Electrifying remote Indonesian islands through ships, or barges, that generated electricity using LNG, is at the centre of a research plan supported by the governments of Indonesia and Japan. Tokyo hopes to export the new technology to other island nations in Asia Pacific.
Eager to electrify remote areas and support energy-intensive industries, governments across Asia are investing in electrical infrastructure projects. The Asia-Pacific region hence is about to become the largest market for power transformers worldwide.
A tender for the procurement of LNG for 500 MW decentralized power in Indonesia will be opened by Singapore in due course. Maritime minister Luhut Pandjaitan announced the LNG cargoes will be shipped to small-scale, decentralized power plants (25-50 MW) in seven locations in close proximity to Singapore.
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, has raised financing for a 1,792 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Bahrain – supported by GE Energy Financial Services. SERV, a Swiss Export Credit Agency (ECA), agreed to back $310.4 million and €314.3 million loans with reinsurance from BpiFrance and Italy’s SACE.
UK Power Reserve said it is “on track to deliver its 2014 capacity market obligations” with nine power stations built so far in 2017 and another nine set for completion by the end of the year. Once all 18 are commissioned and fully operational, UKPR will contribute 364MW of fast-ramp, flexible gas generation to the UK power grid.
Accelerated growth of volatile wind and photovoltaic power supply in Germany has been shifting the dispatch of fossil power plants to load-following operation to maintain the stability of the power grid. More decentralized gas-fired stations would help meet TSO’s flexibility requirements, Dr. Thorsten Krol, marketing manager at Siemens’ distributed generation business development told Gas to Power Journal.
As utilities are reworking their businesses models, distributed generation – or producing electricity on-site rather than at a central power plant at another location – and combined heat and power (CHP) is seen as “a particularly advantageous natural gas-fired option,” says Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association (AGA). Further up north in Canada, the Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines (IAGT) will discuss waste-heat absorption, among others, at its annual symposium in Banff in mid-October.
Expanding its offering for distributed power in the low-Megawatt range, Siemens has introduced its new gas engine E-series with a power output of 2MW. The series includes the SGE-86EM for the 50-Hz market, and the SGE-100EM for the 60-Hz market. With this offering, the German manufacturer targets customers in Europe and North America – both have a need for distributed power plants to support the grid-integration of rising volumes renewable energy.
Huaneng Guilin Gas Distributed Energy Co., an energy provider in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southern China, has announced first fire of a GE 6F.01 gas turbine at one of its distributed power stations. Fuelled by natural gas, the Huaneng Guilin project is the first-ever distributed energy project managed by China Huaneng Group.
Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, is reviewing incentive schemes for small gas, diesel-fired power plants – a withdrawal of subsidies could make developers scrap 2,000 MW of planned capacity. Operators of larger combined-cycle gas power plants argue, however, that payments to distributed gensets have led to a ‘market distortion’ which discourages investments in CCGTs.