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

Pakistan to privatise LNG-to-power plants

Jul 29 – Pakistan has decided to privatise LNG-based power plants of 3,600 MW that are being built in Punjab to cope with the persistent electricity shortfall in the country. Three CCGTs with a cumulative capacity of 3,600MW are being developed in the public sector at Bhikki, Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah in Punjab, which will consume imported LNG as fuel.

Wärtsilä supplies a 23 MW plant to Indonesia

Jul 29 – Wärtsilä will supply a 23 MW gas engine-driven power plant to PT. Berkah Kawasan Manyar Sejahtera (BKMS), the developer of an industrial and port estate in Java, Indonesia. The turn-key order includes three Wärtsilä 34DF engines running primarily on natural gas, with heavy fuel oil as backup. The plant is slated to start operation in summer 2017.

Nigeria’s new-build targets in doubt

Jul 28 – Lack of electricity transmission infrastructure is one of the stumbling blocks for Nigeria to reach its goal of tripling generating capacity from 3 GW last year to 105 GW by 2025. Yet, Ecobank analysts doubt that these targets can be achieved as multiple end-users refuse to pay their energy bills in anger over frequent blackouts. Fuel shortages and lack of project financing are further issues that have proved hard to overcome.

ABB to extend, upgrade Polish grid

Jul 28 – Poland’s national transmission system operator PSE has awarded orders worth $40 million to ABB to upgrade and expand the grid with energy-efficient transformers. As part of the order, ABB install five 450-megavolt ampere (MVA) units, two 500 MVA units and 10 units rated 275 MVA. All equipment will be manufactured in Lodz, Poland.

Smart meter market to top $14bn by 2021

Jul 27 –The smart electric meter market is set to grow 10% annually, expanding from $8.84 billion this year to $14.26 billion by 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets estimates. Three-phase smart electric meters have undergone rapid commercialisation over the past years, raising their acceptance levels over the cheaper single-phase meters.

TerniEnergyi and RGP jointly step up energy efficiency

Jul 27 – Roma and Gas & Power has formed an alliance with TerniEnergia, saying they seek to “answer to the growing demand for energy efficiency” in Italy’s private and public sector. The initiative will tackle decentralised power, cogeneration as well as energy efficiency in buildings and smart grids.

Uniper eyes asset sales, cost cuts

Jul 26 – Keen to curb costs, E.ON’s conventional power generation spin-off Uniper plans to divest parts of its business and cut jobs, CEO Klaus Schäfer told German media. “What’s clear: We’ll see job cuts of a considerable magnitude. Otherwise, we are not competitive in the difficult market environment,” he was quoted as saying.

CNPC, Gazprom approve MoU on gas power gen

Jul 26 – With construction of the ‘Power of Siberia’ gas pipeline running “strictly on schedule,” Gazprom and CNPC have approved the roadmaps for implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on underground gas storage and gas-fired power generation in China. A total of 38 Bcm/year of Russian gas will be delivered to China via the so-called eastern route under a 30-year agreement signed in late June.

Clock ticks for Victorville-2 sale

Jul 25 – Time is running out for the Californian city of Victorville to find a buyer for its hybrid gas & solar power project. A permit to build and operate the plant, held by the city since 2008, is about to expire – yet no investor can be found. There has been interest in the 300 acres site at Southern California Logistics Airport as strictly solar power, city spokeswoman Sue Jones said. "However, that would likely eliminate the full power plant option and is not something we are willing to give up on due to the ... investment," which is understood to amount to close to $76 million.

Siamgas snaps up stake in Myanmar CCGT

Jul 25 – Thai LPG trader Siam Gas Power Pte (SPW), a subsidiary of Siamgas and Petrochemicals, has bought a 30% stake in a 230-MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Myanmar. SWP paid $48 million to the plant's three current shareholders, notably MSN International, Asiatech Energy and Myanmar Lighting, an independent power producer.

British-Chinese JV for Loznica cogen project

Jul 22 – UK property developer Scarborough Group has joined forces with China National Electric Engineering (CNEEC) to construct a 240 MM combined-cycle gas cogeneration plant in Loznica, western Serbia. The project, subject to local approval, foresees the conversion of a coal-fired plant into a gas-fired CHP – at an estimated cost of €230 million. Construction of Phase I, set to provide 120 MW, is targeted to start in late 2016, and become operational by the end of 2018, Scarborough stated. Phase II construction for the remaining 120 MW is meant to be carried out one year later.

Kineticor power project to curb flaring

Jul 22 – Alberta-based Kineticor Resource Corp. has sealed long-term agreements with multiple oil and gas producers to build, own and operate the 100 MW Peace River Power Project. Once operational in Q2-2017, the power plant will be fuelled by associated gas – a by-product to oil upstream activates in Alberta that would otherwise get flared. The gas power project has an expected capital cost of over $100 million and will create up to 120 construction jobs.

Aramco awards contracts for $13.3bn Fadhili project

Jul 21 – State-run oil giant Saudi Aramco has handed out four engineering contracts, notably to France’s ENGIE and Saudi Electric Company (SEC), in a drive to complete construction works for the $13.3 billion Fadhili gas processing project by the end of 2019. The plan for Fadhili includes a 1,500 MW gas power plant.

Advanced testing of gear units

Jul 21 – Renk, part of the MAN Group, has opened a test facility for gear units in Augsburg, southern Germany. The manufacturer of special gear units and transmitters said it already received queries from external customers for third-party use of the test beds for prototypes.

Ghana awaits 450 MW barge by November

Jul 20 – Karpower Ghana is advancing talks with state-owned Eletricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as it seeks to boost Karpower’s generation capacity to 675 MW. To that end, a 450 MW power barge is currently constructed in Turkey and due to be shipped to Ghana in early November.

Wärtsilä teams up with Greensmith Energy

Jul 20 – Finnish Wärtsilä has entered a cooperation with US-based has entered Greensmith Energy as it seeks to make use of the GEMS platform to optimise the integration of hybrid energy systems. As a combined solution, Wärtsilä's gas gensets and solar PV, together with Greensmith's integration capabilities, is meant to provide sustainable and reliable power – particularly in regions with limited grid infrastructure.

Six CCGT projects underway in Ohio

Jul 19 – A boom in gas power plant projects is unfolding in Ohio – six plants with a combined capacity of 5,100 MW are in the making across the US Midwestern state. Four CCGTs are under construction, one is in the permitting phase with state regulators, and the sixth gas power project near Circleville is said to “soon to seek permits.”