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Expanding its rental operations in Australia, GE's sales and service provider for Jenbacher gas engines Clarke Energy has stuck a deal to supply three J320s to Horizon's short-term power project. With a capacity of 3 MW, the engines will supply electricity for the remote coastal town of Onslow, Western Australia, prior to the construction of a permanent power station.

The Cabinet of India has given permission for supply of more LNG to power producers in a bid to rescue and revive stranded generation assets. Gas supply is limited by regasfication and import capacity, so utilities are asked to participate in a reverse auction by bidding the lowest amount of subsidy they need to produce electricity at Rs 5.50 per unit.

Dr Sam Amadi, chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued an on-grid licence for the 1,080 MW gas-fired Oma Power Plant, located in Abia State. "It is an ambitious venture, but doable," he said, with reference to Nigeria's urgent need for new generating capacity.

Project partners in Israel's vast offshore Tamar gas field are edging closer to signing three natural gas supply deals with the Alon Tabor and Ramat Gabriel IPPs as well as a generator build in the Sorek desalination facility.

Japan's Toshiba Corp. today announced it has won an order to supply a 472-megawatt steam turbine and generator (STG) for the Allen Combined Cycle Power Plant, under construction in Memphis by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The equipment will be delivered in October 2016, for the plant to come online in June 2018.

Blaming growth in renewable energy for the closure of its Southdown gas-fired power station, New Zealand's utility Mighty River Power confirmed it will shut down the 140 MW gas-fired station at the end of this year. The utility has been investing in new geothermal plants to complement a hydro power peaking plant near Auckland.

Swiss industrial engineering firm Sulzer has signed an agreement with GE to become the exclusive licensed repair provider for LM5000 turbines, with works to be undertaken at its Sulzer's service centre in Houston. Under the accord, GE will make LM5000 parts, drawings, manuals and service bulletins available to Sulzer, along with on-site technical assistance.

Material experts at MTU Aero Engines and their partners have jointly developed an intermetallic high-temperature materials for highly stressed engine components. Titanium aluminide (TiAl) – a new lightweight material for turbine blades – combines the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials.

ABB, a Swiss maker of power automation technology, has won a $160 million order to supply control systems, software and instrumentation for the 4,800 MW Kusile thermal plant under construction near Witbank, South Africa. State-owned Eskom, on Friday agreed with Alstom to terminate a contract for the instrumentation at Kusile.

State-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded a contract to develop the Salalah 2 independent power project (IPP) to a consortium of ACWA Power, Mitsui & Co and Dhofar International Development and Investment. Mitsui stated it will build the 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant at a cost of $630 million.

China's efforts to move towards cleaner air are taking shape: the government has shut down a large 20-year old coal power plant (400MW) in downtown Beijing, operated by state-owned Guohua Electric Power Company, just days after the shutdown of the 93-year old Shijingshan coal plant (4x220MW) in western part of the capital. New gas-fired capacity will replace the aging coal units.

Texan power producer El Paso Electric (EPE) has started full commercial operation of the first two gas generating units at the Montana Power Station in east El Paso, Texas. The two 88 MW simple-cycle aero-derivative combustion turbines are powered by natural gas.

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Qatari LNG set to boost Pakistan's power production

Mar 26 – First LNG shipment from Qatar will arrive in Pakistan today, with the gas to be fed into the system by March 31.
Pakistan's Petroleum Minister stressed that the regasified LNG it will add 10% more electricity to the existing levels of generation and could provide almost $300 million saving to power producers.

Japan: Glencore's coal deal at six-year price low

Mar 25 – Faced with Japan's nuclear renaissance and fierce competition with natural gas, Glencore is understood to sell coal to Japanese utility buyers at a price not seen that low for the past six years. Analysts estimate that the world's largest exporter coal will from April 1 sell annual supplies to Japan at $70 a tonne – the lowest since 2009, and down from last year's settlement at $81.80.

Capstone to deliver microturbine to El Salvador

Mar 25 – California-based Capstone Turbine Corp has secured an order to upgrade the Salvaplastic manufacturing plant in capital city San Salvador. A propane-fuelled Capstone C200 microturbine will be installed in a grid connect configuration to provide electricity to the Salvaplastic manufacturing plant – in parallel with the local utility.

Limerick plant to convert waste into electricity

Mar 25 – A €240 million waste disposal project in Ireland will turn household waste into electricity in county Limerick. Cadence EnviroPower will build a gasification facility adjacent to the Gortadroma landfill, with the gas produced on site to be used in a 30 MW power generator.

India aims to bring back 14,000 MW of idled gas capacity

Mar 24 –The Indian government is fast-tracking policies to revive about 14,000 MW of gas-fired power plants in the month of April. Pooling the price of domestic gas with the imported LNG is meant to make the stranded power plants generate power.

