The Brazilian government’s Energy Research Office (EPE) expects 20GW of gas-fired capacity to bid into planned energy auctions later this year. The auctions will take place in September and October this year and 36 gas power plants are expected to bid.
U.S. equipment manufacturer GE has delivered the first of its new Jenbacher J920 gas engines for commercial operation. The engine will provide power to the €6.8 million E.ON Hanse Wärme Stapelfeld combined heat and power (CHP) plant in northern Germany.
The Indian government has set a date of August 31 for a decision on gas pricing for power producers in the country. The move follows the rejection of the previous government’s Rangarajan formula which would have seen natural gas prices double from the 1st of July if it had gone into effect.
U.S. fuel cell developer Bloom Energy is to partner with power producer Exelon Corporation to develop “power as a service” capabilities using small scale gas-powered fuel cell technology. Exelon will provide equity finance to install fuel cells at 75 commercial facilities across California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
The government of Mozambique will increase gas-fired power in the country to 800 MW by 2020 through the construction of two new power plants and pipeline infrastructure, the energy minister Salvador Namburete said this week. The plans include a combined-cycle plant in Nacala in Nampula Province and a new 75MW plant in Palma near the Tanzanian border.
Romanian electricity producer Electrocentrale Bucharest (ELCEN) has signed a contract with Japanese power plant developer Marubeni for the construction of a 250 MW gas-fired plant in Fântânele, Romania. The plant will cost an estimated €170 million and is expected to be operational by 2017.
U.S. power plant developer Global Edison is to build a new 1,500 MW gas-fired plant in Anambra State, Nigeria. The plant is expected to cost a total of $2.5 billion and will be fuelled by gas from the Nigeria’s eastern supply axis.
French turbine manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract worth $450 million to upgrade the Monterey II combined cycle power plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The upgrade will include work on the existing four units of the plant and construction of a new unit 5 which will add 338 MW and is expected to be commissioned in 2016.
Canadian energy firm TransAlta has announced that it will build, own and operate a 150 MW combined cycle gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia. The plant is expected to cost $535 milliion and will be complete by 2017.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a series of wide ranging agreements with Mexican state-run power firm Pemex to expand “collaboration and investment” in the development of Mexico’s gas industry. The deals may ultimately lead to cheaper gas imports for Japan.
Malaysian power producers Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and SIPP Energy have signed an agreement to jointly build, own and operate a gas-fired power plant with capacity of between 1,000MW and 1,400MW in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.
Tanzanian power producer Santerre is to develop a 200 MW gas-fired power plant in Ghana to meet its rising electricity demand. The plant will be located in the coastal town of Prampram and construction is scheduled to start in 2015.