JULY 2016 - South Africa: on July 20th the 685 MW AVON Power Plant started commercial operation. - The plant is part of the “Peaker Power Projects” promoted by the South-African Ministry of Energy and awarded to the consortium led by GDF, of which FATA and Ansaldo Energia are part. Such project, which involved the "turn-key" implementation of two plants for the production of electric power by an independent producer, was born on the initiative of the Energy Department of the South-African Government to enhance and improve the energy distribution network.
The first power plant, the 342 MW DEDISA, became operational in Port Elizabeth in 2015. The AVON plant - developed in Durban - is the second one within the framework of the project. The electrical power generated shall be sold for 15 years to the South African Electric Power Provider (ESKOM) on the basis of a sales agreement.
In developing both power plants, special attention has been paid to the return in terms of employment for the local community and to the environment; two themes the African country is particularly sensitive to.
AVON and DEDISA are the first two "independent" turbogas plants developed in South-Africa and have strategic relevance for the Country: they will contribute to stabilize the South-African power grid and - mainly - the load peaks.
Once again, the acceptance of this second plant is a reason of pride for our company, which is thanking the whole team who have worked on the project with commitment and dedication, and - in particular, the engineers: Italo Ballestrelli – Project Director, Carlo Brunatto – Power Engineering Manager, Elisa Prato - Project Manager, Cristian Frisoni - Site Manager and Raffaele Orlando – Project Engineer.
In its letter of Plant Acceptance (COE), the client has seized the opportunity to manifest its appreciation for the activities developed by FATA (document enclosed)
A suggestive night shot of the power plant has been taken by means of a drone. You will find hereinafter the link to see the film “Avon Peaking Power Plant by night”.
>> Download Avon Peaking Power Plant by night
>> Avon Peaking Power - Certificate of Commercial Operation for the Facility
JULY 2016 - FATA at the Power Gen Africa Exhibition - The 2016 edition of the Power Gen Africa exhibition, held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from July 19th through 21st, has recently concluded. The event was attended by some hundred companies, amongst which also FATA, whose booth was in a strategic location: the inauguration ceremony by the Ministry of Development took place right in front of our exhibition area. Approx. 150 people visited FATA's booth the very morning of the first day.
The audience was very significant: approx 3,000 visitors were recorded, i.e. 1,000 more than the number expected by the organizers.
Again within the framework of Power Gen Africa, the Dedisa Power Plant projects - with highlights on the AVON project - was presented in a conference with the participation of Ansaldo on July 20th. FATA's speaker was Engineer Elisa Prato, who must be complimented for the quality of her presentation, which allowed FATA having further visibility.
Furthermore, Mr. Glenn Ensor (Managing Director of Pennwell, the company that organized the exhibition) publicly announced - in the speech that closed the exhibition - the acceptance of the 685 MW AVON Power Plant, congratulating FATA in front of the audience for the results achieved.
JUNE 2016 - Power Gen Europe 2016 exhibition, Milan June 21st through 23rd - This year, the most important trade fair of the Power sector came back to Milan, and also this year did FATA participate with a booth that witnessed a remarkable flow of visitors in the three days of the exhibition. The event was held with the sponsorship of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development.
Over 13,000 people visited the fair, versus the 10,000 pre-registered ones. The fair witnessed approx. 550 exhibitors, with 1200 delegates and 220 speakers.
A massive flow of public was recorded at FATA EPC booth; in many occasions, several visitors had to be requested to postpone the meeting to the following day.
Many companies of international size have shown interest for FATA; made curious by the articles published on the major newspapers, they asked several questions and - in many occasions - have proposed themselves as clients, suppliers, collaborators and the like.
A lucheon was organized in our booth, with the participation of the speakers at the joint opening keynote session as well as the senior management of PennWell (the organizers of the event), who were welcomed by FATA Management.
FEBRUARY 2016 - Visit of the Vietnam Ambassador to FATA S.p.A. - On 25th February 2016 FATA welcomed the visit of H.E. Cao Chinh Thien, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Italy.
The Ambassador, who was in Turin for the celebrations of the Vietnamese New Year, was accompanied by his collaborators, the Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Turin, and a group of representatives from the Italy-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce. The Mayor of Pianezza, Mr. Antonio Castello, was also present.
During the visit FATA’s overall activities were briefly described as well as Danieli’s (FATA’s new shareholder) which is present in Vietnam with a company of its own. The project of the realization of a smelter that FATA is pursuing was also outlined.
The Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the visit. He also showed a particular interest in FATA’s activities and projects and said he would support its present and future undertakings in the country.
Ambassador Thien moved to Italy only a few months ago. The first meeting was held on the occasion of his first visit to Turin for the signing ceremony of the Pact of Friendship and Cooperation between Turin and Ho Chi Minh City that took place last September under the patronage of Mayor Piero Fassino who has always had keen interest and sensibility toward the eastern world.
DECEMBER 2015 - The Union Chlorine Chlor-Alkali Plant in Abu Dhabi is at the peak in its construction phase - The engineering activities have been fully completed and all of the equipment are currently being installed with Mechanical Completion being forecast for the first quarter of 2016.
