Bowing to industry pressure, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has included a so-called safety valve in its 'Clean Power Plan' that eases compliance with emission restrictions, if a power plant is deemed 'system relevant' and would be required to stay operational to guarantee regional stability of electricity supply.
Forging ahead with even steeper greenhouse emission cuts at US power plants, President Barack Obama will today present the final version of his 'Clean Power Plan', giving states more time – until 2022 – to comply. The revised rules set the stage for a confrontation in the courts with power producers and Republican-led states.
Low natural gas prices in the US are incentivizing the use of natural gas as a feedstock for the production of bulk chemicals. This surge in industrial gas consumption adds to the rising demand from utilities, as gas surpassed coal as the key fuel for power generation for one entire month in April.
In response to Indonesia's ambitious goal of building an additional 35 gigawatts (GW) in new power generation capacity by 2019, GE held a workshop at the American Embassy in Jakarta to show policymakers, independent power producers and engineering firms some options of new power generation technology that are suited for the unique needs of the island nation.
Germany's maker of turbines and trains Siemens has stuck to its full-year outlook, but net profit softened to a 9.5% margin in the third quarter due to weaker growth in its power and gas division.
Nonetheless, Siemens still expects to reach a profit margin of 10-11% in the fourth quarter of this year, counting on an uptick of its industrial business.
Digitalisation is fundamentally changing the way how maintenance is conducted. In remote support services, Wärtsilä's customers receive real-time advice and support for their assets, while analysing big data can help optimise power plant performance and predict maintenance needs well in advance.
Material experts at MTU Aero Engines and their partners have jointly developed an intermetallic high-temperature materials for highly stressed engine components. Titanium aluminide (TiAl) – a new lightweight material for turbine blades – combines the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials.
Coatings and corrosion protection from AkzoNobel are being added to the new Fortuna block of the Lausward gas power plant in Düsseldorf. Siemens is building the combined-cycle plant under a turnkey contract, with commissioning and start-up scheduled for early 2016.
Poland's key utility Fortum Zabrze has awarded Amec Foster Wheeler a contract for the design, supply, construction and commissioning of a new multi-fuel circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generating combined heat and power plant in Zabrze, in southern Poland.
Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has confirmed it is acquiring a 20% stake in the Shetland Gas Plant from Total. The purchase is part of a £565 million deal that also sees Total divest 20% interest in the Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivit gas fields to SSE. The French oil major said it wanted to reduce its exposure west of Shetland.
In a multibillion-dollar endeavour, Kenyan and US firms are gearing up to take part in the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor which envisages the construction of a deepwater port and an LNG-to-power plant. The so-called Lapsset project will cost $26 billion, according to Kenyan treasury estimates. The Development Bank of South Africa already agreed to provide up to $1.5 billion, so the lion's share will have to come from private investors.