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The Kenyan government has started negotiations with Qatar to import LNG to fuel a proposed 800 MW power plant and connected LNG re-gasification terminal in the port city of Mombasa. The Dongo Kundu terminal will import 0.24 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year and is estimated to cost at least $1 billion.

The high cost of LNG imports to fuel power production in Japan is pushing electricity rates higher with the latest price hike adding ¥25 ($0.24) to bills in June. This will see electricity bills reaching an average ¥8,565 ($84), the highest amount since records began in 2009.

Nigeria needs about 10,000 kilometres of gas pipelines to transport fuel across the country to widespread power plants, GE Nigeria's president and CEO, Dr Lazarus Angbazo said. A lack of stable gas supply and a pipeline network of currently only 1,000 km are undermining continuous operation of much of the country's gas-fired power generation capacity.

 

U.S. power producer LS Power Equity Advisors has announced it will purchase six gas-fired, combined-cycle power plants in the southeast of the United States from Calpine Corp. The portfolio comes with a price tag of $1.57 billion and has a net capacity of 3,500 MW.

SK Gas, a unit of South Korea's third-largest conglomerate SK Group, has announced plans to venture into the thermal power business by purchasing a 19% stake in Goseong Green Power (GGP) for 171.6 billion won ($165.4 million).

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is considering providing funding for a 1,260 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Iraq, the bank said in a report on planned investment. The Zakho power plant in in northern Iraq is expected to take 28 months to build with the first two phases costing $782 million.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recognized the key role played by combined heat and power (CHP) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply. Industry association COGEN Europe consequentially calls on EU member states to reconsider cuts in national support schemes for cogeneration.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has granted licence to Hong Kong power provider Energy World International (EWI) to begin construction of a new 381 MW gas-fired power plant on the island. The terms of the licence include agreement for a  20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the JPS and EWI.

French electricity provider EDF has officially inaugurated a new 1.3 GW gas-fired power plant in West Burton in the UK. The combined-cycle plant may be the first of several new gas plants in the country following the recent government decision to hold capacity auctions in December.

​The announcement by state-owned Czech energy company ČEZ that it has cancelled work on the long delayed Temelin nuclear plant upgrade may herald the country's rising reliance on gas-fired plants for power generation. The €12 billion tender for two nuclear reactor upgrades was hoped to reinvigorate the moribund Czech nuclear industry but was cancelled due to a lack of financial certainty in the market.

Calling for bids from interested EPC companies, Namibia Power (NamPower) has started a tender process for the construction of a 250 MW thermal power plant in the coastal Erongo region at an estimated cost of $285 million.

Tennet, one of Europe's top five TSOs, has selected Alstom and Unicorn Systems to provide a flexible energy market management solution to allow for the integration of intermittent renewable energy supply.

A lack of gas supply and high prices at Delhi's Bawana 1,500 MW gas-fired power plant has meant the flagship facility has yet to produce any power for the local network. The economics of gas power have been negatively impacted by a government-backed price hike in April that raised the cost of power to as much as $10/kWh for end users.

Germany's via its trading and gas midstream arm RWE Supply & Trading – is the first European supplier that has started delivering natural gas to Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz in a bid to help avert a fuel shortage amid escalating tensions with Russia.

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Wood Group wins LM6000 icon control system upgrades

Apr 23 – Wood Group GTS has been awarded a contract by SOWEGA Power LLC to replace two obsolete and proprietary Woodward Netcon 5000 turbine control systems at the SOWEGA Power Station in Baconton, Georgia, with Wood Group GTS' icon™ controls.

The icon open platform control system is based on the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx system and can integrate with the Rockwell Human Machine Interface (HMI) recently installed at the site by Wood Group Mustang.

TransAlta wins tender for $510m gas power plant in Australia

Apr 23 – Canadian power producer TransAlta Corp has been selected as the preferred bidder in a tender to build a A$550m ($510m) gas-fired power plant in South Hedland, Western Australia. The 150 MW plant is scheduled to start operations in 2017 and adds new capacity to TransAlta's six plant producing 425 MW of electricity in Australia.

