MaasStroom, a 426-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant situated at Rotterdam Port, has been sold by the US power plant developer InterGen to Castleton Commodities International (CCI), an independent global merchant. CCI said it will dispatch the flexible plant at short notice, in accordance with Tennet, to help balance the power grid of the Netherlands.
Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has won a €80 million order to will supply two gas engine-driven power plants with a total capacity of 188-MW to an investor-owned utility in the United States.
Accelerated growth of volatile wind and photovoltaic power supply in Germany has been shifting the dispatch of fossil power plants to load-following operation to maintain the stability of the power grid. More decentralized gas-fired stations would help meet TSO’s flexibility requirements, Dr. Thorsten Krol, marketing manager at Siemens’ distributed generation business development told Gas to Power Journal.
Italy’s state-owned oil and gas company Eni is considering freeing up parts of its gas production at the Jangrik field for Indonesia’s first offshore well-head power plant. If agreed, project partners would advance up to 500 MW of gas-fired capacity directly at Eni’s Jangrik fields complex, under development in the Makassar Strait.
As utilities are reworking their businesses models, distributed generation – or producing electricity on-site rather than at a central power plant at another location – and combined heat and power (CHP) is seen as “a particularly advantageous natural gas-fired option,” says Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association (AGA). Further up north in Canada, the Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines (IAGT) will discuss waste-heat absorption, among others, at its annual symposium in Banff in mid-October.
The Institute of Directors (IoD), the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, has called on whoever forms the next Government to come up with a “transparent alternative” to energy price caps.
“Price cap or freezes don’t help,” the IoD said, suggesting Whitehall should rather create a default tariff structure instead.
A new 495-MW combined cycle power plant, equipped with a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems M501J gas turbine, at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC) in Oklahoma is generating “reliable power [output] just 45 days after first fire”. Having achieved this milestone, the plant operator Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) can now start selling electricity and reap a return on its investment.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has singled out Norway’s large hydropower generation as a “valuable asset” for European electricity markets at a time when renewable energy supply is growing. More interconnectors will allow for hydropower to balance regional variations in demand and supply, the IEA said, but it called on Nordic countries to better coordinate their renewable energy incentives.
Russia’s gas export monopoly Gazprom has increased supplies to Europe by more than13% since the start of this year as “the upward trend for Russian gas demand in Europe continues in the first half of 2017,” CEO Alexey Miller said. Gazprom sold a record 179.3 Bcm to Europe last year and referring to unreliable clean energy sources, Miller said he sees natural gas as a “destination fuel of the future.”
Samsung C&T, together with state-run Korea Southern Power Co. (KOSPO) have completed construction works for the Kelar combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (517 MW) in Mejillones, Chile. The project, valued at an estimated $600 million, is Samsung’s first privately-run power project in Chile and supplies all electricity to a BHP Billiton-run copper mine.
Eager to transform into a data-led technology company, Wärtsilä of Finland has appointed Marco Ryan as new Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to head up a new digital organisation with more than 400 employees. Following a kick-off event in Munich, the Finish manufacturer is launching digital acceleration centres around the globe.
As mankind enters a period of change akin to the last industrial revolution, Rudy Koenig, Principal at QENIQ Advisory and POWER-GEN Europe, discusses three trends – digitalisation, decarbonisation and decentralisation. Peter Terium, CEO of Innogy, called attention to these mega-trends last year. Koenig examines the three Ds through the prism of Germany as a key industrial nation, and suggests they will shape the power generation industry for years to come.
NYMEX-listed Ingersoll-Rand has introduced the RS200 to RS250 models of its product line of oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors. Customers can choose between a single-stage, or a two-stage airend that increases airflow by up to 16%, according to the manufacturer. A variable speed option makes the compressor up to 35% more efficient compared to the industry average.
Utility-scale capacity provided by various energy storage technologies and renewables beyond wind, solar and hydro, collectively accounted for 4% of the electricity generating capacity in the United States in 2016. Latest EIA figures shows a small, but growing trend towards demand-side response – vital tools for balancing electricity markets the United States, and elsewhere.
The Cabinet of Bangladesh has given the green light to Reliance Power of India for building a 750-MW combined-cycle gas power plant at Meghnaghat, in the country’s central Narayanganj district. Running on imported LNG, all electricity produced by the power unti will be sold to the Bengali grid operator at an agreed price of $0.73/kWh. The unit is part of a wider LNG-to-power project with up to 3,000 MW, including an FSRU and power interconnectors to export part of the electricity to India.