Peak power demand in the UK is forecast to top 50.7GW, but National Grid is “confident” to be able to balance the system “even under colder conditions than we have experienced in recent years,” the grid operator said in its 2017/18 winter outlook. Without intervention, reserve margins would be 1.2% - the lowest in a decade.
US oil major ExxonMobil has started to operate its third cogeneration plant at its Singapore Refinery on Jurong Island. The 84 MW plant makes use of natural gas and waste heat from the refinery to generate electricity and steam, enhancing the overall efficiency of the facility by 25%.
Renewable natural gas (RNG), derived from biogas collected at landfills, is getting increasingly used to meet fuel production targets set out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA). About 189 million gallons of RNG were consumed last year to meet about 82% of federal targets, set specifically for cellulosic biofuel.
As China is following through on plans to expand its power grid and regional connectivity, the country topped the global transmission tower market with a market of $3,963 million in 2016, followed by India with $2,058 million. According to a GlobalData forecast, China’s market will exceed $4,259 million by 2021.
US manufacturers Koch Industries and Dow Chemical are lobbying against the plan of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize nuclear and coal as a fuel for power generation. In a letter to Congress, manufacturers dismissed the Department of Energy’s (DoE) plan as “anti-competitive” and said it could distort or “destroy competitive wholesale electricity markets and increase the price of electricity to all consumers.”
Voicing plans to shut down all coal-fired power stations by 2030, the incoming Dutch government has sent a dramatic signal to energy markets that investments in coal is no longer safe. The far-reaching approach of the new coalition is striking, given that RWE, Uniper and Engie in the past few years commissioned three of Europe’s most modern coal power units in the Netherlands.
Investment in energy efficiency exceeds $231 billion worldwide, growing a 9% rate globally and at 24% in China. Energy efficiency codes and standards now cover about 32% of global energy use which helped to decrease energy intensity by 1.8% last year, said Dr Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has renewed its contract with the mining company PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (ANTAM) to improve the efficiency and operational reliability of its power plant in Indonesia. Wärtsilä has worked with ANTAM for over 15 years, and the latest 5-year agreement was signed in the second quarter of 2017.
“The war on coal is over,” were the words used by Scott Pruitt, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when he announced the Trump administration will put an end to the Obama-era plan aimed at reducing power plant emissions. Pruitt argues that the Clean Power Plan violated federal law by “setting emission standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.”
GE has signed a 9-year service agreement, worth $141 million, with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to provide comprehensive maintenance, parts and repairs services for eight GE 7F.05 gas turbines at Riyadh Power Plant 12 (PP12). Operating in combined cycle mode, the turbines installed at PP12 add about 1,800 MW to the Saudi national grid.
Regardless of continuously rising power prices, Germany is likely to miss five out of a total of 15 key Energiewende goals, including its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target. Among the targets still on track are offshore wind expansion, security of power supply, and employment in the renewables sector, according to McKinsey’s bi-annual Energiewende indices; however “goals that do not receive direct financial support become ever more unrealistic.”
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has given the green light for the start of construction works for two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants with a total capacity of over 2.5 GW in Guernsey and Trumbull counties. One of the approved CCGTs – the 1,650 MW Guernsey Power Station is due to start up in October 2020.
The Indian government in Delhi needs to give hydrocarbon developers more freedom on gas pricing in order to incentivise production in less explored basins, Wood Mackenzie’s Asia office recommends. The removal of multiple pricing regimes that are currently in place across India will also help drive greater use of gas in the industrial and power sector.
Privatisation of three electric generation companies (Gencos), built Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), has been approved by the Nigerian government. Up for sales are now the 634-MW Calabar, the 1,076-MW Alaoji CCGT, and 506-MW Geregu power plant.
Investing in Indonesia, ABB has just opened a new manufacturing factory for high-voltage switchgear in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta. According to projections by PLN, Indonesia’s state owned generator and distributor, the country’s electricity demand is growing at 8.5% per annum through to 2025.