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

Construction on Russia-China pipeline slated to start in September

Aug 22 – The construction of the ‘Power of Siberia’ transcontinental pipeline between Russia and China may start as soon as September 1.

The massive pipeline follows a 30 year deal that will see Russia supply 1.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year to China.

Modi inaugurates Mouda Super Thermal Power Project

Aug 22 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commissioned the 1,000MW stage I of Mouda Super Thermal Power Project to the nation at Mouda in Nagpur.

The project will have a final capacity of 2,320 MW upon completion, with a 1,320 MW) stage II of the project due to start soon.

Macallan distillery to install £74m CHP plant

Aug 20 - UK power developer Estover Energy is to build a  £74m combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Macallan whisky distillery in Speyside, north-eastern Scotland.

The proposed plant will produce 87.4 GWh per annum of electricity per year and will be part funded by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).


ABB launches new gas-insulated switchgear (GIS)

Aug 20 - Swiss power and automation group ABB has announced an improvement to its switchgear technology that deploys a new insulation gas mixture as a substitute for sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

This newgas mixture replaces SF6 gas now used in switchgear and can substantially lower environmental impact of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS).

Ingersoll Rand to acquire centrifugal compression division from Cameron for $850m

Aug 19 - Irish engineering firm Ingersoll Rand has announced plans to acquire the centrifugal compression division of U.S. firm Cameron International Corp (CAM) for $850 million.

The business provides centrifugal compression equipment and aftermarket parts and services for global industrial applications, air separation, gas transmission and process gas and saw sales of $400 million in 2013.

Plans for 1,600 MW Bhopal plant shelved

Aug 19 - A 1,600 MW power plant in Bhopal, India has been shelved due to lack of funding for the $1.7 bilion project .

The plant would have been a joint venture project between MP Power Generating Company (MPPGCL) and BHEL in the Madhya Pradesh state.

ContourGlobal signs PPA with SENELEC for 53MW Sengal plant

Aug 18 - U.S. energy firm ContourGlobal has signed an agreement with the Senegalese national utility, Societe Nationale d'Electricite du Senegal (SENELEC), to construct a 53 MW thermal gas power plant in Dakar, Senegal.

The organisations signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the plant which is designed to burn either heavy fuel oil or natural gas when completed in 2015.

Mississippi Power starts operations at 700 MW Kemper County plant

Aug 18 - U.S. energy firm Mississippi Power has started operations at its 700 MW Kemper County power plant in eastern Mississippi.

The $5.5 billion plant is currently operating on pipeline gas but ultimatley will use syngas created from lignite coal.

Armenia approves $600m gas power project

Aug 15 – The Armenian government has authorized Anaklia IEP Holdings to build a 540 MW gas power plant which will be driven by two 270 MW GE gas turbines , natural resources minister Yervand Zakharyan said late Thursday at a cabinet meeting.

The project is estimated to cost an estimated $600 million and to be implemented in 18 months. Most of the electricity produced at the plant is earmarked for export.

Foster Wheeler licensee wins to HRSG contracts

Aug 15 – BHI Co., a licensee of Foster Wheeler's Global Power Group, has been awarded two contracts to design and supply Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) to plants in Thailand and South Korea.

Mitsubishi Corp ordered four HRSGs for the 240 MW Bangpoo cogeneration plant, scheduled to be on-line by third quarter 2016. Additionally, Daewoo Engineering & Construction ordered two HRSGs for the Pocheon 940 MW combined-cycle power plant IPP project, slated to come on-line first quarter 2017.

RWE earnings hit by subsidized energy

Aug 13 – RWE, Germany's largest power producer by capacity, today reported a 40% drop in H1 operating profit to €2.27 billion, blaming pressure on electricity prices due to subsidized renewable power sources and weak economic growth. 

"Conventional power generation is losing ground, not just at RWE," said chief executive Peter Terium, reiterating calls for introducing a capacity market in Germany.

Tata aims to boost capacity to 18,000-MW

Aug 14 - Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, announced plans to increase its generation capacity from currently 11,866 MW to around 18,000 MW by 2022, including 4,000 MW of distribution.

In the clean energy sector, Tata operates 240 MW of waste gas based generation along with 460 MW of wind power, 447 MW of hydro energy and 54 MW of solar power.

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