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The world's first 1,100 kV transformer, with more than 587 MVA transmission capacity, has successfully passed its type test. It is the first of a total of seven ±1,100 kV transformers that Siemens and its Chinese partners are building for what is currently the world’s largest HVDC transmission system, spanning from the northwestern Xinjiang region to Anhui Province in eastern China.

Success of the global energy revolution – the shift from fossil to low-carbon power generation – hinges on the quality of the cable that underpins. Yet an estimated 20% of all cables in the UK are either sub-standard, counterfeit or non-approved. Pointing out the risks of such shortcomings, Jean-Sébastien Pelland, Director of Eland Cables said: “For a project, sub-standard cables can result in downtime, reliability issues and ballooning maintenance costs at best and major safety hazards at worst, as well as potential environmental damage.”

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order for two H-25 gas turbines for an LNG-fired combined-cycle cogeneration power plant in Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong Province. The turbines are scheduled to begin operations in December 2018.

Whitehall’s recently published Clean Growth Strategy has highlighted a desire to build and extend heat networks across the UK. Helping to turn this aim into reality, AECOM, commissioned by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI), has mapped eight solutions that could result in a capital cost reduction of up to 40% for heat networks in the UK, saving up to £30 billion of investment.

Tyr Energy has chosen Siemens as the technology partner for the Hickory Run Energy Center – a new 1,000 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) to be built by Kiewit Power Constructors in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Part of the financing comes from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) in form of an equity investment, making SFS a 20% owner of the project alongside the Tyr Energy and Kansai Electric Power.

MAN Diesel &Turbo will continue to service 20 gas turbines and compressors on four platforms, run by the Brazilian oil major Petrobras. Following intense negotiations, the two partners have renewed a comprehensive operations and maintenance agreement, extending the cooperation by another three years.

ConEdison Company of New York and Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R), both regulated operating companies of Consolidated Edison, Inc., have begun their advanced metering rollout after the initial implementation of Siemens EnergyIP meter data management software. EnergyIP will manage nearly five million meters by 2022.

Greece has made noticeable progress in recent years on plans to state-owned energy companies and liberalize electricity and gas markets, and the IEA Executive Dr Fatih Birol expects this “impressive programme will lead to more competitive and financially viable energy markets offering choices and low prices to consumers.”

With half of Jamaica’s installed power generation capacity more than 30 years old, the national utility Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has signed a deal with GE Power Services to modernize equipment at the Bogue Power Station (120 MW) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Repowering will see the addition of a fast-start aeroderivative gas turbine (20 MW); works are scheduled to be completed within the first half of 2018.

In Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom, the share of wind and solar in total generation will exceed 25% over the next five years. Come 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects that by 2050 up to 32% of electricity generated will be variable, putting greater stress on reliability.

Having earned the moniker of the UK’s leading experts in standby power and cogeneration systems, Andover-based shentongroup has developed and launched the first integrated uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Called PowerGo, the solution offers peak lopping, solar PV integration and STOR and demand response participation.

Petra Nova, a 654 MW coal-fired power station near Houston, is one of only two operating power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the world – the other one being the 110 MW Boundary Dam plant in Saskatchewan, Canada. The CCS system deployed at Petra Nova captures about 90% of CO2 emitted from the flue gas slipstream, or about 33% of the total emissions from Unit 8.

Demand for natural gas in Spain has ended October with an 8% growth, reaching approximately 29,300 GWh. In the year to date, natural gas demand was up 9%, largely due to the industrial sector which accounts for two thirds of the national demand, Enagas figures show.

India is at the forefront of the shift toward a profitable renewables industry in Asia, as the country’s solar belt has the potential to supply an estimated 749 GW of power generation capacity. In 2017, solar tariffs in came in lower than what it costs India’s largest utility NTPC to produce electricity from coal.

First National Operations and Maintenance Company (NOMAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, has signed a deal with GE Power to implement its Predix asset performance management solution at 26 thermal, wind and solar power generation and water desalination sites in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

News in Brief

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 17– Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Kepco, Tadmax to build 1.3-MW CCGT in Malaysia

Nov 16 – Malaysia’s listed developer Tadmax Resources, together with South Korea’s state-run utility provider Kepco, are planning to build 1,300-MW  combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) some 60km southwest of Kuala Lumpur. The overall project is expected to cost $1 billion. Kepco announced it will invest $50 million to hold a 25% stake, while Tadmax Resources will own the 75% majority share.

Siemens delivers mobile turbines to Afghanistan

Nov 15 – Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bayat Power and the Government of Afghanistan to provide SGT-A45 mobile gas turbines for a three-phase energy project. Upon completion, it will provide more than 200-MW of electricity, enough to meet the needs of more than 700,000 Afghan homes and businesses.

