Marafiq, the world biggest integrated water and power plant (IWPP) with 2,745 MWe and 800,000 cbm/d desalinated water output, GE Energy and Jomel have carried out the shortest planned outage cycletime for gas turbine maintenance in Saudi Arabia. Works were done over a span of 18 days – well ahead of the planned 25 days.
For most days in 2017, the share of electricity generated from natural gas has been near or below previous five-year (2012–16) minimums in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) region. Rising hydro and solar power output lowered the overall contribution of gas, but there are fresh concerns over a repeat in gas shortfalls this summer, with operating restrictions on SoCalGas's Aliso Canyon field still in place.
UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has been named ‘Mid-Market Team of the Year in the Midlands’ in the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Management Team Awards 2017. Backed by Equistone and Inflexion, UKPR operates a portfolio of 823MW flexible electricity assets, including fast-ramp gas power stations and battery storage.
The 778 MW Stonewall Power Project, Panda Power Funds’ newest combined-cycle gas power plant in Leesburg, Virginia has started full commercial operation. ‘Stonewall’ is one of seven CCPPs, next to similar plants in Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia with a combined capacity of 5.8 GW that were built on a turnkey basis by Siemens with its consortium partner Bechtel.
Tantalum, added composite molybdenum silicides helps boost material resilience of turbine blades, as tested by scientists at Kyoto University. Advanced compositions of molybdenum silicides improve the strength of blade materials at temperatures around 1,400 degrees Celsius (°C ). By contrast, nickel-based turbine blades, used in similar combustion systems, already melt at temperatures 200°C, or lower, and require significant air-cooling.
Projected Russian gas deliveries to China via the eastern route are “right on schedule”, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller and his counterpart at CNPC Wang Yilin said after a working meeting in Beijing earlier this week. Gas exports from Russia’s Far East were also evaluated and Gazprom seeks to reach an agreement with CNPC on supply terms by late 2017.
Pampa Energia, Argentina’s largest fully integrated electricity company, has contracted Siemens to service and upgrade the Central Termoeléctrica Nehuenco-I plant with the latter’s SPPA-T3000 power plant automation system. The first deal covers the SGT5-2000E gas turbine, operating at the Genelba 21 simple-cycle power plant for 10 years.
Italy’s state-owned utility Enel has bought the Tynemouth stand-alone battery storage project in the North East of England from Element Power for approximately 20 million euros. The construction-ready project is an “investment opportunity,” according to Enel said, as it is supported by a 4-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract to provide grid balancing services.
Detroit-based DTE Energy has announced plans to shut down its entire coal power plant fleet by 2040, in an effort to curb carbon emission by over 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. The utility will invest to build 3,500 MW of new gas-fired capacity to supply 24/7 power and an additional 6,000 MW of renewable energy capacity.
Europe’s first medium-voltage direct current (MVDC) link will be supplied by GE as part of Scottish Power’s grid extension in Anglesey and North Wales. The Angle-DC project aims to demonstrate a novel network reinforcement technique by converting an existing 33-kilovolt (kV) AC circuit to direct current (DC) operation.
The cleanest and safest power plant is the one you don’t have to build thanks to higher energy efficiency, says Noé van Hulst, OECD ambassador of the Netherlands and IEA board chairman. Dubbed the “hidden fuel”, energy efficiency is demand-side driven, meaning it lacks the headline-grabbing milestones of big power plant projects, or other energy supply infrastructure. And through the energy efficiency trend accelerates, “progress on a global scale is still happening too slowly.”
Two Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbines, manufactured in Sweden, have started their 16,000km journey to the Termoeléctrica del Sur combined-cycle gas power plant (CCPP) in Bolivia. These two are the frontrunners of a larger order that comprises a total of 14 gas and steam turbines. Once installed, they will expand the capacity of three Ende Andina-run CCPPs, adding more than one Gigawatt to the Bolivian National Grid.
Strong storage withdrawals, as well as the tightening spread at Appalachian gas pricing hubs Dominion South Point (Dom SP) and Columbia Gas (TCO) have not been weather-driven in winter 2016/17. The narrower Dom SP/TCO spread, according to PointLogic Energy, was rather caused by slower than expected production growth, coupled with a rise in take-away capacity from storage due to rising demand for natural gas in the Northeastern United States.
Mexico has published a preliminary schedule for a third power auction and is calling for bids, with the winners set to sign long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for clean energy supply, the energy secretariat SENER and the state energy control centre CENACE stated.
The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has introducing a hybrid and standalone energy storage to the market, combined with engine-based power generation. The company stated is sees “high market potential” in areas with remote microgrids and for solar PV integration.