Daily News

Deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS) technology is 'vital' for gas to remain classified as a low-carbon fuel and will allow for more coal and gas to be used for power generation than without CCS, Sean McCoy, analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told Gas to Power Journal.

Developing a blueprint for an EU-wide capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) is "premature", Eurelectric said, suggesting that, if developed, CRM should guarantee the availability of peak-load capacity and not promote flexibility.

Seattle-based Summit Power Group and German technology company Linde have teamed up to develop commercial-scale natural gas-fired power plants that will capture up to 90% of carbon emissions.

Operators of power plants in Germany are facing a classic 'prisoner's dilemma' in economic terms and should prefer upgrading less efficient thermal capacity over plant closures which would let competitors enjoy higher returns, says IHS advisory services.

Electricite de France (EdF) is close to entering a deal with the Cambodian government to build a gas-fired power plant at the country's coast, adjacent to Total's offshore hydrocarbon block in disputed waters.

Sales of gas turbine inlet filters is forecast to rise to over $400 million this year, amid a surge in new-builds and coal-to-gas power plant conversions in U.S., spurred by record low gas prices. The gas segment will account for 6% of the $7 billion air filter market, McIlvaine analysts estimate.

Inlet air filters protect the high speed elements within the gas turbine from excessive wear. "As turbine performance has increased, so has the need to remove smaller and smaller particles," analysts stated in the Air Filtration and Purification World Markets report.

Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Ltd (RGPPL) in India had to again stop producing electricity at its Dahbol power plant (1,967 MW) due to inadequate gas supplies, however an official was quick to say that the plant closure would not led to load-shedding.

To help cash-strapped operators of gas-fired power plants, Jürgen Tzschoppe, managing director at Statkraft Markets has called for capacity payments of as much as €15/kW per year as a 'temporary solution'.

Wärtsilä has won an order to supply generating sets and auxiliary equipment for new gas-fired power plant being build on behalf of the Portland General Electric Company, an investor owned utility.

Decarbonisation targets in the UK will have a profound effect on electricity markets, altering the patterns of demand and the power generation mix, says Stephen Woodhouse, director at Pöyry Management Consulting. A rise in low-carbon capacity, in his view, requires tradable balancing resource options.

Singapore's Senoko Energy today inaugurated the Stage 2 Repowering Project (420MW x 2) of Senoko Power Station, following the conversion of three oil-fired units (250 MW each) into two combined-cycle units with a combined capacity of 862 MW.

Combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G has sold more than 50% of its small-scale cogeneration systems to UK business customers under a 'pay-as-you-save' discount energy purchase scheme, without any upfront investment.

A new market design for German energy markets will not emerge in 2013, forecast Franzjosef Schafhausen, head of the German environment ministry's energy transition units, despite efforts of the government to reach a compromise with power producers in the debate over 'capacity payments' versus 'strategic reserve'.

The British government today unveiled new clauses to its proposed energy bill, specifying plans to largely decarbonise the power generation sector by 2030 in a move set to herald investment in new gas-fired capacity.

Germany needs a "reformed market design" whereby secure power generation capacity should be rewarded and renewable energy must take responsibility for its impact, says Trianel CEO Sven Becker. Operations of fossil power plants are loss-making as wholesale power prices are at rock-bottom lows, he told a press briefing at the E-World energy conference in Essen today.

News in Brief

Siemens opens Pittsburg Service Center

Nov 16 – Pittsburgh Service Center (PSC), a $32 million state-of the art facility spanning over 300,000 square feet, has been opened by Siemens in Mount Pleasant. The centre is home to Siemens Turbine Generator Specialty Services (TGSS) which belongs to the company’s large-scale turbine segment

Drax faces legal action over Repower project

Nov 15 – Britain’s power producer Drax is facing a law suit over plans to start converting two coal-fired units at the plant into four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). Drax argues the move will help it exit coal by 2023, but environmentalist object the Repower project, arguing it would “risk locking in high-carbon energy onto the grid until 2050.”

U.S. turbine market to top 14GW by 2024

Nov 14 – The U.S. industrial gas turbine market is expected to exceed 14 GW by 2024. Federal government initiatives to expand the penetration of natural gas-fired station will augment the industry outlook, according to a Market Study Report.

Xcel snaps up Mankato Energy Center

Nov 13 – U.S. electric utility Xcel Energy has agreed to purchase Mankato Energy Center in Minnesota from Southern Power in a $650 million deal. A second gas-fired power unit is scheduled to come online in 2019, set to increase the plant’s total generating capacity to 760 MW.

