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Crops for bioenergy are the only renewable source able to produce heat, power as well as liquid and gaseous fuels. Planting second generation non-food bioenergy crops could, according to the Energy Technology Institute (ETI), not only helps electrify Britain, but also created new jobs in the farming and forestry sectors, post Brexit.

First fire and start of commercial operation has been achieved for Chubu Electric’s Nishi-Nagoya power plant Block-1 in Japan. The 1,188 MW plant is powerd by six GE’s 7HA gas turbines and Toshiba steam turbines, jointly achieving an efficiency of over 62%.

Commentators have openly rebuked US Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of coal and nuclear power plants. In a letter to FERC, Perry had directed the regulator to set up a rule, offering plants that can store 90 day’s worth of fuel onsite some extra compensation. Critics dismissed this plan as “nuts” as it would interfere in America’s unregulated wholesale power market, effectively reducing the price of electricity generated from burning coal.

Coal-fired electricity generation in China, the world’s largest coal consumer, is expected to remain flat through 2040, according to EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017). Other fuels, such as renewables, natural gas, and nuclear power, are expected to make up increasing shares of China’s electricity generation.

Decentralized power generation has become reality in the city Holland in Michigan, U.S., where Siemens has just commissioned a 125 MW cogeneration plant. The combined cycle gas power plant has been build on behalf of Holland Board of Public Works.

As Turkish utilities invest in the country’s distribution network, ABB has received its largest-ever single order for 41,800 of its innovative InLine II fuse switch disconnector, for use in distribution boards across Turkey.

Just 26 months is the timeline for China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) to carry out Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the 1,263-MW Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) power plant in Jhang, Pakistan’s Punjab province. The Chinese firm committed to get the plant ready to produce 810 MW in simple-cycle mode within 14 months.

Ireland’s state-owned utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is seeking to refinance up to £400m (€453m) of debt related to its 880 MW Carrington power station in the UK before Christmas, or in early 2018, according to group finance director Pat Fenlon. ESB’s already issued €500 million worth of bonds in January and has around €1 billion of debt that matures over the next two years.

Greek engineering, procurement and construction company METKA, part of Mytilineos Group, is gearing up to carry out its first power plant project in Libya under a $400 million deal, awarded by the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL).

ActiveWall and Virtalis’ Visionary Render (VR) software has revolutionised processes at GE’s Swiss manufacturing site as it allows engineers to access and experience a real-time, collaborative, and immersive VR environment created from huge multi-source 3D datasets. Technical Product Manager, Deepu Sebastian pointed out that “in the design of new power plant projects, we found that the designing process has significantly improved.”

Strikingly, South Korea’s year-to-date LNG demand has risen by over 4 million tons – contrary to expectations it would fall. Yet very little of this demand strength comes from the power sector; according to Energy Aspects, Korea’s LNG appetite this year has been more down to expansion of LNG import facilities with players having bought cheap spot cargoes on spec and put the gas into storage.

The Timor-Leste government has signed a 5-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Wärtsilä that will see the Finish technology group monitor two power plants in real time. Remote monitoring helps to evaluate the installations' performance and ensure efficient and optimised operations.

Growing economies in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East spur new power generation projects which drives up the market value of the global transmission tower market from $13.05 billion last year to $13.46 billion in 2021.The Asia-Pacific region led the market in 2016 in terms of market value witnessing $7.50 billion and is expected to reach $7.93 billion by the end of the forecast period. According to GlobalData analysis, the market in the region is “mainly driven by new investments to develop a ‘new age’ grid.”

The US$1.25 million acquisition of Origin Energy’s subsidiary, Lattice Energy through Beach Energy will be “positive for the eastern Australian gas market,” according to WoodMackenzie’s Australasia senior analyst Chris Meredith who expects Beach to step up its exploration effort to cash in on high regional gas prices. “The company is selling under long-term contracts,” he stressed, and “average portfolio price for 2018 will be above A$6.10/GJ.”

Australia’s Origin Energy has agreed to sell its conventional upstream oil and gas business, called Lattice Energy, to Beach Energy for A$1.585 billion (US$1.24 billion). The divestment leaves Origin focussed its power generation assets in eastern Australia but will keep getting much of Lattice’s future east coast gas production under a long-term supply accord.

News in Brief

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.