Electricity produced by the new plant in South Hedland will be sold to Horizon Power and Fortescue Metals Group under 25-year contacts.

Summit installs 230 MW gas turbine at Bibiyana plant

Apr 22 - Bangladeshi energy company Summit Power has started installation of a 230 MW gas turbine at the Bibiyana gas-fired combined cycle power plant as part of phase two construction.

The turbine was manufactured by GE in the U.S. prior to shipment to the plant site near Mongla port in south-western Bangladesh.

UK founds body to administer CfD scheme

Apr 22 – The UK government has appointed Martin Read as the chair of its newly founded Contracts for Difference (CfD) counterparty company, which will manage the subsidy scheme from 1 August.

Read and his colleague Jim Keohane will also chair the Electricity Settlements Company, responsible for the implementation of capacity mechanism – a support scheme intended to incentivise construction of new thermal power plants by auctioning contracts to remunerate operators to provide capacity for up to 10 years.

LATAM needs 14 GW of new capacity a year

Apr 17 – Latin American countries will have to add 14 GW annually to the current power generating capacity over the next 20 years to accommodate rising power demand, a report in BNamericas's Intelligence Series finds.

Analysts expect electricity consumption in the region to almost double to 1.55 TWh by 2035, with the addition of nearly 300 GW in new generation capacity will be required to meet this demand. Over 40% of the new-build capacity will be hydropower projects.

Alliant Energy approved for 600MW Marshalltown plant

Apr 17 - U.S. power producer Alliant Energy has been given final approval by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to begin building its proposed 600MW Marshalltown Generating Station (MGS). Construction is due to start in June this year and the plant will be operational in 2017.

The project will be completed via Alliant's subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and is expected to cost $920 million.

GE power transformers customsizable for utilities

Apr 16 - GE's Digital Energy business has upgraded its medium-power transformer offering with its new PROLEC-GE Flexible Integrated Transformer (FIT). The transformer provides utility customers with an optimized, end-to-end solution complete with installation and aftermarket services.

The PROLEC-GE FIT is being showcased at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition taking place April 14-17 in Chicago.

Capstone pushes for 30% tax credit for microturbines

Apr 16 - Capstone Turbine Corporation has welcomed the introduction of the American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act H.R. 4428 in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-39). If approved, the new legislation would grant a 30% investment tax credit for microturbines, providing parity with tax incentives offered to fuel cells and renewable technologies.

Wood Group acquires Cape simulation software for SCADA

Apr 15- Aberdeen-based power plant services company Wood Group has acquired Texan developer Cape Software. The company creates solutions to simulate process responses on control networks and for interactive operator training and logic validation for SCADA and DCS industrial control systems used in power plants and upstream oil and gas.

Cape will become part of the MSi Kenny Products business within Wood Group Kenny and will contribute revenue of approximately $5 million per year based on 2013 figures.

GP Strategies to install monitoring solutions at CCGTs

Apr 14 – Panda Power Funds has contracted GP Strategies to provide EtaPRO™ monitoring technology as well as instructor-led training and GPiLEARN™ web-based training at three of its Texas natural gas power plants.

The remotely monitored plants, Temple I & II power generating stations, will have a combined capacity of 1516-MW and the Sherman plant will produce 758-MW of power.

Ireland: 5.6 MW landfill gas-to-energy plant starts-up

Apr 14 – Ireland's Bord na Móna has started operations at a 5.6 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at a landfill site in Drehid, Ireland.

The facility has been supplied by GE gas engine distributor and service partner, Clarke Energy, and features four containerised GE Jenbacher JGC420GS-LL gas engines.

Energy Aspects lowers summer gas price forecast

Apr 11 - London-based consultancy Energy Aspects has lowered its outlook for European summer gas prices to 47p/th, down 15% from previous forecasts due to healthy storage inventories, it said on Friday.

Gas demand has dropped by 19%-27% across north west European gas markets, while gas storage inventories are 17.7bcm higher than they were at the same time last year, analysts at Energy Aspects said in a research note.

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