South Field Energy, a combined-cycle gas plant run by Advanced Power, has started operations in Wellsville, Ohio, adding 1,182 MW power gen capacity to the grid. GE supplied a H-class solution – from project finance support to full plant equipment to controls and after-sales services.
Aggreko has reached a record 2 Gigawatt (GW) of live gas-fired generation capacity, largely due to rising demand for flare-gas-to-power projects that help upstream companies monetise stranded assets. The latest project was an offshore unit in Indonesia that harnessed flare gas to generate 27 weeks of reliable electricity for an offshore microgrid, run by local oil company.
US-based engine maker Cummins has decided to locate its New Power China headquarters and R&D center in Shanghai’s Lingang New Area, a free trade zone. The R&D hub will initially house manufacturing for proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, electrolyser and fuel cell stacks, while Phase-2 will add various aspects of the hydrogen industrial chain.
The second of eight M701JAC gas turbines has been installed and fired up at a combined-cycle power plant in Thailand’s Chomburi Province, owned by Gulf SRC. Mitsubishi commissioned the first turbine in late March and gradual start up of all eight units will bring the plant’s capacity to 5.3 GW.
To avert an energy crisis, the Chinese government had to impose large-scale restrictions on electricity use during the final two weeks of September. Wood Mackenzie believes Chinese authorities will allow customs clearance of stranded Australian coal, easing import restriction to avert the risk of further power crunches this winter.
Raloy Lubricantes, one of Mexico’s top four lubricant manufacturers and main supplier for the country’s car industry, has ordered mtu Series 500 gensets to provide heat and power for its manufacturing plant in Santiago Tianguistenco. The 12V500 gas engine is capable of delivering 550kWe electricity and peak efficiencies of up to 42.6%. Start-up of the new genset at Raloy is scheduled for April 2022.
German’s largest utility Uniper has secured an additional 1 Bcm/y of LNG regas capacity at Gate LNG terminal in the Netherlands. With this move, Uniper now owns the largest share of import capacity at the Dutch terminal, though the company’s business focusses on LNG trading in Asia-Pacific, and not its European home market.
Territory Generation, Northern Australia’s largest utility, has ordered a hydrogen capable TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine from GE for its Channel Island Power Station near the city of Darwin. The move supports the Government’s goal of building a hydrogen industry and Northern Territory’s green energy policy, which targets 50% renewables by 2030.
Canadian-based utility Capitol Power, together with EPC contractor Burns & McDonnell, are halfway through design works on a repowering project to convert coal-fired units at Genesee power plant in Alberta to natural gas. At Units 1 and 2, the coal-fired steam generators will be replaced with gas combined-cycle technology.
The British Steel industry is urging the government to take swift, decisive action and halt soaring energy prices as the industry claims it cannot absorb current record-high energy costs. The price of natural gas surged 250% since January, pushing up wholesale power prices which in turn impacts on production costs for steel and other energy-intensive materials.
German election winner Social Democrats (SPD) wants to fast-track coalition talks with the Green Party and the Liberals (FDP). Though FDP leader Christian Linder said there would be “no parallel talks with the Conservatives,” negotiations could take months and are hard-fought on climate action; so Angela Merkel might still be in office by Christmas.
Lebanon is grappling with an energy crisis after two of the country’s main power plants were shut down after running out of fuel. Fire broke out in a storage tank at the Zahrani fuel facility on Monday and Electricite Du Liban said shuttering the two plants reduced the country's total electricity supply to below 270 MW, destabilizing the grid.
If Gazprom will use all its existing capacity – Nord Stream, Yamal-Europe, Turkstream and Ukraine – up to the ship-or-pay agreements, Europe still needs 58 Bcm of gas in storage to meet peak winter demand. An exceptionally cold winter could boost Europe’s heating demand by 20 Bcm and incur serious shortages, analysts warn, unless more Russian gas becomes available via Nord Stream-2.
Germany needs to ensure 20-30 Gigawatt (GW) of new gas-fired power plants will be built as the country exits nuclear and coal, warns RWE CEO Klaus Krebber. “At the moment, our security of supply is based entirely on nuclear energy, lignite and hard coal. We have few gas plants,” he said, adding fossil gas can only be a bridge fuel towards hydrogen.