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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

US turbine market to grow 0.9% in 2014-19

July 31 – With shale gas spurring new-build gas power generating capacity, the turbine market in the United States is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 0.9% in terms of installations over between 2014 and2019. A Research and Markets finds that acquisitions of small companies help the leading manufacturers increase their production capacity as well as product portfolio.

APR redeploys assets from Libya in Senegal

July 30 – Fast-track power solutions provider APR Energy is expanding its service for Senegal's national utility Senelec. An additional 48 MW of mobile diesel-powered generation will be installed and operated – including assets redeployed from Libya – to supplement an existing 20 MW block at APR Energy's Kounoune site. The contract for the combined 68 MW extends into the fourth quarter of 2015.

Aggreko to invest $40m in Indonesia

July 29 – Temporary power provider Aggreko has announced a further $40 million investment in Indonesia, having been active in the country for over six years through its local entity PT Aggreko Indonesia. Aggreko currently has around 210 MW of fleet in operation in Indonesia and recently also secured contracts worth $10 million in the mining and utility industries.

Extending the Scania power range

July 29 – Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa has incorporated three new models of 50Hz generator sets with Scania engines into its product range, namely the HSW-610 T5, HSW-660 T5 and HSW-705 T5 generators. These engines offer a better cylinder capacity/power ratio and extend the range of Himoinsa's gensets with Scania engines to 700 kVA.

Japan: Opposition mounts against coal power

July 28 – Wary that Japan might miss its emission targets just months prior to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, the country's environment minister is opposing two proposed coal-fired power plants. Chubu Electric plans to build a 1,070 MW coal power plant replace oil-fired units in Aichi prefecture, while Chiba-Sodegaura Energy eyes another 2,000 MW coal plant.

GE to supply areo turbines for Tanap pipeline

July 27 – GE Oil & Gas has secured a contract to supply aeroderivative gas turbine driven centrifugal compressor packages for the for the first phase of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (Tanap) project. The equipment will be manufactured and tested in Florence, Italy, and is scheduled for delivery in 2017.
The first phase of TANAP project, due operational in 2018, involves construction of 1,334 km pipeline from the Turkish-Georgian border to Eskishehir province. The pipeline will ultimately transport Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and further to southeast Europe.

India: BHEL to cooperate with Kazakh firms on plant design

July 27 – State-run power equipment manufacturer BHEL has signed an agreement with Kazakh's KUS, one of the country's largest utilities, to cooperate on the design and construction of thermal power plants and CHPs. Kazakhstan remains the cornerstone of BHEL of India's engagement in the CIS region. Five BHEL make gas turbine generators (of 42 MW each) are already installed at the Tengizchevroil complex in Atyrau.

First CCGT starts up in Georgia

July 24 – Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has officially opened the country's first combined cycle thermal power plant in the town of Gardabani, 39 kilometers south of Tbilisi. With a capacity of 237 MW the CCGT can generate nearly double the output of other gas-fired plants in Georgia. The plant was realised at a cost of $231 million, financed by the Oil and Gas Corporation and the Partnership Fund.

June construction starts down 15%

July 24 – New construction starts in June dropped 15% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Non-building construction in June fell sharply as the result of a steep pullback by its electric utility and gas plant category. "If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11% from the same period a year ago," analysts said.

Seven Energy gets loan for gas sale in Nigeria

July 23 – Nigerian oil and gas firm Seven Energy has secured a $495 million loan from a consortium of lenders, including First Bank and Ecobank, to facilitate its plans of selling natural gas to the local market. Seven Energy plans purchase associated gas form oil producers and sell it locally to power producers in Nigeria, in a bid to help end the country's crippling gas shortage.

India: Demand for turbines keeps growing

July 23 – The turbine market in India is continuing to expand, driven by the country's urgent need for more generating capacity to end recurring blackouts. The market volume is estimated to grow 3.3% over the period of 2014 to 2019, according to Researchmoz Global.

Canada: Capstone microturbine to utilise flare gas

July 22 – Capstone Turbine will supply and install a C1000 microturbine at a power generator owned by Kineticor Resource, a Canadian energy services company that converts associated gas at oil field into onsite power. Scheduled for commissioning in October 2015, the grid-connect C1000 microturbine will utilize the associated gas, also known as flare gas, produced in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan through a PPA with Kineticor.

CUI Global completes testing of GasPT Analyzer

July 22 – CUI Global has successfully completed testing of its proprietary GasPT Analyzer and VE Technology, and that has received multiple purchase orders for those products. The orders were placed by a large US gas transportation and compression company; a Fortune 100 energy company with projects in both Australia and North America; a major European gas TSO and an Asian gas turbine manufacturer.

Malaysia: 1MDB bids down tariffs for IPPs

July 21 – State-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has been instrumental making Independent Power Producers (IPPs) reduce their rates as it has been aggressively bidding down tariffs for existing and new power plants, backed by RM42 billion worth of debt-funded power projects. This allowed Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to reduce tariffs in March 2015, with another reduction likely to be put forward this month.

Entergy Texas pulls out of Arkansas power plant purchase

July 21 – Suggesting the deal would be "unnecessary and too costly", Entergy Texas is abandoning its plan to purchase part of the Arkansas Power Station. It has withdrawn an offer to pay $237 million to buy one of the four 495 MW units at the gas-fired plant. Florida-based Entegra Power Group is selling the plant.

India: Water shortage curbs power output

July 20 – Lack of rainfall not only affects hydro power generation in India, it also reduces the amount of cooling water that is available for thermal power plants. In the wider Mumbai area, the state's power generation on Sunday totalled just 8,660 MW while demand was 13,088 MW, resulting in load shedding.

Wartsila to shed 600 staff

July 20 – Helsinki-headquartered engine manufacturer Wartsila is to shed 600 staff, with CEO Björn Rosengren setting out to realign the firm's Marine Solutions segment, due to a "challenging" market and a decline in demand for engines in the offshore sector." He also expects the market for liquid and gas-fired power generation "to remain challenging," based on the market situation during 2014 and GDP forecasts for 2015.

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