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General Electric’s manufacturing operations in Greenville and Schenectady will supply two H-class gas turbines, three generators and a stream turbine for the 776-MW Topolobampo III gas power project. The contract win marks the first order of GE’s long-term customer Iberdrola for 7HA.01 technology in Mexico. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. 

Seeking to intensify political ties by playing on energy economics, the Managing Director of Yerevan power station Sassan Khachaturian has offered to step up electricity exports to Armenia’s gas-rich neighbour Iran in return for making a continuous flow of gas supply available. "Armenia is ready to export more electricity to Iran during the hot summer days," Khachaturian said, asking for more gas import from Iran in return to meet his country's winter demand.

British Gas parent company Centrica has contractually agreed to sell its Langage and South Humber combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants, with a total capacity of 2.3 GW, to the Czech utility Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) for £318 million ($401 million). The divestment comes just a day after Centrica announced the closure of its Rough gas storage and is part of the company’s strategy to downsize its overall operation as margins shrink.

PetroVietnam Power Corp (PV Power) is getting ready to start construction works for nine gas-fired power plants with combined output of 5,250 MW. Fuel for the power plants will be sourced in the form of associated gas from the Lo B O Mon and Ca Voi Xanh oil fields, along with some imported gas, according to PV Power general director Nguyen Xuan Hoa.

AIM-listed Tlou Energy has generated first electricity from coal-bed methane (CBM) at its field in Botswana following the installation of a gas generator at near Selemo. “First gas-to-power via CBM in Botswana is an extremely significant milestone [for us] and in effect a proof of concept of ‘first gas monetisation’,” commented Tlou managing director, Tony Gilbert.

Reliance Power still faces uncertainty over the source of LNG supply for its 718-MW gas-fired power plant project in Bangladesh, and is awaiting a government decision on the matter. The Indian energy company is the first to build a power plant that will run on regasified LNG in neighbouring Bangladesh; but to operate the plant near full capacity Reliance needs around 110 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas as fuel.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) has won an order to build a municipal solid waste incineration plant in Shanghai, China. Delivery for key equipment is due in July 2018. Once operational, the waste-to-energy-plant will have a waste treatment capacity of 6,000 tons per day (tpd), one of the largest in the world.

A flurry of new gas power stations has been developed across most of the United States over the past fifteen years, with 228 GW of gas-fired capacity addition “far exceeding retirements of 54 GW,” according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). However, coal still dominates the energy mix in a few states, notably in the Midwest.

Top forecasters anticipate energy demand growth through 2035, but projections on rates and market size vary significantly between Wood Mackenzie’s 'Energy View to 2035' and similar outlooks by BP, ExxonMobil (XOM) or the IEA’s New Policies Scenario. Outlooks broadly agree on which fuels will win or lose across Asia Pacific: Coal is seen static across all forecasts, backed out by gas, nuclear and renewables, although WoodMac’s projection is highest on gas growth.

The 450-MW Huadian-Teninskaya combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Yaroslavl Oblast, central Russia, will be brought online on June 20, plant operator TGK-2 announced. The 20 billion Ruble ($347 million) project was realised by a joint venture between TGK-2 and China Huadian under a capacity supply agreement (CSA) but start-up was delayed by more than three years; hence the operators face penalties imposed by the regulator.

Australia’s Origin Energy has announced a 15-18% rise in 2017 power prices for customers in New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA) from July 1. Passing fuel costs through to consumers, Origin's decision makes average small-sized companies pay $750-920 per year more for their electricity use. With this latest price hike, Origin follows in the footsteps of EnergyAustralia, AGL Energy and ActewAGL all of which are already implementing power prices rises of up to 20%.

Castle Peak Power Company, a 70:30 joint venture between CLP Power Hong Kong and China Southern Power Grid International, has selected Leighton Asia to carry out civil works at the 2,500 MW Black Point Power Station in Hong Kong. Works come at an estimated cost of US$122 million and will help the plant operator to achieve its gas generation targets by 2020.

Energy Impact Partners (EIP) has closed an investment in Powerphase. The investment is the first institutional round of financing raised by Powerphase, the company said without disclosing the value of the deal. Powerphase, an US-based provider of gas turbine upgrade technology stated it will use the financing to expand its geographic reach and accelerate deployment of its Turbophase product.

The EV30@30 campaign has been launched during the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Meeting on June 8 in Beijing. The campaign sets a “collective aspirational goal” of a 30% market share for electric vehicles by 2030. Deployment of electric cars is already proceeding swiftly in some markets: In Norway, electric cars had a 29% market share last year, the highest globally, followed by the Netherlands with 6.4%, and Sweden with 3.4%.

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a power plant extension to AngloGold Ashanti's gold mine in Siguiri, Guinea. The turnkey project consists of three 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 32TS engines, to be connected with the existing power plant at site. The extension is due operational in the second half of 2018.

News in Brief

GE to build four substations in Egypt

Sept 19 – Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and GE have closed a $250 million contract that will see GE build and install four Gas-Insulated Substations (GIS) across Egypt to connect 7 GW to the country’s national power grid by the end of 2018. The contract is fully financed through Deutsche Bank and HSBC France which helps secure smooth execution of the project.

