Infrastructure

Exclusive to IIICorp: Japanese firm IBIDEN Co Ltd shows interest in BHEL’s emissions contract

ibidenTokyo-based IBIDEN Co Ltd is among several companies, including Chinese firms, that have submitted their expressions of interest (EOI) to state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for a proposal to design and engineer the latter’s emission control systems for power plants and its integration with the boilers on a project-to-project basis. A BHEL official also told IIICORP that the EOI is applicable to all BHEL power plants across the country. According to its website, the power major has 20,000 MW installed capacity and going by IIICORP metrics, the contract could be worth upwards of USD 400m. The EOI comes in the wake of recent emission norms laid down by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

IBIDEN Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH, a subsidiary firm majority owned by IBIDEN Co Ltd, manufactures the CERAM brand of catalyst and industrial honeycombs at its facility in Frauental, Austria. CERAM has developed into a global supplier of catalysts and industrial ceramics and currently has customers in more than 40 countries with over 400 employees. In the course of its international expansion, the company has set up subsidiaries in the United States and South Korea. The introduction of progressive environmental legislation around the world is a key driver of the CERAM´s business activities, says its website. The company’s environmental management system ensures responsible use of natural resources and systematically reduce its wastewater, solid waste streams, and atmospheric emissions.

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Featured Story of the Week: SGCC bid for Abengoa’s Brazilian assets faces delays arising from deal’s complex, politically-sensitive nature

State Grid Corporation of China’s (SGCC) planned purchase of Abengoa SA’s Brazilian power transmission operations is facing ongoing delays as a result of the high level of complexity it has encountered in the asset evaluation process. That’s according to Xiao Bin (肖斌), an official at theState Grid Brazil Holding SA (国家电网巴西控股公司), the local subsidiary of SGCC, who made reference to the highly diverse nature of the assets in question and their complicated financial position.

“The acquisition is still in talks and there is n0_1_21st_Century_Silk_Road_Map_thumb_1460933781855o certain time for how long it will take,” Xiao said. He added that a formal proposal has yet to be made.

SGCC’s confusion is shared by industry analysts who have also had difficulty estimating the value of Abengoa’s Brazilian assets, which comprises facilities that are operational and reneue-generating as well as ones that are being developed. In the latter category, Abengoa has about 6,000km of transmission lines under construction that will require the purchaser to take on billions of dollars of future investments.

The Brazilian government has indicated that it would expect a large and well-capitalized entity like SGCC to acquire all of Abengoa’s Brazilian assets as a package.

This news service previously reported, citing a SGCC source, that this transaction was a politically sensitive one and that it should not be viewed as a simple sale and purchase agreement between two companies. The state-owned Chinese company, which has invested USD 2.58bn (CNY 16.83bn) in Brazil’s power transmission sector since 2010, believes that the expertise it has developed via the construction of China’s vast ultra-high-voltage projects over the past two years gave it a competitive advantage over rival bidders.

Financially-distressed Abengoa, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2015, is Brazil’s largest non-state owned power transmission operator. Its Brazilian operations have total net debts of USD 825m (CNY 5.4bn), of which more than USD 218m (CNY ) are owed to local equipment suppliers in the country, according to the electricity industry association Abinee.

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Increased optimism on Chinese infrastructure investment

It is no secret that a period of volatility in China’s stock market this year gave many cause for concern. Since then, a growing debate about the health of the country’s economy has on occasion omitted encouraging signs of stability. In particular, critical clean power, environmental and water infrastructure projects have largely proceeded unhindered thanks to a central government stimulus effort that is beginning again to pick up steam.

Balu Balakrishnan, CEO and Director of Power Integrations, Inc recently offered an optimistic take on the promise of a renewed increase in China’s infrastructure spending after he was asked by an analyst about the government’s appetite for spending:

Evan Wang – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. “I was wondering if you can give us some comparison against what your expectation earlier in the year that the Chinese Government might be resuming its infrastructure spending as part of the stimulus program and how is that looking now for 2016?”

Balu Balakrishnan – President, Chief Executive Officer & Director “It is actually looking very good. They have resumed investment in infrastructure.There are number of new high-voltage DC transition lines being installed in China. In addition to that, they are converting their public transportation, which is buses, into electric buses starting from Beijing and Shanghai where they have the most pollution, and we have actually a significant portion of that business that we have won on and we expect that to contribute to our growth this year and next year.”

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IIICorp’s Charlie Welsh on Panel at Bryant University

Bryant University’s International Business program, ranked among the top in the country, requires a capstone project of all graduating seniors. The Senior Practicum program teams students with businesses working on specialized international projects, ending the semester with a presentation of their work to a panel of distinguished judges.

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IIICorp founder and CEO Charlie Welsh is appearing on the panel at this afternoon’s competition in Providence, R.I. Good luck to all students taking part today!

For more about Bryant University’s IB program and Senior Practicum, visit: http://bit.ly/1Tjx4eK

IIICorp Speaks with Indian Minister of Power

IIICorp had the opportunity to speak with Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power at last night’s Mumbai Press Club RedInk Media Awards at Nariman Point, Mumbai.

Minister Goyal has set ambitious targets, aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 30-35 percent. He provided encouraging feedback on IIICorp, particularly regarding our potential role in aiding India in meeting its emissions reduction and energy efficiency goals.

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At the ceremony, the minister thanked the media for bringing awareness to the fact that over 400 remote villages in India have become uninhabitable due to lack of power. The government is currently leading aggressive efforts to reestablish power in these rural areas. Measures to ensure transparency throughout this process have been implemented, engaging over 500 qualified engineers located throughout the country. Real-time data, available to the public through a mobile app and web dashboard called GARV, will be uploaded as villages become electrified.

(For more information on GARV, visit http://garv.gov.in/dashboard)