Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:57

BHEL teams up with Shell to supply gas turbine generators

Nov 6 – Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) said today has signed a five-year Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) with Royal Dutch Shell for the supply of gas turbine generator packages.

Under the accord, BHEL will provide gas turbine generator packages to select locations of Shell in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

The agreement covers supply of Frame-5 (26 MW), Frame-6B (42 MW) and Frame-9E (126 MW) GTG packages by BHEL for power generation application and includes installation and commissioning services.

EFA is consistent with Shell's approach of collaborating with fewer suppliers and "work with high-potential suppliers from emerging countries who can bring long-term value to the company," BHEL said in a statement.

News in Brief

Panama to start producing power from gas

May 25 – As of early 2018, Panama will be ready to generate electricity from natural gas. By then, AES will have finalised construction of its first gas-fired plant in the city of Colon at a cost of $150 million. Shifting to gas generation is expected to reduce the cost of electricity by 11% per kilowatt.

Korean utility sells CO2 to greenhouse

May 25 – Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) has begun recycling CO2 gases that its power plant stores for various agricultural and industrial uses, generating additional income. KOMIPO’s Boryeong plant is not far from large greenhouse complexes along the Korea’s western coastal area which makes it easy and less costly to transport the liquefied CO2 to them, the operator said.

UK gas demand notches up on drop in wind power output

May 24 – A fall in power production from UK’s wind farms has seen gas demand from combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants rise to 46 mcm/day on Monday afternoon. Yet, wholesale gas prices fell as Norwegian supplies through the Langeled pipeline and domestic gas output was ramped up.

Algeria’s Cevital to produce onsite power with J624 engines

May 24 – Clarke Energy, distributor of GE Jenbacher gas engines, has been selected by the Algeria’s Cevital Group to supply two on-site power plants with a combined output of 37.6 MW. The onsite power plants will support the expansions of the group’s Brandt household electronic appliances factory in the city of Setif and its Laminoir factory in Oran.

India returns to power surplus

May 23 – In a remarkable transformation, India has overcome electricity shortages and returned to power surplus, mainly by resolving shortages of coal as a fuel. Operators also added 157% of conventional and solar power capacity over the past two years, according to official figures, while power transmission infrastructure has been upgraded and expanded.

MAN to service 50 turbo-compressors in Oman

May 23 – Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has entered a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the long-term servicing of 50 turbo-compressors in Oman. Together with its local partner Oman Holdings International (OHI), the German OEM will also invest in the construction of a service shop for turbomachinery repairs in Muscat as part of its localisation strategy.

SSE considers network sale

May 20 – Hit by a 12% drop in net profits, UK’s second largest utility SSE has announced it is considering the divestment of up to one-third of its 50% stake in Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), which runs gas distribution in Scotland and southern England. SGN's other shareholders, each with 25%, are two Canadian pension funds.

Rolling out smart meters

May 20 – The EU is aiming to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart metering systems by 2020 with the aim of cutting annual household energy consumption and emissions across European states by up to 9%, according to GlobalData analysis. The Security of Electricity Supply (2005/89/EC) directive asks member states to take appropriate measures to safeguard the balance between electricity demand and generation capacity availability.

MAN Diesel & Turbo to build power plant in Saudi Arabia

May 19 – Arabian Cement Company (ACC) has awarded an EPC-contract for a 40 MW power plant to MAN Diesel & Turbo. Driven by two type 18V48/60 TS engines, the plant will be capable to run on heavy fuel oil and diesel oil. Construction of phase 1 is set to start by year-end, with the plant’s capacity to be increased to a 120 MW in two further construction phases.

Capstone to upgrade CHP plant in Italy

May 19 – A Capstone C1000 microturbine (1 MW) has been ordered to carry out an upgrade at an ESCO-operated local district heating facility in northwest Italy by November 2016. Italy is estimated to have one of the highest CHP potentials among major European economies leading up to 2030.

Global CHP market to reach $813bn by 2024

May 18 – The market for global combined heat and power (CHP) installations is forecast reach $813 billion by 2024. Transparency Market Research valued 2014’s market at $525 billion and anticipates a 4.38% annual growth rate until the end of the forecast period. Rising use of energy-efficient technologies, feed-in tariffs and low fuel prices are cited as the main growth drivers.

Symbion to provide EPC for Tanzania’s Nachu project

May 18 – Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) has given its ‘in principal approval’ for Symbion & Magnis to proceed with the Nachu Graphite Project. EPC contractor Symbion will develop and operate a dedicated 30 MW gas power station, associated substations and a 132 KV transmission line to connect Nachu to the main power grid.

Arcam expands Alcoa’s 3D printing technology

May 17 – The Arcam, a supplier of additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that its affiliate Alcoa has expanded its portfolio of additive manufacturing solutions. The new Arcam Q20plus allows Alcoa to print parts directly from a 3D computer model by melting and fusing layers of fine metal powder with an electron beam. The solution is designed for cost-efficient manufacturing of aerospace engine and industrial gas turbine components.

Outage management system for NYC and Massachusetts

May 17 – ABB has combined its recently implemented grid management system with an outage management software solution for National Grid USA in New York and Massachusetts. This project allows the grid operator to quickly detect possible outages in order to immediately dispatch field crews to reestablish electricity supply for its 3.4 million energy customers across the northeastern US.

Koyo Corp to invest $1bn in gas power plant in Tanzania

May 16 – The Prime Minister of Tanzania announced that Koyo Corporation of Japan plans to invest $1 billion in a 1,000 MW gas-fired power project in the country, following the discovery of a 2.17 Tcf onshore gas field.
The East African nation has earmarked parts of this find for domestic use, notably for power generation. The government seeks to add up to 2,000 MW of gas power capacity by 2018 in a bid to boost installed capacity to 10,000 MW by 2025.

Levelised cost for CCS in UK at £15/ton

May 16 – A new CO2 storage appraisal study, carried out for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) by Pale Blue Dot and partners, has identified a large UK potential, estimated at 78 gigatonnes, of which 15% could serve the country for 100 years.
Pale Blue Dot’s analysis shows an average levelised cost for transport and storage of around £15 per tonne of CO2. Calculated in the same way as for electricity generation by DECC, this would add £7.50/MWh to the levelised cost of power from gas (current cost around £50-70/MWhr).

New-builds bring $30m to First Gen’s 2016 revenues

May 13 – First Gen’s latest two gas-fired power projects are expected to contribute up to $30 million to the company’s earnings, it announced this week. The 97 MW Avion open-cycle plant is expected to start operating during the first half of the year and the 414-MW San Gabriel CCGT before the end of 2017. The Philippine company posted a net income of $167 million in 2015, a 13% drop on the previous year.