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Aspirations of the Trump administration to prop up America’s coal industry have been dealt a blow by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which rejected U.S. Energy Rick Perry’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power stations if they stockpiled 90-days worth of fuel. Republican and Democrat members of FERC earlier this week unanimously voted against the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.”

Cooperative Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has awarded a Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract to Wärtsilä to deliver a 22.7-MW power plant based on two gas-fired 31SG engines. With an output of 11,400-kW at 60Hz, the 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 31SG gas engines are one of the most efficient in its class.

Independent power producer Nexif Energy has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its 110-MW cogeneration project in Thailand’s Rayong Province. Having acquired the project in June 2017, Nexif said it seeks to achieve financial close in the first quarter of 2018.

China’s leading power generation equipment manufacturer Harbin Electric has ordered two GE 9F.05 gas turbines for the State Power Investment Corp’s (SPIC) 800-MW Langfang gas combined-cycle power project. Harbin Electric itself will provide steam turbines, generators and other auxiliary systems for the CCGT, due for commission in 2019.

Freezing temperatures have crippled the energy infrastructure in New England for the past 10 days, sending prices for natural gas and fuel oil soaring. After a winter storm brought down a large nuclear plant, gas prices skyrocketed and operators turned on some oil-fired power stations. Managing the region’s power system “continues to be challenging,” the ISO New England grid operator warned, noting that some oil-fired generators were “quickly depleting their fuel supply”.

Ramping up Egypt’s giant Zohr offshore gas field as well as the West Nile Delta gas projects will transform the Middle Eastern country from an importer to an exporter of natural gas and LNG. Cheap domestic supply will also advance the role of gas-fired power plants in Egypt’s energy mix.

Summit Power International (SPI), Singapore, has awarded a 15-year contract to PSA Marine, to provide a floating LNG storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Bangladesh. This project is part of SPI's $1 billion investment programme to deliver 1,000-MW of power and gas in Bangladesh.

PT Indonesia Power, a subsidiary of PT PLN (Persero), has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to deliver a 100-MW turnkey power project that will be used to provide back-up electricity for Jakarta’s new mass rapid transport system, currently under construction. Scheduled to open to the public of Jakarta’s in 2019, the rapid transit system will include two lines with a total of 13 stations, and have an initial system length of 15.7 kilometres.

Clarity on the UK coal phase-out will bring the Conservative party’s long-awaited implementation plan which Theresa May will introduce in a speech on her party’s green energy policies this week. One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to shut down this year, the Government said as it reaffirms rules that mandate the closure of all unabated coal-fired generators. Poor economics of coal power stations, combined with effects of the UK carbon floor price and existing EU emission regulations, are likely to lead to all but 1.5 gigawatts of Britain's coal power stations to shut before the 2025 deadline.

Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has issued a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) with the aim of securing its first LNG supply deal to source fuel for a proposed 2,600-MW gas-fired power plant. Taipower stated it is seeking to purchase between 1.8 mtpa and 2.4 mpta over a 15-year period, starting from 2023.

Southern Power Generation, a project company set up by Malaysia’s state-owned TNB and IPP Energy, has given Pöyry an owner's engineer services assignment for a 1,440-MW combined cycle power plant.The new CCGT will be built adjacent to the existing Sultan Iskandar Power Station at Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Denmark’s power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), in consortium with MAN Diesel and Turbo (MDT), has been awarded a €125 million contract to build a 120-MW dual fuel power plant in Benin. The deal is BWSC’s second order win in Western Africa in 2017, and according to BWSC, the project is scheduled to be delivered in 18 months from effective contract.

A rebound in crude oil and petroleum product prices has caused a 16% rise of the spot energy index in the Standard and Poor's (S&P) Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) at year-end, after the index fell nearly 20% in the first half of the past year. 

Portuguese project company Graciolica, backed by its Danish majority shareholder, has placed an order with Greensmith Energy for an integrated energy management system (GEMS) for its microgrid power unit in the Azores. The hybrid renewable plant will supply 1-MW of solar and a 4.5-MW wind power to the island power grid. The plant is slated to start operations in mid-2018.

Micoturbine manufacturer Capstone has launched a new cleanable severe environment air filtration system for its product line and subsequently won an order for three C65 microturbines, utilizing this new filtration system, for a flare gas reduction project in Oman.

News in Brief

Bahrain to commence tight gas drilling

Jan 19 – Bahrain’s oil ministry is in talks with Schlumberger, Haliburton and others to start the development of its tight gas reserves in the course of this year, notably large deposits within the onshore Kuff reservoir. The drive to tap its own gas reserves complement’s Bahrain’s ongoing construction of an LNG import terminal, designed to balance seasonal demand.

Siemens rebrands its HSRG arm

Jan 18 – Siemens has rebranded and renamed its full subsidiary NEM Energy into Siemens Heat Transfer Technology (HTT). Headquartered in the Netherlands, NEM Energy mainly designs, engineers and sells components for power plants: Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HSRG), Waste Heat Recovery Units (WHRUs), Exhaust & Diverter Systems and related equipment.

