United Parcel Service (UPS), a provider of supply chain managements solutions has unveiled plans to build a new package processing hub in the city of Goodyear.
To be located in Arizona’s city, Goodyear, the phased hub modifies a 618,000 square foot structure on 140 acres in the PV303 Development.
A portion of the building is foreseen to be operational later this year, in time for the busy holiday season to provide additional processing and efficient automated sorting capacity for lightweight small packages typical of e-commerce moving throughout Arizona and the Southwest.
Ken Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain district that includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah declared: “UPS is a leader in operational efficiency and flexibility and is quick to adapt the UPS® network to changing needs of shippers and consumers. We’re investing for growth and to give opportunity to our people to build skills for tomorrow’s economy.”
After completion, the new processing hub is to feature more than 970,000 square feet of advanced operational technologies and sortation equipment under roof. It is also foreseen to create around 1,500 jobs in the region.
Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord commented: "I am very pleased that United Parcel Service (UPS) selected Goodyear for its regional operations center. UPS locating here is huge step forward to further our goal as an employment corridor.”
The new facility is worth $180M.
Vattenfall invests €100M for power-to-heat plant construction in Berlin
The Swedish power company,Vattenfall has announced at the beginning of the month its investment to build a new power-to-heat asset and in gas-fired heat-only boilers in the German capital city.
The new facility is to feature power-to-heat boilers that use electricity to generate Berlin’s Spandau district heating as well as heat-only boilers fired by natural gas.
Tuomo Hatakka, responsible for business area heat at Vattenfall, said: “In February this year we took the final investment decision on the construction of the new combined heat and power plant in Berlin-Marzahn. With our second big investment decision this year for the district heating business, we confirm once more our commitment to our Berlin base and support the local government in their ambition to reach climate neutrality for Berlin by 2050.”
When operational, the hard-coal-fired Unit C of power plant Reuter would be taken off the grid and the power-to-heat asset will have a total capacity of 120MWth.
Gunther Müller, spokesperson of the board of Vattenfall Wärme in Berlin, added: “Our district heating is an important player in Berlin’s energy transition. The power-to-heat asset in Spandau will not only optimise the dispatch of the CHP plant Reuter West, but also enable the use of electricity from renewable energy sources to generate climate-friendly district heating in the future.”
Construction of the project is to start this autumn with commissioning scheduled for 2019.
Vattenfall’s investment is worth €100M.
Mary Brune - JUNE 5, 2017
Terex Trucks has new Global Sales Director
On June 5, the established global manufacturer has officially unveiled the hiring of Guy Wilson as Global Sales Director.
Prior to his position at Terex Trucks, Guy Wilson was Managing Director for Volvo Construction Equipment Italia and before CFO and Deputy Managing Director at Volvo CE’s UK dealership.
Guy Wilson is now responsible for leading Terex Trucks’ global sales team. He has to manage and provide strategic direction to the sales directors, the regional sales teams and the Motherwell-based central key accounts resource.
Director and General Manager of Terex Trucks, Paul Douglas, commented: "We are delighted that Guy is bringing his extensive management and leadership expertise to the global sales team.
"His strong background in national distribution and dealer management, as well as his roles at Volvo CE have equipped him to understand what it takes to succeed through a channel network. I’m sure our dealers will benefit hugely from this appointment."
For his new function, Guy Wilson will be based in Motherwell, Scotland.
Charlotte Divet - Contributing Editor - JUNE 5, 2017
Biggest African wind farm to be built in Ghana
The Lekela Power joint venture comprising Mainstream Renewable Power and the investor, Actis, is developing the 225MW Ayitepa wind project in the Ningo-Prampram district.
The wind facility is to operate for 25 years with the objective to enhance the electricity supply deficit of Ghana.
Seventy-five turbines rated between 2.75MW and 3.5MW are to compose the farm that is to be constructed in two phases.
The first phase will bring 150MW capacity to the Ayitepa plant while the other phase will add 75MW.
The wind farm is to be situated in the Ningo-Prampram district, 60 kilometers east of Accra city.
It is to supply annually around 60,000 households in electricity.
A new transmission substation is to be installed in the facility to transfer the power to Ghana’s National Interconnected Transmission Grid (NITS)
Construction work is to start in late-2017. Sixteen months are required to complete the project that is to generate first power in 2018.
More than five hundreds employments are to be created during the construction phase and fifty during operations.
When completed, the wind farm is to stand as the first facility of this type in Ghana and the biggest of Africa.
The wind project costs $525M.
Pascal Wayne - JUNE 5, 2017
Extension of East Light Rail Transit underway in Philippines
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) have started construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-2 East extension project.
The existing LRT-2 System from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag in Antipolo, Rizal is to be extended by four kilometers.
LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya explained: “The completion of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project is part of the fulfillment of the government’s promise to ease traffic congestion by extending the service of the LRT Line 2 System to the eastern part of Metro Manila.”
As part of the project, two new stations are to be built: the Emerald station and the Masinag station.
80,000 passengers are foreseen to use daily the new stations.
Completion of the stations is scheduled for August 2018.
DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade said: “It will be a timely addition to have both new stations in the LRT Line 2 as we acknowledge the need for greater accessibility of passengers coming from the eastern side of Metro Manila extending to key areas of Antipolo and its nearby cities.”