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H-class gas turbines from Siemens are set to drive Malaysia's Pengerang Cogeneration Plant (PCP) that will feed electricity to Petronas' nearby integrated petroleum complex. "Work has started and the first 450 MW unit will come on stream in summer 2017," said Aditya Trehan, Siemens' senior sales director, GT Power Plant Solutions in Asia Pacific. Once fully operational, the plant will produce 1,220 MW of power and up to 1,480 tons per hour of steam, he told Gas to Power Journal.

Future electricity systems require increased reserve capacity and frequency restoration reserve (FRR) to manage Europe's expanding renewable energy fleet. Melle Kruisdijk, director of market development at Wärtsilä Power Plants, explores what key attributes will make up optimum and affordable balancing systems in 2020.

The Kenyan energy ministry is planning  to construct a 500MW natural gas plant in Wajir district.The plans follow the discovery of commercially viable gas in Wajir after successful exploration in Hadado earlier this year.

The Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) has selected GE’s Jenbacher J624 engines to power its Mastronardi Coldwater facility. The peaking power project will feature three of the two-stage engines.

Japanese technology developer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems  (MHPS) is to lead a consortium to design a 500 MW  integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systemon behalf of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

The 'Energiewende' has been reshaping the Germany's energy landscape, transforming a previously centralized, hierarchical energy system to an ever-more distributed conundrum with a rapidly-increasing share of renewables at its heart. SmartOpt can help commercialise distributed energy portfolios, says Frank Reichenbach, manager at The Advisory House (TAH).

Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has inaugurated a new 250 MW gas-fired power plant in Kiisa, Estonia. The emergency power plant provides power for the city of Tallinn in case the Estlink 1 and 2 underwater cables from Finland fail to deliver.

Improvements to computer models and design methods for gas turbine inlet ducts have the potential to improve efficiency by as much as 5%, according to research from the Amirkabir University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. "The efficiency of diffusers of gas turbines could be improved up to 5% by using this method. This improvement could then increase the efficiency of gas turbine cycle up to 0.5%," Ali Madadi, a member of this research team on the project told Gas to Power Journal.

Engine maker Wartsila, the EPC turnkey solutions provider for power plants, has pioneered what it calls the 'Dry Flexicycle' concept that drastically cuts down water usage for generating electricity. "There is really, really no water consumption for the power plant itself for the operation," Risto Paldanius, Director, Business Development at Wartsila told Gas to Power Journal in Kuala Lumpur.

With a few more months to wait until a new EU Commission and a new Ukrainian parliament are in place, Société Générale is anticipating a short interruption in gas transits through Ukraine this winter and recommends buying Q1 15.

A new project in Rwanda promises to capture methane that has been dissolved in a lake and use it generate power, according to project developer Symbion Power. “This is the largest concession that has been issued so far and first power may be expected from the plant 15 months from execution of the Power Purchase Agreement,” Paul Hinks, chief executive of Symbion Power told Gas to Power Journal.

Keen to achieve higher gas penetration, China's State Council is targeting to reach a gas supply capacity of 400 to 420 Bcm by 2020. Last year's pricing reform has improved the economics of pipeline and LNG imports as it effectively links the city-gate price to oil-indexed contracts and is "likely to lead to increased supplies", while strict environmental policies will enforce more gas use for power generation, writes Michael Chen, OIES visiting research fellow.

As the European Commission has set targets for energy efficiency in the EU's climate and energy policy framework, COGEN Europe now calls for a greater commitment to expanding combined heat and power generation capacity.

"China is incredibly smart on the gas front," Giuseppe (Joseph) Jacobelli, Bloomberg Intelligence told Power-Gen Asia in Kuala Lumpur. They have been  aggressively exploring gas domestically besides building some  international gas pipelines into the country from Myanmar, he noted, adding that they have been building a lot of LNG terminals.

