To tackle gas shortages and double generating capacity, the Ghanaian government has appointed BMT Asia Pacific as owners engineer and lead design consultant for developing a LNG regas facility. At current low LNG prices, snapping up cargoes on the spot market is hoped to reduce the cost of producing electricity from natural gas.
After years of R&D and a billion dollar investment, GE has finished the manufacturing of its first 9HA at its Belfort Gas Turbine Center of Excellence in France. The turbine will be shipped to Bouchain, where EDF is realising a flexible gas combined-cycle power project.
Analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed by Clean Power Plan shows it would significantly alter the fuel mix used in US power generation. The tide is about to turn in favour of gas generation and renewables.
ABFPL, a joint venture between Alstom and Bharat Forge, has commenced manufacturing of supercritical turbines and generators at its new facility in Sanand, Gujarat. On an 185,000 square meter site, the JV can produce equipment with a total generating capacity of 4,000 MW for power projects across India.
The race is on with eleven EPC companies competing for a contract to provide project management and consultancy services for the Musandam IPP in Oman. The 120 MW gas-fired plant is due to start full operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Limak Holding, a Turkish conglomerate focussing on construction, energy and cement, has secured a 395 million euro ($430.75m) long-term loan as part of a $520 million investment to modernise the 1,200 MW Hamitabat CCGT in northwest Turkey. The deal was financed by UniCredit, Yapı Kredi, ING, KfW IPEX and DZ Bank.
Regulatory green light was given to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to purchase electricity from NRG Energy's proposed gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, California, as the sunshine state need to turn to more gas power generation to fill the void caused by the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant.
To ensure UK CCS energy policies are underpinned by robust technical evidence, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has appointed Wood Group Kenny (WGK) as a technical advisor for carbon capture and storage policies, as well as potential projects.
Private sector financing has been made available for Iran to boost its total power generation capacity to over 73,000 MW in June, the deputy energy minister Houshang Fallahian said with reference to panned conversions and upgrade of 7,100 MW of simple-cycle gas-fired stations into CCGTs and more than 2,800 MW of new-builds.
Crippled by an acute shortage of natural gas supply, 18 out of 23 power plants in Nigeria had to stop operations, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The situation is exacerbated by one hydroelectric station facing water management issues, with the total loss of generating capacity now amounting to over 2,000 MW. Rolling blackouts have become unavoidable.
Though burning coal is again more profitable in Britain than gas generation as oversupply in coal market returns, July is likely to be the month when combined-cycle gas plants will step up their share in the UK power mix. July'15 the clean spark with CPS are seen at £3.20/MWh, followed by a drop to £2.94/MWh for September '15, according to ICIS figures.
New electrolysis stack technology from Canadian developer Hydrogenics offers a megawatt conversion capacity of 85%, paving the way for advanced gas power energy storage. "Creating a highly efficient link between the electrical grid and the natural gas system power to gas unlocks the massive energy storage capacity which we have already built and paid for," Daryl Wilson, chief executive at Hydrogenics told Gas to Power Journal.