CPUC rules to replace gas plants with energy storage

Jan 17 – California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that Calpine needs to replace three gas-fired peaking power plants with energy storage facilities by 2019, “if feasible and at a reasonable cost to ratepayers.” Calpine had initially sought regulatory permission to maintain “must-run status” for the two 47-MW peaking plants in Feather River and Yuba and a 605-MW gas power plant in Metcalf.

Control System market to top 6.2bn by 2022

Jan 16 – As more and more emphasis gets placed on alternative energy production, the market for power plant control systems is set to grow at an annual growth rate of 5.78%, expanding from $4.70 billion in the past year to $6.22 billion by 2022. According to MarketsandMarkets, top players in this electricity management are ABB, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Emerson and GE.

California to close last nuke in 2025

Jan 15 – The Public Utility Commission has reached an agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to close California's last nuclear power plant reactors at Diablo Canyon by 2025. As the state’s largest power plant, Diablo Canyon currently covers 9% of California’s electricity needs.

Halyard hands out EPC contract for Texas peaking plant

Jan 12 – Lauren Engineers & Constructors has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 348MW natural gas-fired peaking power plant in Texas from Halyard Energy Wharton, a part of Halyard Energy Ventures.

Bord Gáis to develop battery storage, not OCGT in Kilkenny

Jan 11 – Kilkenny County Council is processing an application Greener Ideas, a joint venture set up in 2009 between Bord Gáis Energy and Mountside Properties,for the construction of a 100MW battery energy storage system. Initially the project partners intended to develop an open-cycle gas turbines power plant on the site which is now listed for the battery project.

L&T commissions 360-MW Bheramara plant

Jan 10 – Larsen & Tourbo, the India-based engineering firm, has commissioned and handed over the 360-MW Bheramara gas power plant to North West Power Generation Company, a subsidiary of Bangladesh Power Development Board. L&T said it had carried out EPC for the plant which was built on a turnkey basis for Marubeni, with gas and steam turbines supplied by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS).

Floating power market to hit $1.4bn by 2022

Jan 9 – The floating power plant market is expected to grow from an estimated $889.6 million in 2017 to $1,440.1 million by 2022, growing at an average annual rate of 10.11% through to 2022. According to MarketsandMarkets, growth in this sector is spurred rising electricity demand in remote areas combined with benefits of floating vs. land-based power projects, e.g. issues related to land acquisition.

Israeli refinery to build 135-MW captive power plant

Jan 8 – ORL, Israel's largest refining and petrochemicals group, has confirmed plans to build a 135-MW gas-fired heat and power plant that will eventually be expanded to 340-MW. The cogeneration plant will produce both steam and electricity to power ORL's own operations, replacing an old coal-fired unit. Gas supply for the new CHP will be sourced via Energean from two offshore Israeli gas fields.

JERA sells 6% stake in New York gas power plant

Jan 5 – Japan’s JERA, a fuel joint venture between Tepco and Chubu Electric, has sold 6% of its equity interest in Cricket Valley Energy Center, the operator of 1,100-MW combined-cycle gas power plant under construction in Dover, New York. The buyer of the JERA’s equity stake is the Development Bank of Japan which is already invested in the project.

Pipeline blast halves Nigeria’s power output

Jan 4 – A fire at the NNPC-operated Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline in Nigeria’s southern Edo state has halted gas supply to the 1,320-MW Egbin power plant and five others, according to a statement by the Nigerian Power, Works and Housing Ministry. In total, the pipeline blast interrupted gas supplies to utilities generating more than 3,000-MW. The sudden load change tripped Nigeria’s power grid.

US biodiesel output rises despite tax credits expiry

Dec 21 – Biodiesel production levels in the United States were slightly higher in the first nine month of 2017 than in the previous year, despite the expiration of a federal biodiesel blender's tax credit at the end of 2016. The EIA forecasts a continued increased of domestic US biodiesel production due to changes to import policies which will make it more difficult to import biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.

Aggreko to implement Q-Pulse in 200 sites

Dec 20 – Aggreko, a leading provider of modular mobile power gensets, will install Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software in 200 locations worldwide. Once implemented at Aggreko’s regional hubs, the Q-Pulse software will enable around 200 supplier surveillance audits per year. Live data from the system will also allow Aggreko to assess trends and potential risks from across the business quickly and efficiently.

TimkenSteel to use NextGen off-gas analysis system

Dec 19 – TimkenSteel has placed an order to install Tenova’s NextGen off-gas analysis system, iEAF dynamic process control and water detection at its Faircrest steel plant in Canton, Ohio. When fully implemented, the three technologies combined will help reduce energy consumption, improve water leak detection and increase the plant’s overall productivity.

New England to start power projects worth $16.5bn in 2018

 

Dec 18 – Power producers in New England’s electricity market region (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are taking steps to start projects worth more than $9 billion starts in 2018. With this project volume, the energy sector plans to invest nearly triple the amount of $3.2 billion to be spent by the region’s manufacturing industry.

ABB pioneers microgrid on Woodside offshore platform

Dec 15 – Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company, has contracted ABB to install a microgrid - combined with a PowerStore battery storage system - on the Goodwyn-A offshore platform for dry gas production. The solution will help reduce emissions and lower operations and maintenance cost.