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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.


News in Brief

TVA completes purchase of Mississippi CCGT

Apr 21 – Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has expanded its gas-fired power plant fleet with the purchase of a 700 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant owned by Quantum Choctaw Power, an affiliate of Quantum Utility Generation. The plant will be renamed Ackerman Combined Cycle Plant and is the sixth CCGT that TVA has built or purchased since 2007, with two more under construction.

NPPD to develop first major hydrogen power plant in Nebraska

Apr 21 – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is considering replacing a coal-fired boiler at its 125 MW Sheldon Station with a on that runs on cleaner-burning hydrogen fuel. Monolith Materials will produce the hydrogen to fuel the power plant as a co-product from making carbon black, using natural gas as a feedstock. Through the conversion the operator expects to curb carbon emissions at Sheldon Station by 1.1 million tons per year.

Cogeneration urged to play greater role in EU2030 climate framework

Apr 20 – Reminding the European Commission of its latest energy efficiency target, set in the EU's climate and energy policy framework, COGEN Europe sees a potential for 110-120 GWe of additional cogeneration capacity in Europe.
There is "a striking omission for the cogeneration sector is the absence of analysis and proposals regarding energy transformation," in some of the EU's Energy Efficiency Communication, the lobby group criticized. It accused the Commission of "stopping short of moving cogeneration towards a higher degree of understanding and commitment from EU institutions."
In conventional power plants, i.e. not operated in cogeneration mode, around 2/3 of the primary energy consumed is wasted in transformation and distribution, according to COGEN Europe findings.

Rwanda to tap methane from Lake Kivu

Apr 20 – Symbion Power is gearing up to start constructing a 50-megawatt IPP in Rwanda, utilizing methane gas from Lake Kivu. The project, realised on a build-own-and-operate basis, will include gas extraction facilities to lift, separate and process methane gas, which is dissolved in the deep waters of Lake Kivu. The gas will then be burned in an on-shore power generating facility located at Cape of Busororo.

Con Edison Development buys GE energy storage

Apr 17 – In California's central valley, Con Edison Development (CED) will install an 8 MWh battery energy storage, able to provide 2 MW of electricity over a four hour period. The GE storage solution will be utilising Mark VIe-based plant control, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion batteries.

Air filters market to surpass $19bn by 2020

Apr 17 – Global markets for air filtration is forecast to reach a value of $19 billion before the end of the decade, according to TechSci Research. Air filters are required for gas turbines as well as for applications in heating, air conditioning systems and locomotive air filtration for cabin and engine air.

Malampaya gas bids to start today

Apr 16 – The operating consortium of the Malampaya deep water-to-gas power project in the West Philippines Sea is about to start the bidding process for its unused or banked gas. A prequalification conference for interested bidders will be held on April 16.
Members of the Malampaya consortium include Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX), Chevron Malampaya, PNOC Exploration and Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).

Iraq: MHPS to refurbish Hartha Power Unit 4

Apr 16 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has won an order from the Iraqi electricity ministry to refurbish of Unit 4 (200 MW) at the Hartha Thermal Power Station, which incorporates both gas- and oil-fired units. Works, scheduled for completion in May 2017, "require large-scale replacement of core components of the plant's seriously degraded power generation facilities," MHPS said.

Kentucky's first CCGT to start up soon

Apr 15 – Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have begun "steam blows" at their new 640-MW Cane Run Unit 7 combined cycle gas turbine plant, located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Louisville. Cane Run is one of several projects planned or under way that will add about 2,000 MW of gas power to replace retiring coal capacity.

LitPol, 910 MW of gas power capacity to start up in 2015

Apr 15 – Apart from LitPol, a planned 1000 MW interconnector between the Baltic transmission grid and Poland, construction of 910 MW gas-fired capacity will be completed by the end of this year.
Works have started on the Tauron-build 450 MW Stalowa Wola CHP and the 473 MW Wloclawek CHP, built by supplier PKN Orlen, with both plants scheduled to start operation by December 2015.

Alstom high-voltage equipment uses SF6-free gas

Apr 14 – At the 2015 Hanover Fair, Alstom has launched two high-voltage applications using g3 (green gas for grid), a gas mixture that can replace SF6 for air- or gas-insulated switchgear.
The first application is a pilot project for a 420 kV g3-insulated busbar, to be supplied to UK's National Grid for use at -25°C in a 300 meter power line in Sellindge, Kent.

Gas turbines fired at Santos GLNG

Apr 14 – Two of the six new 12 MW gas turbine generators at the Santos-owned GLNG site on Curtis Island have been fired up, helping to make the facility self-sufficient. Construction contractor Bechtel has shifted to commissioning the on-site power generation systems after first gas reached the liquefaction plant in early March. First LNG is scheduled in the second half of 2015.

German gas use up 7.4% in Q1'15

Apr 13 – Unseasonably cold winter weather in February and March has propelled up gas consumption in Germany by 7.4% in the first quarter of this year, while electricity use rose 2.2% over the same period. Energy industry group BDEW pointed out demand from industry did not account for the rise in both gas and electricity use.

Malta resorts to importing electricity

Apr 13 – The Government of Malta has missed its targeted start-up date for a gas-fired power plant, so it tried to promote the launch of new 120 km interconnector between Sicily and Malta as an "important milestone", although the project was partly funded by the EU.
Lack of financing and reliable gas supply are hampering the development of the 144 MW Delimara power project, but the Maltese government insists preliminary studies for a gas pipeline from Italy would be "at an advanced stage."

Gunvor starts trading gas, power out of London

Apr 13 – Swiss Gunvor Group, one of the largest independent oil trading houses, has opened an office in London to expand its current Geneva-based power and gas desk.

Duke Energy CCGT project gets environmental nod

Apr 10 – Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has given the initial green light to Duke Energy's soon to be built CCGT in Citrus County. The gas-fired plant is set to be located at the operator's existing Crystal River Energy Complex.

Toshiba opens hydrogen energy research centre

Apr 10 – Expanding its clean energy business, Toshiba has opened a Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center (HRDC) in western Tokyo. The 900 square metre center will include a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), solar photovoltaic generation systems, fuel cells and others apparatus required to conduct experiments on the use of hydrogen.


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