Iran’s MAPNA Group announced it finalised the start-up of the Middle East’s first mobile power stations on Tuesday. Two 25-MW mobile generator set, located in two cities in north Iran, were installed, fired up and grid-synchronised in less than three months.
Despite U.S. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and his open support for fossil fuels, Energy Aspects forecasts his move is “unlikely to halt the transition towards cleaner energy globally, although it is likely to slow it.” The EU, but also largest emitters like India and China are expected to follow through on their clean energy policies.
ABB, a Swiss technology leader in industrial automation and power grids, will present papers on its latest sensor technology at CIRED 2017 in Glasgow next week. KEVA C, the latest release in ABB’ medium-voltage sensor range, will be showcased at the forum, notably how it can provide highly accurate measurement in secondary gas-insulated switchgear applications.
Large-scale uptake of variable renewable energy (VRE), forecast to remain the fasted-growing power source over the next five years, is challenging traditional policy, market and regulatory frameworks. “Without taking appropriate action, this complexity can act as a brake as countries seek to add ever larger shares of VRE to their power systems,” analysts at the International Energy Administration (IEA) warn.
Dealing a blow to concerted multi-national efforts of mitigating emissions from the energy and transport sector to help prevent global, the U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburg, not Paris,” he said, indicating that he will put US business interests first.
MaasStroom, a 426-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant situated at Rotterdam Port, has been sold by the US power plant developer InterGen to Castleton Commodities International (CCI), an independent global merchant. CCI said it will dispatch the flexible plant at short notice, in accordance with Tennet, to help balance the power grid of the Netherlands.
Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has won a €80 million order to will supply two gas engine-driven power plants with a total capacity of 188-MW to an investor-owned utility in the United States.
Accelerated growth of volatile wind and photovoltaic power supply in Germany has been shifting the dispatch of fossil power plants to load-following operation to maintain the stability of the power grid. More decentralized gas-fired stations would help meet TSO’s flexibility requirements, Dr. Thorsten Krol, marketing manager at Siemens’ distributed generation business development told Gas to Power Journal.
Italy’s state-owned oil and gas company Eni is considering freeing up parts of its gas production at the Jangrik field for Indonesia’s first offshore well-head power plant. If agreed, project partners would advance up to 500 MW of gas-fired capacity directly at Eni’s Jangrik fields complex, under development in the Makassar Strait.
As utilities are reworking their businesses models, distributed generation – or producing electricity on-site rather than at a central power plant at another location – and combined heat and power (CHP) is seen as “a particularly advantageous natural gas-fired option,” says Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association (AGA). Further up north in Canada, the Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines (IAGT) will discuss waste-heat absorption, among others, at its annual symposium in Banff in mid-October.
The Institute of Directors (IoD), the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, has called on whoever forms the next Government to come up with a “transparent alternative” to energy price caps.
“Price cap or freezes don’t help,” the IoD said, suggesting Whitehall should rather create a default tariff structure instead.
A new 495-MW combined cycle power plant, equipped with a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems M501J gas turbine, at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC) in Oklahoma is generating “reliable power [output] just 45 days after first fire”. Having achieved this milestone, the plant operator Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) can now start selling electricity and reap a return on its investment.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has singled out Norway’s large hydropower generation as a “valuable asset” for European electricity markets at a time when renewable energy supply is growing. More interconnectors will allow for hydropower to balance regional variations in demand and supply, the IEA said, but it called on Nordic countries to better coordinate their renewable energy incentives.
Russia’s gas export monopoly Gazprom has increased supplies to Europe by more than13% since the start of this year as “the upward trend for Russian gas demand in Europe continues in the first half of 2017,” CEO Alexey Miller said. Gazprom sold a record 179.3 Bcm to Europe last year and referring to unreliable clean energy sources, Miller said he sees natural gas as a “destination fuel of the future.”
Samsung C&T, together with state-run Korea Southern Power Co. (KOSPO) have completed construction works for the Kelar combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (517 MW) in Mejillones, Chile. The project, valued at an estimated $600 million, is Samsung’s first privately-run power project in Chile and supplies all electricity to a BHP Billiton-run copper mine.