ADB continues to finance TAPI project

Nov 20 – The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) said it will continue to support the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project. The bank’s latest 5-year country partnership with Turkmenistan includes the possibility of financing shareholder equity in the TAPI pipeline company, non-sovereign loans, and credit enhancement.

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 17– Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Kepco, Tadmax to build 1.3-MW CCGT in Malaysia

Nov 16 – Malaysia’s listed developer Tadmax Resources, together with South Korea’s state-run utility provider Kepco, are planning to build 1,300-MW  combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) some 60km southwest of Kuala Lumpur. The overall project is expected to cost $1 billion. Kepco announced it will invest $50 million to hold a 25% stake, while Tadmax Resources will own the 75% majority share.

Siemens delivers mobile turbines to Afghanistan

Nov 15 – Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bayat Power and the Government of Afghanistan to provide SGT-A45 mobile gas turbines for a three-phase energy project. Upon completion, it will provide more than 200-MW of electricity, enough to meet the needs of more than 700,000 Afghan homes and businesses.

Baker Huges to supply 150MW of power gen equipment to Iraq

Nov 14 – Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has won a contract by PetroChina International Iraq to deliver Frame 6B gas turbine electric generator trains , with a combined output of 150 MW, for production at the onshore Halfaya oilfield in Iraq.

Gazprom gets €700m loan from Unicredit

Nov 13 – Gazprom and Unicredit have signed a five-year loan agreement worth €700 million. The loan will be used by Gazprom for “corporate purposes,” the company said in a statement.

Emerson to retrofit at turbines Engie’s DK6

Nov 10 – Emerson Electric, an American multinational corporation, has won a contract to retrofit controls on two Alstom GT13 turbines at Engie’s DK6 combined-cycle gas power plant (800 MW) in Dunkirk, France. The upgrade is the first time a vendor other than the turbine OEM has been selected to retrofit GT13 combustion turbine controls, Emerson pointed out. The first retrofitted unit is due to be back operational in September 2018, and the second in July 2019.

Rolls-Royce’s trading outlook unchanged

Nov 9 – providing a brief update on its trading outlook, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East reconfirmed the full year outlook. Looking beyond 2017, he added: “While markets for our Power Systems products continue to improve, we note the ongoing weakness in offshore oil and gas markets for Marine and timing changes to new export orders for Defence Aerospace.”

Public consultation starts for Drax’s coal-to-gas conversion

Nov 9 – Plans by Drax Power to upgrade two units at its 2,000 MW coal- and wood pellet-fired power station to run on natural gas have gone to public consultation. The operator said it also notified the UK planning inspectorate about its intention to build a new natural gas pipeline and a 200-MW battery storage at the site near Selby, North Yorkshire.

ABB to optimize its transformer manufacturing

Nov 8 – Swiss-based ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service divisions. In the United States, ABB will consolidate its power transformers manufacturing footprint by investing in its South Boston and Crystal Springs units and discontinue production at its unit in St. Louis, Missouri, which will continue to focus on engineering and service activities.

Flow-Cal launches on-demand gas measurement software

Nov 7 – Flow-Cal Inc., a Houston-based a developer of measurement data management software, has launched CALCit.Cloud, a an on-demand measurement calculator for natural gas and petroleum liquids. It allows users to perform various spot calculations, including gas volume, plate size, liquid correction factors and speed of sound. The source code of the application is in C computer language, or as a DLL that can be integrated into other applications. 

Russia, Iran sign MoE on gas cooperation

Nov 6 – A number of documents, aimed at fostering Russian-Iranian cooperation in the gas sector, were signed in Tehran over the weekend during the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Iran. The parties will evaluate prospects in developing Iranian gas fields with subsequent monetization either through liquefaction and export or petrochemical production. Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) also signed a MoU to work together on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

MHI to launch new engineering company in 2018

Nov 3 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will launch a dedicated engineering company on January 1, 2018, to be named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. The new company, to be formed under an absorption-type split, will take over MHI's engineering businesses relating to chemical plants, transportation systems and environmental technologies. Shigehisa Kobayashi will serve as the new company’s inaugural President and CEO.

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 2 – Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Global Power divests Mexico facility for $3.5m

Nov 1 – Global Power Equipment Group has completed the sale of its facility in Mexico and the auction of the remaining production equipment for net proceeds of $3.5 million – about $1.5 million of which will be used to reduce debt. Following the divestment of its Mechanical Solutions segment, Global Power will focus on Electrical Solutions and Services.