French turbine manufacturer Alstom announced its energy business unit in Indonesia will shift its strategy to increasingly focus on serving the domestic market. Up to $20 million may be spent on expanding its local factory. Andreas Lusch, Alstom's head of steam and nuclear business, sees "enormous opportunities" in Indonesia as the government in Jakarta plans to add 35,000 MW of new power generation capacity.
Cheap energy sources are a quest for Turkey policy makers, as electricity demand is forecast to double by 2023, reaching 500 million megawatt-hours. Tax incentives have been granted for domestic lignite production and Turkish hydrocarbon developers are keen to learn how to best tap the country's estimated 1.8 trillion cubic meters of shale gas reserves.
Laser repair of gas turbine components is just a step away from becoming a wide-spread commercial reality. Repairs recently carried out at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) were achieved by laser cladding components in test turbines, with data analysis showing this innovative repair approach reduces of maintenance cost, shortens repair cycles and extends component life.
United Overseas Bank (UOB) has announced it sealed a financing deal with Singapore-based Royal GK, an engineering procurement and construction company, which is about to buy gas engines to build a gas power plant in Hlawga, Yangon, on behalf of Myanmar Central Power.
Though financing from China has helped increase Angola's power generation capacity, over two thirds of the population still has limited or no access to electricity. Main stumbling blocks are the high costs of fossil fuels and electricity distribution as well as operators' limited revenue collection, with more than 80% of end-users not metered.
Satellite capacity for global data operations is forecast to expand fivefold over the next five years, allowing power TSOs to accurately forecast intermittent renewable energy supply and fine-tune power grid operations accordingly. Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), delivered via Inmarsat-4, provides monitoring and communications services well suited to power generators.
A Spanish consortium comprising OHL Industrial and Sener engineering group have signed a $477 million contract with Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the turnkey construction of the combined cycle plant Empalme I. Works are due to be completed within 30 months.
For the first time since the 1950s, U.S. energy imports and exports have come back into balance. Projection in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), shows the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030.
NamPower aims to commission and start up a 250 MW gas power plant, located some 12 km from Walvis Bay port, by August 2016. Costs of the project are estimated at over N$7.6 billion ($629m) which includes a power station, floating storage and re-gasification terminal.
China's 'Go West strategy', the coastal-to-inland flow of capital and people, is likely to lead to the formation of 'commodity superhighways' via new Silk Road routes. "The plan is already underway and is often touted as China's silver bullet to ensure long-term GDP growth as the economically dominant coastal region approaches maturity," said Wood Mackenzie's Asia economist, Cynthia Lim.
Proton OnSite, leading developer of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers, will deliver its technology to the first power to gas (P2G) project in the U.S. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will run the demonstration plant that will test the dynamics of two electrolysers, nominally rated for 7 kW as well as 60 kW of input power.
The 184 MW Moa power plant was recently inaugurated some 900 kilometres southeast of the Cuban capital Havana. The plant uses ten gen-sets powered by MAN 18V 48/60B engines rated at 18.4 MW each, running parallel to the grid in base-load mode under normal operation.