient locations across the UAE.
Suzlon’s wind farm commissioned in Uruguay
panchabuta.com 02 Mar, 2015
Suzlon’s wind farm in Uruguay was commissioned on March 2. The farm is a joint venture between Brazil and Uruguay to harness wind energy. Suzlon is responsible for complete Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and life-time service. The power generated from this project will be fed into Uruguay’s national grid to meet the region’s energy needs. The 65.1 MW project will light up 20,300 households in Uruguay with clean energy.
Windsor Town Council approves wastewater treatment plant
noyanewsnow.com 01 Mar, 2015
Windsor Town Council voted to approve construction of a $10 million plus wastewater treatment plant, the cost of which will be split between the town, province and federal government. The wastewater treatment plant, which will begin construction this year, will stop raw sewage from flowing into the Minas Basin and the Avon River once it’s completed. The construction tender is to go to Howard Little Excavating Limited, the lowest bidder, and council approved. The plant should be completed by June 2016.
National Aluminium Plans Ro7mn Capacity Expansion
muscatdaily.com 01 Mar, 2015
National Aluminium Products Co (Napco) is planning a RO7mn capacity expansion to substantially increase volumes and increase market share. The company will install two additional extrusions presses in a phased manner this year and also set up a power coating plant. The company board has approved the capacity expansion in line with its business strategy. The estimated cost of the expansion will be approximately RO7mn, including related civil construction. The company will focus on broadening local market share as well as more exports to GCC, African and Asian countries with consistent quality, improved service and concerted marketing efforts.
SWCC to invite tenders for new desalination capacity
desalination.biz 01 Mar, 2015
Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is poised to invite tenders for its planned increase in water production in the kingdom to meet is soaring demand for potable water. It intends to up the country’s desalination capacity by almost 50% to some 6.5 million m³. It is developing new facilities including the eastern Jubail 3 plant in Rabigh and the Jeddah 3 desalination plant. Investment in Jubail – the biggest project – has been reported as SAR 30 billion, while the Rabigh water plant is expected to cost SAR 6 billion. Sites for other proposed projects elsewhere in Saudi Arabia include the cities of Dhiba and Omloj.
Punjab to set up LNG power plant at Sheikhupura
nation.com.pk 01 Mar, 2015
The Punjab government has decided to set up 1000 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant, near Sheikhupura. The federal cabinet has approved setting up of LNG-based power projects at three different places in Punjab. These plants will generate a total of, 3600 megawatt electricity. A 100-MW power project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur, which has been completed in a record period of six months will be inaugurated shortly.
Qatar to award $1.09bn hydroelectric deal to Mitsubishi
emirates247.com 01 Mar, 2015
Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) will award a QR4-billion contract to build a power and water plant to Mitsubishi within a week. This project has entered the final stage of launching. The project, located in the economic zone south of the capital Doha, would have a production capacity of 2400 MW of electricity and 130 million gallons of water per day. The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. QEWC, with a 48 per cent private shareholding, is negotiating with the government-owned Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation) for a contract to construct a 36 million gallon water desalination plant as part of the expansion of the desalination facilities in Ras Abu Fontas in south Qatar. This project will be completed at the end of 2016 and it will be fully owned by QEWC. It also plans to construct another water desalination plant in Ras Laffan to be owned 60 per cent by QEWC.
Accra brewery limited inuagurates $100 million plant
citifmonline.com 01 Mar, 2015
Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) has inaugurated its new plants to double its production capacity and increase product lines at a cost of US$100million. The inaugurated US$100million project includes the construction of two new state-of-the art packaging lines, a new warehouse and material storage area, as well as a waste-treatment plant and electricity sub-station including s vehicle workshop and an ultra-modern office complex. The expansion work which was not completed with the inauguration of the new plant is also expected to include in the future the setting up of a waste-water treatment plant fitted with yeast-digester.
