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

Con Edison Development buys GE energy storage

Apr 17 – In California's central valley, Con Edison Development (CED) will install an 8 MWh battery energy storage, able to provide 2 MW of electricity over a four hour period. The GE storage solution will be utilising Mark VIe-based plant control, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion batteries.

Air filters market to surpass $19bn by 2020

Apr 17 – Global markets for air filtration is forecast to reach a value of $19 billion before the end of the decade, according to TechSci Research. Air filters are required for gas turbines as well as for applications in heating, air conditioning systems and locomotive air filtration for cabin and engine air.

Malampaya gas bids to start today

Apr 16 – The operating consortium of the Malampaya deep water-to-gas power project in the West Philippines Sea is about to start the bidding process for its unused or banked gas. A prequalification conference for interested bidders will be held on April 16.
Members of the Malampaya consortium include Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX), Chevron Malampaya, PNOC Exploration and Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).

Iraq: MHPS to refurbish Hartha Power Unit 4

Apr 16 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has won an order from the Iraqi electricity ministry to refurbish of Unit 4 (200 MW) at the Hartha Thermal Power Station, which incorporates both gas- and oil-fired units. Works, scheduled for completion in May 2017, "require large-scale replacement of core components of the plant's seriously degraded power generation facilities," MHPS said.

Kentucky's first CCGT to start up soon

Apr 15 – Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have begun "steam blows" at their new 640-MW Cane Run Unit 7 combined cycle gas turbine plant, located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Louisville. Cane Run is one of several projects planned or under way that will add about 2,000 MW of gas power to replace retiring coal capacity.

LitPol, 910 MW of gas power capacity to start up in 2015

Apr 15 – Apart from LitPol, a planned 1000 MW interconnector between the Baltic transmission grid and Poland, construction of 910 MW gas-fired capacity will be completed by the end of this year.
Works have started on the Tauron-build 450 MW Stalowa Wola CHP and the 473 MW Wloclawek CHP, built by supplier PKN Orlen, with both plants scheduled to start operation by December 2015.

Alstom high-voltage equipment uses SF6-free gas

Apr 14 – At the 2015 Hanover Fair, Alstom has launched two high-voltage applications using g3 (green gas for grid), a gas mixture that can replace SF6 for air- or gas-insulated switchgear.
The first application is a pilot project for a 420 kV g3-insulated busbar, to be supplied to UK's National Grid for use at -25°C in a 300 meter power line in Sellindge, Kent.

Gas turbines fired at Santos GLNG

Apr 14 – Two of the six new 12 MW gas turbine generators at the Santos-owned GLNG site on Curtis Island have been fired up, helping to make the facility self-sufficient. Construction contractor Bechtel has shifted to commissioning the on-site power generation systems after first gas reached the liquefaction plant in early March. First LNG is scheduled in the second half of 2015.

German gas use up 7.4% in Q1'15

Apr 13 – Unseasonably cold winter weather in February and March has propelled up gas consumption in Germany by 7.4% in the first quarter of this year, while electricity use rose 2.2% over the same period. Energy industry group BDEW pointed out demand from industry did not account for the rise in both gas and electricity use.

Malta resorts to importing electricity

Apr 13 – The Government of Malta has missed its targeted start-up date for a gas-fired power plant, so it tried to promote the launch of new 120 km interconnector between Sicily and Malta as an "important milestone", although the project was partly funded by the EU.
Lack of financing and reliable gas supply are hampering the development of the 144 MW Delimara power project, but the Maltese government insists preliminary studies for a gas pipeline from Italy would be "at an advanced stage."

Gunvor starts trading gas, power out of London

Apr 13 – Swiss Gunvor Group, one of the largest independent oil trading houses, has opened an office in London to expand its current Geneva-based power and gas desk.

Duke Energy CCGT project gets environmental nod

Apr 10 – Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has given the initial green light to Duke Energy's soon to be built CCGT in Citrus County. The gas-fired plant is set to be located at the operator's existing Crystal River Energy Complex.

Toshiba opens hydrogen energy research centre

Apr 10 – Expanding its clean energy business, Toshiba has opened a Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center (HRDC) in western Tokyo. The 900 square metre center will include a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), solar photovoltaic generation systems, fuel cells and others apparatus required to conduct experiments on the use of hydrogen.


Bloomberg donates $30m to curb coal power in the U.S.

Apr 9 – Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating an additional $30 million to Sierra Club, which targets to replace half the coal plants in the U.S: with renewable energy by 2017. "Coal's days are numbered. It is an outdated technology," he commented.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity dismissed the move, stressing "the notion that 5% of the energy our country gets from wind and solar can somehow replace the 40% of electricity Americans get from coal is simply absurd."

Syria: German firm eyes building 360 MW gas power plant

Apr 9 – Syria's electricity ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German BARO International company with a view to building new electricity generators. The first proposed 360 MW plant will run on gas, BARO said but stressed it is ready to cooperate with Syria on additional conventional capacity and renewable energy sources.

Shell to buy BG in £47bn deal

Apr 8 – Royal Dutch Shell says it agreed cash and share offer to buy BG Group at a cost of 47 billion pounds ($70bn) – a 50% premium on BG Group's share price on 7 April.
"Bold, strategic moves shape our industry. BG and Shell are a great fit," said Shell CEO Ben van Beurden when disclosing the deal, which was sealed when the suitor BG had a market capitalization of around 31 billion pounds.

Dynegy closes Duke Midwest acquisition

Apr 8 – Houston-based merchant generator Dynegy Inc. has finalised the acquisition of Duke Energy's commercial generation assets and retail business in the Midwest. The 11 Duke power stations, located mostly in Ohio, will add 6.100 MW of generating capacity to Dynergy's portfolio and boost electricity sales into the PJM market. The acquisition price was $2.8 billion in cash at closing.
Regulatory approval was also given for Dynegy's purchase of Midwest power plants from Energy Capital Partners. With these transactions, Dynegy now owns nearly 26,000 MW of generating capacity in eight states – almost double of its previous capacity.

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