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

Caterpillar launches offshore power gen module

Sept 19 - Caterpillar Oil & Gas has launched its Offshore Power Generation Module with a turnkey EPC scope for a single-lift, modular power plant product that is scalabel from 4 to 17.3 eMW per module.

The system is designed to run on liquid, diesel, crude and heavy fuel oil, gas or in dual-fuel mode.


China on top for renewable developments - EY

Sept 19 - China's renewables market is ranked as 'the most attractive destination' for investors while Europe and the U.S. are falling behind compared with wind and solar devolopments in emerging markets, according to Ernst & Young's Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published this week.

ABB wins $14m transformer order in Saudi Arabia

Sept 18 - Swiss manufacturer ABB has won a $14 million transformer order in Saudi Arabia.

The transformers will enhance power supply around Riyadh and the Central Region with supply of power transformers, shunt reactors and station service transformers that will be incorporated in a substation.

Alstom to connect Greek islands to ENTSO-E network

Sept 18- Alstom has won a contract worth €35 million from the Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) for the turnkey supply of four gas-insulated substations (GIS) in Greece.

The turnkey project see Alstom supply three GIS substations of 170 kV each to replace small existing power plants on the islands of Mykonos, Paros and Syros. These substations will be connected to a fourth substation in Lavrion near Attica.

Equipment will be manufactured from Alstom units in Switzerland, France, Finland and Turkey.

GE and Dalian receive approval for gas turbine-powered LNG carrier

Sept 17 – turbine manufacturer GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have received Approval in Principle (AiP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design.

Lloyd’s Register issued the AiPfor the novel concept not covered by traditional classification rules.

Construction starts on FutureGen CCS project

Sept 17 – Construction work has begun on the FutureGen project in Illinois which aims to capture carbon dioxide from a rebuilt power plant.

The project has received federal pledges of $1 billlion but has faced legal action for over a decade

US geothermal power to quadruple by 2040

Sept 16 – Geothermal electricity generation in the U.S. could more than quadruple between 2012 and 2040 (increasing to over 67,000 GWh), helping California and other states with renewable portfolio standards satisfy their mandated renewable generation requirements, the EIA forecasts.

There are currently 64 operating conventional geothermal power plants in the United States, accounting for nearly 2,700 MW of total capacity at the end of 2013. Over three-fourths of U.S. geothermal power are in California, largely due to favorable geothermal resources, policy, and market conditions in the state.


Ground breaking for Coldwater gas power project

Sept 16 – A formal ground-breaking ceremony is being held today to lay foundations for three 4.4 MW gas turbines and generators to be delivered to a new gas power project near the City of Coldwater, feeding into the grid of Midwest Independent System Operators (MISO).

The power units came at a cost of $9.6 million and the City of Coldwater approved borrowing up to $16 million for the project, which is being built through the Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA).

ABB wins $30 million order for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS)

Sept 15 - Swiss  manufacturer ABB has won an order worth over $30 million from Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) to supply gas-insulated switchgear (GIS).

ABB’s order includes design, supply and commissioning of ABB’s 550 kilovolt (kV) GIS type ELK-3, a compact and modular solution that offers increased reliability and safety.

UK’s National Grid issues tender for additional reserves

Sept 15 – The UK’s National Grid has issued a tender for the supply of additional generation reserves this winter via the Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) service.

Demand is driven by uncertainty over the availability of generating plants over the coming winter.

RWE to extend cost saving initiative

Sept 12 - German power producer RWE is to extend cost cuts at power plants due to tough market conditions.

The firm's "RWE Neo" programme is currently aiming to save €800 million but that will be increased by several hundred million euros, according to the Rheinische Post.

Aquino launches 420 MW Pagbilao III Power Plant

Sept 12 - Filipino president Benigno S. Aquino III launched the 420 MW Pagbilao III Power Plant project.

The plant located in in Barangay Ibabang Polo, Pagbilao, Quezon province is expected to take 37 months to construct  construction of the plant.

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