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As mankind enters a period of change akin to the last industrial revolution, Rudy Koenig, Principal at QENIQ Advisory and POWER-GEN Europe, discusses three trends – digitalisation, decarbonisation and decentralisation. Peter Terium, CEO of Innogy, called attention to these mega-trends last year. Koenig examines the three Ds through the prism of Germany as a key industrial nation, and suggests they will shape the power generation industry for years to come.

NYMEX-listed Ingersoll-Rand has introduced the RS200 to RS250 models of its product line of oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors. Customers can choose between a single-stage, or a two-stage airend that increases airflow by up to 16%, according to the manufacturer. A variable speed option makes the compressor up to 35% more efficient compared to the industry average.

Utility-scale capacity provided by various energy storage technologies and renewables beyond wind, solar and hydro, collectively accounted for 4% of the electricity generating capacity in the United States in 2016. Latest EIA figures shows a small, but growing trend towards demand-side response – vital tools for balancing electricity markets the United States, and elsewhere.  

The Cabinet of Bangladesh has given the green light to Reliance Power of India for building a 750-MW combined-cycle gas power plant at Meghnaghat, in the country’s central Narayanganj district. Running on imported LNG, all electricity produced by the power unti will be sold to the Bengali grid operator at an agreed price of $0.73/kWh. The unit is part of a wider LNG-to-power project with up to 3,000 MW, including an FSRU and power interconnectors to export part of the electricity to India.

The first annual capacity auction, completed by PJM Interconnection this week, produced a price of $76.53/megawatt-day for resources in most of the grid area. Transmission limits and power plant retirements, however, led to substantially higher prices in areas with constraints. The grid operator procured 165,109 MW of capacity resources for the period from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, resulting in a 23.3% reserve margin.

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has awarded the "Facility E" Integrated Water and Power Plant (IWPP) advisory mandate to a team led by Ernst & Young, including the Finland-headquartered consultancy and engineering firm Pöyry as technical bid advisor.

"General Electric’s LM6000 gas turbine has long been the sales champion of the GE aeroderivative fleet, but the LMS100 is now giving it a run for its money," independent consultant Mark Axford told Gas to Power Journal. The LMS100 beat the LM6000 in total orders for the first time in 2015. This included two installations on behalf of Exelon Medway in Massachusetts, five for Arizona Public Service, five for NRG Energy and four for LNG Canada in British Columbia.

Britain’s dominant energy supplier Centrica sees a “trend of less value being generated by centralized power,” meaning large combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units, “so we have converted a number of these into more flexible open-cycle (OCGT) units,” says Merchant Power Director, Mark Futyan. In addition, Centrica is building 100-MW of decentralized capacity, based on Wartsila gas engines and 50-MW energy storage.

Attending a board meeting of Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission (MIC), Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller discussed ways of expanding the use of MIC’s scientific and technological capacities to develop technologies and equipment – including import-substituting ones – for the Russian gas industry. According Gazprom, "such cooperation should be focused primarily on state-of-the-art compressor equipment, hydrocarbon production in offshore environments, and natural gas liquefaction.” 

Risk of power cuts in Britain seems unheard of for most electricity customers. But if coal power capacity comes off the grid more quickly than in 7 to 10 years’ time, subsidy-free renewables expand, and less interconnectors get built in the wake of Brexit – fast-ramping gas generator sets are best placed to fill the supply gap, Phil Grant partner at Baringa consultancy told industry stakeholders at the Finish embassy in London.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has asked the Florida Public Service Commission for approval to shut down Johns River Power Park, a 1,270-MW coal power station, at the end of this year. Simultaneously, the utility filed for a permit to modernize its Dania Beach Clean Energy Center (1,200-MW gas-fired), with the upgrade planned to be carried out by mid-2022.

Expanding its offering for distributed power in the low-Megawatt range, Siemens has introduced its new gas engine E-series with a power output of 2MW. The series includes the SGE-86EM for the 50-Hz market, and the SGE-100EM for the 60-Hz market. With this offering, the German manufacturer targets customers in Europe and North America – both have a need for distributed power plants to support the grid-integration of rising volumes renewable energy.

The International Energy Agency’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) has examined the progress of a variety of clean energy technologies towards interim 2°C scenario targets in 2025. Just three out of a total of 26 tracked technologies were classified as “advancing towards a sustainable energy transition”: onshore wind and solar, electric vehicles, and energy storage.

General Electric has committed $100 million investment to set up a multi-use gas turbine repair and service plant in Nigeria, its local CEO Lazarus Angbazo said. With this move, the U.S. engineering major is responding to a fast rise in demand for flexible gas-fired generating capacity in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy in terms of GDP.

Gulf Power Service Company (AGPS) has awarded Italy’s Ansaldo Energia a service contract for the 2,000MW “Taweelah Initial B” and the “Taweelah IB Extension” unit, both situated some 70 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

News in Brief

MHPS flue gas desulfurization for Balkan generator

May 26 - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has signed a supply contract for the first Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) system in the West Balkans for Ugljevik power plant, located in the Republic of Srpska – one of the two constituent entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The FDG project at the Ugljevik plant was advanced via a Japanese ODA loan, and aims to reduce sulfur dioxide and particulates emissions with a view of helping Bosnia and Herzegovina meet the environmental standards required for joining the European Union. The upgraded power plant is scheduled to start commercial operations in July 2019.

Bioenergy market keeps growing

May 26 – Global markets for bio fuels and clean energy is forecast to show steady growth - despite a small dip in capacity additions. Classified as a niche market within the renewable energy sector, the biopower segment set to expand to 165.2GW by 2025, up from just over 106GW installed capacity two years ago. GlobalData analysts attribute this growth to a rising global energy demand, and growing awareness about climate change that spur investment in cleaner sources of energy around the globe.

