The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out plans for a “green industrial revolution,” pledging to mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create up to 250,000 green jobs. The upfront funding is meant to spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.
RWE Generation has received a contract to build and operate a 300 MW gas-fired power plant in Hesse by the TSO Amprion. The ‘grid stability plant’ will be built just south of RWE’s decommissioned Biblis nuclear reactor and is due onstream in October 2022.
Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has won a $3 million contract to supply equipment to convert the burners and boilers of a North American power plant to mainly run on natural gas. B&W will supply gas valve trains and burner-related components by early 2021.
Ansaldo Energia has today unveiled the first GT36 gas turbine, the highest performing H-Class turbine ever built in Italy. The GT36 left the workshop in Genoa, en route to Edison’s Porto Marghara combined-cycle power plant where it will increase capacity to 780 MW at 63% energy efficiency.
Importing more Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 is “the cheapest option for Germany” as demand rises from currently just above 90 Bcm per year to 110 Bcm by 2034. Short-term marginal cost of Russian gas is $2.6 per MMBtu, according to Rystad data, compared to $4/MMBtu for US LNG.
General Electric will apply lean operating principles to transform its PT GE Nusantara Turbine Services (PT GENTS) in Bandung, Indonesia, into a global B- and E- Repair Center of Excellence (CoE). The facility has already shipped its first set of repaired turbine blades to a customer.
Field trials are underway at the world's first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator, where Engie, Siemens, Centrax, Arttic and DLR produce renewable hydrogen to fire a SGT-400 turbine at a French cogeneration plant. The CHP currently runs on a mix of natural gas and hydrogen, targeting full hydrogen operation by 2023.
From December 2020 to March 2021, South Korea is preparing to restrict the runtime of coal-fired power plants to curb air pollution, boosting dispatch of gas-fired generation and LNG imports. State-owned KOGAS already tendered for six cargoes for delivery through January.
Chinese state-owned utility Guangdong Energy Group has ordered three GE 9HA.02 gas turbines for its Dongguan Ningzhou combined-cycle power plant in the Greater Bay Area. The CCGT will add 2.4 GW of power in line with the government’s goal to transition from coal to gas generation.
Indiana-headquartered Cummins is preparing to open a new factory in Herten, Germany, in July 2021, focussing on the assembly of fuel cells. With capacity of 10 MW per year, it will manufacture 1 MW of fuel cell systems a month for Alstom’s hydrogen-powered trains, called the Coradia iLint.
Qatar, Russia, China and the US – also known as the ‘Big 4’ – are expected to invest almost $2 trillion to meet 60% of global gas demand by 2040. Shifting to a 2-degree climate pathway, however, would slash Capex to a more modest $700 billion as gas demand peaks earlier.
Rolls-Royce business unit Power System has sold a record number of MTU products at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. Six Chinese companies signed up for the delivery of almost 1000 MTU engines of Series 2000 and 4000 for use in power generation and mining.