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Siemens is providing Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the US, with the company's first Mobile SVC STATCOM technology. The solution keeps the grid stable during disturbances and faults by providing fast and controlled reactive power. Siemens said it plans to deliver the first mobile device in mid-2018.

Florida Power & Light (FLP) Company, a principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy, is advancing plans to spend $888 million on Dania Beach Clean Energy Center Unit 7. Once all permits are in place, the 1,163-megawatt unit will be build next to FPL’s Lauderdale facilities in Dania Beach. According to the operator, the plant could be in service by June 1, 2022.

Bangladesh is not only very densely populated but also one of the fasted growing economies in the world, hence its need for electricity is enormous. Against this background, MAN Diesel & Turbo announced an order win by Confidence Power Holdings –a new customer – to deliver 15 gensets of the type 18V48/60, with a capacity of 18.55MW each. The gensets will be fitted to three of Confidence Power’s existing baseload power stations.

Andrew Ott, CEO PJM Interconnection, the independent operator of electricity wholesale markets in 13 U.S. states, has dismissed a proposal by the Department of Energy (DOE) to subsidize nuclear and old coal plants “simply unworkable.” In a press conference, he went even further by saying: "We believe it is contrary to law."

Predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, will be available on an Apple iPhone and iPad starting from Thursday, October 26. The launch of a new Predix software development kit for iOS will give developers the tools to design their own industrial IoT applications – helping power plant operators to monitor, and remote-control their generating assets.

Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has not managed to fully eradicate blackouts. Partial service is now restored to 18% of customers in 35 out of 78 municipalities. Seeking to provide some relief, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded contracts for the installations of temporary power generators in the San Juan metropolitan area – the first round of gensets are due to start operations today.

GEMS software from Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, will be utilized to help realise 2.4 MW/2.4MWh energy storage system test bed that CW Group is realising on behalf of Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA) and SP Group, a leading energy utility in Asia Pacific. The facility is due to be fully operational during the latter part of 2018.

Project-centred and local decision making has been vital for Siemens to smoothly execute the €6 billion Egypt Mega-order. “For the first time, we have set up a specialized front office in-country which differs from our established matrix organisation,” Peter Ullrich, overall project director CCPP Megaproject Egypt told Gas to Power Journal. “Lean management is the way forward,” he said, indicating this approach will gain traction throughout the company.

Qatar’s Nebras Power has signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) with the two Indonesian companies Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PJB) to jointly developing an LNG-based power project (800 MW) together with a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) near Medan, Indonesia. Nebras agreed to invest $1 billion in the project.

Universal energy access, allowing billions to get electricity and clean cooking, is now within reach thanks to growing political will and falling costs, the International Energy Agency (IEA)  The new report, Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity, presents an 'Energy for All' case; showing that providing universal access by 2030 would require an investment of $31 billion per year, equivalent to less than 2% of global energy investment.

Structural change in the U.S. manufacturing sector helps drive a continuous fall in energy intensity: Fuel consumption was up by 4.7%, while real gross output increased by 9.6%, or more than twice that rate, resulting in a 4.4% drop in energy intensity, according to EIA’s Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS).

Construction is “ahead of schedule” on the Power of Siberia gas trunkline that will convey gas from Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region to Russia's eastern regions and China. By now, Gazprom said it has completed more than 1,095 kilometers of the gas pipeline. On its European borders, Russia is simultaneously advancing both TurkStream and the controversial North Stream-2 project.

In a surprising gist, the South Korea President Moon Jae-in has signalled his readiness to accept findings of government advisors and restart mothballed nuclear reactors. LNG exporters are disappointed given that the President’s U-turn on his election promise means that there is unlikely to be the anticipated around 10 million ton (Mt) of extra LNG demand by 2030.

Pittsburg University gets over $777k more funding for research into 3D printing for gas turbines. Dr. Chyu and his research team will explore applications for an anti-oxidation coating that can help cool airfoils and other hot-section components in gas turbines.

PW Power Systems (PWPS), part of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, and PowerPHASE have partnered to offer a dry air injection system to PWPS gas turbine owners. “We’ll offer them the product on new gas turbines and they will help us on the integration with their FT8 gas turbine on existing power plants,” explained Bob Kraft, PowerPHASE President & CEO.

News in Brief

ABB repowers Italian fashion supplier

Dec 12 – Italy’s Printing House of Martinengo, a major supplier to global fashion and couture brands, has partnered with ABB to upgrade with Ekip UP, digitizing its existing switchgear and circuit breakers. ABB Ekip UP is ideal for updating older facilities, capturing data and sharing it with cloud-based energy management functions without any other meter or external gateway required.

GE axes 12,000 jobs to realign business

Dec 11 – GE’s plans to axe 12,000 jobs globally highlights the struggles of the industry to shift the focus from heavy-duty gas turbine business towards the renewable segment. The $10 billion takeover of Alstom is now viewed by some analysts as a “bad bet on an old-school industry.”

GE breaks ground on 3D Campus in Lichtenfelds

Nov 8 – Concept Laser and GE have laid the foundation for a new 3D Campus that will unite research and development along with production, service, and logistics in Lichtenfels, Germany. The new offices, providing room for about 500 employees on 40,000 square meters, GE said, should be ready for move-in early 2019.