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Caterpillar launches offshore power gen module

Sept 19 - Caterpillar Oil & Gas has launched its Offshore Power Generation Module with a turnkey EPC scope for a single-lift, modular power plant product that is scalabel from 4 to 17.3 eMW per module.

The system is designed to run on liquid, diesel, crude and heavy fuel oil, gas or in dual-fuel mode.

 

China on top for renewable developments - EY

Sept 19 - China's renewables market is ranked as 'the most attractive destination' for investors while Europe and the U.S. are falling behind compared with wind and solar devolopments in emerging markets, according to Ernst & Young's Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published this week.

ABB wins $14m transformer order in Saudi Arabia

Sept 18 - Swiss manufacturer ABB has won a $14 million transformer order in Saudi Arabia.

The transformers will enhance power supply around Riyadh and the Central Region with supply of power transformers, shunt reactors and station service transformers that will be incorporated in a substation.

Alstom to connect Greek islands to ENTSO-E network

Sept 18- Alstom has won a contract worth €35 million from the Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) for the turnkey supply of four gas-insulated substations (GIS) in Greece.

The turnkey project see Alstom supply three GIS substations of 170 kV each to replace small existing power plants on the islands of Mykonos, Paros and Syros. These substations will be connected to a fourth substation in Lavrion near Attica.

Equipment will be manufactured from Alstom units in Switzerland, France, Finland and Turkey.

GE and Dalian receive approval for gas turbine-powered LNG carrier

Sept 17 – turbine manufacturer GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have received Approval in Principle (AiP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design.

Lloyd’s Register issued the AiPfor the novel concept not covered by traditional classification rules.

Construction starts on FutureGen CCS project

Sept 17 – Construction work has begun on the FutureGen project in Illinois which aims to capture carbon dioxide from a rebuilt power plant.

The project has received federal pledges of $1 billlion but has faced legal action for over a decade

US geothermal power to quadruple by 2040

Sept 16 – Geothermal electricity generation in the U.S. could more than quadruple between 2012 and 2040 (increasing to over 67,000 GWh), helping California and other states with renewable portfolio standards satisfy their mandated renewable generation requirements, the EIA forecasts.

There are currently 64 operating conventional geothermal power plants in the United States, accounting for nearly 2,700 MW of total capacity at the end of 2013. Over three-fourths of U.S. geothermal power are in California, largely due to favorable geothermal resources, policy, and market conditions in the state.

 

Ground breaking for Coldwater gas power project

Sept 16 – A formal ground-breaking ceremony is being held today to lay foundations for three 4.4 MW gas turbines and generators to be delivered to a new gas power project near the City of Coldwater, feeding into the grid of Midwest Independent System Operators (MISO).

The power units came at a cost of $9.6 million and the City of Coldwater approved borrowing up to $16 million for the project, which is being built through the Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA).

ABB wins $30 million order for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS)

Sept 15 - Swiss  manufacturer ABB has won an order worth over $30 million from Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) to supply gas-insulated switchgear (GIS).

ABB’s order includes design, supply and commissioning of ABB’s 550 kilovolt (kV) GIS type ELK-3, a compact and modular solution that offers increased reliability and safety.

UK’s National Grid issues tender for additional reserves

Sept 15 – The UK’s National Grid has issued a tender for the supply of additional generation reserves this winter via the Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service.

Demand is driven by uncertainty over the availability of generating plants over the coming winter.

RWE to extend cost saving initiative

Sept 12 - German power producer RWE is to extend cost cuts at power plants due to tough market conditions.

The firm's "RWE Neo" programme is currently aiming to save €800 million but that will be increased by several hundred million euros, according to the Rheinische Post.

Aquino launches 420 MW Pagbilao III Power Plant

Sept 12 - Filipino president Benigno S. Aquino III launched the 420 MW Pagbilao III Power Plant project.

The plant located in in Barangay Ibabang Polo, Pagbilao, Quezon province is expected to take 37 months to construct  construction of the plant.

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