Daily News
The government of Tanzania is keen to implement reforms to increase gas and coal power capacity in a bid to meet increasing shortfall in electricity generation. Grid operator Tanesco said this week that only two independent power producers are currently generating electricity in the country despite pressure for more output.
U.S. energy firms FGE Power and Starwood Energy have partnered to finance and build of two 747 MW combined cycle gas plants in the neighbouring towns of Westbrook and Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas. The total cost to build the two identical facilities will be $1.2 billion.

U.S. equipment manufacture GE has received an order from TGK-16, an independent power producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF), to supply and install a 9HA gas turbine at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kazan, Russia. The plant is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.

Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and the Chinese subsidiary of Hitachi have won an order for an H-25 gas turbine from the Chinese utility Ningbo Kefeng Thermal Power (NKTP). The new turbine will replace equipment in service in Unit 1 at NKTP's Ningbo City plant, Zhejiang province, and is expected to go into operation by July 2015.

U.S. power producer NTE Energy has secured investment of $1.1 billion to build three natural gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,470 MW. The funding will be used to build the 518 MW Middletown Energy Center in Ohio,  the 475 MW Kings Mountain Energy Center in North Carolina, and the 237 MW Pecan Creek Energy Center in Texas.

The government of the Philippines is evaluating costs of transforming the 621 MW Bataan nuclear reactor into an 1,800 MW gas-fired plant. The proposed conversion is necessary “to ease the country's growing demand for energy”, according to the office of the president Benigno Aquino III.

Siemens Smart Grid will supply Mark-E with a virtual power plant (VPP) hosted IT solution that will allow the energy service provider to connect and bundle distributed power sources to offer balancing energy  via online trading platforms.

U.S. energy firm GE is to build a manufacturing plant for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)  in upstate New York. Running on natural gas, the new design of SOFC will have lower cost and reach up to 95% efficiency, GE said but it did not disclose investment and start-up date of the plant.

UK engineering firms and universities are set to spend £30 million to jointly research advanced technology for use in gas turbines. The funding will include £8 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the remaining amount contributed by over 50 private companies and universities.

The Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) has announced it will tender $2.8 billion worth of projects to develop gas-fired power plants, grids and pipelines in the country before the end of this year. The tenders included two combined-cycle plants – the 928 MW North Central III and the 714 MW Central Guaymas II.

Brazilian construction group Grupo Bolognesi is to realise a 1,200 MW gas-fired plant that will rely on LNG from a planned regas terminal at port of Suape in northern Brazil. The power plant is estimated to cost $1.6bn and will be complete by 2019.

U.S. engine manufacturer GE is to provide three turbocharged J624 Jenbacher gas engines to power a new combined heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Mexico, to be operated by Enerkin SAPI de C.V.


News in Brief

GE selected to provide power upgrades at Raigarh Steel Plant

Jul 25 - GE Power Conversion is to provide AC motors and drives to upgrade the steckel mill at Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)  Raigarh Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, India.

Production at the facility is expected to more than triple  from three million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 10mpta by 2020 due to increased  machine output and improved thequality of  finished steel through a more effective hot-rolling process.

GE Marine and LR to partner on gas turbine power systems

Jul 25 - U.S. equipment manufacturer GE Marine is to work with Lloyd's Register (LR) to market gas turbine-power systems for commercial ships.

The systems will include Dry Low NOx emissions (DLE) combustion systems operating in combined cycle mode, designed to meet Tier III IMO/Tier IV US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Pakistan Petroleum to build 50 MW gas plant

Jul 24 - State-owned oil and gas explorer Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), plans to move into power production with the construction of a 50 MW gas plant in Pakistan.


The proposed plant will be generate electricity for the Shahdadpur grid, about 10 km from the Gambat South block in Sanghar district, Sindh.

Exelon Generation breaks ground on 120 MW Perryman station

Jul 24 - U.S. power plant developer Exelon Generation has started construction of it new 120 MW Perryman natural gas power generating unit.

The plant will feature two Pratt & Whitney simple cycle, aero-derivative combustion turbines that will increase the facility's capacity to 465 MW in total when it is complete in 2015.




SDG&E requests power purchase deal with NRG Energy

Jul 23 - U.S. utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to buy 633 MW of power from a gas-fired plant owned by NRG Energy in Southern California.

The request comes as a result of shortfall faced by SDG&E following the shutdown of its 2,150 MW San Onofre nuclear plant.

Scuderi files patent for dual-output power generation system

Jul 23 - Engine development company Scuderi Group has filed a patent application for a dual-output power generation system.

The new method utilizes a generator to simultaneously feed electricity to both an end user and the local grid and works with both conventional or Scuderi Split-Cycle internal combustion engine technology.

ABB to provide $35m HVDC upgrade in Canada

Jul 22 - Swiss engineering firm ABB is to provide a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link upgrade for the New Brunswick and Hydro Québec grids in southeast Canada.

The project is estimated to cost £35 million and will include installation of ABB’s MACH control and protection system and the upgrade of the valves and valve cooling system.

Siemens to build first European onshore power supply for cruise ships

Jul 22 -  German energy firm Siemens is to build the first European onshore power supply for cruise ships.

The company will supply a turnkey onshore power supply  for the  Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).  The system will supply electricity to cruise ships at the Hamburg Altona cruise terminal of all common sizes and electrical system designs, allowing them to turn off their own diesel generators and reduce harmful emissions during lay days.


SocGen sees full-year gas demand drop 8.5%

Jul 21 – In light of a 18.1% drop in Europe's gas demand since the start of this year, the French investment bank Societe Generale has revised down its full-year gas demand forecast from -5% to -8.5%.
The bank's 'focus group' represents 63% if total EU-28 gas consumption, building on data from Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Norway test carbon capture to produce omega rich algae

Jul 21 - A pilot project at Norway's Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) aims to capture carbon dioxide from power plants to grow omega-3 fatty acid-rich algae for fish feed.

If successful the novel solution will not only cut greenhouse emissions but will also boost Norway's aquaculture industry which is worth US$10.2 billion per year.​

AFC to develop South Korean fuel cell project

Jul 18 - Industrial fuel cell power company AFC Energy is to partner with Daniel Inc, a fuel cell focused power plant owner and development company in South Korea.

An initial project will develop a 1MW fuel cell system with a follow-on option for a further 3MW project making a total potential sales value of approximately $15 million.


Clarke Energy reaches 4GW total installed generation capacity

Jul 18 - UK turbine manufacturer Clarke Energy announced it has reached a total installed generation capacity 4 GW worldwide.

The company an authorised distributor and server provider for GE's Jenbacher gas engines and provides engineering, installation and maintenance for gas-fuelled combined heat and power plants ranging from 0.3-90 MW

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