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

Triton Power gas generators make inroads

Feb 10 – Natural gas-powered generator sets are increasingly used for backup power throughout the United States as new gensets are capable of operating on natural gas as well as a wide variety of non-pipe line gas; like propane. Triton Power gensets are available in sizes ranging from 10 to 350 kW.

Leaders of DEWA and Siemens meet in Dubai

Feb 10 –Saeed Mohammed Al-Tayer, CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has met with Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser at the World Government Summit in Dubai. The two companies are currently working on the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion. The project, worth AED1.47 billion ($0.4bn), will be completed by the end of April 2018.

Advanced Control Systems launches PRISM 11

Feb 9 – Smart grid automation provider Advanced Control Systems has launched the latest release of tis Precision Real-Time Information System Manager (PRISM) at DistribuTECH 2016. The 64-bit platform is designed to help utilities deliver real-time information and automate network processes up to ten times faster than with previous versions.

MHPS to refurbish Mongolia’s largest thermal plant

Feb 9 – Coal pulverisers will be installed by MHPS at the Ulaanbaatar Thermal Power Plant No.4 in a bid to remove coarse-grained particles to ensure high thermal efficiency of boiler units.
The Japanese OEM in January won another order to supply CCGT equipment for HK Electric’s Lamma Power Station Extension. Unit 10, with a capacity of 350 MW, is due to start-up in January 2020.

Sojitz buys CCGT in Sri Lanka from US utility

Feb 9 – Japan’s Sojitz Corp has acquired a 90% equity interest in AES Kelanitissa from the US utility AES Corp, through one of their subsidiaries. AES Kelanitissa owns and operates a 163 MW combined-cycle power plant on the outskirts of Colombo. The remaining 10% is held by the Sri Lankan conglomerate Hayleys.

13,000 homes without power in Britain

Feb 8 – Strom Imogen, with gusts of up to 80 miles per hour, has left over 13,000 homes in Cornwall and wider parts of south-west England without electricity.

EIB considers extending €115m loan to Egypt

Feb 8 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) is about to sign a €115 million loan with Egypt to establish a wind farm some 400 km southeast of Cairo and further decentralised power projects. The bank recently provided a $600m loan for the construction of the Damanhour combined-cycle gas power plant.
Once operational, the CCGT will have an installed capacity of 1800 MW and cater for Egypt’s rising power demand while partly replacing smaller and less efficient capacity.

US installed more solar PV than gas power

Feb 8 – More solar photovoltaic generators have been installed in the United States over the past year than new gas power capacity, a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds. The 6.0 GW of new gas-fired capacity was overpowered by 7.3 GW of new solar PV and 8.5 GW of wind power. A record 11 GW of coal power was retired and another 3 GW of planned closures announced.

Glut in oil and gas markets drain BG earnings

Feb 5 – BG Group has issued its final earnings just before the company will be folded into Shell later this month in a £36 billion deal. As all international oil companies, BG has been hit by the slump in global oil and gas prices.
For the quarter of 2015, earnings were 54% lower at $423 million, equalling £291 million. CEO Helge Lund said the company's performance would be “in line with or ahead of expectations.” Pre-tax profits for the full year recovered to $3 billion, after a loss of $2.3 billion in 2014.

Dominion to invest more than $10 million in operations facility

Feb 5 – Dominion is committed to investing $10.9 million and relocating their Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission (DCGT) headquarters and operations to Columbia, South Carolina. DCGT owns and operates nearly 1,500 miles of interstate natural gas transmission pipelines in South Carolina and southeastern Georgia.

Dresser-Rand exclusive supplier of Guascor engines for Kohler

Feb 4 – Siemens-owned Dresser-Rand has been named the exclusive supplier of Guascor gas engines for Kohler Power Systems’ (KPS) new line of large gas generators. 
These new gensets were specifically designed for prime or standby power applications, with nodes ranging from 425 kilowatts (kW) to 1,300 kW.

ABB to upgrade US power transmission link

Feb 4 – US power producer Great River Energy has awarded a $130 million order to ABB to upgrade an HVDC (high-voltage direct current) grid link. The ± 400 kilovolt HVDC interconnector helps transfer 1,000 MW of electricity between Underwood, North Dakota and Buffalo, Minnesota, a distance of 700 kilometers.
As part of the project scope, ABB will undertake the upgrade and life extension of the converter valves, valve cooling systems, control and protection systems.

DomRep to build gas pipeline to underpin new power projects

Feb 3 – AES Dominicana president Edwin de los Santos has announced plans to build a gas pipeline to the east of the island nation that is meant to underpin up to 1,000 MW of new gas-fired power generation capacity. Switching from fuel oil and diesel to natural gas has helped the utility save over RD$1.8 billion ($39m) in the past ten years.

Mosenergo investment program completed

Feb 3 –Start of full commercial operation of the CCGT-420 in Moscow has marked the completion of Gazprom’s Mosenergo investment program. The scheme saw construction of seven CCGT units with an aggregate capacity of 2.9 GW – more than 21% of the Gazprom’s total installed capacity.
Siemens gas and steam turbines, partly manufactured in Russia, were used at the latest CCGT-420 unit at the CCPP-20 of Mosenergo as well as at the Serov SDPP of OGK-2.

Georgia Power seeks to reduce peak demand by 1.9 GW

Feb 2 – Efficiency saving targets, set out by Georgia Power, seek to reduce peak demand by approximately 1,900 MW, which is 12% of the utility’s current load. 
In its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the generator also asked the regulator for the decertification of one coal power unit and two small oil-fired combustion turbines. Georgia Power also said it is seeking to divest its stake in an oil-fired unit in Intercession City, Florida to the majority owner Duke Energy Florida.

EBRD helps finance clean power gen in Kazahkstan

Feb 2 – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide a 5-year loan worth $5.9 million to Sagat Energy to finance the completion of construction and grid connection of cogeneration plant in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. The 11-MW facility will be powered by a gas-fired engine. 
Sagat Energy, a Kazakhstan registered project company, is fully owned by First Montana Capital.

Pipeline blast impacts Khor Mor power plant

Feb 1 – Dana Gas said on Sunday that a pipeline blast has temporarily halted gas supply to power plants in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, including the Khor Mor facility. The rupture occurred on a transmission pipeline between the Chemchemal and Erbil power stations, which also halved the output of these two plants for a few hours, Dana Gas said in a filing to the Abu Dhabi stock market.
Oil and gas production in the Khor Mor field has grown to reach 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (330mm cbf/d of gas and 15,000 bbl/d of condensates), with total investment to date approaching $1 billion.