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The Energy Ministry of Thailand is set to finalise the first integrated energy plan for the country by the end of this year, officials have announced. The ASEAN country faces dwindling gas reserves, so the new strategy also aims to promote investment in alternative fuels to reduce import dependency.

North Yorkshire-based Drax has been hit with a £28 million penalty, the largest ever imposed by Ofgem. The British energy regulator also requested InterGen to pay £11 million for failing to meet energy saving targets for low-income households.

U.S. electric utility AES Southland is ready to install the world’s largest lithium battery system at its Alamitos Power Center in Long Beach, California, in an effort to provide backup peaking power. The battery will have capacity to deliver 400 MWh, equivalent to 100 MW of auxiliary power units, and can run for up to 4 hours.

Electricity supply shortages are affecting Libya's oil sector and compromise production at some of the country's largest oil fields. Hydrocarbon exports are vital to prop up the Libya's war-torn economy, but IMF analysts expect oil production will fall by another 20% this year.

The U.S. Supreme Court is to consider evidence that emissions regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are too stringent and may potentially repeal existing laws.

In a stark warning about a capacity crunch, the Polish energy regulator URE said installed power generation capacity could fall short of meeting up to 1.2 GW of peakload demand, particularly between January next year and 2016.

Earnings of German utilities stay squeezed as power prices continue to drop for baseload and peak power contracts, both on a forward and on a settled basis. Societe Generale analysis anticipates prices are unlikely to recover in the next several quarters.

To curb subsidies for oil used for power generation, the Indonesian government must push for increased production of natural gas as a replacement fuel, the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) argues in a recently published paper. “Natural gas can play a powerful role in reconfiguring the country’s energy mix and make a positive long-term change to its energy landscape,” said Siew Hua Seah, research fellow at OIES and author of the report.

The German government is considering imposing CO2 limits on power producers in a bid to promote the use of cleaner-burning natural gas. However, energy minister Sigmar Gabriel was quick to stress that such plans would not force old coal-fired generators to shut down.

Natural gas consumption in the UK is due to hit a 9-year low this month, as unusually warm weather conditions in November and low sparks-spread for gas-fired power plants curtails the usage of the fuel and leaves storage inventories full up, National Grid data shows.

Together with the industry partners Alstom and Rolls-Royce, DLR is enlarging its infrastructure in Cologne to develop environmentally-friendlier gas turbines. After a construction time of 18 months and an investment of some 50 million euros, the new high-pressure combustor test facility (HBK5) will start operation at the end of November 2014.

Regional grid operator ISO New England has declared that the northeastern U.S. is well placed to meet consumer demand for electricity this winter. However, it has raised concern that limited gas pipeline capacity may restrict the ability of power producers to procure gas for generating electricity.​

National Grid's blackout prevention plan is in doubt after SSE's Peterhead power station, which is paid £250/MWh to provide electricity in an emergency this winter, has failed a test run.

LNG project developers in British Columbia have received the rates they will pay to power their liquefaction plants and facilities to assist them in setting out their final financial investment plans. Integrated Resource Plan, power provider BC Hydro indicated that it will need additional power sources by 2024, assuming an initial LNG load of 3,000 gigawatt hours per year.

State-run energy firm Ghana Gas is to pump an additional 30 million cubic feet of gas to the country’s Volta River Authority (VRA) in a bid to boost power output. Pipeline operator Ghana Gas Company suggested the increased supply will allow the VRA to produce an additional 100 MW of electricity.

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Shell Cansolv launches carbon capture tests

Nov 28 – Shell Cansolv has started the testing of its carbon capture process using exhaust gas from the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at Mongstad, Norway. The tests are meant to validate the readiness of Canslov CO2 capture technology for deployment at industrial-scale projects.

PKN to build 600MW combined-cycle plant

Nov 28 – The board of the Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen has approved plans to build a 600 MW combined-cycle power plant in Plock, Poland. The plant will come at a cost of PLN 1.65 billion ($0.5bn) is scheduled to start operations at the end of 2017.

MAN secures top place in sustainability ranking

Nov 28 - MAN ranks among the most sustainable vehicle and gas engine engineering companies worldwide, according to rating agencies, oekom research AG and RobecoSAM. MAN is implementing a climate strategy in an effort to cut 25% of CO2 emissions at its production sites by 2020.