Baker Huges to supply 150MW of power gen equipment to Iraq

Nov 14 – Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has won a contract by PetroChina International Iraq to deliver Frame 6B gas turbine electric generator trains , with a combined output of 150 MW, for production at the onshore Halfaya oilfield in Iraq.

Gazprom gets €700m loan from Unicredit

Nov 13 – Gazprom and Unicredit have signed a five-year loan agreement worth €700 million. The loan will be used by Gazprom for “corporate purposes,” the company said in a statement.

Emerson to retrofit at turbines Engie’s DK6

Nov 10 – Emerson Electric, an American multinational corporation, has won a contract to retrofit controls on two Alstom GT13 turbines at Engie’s DK6 combined-cycle gas power plant (800 MW) in Dunkirk, France. The upgrade is the first time a vendor other than the turbine OEM has been selected to retrofit GT13 combustion turbine controls, Emerson pointed out. The first retrofitted unit is due to be back operational in September 2018, and the second in July 2019.

Rolls-Royce’s trading outlook unchanged

Nov 9 – providing a brief update on its trading outlook, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East reconfirmed the full year outlook. Looking beyond 2017, he added: “While markets for our Power Systems products continue to improve, we note the ongoing weakness in offshore oil and gas markets for Marine and timing changes to new export orders for Defence Aerospace.”

Public consultation starts for Drax’s coal-to-gas conversion

Nov 9 – Plans by Drax Power to upgrade two units at its 2,000 MW coal- and wood pellet-fired power station to run on natural gas have gone to public consultation. The operator said it also notified the UK planning inspectorate about its intention to build a new natural gas pipeline and a 200-MW battery storage at the site near Selby, North Yorkshire.

ABB to optimize its transformer manufacturing

Nov 8 – Swiss-based ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service divisions. In the United States, ABB will consolidate its power transformers manufacturing footprint by investing in its South Boston and Crystal Springs units and discontinue production at its unit in St. Louis, Missouri, which will continue to focus on engineering and service activities.

Flow-Cal launches on-demand gas measurement software

Nov 7 – Flow-Cal Inc., a Houston-based a developer of measurement data management software, has launched CALCit.Cloud, a an on-demand measurement calculator for natural gas and petroleum liquids. It allows users to perform various spot calculations, including gas volume, plate size, liquid correction factors and speed of sound. The source code of the application is in C computer language, or as a DLL that can be integrated into other applications. 

Russia, Iran sign MoE on gas cooperation

Nov 6 – A number of documents, aimed at fostering Russian-Iranian cooperation in the gas sector, were signed in Tehran over the weekend during the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Iran. The parties will evaluate prospects in developing Iranian gas fields with subsequent monetization either through liquefaction and export or petrochemical production. Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) also signed a MoU to work together on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

MHI to launch new engineering company in 2018

Nov 3 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will launch a dedicated engineering company on January 1, 2018, to be named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. The new company, to be formed under an absorption-type split, will take over MHI's engineering businesses relating to chemical plants, transportation systems and environmental technologies. Shigehisa Kobayashi will serve as the new company’s inaugural President and CEO.

AsiaPacific drives growth in global GT market

Nov 2 – Urbanisation and rapid economic growth in Asia Pacific will dominate market during the forecast period, according to MarketsandMarkets. The global market for gas turbines is expected to grow from an estimated $17.51 billion in 2017 to $20.66 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.36%.

Global Power divests Mexico facility for $3.5m

Nov 1 – Global Power Equipment Group has completed the sale of its facility in Mexico and the auction of the remaining production equipment for net proceeds of $3.5 million – about $1.5 million of which will be used to reduce debt. Following the divestment of its Mechanical Solutions segment, Global Power will focus on Electrical Solutions and Services.

GE’s Predix to enhance performance at Energo fleet

Oct 31 – Pakistan-based utility Energy has contracted GE to roll out Predix across its power  generation fleet in Pakistan and Nigeria. Under the 10-year agreement, GE will implement its asset performance management solution, Predix, at Energy’s six power plants with combined capacity of 1,500 MW. The facilities include the 220MW Engro Powergen Qadirpur CCGT, Engro 660MW Thar power plant, 450MW Kolachi CCGT and two new-built wind power sites in Pakistan, as well as the GEL 75MW facility in Nigeria.

Cummins, Microsoft team up in fuel cell lab

Oct 30 – Columbus-based Cummins, a large US maker of diesel engines, has partnered with Microsoft and McKinstry by opening an Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle. The aim is to demonstrate that an enclosed facility, e.g. a data centre, can run without power from the grid by integrating fuel cells directly into the 20-rack data center.

Construction starts for Żerań CCGT in Warsaw

Oct 27 – PGNiG Termika and the consortium of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Polimex-Mostostal have laid the foundation stone for a new combined-cycle gas turbine unit at the Żerań cogeneration power plant in Warsaw. The new unit (output 490 MWe, 326 MWt) will be build by the MHPS/Polimex consortium under an EPC contract; handover is scheduled for 2020.