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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.

U.S. technology developer FuelCell Energy (FCE) expects to contract its first European megawatt-scale gas-powered fuel cell project in 2014. "We are working on several projects right now and expect to sign some contracts for megawatt-scale plants in Europe this year," Chip Bottone, chief executive at FCE said.

Nigerian power provider Seven Energy has secured $255 million in equity capital to develop gas-fired power and related infrastructure for Nigeria’s domestic market. The funding has been provided by Temasek, Singapore's state-owned investment firm the World Bank Group.

Power producers in the United States like American Electic Power, Duke Energy and Southern Co. must abide by federal limits on mercury and other power plant plants, a U.S. appeals court ruled, upholding the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) regulation that was heavily criticized by the industry.

In 2013, merely 12 states accounted for 80% of wind-generated electricity in the U.S., with Texas leading the way. Flexible gas peaking plants are used to backup intermittent wind power supply.

 The coming Monday will be the operational start-up date for Pakistan's new 747-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Guddu. The plant will start a year ahead of schedule and replaces an existing less efficient plant on the same site in the Kashmore district of Sindh. 

U.S. utility Dominion Power plans to commission three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) G-series gas turbines by the end of this year and three additional units by late 2016. Dominion is in the process of converting several of its coal-fired power stations to run on natural gas as well as converting three smaller units to run on biogas.

French utility GDF Suez and Mexico’s state-run energy firm Pemex have signed an agreement to jointly develop gas-fired power projects in Mexico. The two year deal will also see the two companies collaborate on gas infrastructure and gas liquefaction facilities to grow Mexico’s downstream sector.

The Canadian city of Guelph will soon benefit from two new decentralized Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to drive local industries and feed heat into the city's direct energy system, the energy minister of the state of Ontario, Bob Chiarelli, announced.

French turbine manufacturer Alstom has won a contract worth 225 million euros ($312 million) to deliver power generation equipment for the Al-Anbar gas-fired combined-cycle plant – one of the largest power projects of the Iraqi government.

Expanding its role to supply distributed power solution to Brazil, GE has announced two order wins – one for four LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine to power offshore oil and gas production and another for three 1.4-megawatt J420 Jenbacher gas engines for a waste-to-energy project.

A feasibility study conducted jointly by Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) and the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) will analyse the arrangements required to start exporting 100 MW of power from the gas-fired Palatana plant in India to Bangladesh. The 726.6 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant currently supplies power to North Eastern Indian states.

Operator WEMAG plans to start operations of a 5-megawatt battery-based energy storage in Schwerin, northeast Germany, this autumn with a view to earning money with the balancing of grid fluctuations.

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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.

Europe's LNG buyers to divert cargos amid falling spot prices

Apr 4 – Spot gas prices in Europe are "dropping like a stone," analyst from PIRA Energy Group said, suggesting this provides additional incentives for Europe's LNG buyers to divert cargos in the months to come.

Supply cuts thus far have come almost exclusively from Russia as well as the Netherlands, and PIRA expects more aggressive decreases from both.

WPP launches gas generator sizing service

Apr 11 – Worldwide Power Products (WPP) has expanded its roster of services for oil and gas companies to include generator-sizing service for oilfield drilling and pumping sites.
The service includes analyzing wellhead gas and making recommendations for how operators can best utilize it with a gas generator set.

Technip and HQC win Iraqi NGL contract

Apr 10 - French engineering and construction firm Technip has partnered with China’s HuanQiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC) to deliver a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Ar Ratawi Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) train1 project in Basra Province, Iraq.

The project will create gas processing facilities to minimize gas flaring in Iraq and boost energy resources available for power and domestic use.

GE rolls out distributed Power Business in LATAM

 

Apr 10 – General Electric has announced the launch of its new Distributed Power business in the Latin America region, rolling out this segment on a global scale. In Latin America, GE sees a $100 billion opportunity for distributed power and will specifically address the increased demand for on-site power from oil and gas majors and heavy industries.

Meeting the growing demand for on-site power systems, GE's Distributed Power business is investing $1.4 billion over four years globally and has three key product lines—aeroderivative gas turbines, Jenbacher gas engines and Waukesha gas engines.

 

Self-produced power in Germany hit with EEG levy

Apr 9 – German industry that generates its own power will be required to pay 15% of the EEG levy, according to a draft reform bill agreed by the cabinet on Tuesday. The regulation apply to new industrial on-site power generating capacity, while performance upgrades of more than 30% at units built after 1 September 2011 will also be obliged to pay the levy.

New installations that are not connected to the grid (for backup) will be entitled to complete exemptions from the EEG levy.

Alstom's first 800kV HVDC converter passes test in China

Apr 9 – Alstom's first 800 kV HVDC converter transformer has passed its factory acceptance tests in Shandong. 

This converter transformer, the highest voltage level yet for Alstom, will enable State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) to power part of the Jinping to Sunan 2,090 km long UHVDC (Ultra High Voltage Direct Current) power link.

Alstom said this edge technology was developed in cooperation with Shandong Power Equipment Co. (SEPCO).

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