SITA to invest in ICT infrastructure
itwed.co.za 27 Feb, 2015
The State IT Agency (SITA), which now falls under the auspices of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, will invest in ICT infrastructure. In addition to investing in unspecified ICT infrastructure, SITA will also focus on finalising its turnaround strategy over the next three years. These two aspects account for 81.9% of its R18.4 billion budget over the medium-term.
Energy infrastructure: China to build gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah
tribune.com.pk 27 Feb, 2015
Pakistan and China are set to sign a $3 billion deal next month to build a natural gas pipeline. The Chinese project would construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal from Gwadar to the main natural gas distribution hub in Nawabshah. The government is now working on a draft agreement to be signed between the two countries next month. Interstate Gas Systems (ISGS), the state-owned company that deals with gas import projects including the IP pipeline, is finalising a deal with a Chinese company for the Gwadar project. According to initial estimates, the cost of the project is expected to be $3 billion, of which $1 billion will be needed to lay the pipeline from Gwadar and over $2 billion will be required to construct the terminal with LNG handling and re-gasification facilities, in addition to developing large storage facilities. This will be the second LNG terminal in the country, after the first terminal that is already being built by Engro Corporation’s subsidiary Elengy Terminal Pakistan at Port Qasim, which is likely to be completed by March 15. The LNG pipeline starting from Gwadar will be extended to Iran for gas import when sanctions on Tehran are lifted. The pipeline will have the same specifications that were proposed for the IP pipeline including a diameter of 42 inches.
Gealan expands moulding plant in Hungary
europeanplasticsnews.com 27 Feb, 2015
Gealan Formteile is already planning to expand its injection moulding capacity at the components plant Székesfehérvár in Hungary, which launched less than a year ago. It invested around €2m in a project to establish the new automotive components and household products operation, which runs injection moulding machines up to 1,000 tonnes.
Ideal Automotive ramps up new Czech plant
europeanplasticsnews.com 27 Feb, 2015
Ideal Automotive has started up of a new 16,000 square metre production unit west of Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The new premises include a production area of 12,585 square metres and office and other space of more than 2,000 square metres. The group manufactures tufting and needle felt carpets and their interior products including rear seat backs, liners and floor covering. In addition, it operates a range of injection moulding machines from 500 to 2,000 tonnes clamping force.
Japan’s IHI starts operation of RI plant
thejakartapost.com 27 Feb, 2015
IHI Corporation kicked off the trial operation of its gasification prototype plant on 26 February, when it succeeds, will pave the way for the firm to build a similar facility for commercial purposes. The plant, located in the area of state-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Kujang, will convert 50 tons per day (TPD) of low-grade coal into chemical feedstock, such as hydrogen and nitrogen, to make ammonia fertilizer. The firm would carry out a series of tests at the plant within a year. The company may start accept orders in 2016 and go into commercial operation in 2017 depending on the demand of Indonesian users. IHI would build a facility to process 3,000 TPD of coal, to be equal to 1,000 TPD of ammonia. Also IHI runs another non-commercial plant with capacity to process 6 TPD in Yokohama, Japan.
Delfin, Hoegh LNG announce strategic partnership
lngindustry.com 27 Feb, 2015
Delfin LNG LLC announced the signing of a joint development agreement with Hoegh LNG in relation to its US-based Delfin LNG Deepwater Port Project. The project is a planned floating liquefaction, deepwater port designed to export LNG from the Gulf of Mexico, and is positioned to be the first floating deepwater liquefaction project in the US. Hoegh LNG will act as a co-owner, owner’s engineer and operator of the floating liquefaction vessels.
