The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is aggressively pursuing energy projects that help meet important overseas development objectives and represent significant investment and export potential for U.S. firms. Since the agency’s creation in 1981, USTDA has provided nearly $130 million in support of oil and gas exploration, refining and petrochemicals, and pipeline and storage projects, with U.S. exports valued at over $4.7 billion.
In carrying out its mission, USTDA advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.
Recent USTDA activities in the Traditional Energy & Power sector include:
Botswana Coalbed Methane Power Generation Project
Helping Botswana meet growing domestic and regional demand for low-cost, clean and efficient fuel for power plants is the goal of a USTDA grant awarded to the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC). The grant funded a feasibility study, conducted by Advanced Resources International, Inc (ARI), on the coal bed methane project in the eastern part of the country. The President of Botswana strongly endorsed the project, as it will generate electric power and produce industrial fuel and water. Following the completion of the study, the project was successfully implemented and yielded over $52 million in U.S. exports for power generation units, drilling equipment, compressors, and hydraulic fracturing equipment.
Generating Energy in Colombia
Facing gas supply shortages as a result of increasing economic growth, Colombia sought to construct a gas treatment plant to unlock the country's access to clean natural gas reserves with assistance of feasibility study financing from USTDA. The study identified the optimum development concept and gas treatment technology to develop the Cusiana Gas Treatment Plant. With this detailed analysis and the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in this sector, the project developer, Ecopetrol, has imported close to $50 million in U.S.-manufactured equipment, compressors and tools during the construction of the gas treatment plant. In addition, Ecopetrol has installed technologies that help monitor and control the dew point level in the hydrocarbons emitted by the plant, making the emissions more environmentally-friendly.
Turkey Nuh Energy Cogeneration Plant
USTDA awarded a grant to Nuh Enerji for a feasibility study on developing an independent thermal power generation plant in Hereke, Turkey. The study, carried out by Black & Veatch International, addressed the technical and financial aspects of generating 57 MW of power alongside an ongoing cement production facility. Based on the final recommendations of the feasibility study, Nuh Enerji secured financing for the procurement of General Electric (GE) power generator sets and other periphery equipment valued at over $62 million.
Clean Energy, Clear Benefits in Thailand
In recent years, USTDA has helped Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company, PTT, identify the optimum design and specifications for the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal at Map Ta Phut. This terminal is needed to meet Thailand's growing requirements for clean gas fuels and to avoid additional coal-based power generation. As a result of a USTDA-funded feasibility study conducted by Pace Global Energy, full project implementation is now underway on this $1 billion project. To date, at least 22 U.S. companies from 13 states have entered into contracts to provide services and technologies critical to the success of the terminal.
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