Wales power station

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Wales power station is an announced 250-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power station in Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region, Guyana.

Location

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Project Details

  • Sponsor: Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL)[1]
  • Parent company: Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL)[2]
  • Location: Wales, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Guyana
  • Coordinates: 6.70274, -58.20634 (approximate)[3]
  • Gross generating capacity (announced)[1]: 250 MW

Background

The Wales power station is part of a proposed gas-to-power project that would make use of natural gas from the Liza oil and gas field in the Stabroek Oil and Gas Block off Guyana's Atlantic coast. Natural gas for the power station would be transported onshore via the proposed Liza Gas Pipeline.[8]

During early 2021, locations for the power station were being proposed and the former Wales Sugar Estate was favored as of January 2021 because of its proximity to population centers.[9] Politicians are emphasizing job creation and social program support that would be possible with the establishment of the power station in the Wales area.[10] The Alliance For Change (AFC) is opposed to the creation of the power station due to a high cost for a relatively short lifespan (approximately 11 years).[11] The AFC also notes that any pipeline associated with the power station would be a risk to maritime traffic.[11]

As of October 2020, Guyanese president Irfaan Ali said that he expected the project to be completed by the end of 2023.[12] By July 2021, the expected completion date had slipped to 2025.[7] In January 2022, ExxonMobil Guyana's president Alistair Routledge expressed hopes that a final investment decision would be made for the gas-to-power project during the first half of 2022.[8]

As of January 2022, 12 companies had submitted construction bids for the Wales power station, including Amerapex Corporation; National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago; Constutora Queiroz Galva; China Machinery Engineering Cooperation; Power China International Group; China Energy International Guyana Company Limited; CEPCOII Electric Power; CH4 Guyana Incorporated; Lyndsayca Incorporated; Apan Energy; Wison Offshore and Marine Limited; and Técnicas Reunidas.[5]

Opposition

Critics have questioned the financial viability of building the Wales Power Station and the associated Liza Gas Pipeline, suggesting that solar electricity would offer a more cost-effective way to satisfy Guyana's electrical demand.[13][14]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Guyana to offer gas-to-power project, Argus Media, Jun 2, 2020
  2. Who We Are, Guyana Power and Light, accessed Jun 24, 2021
  3. Jagdeo justifies Wales location for gas-to-energy project, associated industries, Demerara Waves, Feb 9, 2021
  4. Connect, Digitize, Transform: Q&A With Chief Transformation Officer Kelly Kent, Forbes, Jun 4, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Guyana gas and power project scores 12 bids". Jamaica Gleaner. 2022-01-26.
  6. "Guyana trims gas-to-shore project". Argus Media. 2022-02-23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Gas-to-energy project: Guyanese will be at forefront of construction, operation". OilNow. July 24, 2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Liza Unity start-up, gas-to-energy FID among major projects for Exxon this year - Routledge". OilNow. January 5, 2022.
  9. "Wales, Ogle, Vreed-en-Hoop among potential sites for gas-to-energy plant - Guyana Chronicle". Guyana Chronicle. 2021-01-03. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  10. GTIMES (2021-01-11). "Liquefied Petroleum Gas plant being considered for Wales – President Ali - Guyana Times". Guyana Times. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Patterson says Wales gas-to-shore plans half-baked - Stabroek News". Stabroek News. 2021-05-02. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  12. "Ali expects gas to shore project to deliver by end of 2023". Stabroek News. October 28, 2020.
  13. "Int'l lawyer challenges VP Jagdeo to show evidence that gas-to-shore project will work". Kaieteur News. March 27, 2021.
  14. "Reinject gas and save Guyana". Kaieteur News. May 30, 2022.