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Adamant to end coal-burn in Israel’s power sector, the energy minister Yuval Steinitz foresees natural gas to make up 83% of the country’s energy mix, and renewables account for the remainder. If implemented, Israel’s new energy policy would herald a quantum shift in the county’s resource use given that the transport sector is also meant to run entirely on gas.

Europes first GE 9EMax gas turbine upgrade has been completed at Sokolovska Uhelna's integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant in Vresova, Czech Republic. Following the upgrade, the plant “exceeded expectations on heat rate, power output and unit flexibility,” the operator said without specifying.

Hurricanes and winter storms have extended the duration of power cuts for U.S. customers to 470 minutes, or 7.8 hours – nearly doubling the average time of blackouts. Puerto Rico was hit by the longest blackout in American history due to Hurricane Maria.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order to supply a M501GAC gas turbine to a utility in the U.S. Midwest. With an enhance response rate, the 275 MW turbine can startup in ten minutes and has a 50 MW/min ramp rate.

Digital twinning, the creation a digital replica of physical assets, is “already out of date, out of synch – simply because the twin is not alive,” said Robert Yeager, president of Power & Water Solutions at Emerson. Instead, he advocated “real-time synchronization” of the power plant and digital asset representation.

A bitter early cold in the U.S. has propelled up the Henry Hub Dec-18 contract prior to its expiry, raising questions about how much higher the Jan-19 contract can go. “The market is searching for a sweet spot in pricing,” according to Energy Aspects, “[whereby] enough power demand is being redirected away from gas and that deliverability concerns do not arise in the first half of Q1-2019.”

UK-based Turbine Efficiency Group (TEG) has agreed to pay almost $3 million for the acquisition of Gas Turbine Applications (GTA), an after-market service provider in Oklahoma. The takeover broadens TEG’s service offering for include industrial gas turbines, notably for SGT-100, SGT-200, SGT-300, TA, TB, Saturn and Centaur.

Remote management of medium-speed Bergen engines will be made possible via Rolls-Royce’s new end-to-end platform for secure collection, transfer, storage, and analysis of engine data. The aim is to reduce downtime and lower operational costs. Testing of the new remote monitoring tool has been underway for more than a year.

SeaFloat, a barge-mounted power plant based on SGT-800 gas turbine, will be provided by Siemens and the maritime arm of ST Engineering for Bermuda-based Seaboard Corp. The 450 MW power barge, dubbed Estrella del Mar III, will supply the Dominican Republic with electricity at a lower cost than a land-based plant staring from spring 2021.

MTU Onsite Energy, part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and LEW Verteilnetz have demonstrated that distributed generation units can be used to supply emergency backup power in the event of an outage. Project partners used MTU cogeneration units and renewables and tested the new concept in extensive field trials in an isolated grid in Germany.

Doors will swing open today for the 30-year strong POWER-GEN International conference and trade show. Held at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida, organizers expect to welcome more than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors.

Florida Siting Board, headed by Govenor Rick Scott, has approved an $888 million plan by Florida Power & Light (FLP) to tear down and rebuild its power plant near Port Everglades. The new 1,163-MW Dana Beach Clean Energy Center will reduce primary emissions of the oil plant by 70%, once operational in 2022.

Qatar has announced to withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) effective January 1, 2019. Following a long feud with Saudi Arabia – the de facto leader of the oil cartel – Qatar now wants to focus efforts on increasing its gas production by over a third to nearly 110 million tons in a bid to boost LNG exports.

Distributed energy sources will be tested as a way to restart of electricity supplies under a £11.7 million project, partly funded by the UK energy regulator Ofgem. The project will see National Grid, SP Energy Networks and TNEI explore how distributed gensets can be put to use to get the grid up and running again, should a ‘Black Start’ event occur.

Accelerating development of shale and low permeability formations, largely due to a price rebound, have nearly doubled proven reserves for crude oil and natural gas in the United States. Gas reserves surged 36.1% to 464.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) at year-end 2017, and continued to rise ever since.

News in Brief

More buyers for Malampaya gas

Dec 12 – Two more electric utilities, in addition to First Gen and Ilijan, have expressed interest to buy Malampaya’s banked gas, valued at $700 million to $750 million, via a negotiated scheme. The Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) is in talks with all four of them, but did not identify the two new bidders.

