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The Timor-Leste government has signed a 5-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Wärtsilä that will see the Finish technology group monitor two power plants in real time. Remote monitoring helps to evaluate the installations' performance and ensure efficient and optimised operations.

Growing economies in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East spur new power generation projects which drives up the market value of the global transmission tower market from $13.05 billion last year to $13.46 billion in 2021.The Asia-Pacific region led the market in 2016 in terms of market value witnessing $7.50 billion and is expected to reach $7.93 billion by the end of the forecast period. According to GlobalData analysis, the market in the region is “mainly driven by new investments to develop a ‘new age’ grid.”

The US$1.25 million acquisition of Origin Energy’s subsidiary, Lattice Energy through Beach Energy will be “positive for the eastern Australian gas market,” according to WoodMackenzie’s Australasia senior analyst Chris Meredith who expects Beach to step up its exploration effort to cash in on high regional gas prices. “The company is selling under long-term contracts,” he stressed, and “average portfolio price for 2018 will be above A$6.10/GJ.”

Australia’s Origin Energy has agreed to sell its conventional upstream oil and gas business, called Lattice Energy, to Beach Energy for A$1.585 billion (US$1.24 billion). The divestment leaves Origin focussed its power generation assets in eastern Australia but will keep getting much of Lattice’s future east coast gas production under a long-term supply accord.

Vivid economic growth across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is driving up demand for electricity. The regions’ installed power generation capacity of 209 MW cannot meet burgeoning demand, and WoodMackenzie estimates about US$500 billion will be needed to build an additional 270 GW by 2035.

Oil, natural gas and coal all differ in their energy content – and most fuels can be converted into one another though chemical transformation processes. Rather than collecting energy data independently across different commodities, an energy balance combines all fuels and ads up their energy content which can be visualised through an interactive Sankey chart.

Barely three years after Alstom shrugged of a Siemens offer for its energy division in favour of bid from rival GE, the German engineering group is now taking over Alstom’s train division. The Franco-German rail merger is a breakthrough for President Emmanuel Macron, but has stirred up fierce opposition among trade unions and the French right-wing party.

Cost barriers to clean energy deployment are falling, but system-level integration of more variable energy resources has emerged as a new challenge. System flexibility is of the essence to handle the fluctuating balance of electricity supply and demand, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) said at this week’s launch of its “Advanced Power Plant Flexibility Campaign.”

Zhejiang Satellite Energy, China’s largest acrylic producer, has contracted Siemens to supply a compressor train – powered by two SGT-750 industrial gas turbines – for the second phase of its propane dehydrogenation plant. Installation of the compressor train is due in late 2018, for a plant commissioning by early 2019.

Rising costs of fuels burnt for power generation have caused a substantial rise in residential electricity prices across the United States. The price of natural gas averaged $3.53/mmBtu in the first half of 2017 – a 37% rise compared with the first half of 2016; meanwhile the average delivered cost of coal dropped 2%, according to EIA figures.

Alarmed about the scale of gas shortages in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is considering restrictions on LNG exports from Australia’s eastern coast. Santos, Shell and ConocoPhillips have been urged to help plug an estimated shortfall of up to 17% of market demand in 2018.

Highland Group Holdings (HGHL) has agreed with Symbion Energy to co-invest $100 million towards the $370 million for a 106 MW project of generating electricity from methane at Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Paul Hinks, Symbion CEO promised “the work will begin in earnest in November 2017 and this funding means we can fast-track at least 22 MW within 18 months."

Cherat Cement has contracted Wärtsilä to supply three 34DF dual-fuel engines to power an extension of one of Cherat’s manufacturing facilities in Pakistan. The two engines, running on natural gas and heavy fuel oil (HFO), will produce a total output of approximately 29 MW.

ABB announced the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, GE’s global electrification solutions business for $2.6 billion. Zurich-based ABB said it expects to realize approximately $200 million of annual cost synergies in year five, which will be "key in bringing the GE arm to peer performance”.

Black-yellow-green: a Jamaica coalition between the Conservatives, Liberals and the Green Party is now the sole option for Germany’s new government – after the Social Democrats decided for the opposition. With the Greens participating, the time is ripe for a fierce debate in parliament in about the feasibility of phasing out coal-fired power plants; in close succession to Germany’s nuclear exist.

News in Brief

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 17– Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Kepco, Tadmax to build 1.3-MW CCGT in Malaysia

Nov 16 – Malaysia’s listed developer Tadmax Resources, together with South Korea’s state-run utility provider Kepco, are planning to build 1,300-MW  combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) some 60km southwest of Kuala Lumpur. The overall project is expected to cost $1 billion. Kepco announced it will invest $50 million to hold a 25% stake, while Tadmax Resources will own the 75% majority share.

