June 19 - American privately-owned utility Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG Power) has bought the 755 MW Keys Energy Center project from Genesis Power LLC and plans to begin construction of the natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant this year, a PSEG subsidiary said Wednesday. The new 735 MW, CCGT is being built in Prince George’s County, Maryland. PSEG Power has a firm gas transportation contract on the Dominion Cove Point Pipeline, which commences at an interconnection with the Transco pipeline in Virginia.
June 19 - A group of European bodies is funding municipal improvements in Kazakistan, paving the way for district heating. The US-owned European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing loans while the EU and the Kazakh authorities are providing grants to support the Bank’s activities. The first city to participate in the new programme is the regional capital Kyzylorda, which will pilot improvements for the water, wastewater and district heating sectors.
Spanish EPC contractor Technicas Reunidas has ordered boiler feed pumps for the conversion of an open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) power plant in the Caribbean island nation of the Dominican Republic. The project will convert the plant to an Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) to increase the plant’s capacity from 210 MW to 324 MW without the need to increase fuel consumption.
A school district in the US state of New Jersey has ordered two CM-75 combined heat and power (CHP) modules from an American manufacturer of cogeneration modules and chillers, Tecogen. The CHP modules are factory assembled controllers and skid-mounted plumbing assemblies that interface onto the school buildings' heating systems, to provide electrical power and supplement onsite heating systems.
June 18 - Wall Street Journal reports demand for gas-fired power in central and midwestern US states has helped push up prices for natural gas several times this week, with expectations the weather could interrupt supply and create strong demand for gas-fired power. One US tropical storm has already hit and hot weather is forecasted.
June 18 -A subsidiary of German energy company EON has confirmed it will close its Killingholme power station in the UK. The firm had recieved confirmation the site will not be included the UK's Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) subsidy scheme. Killigholme B (900 MW) opened in 1993 and Killingholme A (665 MW) opened in 1994. In March, EON lowered generation at the site.
GE's Distributed Power Business is piloting GE’s new Beta myPlant 2.0, the remote monitoring and diagnostics software formally introduced last week, in a Dutch commercial tomato greenhouse growers collective. The collective renewed its multiyear service agreement with GE’s Distributed Power business last year.
The US Department of Energy’s national laboratory near the city of Lemont in the US, Argonne National Laboratory, commenced construction on a 6.3 MW natural gas-fired CHP plant on June 12. The plant will replace a 50-year-old, coal-fired central steam plant and provide 20 percent of the electricity and 80 percent of the steam heat needed for the facility.
June 17 - New Zealand company Nova Energy Limited is seeking Expressions of Interest from parties interested in a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) contract for a new 100 megawatt gas-fired power station. The EOI will assist Nova to refine and consider innovative options to develop its generation portfolio and contribute to security of supply for New Zealand energy users. The project could include a 100 MW open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power plant located on green fields land owned by Nova at Junction Road, New Plymouth for which Nova has completed some preliminary engineering work.
June 17 - Local opposition to the potential "visual impact" of Progress Power's planned 299 MW gas-fired power station at Eye Airfield has led UK Member of Parliament Dan Poulter to petition the government to deny the project planning approval. Poulter's proposal has now been referred by the Planning Inspectorate to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to make a final decision based upon the recommendations of the Planning Inspector. The project is expected to be funded under the UK capacity mechansim.