Utilities in India will face the most disruption” when having to come to terms with the trend that by 2020, renewable power will be the cheapest form of new-build capacity in most of the world, according to Morgan Stanley Research. “We think the market for Indian utilities has yet to fully price in the impacts of solar power becoming the cheapest form of new generation,” analysts said, remarking “[this is] driving our downgrade of the Indian utilities industry to In-Line.”
Capacity-weighted average construction costs for many generator types have fallen in recent years throughout the United States. The average cost of natural gas generators installed in 2015 was $696/kW, a 28% decline from 2013. Nearly 75% of the natural gas capacity installed was combined-cycle units, which had an average installed cost of $614/kW.
Germany-based MTU Maintenance has extended its exclusive contract with Sahacogen (Chonburi) for maintenance repair, overhaul of its three LM6000PC gas turbines. The long-term service agreement is valued at over $35 million and runs until the end of 2023.
Dubbed a ‘Test of German power’ by the Financial Times, the construction of the second pipeline arm of North Stream 2 has sparked protest by 13 EU member states but German energy majors, including BASF, Wintershall and E.on are adamant that implementation of the project is vital for Europe’s energy security. Boosting Russian gas exports to Greifswald may bolster the German-Russian relations but it looks going against the principle of the ‘Energy Union’, an aspirational project launched by the European Commission to diversify supply sources.
Spanish engineering group SENER has been embarking on a number of major turnkey construction projects in Mexico, such as the 770 MW Empalme I project. “The Energy Reform extends the market share for private enterprises and increases the value of the [state operator] CFE. This creates a lot of opportunities for our company,” Alejandro De la Rúa, Power, oil & gas director at the firm in Mexico said, forecasting energy demand in northern Mexico is set to grow by 3.6% per year.
General Electric, through its energy investing unit GE Energy Financial Services, and YPF Energía Eléctrica, have secured $220 million project financing for the 267-MW Tucumán and 107-MW Loma Campana II projects. Citi, Credit Suisse and Export Development Canada (EDC) jointly led the financing, which represent the first power plant project financing in Argentina in almost 20 years.
The Turkish energy company Karpowership has placed an order for a total of 38 engines of the type MAN 51/60. The engines each have a power output of 18.5 - 20.4 MW, and deliveries are due to start later this year, for commissioning to take place in 2018.
Though burning coal for generating electricity is cheap, and Japan is home to supercritical high-efficiency coal power stations, key ministers warned that if all proposed coal-fired capacity got built this would put Japan’s emission reduction targets in jeopardy. "It doesn't matter if they are highly efficient or not, power stations using coal are seen outdated as EU and other countries are moving away from them," environment minister Kouichi Yamamoto said.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has selected Alghanim International for execution of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the Sabiya Extension-3. As part of this 900 MW project, the EPC contractor has asked Siemens to supply key power generation equipment, notably the power train.
Exports of natural gas from the United States have reached a record-high level, surging 30% to 2,315 Bcf in 2016. Pipeline exports to Mexico more than doubled since 2013 and are set to rise further, according to EIA projections, once the pipeline projects currently under construction are completed and demand from new natural gas-fuelled plants in Mexico ramps up.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has held its 2nd Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Paris last week, attended by business executives and senior government officials from around the world, including all G20 countries. Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director pointed out that only 30% of energy use is subject to efficiency standards. “This means there is huge room for improvement.”
EVN SPC, Vietnam’s state-run utility Electricity of Vietnam Southern Power Corp has opened a new main control centre in Ho-Chi-Min City, commonly known as Saigon. The state-run energy company had asked Siemens to develop, design and build the control centre to be able to remotely monitor the medium- and low-voltage grids in 21 provinces in southern Vietnam.
Sharjah National Oil Co. (SNOC) is aiming to take a financial investment decision on a floating LNG terminal before the end of 2017 in an effort to end intermittent power shortages in that emirate, located just north of its affluent neighbour Dubai.
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) focus on financing infrastructure in India’s lagging states helped promote inclusive economic growth, spurred the development of some power generation projects to help increase electrification rates. During the year 2016-17, total energy availability increased by 4.1% over the previous year and the peak met increased by 5.7%, according to India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
Southern Power, part of the US wholesale energy provider Southern Company, has asked Wärtsilä to supply equipment and provide technical as well as commercial support for the development of two 450 MW gas power projects. Owning over 12,600 MW of generating capacity in the United States, Southern Company grows its business through new assets that are substantially covered by long-term contracts.