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Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa, together with its distributor in Romania, All Generating, has opened a new logistics warehouse in Ilfov, Bucharest. The market volume for electrical generators in Romania is currently estimated at 20 million euros, and Himoinsa said its new warehouse can also serve customers in Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, Slovakia, Moldova and Croatia.

Tucson Electric Power (TEP), a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., has asked Wärtsilä of Finland to provide 50SG gas engines for a new power plant project. The 200-MW facility, under development in Arizona, will be situated on a brownfield site that currently hosts both gas-fired and renewable energy assets.

US officials in the Trump administration have issued a presidential permit for the controversial Valley Crossing Pipeline as part of an international pipeline project. With a capacity of 2.6 Bcf/day, the new pipeline will ensure steady exports of US shale gas to Mexico, reducing the latter’s need for spot LNG cargoes.

Siemens is providing Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the US, with the company's first Mobile SVC STATCOM technology. The solution keeps the grid stable during disturbances and faults by providing fast and controlled reactive power. Siemens said it plans to deliver the first mobile device in mid-2018.

Florida Power & Light (FLP) Company, a principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy, is advancing plans to spend $888 million on Dania Beach Clean Energy Center Unit 7. Once all permits are in place, the 1,163-megawatt unit will be build next to FPL’s Lauderdale facilities in Dania Beach. According to the operator, the plant could be in service by June 1, 2022.

Bangladesh is not only very densely populated but also one of the fasted growing economies in the world, hence its need for electricity is enormous. Against this background, MAN Diesel & Turbo announced an order win by Confidence Power Holdings –a new customer – to deliver 15 gensets of the type 18V48/60, with a capacity of 18.55MW each. The gensets will be fitted to three of Confidence Power’s existing baseload power stations.

Andrew Ott, CEO PJM Interconnection, the independent operator of electricity wholesale markets in 13 U.S. states, has dismissed a proposal by the Department of Energy (DOE) to subsidize nuclear and old coal plants “simply unworkable.” In a press conference, he went even further by saying: "We believe it is contrary to law."

Predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, will be available on an Apple iPhone and iPad starting from Thursday, October 26. The launch of a new Predix software development kit for iOS will give developers the tools to design their own industrial IoT applications – helping power plant operators to monitor, and remote-control their generating assets.

Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has not managed to fully eradicate blackouts. Partial service is now restored to 18% of customers in 35 out of 78 municipalities. Seeking to provide some relief, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded contracts for the installations of temporary power generators in the San Juan metropolitan area – the first round of gensets are due to start operations today.

GEMS software from Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, will be utilized to help realise 2.4 MW/2.4MWh energy storage system test bed that CW Group is realising on behalf of Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA) and SP Group, a leading energy utility in Asia Pacific. The facility is due to be fully operational during the latter part of 2018.

Project-centred and local decision making has been vital for Siemens to smoothly execute the €6 billion Egypt Mega-order. “For the first time, we have set up a specialized front office in-country which differs from our established matrix organisation,” Peter Ullrich, overall project director CCPP Megaproject Egypt told Gas to Power Journal. “Lean management is the way forward,” he said, indicating this approach will gain traction throughout the company.

Qatar’s Nebras Power has signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) with the two Indonesian companies Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PJB) to jointly developing an LNG-based power project (800 MW) together with a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) near Medan, Indonesia. Nebras agreed to invest $1 billion in the project.

Universal energy access, allowing billions to get electricity and clean cooking, is now within reach thanks to growing political will and falling costs, the International Energy Agency (IEA)  The new report, Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity, presents an 'Energy for All' case; showing that providing universal access by 2030 would require an investment of $31 billion per year, equivalent to less than 2% of global energy investment.

Structural change in the U.S. manufacturing sector helps drive a continuous fall in energy intensity: Fuel consumption was up by 4.7%, while real gross output increased by 9.6%, or more than twice that rate, resulting in a 4.4% drop in energy intensity, according to EIA’s Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS).

Construction is “ahead of schedule” on the Power of Siberia gas trunkline that will convey gas from Yakutia and the Irkutsk Region to Russia's eastern regions and China. By now, Gazprom said it has completed more than 1,095 kilometers of the gas pipeline. On its European borders, Russia is simultaneously advancing both TurkStream and the controversial North Stream-2 project.

News in Brief

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.

GE’s Predix to enhance performance at Energo fleet

Oct 31 – Pakistan-based utility Energy has contracted GE to roll out Predix across its power  generation fleet in Pakistan and Nigeria. Under the 10-year agreement, GE will implement its asset performance management solution, Predix, at Energy’s six power plants with combined capacity of 1,500 MW. The facilities include the 220MW Engro Powergen Qadirpur CCGT, Engro 660MW Thar power plant, 450MW Kolachi CCGT and two new-built wind power sites in Pakistan, as well as the GEL 75MW facility in Nigeria.

Cummins, Microsoft team up in fuel cell lab

Oct 30 – Columbus-based Cummins, a large US maker of diesel engines, has partnered with Microsoft and McKinstry by opening an Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle. The aim is to demonstrate that an enclosed facility, e.g. a data centre, can run without power from the grid by integrating fuel cells directly into the 20-rack data center.

Construction starts for Żerań CCGT in Warsaw

Oct 27 – PGNiG Termika and the consortium of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Polimex-Mostostal have laid the foundation stone for a new combined-cycle gas turbine unit at the Żerań cogeneration power plant in Warsaw. The new unit (output 490 MWe, 326 MWt) will be build by the MHPS/Polimex consortium under an EPC contract; handover is scheduled for 2020.