Surge in wind power new-builds

Dec 11 – More than 680GW of new wind power capacity will come online globally over the 10-year outlook, according to Wood Mackenzie research. Most upgrades occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7GW.

Hybrid power for Galapagos Island

Dec 10 – Siemens has inaugurated a hybrid power plant on the Galapagos island of Isabela after only ten months of planning and ten months of construction. The system runs carbon-neutral with biofuel and solar energy and supplies almost 900 households.

Tata unveils TCS Intelligent Power Plant

Dec 7 – Tata has presented it TCS Intelligent Power Plant at an U.S. trade show, combing its engineering knowledge with artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize operations of fossil power plants. The TCS Intelligent Power Plant builds on the digital twin concept and data-driven models.

Aker, Siemens to co-develop digital offerings

Dec 6 – Aker Solutions and Siemens have agreed to collaborate on creating software applications and joint service offerings, e.g. industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the entire plant lifecycle. Specific offerings for the oil and gas sector will be based on Siemens' Comos engineering platform.

Robot for remote inspection

Dec 5 – Sarcos Robotics is demonstrating their Guardian S mobile IoT inspection robot at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida. The remote visual inspection tool that can carry multiple sensor payloads and is a quick-deploy inspection solution for pipes, boilers and tanks.

JERA still builds coal power plants

Dec 4 – JERA, Japan’s largest LNG importer, said it was still replacing ageing oil-fuelled power plants with coal-fired units, instead of gas, for economic reasons. Environmental permits have just been issued for two new coal power units at Yokosuka power station, south of Tokyo.

GE delivers grid solution to Pakistan

Dec 3 – GE Power has delivered a turnkey solution to DG Khan Cement Company (DGKCCL), for its new cement plant. Situated 30km northwest of Karachi, the new manufacturing facility is powered by GE’s advanced grid solutions including 132/6.3 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS), 40MVA power transformers.

Rolls-Royce to showcase Bergen genset

Nov 29 – Rolls-Royce will showcase its new B36:45 Bergen gas genset at the 2018 Power-Gen International show next week in Orlando, Florida. This will be the first time the company introduced Bergen engines at a U.S.-based trade show.

Toshiba aggregates RES & energy storage

Nov 28 – Tokyo-based Toshiba will reinforce its green energy footprint by spending 100 billion yen ($175m) on a new biomass power plant near the thermal Mikawa power station in Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture. Going forward, Toshiba aims to aggregate all its renewable energy sources and storage batteries, creating a Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

Exmar helps Argentina export LNG

Nov 28 – Belgium's Exmar has signed a 10-year agreement with YPF to produce and export 500,000 tonnes per annum of LNG from Argentina via a floating liquefaction vessel named Tango FLNG. The deal advances Argentina’s ambitions of becoming a gas exporter.

ABB UPS tops 97% efficiency

Nov 27 – ABB latest uninterruptible power supply (UPS) module has a 97.6% efficiency rating. The DPA 250 S4 covers the power range 50 to 1,500 kW and is designed for critical, high-density computing environments such as data centers, hospitals, railway signaling stations and airports.

Europe still depends on Russian gas

Nov 26 – In the first ten month of 2018, there was a more than 100:1 disparity between Russian pipeline gas and U.S. LNG deliveries to European countries, according to Gazprom figures. The Russian gas giant sees still “a high level of uncertainty” in the long-term forecasts for U.S. shale gas production.

Enagas, Fluxys sell stake in Swedegas

Nov 23 – The Belgian and Spanish TSOs, Fluxys and Enagas, have sold their entire shareholding in Swedegas to First State Gas Transport AB, part of the infrastructure fund First State Investments. The two TSOs each owned a 50% stake in the operator of Sweden’s high-pressure gas grid.

Developing alternative fuels

Nov 22 – Wärtsilä, Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) are developing a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wärtsilä generating sets. In focus are methanol, dimethyl ether and ammonia, synthesised from hydrogen, CO2 and nitrogen.

UK will not incentivize new gas storage

Nov 21 – Rebuking warnings of gas supply shortages, the UK government said it will not give any regulatory support for new gas storage facilities. Insisting that “the benefits of more insurance are not worthwhile,” energy secretary Greg Clarke said, insisting the market was already providing sufficient gas security and optionality.

PG&E uses SF6-fee switchgear

Nov 20 – California’s Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has contracted Siemens to supply SF6-free dead-tank circuit breakers and gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). They are destined for California’s 115-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage grid.