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Government heads of EU member states have entered an accord committing to reduce carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, the European Commission said on Friday. The move could herald a shift from coal to gas power generation, provided CO2 prices give the right incentives.

Cement producer PT Semen Indonesia has started construction of a 30.6 MW power plant that will be fuelled by waste gas from the cement manufacturing process at its Tuban factory on the north coast of Java.

Though the European Commission's winter 'stress test', that measures member states' preparedness for a possible disruption in gas supplies form the East, places greater emphasis on heat, COGEN Europe underlines that improving energy security requires a swift implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Japanese technology developer Toshiba has won a contract to supply service provider Eneres a total of 10,000 energy storage systems, each with a maximum output of 10 kW and a capacity of 9.9 kWh. The systems will be used to bolster output from independent power producers.

U.S. power cooperative Wolverine has announced plans to develop a 730 MW gas-fired power plant in Elmira Township, Otsego County. The Alpine Power Plant will be based on a single-cycle gas turbine to provide peaking power.

Finnish engine maker Wartsila has seen lower nine-month earnings drop despite a stable revenue. Net profit was €231 million ($292m) as of 30 September, down from €246 millon year-on-year, Wartsila said pointing to "higher financial costs" - revenue meanwhile remained stable at €3.2 billion.

As details for China's Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) have evolved through 2014, energy suppliers warn that the continual re-thinking of targets is creating uncertainty for China's resources demand. Wood Mackenzie analysis shows coal will still make up 64% of the power mix by 2030, although overall gas demand will see the strongest growth.

Turbine service provider EthosEnergy has announced the supply of manufactured combustion components as part of a contract with TransCanada for its 560 MW Ocean States Power Plant in Rhode Island. The firm installed standard combustion liners and transition pieces for the GE Frame 7EA gas turbine at the site.

Two of Kentucky’s largest electricity producers, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, have announced plans to add 737 MW of new capacity by 2020, as they seek to close down existing coal power. The new capacity is expected to be largely gas-fired.

As Japan continues to rely on LNG for the bulk of its power generation due to delays in nuclear restarts, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry forecasts gas importers will rely less on Middle Eastern supplies but source up to 70% of their LNG imports from Australia and the U.S. by 2020.

Increases to the price that power producers in India pay for natural gas fuel are set to shake up the electricity market in an attempt to boost power generation in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the gas tariff by roughly one-third to $5.61 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) from 1 November, up from $4.2.

GE's Distributed Power business has won a contract to supply an undisclosed number of ecomagination qualified Jenbacher J612 gas engines for a several bioenergy plants that Phoenix Energy plans to build in California.

The UK government supports curbing the length in carbon credit in the EU-ETS by creating a Market Stability Reserve, meant to help Europe meet its emission reduction targets more cost effectively and stimulate investment in low-carbon technologies for power generation.


News in Brief

Saudi Aramco awards contract to SEPCO to expand gas grid

Oct 24 - Energy firm Saudi Aramco has announced plans to expand its Master Gas System (MGS) in Saudi Arabia to meet growing demand.
The state-run company has awarded a contract to Shandong Electric Power Construction Corp (SEPCO) to increase the capacity of the MGS from 8.4 bcf/d (87 bcm/year) to 9.6 bcf/d (99 bcm/year) in 2016.

Solar PV capacity to hit 277 GW by 2020

Oct 24 – Driven by India, China and Australia, the global photovoltaic (PV) industry has seen 25% annual growth rates. Over 27 GW was added to global PV installations in 2011 alone and the global installed capacity is expected to reach 277.1 GW by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 15.9% during 2012–2020, according to GBI Research.

HECLOT solution achieves 90% carbon capture rate

Oct 23 – Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has introduced High Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology (HECLOT), a calcium looping technology developed to reduce carbon emissions from fossil power plants. It is the first affordable and energy-efficient solution to achieve a CO2 capture rate of up-to-90%.

CCS demo plant opens in Texas

Oct 23 – The U.S. Department of Energy and Skyonic Corporation marked the opening of first-of-its-kind demonstration plant to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant and convert the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach. The project was realized at a cost of nearly $40 million, included $28 million in government grants.

