State-owned Pakistan LNG is seeking to purchase spot LNG cargoes as three new combined-cycle power plant – the Haveli, Bhikki and Balloki projects – have started operating, or are about to come online. The 1,230 MW Haveli CCGT started operating at full capacity some ten days ago, but delays in the construction of the two other plants have pushed back their in-service dates.
Chicago-based Exelon has approached the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), suggesting it would keep operating two gas-fired power plants and the LNG import facility in Everett between 2022 and 2024, if it gets permission to collect about $1 per month from all electricity customers in New England. The Mystic gas-fired power plants are some of the largest generators in New England, but they are not economical in the current market environment.
Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has dismissed a West-East gas pipeline through Australia as the “least viable option” for tackling regional gas supply shortages, stressing domestic LNG shipments would be “more economic”. A government-led feasibility study is examining the potential of building a 1,500 km gas pipeline to supply eastern and southern markets with Western Australia’s abundant supplies.
South Korea-based Kokam, a leading battery solutions provider, has deployed the world’s largest lithium ion battery – a 30MW system with 11.4 MWh energy storage – for the Australian utility Alinta Energy. Based on Kokam's Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide battery technology, the storage solution is being used in an islanded high voltage network to improve the electricity supply to iron ore producers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Opinions differ widely when it comes to energy storage. Dominion Energy in its new long-term plan for Virginia and North Carolina notes that the price of battery storage showed it wasn’t ready for full consideration. Instead, the utility is looking to intensify the deployment of new gas-fired peaking power plants.
Florida-based NTE Energy is forging ahead with plans for the 1,000 MW gas-fuelled Anderson County Energy Center, to be built south of Greenville in western South Carolina. Development and permitting of the $1 billion project is expected to take between 18 and 24 month, hence the plant is expected to enter service in 2024.
Seeking to resolve gas supply imbalances, Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has approached the Japanese gas giant JERA seeking to secure LNG for a planned import terminal in New South Wales. A feasibility study for the regas terminal is underway, although sources of gas supply are still open at this stage. Most of the imported gas will be used for power generation.
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor Energyco for the supply of four generator sets to a cogeneration plant in Kosice, Slovakia. Driven by Bergen B35:40V medium-speed gas engines, the power plant will have an electric generation capacity of 37 MWe and will also produce heat for the local district heating company Teplaren Kosice (TEKO).
Digitalization of power plant management is posing serious challenges for many traditional utilities. More than half of the respondents of Contigo’s latest survey said they “are finding it hard to understand developments such as Blockchain, Cloud and Big Data” and do not have appropriate systems in place to meet the demands of a changing energy market place.
GE’s Power Services has applied the Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution in the cement industry for the first time, following an order win for a GE 6B turbine from Saudi Cement. In addition, an order from Ohgishma Power marks the first win for GE’s 9F AGP technology in Japan.
Linde North America, together with the University of Illinois, has won two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants worth $3.65 million to research and improve technologies to capture carbon emissions from power plants. The two projects started in April and are the first step in deploying CCS technology at a large pilot plant.
Researchers from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and B&B Agema have been looking at a novel design approach – Nekomimi film cooling – to further increase temperatures at the combustor exit and high-pressure turbine stage inlet. The aim is to boost efficiency without putting too much strain on vanes and blades, considering that modern turbine stage inlet temperatures exceed the melting points of turbine blade materials.
Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, has added the 671 MW Eagle Valley Generating Station in Indiana, to its power generation portfolio. IPL invested close to $600 million to develop and construct the CCGT.
Shanghai Electric Group, the Chinese general contractor for a 440 MW power plant project in Panama, has signed an order with Siemens for the supply of six SGT-800 gas turbines. Commissioning of the power block, part of an Martano-operated combined-cycle plant, is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the leading energy group in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to invest $45 billion in downstream projects at its Ruwais refinery, including generators to power the expanded refining and petrochemical operations. The sour gas venture alone foresees the construction of 11 onshore artificial islands that could meet up to 20% of the UAE's domestic gas demand after 2026.