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.
Nigeria has seen a slump in power capacity of as much as 1,000 MW last week, according to the minister of power, Chinedu Nebo who blamed the drop on further pipeline vandalism.
“Recently within the past week, the Okoloma gas plant has been down due to sabotage, blowing up and vandalism of three of its wellheads, and then robbing Shell of the capacity to deliver over 180mscuf of gas on a daily basis,” he commented.
Japanese technology developer Toshiba will supply and test a design for a supercritical CO2 gas turbine at a 25 MW demonstration plant in Texas. Toshiba said it aims to start delivering equipment in August 2016, for the plant to be commissioned by the end of next year.
Turbine manufacturer are struggling to help cash-constraint utilities in Europe to optimise their generation portfolio. As gas power plants are mothballed, manufacturers of gas turbines need to further enhance efficiency at lower operational costs, e.g. by increasing firing temperatures while improving combustion, the technical heads of leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) said in Brussels.
A major fire at the UK’s Didcot B gas-fired power plant in Oxfordshire has been battled through the night by teams of firefighters resulting in the closure of the 1,360 MW unit. An investigation has now started following cessation of the blaze.
After completing several months of testing and trial runs, Siemens Energy has handed over three gas turbines to operator Dow Stade for its new 163 MW cogeneration plant, located at the river Elbe near Hamburg. Handover of the steam turbine is due by the end of this month.
Technology developer GE has launched a new suite of data-driven solutions to improve the performance of aeroderivative gas turbines via its Distributed Power business. The new solutions are focused on GE’s LM6000 turbine and based around methodologies that optimize and reduce life-cycle costs.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply a 139 MW Flexicycle power plant in Mexico. Featuring seven 50SG gas engines the plant will be located near Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon.
Power producer Energia del Pacifico (EDP) plans to commission the new 355 MW Acajutla gas-fired power plant in El Salvador by 2018, following a purchase agreement for the first supply of LNG to mainland Central America.