Alstom helps Scottish Power to strengthen grid stability

Oct 22 – ScottishPower Transmission has awarded a contract to Alstom to provide a flexible wide area monitoring solution to strengthen grid stability in the GB electricity network. The project – Visualization of Real-time System Dynamics using Enhanced Monitoring (VISOR) – will see Alstom will develop a software based on its e-terraphasorpoint technology to improve GB grid monitoring.

Ghana: Atubo gas processing to start in Nov

Oct 22 –Ghana Gas Company plants to start processing gas at the Atuabo facility for the production of power at the nearby Aboadze power plant in the month of November 2014.
Financial bottlenecks had delayed the initial earlier start-up date.

EEX to take majority in Powernext

Oct 21 - Germany's European Energy Exchange (EEX) will take a majority stake of 55.8% in France's Powernext from 1 January. Through an exchange of shares, EEX will indirectly become a majority shareholder of Epex Spot, both bourses said in a joint statement.

Total CEO dies in plane crash

Oct 21 - Christophe de Margerie, chairman and CEO of Total died in a private plane crash in Moscow on Monday evening, the French oil company confirmed. Three crew and de Margerie were found dead at the scene of the accident, after the plane at Vnukovo Airport had collided with a snow removal machine.

Yokogawa wins order for Rabigh 2 CCGT

Oct 20 – Yokogawa Electric Korea has won an order from EPC contractor Samsung C&T to supply control systems for the Rabigh 2 combined-cycle plant, powered by three 700 MW gas turbines. The 2,100 MW plant is being built for Al Mourjan For Electricity Production Company and scheduled to start operation in June 2017.

Israel: Tamar developers to sell gas to Egypt

Oct 20 – Developers of the 282 Bcm Tamar gas field offshore Israel, have signed a signed a letter of intent to sell 2.Bcm/year to the Egyptian firm Dolphinus Holdings, Delek reported to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Egypt needs to import gas to guarantee supply for stranded power stations as its domestic production is in decline.

ITM Power to assist in developing UK hydrogen gas network

Oct 17 - UK hydrogen gas technology developer ITM Power is to participate in government plans to establish a network of up to 15 hydrogen stations across the UK by the end of 2015.

The project is expected to cost around £11 million and is part of a government drive for ultra-low carbon technologies.

Xcel starts natural gas pipeline to fuel Denver Cherokee plant

Oct 17 - Colorado's largest power utility Xcel Energy has started up its $110M, 34-mile natural gas pipeline to provide fuel for its Denver Cherokee power plant.

The $1 billion project will Xcel to shut down coal-fired power plants in the Denver area and switch to natural gas.

ABB to upgrade HVDC link between Germany and Denmark.

Oct 16 - Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to upgrade the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Germany and Denmark.

The contract, worth about $16 million, will upgrade the 600 MW connection with a MACH control and protection system, remote operator work stations, training and spare parts.

Rosneft and CNPC sign cooperation agreement

Oct 16 - Russian energy firm Rosneft and China's CNPC have signed an agreement to strengthen strategic cooperation with a view to exporting Russian gas as LNG to support power plant projects in China.

The agreement was signed by Rosneft head Igor Sechin and CNPC vice president Wang Dongjin.

Rolls-Royce and Wood Group sign maintenance agreement with Chevron Thailand

Oct 15 - Rolls Wood Group (RWG), a joint venture between Rolls-Royce Energy and Wood Group has signed a long-term maintenance agreement to service Rolls-Royce industrial gas generators at Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production facilities.

The agreement covers four operating units at offshore production facilities located in the Pattani Basin.

ABB expands Indonesian production to meet soaring power demand

Oct 15 - Swiss equipment manufacturer ABB has opened a new low voltage factory in Indonesia to double miniature circuit breaker (MCB) production capacity within the region.

The company expects substantial growth opportunities for the low voltage market in Indonesia driven by increasing electricity demand.

GE's AGP increases power output in Pakistan

Oct 14 – GE will install its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution on three 9E gas turbines installed at Karachi Electric plants, which is expected to boost their output by 3.4% and increase fuel efficiency by 1.7%.
Over the past 25-years GE has supplied the Pakistani power producer with several 9E gas turbines, LM6000 aero derivative units and Jenbacher gas engines.

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