The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has called on Russia's Rosatom to postpone construction of the Nintkhuan-1 nuclear power plant for six years until 2020 to resolve the projects' economic efficiency and safety issues. The capacity gap will have to be closed by gas power as Vietnam's domestic coal reserves are running low.
H-class gas turbines from Siemens are set to drive Malaysia's Pengerang Cogeneration Plant (PCP) that will feed electricity to Petronas' nearby integrated petroleum complex. "Work has started and the first 450 MW unit will come on stream in summer 2017," said Aditya Trehan, Siemens' senior sales director, GT Power Plant Solutions in Asia Pacific. Once fully operational, the plant will produce 1,220 MW of power and up to 1,480 tons per hour of steam, he told Gas to Power Journal.
Future electricity systems require increased reserve capacity and frequency restoration reserve (FRR) to manage Europe's expanding renewable energy fleet. Melle Kruisdijk, director of market development at Wärtsilä Power Plants, explores what key attributes will make up optimum and affordable balancing systems in 2020.
The Kenyan energy ministry is planning to construct a 500MW natural gas plant in Wajir district.The plans follow the discovery of commercially viable gas in Wajir after successful exploration in Hadado earlier this year.
Japanese technology developer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is to lead a consortium to design a 500 MW integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systemon behalf of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)
The 'Energiewende' has been reshaping the Germany's energy landscape, transforming a previously centralized, hierarchical energy system to an ever-more distributed conundrum with a rapidly-increasing share of renewables at its heart. SmartOpt can help commercialise distributed energy portfolios, says Frank Reichenbach, manager at The Advisory House (TAH).
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has inaugurated a new 250 MW gas-fired power plant in Kiisa, Estonia. The emergency power plant provides power for the city of Tallinn in case the Estlink 1 and 2 underwater cables from Finland fail to deliver.
Improvements to computer models and design methods for gas turbine inlet ducts have the potential to improve efficiency by as much as 5%, according to research from the Amirkabir University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. "The efficiency of diffusers of gas turbines could be improved up to 5% by using this method. This improvement could then increase the efficiency of gas turbine cycle up to 0.5%," Ali Madadi, a member of this research team on the project told Gas to Power Journal.
Engine maker Wartsila, the EPC turnkey solutions provider for power plants, has pioneered what it calls the 'Dry Flexicycle' concept that drastically cuts down water usage for generating electricity. "There is really, really no water consumption for the power plant itself for the operation," Risto Paldanius, Director, Business Development at Wartsila told Gas to Power Journal in Kuala Lumpur.
With a few more months to wait until a new EU Commission and a new Ukrainian parliament are in place, Société Générale is anticipating a short interruption in gas transits through Ukraine this winter and recommends buying Q1 15.
A new project in Rwanda promises to capture methane that has been dissolved in a lake and use it generate power, according to project developer Symbion Power. “This is the largest concession that has been issued so far and first power may be expected from the plant 15 months from execution of the Power Purchase Agreement,” Paul Hinks, chief executive of Symbion Power told Gas to Power Journal.