Irma slashes energy demand in Florida

Sept 18 – Hurricane Irma has proved to be a demand-side event in Florida. At its trough, the state appeared to lose 1.9 bcf/d of demand versus pre-storm levels, mainly in the power sector. According to Energy Aspects figures, electricity demand on September12 dropped to 0.8 bcf/d, compared to a pre-storm baseline of 3.6 bcf/d.

Drax plans to convert two coal units to natural gas

Sept 15 – Drax Group has filed plans to the UK Planning Inspectorate to build a 200MW battery storage unit, and convert up to two coal units at the Drax power station to run on natural gas. If approved, the repowering could result in up to 3.6 GW of new flexible gas generation capacity. The utility stated its investment at Drax is backed by a 15-year capacity contract.

Azura Edo IPP ready to startup in early 2019

Sept 8 – Siemens-built Azura Edo Independent Power Project (IPP) is planned to add 459MW to the Nigerian national power grid by early 2019, Siemens Nigeria CEO Onyeche Tifase said. The Azura Edo IPP is an open-cycle gas turbine power plant project, which could potentially account for up to 20% of Nigeria’s installed capacity of 12.5MW by 2020.

Oman’s oil output hits new record

Sept 7 – Oil production in Oman has reached a new record, totalling 1 million barrel per day (b/d) in 2016. Dependent on revenues from oil and gas exports, Oman’s state finances have been hit by the plunge in oil prices which made 2016 oil and gas revenues plunge 67% compared with 2014 levels.

Petrofarc to build South Stream

Sept 6 – UK contractor Petrofarc won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth 340 million Euros ($404m) by the Gazprom-owned South Stream Transport company to build onshore pipelines and a gas receiving terminal near the Turkish town Kiyikoy.

Gas prices slowly return to normal after Harvey struck

Sept 5 – The price of natural gas and other petroleum products has surged in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Yet as of Monday, key gasoline prices started to return to pre-Hurricane levels as key refineries and pipelines along the US Gulf Coast are resuming operation, easing supply concerns.

ACER to set deadline

Sept 4 – The European energy regulatory authority ACER is consulting until September 15 on an implementation date for harmonized prices in the EU's day-ahead and intraday power markets. Introducing maximum and minimum prices is meant to enhance market coupling.

Pöyry to review Shoaiba-4 plant

Sept 1 – The Saline Water Conversion Company (SWCC) has awarded Pöyry with the owner's engineer services assignment for the Shoaiba-4 desalination plant which will meet the potable water requirements of Saudi Arabia's second largest city and its five million people. Pöyry's scope includes review of contractor's engineering and supervision of construction, erection and commissioning.

Wärtsilä wins 220 MW power plant contract in Bangladesh

Aug 31 – Desh Energy Chandpur Power Company, an independent power producer (IPP) in Bangladesh, has contracted Wärtsilä of Finland to supply twelve 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 engines for a new 220 MW baseload power plant to be installed in Chandpur. The customer required a nine-month implementation time, with the plant due to be fully operational in May 2018.

Works start on Hickory Run CCGT

Aug 30 – Tyr Energy has started construction works on the Hickory Run Energy Center in Pennsylvania. The combined-cycle gas power plant has a nominal generating capacity of 1,000 MW.

Canadian Cats dealers merge

Aug 29 – Toromont Industries will acquire the businesses and net operating assets of fellow Canadian Caterpillar dealer Hewitt Group. The deal was agreed in turn for C$917.7 million cash plus the issuance of 2.25 million Toromont shares, the two companies said.

Ansaldo to service Thai cogen plant

Aug 25 – Glow Energy, one of Thailand’s private power producers, has contracted Ansaldo of Italy to service a 328 MW cogeneration plant, located in Map Ta Phut Industrial Park, 200km southeast of Bangkok. Apart from electricity, the plant produces 160 tonnes/hour of steam to support local industries. Ansaldo’s 15-year service deal covers maintenance, replacement capital parts and remote monitoring and diagnostics for the gas turbine.

Low voltage drives for China

Aug 24 – Siemens is to equip several Chinese aluminum factories with medium and low voltage drives. The value of the order is in the low tens of millions Euros. Commissioning will be completed in several stages between November 2018 and April 2019.

Oil price seen rebound toward $60/bbl

Aug 23 – Oil pricing dynamics will increase, through near-term $50-60 range, forecasts Wood Mackenzie principal analyst, Patrick Kirby. For olefins, and polyolefins, this means the global and particularly European view is sensitive to demand, particularly from China, given that the supply landscape is well defined.

GS EPS commissions 900 MW plant in Oman

Aug 22 – South Korea’s GS EPS and GS Holdings have completed the construction of Phase IV, a 900 MW combined-cycle plant in Muskat, Oman. The CCGT has a power efficiency rating of 64% and is run by imported LNG. As an independent associate of Oman Oil Company (OOC), the Korean power producer helped with knowledge transfer and now aims to realise renewable energy projects in Oman.

U.S. demand to eke out growth

Aug 21 – Energy Aspects says the total U.S. power sector is about to “eke out growth”, with balances for the week ending August 18 averaging 34.3 bcf/d, meaning demand was just 0.5 bcf/d higher week-on-week. Although cooler weather is forecast for the Western and Central US over the next 10 day, much warmth is set to emerge in the East, limiting energy demand.