Projects & Finance

Energy Solutions is investing $2 billion in three gas power projects in West Virginia. The $615 million Moundsville Power plant, realised together with equity partner Quantum Utility Generation, is scheduled to start operation in summer of 2019; while the Harrison and Brooke plant projects are still at a preliminary stage.

Mississippi Power has once again pushed back the in-service date of its Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC). Start-up of the entire system is now due on October 31, but the operator stressed that power plant portion, or the "back end" of the project, is already in service.

Modules for the first heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) for Siemens’ mega-project in Egypt have begun their journey from South Korea to the Beni Suef power plant. On its arrival in mid-September, the boiler will be installed at the 4.8GW plant which is due to be fully operational in 2017.

Centrica has received planning permission to build a 50 MW gas power plant at Peterborough which will mainly operate during peak demand periods. Capable reach full load within five minutes, the plant will provide backup power to help balance the grid.

Seeking to grow its foothold in the US Midwest, GE’s Distributed Power has established an agreement with Clarke Energy to serve as GE’s authorised distributor of Jenbacher gas engines in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Within just a few weeks, Siemens has secured orders for nine compact steam turbines from customers in Great Britain and the United States. These latest orders mirror the “growing demand for small units to serve distributed power solutions,” Siemens’ Volker Neumann commented.

Plans to realise one of Nigeria’s largest power projects – a 1,000 MW gas-fired plant in the Niger Delta – have been suspended by Transnational Corp with reference to gas shortages. “How do you make the investments when you are generating far below your current capacity due to gas problems,’’ CEO Emmanuel Nnorom told reporters.

Construction of Duke Energy’s 1,640 MW Citrus County CCGT is getting underway, with foundation work having started for the first steam generator and HRSG. Ground was broken in early March with a view to getting the first 820 MW power unit operational in spring 2018.

Japan’s Saibu Gas has called off plans to start construction of an LNG-fired power plant, saying the 1,600 MW project was “postponed” – some observers say indefinitely. The decision was made after Kyushu Electric hesitated to sign a power purchase agreement.

Eight Flags Energy, Chesapeake’s latest CHP baseload power unit, is now in full operation and produces enough electricity to meet half of Amalia Island’s demand. All steam output is sold to Rayonier for use in its nearby pulp and paper mill. The CHP is expected to generate $3.7 million in margin in 2016, and $7.3 million on an annual basis.

Germany’s third-largest utility EnBW has commissioned MAN Diesel & Turbo to plan and build, upon investment approval, a gas engine-driven combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Stuttgart. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018.

Genoa-based Ansaldo Energia has received Notices to Proceed on two contracts worth a total of 80 million euros. One of the contracts, signed with Lotte E&C, is for the supply of two AE94.2 gas turbines and two air-cooled generators for the 500 MW Grati-Pasuran CCGT, being built on behalf of PT PLN in eastern Java.

Overlooking the Strait of Hormuz, Oman’s enclave of Musandam will soon get electricity from its first gas-fired power plant. Located in Tibat, the 122-MW facility is developed as an Independent Power Project (IPP) and due to start operation in February 2017, complementing the region’s prevalent diesel-based generators.

Karpowership, part of the Turkish energy group Karadeniz Holding, has placed an order for twelve 18V 51/60 engines (18.9 MW each) with MAN Diesel & Turbo. The deal was communicated just days after Karpower Ghana agreed with state-owned utility ECG to have a 450 MW power barge, currently built in Turkey, shipped over to Ghana by November.

For the first time in the Middle East and Africa, GE has implemented an Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade at one of the region’s power plants. It just completed an upgrade of two 9FA gas turbines at the Nubaria power plant in Beheira, Egypt, lowering fuel consumption by 3%.