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

Fortum completes construction of Nyngan CCGT in Russia

Sept 30 – The third unit and final at Fortum's Nyagan Power Plant in Western Siberia has passed comprehensive and certification tests that precede commissioning, finishing 15 months ahead of schedule.
Capacity payments for 418 MW of the Nyagan CCGTs total capacity of 1,260 MW are scheduled to start under the Russian government's Capacity Supply Agreement (CSA) as of 1 January 2015.

Malampaya gas supply to last until 2030

Sept 30 – Power producers in the Philippines can draw from natural gas supply form the vast Malampay gas field until at least 2030, energy secretary Jericho Petialla said, extending the estimated depletion date by six year. Reserves depend largely on the usage for gas-fired power generation, notably by three plants in Batangas with a combined capacity of 2,700 MW.

Ansaldo wins €170m power plant contract from Algaria's SEP

Sept 29 – Sociéte Algérienne de Production de l'Electricité (SPE), part of Sonelgaz group, has assigned Ansaldo Energia a contract worth €170 million to supply an open-cycle power plant in Algeria. The Ain Djasser 3 plant, to be driven by two 170 MW gas turbines, will be situated in the province of Batna in central Algeria about 350 km south of the capital Algiers.​

Carlyle buys 6 Georgia-based gas power plants

Sept 29 – The Carlyle Group, an alternative asset manager, has acquired 75.05% of the outstanding interests and operational control of Southeast PowerGen, a portfolio of six gas-fired power plants in Georgia, from ArcLight Capital Partners and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC. The acquisition increases the size of Carlyle's power plant portfolio to more than 4,300 MW.

Nigeria's needs upstream enabling law, not gas price increase

Sept 26 – Recent increases in Nigeria's domestic gas price are intended to advance domestic gas production to make more supply available for power generation. However, critics discard this as a solution and call for a specific law that enables further gas exploration.​

U.S. signs first-ever energy deal with Pakistan

Sept 26 – The United States Consul General Gabriel Escobar signed its first-ever energy partnership with Pakistan, granting $1 million to Pakhtunkhwa Hydel Development Organisation to conduct a feasibility study on the viability of a 400-435 MW gas turbine combined cycle plant in KP province.

German wind power output up 23%

Sept 25 – Wind power production in Germany increased 23% to a record high of 36 TWh in the first eight months of the year, according to the country's energy industry association BDEW.

In the first half of this year, 1,831 MW of new wind power capacity started operation, increasing Germany's total wind capacity to 36,017 MW. The government aims for about 2.5 GW of new onshore wind power capacity coming online each year.


Abogena wins power transmission project in Costa Rica

Sept 25 – Abengoa has been selected to supply, construct, test and commission a 230 kV power transmission substation in Costa Rica. The Siemens-lead power transmission project is worth $15.7 million.

Foster Wheeler to upgrade West Virginia power plant

Sept 24 – Equipment manufacturer Foster Wheeler won an order to improve an air quality system at a natural gas-fired power plant in West Virginia.

The contract with Longview Power will include work to its wet flue gas desulfurization unit at the Longview Power plant in Maidsville.

ABB to provide expertise on energy efficiency for UN

Sept 24 – Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to join the United Nations network for equipment efficiency to provide expertise on energy efficient motors and transformers.

The initiative is designed to help governments devise policies that accelerate energy savings.

China's coal power ban to take effect Jan-2015

Sept 23 – New regulations issued by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) gives a timeline for the ban for the use of coal with more than 16% ash and 3% sulphur for power generation at the start of 2015. The ban is aimed at improving air quality in China's most densely populated regions.

Alaska needs to improve power transmission; RCA

Sept 23 – Though Alaska has an adequate power supply, its transmission infrastructure is "insufficient" which could be strained further by new Environmental Protection Agency requirements, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska warned. Utilities have spent about $1.2 billion on new power plants but the state still needs to invest roughly $900 million to upgrade transmission lines to fully reap the benefits of the new capacity.

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