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

Gemma Power receives full notice to proceed on CCGT

Oct 6 - NTE Ohio, an affiliate of NTE Energy, has given Gemma Power Systems (GPS) the full notice to proceed with EPC activities for the Middletown Energy Center located in Butler County, Ohio. The 475 MW combined-cycle plant is estimated to be completed by GPS in the spring of 2018.


Record short-selling on US gas contracts

Oct 6 – Traders have increased their net-short positions in four US gas contracts by 26% in the week ended Sept. 29, the highest level in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data going back to 2010. Gas futures plunged to a 3-year low amid expanding production from Marcellus and Utica Shale, record inventory levels as well as lower gas demand for power generator due to higher than average temperatures.


Construction on Middletown CCGT to start ‘immediately’

Oct 5 – After closing a financing deal late on Friday, NTE Energy announced construction works on its $645 million gas power plant project in Middletown will “commence immediately”. Operational start of the Middletown Energy Center is slated for 2018, with NTE suggesting the CCGT “could produce more than 500 megawatts of electric power year-round.”


SP Services cuts power tariffs on cheap gas

Oct 2 - Electricity tariffs in Singapore will be reduced by an average of 9.3 per cent, or 2.06 cents per kWh, in the fourth quarter of this year. SP Services explained the cut from Oct 1 to Dec 31 is due to the lower cost of natural gas for electricity generation which fell by 18.4% compared to Q3 2015.

South Africa’s CDC plans 2nd gas power plant

Oct 1 – State-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said its tender for an environmental impact assessment for a gas-fired power project has received “overwhelming number of responses.” Though CDC did not reveal the planned capacity of the project, it said the plant would be located less than 4km from the 400kV Dedisa substation. If realised, it would be CDC’s second gas-fired asset in the Coega IDZ after the 342MW Dedisa peaking plant.

Caterpillar to install 38.8 MW in Minnesota

Sept 30 – Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), a collective agency of 18 municipal utilities, has selected Caterpillar to install four Cat G20CM34 generator sets for a new power plant project in Owatonna, Minnesota. Construction of the 38.8 MW plant is scheduled to start in early 2016.

Korea: GS EPS starts up 105 MW biomass plant

Sept 29 – Oman Oil Company’s venture in South Korea’s power sector, GS EPS Co, has inaugurated the largest biomass power plant in Asia with a capacity of 105 MW. The plant was built at a cost of $273 million and is operated by GS EPS, a 30:70 joint venture between OOC and GS Holdings.

EU label to improve micro-CHP awareness

Sept 28 – New regulations on energy labelling and eco-design requirements for space heaters, which came into force on 26 September, are expected to result in annual fuel savings of around 45 Mtoe by 2020, corresponding to 110 Mt of CO2 emissions. The industry group COGEN Europe supports greater use of micro-CHP as it “gives households and small businesses the opportunity to produce their own electricity and therefore actively participate in the energy market.”

Gas engine market to grow 7.85% by 2019

Sept 29 – The global gas engine market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.85% over the period 2014-2019, according to a Sandler Research report. Vendors made significant R&D efforts over the past decade to improve gas engine shaft efficiency in a bid to achieve fuel savings, while improved combustion processes and after-treatment of the exhaust reduced NOx and UHC emissions.

Wärtsilä wins 40 MW contract in Kazakhstan

Sept 28 – A 40 MW Smart Power Generation power plant, powered by four Wärtsilä 34SG gas engines, will provide electricity and steam for process industry near the city of Aktau. Finnish Wärtsilä won an order to supply the plant which is scheduled to be operational in late 2016.

Phillipines: FirstGen secures $200m term loan

Sept 25 – First Gen Corp. has closed a $200-million loan with BDO Unibank to finance the capital expenditures such as the 414 MW San Gabriel CCGT and the 97 MW Avion open-cycle plant. Both projects are located near the operation of the 1,000 MW Santa Rita CCGT in Batangas on Luzon in the Philippines

TIAC to boost power output at Pueblo Airport station

Sept 25 – Stellar Energy will supply a turbine inlet air chilling (TIAC) system for Black Hills Energy’s Pueblo Airport Generating Station in Pueblo, Colorado. The project includes design, manufacturing, supply, and commissioning support for a TIAC system for the plant's GE LM6000 turbine. The TIAC enhancement is meant to deliver a 20% increase in power output for the plant during summer.

ABB wins $30m substation order in Algeria

Sept 24 – ABB has won orders worth around $30 million for the construction of a new 400-kilovolt (kV) substation to power a new steel complex in Algeria’s north-eastern Jijel province. The new substation will connect the steel complex to the national electricity grid.

Ener-Core turns landfill gas to clean power

Sept 24 – Power oxidation technology supplied by Ener-Core will use low-quality gas created from solid waste decomposition to produce electricity for a waste & recycling site in California. Ener-Core has won a $900,000 order to supply and install its 250 kW Powerstation EC250 at the closed Santiago Canyon Landfill in Orange County.

Finland: NA4 CHP to be commissioned in late-2017

Sept 23 – The multi-fuel combined heat and power plant NA4 CHP is under construction at the existing site of three coal-fired power plants in Naantali, Finland. The engineering phase began in May 2014 and commissioning is due before the end of 2017.
Once operational, NA4 will replace NA1 and reduce the capacity of NA2. Developed at a cost of €260 million ($291m), the CHP project is jointly owned by Fortum (49.5%), Turku Energia (39.5%), city of Raisio (5%), city of Kaarina (3%) and city of Naantali (3%).

Siemens targets to be climate neutral by 2030

Sept 22 – Aiming to be the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, Siemens announced it will invest some €100 million over the next three years. The German OEM plans to cut its CO2 emissions –currently about 2.2 million tons a year – in half by 2020.

Nebras Power eyes Sumatra gas power project

Sept 22 – Qatar’s Nebras Power has signed an agreement with Indonesian utility PT PLN on a feasibility study for the building of a 500 MW gas-fired power plant to meet demand in northern Sumatra. Plans include the construction of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to supply gas to the power plant which is meant to start commercial operation by 2019.