Cameroon: Victoria Oil and Gas starts supply to 2 power plants

Mar 24 – Victoria Oil and Gas has started to supply gas to the Bassa power station, which now produces 20 MW of electricity for Cameroon. Gas will also be supplied to the 30 MW Longbada plant which is scheduled to start operations in April, with commissioning pushed back slightly due to shipping delays.

InterGen celebrates 20th anniversary

Mar 24 – The global independent power producer InterGen celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, with 11 power plants in operation that produce a combined 7,686 megawatts of electricity. Incorporated in 1995, InterGen was formed as a joint venture between Bechtel Enterprises and Pacific Gas & Electric.

Gas may fuel new UFA power plant

Mar 23 – The University of Alaska (UFA) is now evaluating the use of natural gas as a fuel for its proposed new power plant at UA Fairbanks after an initial design for a coal-fired plant came in well over budget. An initial EPC design for a new plant using coal came in much higher than the $245 million approved by the legislature last year for the project.

Gazprom starts to build largest gas turbine plant in Yamal

Mar 23 –Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a 96 MW gas power plant, capable of being scaled up to 144 MW, at the Novoportovskoye field which set to become one of the largest in the Yamal Peninsula. First-phase commissioning of an initial 48 MW capacity will be in late 2016.
The plant will be built around six 16 MW gas turbine generators, designed and custom-made to order for project operator Gazprom Neft Novy Port; factory testing was completed at the Russian producer ODK Gas Turbines in January.

Obama enforces climate action

Mar 23 – President Obama has ordered the U.S. federal government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50% over the next decade, driving his climate action despite headwinds from Republican-led states and the coal lobby. More stringent carbon rules imposed by the EPA are already leading to coal power plant retrofits or retirements.

Singapore: Firms eye hybrid gas & renewable solutions

Mar 20 – A customised mix of solar and natural gas energy sources is on offer to industrial and commercial enterprises in Singapore. Norway's solar firm Renewable Energy Corp. and PacificLight Energy of Hong Kong have joint forces to provide firms with these hybrid energy solutions.
The package requires no upfront costs to customers, according to PLE general manager Geraldine Tan.

US Northeast and Midwest on-peak power price rise

Mar 20 – Real-time on-peak power prices in the U.S. this week increased from the prior month in Northeast and Midwest ISO-operated markets. Loads in the East increased by an estimated 11 aGW from January and were nearly 15 aGW above the prior year, according to PIRA Energy Group.
The call on non-nuclear thermal generation rose by 13 aGW, with gas and oil up 20 and 3.5 aGW, respectively, while coal-fired generation fell by 10 aGW. Given changes to fuel prices and other input assumptions (including non-fuel operating costs), on-peak power price forecasts have also increased as have projected CCGT spark spreads.

Final pieces come together for $500m Middletown plant

Mar 20 – The final pieces are coming together for financing of the $500 million Middletown Energy Center. NTE Ohio, a unit of St. Augustine, Florida-based NTE Solutions, is the developer looking to build the 525 MW natural gas electric power generator. All electricity to be produced at the plant will be sold to the grid through an agreement with the Ohio Siding Board.

Yemen's largest power plant at risk, needs repair

Mar 19 – The 400 MW Marib gas power plant, Yemen's largest generator, is in need of urgent repair and "could stop at any point," the operator warned. Yemen's General Corporation for Electricity warned the plant will, at most, run for 1.8 years.
Siemens a year ago agreed to sell vital replacement parts to Yemen for around $28 million, but the operator so far did not get the greenlight from the power ministry to purchase these parts.

Russia mulls delay of 'Power of Siberia' pipeline to China

Mar 19 – Gazprom reportedly considers to postpone the completion of the $55 billion 'Power of Siberia' project until the completion of a separate, less ambitious project to transport gas from existing fields to China through the Altai pipeline further west. First gas on the eastern route had been planned by 2019.

Fire at Xcel power plant injures one

Mar 18 – A fire struck Xcel Energy's unit 4 coal bunker at the Black Dog Generating Station in Burnsville, Minnesota, at 7:30 am local time, injuring one worker. Black Dog is a dual fuel coal and gas power generator, with 538 MW capacity.
The coal-fired boilers at Unit 1 and 2 were replaced in 2002 with Unit 5, a combined-cycle unit that includes a gas turbine generator combined with HRSG. Units 3 and 4 are dual-fuel boilers with steam turbines that continue to run on coal but are scheduled to be retired in April.

Sunbird to sell gas to Eskom power plant

Mar 18 – Natural gas explorer Sunbird Energy and state-owned PetroSA have struck a deal to sell gas from offshore Ibhubesi field to the Eskom-operated Ankerling power plant. The Ibhubesi joint venture will supply 30 billion cubic feet of the fuel annually for as many as 15 years, Sunbird said, suggesting the accord will encourage further exploration in the Orange Basin.

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