Siemens delivers mobile turbines to Afghanistan

Nov 15 – Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bayat Power and the Government of Afghanistan to provide SGT-A45 mobile gas turbines for a three-phase energy project. Upon completion, it will provide more than 200-MW of electricity, enough to meet the needs of more than 700,000 Afghan homes and businesses.

Baker Huges to supply 150MW of power gen equipment to Iraq

Nov 14 – Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has won a contract by PetroChina International Iraq to deliver Frame 6B gas turbine electric generator trains , with a combined output of 150 MW, for production at the onshore Halfaya oilfield in Iraq.

Gazprom gets €700m loan from Unicredit

Nov 13 – Gazprom and Unicredit have signed a five-year loan agreement worth €700 million. The loan will be used by Gazprom for “corporate purposes,” the company said in a statement.

Emerson to retrofit at turbines Engie’s DK6

Nov 10 – Emerson Electric, an American multinational corporation, has won a contract to retrofit controls on two Alstom GT13 turbines at Engie’s DK6 combined-cycle gas power plant (800 MW) in Dunkirk, France. The upgrade is the first time a vendor other than the turbine OEM has been selected to retrofit GT13 combustion turbine controls, Emerson pointed out. The first retrofitted unit is due to be back operational in September 2018, and the second in July 2019.

Rolls-Royce’s trading outlook unchanged

Nov 9 – providing a brief update on its trading outlook, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East reconfirmed the full year outlook. Looking beyond 2017, he added: “While markets for our Power Systems products continue to improve, we note the ongoing weakness in offshore oil and gas markets for Marine and timing changes to new export orders for Defence Aerospace.”

Public consultation starts for Drax’s coal-to-gas conversion

Nov 9 – Plans by Drax Power to upgrade two units at its 2,000 MW coal- and wood pellet-fired power station to run on natural gas have gone to public consultation. The operator said it also notified the UK planning inspectorate about its intention to build a new natural gas pipeline and a 200-MW battery storage at the site near Selby, North Yorkshire.

ABB to optimize its transformer manufacturing

Nov 8 – Swiss-based ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service divisions. In the United States, ABB will consolidate its power transformers manufacturing footprint by investing in its South Boston and Crystal Springs units and discontinue production at its unit in St. Louis, Missouri, which will continue to focus on engineering and service activities.

Flow-Cal launches on-demand gas measurement software

Nov 7 – Flow-Cal Inc., a Houston-based a developer of measurement data management software, has launched CALCit.Cloud, a an on-demand measurement calculator for natural gas and petroleum liquids. It allows users to perform various spot calculations, including gas volume, plate size, liquid correction factors and speed of sound. The source code of the application is in C computer language, or as a DLL that can be integrated into other applications. 

Russia, Iran sign MoE on gas cooperation

Nov 6 – A number of documents, aimed at fostering Russian-Iranian cooperation in the gas sector, were signed in Tehran over the weekend during the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Iran. The parties will evaluate prospects in developing Iranian gas fields with subsequent monetization either through liquefaction and export or petrochemical production. Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) also signed a MoU to work together on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

MHI to launch new engineering company in 2018

Nov 3 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will launch a dedicated engineering company on January 1, 2018, to be named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. The new company, to be formed under an absorption-type split, will take over MHI's engineering businesses relating to chemical plants, transportation systems and environmental technologies. Shigehisa Kobayashi will serve as the new company’s inaugural President and CEO.

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 2 – Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Global Power divests Mexico facility for $3.5m

Nov 1 – Global Power Equipment Group has completed the sale of its facility in Mexico and the auction of the remaining production equipment for net proceeds of $3.5 million – about $1.5 million of which will be used to reduce debt. Following the divestment of its Mechanical Solutions segment, Global Power will focus on Electrical Solutions and Services.

GE’s Predix to enhance performance at Energo fleet

Oct 31 – Pakistan-based utility Energy has contracted GE to roll out Predix across its power  generation fleet in Pakistan and Nigeria. Under the 10-year agreement, GE will implement its asset performance management solution, Predix, at Energy’s six power plants with combined capacity of 1,500 MW. The facilities include the 220MW Engro Powergen Qadirpur CCGT, Engro 660MW Thar power plant, 450MW Kolachi CCGT and two new-built wind power sites in Pakistan, as well as the GEL 75MW facility in Nigeria.

Cummins, Microsoft team up in fuel cell lab

Oct 30 – Columbus-based Cummins, a large US maker of diesel engines, has partnered with Microsoft and McKinstry by opening an Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle. The aim is to demonstrate that an enclosed facility, e.g. a data centre, can run without power from the grid by integrating fuel cells directly into the 20-rack data center.

Construction starts for Żerań CCGT in Warsaw

Oct 27 – PGNiG Termika and the consortium of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Polimex-Mostostal have laid the foundation stone for a new combined-cycle gas turbine unit at the Żerań cogeneration power plant in Warsaw. The new unit (output 490 MWe, 326 MWt) will be build by the MHPS/Polimex consortium under an EPC contract; handover is scheduled for 2020.