Tuesday, 06 November 2012

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

LATAM needs 14 GW of new capacity a year

Apr 17 – Latin American countries will have to add 14 GW annually to the current power generating capacity over the next 20 years to accommodate rising power demand, a report in BNamericas's Intelligence Series finds.

Analysts expect electricity consumption in the region to almost double to 1.55 TWh by 2035, with the addition of nearly 300 GW in new generation capacity will be required to meet this demand. Over 40% of the new-build capacity will be hydropower projects.

Alliant Energy approved for 600MW Marshalltown plant

Apr 17 - U.S. power producer Alliant Energy has been given final approval by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to begin building its proposed 600MW Marshalltown Generating Station (MGS). Construction is due to start in June this year and the plant will be operational in 2017.

The project will be completed via Alliant's subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and is expected to cost $920 million.

GE power transformers customsizable for utilities

Apr 16 - GE's Digital Energy business has upgraded its medium-power transformer offering with its new PROLEC-GE Flexible Integrated Transformer (FIT). The transformer provides utility customers with an optimized, end-to-end solution complete with installation and aftermarket services.

The PROLEC-GE FIT is being showcased at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition taking place April 14-17 in Chicago.

Capstone pushes for 30% tax credit for microturbines

Apr 16 - Capstone Turbine Corporation has welcomed the introduction of the American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act H.R. 4428 in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-39). If approved, the new legislation would grant a 30% investment tax credit for microturbines, providing parity with tax incentives offered to fuel cells and renewable technologies.

Wood Group acquires Cape simulation software for SCADA

Apr 15- Aberdeen-based power plant services company Wood Group has acquired Texan developer Cape Software. The company creates solutions to simulate process responses on control networks and for interactive operator training and logic validation for SCADA and DCS industrial control systems used in power plants and upstream oil and gas.

Cape will become part of the MSi Kenny Products business within Wood Group Kenny and will contribute revenue of approximately $5 million per year based on 2013 figures.

GP Strategies to install monitoring solutions at CCGTs

Apr 14 – Panda Power Funds has contracted GP Strategies to provide EtaPRO™ monitoring technology as well as instructor-led training and GPiLEARN™ web-based training at three of its Texas natural gas power plants.

The remotely monitored plants, Temple I & II power generating stations, will have a combined capacity of 1516-MW and the Sherman plant will produce 758-MW of power.

Ireland: 5.6 MW landfill gas-to-energy plant starts-up

Apr 14 – Ireland's Bord na Móna has started operations at a 5.6 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at a landfill site in Drehid, Ireland.

The facility has been supplied by GE gas engine distributor and service partner, Clarke Energy, and features four containerised GE Jenbacher JGC420GS-LL gas engines.

Energy Aspects lowers summer gas price forecast

Apr 11 - London-based consultancy Energy Aspects has lowered its outlook for European summer gas prices to 47p/th, down 15% from previous forecasts due to healthy storage inventories, it said on Friday.

Gas demand has dropped by 19%-27% across north west European gas markets, while gas storage inventories are 17.7bcm higher than they were at the same time last year, analysts at Energy Aspects said in a research note.

Europe's LNG buyers to divert cargos amid falling spot prices

Apr 4 – Spot gas prices in Europe are "dropping like a stone," analyst from PIRA Energy Group said, suggesting this provides additional incentives for Europe's LNG buyers to divert cargos in the months to come.

Supply cuts thus far have come almost exclusively from Russia as well as the Netherlands, and PIRA expects more aggressive decreases from both.

WPP launches gas generator sizing service

Apr 11 – Worldwide Power Products (WPP) has expanded its roster of services for oil and gas companies to include generator-sizing service for oilfield drilling and pumping sites.
The service includes analyzing wellhead gas and making recommendations for how operators can best utilize it with a gas generator set.

Technip and HQC win Iraqi NGL contract

Apr 10 - French engineering and construction firm Technip has partnered with China’s HuanQiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC) to deliver a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Ar Ratawi Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) train1 project in Basra Province, Iraq.

The project will create gas processing facilities to minimize gas flaring in Iraq and boost energy resources available for power and domestic use.

GE rolls out distributed Power Business in LATAM


Apr 10 – General Electric has announced the launch of its new Distributed Power business in the Latin America region, rolling out this segment on a global scale. In Latin America, GE sees a $100 billion opportunity for distributed power and will specifically address the increased demand for on-site power from oil and gas majors and heavy industries.

Meeting the growing demand for on-site power systems, GE's Distributed Power business is investing $1.4 billion over four years globally and has three key product lines—aeroderivative gas turbines, Jenbacher gas engines and Waukesha gas engines.


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