Jordan, Israel sign $900m Red Sea-Dead Sea project
tradearabia.com 27 Feb, 2015
Jordan and Israel have signed an agreement to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. The plant will be built in the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea and will desalinate water to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians. The project will cost around $ 900 million. It will take nearly three years to complete. The desalination plant will produce at least 80 million cu. m annually. Israel will buy at cost up to 40 million cu m. The rest will go to Aqaba. The pipeline will pump 300 million cu m annually of Red Sea water to the Dead Sea. As much as two billion cu m are envisioned in a future expansion. The project would bring water from the desalination plant for farmers in southern Israel and drinking water to the north. The project began to move ahead two years ago after the World Bank determined it is possible to use the Red Sea to replenish the shrinking Dead Sea after years of studying whether such a connecting lifeline could work.
SL Govt to Review US $ 400 m Tata Housing Project
IE 27 Feb, 2015
The Sri Lankan cabinet has decided to review the US $ 450 million Tata housing project in Collmbo. The government will renegotiate the deal with the developers “One Colombo Pvt.Ltd.”, a Tata company registered in Sri Lanka. The Tatas had underaten to construct 456 housing units housed in high rise buildings and a modern commercial complex in the same area.
MBC commissions new $60 000 plant
manicapost.com 27 Feb, 2015
Mutare Bottling Company on February 24, commissioned a new $ 60 000 effluent pre-treatment plant expected to curb environmental pollution in line with the country’s effluent and solid waste disposal regulations. Also in February 2014 it commissioned a new $17 million automated bottling plant to boost productivity by as much as 400 percent.
Globecomm Opens Jakarta Office
businesswireindia.com 26, Feb 2015
Globecomm has announced the opening of a new office at the central district area MID Plaza I Building, 17th Floor, Suite 1728-1729, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 10-11 in Jakarta, Indonesia, further extending its presence in Asia and in the Pacific region. The new Jakarta office will support the company’s sales efforts, customer support and engineering in the region. The office complements the company’s presence in both Hong Kong and Singapore. The office will market the company’s new line of M2M and Media Platform services, as well as its line of managed network and satellite-related services to multiple market segments, especially media.
Utility Regulators To Reconsider 2 Wind Power Projects
wabi.tv 26 Feb, 2015
Maine utility regulators have decided to reconsider proposals for two wind power projects that it had previously approved. The three-member Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to reopen negotiations for the Weaver and Highland Wind projects, which received initial approval for long-term contracts in December. The contracts are not yet finalized.
Mexico’s Femsa Plans $1.35 Billion Capital Expenditure in 2015
wsi.com 26 Feb, 2015
Fomento Economico Mexicano, known as Femsa, plans to invest $1.35 billion in its businesses this year, in line with annual capital outlays in the prior two years. The company expects to spend $850 million on its beverage operations, with the rest going toward logistics, refrigeration and Femsa’s retail business, including its convenience store chain Oxxo. The company plans to build, acquire or lease additional gas stations. The company sees room to open at least another 1,000 Oxxo outlets this year.
Industrial park planned for Nipawin
thestarphoenix.com 26 Feb, 2015
Hanfood, out of Regina plans to build a 100-acre agriculture-food park facility in Nipawin. Hanfood plans to build a 46,000-tonne grain and oilseed terminal with a 134-car rail capacity. Once construction begins, it will take 14 to 16 months to complete the terminal. Plans for the rest of the industrial park have not been finalized.
Canada’s Pembina to Expand Pipeline in Bakken
naturalgasintel.com 26 Feb, 2015
Pembina Pipeline Corp. has inked agreements for an $85 million expansion of the Vantage pipeline system. The move is geared to boost takeaway capacity for ethane associated with Bakken Shale natural gas production in North Dakota. The expansion will increase Vantage’s mainline capacity from 40,000 b/d to about 68,000 b/d through the addition of mainline pump stations and the construction of a 50-mile, eight-inch diameter gathering lateral. The expansion is supported by a long-term fee-for-service agreement with a substantial take-or-pay component. The expansion is expected to be in service early next year. Pembina still needs to obtain approvals from North Dakota regulators for the lateral and from Canada’s National Energy Board for the proposed pump stations in Alberta.
