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

Forte Oil asks Siemens to upgrade 414 MW power plant

June 30 – Nigeria's Forte Oil has announced it signed an $83 million contract with Siemens to upgrade its 414 MW gas-fired power plant. Works are scheduled to be completed next year.
Next to its fuel retail business, Forte Oil has also bought several power plant assets in Nigeria which were privatised some two years ago in a bid to liberalise the market and end the recurring blackouts.

New Zealand: Genesis Energy retires 250 MW Rankine unit

June 30 – Auckland-based Genesis Energy has decided to retire the 250 MW Rankine unit at its Huntly power station, saying the unit was not needed by the wholesale market even during dry periods and low hydro power supply. The gas- and coal-fired unit has been in long-term storage but will be finally shut down over the summer. Genesis will keep two coal/gas units and two other gas-fired units operational at the Huntly plant.

Summit spends $1bn to add 1.3 GW of new capacity

June 29 – The Bangladesh-based Summit Group plans to invest over $1 billion and generate around 1,310 MW by 2020. The biggest plant project is set to add 600 MW and will help dent India's anticipated rise in electricity demand of 7% per year.

"We must access and develop regional hydroelectricity potentials and nuclear energy. But fossil fuel will remain our main energy source for many years to come," Summit finance director Ayesha Aziz Khan told reporters.

GE wins $1bn order in Indonesia

June 29 – GE has won an order worth $1 billion for 400 mobile gas-based turbines with capacity 25 MW from the Indonesian state-own electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
The gas turbines will be used by PLN to build 1,000 MW gas-fired power generation capacity in the border areas of West and East Indonesia. About 15% of Indonesia's population currently has no access to electricity.

Appalachian Power plans $64m investment in upgrade works

June 26 – U.S. electricity producer Appalachian Power expects upgrades to its network to cost more than $64.8 million.

The company issued the estimate in response to enquiries by the Public Service Commission and expects to spend even more for permits and pipelines to convert several recently retired coal-fired power plants to natural gas.

Fitters Diversified to commission Baling biogas plant in 2016

June 26 – Malaysian power producer Fitters Diversified Bhd has announced that its Baling biomass plant will commence operationin February 2016 and is expected to supply electricity to the national grid for 16 years.

The Baling plant generates biogas from palm oil mill effluent (POME) in a biogas capture plant and converts it to electricity using biogas engine generators.

Landis+Gyr win Finnish MW-class BESS order

June 25 – Smart metering specialist Landis+Gyr has won a major order to supply a battery energy storage system (BESS) to Finnish energy utility Helen Ltd.

The megawatt-class BESS will feature a 1.2MW-0.6 MWh SCiB lithium-ion battery and will be located at a site next to the Suvilahti solar power plant.

Lukoil commissions 153 MW Stavropol CCGT-135

25 June – Russian energy firm Lukoil has officially commissioned its 153 MW CCGT-135 combined cycle power plant in in Budennovsk Vagit Alekperov.

The plant will supply power to the Russian Wholesale Power Market (RWPM) under the Capacity Supply Agreement (CSA) signed by Lukoil. 

Frost predicts 8.7% growth in ASEAN power automation and control sector

June 24 – Strong demand from the power and infrastructure industry in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar has driven growth in the automation and control sector, according to new research by consultancy Frost & Sullivan.

Estimates from Frost suggest that the Automation and Control Market in Emerging ASEAN Countries—Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar - generated total market earned revenues of $198 million in 2014 and estimates this will reach $300 million in 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 8.7%.

Alstom wins €260m Chilean substation order

June 24 – French equipment manufacturer Alstom has won an order from Transmisión Eléctrica del Norte (TEN) to supply four turnkey substations for Chile's first interconnection system, the Mejillones - Cardones transmission line.

TEN, a subsidiary of E-CL, will pay approximately €260 million for the installation of three new 500 kV substations in Chacayita, Los Changos and Cumbres, as well as the expansion of the Nueva Cardones substation. The project isdue to be completed in 2017.

Parker Aerospace forms new Gas Turbine PowerGen Division

June 23 – U.S. equipment manufacturer Parker Aerospace has announced the formation of a new Gas Turbine PowerGen Division to focus on growing its power generation business.

The firm’s new division will work closely with Parker Hannifin Corporation’s global energy market team will be based in Parker’s existing facility in Mount Holly, South Carolina.

ABB launches new LVR solutions

23 June – Swiss technology developer ABB has announced the launch of its new line voltage regulator (LVR) product family.

The LVR solutions are designed to  address stability issues caused by increasing levels of renewables entering power networks.

OMPA commissions $90m gas-powered plant

June 22 - The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) has commissioned the $90 million Charles D. Lamb Energy Center.

The 103 MW natural gas plant is a simple-cycle facility north of Ponca City. Construction on the plant was completed in late April.

Sask Power launches CCTF in Estevan

June 22 - Canadian power producer SaskPower has announced the launch of its new Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) in  Estevan, Canada.

SaskPower’s CCTF will provide practical data to global scientists and engineers and offers unique laboratory services.

American PSEG Power building CCGT

June 19 - American privately-owned utility Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG Power) has bought the 755 MW Keys Energy Center project from Genesis Power LLC and plans to begin construction of the natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant this year, a PSEG subsidiary said Wednesday. The new 735 MW, CCGT is being built in Prince George’s County, Maryland. PSEG Power has a firm gas transportation contract on the Dominion Cove Point Pipeline, which commences at an interconnection with the Transco pipeline in Virginia.

Kazakistan gets grants for district heating

June 19 - A group of European bodies is funding municipal improvements in Kazakistan, paving the way for district heating. The US-owned European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing loans while the EU and the Kazakh authorities are providing grants to support the Bank’s activities. The first city to participate in the new programme is the regional capital Kyzylorda, which will pilot improvements for the water, wastewater and district heating sectors.

Hot weather creates US gas power demand

June 18 - Wall Street Journal reports demand for gas-fired power in central and midwestern US states has helped push up prices for natural gas several times this week, with expectations the weather could interrupt supply and create strong demand for gas-fired power. One US tropical storm has already hit and hot weather is forecasted.

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