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Termobarranquilla (TEBSA) is spearheading a consortium of three Colombian power producers that is ready to take a stake in a new 'marketing agent' responsible for handling capacity at a new 2.6 mtpa LNG regas terminal. Colombia's first LNG imports are targeted to arrive in late 2016, or else the country is at risk of facing a gas deficit as early as 2018.

A technological breakthrough of 50.1% electrical efficiency was achieved on GE's 10-megawatt gas reciprocating engine in a test environment in Austria. The Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine is designed to achieve the highest electrical efficiency level in its class.

John Morris Industrial has launched the new Ultra High Temperature 1200˚F (UHT-12) accelerometer designed to allow high temperature measurement of power plant components. The UHT-12 system is targeted for testing gas turbines and turbochargers as well as exhaust system testing and engine balancing.

Power generation in Luzon, the most populous island in the Philippines, is dependent on domestic gas supply from the Malampaya field which will be shut down for maintenance from March 15 to April 14. Subsequent shortages in gas supply are feared to cause rolling blackouts unless some generators switch to more costly fuel oil.

Power markets in Europa are expected to "test the 'soft floor' provided from the coal to gas switching potential in the UK." At current coal, gas and carbon prices, the UK carbon floor prices opens up potential for fuel switching around $7/mmbtu which will sustain prices well into the summer, according to Wood Mackenzie.

The integrated Southwest Power Pool (SPP), launched in March 2014 in nine U.S. states, has allowed some operators to grow running hours tenfold. Wärtsilä has now been contracted to supply more flexible generation capacity to the real-time SPP market, namely three gas-fired 50SG engines for a CMLP's 56 MW plant in Kansas.

Power and automation technology group ABB has launched Transformer Intelligence, a sensor-based monitoring solution for electricity transformers. The Swiss firm will also invest $30 million in a new manufacturing site for its low voltage products division near Memphis, Tennessee.

Japan's Yokogawa Electric Corp. has booked orders to deliver distributed control systems (DCS) for the large-scale PP13 and PP14 combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants that the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is building in Riyadh. Set to start full operations in October 2016, the two mega plants will have a joint capacity of nearly 4,000 MW.

Omani power firm Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco) has announced plans to invest $396 million over the next three years to create new generation capacity, transmission lines and distribution networks across the Gulf state. Peak power demand is forecast to reach close to 9,200 MW by 2019, according to government projections. 

The launch of Nigeria’s Transitional Electricity Market (TEM) earlier this week paved the way for microgrids to electrify some of the country’s more remote locations. Electrification levels are low as power producers and distributors in West Africa's largest economy struggle with a lack of grid connections and repeated damage to gas pipeline infrastructure.

Even though Ukraine's coal stocks are increasingly in short supply, the country's deputy energy minister has called on power producers to burn more coal to reduce the impact of a potential cut in Russian gas supply to the conflict-ridden nation.

Risks are looming large in India's banking system as utility loans are on the brink of turning sour due to the discrepancy between subsidized power tariffs and market rates for gas purchase. Subsidy booked for state electricity boards (SEBs) have hit a nine year high, while power plant operators await a cabinet decision on an administered price mechanism for the new gas pooling scheme.

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TNB gears up to realize 4A power project

Mar 6 – Indonesia's Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is close to completing due diligence as it aims to file an application for the 4A power plant project to the country's energy regulator March 15. "The costs would be comparable to the benchmark set by the Energy Commission," TNB president Datuk Seri Azman Mohd said.
4A project is a contract for a new 1,000-1,400MW combined-cycle power plant in Johor, awarded by the Commission to a SIPP Energy-led consortium that includes TNB. Operational start of the plant is scheduled for June 2018.

Anti-corrosion coating market to grow at 4.5% CAGR

Mar 6 – The anti-corrosion coating market is projected to see a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% between 2014 and 2019 to reach $26,583 million, according to ReportsnReport.
The major players market are 3M, AkzoNobel, Ashland, BASF, Chukogu Marine Paints, COSCO Kansai, Axalta Coatings (formerly DuPont), Jotun, Heubach, Nippon paints and PPG Industries Sherwin-Williams.

AB Cogeneration Energy enters Israeli market

Mar 5 – Italy's AB Cogeneration Energy has entered the Israeli market, attracted by strong demand from industries for decentralized on-site heat and power. The manufacturer of CHP stations of up to 5 MW has set out a target to build 150 to 250 power stations on factory premises in the next five years.

Chesapeake gets PPA approved from Florida regulator

Mar 5 – A Purchased Power Agreement (PPA) signed between Chesapeake subsidiaries Florida Public Utilities (FPU) and Eight Flags Energy has been approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.
Eight Flags is developing a cogeneration plant in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, with approximately 20 MW baseload power; start-up is schedule for July 2016.
The PPA is for a 20-year term and FPU expects it will generate $28 million in total net present value savings to its ratepayers over the life of the accord.

