Completion of construction and commissioning of the 653 MW Avon open-cycle gas power plant this summer, just month after the start-up of its 342 MW Dedisa sister plant, puts the Ansaldo Energia/FATA consortium in pole position to win tenders for further projects in South Africa and beyond.
Even though thermal coal prices increased by nearly 50% this year, the effect on fuel switching is not enough to make the use of LNG economically viable for power generators. For coal-to-gas switching in Asia, analysts say that LNG would have to fall by another third from its recent lows around $6/mmBtu.
Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has announced that the 880 MW Carrington Power Station in Manchester has started full commercial operation earlier this week. The CCGT – the first new-build gas power plant in three years – has already secured a capacity contract for winter 2019/20.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has commissioned four industry experts to examine options for ‘whole system’ reform, given the mounting pressure on UK power grids. A more decentralised dimension to decisions on energy networks was agreed on by all experts – though there are differences on governance.
Stockton Council has received a proposal by London-based Stratera Energy for a gas-fired power plant on Teesside. In the planning application, the prospective plant operator said its ‘energy reserve facility’ would provide an electricity output up to 49.95 MW, mainly for grid balancing purposes.
In the face of gas supply shortages following a major and prolonged leak at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon storage facility, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) now provides timely updates in its ‘Southern California Daily Energy Report’. Withdrawal rates at Aliso Canyon have fallen sharply below the usual 1.9 Bcf/d – causing regulators to place a cap on gas-burn and spurring electricity imports from neighbouring states.
Siemens has manufactured and tested what it says is the world’s largest geared compressor rotor for use in the air separation unit of the 4 GW Jazan integrated gasification combined cycle power project. The IGCC, built on behalf of Saudi Aramco, will form part of its refinery and terminal complex on the Red Sea coast.
While power producers like EDF cashed in on record electricity prices during last week’s heat wave in the UK, capacity constraints provided an early test for National Grid which seeks to keep the lights on with ever tighter capacity margins. Winter 2016/17 might prove challenging in the face of mass retirements of coal-fired plants earlier this year.
Denton Municipal Electric, the locally-owned utility of the Texan city, has contracted Wärtsilä to deliver engineering and equipment (EEQ) for 225 MW gas power capacity. The plant will provide balancing power to the community, which aims to have 70% of its energy produced from renewables by early 2019.
Sluggish growth in the oil and gas segment saw 2015 global energy spending fall to $1.83 trillion, an 8% drop year-on-year, according to IEA’s latest report. Participants in a survey agreed that China has become “more attractive”, with foreign investors being particularly drawn to “ample opportunities in the electricity sector.”
Just six month after signing an accord with Iran’s MAPNA Group, Siemens has shipped the first F-class gas turbine for a power plant project in Bandar Abbas. This is the first stage of a bilateral contract which also covers the transfer of know-how for F-class gas turbine technology.
German grid operator 50Hertz is installing phase shifters to raise electrical resistance that stops excess renewable power supply from spilling over into Poland’s PSE grid zone – causing diplomatic spats. Electrical current normally takes the path of least resistance, but if Germany’s north-south routes are congested e.g. by ample wind power supply – this excess supply sometime takes a detour through neighbouring countries.
GE Power has secured more than $800 million in new orders across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, the company announced at this year’s Power-Gen Asia industry conference in Seoul. Orders include the first heat recovery steam generator project following GE’s acquisition of Korean-based Doosan Engineering & Construction HRSG business in August.
With its MGT gas turbine series achieving highest efficiency in the 6 MW class, MAN Diesel & Turbo is showcasing its entire product portfolio at this year’s PowerGen Asia in Seoul, Korea. “With a product range that’s unique in the market, MAN Diesel & Turbo is able to provide both gas and diesel engines as well as gas and steam turbines as a one-stop-shop solution”, said Wayne Jones, board member for Global Sales and After Sales.
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the incumbent utility in Sri Lanka, has started preparations to add 1,275 MW of generation capacity over the next four years. The regulator is pushing for a swift execution of new-builds to avert an energy crisis which is anticipated as early as 2018.