Oil- and gas-rich countries in the Middle East are adding coal-fired power plants in a seemingly counterintuitive move. Over the next decade, some 41 gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity is at a planning stage in countries in and around the Middle East, with Turkey being the heaviest user of coal for power generation among these countries with about 18.5 GW installed capacity, according to EIA figures.
Commissioning and reliability run tests have been completed by GE and China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. at the 1,230 MW Haveli Bahadur Shah combined-cycle power plant in Jhang, Pakistan. State-owned National Power Parks Management Company is now operating the plant at full capacity.
Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC) has signed a deal stipulating Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) to help with the renewal of the Cairo West gas and heavy fuel oil-fired power plant. Under the contract, MHPS will renew the plant’s four boilers with rated output of 1,360 MW, extending their lifetime and enhancing reliability.
Alstom has confirmed it will exercise its option to exit the Joint Ventures with General Electric on renewable energy, grid and nuclear, created as part of the $10 billion deal that gave GE control of Alstom’s gas turbine operations. This decision requires GE to buy back Alstom’s stakes in the three JVs at an expense of 2.59 billion Euros ($3.1 billion).
German utility Uniper, part of E.ON Group, has launched a pilot scheme to produce methane gas from wind power at its Falkenhagen site in Brandenburg this week. The plant, commissioned five years ago, already produces green hydrogen by using wind energy to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Methane gas, meanwhile, is of a higher quality and has a wider variety of uses.
Delivering solutions to help power producers stay competitive, GE Power Services has introduced its new 7F DLN2.6+ Flex upgrade solution at the annual 7F Users Group’s annual conference in Atlanta. The upgrade leverages GE’s DLN 2.6+ combustor and combining it with new Axial Fuel Staging (AFS) technology.
Competition is fierce for nuclear power in the United States as energy mix is being transformed by comparatively cheap natural gas, rising supply of renewable energy, and limited growth in overall electricity demand. Sensitivity analysis in the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) show the potential effect on the U.S. nuclear power fleet of different assumption for reactor operating cost, future gas prices and carbon policies.
Engineers of Lahmeyer, part of Tractebel, have analysed and efficiency-optimized the 9HA.01 turbines installed at a new combined-cycle power plant that went into operation at Haveli Bahadur Shah, Pakistan, on April 30, 2018. Gas turbine optimization allowed the plant to reach a world record net efficiency rate of 62.4 %. Main challenges for implementing the project in Pakistan’s Punjab province were the high fuel prices of imported LNG as well as the short implementation period of the project.
Dry natural gas production in the United States is forecast to reach a new record of 80.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2018, up from 73.6 Bcf/d in the previous year. According to the EIA’s latest Short-term Energy Outlook (STEO), the rise in US natural gas production will help replenish storage levels from current lows and support increasing natural gas exports, both via pipeline to Mexico and in the form of LNG.
Compact Gas Insulated (GIS) switchgear, produced by the Swiss manufacturer ABB, has been ordered by Indonesia’s state-owned power utility PLN to facilitate reliable supply of electricity and enhance grid reliability. In Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, electricity demand continues to grow – not least because the government in Jakarta seeks to have all households connected to the national electricity grid by 2025 and executes an ambitious program to add 35,000 MW of new capacity to the grid.
France’s natural gas pipeline operator GRTgaz has approved an investment of 17.5 million Euros ($20.7m) to create the first major physical entry point of natural gas in France through Switzerland, at Oltingue in the Haut-Rhin region. The project, carried out with FluxSwiss and Snam Rete Gas, is aimed at improving France’s supply security by providing access to new sources of Libyan, Algerian and Azeri gas by pipeline.
Despite losses at the Power & Gas (PG) unit, Siemens has raised its full-year outlook following first-half results that exceed analyst expectations thanks to solid growth in the company’s software unit. “Our longterm investment in digital leadership is clearly paying off, delivering an overall book-to-bill ratio at 1.11x despite weakness in new business in the power sector," Siemens CFO Dr. Ralf P. Thomas said in an investors’ call today.
Painting a bleak picture of the planet’s climate, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned if countries limit their clean energy efforts to their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in the Paris Agreement, this will set us on a path consistent with about 2.7°C warming by 2100. Yet, as the adage goes, “that which is measured, improves,” says IEA Climate Change Policy Analyst, Caroline Lee, so there is hope that natural gas and renewables will help turn the tide towards more sustainable electricity supply.
Suncor Energy has issued a Letter of Intent to purchase MHPS JAC gas turbine technology to power a new, more cost-effective process for producing in the Canadian oil sands. Once sanctioned and installed, the two JAC turbines will provide 800 MW of onsite heat power at Suncor Energy’s oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
About 21 GW of natural gas-fired generators are scheduled to come online in the United States this year out of a total 32 GW of new-built electric capacity. “If these gas generators come online based on their reported timelines, 2018 will be the first year since 2013 in which renewables did not make up a majority of added capacity,” the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) commented.