Energy Solutions mulls $1bn gas power projects in Virginia

Mar 5 – New York energy-based Energy Solutions is considering spending $1 billion to two natural gas-fired power plants in Beech Bottom, West Virginia. The developer is getting close to applying for permits to construct the plants, a 550 MW plant nearby Windsor High Voltage substation as well as 750 MW plant that would serve the Tidd High Voltage substation in Ohio.

Electrogas gets subsidy for first 18 month of Delimara lease

Mar 4 – Malta's Electrogas Consortium has been granted a 50% government 'subsidy' on the first 18 month of the lease for the site of the projected Delimara power plant. Construction of the plant is due to be completed by June 16.  
The temporary reduction of the lease means that Enemalta will miss out on around €168,400 in rent for the site. The 22-year lease, sets out a rent rate of €11.65 per square metre per annum.

Capstone wins order for two C1000 microturbines

Mar 4 – Demand for more onsite power will see Capstone Turbine Corp. install two C1000 microturbines to upgrade at a Northern California brewery to replace the aging natural gas fuel cells that currently powering the facility.
Regatta Solutions, Capstone's distributor in California, secured the order, which is set to be commissioned later this year.

China: Gas turbines R&D to advance distributed power gen

Mar 3 – China Energy Engineering Group Equipment Co. has started its transformation by focussing on gas turbines as the core equipment of distributed energy resource. CEEC is responsible for 90% of China's energy projects, has over 30 years R&D experience and has closely cooperated with Siemens and Ansaldo.

McDermott wins EPCI contracts offshore Qatar

Mar 3 – Qatar Petroleum has contracted McDermott International Inc. for the North Field Alpha gas development offshore Qatar. The brownfield project comprises integrated engineering, procurement, construction, installation (EPCI), the removal of the decks with tie-in platforms and of gas turbine generators, as well as the installation of two new 115 kV subsea power cables.

Draft to reform EU-ETS wins approval

Mar 2 – A draft legislation to reform the EU's European Emission Trading System (ETS) by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available to prop up the price, has been approved by the European Parliament's Environment Committee. MEPs called for introducing the surplus credits reduction mechanism "early", possibly by the end of 2018.

FERC investigates real-time and day-ahead market efficiency

Mar 2 – U.S. energy regulator FERC is further investigating how to increase real-time and day-ahead markets through planning efficiency and improved software. To that end, the commission will convene a technical conference on June 22-24 in Washington D.C. Speakers will be selected by mid-April.

First 3D printed jet engine unveiled

Feb 27 – Australian researchers presented the world's first 3D printed jet engine late Thursday at a show in Sydney. The prototypes were created by engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm Amaero Engineering for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA.
3D printing is also used for gas turbine parts and experience from printing jet engines might well be soon also be applied for industrial engines used for power generation.

China: Nedstack to supply PEM fuel cell power plant

Feb 27 – Nedstack, a Dutch fuel cell technology developer, has signed a contract to deliver what will be the world's first 2-megawatt proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant to China. The PEM plant will provide on-site electricity for Yingkou Fine Chemicals Co in China's Liaoning province.

Heatric wins heat exchanger contract from NET Power

Feb 26 – Meggitt Plc.'s Heatric subsidiary will supply recuperative heat exchangers for NET Power's gas-fired pilot plant that is meant to produce low-cost energy with zero emissions. Heatric will deliver four printed circuit heat exchangers by the end of April 2016, ready to commission the 50 MW demonstration plant in Texas later that year.

APR renews contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa

Feb 26 – Fast-track power provider APR Energy has signed 106 MW of contract extensions in Sub-Saharan Africa, including an extension on its 40 MW Morro Bento power contract in Angola, taking its term into early 2016.
The deals follows a term extension through the end of 2015 for APR's 40 MW cross-border contract supplying electricity to Mali, as well as a term extension into Q3 of 2015 for its 26 MW generator in Senegal.

GE Japan equips 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory'

Feb 25 – GE Japan has installed a gas engine for cogeneration, combined with its high capacity energy storage system, and LED lighting equipment for the 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan' – a project that is being undertaken by Sekisui House's Tohoku Factory.
By using the combination of a gas engine and storage battery, the factory can lower its energy contract by up to 700 kW and reduces peak power demand.

Siemens supplies steam turbine to Kazakhstan

Feb 25 – Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering Co, the EPC contractors for the Balkhash plant project in Kazakhstan, have awarded an order to Siemens to supply two steam turbine generator units.
The turbines will be used primarily for power generation, although the plant is designed for co-generation for flexible supply of district heating. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2019.

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