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.