Despite funding approval from EDF late Thursday, the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset has been dealt an unexpected blow after the UK government pushed back a final decision in the early autumn. Construction will be delayed once again – leaving it to flexible gas power plants to cover demand in the interim.
Germany’s third-largest utility EnBW has commissioned MAN Diesel & Turbo to plan and build, upon investment approval, a gas engine-driven combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Stuttgart. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018.
Rising interconnectivity of power plants’ operating system with web-based monitoring and dispatch is posing greater risks in terms of cyber-security. “Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) machines are now open to the same attack vectors that the corporate environment has been dealing with for years,” security experts warn.
Genoa-based Ansaldo Energia has received Notices to Proceed on two contracts worth a total of 80 million euros. One of the contracts, signed with Lotte E&C, is for the supply of two AE94.2 gas turbines and two air-cooled generators for the 500 MW Grati-Pasuran CCGT, being built on behalf of PT PLN in eastern Java.
Overlooking the Strait of Hormuz, Oman’s enclave of Musandam will soon get electricity from its first gas-fired power plant. Located in Tibat, the 122-MW facility is developed as an Independent Power Project (IPP) and due to start operation in February 2017, complementing the region’s prevalent diesel-based generators.
Recovering exhaust heat at its GT333S gensets allows FlexEnergy to make use of an additional 545 kilowatts of thermal energy. To that end, the New Hampshire-based company just launched an integrated heat recovery module that furthers boost microturbine efficiency.
Load shapes, reflecting daily variations in electricity demand, are now more meticulously forecast by US power grid operators. Balancing requirements, based on hourly load forecasts, are used to develop resource schedules and anticipate dispatch of power plant assets – key to meet energy needs at time of peak demand.
South Africa’s largest Independent Power Plant (IPP), the 670 MW Avon open-cycle gas turbine plant is now in full commercial operation. Together with its sister power plant, the 335 MW Dedisa IPP, the 4-unit Avon power project was initiated by South Africa’s Department of Energy and has been realised on a on a Build, Own and Operate (BOO) basis.
Karpowership, part of the Turkish energy group Karadeniz Holding, has placed an order for twelve 18V 51/60 engines (18.9 MW each) with MAN Diesel & Turbo. The deal was communicated just days after Karpower Ghana agreed with state-owned utility ECG to have a 450 MW power barge, currently built in Turkey, shipped over to Ghana by November.
For the first time in the Middle East and Africa, GE has implemented an Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade at one of the region’s power plants. It just completed an upgrade of two 9FA gas turbines at the Nubaria power plant in Beheira, Egypt, lowering fuel consumption by 3%.
India’s indebted private utility Essar Power is stepping up efforts to get its plants back into operation and profitable. “We have no plans now to monetize any assets for now," a spokesman said, trying to tone down comments of the company’s CFO that the sell-off of two gas power assets in Gujarat in the making.
Meaford Energy’s 229 MWe combined-cycle gas power project in Staffordshire has been given the green light by Britain’s new business and energy secretary, Greg Clark. With Development Consent Order (DCO) being granted, initial ground preparation works for the £300 million CCGT project are set to start this week.
Yamal LNG, a flagship liquefaction project in the Russian Arctic, will have uninterrupted power supply through 50 of AEG Power’s Protect 8 three-phase units, based on double-conversion/topology. First LNG production at the Novatek-led project is targeted in 2017.
Power shortages in South Australia’s heavily wind-reliant electricity market have highlighted the urgency of developing backup capacity, the grid operator warned. Prices had surged tenfold to hit $14,000/MWh amid severe supply shortages, prompting policy makers to plea for the restart of a mothballed gas power station.