Value Place Builds New Hotel in San Angelo, Texas
azobuild.com 26 Feb, 2015
Value Place has partnered with Pure Strike Development LP and CAMTOD Group to build the first Value Place hotel at 4013 W Houston-Harte Expressway, in San Angelo, Texas. It broke ground on February 2nd. The projected opening date for the hotel is August 2015. Once completed, the new four-story, 124-room hotel will feature such guest amenities as laundry facilities, modified kitchens, high-speed internet, etc. It is excited to add yet another great property in West Texas.
Iran builds world’s largest methanol plant
presstv.ir 26 Feb, 2015
The world’s largest methanol plant which the Iran country is touting as a rival to US shale gas. The Kaveh mega methanol project, being implemented in the Persian Gulf city of Bandar Dayyer, is 70 percent complete. The facility is being built to produce two million tons of methanol per annum or 7,000 tons per day. The first phase of the plant will start production around August, with full operation expected in 2016, which is four years behind the initial schedule. Switzerland’s Casale SA and Iran’s Petrochemical Industries Design and Engineering Company (PIDEC) have been cited as providing engineering, license and procurement services for the project. Iran hopes to raise its methanol production capacity to 25 million tons per year in the next five years. Also the country currently has a capacity to produce 60 million tons of petrochemicals, which is expected to expand to 180 million tons next year as a number of projects are coming on stream. The country is on course to earn as much as $70 billion per year once the projects start production.
Batavia firm awarded contract for improvements at Lockport Trek plant
buffalonews.com 26 Feb, 2015
Batavia was hired on February 26, by the Greater Lockport Development Corp. to design and engineer the renovation of Trek Inc. headquarters in Harrison Place on Walnut Street. Trek intends to move its Torrent EMS LLC subsidiary from Orchard Park to Lockport in July, adding 20 jobs to the 115 Trek employees who work in Lockport now. The cost of the $27,200 contract will be fronted by the GLDC and paid off by Trek through adjustments to its monthly lease payments
150MW coal plant online by March
sunstar.com.ph 26 Feb, 2015
The first 150-megawatt (MW) unit of the P25-billion 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant project of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of the AboitizPower Corp., located at the boundary of Binugao in Toril, Davao City and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, will go online anytime by March. The coal-fired power plant is now nearing completion and they are expecting the first 150 MW unit to go online anytime this March while the second 150 MW unit is expected to go online anytime in June this year. Earlier, the company implemented a steam blowing operation as part of its preparation for the commercial operation of the power plant. Once completed, the 300-MW coal-fired power plant will be delivering baseload power to 23 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in Mindanao. Also with the onlining of the power plant, the government will be able to implement the rehabilitation of the 982 MW Agus-Pulangi Power Plant Complexes.
Fluor wins natural gas development contract in Brazil
energyglobal.co 26 Feb, 2015
Fluor Corporation announced that its CFPS Engenharia e Projetos, S.A., consortium with Construcap Engenharia e Comércio was awarded an engineering and design contract by exploration and production company Parnaíba Gás Natural (PGN) for a natural gas field development project in the Parnaiba Basin in Maranhão state in Brazil. This project demonstrates the value of the expertise that the Fluor and Construcap partnership brings to oil, gas and chemical clients in Brazil. This project for Parnaiba Gas Natural is representative of our commitment to develop partnerships and provide value to our clients in Brazil and Latin America, and we look forward to the successful execution of this work. The consortium will be responsible for the engineering and design of a gas gathering system that will allow PGN to achieve its 2016 production target. In addition, the project involves a 40 km gas pipeline that will connect the Gaviao Branco production and treatment facility in the Parnaiba Basin to the central gas processing facility located in Maranhão state. The engineering work will be executed by CFPS in its São Paulo, Brazil.