ABB enhances power supply for Canadian data centre

May 25 – Zurich-headquartered ABB will supply an integrated substation to the Canadian IT solutions provider Hypertec to support the expansion of one of its existing data center. As part of the upgrade, the existing 25 kilovolts (kV) power supply will be enhanced to 120kV to meet growing electricity demand. The turnkey project includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the 120kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation with 25kV distribution. ABB said the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

German gas, coal-burn up in Q1

May 24 – Germany’s total primary energy consumption dropped 1.4% yoy in the first quarter of 2017. But despite lower demand for electricity, the use of natural gas for power generation increased by 1%, while use of hard coal and lignite were 2.6% and 0.4% higher respectively, according to figures by the energy industry think tank AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB).

Siemens wins 3D printing award

May 24 – An award in category "3D Printing application of the year" was given to Siemens for the worldwide first successful test of gas turbine blades manufactured with Additive Manufacturing. At the start of 2017, a multi-location Siemens team successfully tested the performance of the first gas turbine blade, produced through AM, under full-load conditions

Wolf Power, Myriad start CHP cooperation

May 23 – Wolf Group, a German supplier of combined heat and power systems, has entered a cooperation with Myriad Power Products, an equipment supplier based in Leicestershire, UK. Myriad can supply chip, pellet and gas heat only/ CHP systems from 10kW to 10MW; it is about to bid for public sector contracts in the UK and some other smaller clients.

Verisk acquires MAKE

May 23 – Verisk Analytics, part of Wood Mackenzie, has announced its latest acquisition of MAKE, an advisory that specializes in wind power. This latest acquisition follows WoodMac’s takeover of Greentech Media in July 2016.

OPEC’s net oil revenues on 12-year low

May ‎22 – Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) net oil revenues have plunged to $433 billion in 2016, the lowest since 2004. In real dollar terms, the 2016 revenue represents a 15% decline from the $509 billion earned in 2015. The EIA projects that OPEC’s 2017 net oil export revenues will rise to about $539 billion dollars (nominal), based on a slight recovery in average crude oil prices, as well as higher OPEC output during the current year.

Burckhardt to help modernize MOL petchem plant in Hungary

May 19 – Burckhardt Compression has won an order to modernize MOL Petrochemicals’ third-party Hyper Compressor at its LDPE plant in Tiszaújváros, Hungary, that has been operating since 1991. Burckhardt Compression is well-known for its Hyper Compressors and the MOL Group already has positive experiences working with the Swiss manufacturer at another LDPE site. The project scope includes the Burckhardt Hypropack cartridge system, plungers and central valves for two second-stage cylinders.

Pumps, motor market to top $100bn by 2021

May 19 – Upgrades of ageing power infrastructure, a rise in renewable energy investment and a progressing urbanisation is driving the markets for pumps and motors to reach $100.66 billion by 2021, up from 71.01 billion last year. According to MarketsandMarkets, growth of notably the market for ‘permanent magnet synchronous motors’ is spurred by power plant modernization, as well as demand for energy-efficient motors and use of low-cost ferrite permanent magnets.

MHPS opens new Warsaw office

May 18 - Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is opening a new office in Warsaw, to strengthen its relationships with local customers and bolster orders for advanced coal power generation systems and Air Quality Control Systems (AQCS). The new branch office centralizes MHPS' corporate and business development function for Poland in one single location.

Low utilisation of US oil peaking plants

May 18 – Monthly generation from petroleum-fired generators has totalled 1 million to 2 million MWh in recent years, according to EIA figures. Most of the 36.4GW installed oil-fired generators in the United States, either turbines or internal combustion engines, only supply peak-load electricity. Capacity factors for oil-fired steam turbines are about 10% and approach 20% only in the summer months. Capacity factors for oil-fired combustion turbines and internal combustion engines are lower, remaining well below 5%.

Wärtsilä wins 5-year O&M deal in Pakistan

May 17 – Helsinki-based technology group Wärtsilä has signed a 5-year full operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement with Pakistan’s Technomen Kinetics Private Ltd (TKL) for two of the latter’s gas-fired power plants. Wärtsilä’s installed base in Pakistan totals around 2.2 GW power generating capacity, with 600 MW of power output under service agreements.

MAN helps CNOOC tap offshore gas in South China Sea

May 17 – CNOOC China’s branch in Zhanjiang, a city in south-western Guangdong province, has commissioned MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply six compressor trains for the Dongfang 13-2 gas field development project. Manufactured by in Switzerland by MAN, the compressor trains will be used for gas reinjection at new platforms in the Dongfang field, located in the Yinggehai Basin of the South China Sea.

New man at the helm of COGEN Europe

May 16 – COGEN Europe has appointed Hans Korteweg as new managing director. His leadership starts at a time of ongoing debate about the EU’s Clean Energy Package, aimed at ensuring a safe and cost-effective energy transition.

Wärtsilä snaps up Greensmith

May 16 – Wärtsila has agreed to buy Greensmith Energy Management System, an US energy storage technology provider, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition of Greensmith is still subject to US regulatory approvals; it will allow Wärtsilä to expand its latest focus on energy storage. The Finish turbine manufacturer stated it expects the takeover to take legal effect no later than July 2017.

Dresser-Rand supplies compressor trains for Thai pipeline

May 15 – Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Power and Gas, will supply three SGT-400 gas turbine-driven turbocompressor trains for Thailand’s Wang Noi compressor station, located 70 kilometers from Bangkok. The station is currently being built by Samsung Engineering; it is owned by PTT Public Company, Thailand’s state oil & gas company. The compressor station project is expected to be completed in 2018; it will enhance the capacity of the Ratchaburi - Wang Noi pipeline to meet the increasing natural gas demands of nearby power plants.