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Electricty rates from Japan’s 10 regional power utilities are set to drop for the month of October to reflect lower LNG imports prices. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) announced it will reduce its standard household rate by $0.51 to $81 as of October, after its LNG import price fell to $818 per tonne in July from $821 per tonne in June. 

EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has offered to help Ukraine in developing a payment plan for Naftogaz to start repaying its huge debt to Gazprom, which has ceased deliveries in June, citing unpaid bills of around $4.5 billion.

 

Natural gas led new generating capacity additions in the U.S. in the first six months of 2014, adding 2,180 MW over half the total amount added, according to the Energy Information Administration. Renewables contributed the majority of the remainder taking total U.S. additions to 4,350 MW in the first half of the year.

Technology developer FuelCell Energy has been granted $1.2 million in funding to progress to the third stage of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programme that is studying the use of fuel cells to separate carbon dioxide from the emissions of power plants.

Gas-fired plants in the UK produced an additional output of 0.1 TWh in the three months to June, a 0.4% rise year-on year. The share of gas in the UK energy mix increased 3% and now stands at 31.7%, according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Modelling from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) suggests that large scale power storage systems utilising gas may be a reality in the next 3 years. ”First prototypes for new products will be 12 months from now with industrial implementation in 24 to 26 months,” Pasi Vainikka, principal scientists at VTT told Gas to Power Journal.

Turkish power producer Akenerji has started operation at its 872 MW Egemer gas-fired power plant in Erzin. The operator - a joint venture between Czech utility CEZ and Turkish group Akkok – expects the plant to produce 7,000 GWh of electricity annually.

Distributed power provider APR Energy has won a contract to supply 100 MW of gas-fired peaking capacity in South Hedland, Western Australia. Four mobile turbine units will provide bridging power for the next 30 months until work is complete on a 150 MW combined cycle plant at the site in early 2017.

Chinese power plant developer CMEC is to build a $985 million combined-cycle power plant in Soyo in Angola’s Zaire province. The plant follows a pledge by Chinese premier Li Keqiang earlier this year to invest $12 billion in the power sector in Africa.

UK power plant developer Carlton Power has appointed the investment firm Macquarie Capital as debt and equity adviser for its proposed £1.2 billion Trafford Power combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station. The 1.8 GW plant power project will bid into the upcoming first UK capacity auction in December.

U.S. power producer Calpine Corporation is to buy the 809 MW Fore River Generating Station from its current owner Exelon Corporation for $530 million. The plant is located in in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, 12 miles southeast of Boston.

Government-run energy firm Vietnam Oil & Gas Group (PVN) expects to sign an agreement with Exxon Mobil in 2015  to develop the first phase of a multi-billion natural gas field and power project in the country. The intial phase of the project is expected to cost $10 billion and will generate 2,500 MW.

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Opal to supply Nord Stream gas to Central Europe

Sept 1 – The 'use of the Opal pipeline' has been singled out by the EU as an interim solution to avert supply shortages in Central Europe in the event of an interruption of gas transits through Ukraine.

Parts of the Russian gas flowing to north-eastern Germany though the North Stream pipeline could be transported onward to Central Europe via the Opal pipeline, which runs to southern Germany towards the Czech border.

 

Trans-Asia defers LNG power plant

Sept 1 – Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. is reviewing plans to build a 415-megawatt CCGT in Batangas province after regulators introduced a power price cap in the wholesale electricity spot market.

The San Isidro CCGT was intended to run on gas feedstock supplied through Shells proposed LNG import terminal. Owing to the big differential in coal versus LNG as a fuel for power generation, Trans-Asia said it will concentrate on completing a 270-MW coal-fired plant in Batangas instead.

Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreements with Harvey Gulf

Aug 29 - Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a maintenance agreement for  with Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC.

The five-year agreement covers eight offshore supply, multi-purpose support vessels, six LNG-fueled platform supply vessels and two offshore construction vessels.

Alstom wins contract for 400 kV GIS at Zetes-3 power plant

Aug 29 - French equipment manufacturer Alstom is to provide a 400 kV gas-insulated substation (GIS) for the Zetes-3 thermal power plant in Turkey as part of a €10 million contract from Eren Enerji Endustrisi A.S.

The turnkey contract will connect the 1,400 MW plant to the Turkish transmission network.

WPPI Energy to buy 90 MW of capacity from Invenergy Nelson power plant

Aug 28 - Electricity provider WPPI Energy has announced it will buy 90 MW of electric capacity from Invenergy's Nelson gas-fired power plant in Illinois.

The plant is currently under construction in Rock Falls, Ill and WPPI's 20 year purchase agreement will start on June 1, 2017.

Alstom signs three HVDC contracts worth €800M

Aug 28 - Equipment manufacturer Alstom Grid has announced it has won three high voltage direct current (HVDC) contracts related to projects in India, South Korea and Canada.

The contracts are collectively valued at €800 million and include a HVDC Line Commutated Converter (LCC) in South Korea, design, supply and installation of a ±350 kV bi-pole HVDC LCC in Canada and the second phase of a±800 kV 3000 MW Ultra-High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) project in India.

L&T signs contract for 225 MW Bangladeshi plant

Aug 27 - Indian power plant deveoper Larsen & Toubro (L&T) have signed a contract with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB)to set up a 225 MW, gas-based power plant  in Bangladesh.

The plant will be located in in Sikalbaha, Chittagong and will help reduce current power shortages in the local grid.

 

Rolls-Royce completes full acquisition of Rolls-Royce Power Systems

Aug 27 - UK engine developer Rolls-Royce  has completed the acquisition of the remaining shares of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

RRPS was previously a 50% joint venture with Daimler AG and previously operated as Tognum AG. The subsidiary includes MTU high-speed engines, MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems, Bergen medium-speed engines, L’Orange fuel-injection systems now full members of Rolls-Royce family.

Siemens announces new gas-insulated 320-kV switchgear

Aug 26 - Equipment manufacturer Siemens has launched a new gas-insulated 320-kV switchgear product for direct current transmission and high-voltage direct current applications.

The new high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission equipment was launched at the Cigré conference in Paris today and uses up to 95 percent less space compared to previous air-insulated units.

RWE approved to sell DEA division to Russia's Alphagroup for €5.1bn

Aug 26 - The German Ministry of Economics has approved power producer RWE to sell its upstream branch, RWE DEA, to LetterOne, a subsidiary of Russian conglomerate Alfa Group .

The deal is valued at €5.1bn and includes production facilities in Germany, the UK, Norway, Denmark and Egypt.

GE to supply SVC for Brazilian electric grid

Aug 26 - GE Power Conversion has won a contract to provide a Static Var Compensator (SVC) to Brazilian energy firm São Pedro Transmisora de Energia and Engeglobal Construções.

The SVC dynamic compensation systems will control the voltage of a long transmission line to ensure grid stability in the Eliseu Martins substation in the state of Piaui, north-east Brasil.

Construction on Russia-China pipeline slated to start in September

Aug 22 – The construction of the ‘Power of Siberia’ transcontinental pipeline between Russia and China may start as soon as September 1.

The massive pipeline follows a 30 year deal that will see Russia supply 1.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year to China.

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