AltaGas progressing LNG export project
lngindustry.com 26 Feb, 2015
AltaGas announced that it is continuing to progress its LNG export initiatives. On 28 January 2015, AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited Partnership (AIJVLP), EDF Trading Limited and EXMAR NV announced that it has full ownership and control of the Douglas Channel LNG project as a result of the Plan of Arrangement completed under the companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceeding. The consortium has executed long-term lease agreements with the Haisla Nation regarding land and tenure and with Pacific Northern Gas Ltd for long-term pipeline capacity to supply gas to the project. The LNG project will have a nameplate capacity of 0.55 million TPA. The consortium is targeting a final investment decision in the fourth quarter 2015 and commercial operations in 2018.
Iran launches $2.7bn high-speed rail project
tradearabia.com 26 Feb, 2015
Iran has started work on its € 2.4 billion ($2.73 billion) high-speed railway network, which will extend about 400 km from capital Tehran to the city of Isfahan. The railway line is being built by China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) in co-operation with Iran’s Khatam Al Anbia Construction. It is likely to be completed over the next four years. The project will save an estimated 550 billion rials (about $20 million) annually in fuel consumption. Iran’s Bank of Industry and Mine will provide $1.8 billion of the total finance through China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) for the project.
Komenda Sugar Factory to generate its own electricity
ghanaweb.com 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
thetimes-tribune.com 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
thestar.com.my 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
bloomberg.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
plastemart.com 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
globalcement.com 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
globalcement.com 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
renewables.seenews.com 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
wsi.com 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
thedickinsonpress.com 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
westhawaiitoday.com 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
pennenergy.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
jamaicaobeserver.com 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
dining.blog.austin360.com 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
portagdairygraphic.com 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
worldcement.com 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
worldcement.com 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
omaha.com 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
romania-insider.com 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
bloomberg.com 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
undercurrentnews.com 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
gtspirit.com 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
northamotonchron.co.uk 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
globalcement.com 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
pennenergy.com 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
ljworld.com 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
manchestereveningnews.com 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
en.trend.az 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
beaumontenterprise.com 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
desalination.biz 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
limaohio.com 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
getsurrey.co.uk 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
wrdw.com 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
netcomposites.com 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
journalnow.com 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
freshplaza.com 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
allafrica.com 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
neworlanscitybusiness.com 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
in.reuters.com 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
crawleynews.co.uk 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
thisdaylive.com 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
dailyindependent.com 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
tricities.com 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
kcrg.com 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
thetowntalk.com 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
thenational.ae 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
youroilandgasnews.com 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
news-journalonline.com 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
businessinsider.in 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
wlwt.com 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
in.reuters.com 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
prnewswire.com 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
blog.chorn.com 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
canterburytimes.co.uk 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
elevenmyanmar.com 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
lancashiretelegraph.co.uk 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
denverpost.com 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
abc.net.au 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
birminghampost.co.uk 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
business.inquirer.net 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
hoteliermiddleeast.com 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
paultan.org 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
arabnews.com 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
telecompaper.com 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
europeanplasticsnews.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
manilastandardtoday.com 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
worldstagegroup.com 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
itv.com 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
aviationpros.com 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
thedailystar.net 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
fayobserver.com 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
gulf-times.com 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
3news.co.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
smh.com.au 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
bernama.com.my 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
fibre2fashion.com 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
tradearabia.com 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 Â£5m factory expansion
scotsman.com 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
greentechlead.com 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
bloomberg.com 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
medinagazette.northcoastnow.com 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
marketwatch.com 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
newsday.co.zw 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
recyclingtoday.com 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
business-review.eu 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
wsi.com 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
steelguru.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
windtech-international.com 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
channelstv.com 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
libyaherald.com 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
areadevelopment.com 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
mlive.com 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
wndu.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
capitalnewyork.com 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
gcdailyworld.com 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
ottumwacourier.com 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
greentechlead.com 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
customstoday.com 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
pennlive.com 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
hvnplus.co.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
biomassmagazine.com 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
heraldscotland.com 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
digitaljournal.com 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
want.com 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
mlive.com 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
nasdaq.com 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
khaleejtimes.com 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
hertsandessexobserver.co.uk 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
energysportsdrinks.drinks-business-review.com 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
theadvocate.com 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
globalcement.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
turnto23.com 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
stallbertgazette.com 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
