FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):More than 49,000 MW of new power generation capacity is expected to be added to the U.S. grid in 2019, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Accounting for capacity set to be retired, the U.S. should see a net gain of 40,823 MW.Specifically, 49,420 MW are expected to come into service, and 8,597 MW that have received approval from needed regulatory authorities are expected to be retired. Another 2,216 MW of operating capacity is to be converted to another fuel source.Coal-fired capacity accounts for 68% of the scheduled retirements, at 5,834 MW. This figure only includes retirements that have already received approval from regulatory bodies. Coal retirements in 2018 totaled about 11,800 MW. Another 2,216 MW of coal-fired capacity is expected to be converted to natural gas or other nonrenewable operations. This includes one of two 1,100-MW units at Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary Duke Energy Carolinas LLC’s Belews Creek plant in Stokes County, N.C. The unit is expected to start burning natural gas in place of coal in September. The second Belews Creek unit is due for conversion to gas in 2020.Renewable and gas-fired capacity combine for the vast majority of scheduled capacity additions, though the largest single source of fuel for new capacity additions in 2019 is wind, with 22,447 MW, or 45% of all capacity additions. The largest wind facility under construction is the 500-MW Goodnight Wind Energy plant in Armstrong County, Texas. The plant, which is owned by FGE Power, is scheduled to become operational in two phases. Phase 1 totals 252 MW of capacity and is slated to go online in June, followed by the 248-MW Phase 2 in October.Solar accounts for 22% of scheduled 2019 additions, totaling 11,050 MW. The largest solar project under construction is the 250-MW Phoebe Energy Project owned by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. The plant is being built in Winkler County, Texas. The majority of the plant’s output is under contract with Shell Energy North America (US) LP, a power marketing subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC.More ($): US grid expected to add a net 40,800 MW of generating capacity in 2019 S&P: Another 8GW of coal capacity due to go offline in 2019
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The Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) will once again open its doors to host events after undergoing rehabilitation works for the past two years.The Conference Centre, which would host events like international summits, regional conferences, award ceremonies and graduations, had been showing signs of deterioration. It was reported that staff members had noticed cracks in the ceiling, uneven flooring, broken tiles and issues with the underground insulation system. As such, the facility was closed in December of 2016 with the safety of staff and patrons in mind.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes explained the need for works was timely since it coincided with the due date for renovations that was agreed upon before the building’s construction. “An agreement was signed between the Guyana Government and the People’s Republic of China, one of the stipulations in the agreement was that the Chinese contractor that constructed the Centre would have to carry out repairs and maintenance after 10 years of use,” Hughes stated.When questioned about Guyana’s financial obligation for the ongoing works, Minister Hughes explained that the initial project and subsequent rehabilitation were the financial responsibility of the Chinese Government and the Chinese company that constructed the building.She said, “The first time this building was constructed, [it] was completely funded by the Chinese Government, and I want you to know that the complete rehabilitation project was once again funded by the Chinese Government.”The conference facility has not only been rehabilitated, but would also see a number of improvements and technological upgrades. “The main conference hall will be equipped with a digital conference system that can accommodate three languages spoken simultaneously, 372 new theatre chairs, video matrix switcher, LED screens and overhead projectors,” ACCC General Manager Nancomar Ramdial said.The much-anticipated completion is scheduled for May 27, 2018. The elated General Manager noted that major companies have already expressed interest in utilising the facilities as early as June. “The final date for completion of all works is May 27, right on the 18-month schedule and the Centre already has bookings from June of this year to the first quarter of 2019,” Ramdial disclosed.The newly-renovated Centre boasts a main conference hall, eastern and western conference rooms- which can be divided into smaller rooms, business centre, conference secretariat, computer lab, first aid clinic, dining hall and kitchen.What was initially named the Guyana International Conference Centre was unveiled on February 16, 2006 and saw 13 conferences in its first year. That number grew to 114 by 2016. The facility was later renamed the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in 2015, to honour the legacy of Guyana’s first President, Arthur Chung, who served from 1970 to 1980.
State House, Banjul, 12 August, 2016 – His Excellency President Adama Barrow on early Sunday afternoon paid an unexpected visit to the central abattoir in Abuko to garner firsthand information on the sale of sacrificial rams in honour of the forthcoming Eid celebrations of the Muslim ummah, locally called Tobaski. The surprise gesture was in keeping with the president’s profound interest in being up to speed with the socioeconomic realities of the citizenry. “It is part of the preparations for the Tobaski feast for Muslims to purchase livestock to slaughter. I am calling on all Gambians to care for one another in this [festive] season,” the President told reporters on the site.Mr. Musa Njie, speaking on behalf of the livestock dealers in Abuko, expressed delight at the Gambian leader’s visit to the abattoir, adding that they are seeking government’s intervention in upgrading and maintaining the structures with the improvement of security as it is the country’s main slaughterhouse. He said due to incidents of theft and armed robbery, they have decided to mobilize funds on their own to employ night watchmen, adding that they even pay for the upkeep of the place, including utility bills.According to Mr. Njie, the structures are dilapidated and need revamping because the abattoir has not received any form of maintenance since 1981.Amady Jah, a ram dealer, for his part, expressed gratitude to the President for his unexpected visit, describing it as very timely and important in order to boost the morale of the livestock dealers. Mr. Jah, however, urged the government to look into what he called the ‘’high duty fees’’ levied on the ram dealers at the center. He added that all the problems they were faced with emanated from the former president’s decision to privatize and sell the place to himself in 1998. He said the move didn’t serve any purpose other than enrich the owner. Mr. Jah concluded by expressing delight and optimism that these challenges would be addressed by the Government. Prices of rams range from D8, 000 to D25,000.Press Release, Office of the President