GE signs service accord with Emirates Global Aluminium

Nov 27 – GE Power & Water has signed a long-term contractual services agreement with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to assure seamless operations of GE's installed base of turbines that power the Taweelah aluminium smelter complex in Abu Dhabi. GE's 9FA gas turbines and four steam turbines were installed at the site in two phases.

Nigeria aims to reach 5,000 MW capacity in January

Nov 27 – Commissioning of Nigeria's Gbarain, Alaoji and Omoku power plants would not slip beyond January 2015, power minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo said, as the government aims to boost generation capacity from currently 3.500 MW to 5,000 MW.

 

Regulators approve 525 MW Middletown gas plant

Nov 26 - Regulators in Ohio have approved plans by NTE Energy to construct a 525 MW power plant in Middletown.

The facility is expected to cost $550 million and will be operational in 2018.

Cemtek supplies emissions monitoring systems for gas engines

Nov 26 – Cemtek Environmental has won an order worth nearly $500,000 for multiple upgrades of Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) at a gas storage facility in Northridge, California. The upgrades target eight CEMS that are measuring NOx and O2 from Ingersol Rand IC engines, as well as three CEMS installed at turbine-driven compressors.

ITM's power-to-gas plant qualifies for grid balancing

Nov 25 – ITM Power said its 300 kW power-to-gas energy storage unit in Frankfurt, operated by the Thüga Group, is 'technically able to participate in the secondary power market'. A reassessment from TÜV Hessen shows the plant is capable of offering grid balancing services.

Oil & gas to remain world's dominant energy source

Nov 25 - Despite the increasing affinity towards alternate energy sources, oil and gas (O&G) will remain the major source for power generation in the long term accounting for more than 50% of total primary energy consumption in 2030, a report from MarketsandMarkets finds.

1,800 power gen projects tracked in Asia-Pacific

Nov 24 – The Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) has tracked more than 1,800 power plant projects in the Asia-Pacific region, all at a development stage between project announcement and execution of construction. The total value of these projects stands at $1,855 billion, with a combined generating capacity of 1,344 GW.

NRG aims to half emissions by 2030

Nov 24 – NRG Energy said it will reduce its carbon emissions 50% by 2030 as it invests in CCS. Through a JV with Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, NRG is building a $1 billion carbon capture facility at its W.A. Parish power plant southwest of Houston.

Gas dominates UK capacity auction

Nov 21 - Over 40 GW of gas-fired generation has qualified for the auction where an overall 53 GW of capacity contracts will be awarded.

Power industry progresses towards cleaner energy

Nov 21 – Gas-fired power generation will register a substantial net increase globally, coal-fired capacities will witness major growth only in emerging regions. Coal-based generation will decline rapidly in North America and even faster in Europe post–2020 as new emission legislations come into operation, according to Frost & Sullivan, Annual Global Power Generation Forecasts 2014.

Rheinenergie plans to start-up Niehl-3 in 2016

Nov 20 - Germany's Rheinenergie aims to commence commercial operation of its new 450 MW CCGT plant in Niehl-3 in the first half of 2016. Apart from supplying electricity to the grid, the plant will also have a heating output of 265 MW.

Ukraine may prepay for Russian gas by Dec 1

Nov 20 - A prepayment to Russia for gas deliveries will be made before 1 December, announced the Ukrainian energy minister Yuri Prodan.
"Gas purchase plans haven't changed: we plan to buy up to 1.5bcm of gas by the end of the year. The purchases will start with the cold weather. Most likely we'll start before 1 December," he told reporters in Kiev.

SWB delays start-up of 445 MW gas power plant

Nov 19 –German municipal utility Stadtwerke Bremen (SWB) has postponed the commissioning and start-up date of its 445 MW Mittelsbüren gas-fired power plant near Bremen to the first half of 2015.
The plant was initially scheduled to commence operations at the start of this year and is intended to supply most of its electricity to railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

ABB upgrades power management in Swaziland

Nov 19 –ABB has signed a software license agreement with state-owned Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) to upgrade its Ventyx Ellipse work and asset management platform. Rural electrification continues to be a major priority for Swaziland's Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, and the upgrade is part of SEC's efforts to improve power supply and customer service – while minimizing operating costs.

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