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US engineering major GE has joint forces with China Xian Electric Group (XD Electric) with the aim to double sales of digital power transmission produces to $4 billion over the next decade. GE is understood to have paid 3.38 billion yuan ($552 million) to acquire a 15 percent stake in XD Electric.

Denmark's largest utility, Dong Energy, reportedly considers selling its 832MW gas-fired Severn Power Station - one of Britain's most modern gas-fired power plants for up to £500 million, though the UK Big 6 power producers are deemed unlikely to purchase the asset. A Dong representative declined to comment on banking speculation about a possible divestment of the asset but stressed the company's focus on wind power in the UK.

Nine out of ten businesses in the UK believe the government's flagship energy policy under the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) will burden the industry by making cost more difficult to predict, shows research released today by Npower. The £10 billion EMR programme guarantees a fixed price for green energy production, which is feared to increase electricity prices and reduce competitiveness of the UK economy.

Chinese investors are gearing up to spend close to $4 trillion on building and commissioning 88GW of new power generation capacity every year between now and 2030 – mainly hydro, renewables and gas-fired plants. A report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that China may annually start-up the equivalent of the UK's total generating capacity, boosting supply by more than 1,500GW in the coming 18 years.

French power generation conglomerate Alstom will supply a flue gas cleaning and heat recovery system for a new €120 million (SEK1,050 million) waste-to- energy CHP plant in the city of Linköping, Sweden. It is set to generate 80MW of power.

Emera, a privately-owned Canadian utility, is spending $541 million to acquire American generator Capital Power Corporation's combined-cycle gas-fired (CCGT) power stations on the US East Coast. Capital Power simultaneously announced it would wind down its commodity and energy trading business outside Alberta before year end. It said "operating complexity is significantly reduced by the divestiture of the northeast US plants."

Saudi state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco is boosting its energy independence and cost control with plans to build a three combined heat and power (CHP) facilities, with a combined value of 650 million USD in Saudi Arabia, each at a different oil processing and refinery facility.

Contractors Siemens Energy and GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C), have completed handover of 415MW Dangjin 3, a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Dangjin-City, South Korea. The client is South Korean power utility GS EPS.

Scotland-headquartered turbine services company, Wood Group GTS has upgraded its two facilities in Aberdeen, UK and Houston, US to add more gas turbine maintenance services for turbines used to power industrial oil and gas production. Previously, these engine lines were supported nearly exclusively by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). 

Eon's 1,320MW Grain Power Station, a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant outside of London, UK that powers a major UK LNG terminal would have to be relocated if plans to build a £68 billion ($106.6 billion) airport on the spot are realised. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has approved proposal for the new airport planned for the Isle of Grain, 43 miles from London in Kent.

US Charge d'Affaires for South Africa, Catherine Hill-Herndon, has said a new gas field south of Cape Town, Ibhubesi, could potentially be used as a source of natural gas to fuel the South African government's plan for gas-fired power plants.

Panda Power Funds, a private energy investor, has acquired Moxie Energy's 829MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant under construction, in rural Asylum, Pennsylvania near the Marcellus Shale gas formation. It is the fund's fourth CCGT investment in the past 13 months.

GE has agreed to supply two gas turbine-generators for a 200MW, state-owned combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Bhola, Bangladesh. The new plant is supporting a plan to increase electricity capacity nationwide from 8 to 20 gigawatts (GW) over the course of eight years, as it adds exports and prevents load shedding.

Dallas-based independent power developer Panda Power Funds will build the proposed 859MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) Panda Mattawoman power plant, in Brandywine, southern Maryland, near the US capital of Washington DC. The Mattawoman project, scheduled for commissioning in 2016, is intended to cover the gap between power supply and demand in the region.

The Nigerian government's National Council on Privatization has received 110 submissions from joint venture companies interested in operating 10 power plants under construction, including gas-fired ones. The Nigerian government is in the midst of a privatisation program that will draw to a close at end of this year, a deadline set out by Vice President Namadi Sambo, chairman of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).

News in Brief

Aramco collaborates with Schneider Electric

Sept 21 – Saudi Aramco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Schneider Electric to work together on various advanced digital technologies, including virtual reality. The MoU is one of several accords to support the Aramco’s 2020 Transformation Programme and the kingdom’s own Vision 2030 economic blueprint.

GE appoints new CCO

Sept 20 – Jennifer Erickson has been named Chief Communications Officer (CCO) for General Electric with immediate effect. Erickson will report to Linda Boff, Chief Marketing & Learning Officer, GE who called her “hard work, superb instincts and team leadership” as a great asset to help transform GE for the future.

