Gérard Mestrallet, chief executive of Engie, has suggested fossil-fueled power generation is on the way out in Europe, so utilities are taking drastic steps to adapt to new realities. "The choice we have made is very clear. We have stopped investing – and so did the others by the way – in thermal power generation in Europe and we are investing in renewables," he told the FT.
GAMA Power Systems Engineering, the turnkey EPC contractor for the Hamitabat combined-cycle gas turbine power plant, has selected Siemens to supply two SGT5-8000H gas turbines, along with steam turbines and generators, which will have an installed capacity of 1,200 MW.
Both of MAN Diesel & Turbo gas engine models 35/44G and 51/60G are now also available with two-stage turbochargers, achieving high efficiency due to a low- and a high-pressure turbocharger arranged in series. The new models will be launched at this year's Power-Gen Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
Germany's federal cartel office has ruled that payments from TSO Tennet to E.on for the continued operation of its gas-fired power plant units Irsching 4 & 5 (1,391 MW) are unlawful. For about two years, E.on was for redispatch at times when the TSO ordered the plant to ramp up or down to maintain grid stability. However, the court now dismissed such measures as "illegal," suggesting they would "artificially tighten the supply of electricity."
Eager to avert power cuts and load-shedding in the upcoming summer season, the Egyptian cabinet has put its weight behind the opening of a 750 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in the northern outskirts of Cairo. The cabinet stated that the $500 million plant in Qaliyubia governorate is part of the state's 2012-2017 plan to provide 'environmentally-friendly electricity'.
The uptake of more micro combined heat and power generation (CHP) not only helps to meet the EU's carbon emission reduction targets, it could also cut household energy bills by 25-34% and deliver primary energy savings of up to 25%, a new Delta-ee 'Micro-CHP Benefits Study' shows.
Though cautious about the impact and timeline of nuclear restarts, JERA, the 50:50 venture formed by Japan's regional utilities Tepco and Chubu, is flexing its muscles negotiate LNG imports from North America. "We are looking to import between 6 and 12 mtpa of LNG from the U.S. and possibly Canada as we'd like to enhance the cooperation with equity-owned projects (rather than signing up for tolling contracts)," said Hiroshi Ohki, GM & head of North American Gas Business at Chubu Electric Power.
Project partners GE, Kofler Energies and BELECTRIC Neuland have commissioned a hybrid power plant in Berlin-Marienfelde that features 600 kW of PV power, a 400-kW gas-fired CHP plant and a battery array with 200 kWh charge capacity. The centerpiece of this scalable power plant is a Jenbacher J312 gas engine with integrated heat storage at up to 89.2% efficiency.
Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has awarded contract worth about €26.6 million (INR 2067 million) to Alstom and NASL to renovate and modernise two steam turbines at the Ukai and Wanakbori thermal power stations in Gujarat, India.
Keen to overcome South Africa's worst electricity crisis since 2008, the government is about to launch a tender for gas-fired power stations that will run on imported LNG, in the coming weeks. If successful, Wood Mackenzie believes the IPP programmes will serve to diversify South Africa's power supply mix away from coal and significantly increase competition.
First firing of the Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbine at the Lausward CCPP's new unit 'Fortuna' "marks a milestone in construction", paving the way for the operator Stadtwerke Düsseldorf to take the cogeneration unit in full commercial operation at the turn of the year 2015/16.
In an effort to meet EU emissions restrictions without reducing efficiency or increasing operational costs, Spain's petrochemical company CEPSA has adopted GE's fuel flex technology for gas turbines at its Gibraltar-San Roque refinery.