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

Gas turbine market to hit $19.6 billion by 2020

May 3 - The global market for gas turbines is expected to reach $19.6 billion by 2020, according to new data from research firm MarketsandMarkets.

Figures suggest growth of 3.9% driven by increasing demand for electric power worldwide and subsequent investments in creating new generating capacity. Sales of heavy duty type gas turbines are expected to dominate.

Centrica plans Roosecote plant

May 3 - Electricity utility Centrica plans to build a 50 MW gas power station on the site of the former Roosecote plant in Barrow-in-Furness in England.

The facility will also house a proposed energy storage unit that will feature advanced battery technology for grid balancing.

Strong case for gas power replacement at Rugeley B

May 2 - Plans to replace the Rugeley B power plant in England with a gas power alternative have been outlined in parliament. 

The plant closure was announced at the start of the year and MPs heard that there is now ‘a strong case’ to build a new gas-fired replacement.

South Hook gas plant proposal abandoned

May 2 - Plans for a proposed gas power plant at Milford Haven in the UK have now been cancelled.

The news follows the announcement at the start of this year that the project would be postponed.

Germany’s gas use up 6% in Q1'2016

Apr 29 – Severe winter weather in January and below average sunshine has driven Germany’s gas consumption up 6% in the first quarter, while electricity use increased by 1.1%. According to figures published by the German energy industry group BDEW, gas consumption during the period totalled 316 billion kilowatt hours, while power use amounted to 147 kWh.

‘Sky Global Power One’ up and running

Apr 29 – Sky Global Partners latest power plant, driven by six of GE’s J920 Jenbacher FleXtra gas engines has started operation this week. Located in Colorado County, the 8.6-MW unit will supply peaking power of San Bernard Electric Cooperative (SBEC) in south Central Texas.

Energy storage market worth $15.9bn by 2020

Apr 28 – Energy arbitrage opportunities, renewable energy installations, and growing electric vehicles market are expected to drive the energy storage systems market to grow 4.4% annually. It is estimated to expand from $12.89 billion in 2015 to $15.96 Billion by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets analysis.

MTU extends service contract with Statoil

Apr 28 – German-based MTU Maintenance has agreed a 7-year contract extension worth $200 million with the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil for its GE LM industrial gas turbines. MTU has been responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Statoil's LM2500, LM2500+ and LM6000 series IGTs since 2006.

Siemens manufactured 1,000 gas turbines in Berlin

Apr 27 – Today, the Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin is shipping its 1,000th gas turbine manufactured at the plant. The SGT5-4000F gas turbine, which has a capacity of 300 MW, weighs 300 metric tons and is destined for the Umm Al Houl CCPP in Qatar. 
The total installed capacity of the 1,000 gas turbines produced in Berlin, amounting to nearly 220 GW, would be sufficient to supply one billion people with electricity.

GE launches GuardEon*

Apr 27 – GE’s Industrial Solutions business has introduced its new GuardEon* molded-case circuit breaker at Hannover Messe. The flexible platform has a robust, user-friendly design with predictive maintenance capabilities, according to its manuafacturer. It was developed and tested in GE’s circuit breaker start-up lab in Plainville, Connecticut.

EMA launches tender for two FLNG units

Apr 26 – Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has launched a tender for two FLNG units as a quick solution for boosting gas import capacity. EMA anticipates the city state’s gas demand to grow by 6.9 million tonnes annually by 2025, up from currently 10 mt, largely due to growth in the power generation as well as petrochemical and refinery sectors.

Hyundai to build gas power plant in Iran

Apr 26 – South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company (HEC) has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) to build a 500 MW gas-fired power plant in the city of Zanjan. Infrastructure required for the construction of the 500 MW plant also includes a high-voltage power transmission lines as well as a gas injection station.

Capstone wins 1.5 MW multi-unit order in China

Apr 25 – New Capstone distributer, JiangSu Jin Tong Ling (JTL), has received an order for multiple microturbines in China. The order covers Capstone’s complete product range: C1000, C200, C65 and C30. The gensets are expected to be commissioned by September 2016.

India: Discoms buy GVK gas power plant

Apr 25 – Power distribution companies in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have acquired a 216-MW gas-fired power plant from the GVK Group for Rs 261 crore – lower than the value of Rs 293 crore quoted by the GVK management. The takeover comes after a power purchase agreement between the former owner and the Discoms expired.

Axpo eyes selling power plants in Italy

Apr 22 – Three gas-fired power plants of the Swiss utility Axpo Group are likely being put up for sale. In Italy, Axpo fully owns the Rizziconi Energia plant, has an 85% stake in Calenia Energia and 49% of SEF. Market rumours have it that the deadline for non-binding bids was May 10.

Ghana’s Kpone IPP 42% complete

Apr 22 – Construction works on the 350-MW Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in the Greater Accra Region are forging ahead, with the power plant now 42% completed. The combined-cycle plant will be fed by national gas from the West African Gas Pipeline and is slated to start operation in September 2017.

Cat launches G3512 gas genset

Apr 21 – Caterpillar has introduced the G3512 natural gas generator set, modelled after the company’s diesel engine, for the emergency standby market in North America. The G3512 gas genset is rated for standby power at 750 kW or 1000 kW at 60 Hz and has a NFPA 110 Level 1 Type 10 compatibility.