Swiss engineering and manufacturing firm Sulzer has signed a joint venture agreement with China Huadian (CHD) to provide ongoing gas turbines services. The deal covers field service, component repair, and delivery of new capital parts for CHD's gas power plants in China.
The first two generators for the Kinyerezi-I power project in Tanzania are set to arrive on site this month, paving the way for construction of the 150 MW plant to be completed later this year. The Kinyerezi-I plant is expected to cost the government $124 million with another $65 million set aside for the construction of a power plant and a substation at Kinyerezi-II. In total the two projects will generate 390MW of electricity.
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Turkey's Ata Kombine Çevrim Santrali Elektrik Uretim Anonim Sirketi, a member of the Üründül Group, have signed a strategic partnership agreement that sees MHI investing ¥10 billion ($0.096 billion) to acquire a 50.1% share in a 520 MW power plant project just outside Istanbul.
Republicans in the U.S. have tabled a bill in the House of Representatives in an attempt to block pending Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that require new coal-fired power plants to use carbon capture which opponents claim would effectively ban new coal projects. In a debate this week Congressman Ed Whitfield challenged EPA rulings that are due to come into force next year and called for representatives to overturn the “latest threat by the Obama administration”.
The Maltese government is calling on the Environmental and Planning Authority board to approve a proposed 215 MW gas-fired power plant on March 24, in a move that could pave the way for the island state to switch from fuel oil to gas generation.
Fracking in South Africa could be ‘game-changing’ and deliver cheap fuel for a new wave of gas-fired plants according to the country’s government, replacing the country’s dependence on polluting coal plants. A government moratorium has previously held back investment but the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has now announced that government will be moving ahead "decisively" this year to develop production.
Improving the reliability of the combustion process in gas turbines (GT) can potentially save operators tens of millions of euros. "Although failure due to flame instability is extremely rare, a single event can cost in excess of €10 million - so research to improve reliability is vital" Professor Jim Kok, project co-ordinator for the Limousine group told Gas to Power Journal.
Turbine cooling specialist Everest Sciences has announced an order for two of its ECOChill hybrid turbine inlet chilling solutions from energy firm, Kinder Morgan. The company will provide units to chill inlet air on a Solar Taurus 70 and Centaur 40 gas turbine, used as the drivers for a pipeline compression station.
Issuing a stark warning about a major electricity shortfall in Britain, data specialist EnAppSys forecast that power generating capacity at coal and nuclear power plants could be slashed by 75% in the next decade.
In a study EnAppSys estimates that in the next ten years coal generation could fall as low as 8 GW and nuclear generation to 1.3 GW due to the closure of ageing power plants – a steep drop from the combined 37.5 GW of current capacity.
The anti-competition regulator in Australia has ruled against a proposed purchase power generation assets worth $1.35 billion by AGL Energy. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a statement blocking the sale on the grounds that it would “substantially lessen” competition in the electricity market.
Singapore's Sembcorp Industries is gearing up to realise a new gas-fired cogeneration plant serving the Banyan, Tembusu and Angsana areas on Jurong Island. The plant has an initial capacity of 400 MW, with the potential to expand by a further 400 MW, the company said.
The Nigerian government is to sell off a further 10 gas-fired power plants in the Niger Delta on March 7th as part of its privatisation plans. Starting from Friday, the bid will be assessed for the assets on sale that have a combined power output of 5,000MW although not all are fully constructed yet.