Shell re-focuses on new energies

Nov 12 – Electricity and new green fuels have risen on the agenda of Royal Dutch Shell, with the company announcing plans to invest up to $2 billion a year through to 2020. “That might seem modest by oil and gas standards, but we can do a lot with it in this space,” commented Brian Davis, Shell’s VP energy solutions.

Kollsnes shut down

Nov 9 – A collision between the frigate Helge Ingstad and the tanker TS Sola off the Sture terminal near Bergen in western Norway has led to the closure of the Vestprosess pipeline and Kollsnes gas processing plant, the Norwegian TSO Gassco said in a market note.

MHPS to service Uzbekenergo’s power plants

Nov 8 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed an accord with state-owned Uzbekenergo and Mitsubishi Corp to collaborate in a service and maintenance program (CSMP) for power plants in Uzbekistan. The agreement is meant to help grow the reach of Japanese companies in Central Asia.

Austria to import more Russian gas

Nov 7 – Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and OMV of Austria have signed Gazprom and OMV an amendment to their supply contract, stipulating deliveries to Austria will be increased by 1 Bcm/y beyond the contractual. In the first ten month of 2018, alone supplies of Russian pipeline gas have grown by a third compared to the previous year, reaching 8.8 Bcm.

UK launches 1st geothermal plant

Nov 6 – The UK’s first geothermal electricity plant has gotten underway today, backed by £18 million in funding. Drilling started using a rig from Helsinki. Once operational, demonstration plant will deliver up to 3 MW of electricity to the National Grid.

Germans register more EVs

Nov 5 – Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity in Germany: The share of pure EVs in s new car registrations climbed to 1.3% in October, as the total number of new EVs increased 55% year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Hybrid cars account for a 4.4% market share, diesel fell to 31.8% and the lion’s share of 62.3% is still taken by petrol models.

GE retrofits Wet FDG in India

Nov 2 – India’s largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. has asked GE Power to supply and install Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization (Wet FDG) technology at four power plants in a deal worth US$247 million. The four facilities are the 2x660 MW Solapur power plant, the 2x660 MW Tanda Stage-II, the 1x500 MW Feroze Gandhi Unchahar project and the 2x660 MW Meja power project.

Floating power barge

Nov 1 – Siemens has developed barge-based, turnkey floating power solutions that take a critical part of an FLNG facility’s infrastructure — power generation — off a project’s critical path. According to the manufacturer, this helps reduce overall project execution time by as much as 25% or more, maximizing return on investment.

KBR posts 28% rise in profit

Oct 31 – U.S. engineering company KBR has reported a rise in net profits and voiced optimism to secure more mid-scale LNG and downstream projects with its joint venture partner ConocoPhillips. Third-quarter revenues rose by more than 23% to $1.27 billion, compared with $1.03bn in Q3-2017. Net profit was $58 million, up 28% from $45m in the year-ago period.

Togo: IPP gets go-ahead

Oct 30 – Eranove, a private equity-backed independent power producer (IPP), has received the green light for a $110 million power project in Togo. A concession agreement was signed for the combined-cycle power plant to be built in the area of Lomé port. The Spanish firm Grupo TSK was selected as EPC contractor for the 65-MW project.

Goldman, Cargill fined for avoiding tax on Teeside

Oct 29 – Goldman Sachs and Cargill have been hit with a £79 million fine for dogging tax on their ownership of a Teesside power plant. The two U.S. banking giants took over Teesside Power Ltd after the collapse of Enron in 2001, and HM Revenue and Customs just won a court case against the two trading houses over a tax avoidance scheme.

Gazprom to start production at Kovyktinskoye in 2019

Oct 26 –The Russian gas giant Gazprom has announced it will to start production drilling at the vast Kovyktinskoye field in 2019, with a view to start feeding gas from Kovyktinskoye into the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in late 2022. Situated in eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal, the field holds an estimated 2.7 Tcm of gas reserves, and 90.6 million tons of gas condensate, and 25 Bcm/y of planned design capacity.

MAN launches ETB blower in China

Oct 25 – A new Electrical Turbo Blower, the designated ETB40, has been launched by MAN Energy Solutions at a ceremony in Shanghai hosted by its two-stroke licensee, CSSC-MES Diesel Co. (CMD). The blower raises the exhaust-gas pressure in order to overcome the pressure difference between exhaust gas and scavenging air receiver.