Expanding its rental operations in Australia, GE's sales and service provider for Jenbacher gas engines Clarke Energy has stuck a deal to supply three J320s to Horizon's short-term power project. With a capacity of 3 MW, the engines will supply electricity for the remote coastal town of Onslow, Western Australia, prior to the construction of a permanent power station.
The Cabinet of India has given permission for supply of more LNG to power producers in a bid to rescue and revive stranded generation assets. Gas supply is limited by regasfication and import capacity, so utilities are asked to participate in a reverse auction by bidding the lowest amount of subsidy they need to produce electricity at Rs 5.50 per unit.
Dr Sam Amadi, chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued an on-grid licence for the 1,080 MW gas-fired Oma Power Plant, located in Abia State. "It is an ambitious venture, but doable," he said, with reference to Nigeria's urgent need for new generating capacity.
Project partners in Israel's vast offshore Tamar gas field are edging closer to signing three natural gas supply deals with the Alon Tabor and Ramat Gabriel IPPs as well as a generator build in the Sorek desalination facility.
Japan's Toshiba Corp. today announced it has won an order to supply a 472-megawatt steam turbine and generator (STG) for the Allen Combined Cycle Power Plant, under construction in Memphis by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The equipment will be delivered in October 2016, for the plant to come online in June 2018.
Blaming growth in renewable energy for the closure of its Southdown gas-fired power station, New Zealand's utility Mighty River Power confirmed it will shut down the 140 MW gas-fired station at the end of this year. The utility has been investing in new geothermal plants to complement a hydro power peaking plant near Auckland.
Swiss industrial engineering firm Sulzer has signed an agreement with GE to become the exclusive licensed repair provider for LM5000 turbines, with works to be undertaken at its Sulzer's service centre in Houston. Under the accord, GE will make LM5000 parts, drawings, manuals and service bulletins available to Sulzer, along with on-site technical assistance.
Material experts at MTU Aero Engines and their partners have jointly developed an intermetallic high-temperature materials for highly stressed engine components. Titanium aluminide (TiAl) – a new lightweight material for turbine blades – combines the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials.
ABB, a Swiss maker of power automation technology, has won a $160 million order to supply control systems, software and instrumentation for the 4,800 MW Kusile thermal plant under construction near Witbank, South Africa. State-owned Eskom, on Friday agreed with Alstom to terminate a contract for the instrumentation at Kusile.
State-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded a contract to develop the Salalah 2 independent power project (IPP) to a consortium of ACWA Power, Mitsui & Co and Dhofar International Development and Investment. Mitsui stated it will build the 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant at a cost of $630 million.
China's efforts to move towards cleaner air are taking shape: the government has shut down a large 20-year old coal power plant (400MW) in downtown Beijing, operated by state-owned Guohua Electric Power Company, just days after the shutdown of the 93-year old Shijingshan coal plant (4x220MW) in western part of the capital. New gas-fired capacity will replace the aging coal units.
Texan power producer El Paso Electric (EPE) has started full commercial operation of the first two gas generating units at the Montana Power Station in east El Paso, Texas. The two 88 MW simple-cycle aero-derivative combustion turbines are powered by natural gas.