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

Most US states ‘on track’ to meet Clean Power Plan

Sept 27 – Though 27 US states have challenged more stringent emissions targets set out by the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, claimants such as the states of Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota are already well on track to meet early targets. Federal policies that incentivise clean generation are seen pushing most of the rest toward timely compliance with EPA rules.

TenneT hikes grid fees by 80%

Sept 27 – German households will have to pay €30 more per year for electricity as grid operator TenneT plans to raise its grid fees by 80% in early 2017. “The main reason for this increase is that the grid expansion doesn’t progress as fast as renewables development,” Urban Keussen, TenneT board chairman told Handelsblatt. Around 95% of the additional costs were due to the rising number of measures to stabile the gird and only 5% resulted from grid expansion, he said.

Price range for Innogy IPO determined

Sept 26 – Preparations for the IPO of Innogy have entered their final stage as RWE determined the share price for its spinoff to range from 32 to 36 euros. Innogy would be valued between €17.8 billion and €20 billion and RWE will remain the majority shareholder with 75-82% of shares, the company stated. With a total of 101 million shares to be placed, Innogy could receive gross proceeds from the IPO of up to €2 billion, while RWE expects to get around €1.6 billion.

RWG to overhaul Avon engines in Thailand

Sept 26 – Chevron has contracted Aberdeen-based RWG to overhaul of two Siemens Industrial Avon gas generators, before the end of this year. The scope of RWG’s work includes complete disassembly, detailed inspection, component repair and reassembly, followed by performance testing prior to return to customer. The two Industrial Avon engines, used at Chevron’s offshore gas production rigs in Thailand, have operated reliably in gas compression duty for over 30,000 hours since their last overhaul.

Himoinsa gensets support Romania’s gas network

Sept 23 – Transgaz, Romania’s national gas transportation company, has turned to Himoinsa gas generator sets to help ensure the stable operation of its pipelines. Four HGP-100 T5 NG models, equipped with PSI motors, have been supplied to Transgaz. All gensets will be powered by with the same gas that Transgaz transports, making the fuel readily available and avoiding the use of more costly diesel fuel.

Siemens opens service centre in Nigeria

Sept 23 – A new workshop to service Siemens gas turbines and DresserRand compressors in West Africa has just been opened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Catering for both businesses under one roof, according to the OEM also allows to service flow valves and non-OEM rotating and reciprocating equipment.

Tests start for SOFC-MGT hybrid power gen

Sept 22 - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has started demonstration testing of a pressurized hybrid power generation system integrating a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack and a micro gas turbine (MGT). The Japanese manufacturer said it targets a commercial launch in fiscal 2017.

Microturbine market to top $940m by 2020

Sept 22 – Growing at a rate of 21% per year, the global microtrubine market is estimated to exceed $940 million before the end of the decade. Technavio analysis surveyed major vendors and evaluated trends on distributed power, notably .for micro-combustion turbines with an output range between 25 kW and 500 kW.

Fuel cell plant up in Mannheim

Sept 21 – The first European fuel cell of megawatt size is now operational in Mannheim, Germany, delivering heat and electricity virtually absent of pollutants. Jointly installed by E.ON and FuelCell Energy Solutions at Friatec, the plant went onstream at the start of this week and will now provide clean energy for Friatec’s material production process for at least ten years to come.

Marubeni, Sumitomo buy stake in NJ plant

Sept 21 – Japan’s Marubeni and Sumitomo have respectively acquired 35% and 10% interests in West Deptford Energy Holdings, which owns the 775 MW West Deptford combined-cycle gas power plant in New Jersey, US. Since its start-up in November 2014, the CCGT has supplied power to the north-eastern part of the PJM grid zone.

Most US states ‘on track’ to meet Clean Power Plan

Sept 20 – Though 27 US states have challenged more stringent emissions targets set out by the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, claimants such as the states of Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota are already well on track to meet early targets. Federal policies that incentivise clean generation are seen pushing most of the rest toward timely compliance with EPA rules.

Afghanistan reaches out to foreign energy investors

Sept 20 – In a US government-backed move, Afghanistan has sealed its first independent power producer (IPP) deal – a 10 MW solar project in Kandahar province, won by the Indian company Jaguar Overseas with a bid just below $0.08/kWh. Though small-scale, the first IPP is hoped to convince prospective investors to also back gas-fired IPPs as the head of Dabs utility said he would “soon award the first IPP contracts for a gas-fired plant.”

Blackstone, ArcLight pay $2.2bn for AEP plants

Sept 19 – American Electric Power has agreed to sell four of its power plants for $2.17 billion to Blackstone and ArcLight. The deal includes two gas power plants – the 840 MW Waterford Energy Center and the 507 MW Darby Generating Station – as well as three coal-fired plants, including the 2,6655 MW Gavin plant in Cheshire, Ohio.

Siemens places US bonds

Sept 19 – Siemens announced it has secured “favourable conditions” when issuing bonds worth $6.0 billion with maturities of three, five, seven, ten and thirty years. At the time of price fixing, the interest rate premium over comparable US government bonds averaged 10 basis points below the initial indication at the beginning of the marketing period.  Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes – notably refinancing of matured and outstanding debt, the German OEM said.

GE supplies transformers for Karpowerships

Sept 12 – Karadeniz Energy Group has selected GE to supply 16 power transformers to be installed in four Karpowership. These floating power barges, at up to 486 MW capacity, drop anchor at countries with urgent electricity needs, providing short-term power supply by connecting its onboard high-voltage transformers to the electrical grid.

Caithness-II project still on hold

Sept 9 – Caithness Energy’s 750-megawatt Caithness II gas power unit still remains in a holding pattern while regional lawmakers, utilities and investors continue to review market conditions and gauge Long Island’s future energy needs. The New York City-based utility proposed the second unit to supplement the operational 350 unit-I which started operations in 2009, providing baseload power plant for Long Island.

Summit Group raises $2.5bn for LNG-to-power

Sept 8 – Bangladeshi conglomerate Summit Group has joint forces with banks and EMA Power to raise $2.5 billion for setting up a LNG import terminal and several power plants with electricity generation capacity of 2,000 MW. It set up a project vehicle, Power International, that is partly owned by the International Finance Corporation, the IFC Emerging Asia Fund and EMA Power; the three parties dedicated $175.5 million in equity to the integrated LNG regas and power generation project.