Regulators in New Jersey have been approached by Diamond Generating Corp., a Mitsubishi subsidiary, with a proposal to build a 1,200 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in New Jersey and submarine cable that would connect to a substation in Manhattan. Diamond Generating said it is prepared to spend US$ 1.5 billion on the project which would eliminate the need for a new gas pipeline under the Hudson River.
Swiss technology group ABB has launched a single-phase device for Uninteruptible Power Supply (UPS), aimed at applications up to 30 kW. The new PowerValue 11T G2 employs ABB’s double conversion technology: incoming AC is first converted to DC, from which the output AC is then synthesized – giving a clean sinusoid.
Iran’s Thermal Power Plants Holding Co. (TPPH) is working on realizing plans for adding nearly 3,000MW of new power generation capacity to help meet the nation’s growing demand in the peak summer period. Two-thirds of the projected capacity is already in place, with the remaining 1GW to be started up and grid-synchronized before the summer demand hikes.
Works to build the EU-funded H2FUTURE project, an EU-funded 6MW pilot plant, have kicked off in the Austrian town of Linz. The project consortium – Voestalpine, Siemens and the Austrian utility VERBUND – has now officially given the go-ahead for works on the world's largest pilot plant for the production of "green" hydrogen. The plant will be fully operational by spring 2019.
GE Power Services’ largest deal in Latin America, valued at more than $300 million, will see the US manufacturer improve maintenance inspections for gas turbine equipments in 11 Petrobras-owned power plants in Brazil. The fleet covered under the deal represents about 80% of Petrobras’ total installed capacity and generates 4.3 gigawatts (GW) of electricity.
Contributing of distributed’ power, largely derived from wind and solar energy, is expected to account for over 25% of Pakistan’s energy mix over the next decade. According to Reon Energy CEO, deployment of distributed power generators is booming due to the deficit in Pakistan’s power distribution infrastructure and as a response to high energy cost of fossil-fuelled generators.
DEWA and ACWA Power, in collaboration with Shanghai Electric, have agreed to undertake the 700 MW thermo-CSP project in Dubai, part of the largest thermo-solar power plant in the world. Once operational, the US$3,786 million project will deliver electricity at a levelised tariff of US$7.30 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWh) – cost-competitive with fossil fuel-generated electricity without subsidy. Debt financing for the project is nearly completed, with ICBC acting as lead arranger.
Crippling gas supply shortages will soon be a thing of the past in Bangladesh as the country is about to start importing LNG, with the first cargo scheduled to arrive by mid-April. Though LNG imports will bring some relief, increases in gas-fired power generation capacity are likely to be limited to 1.0 GW in 2018, and 1.4 GW in 2019.
Petrobras has ordered six Siemens SGT-A35 aeroderivative offshore gas turbine packages have been ordered for floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the pre-salt region of Brazil’s Santos Basin. Named FPSO Carioca MV30, the vessel will be installed by MODEC, with delivery of the Siemens equipment scheduled for delivery in late 2018.
The new Capacity Market system Italy will implement in 2018 is set to reward utilities for their capacity availability. As a consequence, Edison has just commissioned GE Power to enhance performance at its Candela combined-cycle power station (CCGT) in Puglia.
UK hydrogen specialist ITM Power is preparing to carry out a multi-MW power-to-gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region, backed by a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The project is due to start in Q2-2018 and has a duration of 12 months.
With households and businesses now capable to generate their own electricity and sell it back to the grid, the one-directional stream of energy from producer to consumer has ended. “Electric utilities must adapt to this new reality by creating a flexible infrastructure that works for a new generation of customer,” says Tobias Pantwich, Digital Workflow Advisor at Bentley Systems.
Natural gas production keeps on rising in the United States with two out of three of EIA’s measures on gas output at new all-time highs. Gross withdrawals reached 90.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, the highest volume on record, and marketed gas production also hit a new high.
National Grid is anticipating a drop in the UK’s natural gas demand of at least 2.5% to 35.7 billion cubic metres (Bcm) in the summer 2018 period (April 1 to September 30), mainly due a decline in gas consumption in the electric power sector (gas burn) amid higher renewables energy contributions and lower gas injections into storage.
GE has signed a supply agreement with its channel partner GreenTech Energy Company (GTE) for 21 Jenbacher gas engines – ten J320 units, ten J420 units and one J316 unit – with a total capacity of 26 MW to be delivered before the end of this year.