Rolls-Royce Power Systems plants to replicate is recently commissioned gas power station in Mozambique in other African countries, as it seek to expand its presence across the continent. Rising power demand in southern Africa and low electrification levels make it a prime market for small-scale gas engine- or turbine-driven power solutions.
Decentralized power generation is high on the agenda to in Tanzania, with the Rural Energy Agency (REA) pleading support for individuals or companies that intend to supply ‘mini-grid electricity’. This helps to close Tanzania's 1,290 MW power deficit and give more of its rural population access to electricity.
U.S. crude oil prices have been pushed below $30/bbl, largely due to high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and non-energy commodity markets, and the potential for additional crude oil supply to enter the market. Crude oil and petroleum product inventories have been growing since mid-2014 and are above five-year averages for this date.
Gas power plants not only generate electricity – they also need to consume it to function safely. At SPE’s Boufarik site in Algeria, Benning installed uninterruptible power supply units on a DC system to ensure continuous functionality of the plant’s control & monitoring systems.
So how is it possible for power plant operators to achieve the reliable, clean, tightly-conditioned power they want, while accommodating a suitable range of AC and DC inputs, outputs and power capacities?
David Bond, Managing Director at Benning explains...
India’s Supreme Court has permitted Gas Authority of India (GAIL) to build the controversial Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline, paving the way for more LNG imports to fuel idled, or underutilized gas-fired power plants in southern India.
Utility-scale renewable power plants across the US are seen to step up their supply of electricity to the grid by 9% in the course of this year. EIA analysts expect much of the growth to come from new wind and solar power installations as well as from rising hydro power contribution a relatively dry 2015.
Anticipated savings from a new CCGT and lower gas prices have made Florida Power & Light (FPL) seek to reduce power rates starting from April. The decrease would cut $1.64 off a typical residential customer’s bill and, if approved, would coincide with the start-up of the 1,250 MW Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center.
By summer 2017, power reserve margins in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) are anticipated to rise substantially as over 5 GW of new capacity will come to the market, followed by another 4.3 GW in 2018.
“We are seeing planning reserve margins to top 20% percent in the next several years, [but] some of this growth could be offset by unit retirements as changing environmental rules begin to take effect,” Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s Director of System Planning commented.
Flexible gas power is vital for a decentralized and increasingly renewable-driven energy future, according to Manuel Aguilera, gas product manager at Himoinsa. “If we consider all the technology available, not only engines, but turbines, fuel cells, etc. – all of them will become key players in the distributed energy mix,” he told Gas to Power Journal.
Efforts to stop the methane leak at Aliso Canyon have shown little respite, prompting EIA analysts to warn this may impact the reliability of California’s energy system. Gas withdrawal from flexible storage largely depends on dispatch of combined-cycle plants to meet peakload power demand.
Bob Place, president of Genesis Power has confirmed that the utility will “not continue [to] pursue plans to build Amwell Energy Center in Hillsborough.” The decision to drop the $1 billion combined-cycle power plant project came following fierce opposition from the Township Committee.
Works on the $800 million Wildcat Point turbine expansion project are ‘on schedule’, according to the operator. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative said it aims for the upgraded CCGT to start up in June 2017 with an enhanced capacity of nearly 1,000 MW.