The EPC contract for the construction and commissioning of this 70-ton per day Chlor-Alkali Plant was awarded to FATA EPC by Union Chlorine L.L.C., a joint venture between Oman Chlorine SAOG and Horizon Energy L.L.C.
FATA is responsible for a complete EPC scope including the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Start Up of the facility.
This strategic project not only will provide direct jobs at full production but will also generate many other jobs required to support the operation of this new and important plant in ICAD 3 in Abu Dhabi.
The plant will deliver high quality products to the local Oil and Gas market in the UAE in addition to other sectors and other downstream industries.
On December 9 Mr. Andrea Lombardi, CEO of FATA, and Mr. Anthony Tropeano, COO of FATA, paid a visit to the FATA construction site in Abu Dhabi for progress review meetings and a tour of the construction site.
JULY 2015 - FATA EPC at Power Gen Africa 2015, Cape Town July 15-17 - FATA EPC attended the 3rd Power Gen Africa exhibition held at the Cape Town International Convention Center, in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa on July 15 -17, 2015.
The theme of "Emerging Opportunities in the World's Fastest Growing Continent" reflects the focus on new and innovative technologies and the shared vision of strengthening the infrastructure to drive economic growth in the fast growing region of Sub-Saharan Africa.
This year's event covered all technologies, spanning all forms of power generation systems as well as power delivery, utility automation and advance metering.
Approximately 80 companies participated at the event, exhibiting their equipment and services to the Power Industry.
Over 2200 people visited the exhibition and conference and several hundred stopped by to visit FATA exhibit and to discuss potential business in the power industrial sector.
There was a lot of interest in the Dedisa and Avon Peaking Power Projects will add to the Grid over 1000 MW of badly needed power capacity.
JULY 2015 - Dedisa Power Plant, South Africa - First Synchro GT1 - The Consortium between FATA s.p.a. and Ansaldo Energia s.p.a., EPC Contractors for the two Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCTG) plants for the total nominal power of 1050 MW in Port Elizabeth (DEDISA Power Plant) and Durban (Avon Power Plant), have performed on June 26 2015 in Port Elizabeth the First Synchronization injecting electric power into the National Grid.
As highlighted by Fata Project Director, Italo Ballestrelli, such event happened after only 22 months from the contractual Notice to Proceed and it has also a historical value because it is the first thermal electric power generation into the South African grid made by an Independent Power Producer (IPP).
Such Projects were promulgated by the National Department of Energy under the “Current Programs” in the IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) for Electricity, and it has a great strategic relevance either for power generation or for the improvement of the South African grid stability.
Sergio Pagani, in charge of Fata Operations, finally declares that this important achievement in South Africa is confirming the validity of Fata strategy focused on associating the company significant past experience in the management of large worldwide EPC works, together with Fata technical knowledge accrued in the Power Sector.
MARCH 2015 - Held the Gulf Aluminium Casthouse Conference - The Gulf Aluminium Casthouse Conference, GulfCast, was held March 2-4, 2015 in Doha Qatar.
Qatalum hosted and organized the GulfCast Conference for the first time in Doha, Qatar under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry Affairs.
Fata who built the Qatalum Casthouse was present and participated at the Conference.
117 Delegates from 12 countries participated at the Conference.
The Conference program was determined to ensure it reflected the current casthouse challenges, trends and developments.
The setting provided a leading platform in which the aluminium processors and producers met and gauged current and future opportunities, as well as challengers ahead.
JANUARY 2015 - OARC Final Acceptance - The Oman Aluminium Rolling Company (OARC), owned by Takamul Investment Company, based in Sohar (Oman) and constructed by FATA EPC (a division of FATA S.p.A.), successfully concluded its extensive final IPPT (Integrated Plant Performance Tests) Program in November 2014.
OARC has produced coils across all product ranges and have now begun their ramp-up to full production.
The OARC Plant is a state-of-the-art, world-class light gauge sheet rolling facility with a capacity of 140,000 tonnes per year. It includes a Hazelett Twin Belt Caster which provides unique metallurgical properties that benefit customers in their business applications of aluminium sheet products. The successful combination of the industry leading technology of the Hazelett belt caster with the state-of-the-art Hot Rolling, Cold Rolling and Finishing Equipment supplied by FATA Hunter (another division of FATA S.p.A.) allows OARC to provide its customers value added products and generate long term, sustainable employment opportunities in Oman.
During a brief ceremony held in Sohar on January 21 Mr. Ron Marchbanks, CEO of OARC, and Mr. Anthony Tropeano, CEO of FATA EPC and FATA Hunter, exchanged commemorative plaques to express the companies’ mutual thankfulness for the successful completion of the Project.
Mr. Andrea Lombardi, CEO of FATA S.p.A., conveyed his sincere appreciation and thanks to the OARC and FATA Teams for their joint efforts, professionalism and dedication.
FATA S.p.A. is a leading diversified group of companies active in the field of industrial plant engineering and construction. Its headquarters are located in Turin (Italy), and it is present all over the world, including in the GCC with FATA GULF, through its various representative offices.