Determined to grid-integrate renewables, Energy Australia is close to taking a financial investment decision (FID) on more than 1,000 MW of new flexible gas-fired power projects in New South Wales. The utility also considers adding a new gas genset at the site of the Yallourn coal power station in Victoria.
Myanmar’s energy minister U Win Khaing has issued a “notice to proceed” to investors in four gas power projects which together will add 3,000 MW of capacity to the country’s electricity grid. Three of the projects will run on regasified LNG which Myanmar is looking to import via a floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) by 2020.
A staggering $240 billion overall investment, with $140 billion in upstream, would be needed in member states of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), often called Gas-OPEC, over the next 5 years to meet the growing gas demand. Such money to be spent is highly unlikely, however, the GECF had to admit considering the slowing pace of global gas demand post 2025.
Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance has been granted $20 million in funding over five years by ExxonMobil for research and development (R&D) on low-carbon energy solutions. The alliance’s other suitor is Bank of America which committed $7.5 million to clean energy research. Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, which will manage the industry funded R&D program, is in advanced talks with other energy companies to join the alliance.
Britain’s Newcastle-based Northern Powergrid has launched a six-stage programme aimed at reducing losses on its electricity network that includes the analysis of smart meter data. The programme will enhance the understanding of technical losses and help reduce such losses across the TSO’s electricity network, serving 3.9 million customers.
Mazoon Electricity Company (MZEC) is an electric power distributor serving 1.5 million customers in the northeast of Oman, is using Siemens’ Scalance device as the backbone of its communication infrastructure between the individual stations and the control center in Muscat.
Capstone has secured a new order of five C800 and two C600 microturbines, with a combined capacity of 5.2MW, that being deployed to power three separate oil and gas production sites in South America. The microturbines will provide primary power for the customer’s upstream operation, with the critical load being the compression systems at each site.
British factories have been told to shut down parts of their operation to help National Grid avert a looming gas supply crisis. A ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ was issued early this morning, with National Grid stating it had experienced “gas supply losses overnight” which exacerbates pressure on the system as this week's cold snap continues.
Taking bold bets to diversify, the UK’s largest coal-fired power station Drax is converting the two remaining coal units into a large combined-cycle gas unit. Four of Drax’s six units have already been switched to run on biomass, and – if not converted, the two remaining coal units would be obliged to close by 2025.
Researchers from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and B&B Agema have been looking at a novel design approach – Nekomimi film cooling – to further increase temperatures at the combustor exit and high-pressure turbine stage inlet. The aim is to boost efficiency without putting too much strain on vanes and blades, considering that modern turbine stage inlet temperatures exceed the melting points of turbine blade materials.
Global investment firm Platinum Equity has agreed to pay GenOn about $520 million to purchase the 810-MW Hunterstown combined-cycle gas-fired power plant located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. With this move, Platinum Equity seeks to enhance its M&A strategy with operational expertise.
Wärtsilä Services continues to provide Geita Gold Mining Ltd, a subsidiary of AngloGold Ashanti, with reliable operation of the gold mines’ 40-MW onsite power plant. In case of a breakdown, Wärtsilä guarantees immediate repair, ensuring uninterrupted electrical supply for the mine.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will explore enabling technologies for the future of clean energy, energy digitization, and existing energy infrastructure at the 2018 MIT Energy Conference, to be held at Boston on March 2nd & 3rd.
InterGen has reached financial close and secured funding of credit facilities for its 300 MW gas-fired Spalding Energy Expansion project in Lincolnshire, England. The £100 million project has a 15-year capacity agreement following a successful bid in the Government’s December 2016 capacity auction.
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has asked ABB to supply its FACTS technology to strengthen the long distance transmission grid in the North Eastern part of South Korea. Series Compensation technology will enable existing Alternating Current (AC) lines to transmit more electricity and support a power flow control system, eliminating the need to build new lines.