The UK’s first capacity auctions have concluded with provisional results release by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The government confirmed it has procured 49.26GW of capacity at a clearing price of £19.40kW.
Energy firm GDF Suez has announced plans to build a new 375 MW gas plant in Mejillones, Chile along with transmission infrastructure and LNG supply via its subsidiary company E-CL. The agreement is part of a 15 year contract with Chile’s central electricity operator SIC which will see E-CL deliver 5,040 GWh per year from 2018.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has preliminarily approved the restart of nuclear capacity in the country, potentially reducing demand for gas power. The authority approved restart of 1,740 MW of capacity at units 3 and 4 of the Takahama nuclear power plant in the Fukui prefecture.
Official data released by the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows that the natural gas provided 36.6% of electricity generation by major power producers in for the 3 month period from August to October, as compared to coal at 28.7%.
Turbine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has opened a new gas turbine testing centre at Filton, Bristol, U.K. The new facility includes a WR-21 Test Cell, and will service and test both WR-21 and MT30 gas turbines.
Mozambique’s state oil and gas company ENH has signed a two year contract for the supply of natural gas to the Ressano Garcia power plant, the largest power plant in the country.
Finnish power plant developer Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply three of its 34SG engines to expand capacity at the Goodman Energy Center in Kansas. The extension will increase capacity from 75 MW to 104 MW and is expected to be complete by October 2015.
Pakistani power producer K-Electric has announced plans to convert two gas plants in the country to combined cycle at a cost of $100 million. The proposed upgrade work on the two open cycle plants is part of a $2 billion investment strategy by the firm.
The UK’s first capacity auction has begun today with operators bidding to provide 48.6GW of capacity for delivery in 2018/19. Bidding for the reverse auction started at 9.00 am at £70-75/kW with bids set to decrease in increments until the capacity amount is met.
Power plant developer Footprint Power has selected Spanish energy firm Iberdrola to build its new combined cycle plant in Salem, Massachusetts. The 674 MW facility will be located at the site of the decommissioned coal-fired Salem Harbor Station.