Daily News

U.S. fuel cell developer Bloom Energy is to partner with power producer Exelon Corporation to develop “power as a service” capabilities using small scale gas-powered fuel cell technology. Exelon will provide equity finance to install fuel cells at 75 commercial facilities across California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

The government of Mozambique will increase gas-fired power in the country to 800 MW by 2020 through the construction of two new power plants and pipeline infrastructure, the energy minister Salvador Namburete said this week. The plans include a combined-cycle plant in Nacala in Nampula Province and a new 75MW plant in Palma near the Tanzanian border.

Romanian electricity producer Electrocentrale Bucharest (ELCEN) has signed a contract with Japanese power plant developer Marubeni for the construction of a 250 MW gas-fired plant in Fântânele, Romania. The plant will cost an estimated €170 million and is expected to be operational by 2017.

U.S. power plant developer Global Edison is to build a new 1,500 MW gas-fired plant in Anambra State, Nigeria. The plant is expected to cost a total of $2.5 billion and will be fuelled by gas from the Nigeria’s eastern supply axis.

French turbine manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract worth $450 million to upgrade the Monterey II combined cycle power plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The upgrade will include work on the existing four units of the plant and construction of a new unit 5 which will add 338 MW and is expected to be commissioned in 2016.

Canadian energy firm TransAlta has announced that it will build, own and operate a 150 MW combined cycle gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia. The plant is expected to cost $535 milliion and will be complete by 2017.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a series of wide ranging agreements with Mexican state-run power firm Pemex to expand “collaboration and investment” in the development of Mexico’s gas industry. The deals may ultimately lead to cheaper gas imports for Japan.

Malaysian power producers Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and SIPP Energy have signed an agreement to jointly build, own and operate a gas-fired power plant with capacity of between 1,000MW and 1,400MW in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.

Tanzanian power producer Santerre is to develop a 200 MW gas-fired power plant in Ghana to meet its rising electricity demand. The plant will be located in the coastal town of Prampram and construction is scheduled to start in 2015.

The government of Tanzania is keen to implement reforms to increase gas and coal power capacity in a bid to meet increasing shortfall in electricity generation. Grid operator Tanesco said this week that only two independent power producers are currently generating electricity in the country despite pressure for more output.
U.S. energy firms FGE Power and Starwood Energy have partnered to finance and build of two 747 MW combined cycle gas plants in the neighbouring towns of Westbrook and Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas. The total cost to build the two identical facilities will be $1.2 billion.

U.S. equipment manufacture GE has received an order from TGK-16, an independent power producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF), to supply and install a 9HA gas turbine at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kazan, Russia. The plant is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.


News in Brief

Iran increases share of gas power in energy mix by 40% y-o-y

Jul 30 - Iran has increased the share of gas power in its energy mix with a rise of 40% year on year during the four-month period from March 21 to July 22.

The Iranian deputy oil minister Hamid Reza Araqi stated that a total of 160 million cubic meters of natural gas per day was supplied to Iran's fleet of power plants during the period.

Alstom launches next generation IDMS

Jul 30 - French technology developer Alstom has launched its next generation Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS) to provide upgraded data capabilities for distribution grids.

The new technology leverages service-oriented architecture across the utility enterprise and is based on Alstom's e-terradistribution platform. The system features modular applications to actively monitor and optimize the performance of the electric distribution grid and integrates SCADA, Distribution Management and Outage Management functions on a common platform and distribution network model.

Siemens to provide EnergyIP smart grid platform for E.ON

Jul 29 - German technology developer Siemens is to provide its EnergyIP smart grid platform to support energy provider E.ON’s EniM intelligent metering programme.

The EnergyIP system will enable E.ON to assume the role of distribution system operator, metering service operator and metering service provider in the German market when intelligent metering systems are installed nationwide starting in 2016.

ABB to upgrade Oklaunion HVDC

Jul 29 - Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to upgrade the Oklaunion high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line in Texas to enhance grid reliability.

The upgrade will replace Oklaunion HVDC back-to-back converter station in Texas, and provide an asynchronous interconnection between the Texas (ERCOT) and Oklahoma (SPP) power grids.

Landfill gas plant to double capacity

Jul 28 - U.S. power producer Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling is to double the capacity of its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, Oregon.

The expansion will see the plant increase from 6.4 MW to 12.8 MW through the addition of four new engines.



Siemens to supply vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer

Jul 28  - German manufacturer Siemens  is to supply a 150-ton, twin RH vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer Altos Hornos de Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. (AHMSA).

The system will feature mechanical vacuum pumps and be located at the converter Steel Works # 2 in Monclova.

GE selected to provide power upgrades at Raigarh Steel Plant

Jul 25 - GE Power Conversion is to provide AC motors and drives to upgrade the steckel mill at Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)  Raigarh Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, India.

Production at the facility is expected to more than triple  from three million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 10mpta by 2020 due to increased  machine output and improved thequality of  finished steel through a more effective hot-rolling process.

GE Marine and LR to partner on gas turbine power systems

Jul 25 - U.S. equipment manufacturer GE Marine is to work with Lloyd's Register (LR) to market gas turbine-power systems for commercial ships.

The systems will include Dry Low NOx emissions (DLE) combustion systems operating in combined cycle mode, designed to meet Tier III IMO/Tier IV US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Pakistan Petroleum to build 50 MW gas plant

Jul 24 - State-owned oil and gas explorer Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), plans to move into power production with the construction of a 50 MW gas plant in Pakistan.


The proposed plant will be generate electricity for the Shahdadpur grid, about 10 km from the Gambat South block in Sanghar district, Sindh.

Exelon Generation breaks ground on 120 MW Perryman station

Jul 24 - U.S. power plant developer Exelon Generation has started construction of it new 120 MW Perryman natural gas power generating unit.

The plant will feature two Pratt & Whitney simple cycle, aero-derivative combustion turbines that will increase the facility's capacity to 465 MW in total when it is complete in 2015.




SDG&E requests power purchase deal with NRG Energy

Jul 23 - U.S. utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to buy 633 MW of power from a gas-fired plant owned by NRG Energy in Southern California.

The request comes as a result of shortfall faced by SDG&E following the shutdown of its 2,150 MW San Onofre nuclear plant.

Scuderi files patent for dual-output power generation system

Jul 23 - Engine development company Scuderi Group has filed a patent application for a dual-output power generation system.

The new method utilizes a generator to simultaneously feed electricity to both an end user and the local grid and works with both conventional or Scuderi Split-Cycle internal combustion engine technology.

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