U.S. Trade and Development Agency is aggressively pursuing energy projects that help meet important overseas development objectives and represent significant investment and export potential for U.S. firms. 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.
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.