Noor Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest single solar power project with a capacity of 1,117 MW – has started commercial operation in Dubai, helping to make energy use in the Gulf State more sustainable. Intermittent electricity supply from the solar project is being backed up by flexible gas-fired generating capacity.
Helping to dent Cambodia’s urgent need for electricity, Wärtsilä is delivering a 20 MW flexible baseload on a fast track basis. Ordered in June 2019 by CGGC-UN Power Co, the Chinese EPC contractor, the plant is built on behalf of Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) near Phnom Penh and is due to start up in early 2020.
The Iranian energy ministry has said developments are on track to commission and start up over 4,800 MW of power generation capacity. The aim is to reach a total installed capacity of 85,695 MW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, on March 20, 2020.
Seven days of a record heat-wave in Europe – with temperatures at over 44°C in northern Spain and southern France – have claimed lives, sparked wildfires and propelled up electricity demand to all-time-highs. However, temperatures are forecast to fall sharply today in northern Germany and the Netherlands, with hefty storms set to allow for wind power supply of up to 14.1 GW on Monday.
Engineers at Belfort, GE’s crisis-struck manufacturing site in eastern France, are manufacturing the first of four Arabelle steam turbines for the Akkuyu nuclear power project in Turkey. All other components for the landmark 4.8 Gigawatt (GW) nuclear power unit will also be built in France.
Japan’s leading utility Jera and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp have handed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to two Toshiba affiliates to build three LNG-fuelled power plant units with a combined capacity of 2.34 Gigawatt (GW) power generation units adjacent to Goi coal power station in eastern Japan.
APR Energy has been awarded a contract by the Mexican private power producer Saavi Energía to provide and install three mobile gas turbines for nearly 80 MW peaking power plant in Mexicali, Baja California. The flexible gas peaking power unit will help alleviate the risk of regional power shortages that increased following a reduction in power imports from California.
As Israel boosts domestic gas production it becomes cheaper for Jordan to import excess Israeli gas via a short pipeline, under construction, than buying LNG cargoes under a mid-term contract with Shell. Works on new 65-kilometre gas interconnector are ahead of schedule and could be completed in Q3-2019. First gas is expected at the start of 2020.
Siemens will supply a power island for the new Yerevan-2 combined-cycle gas unit and operate the plant for 20 years. SFS, Siemens’s financing arm, provided funding and holds a 40% share in the project company ArmPower. Having reached financial close, construction is about to start with a view to get the CCGT unit commissioned by mid-2021.
Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), the largest power producer in Poland, has launched a $1 billion tender for the construction for two combined-cycle gas power blocks with 1,400 MW of combined capacity. PGE said it will select the contractor for the turnkey projects in late 2019, with the aim of commissioning the CCGT units in Q4-2023.
Monthly power output from renewables in the United States exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time in April, due to record wind power output and low demand amid moderate temperatures. According to EIA figures, wind and solar power sources provided 23% of total electricity generation, compared to 20% from thermal coal.
The European Union has dedicated €4 million ($4.5m) for research on new designs for biogas-fuelled, small-scale cogeneration engines - in a bid to open up the heat and power sector for mainstream renewables. Named SmartCHP, the solution could have a market potential of up to €4billion, according to the lead research coordinator, BTG Biomass Technology Group.
Comparing fuel costs, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said hydrogen-based direct iron reduction for steel production could allow for substitution to green energy – if the hydrogen is generated from electrolysis. “Hydrogen could become an attractive option to indirectly electrify industrial high-temperature heat," analysts said, "either via direct combustion or blending with natural gas.”
Regulators in Rhode Island, a U.S. state in New England, have refused to grant Invenergy a long-anticipated permit for its proposed 900-MW gas-fired Clean River Energy Center in Burriville. Developers have freed up $1 billion to build the plant and are now considering appealing the decision at the state Supreme Court.
Sweden’s state-owned utility Vattenfall has issued a 500 million Euro green bond at Nasdaq, its first such issuance under a new Swedish law. The proceeds are dedicated for projects related to energy efficiency, electrification of transport, heat and industrial projects.