OPRA Turbines taken over by Dalian Energas

Nov 7 – OPRA Turbines has just disclosed that its entire shareholding has been taken over by China’s Dalian Energas Group since August. OPRA Turbines has been continuing its operation at their new headquarter in Hengelo as a member of Energas Group.

Adven to buy E.ON’s distributed energy business in Sweden

Nov 6 – Adven, a leading energy and water infrastructure and services provider in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, has agreed to acquire E.ON’s Swedish district heating and distributed energy solutions business (EVLE), which owns heating operations in nine municipalities in the south and centre of the county. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

Reliance completes $1bn power project in Bangladesh

Dec 5 – Reliance Power has completed execution of agreements for Phase 1 of the power project in Bangladesh. Phase-1 consists of 750MW combined cycle gas power plant to be set up at Meghnaghat near Dhaka and 500 mmscfd LNG terminal at Kutudbia Island.

AWE hopes for higher offer after CERCG bid

Dec 4 – Australian Energy company AWE, shareholder in the Waitsia gas field off Western Australia, is playing the waiting game after it received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group (CERCG), proposing to acquire 100% of AWE’s shares at A$0.71 cash per share. However, the initial reaction of AWE’s has been that the takeover bid is seen as “not sufficiently attractive” to provide access for due diligence.

Distributed power market to top $103bn by 2022

Dec 1 – Driven by increasingly stringent mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and rising electricity demand in remote regions, the market for distributed generation is forecast to grow at a rate of 11.48% annually. According to MarketsandMarkets projections, the sector will expand in revenue from $60.04 billion in 2017 to $103.38 billion by 2022. Key global players in this market segment are Siemens, GE, Schneider, Mitsubishi, Capstone and Doosan.

Simit V9.1 simulation for faster commissioning

Nov 30  – Siemens has released an upgrade to its Simit simulation platform for virtual commissioning and operator training. Version 9.1 can also be used in modular plants, speeding up actual commissioning by up to 60% and reducing unwanted standstill periods, particularly during plant conversion and migration processes.

Nigeria halts commissioning of 215-MW plant

Nov 29 – The Senate of Nigeria has stopped the scheduled commissioning of the 215 MW dual-fuel power plant in Kaduna state over a dispute between the power ministry and the plant’s gas supplier, Abuja-based Greenville LNG. The power ministry had unexpectedly changed the terms of its contract with its gas supplier, deciding to run the plant on diesel. Greenville LNG, meanwhile, insists that natural gas remains the cheapest fuel source for the $186 million Kaduna project. The plant was meant to be commissioned in January 2018, but construction works have already fallen three years behind schedule.

Gas OPEC condemns unilateral sanctions

Nov 28 – The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), also known as Gas OPEC, has condemned unilateral economic sanctions by the US against some members of the group, notably Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The GEFC condemned such sanctions that are not authorized by the United Nations “as a weapon against other nations.”

GE helps Saudi’s NDU drive digital industry

Nov 28 – The Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE to drive the country’s digital industrial diversification, leveraging GE’s digital applications and ServiceMax which allows field service engineers’ time to be utilized more efficiently. The partnership will focus on community- based digital solutions in sectors identified for transformation under Saudi Vision 2030.

ADNOC opens Habshan-5 gas processing plant

Nov 27 – ADNOC has inaugurated and commenced operation at its $6.85 billion Habshan-5 gas processing plant. Linked via a 215km pipeline to ADNOC’s offshore Umm Shaif gas field, the plant has four gas processing trains and four sulphur recovery units. Its daily production capacity is 12,000 tonnes of natural gas liquids, 1.1 billion of sales gas; 5,200 tonnes of liquid sulphur and 3,000 barrels of condensate.

Nigerian regulator extends Afam VI licence

Nov 24 – The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has renewed the power generation licence for Shell’s 650-MW Afam VI power plant. Operated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture (SPDC JV), the combined-cycle gas power plant between 2008 and 2016 delivered over 24.16 million MWh to the Nigerian grid.

German gas power output up 13%

Nov 23 – Electricity output from German gas-fired power plants in the first nine months of 2017 totalled 62.23 TWh, a 13% rise compared with the same period last year, according to BDEW data. In September, the most recent month for which the BDEW data is available, gas power output dropped 1.5% on the year to 6.24 TWh which marks the second on-year drop in a row, the industry lobby group said.

SimoticsIQ connects MindSphere and open IoT systems

Nov 22 – With Simotics IQ, the new IoT-compatible drive concept from Siemens, the Simotics SD low-voltage motors are fitted with a compact sensor box which captures important operating and condition parameters and transmits them by WiFi to the cloud. The operating data can then be stored and analyzed by the Simotics IQ MindApp on MindSphere.

CT market worth $4.4bn by 2020

Nov 21 – The Coiled Turbine (CT) market, by service, is projected to grow at an annual rate of 6-7% from an estimated value of $3.2 billion in 2015 to around $4.4 billion by 2020. According to MarketsandMarkets analysis, North America accounted for nearly half of the total revenue in 2013, driven by demand in the ultra-deep CT service sector as shale gas drilling activities keeps expanding.