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

ABB to provide $35m HVDC upgrade in Canada

Jul 22 - Swiss engineering firm ABB is to provide a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link upgrade for the New Brunswick and Hydro Québec grids in southeast Canada.

The project is estimated to cost £35 million and will include installation of ABB’s MACH control and protection system and the upgrade of the valves and valve cooling system.

Siemens to build first European onshore power supply for cruise ships

Jul 22 -  German energy firm Siemens is to build the first European onshore power supply for cruise ships.

The company will supply a turnkey onshore power supply  for the  Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).  The system will supply electricity to cruise ships at the Hamburg Altona cruise terminal of all common sizes and electrical system designs, allowing them to turn off their own diesel generators and reduce harmful emissions during lay days.


SocGen sees full-year gas demand drop 8.5%

Jul 21 – In light of a 18.1% drop in Europe's gas demand since the start of this year, the French investment bank Societe Generale has revised down its full-year gas demand forecast from -5% to -8.5%.
The bank's 'focus group' represents 63% if total EU-28 gas consumption, building on data from Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Norway test carbon capture to produce omega rich algae

Jul 21 - A pilot project at Norway's Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) aims to capture carbon dioxide from power plants to grow omega-3 fatty acid-rich algae for fish feed.

If successful the novel solution will not only cut greenhouse emissions but will also boost Norway's aquaculture industry which is worth US$10.2 billion per year.​

AFC to develop South Korean fuel cell project

Jul 18 - Industrial fuel cell power company AFC Energy is to partner with Daniel Inc, a fuel cell focused power plant owner and development company in South Korea.

An initial project will develop a 1MW fuel cell system with a follow-on option for a further 3MW project making a total potential sales value of approximately $15 million.


Clarke Energy reaches 4GW total installed generation capacity

Jul 18 - UK turbine manufacturer Clarke Energy announced it has reached a total installed generation capacity 4 GW worldwide.

The company an authorised distributor and server provider for GE's Jenbacher gas engines and provides engineering, installation and maintenance for gas-fuelled combined heat and power plants ranging from 0.3-90 MW

Alstom to supply power transformers to grid operator Amprion

Jul 17 - French equipment manufacturer Alstom has won a contract to deliver six large power transformers to German grid operator Amprion.

The transformers will have rated power of 350 MVA / 400 kV and 600 MVA / 400 kV  and will be manufactured in Alstom’s Mönchengladbach plant, for delivery in late 2015. The project will modernise the substations in Niederstedem, Urberach, Pfungstadt and Walsum in Germany.

Silhospprodukt plans biogas plant in Ukraine

Jul 17 - Ukraine power firm Silhospprodukt plans to commission the first stage of a biogas plant in Kiev in 2015.

The plant will have a capacity of 2.25 MW and will be located at the existing Rokytne sugar factory.

Russia proposes BRICS energy bloc

Jul 16 -  Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed forming a new energy bloc comprised of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

The proposal includes an institute for energy safety, to increase the energy security of emerging nations, as well as a reserve fuel bank.

Enventure Partners proposes $450m Oakwood plant

jul 15 - U.S. developer Enventure Partners has propsed a $450 million gas-fired power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. 

The plant will produce 430 MW of output but has so far met opposition from local residents over water usage.

Danskammer plans 500 MW gas plant on Hudson river

Jul 15 - U.S. power producer Danskammer Energy has announced plans to convert its Hudson river coal plant into a 500 MW natural gas plant.

The Danskammer power plant in Newburgh is expected to be producing power from gas by the end of this year and will comprise two combined cycle turbine units.

Imperial Oil plans 43 MW gas-fired cogen plant in Alberta

Jul 15 - Canadian energy company Imperial Oil plans to build a 43 MW gas-fired cogeneration plant in Strathcona County, Alberta.

The project would deliver excess heat to power processes at the company’s Strathcona Refinery and is ucrrently awaiting approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission.

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