renewables.seenews.com 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
presstelegram.com 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
marinelink.com 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
energyvoice.com 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
2merkato.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
inernationalmeetingsreview.com 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
utilities-me.com 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
bloomberg.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
currentargus.com 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
renewables.seenews.com 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
abc.net.au 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
windpowermonthly.com 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
telecompaper.com 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
brecorder.com 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
bworldonline.com 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
allafrica.com 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
canberratimes.com.au 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
ai.com 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
worldcement.com 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
thefinancialexpress-bd.com 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
inforum.com 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
packagingeurope.com 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
channelstv.com 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
kusi.com 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
nce.co.uk 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
ftnnews.com 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
myrepublica.com 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
euroweeklynews.com 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
allafrica.com 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
bloomberg.com 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
allafrica.com 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
ttrweekly.com 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
plastemart.com 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
eatsblog.dallasnews.com 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
dnaindia.com 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
compositesworld.com 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
dailycommercial.com 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
austin.culturemap.com 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
azobuild.com 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
thepoultrysite.com 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
prnewswire.com 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
chemicals-technology.com 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
plastemart.com 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
in.reuters.com 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
allafrica.com 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
allafrica.com 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
businesskores.co.kr 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
ekantipur.com 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
chinatechnews.com 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
business-review.com 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
business.scoop.co.nz 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
cyprus-mail.com 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
japantimes.co.jp 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
customstoday.com 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
businesswire.com 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
ennaharonline.com 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 KÃ¼mpers moves to new production facility in Rheine
innovationintextiles.com 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
gulfnews.com 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
thaivisa.com 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
biofuelsdigest.com 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
ttgdigital.com 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
inforum.com 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
4-traders.com 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
thejakartapost.com 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
furninfo.com 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
reneweconomy.com.au 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
cleantechnica.com 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
telecomlead.com 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
tasnimnews.com 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
desmoineregister.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
tasnimnews.com 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
newtownbee.com 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
pennenergy.com 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
worldcement.com 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
hydroworld.com 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
weau.com 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
wtva.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
heraldscotland.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
sputniknews.com 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
bizjournals.com 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
scoop.co.nz 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
balkans.com 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
thebusinessdesk.com 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
nasdaq.com 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
stltoday.com 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
ydar.com 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
vccircle.com 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
marketwired.com 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
halfwheel.com 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
nearshoreamericas.com 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
vestnikkavkaza.net 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
sanluisobispo.com 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
hulldailymail.co.uk 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
en.starafrica.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
mining.com 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
rigzone.com 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
innovationintextiles.com 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
windpowermonthly.com 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
ET 12 Feb, 2015
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
sunwindenergy.com 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
thewesternstar.com 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
timesca.com 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
ithacavoice.com 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
denverpost.com 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
yekaterinburgnews.com 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
ventures-africa.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
fibre2fashion.com 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
allafrica.com 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
upi.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
ibj.com 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
llanellistar.co.uk 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
techvibes.com 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
lvb.com 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
tirebusiness.com 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
postcrescent.com 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
wapt.com 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
hourdetroit.com 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
ctvnews.ca 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
news.webindia123.com 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
indiatoday.intoday.in 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
pollutionsoultions-online.com 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
walesonline.co.uk 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
news-record.com 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
worldcement.com 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
BS 11 Feb, 2015
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
thejakartapost.com 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
ihsmaritime360.com 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
thebusinessdesk.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
economylead.com 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
waterworld.com 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
worldcement.com 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
manilastandardtoday.com 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
rubbernews.com 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
bloomberg.com 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
tradearabia.com 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
news-mail.com.au 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
thenews.com 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
abs-cbnnews.com 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 fo