ENGIE rated “industry leader” in DJSI

Sept 20 – ENGIE has been rated “industry leader” in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and Europe indices in 2018. In the area Multi and Water Utilities it achieved a score of 82 out of 100.

Fuel cell CHP market keeps growing at +24%

Sept 19 – The global market for fuel cell for combined heat and power (CHP) applications is forecast to grow at an annual rate of over 24% through 2022. Fuels cells are considered a clean source of energy that is highly expandable and can be used in a variety of applications. Top manufacturers include: Bloom Energy, FuelCell Energy, Viessmann, Baxi, Ceres Power, Doosan Fuel Cell and Toshiba.

Siemens Gamesa stays in DJ Sustainability Index

Sept 18 – For the ninth time running, Siemens Gamesa has been confirmed as member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI World). The Spanish company scored particularly well in the areas of codes of business conduct, supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency and product stewardship.

Oldest U.S. power plant retires

Sept 17 - The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, a 625 MW single-unit GE boiling water reactor in New Jersey, will retire today. The plant, situated 50 miles east of Philadelphia, first came online in December 1969 and is the oldest commercially operated nuclear power plant in the United States.

Power of Siberia 93% complete

Sept 14 – Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller has informed his Chinese counterpart at CNPC, Wang Yilin, that 93% or over 2,010 kilometers of the Power of Siberia pipeline’s linear part from the Chayandinskoye field to the border with China has been welded and laid. The submerged crossing under the Amur is also “nearly complete.”

Industry benefits of cheap Marcellus gas

Sept 13 – Commercial and industrial users in Pennsylvania have saved about $17.2 billion as a result of the low price of natural gas. Abundant production out of the Marcellus Shale and helped push the price down from $10.39 per thousand cubic feet in 2008 to currently below $3, and occasionally lower.

DNV GL opens digital hub in Singapore

Sept 12 – Driving digitalization across the oil & gas, maritime and energy sectors, DNV GL has launched a new digital hub in Singapore. Named Digital Consulting and Smart Cities, the new hub includes three teams covering smart cities, cybersecurity and digital development – all based on DNV GL’s data management platform Veracity.

Siemens launches floating power barge

Sept 11 – Siemens has developed barge-based, turnkey floating power solution that takes a critical part of an FLNG facility off a project’s critical path. According to the manufacturer, the integrated turnkey solution helps reduce overall project execution time by 25% or more.

ENGIE, Maltem found Blockchain Studio

Sept 10 –The French utility ENGIE and Maltem, an advisory on digitalization, have jointly founded a Blockchain Studio to make this technology more accessible to energy companies. An initial €1,9 million in seed funding has been secured, the companies said, which will be used to develop activities in southern Europe, and open an office in Singapore at the beginning o f 2019.

UPS for Dubrovnik Airport

Sept 7 – A new data center for Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia has been equipped with modular uninteruptible power supply (UPS). The solution ABB’s DPA UPScale ST 60 system CBAT-120 battery cabinets and the Rittal IT solutions.

FirstEnergy modernizes grid in Ohio

Sept 6 – FirstEnergy has started to rebuild and modernize an existing 69-kilovolt (kV) power line in its Ohio service area. The project is part of Energizing the Future, an investment initiative that has already led to a 37% reduction in equipment-related transmission outages across FirstEnergy ‘s power work in Ohio and the Penn Power territory in western Pennsylvania.

Wärtsilä supplies engines for 145-MW plant in Myanmar

Sept 5 – Wärtsilä gas engines have arrived at Ahlone port in Yangon, Myanmar, designated for a 145-MW power plant being built by Powergen Kyaukse Co. on behalf of Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Powergen Kyaukse said it started civil works on site in preparation for installing the gas turbines. EPC contractor for the overall project is SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction of China.

Gas Turbine Control appoints new COO

Sept 4 – Gas Turbine Controls (GTC), supplier of replacement parts for all versions of GE power plant control systems particularly the Speedtronic series, has appointed John SantaCroce as new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). John’s experience in finances, distribution and international sales is meant to benefit GTC clients through new products and service offerings

PennEnergy snaps up RexEnergy assets

Sept 3 – Pennsylvania-based gas producer PennEnergy has acquired nearly all assets of its former rival Rex Energy in a cash deal valued at an estimated US$600.5 million. Rex Energy recently filed for bankruptcy and had been primarily active in oil and gas exploration in the Appalachian Basin.

New GIS launched with 72.5kW

Aug 31 – GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has launched a new compact F35 Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) for 72.5 kV networks. With a bay volume reduced by 23% and a 30% reduction in SF6 mass this new GIS allows the power voltage transformer to feed auxiliaries under “no wind” conditions, making it an ideal interface with a view to grid balancing.