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Japanese power producer, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), has announced it will increase the volume of LNG it purchases annually from 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 40 mtpa as part of a new business plan approved by government. The erstwhile operator of the Fukushima plant aims to increase electricity output from gas-fired plant in the country to make up for lost nuclear capacity and to recover its weak financial position.

A prototype of a new small-scale electric generator offers the potential to capture untapped power from natural gas pipelines using a device known as a Tri-Axial Generator (TAG). Justin Michael Wyatt, co-founder of Magnetar, the company behind the design, told Gas to Power Journal that TAG is a new type of small hydroelectric generator which operates in existing pipelines and uses the fluid's kinetic energy to spin our open-centre impeller to produce electricity.

In a move to maximise production from the UK’s estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of shale gas, the government has announced generous tax breaks to producers and promised local councils 100% of fees from resultant business rates. Figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) predict that widespread UK shale gas production could reduce the implied price of dispatchable gas-fired power generation to around £50/MWh.

Strong seasonal gas demand from Japan and China this winter and tight LNG supply in the Pacific Basin has propelled up prices for LNG delivery over the next four to eight weeks to $19.30/mmBtu, prompting some power producers to consider switching to burning fuel oil.

Japan is to fund construction of a new $174 million gas-fired power plant in Mozambique to meet burgeoning power demand in the country. The project comes as Mozambique faces increased attention from global investors, eager to tap the country’s extensive natural gas reserves, and marks the first visit to the country  by a Japanese leader since 2004.

Power systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce has started to carry out an order to supply five Trent60 gas turbines to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company to help boost oil and gas processing at the Satah Al-Razboot (SARB) offshore project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Thai manufacturing and trading company, Gunkul Engineering, is to invest $363 billion in new power projects in South-East Asia over the next two years. The company aims to transform itself into a regional power producer and generate at least 300MW of electricity by 2016.

As utilities in Beijing, Shanghai and the Guandong province are switching to burn more gas for power production, the severity of China's winter is now "the biggest single question" for suppliers on global gas markets, analysts at Energy Aspects suggest.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. power producers are expected to show an increase of 2% over 2013, as the use of coal-fired power plant rebounded slightly driven by an uptick in natural gas prices, according to preliminary figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

As India's government has issued a new gas pricing formula, pushing up prices from currently $4.2/mmbtu to about $8.4/mmbtu, the price hike undermines the economics of producing electricity by burning gas and puts projects that are under development at risk.

Micro-power systems manufacturer, ENER-G Combined Power, has announced the launch of a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit that is 30% smaller than previous versions. The E50 gas-fired CHP delivers 50KW output at 90% efficiency and is designed for small district heating schemes both for commercial and residential use.

Power equipment manufacturer Toshiba Corporation is set to integrate its existing Toshiba India and Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator subsidiaries under the new brand of Toshiba JSW Power Systems with a view to better tackle the growing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) market in India.

Siemens has won an order for the turnkey construction of a 600-megawatt combined-cycle gas power plant in Turkey. The new Bandirma II plant has been purchased by Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON, and will be the second plant in the country utilising the SGT5-8000H gas turbine.

As power producers in the United States increasingly prefer utilising natural gas over coal, the industry emitted 42% less sulphur dixoide (SO2) and 40% less sulfur dioxide (NOx) (40%) and SO2, a study finds.

Servitization – a process where a manufacturer provides its expertise and service throughout the life of its product – can help combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants in the UK meet the challenges of a changing energy market, Alexander Bill, Service Manager at Alstom's Power Division told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.

News in Brief

Controversy about planned CCGT in California

Feb 22 – Environmentalist have filed a lawsuit against plans to build a 634 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Palmdale, a city north of Los Angeles. The hybrid gas and solar plant had been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC), although a developer has not been found yet.

GE installs and services 9E turbine in Iraq

Feb 21 – GE Power has delivered and installed a 9E gas turbine to Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity’s (MoE) Al Qudus power plant. Throughout 2019, GE will also service up to seven GE 9E gas turbines at the facility, helping to maintain a stable power output of up to 875 MW.

MHI to join Cybersecurity Charter

Feb 20 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a letter of intent to join the Charter of Trust for cybersecurity by the end of September, expanding the charter’s reach into Asia. Initiated by Siemens, the charter calls for binding rules and standards on cybersecurity as digitalization advances. Other signatories include AES, Airbus, Allianz, Atos, Cisco, Daimler, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, Enel, IBM, NXP, SGS, Total and TÜV Süd.

Substation market grows at 9.4% rate

Feb 19 – The gas-insulated substation market, currently valued at $17.3 billion, is anticipated to grow at a rate of more than 9.4% in the years through to 2025. Analysts say rising demand for low maintenance and small power systems will boost the market, particularly for large infrastructure projects such as smart city where GIS substations are well-suited due to their high efficiency and compact size.

Amprion advances P2G project in Germany

Feb 18 – Amprion, together with Open Grid Europe (OGE), are striving to get a €150 million Power-to-Gas project in Germany into operation by 2023. The pilot plant includes a 100 MW electrolyser that converts renewable energy into hydrogen and methane for use in the district of Emsland, northern Germany.

MHPS leads on post F-class turbines

Feb 15 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System (MHPS) secured most orders in 2018 for newest-generation turbines, while GE booked most order for turbines of all classes amongst its rivals. For so-called post F-class turbines, MHPS reportedly achieved 49% of orders, compared with 34% for GE and 16% for Siemens.

UK inflation down amid fall in energy prices

Feb 14 – Falling energy bills and fuel prices have pushed down UK inflation to a two-year low in January, according the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Inflation had peaked at a five-year high of 3.1% in November 2017, and is currently at just 1.8% – below the Bank of England’s 2% inflation target.

Lahmeyer is now Tractebel

Feb 13 –The German engineering and consulting company Lahmeyer International is now operating under the Tractebel, with the new company name; Tractebel Engineering GmbH. Tractebel reached a turnover of €662 million in 2018, and is part of the French energy group ENGIE.

BECCS pilot project starts at Drax

Feb 12 – The 4,000-MW Drax Power Station has started using bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology, capturing up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. The Drax demo plant in Selby, North Yorkshire, moves Britain further ahead in the race to develop BECCS technologies

Demand for power ships up 3.6% through 2026

Feb 11 – The global market for floating LNG-fuelled power ships is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.6%, exceeding exceed $1,073 million by 2026, according to ResearchandMarkets estimates. Power ships with a capacity between 100 MW and 150 MW, and usually leased for short durations, will cover most of the demand growth which is centred in Asia Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

Australia’s H2U uses NovaLT turbine

Feb 8 – H2U, an Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer, will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine at is hydrogen and ammonia supply chain demonstrating plant in Port Lincoln. The greentech project integrates a 15 MW electrolyser plant, a 10 MW hydrogen-fired gas turbine and a 5 MW fuel cell, all of which set to supply electricity to the power grid in South Australia.

EC rules out Siemens/Alstom mobility merger

Feb 7 –The European Commission has decided to prohibit the proposed combination of the Siemens and Alstom mobility businesses. As a result of this prohibition, the merger will not proceed.

PG&E seeks to re-organize

Feb 6 – Having just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) now seeks to restructure and access up to $6 billion in financing to help it operate while under bankruptcy protection. In a filing to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the district of northern California, PG&E listed assets of $71.39 billion and liabilities of $51.69 billion.

Contigo enhances trading of DB Energy

Feb 5 – Contigo, together with the consulting firm Nevento, have introduced a new energy trading system at DB Energie of Deutsche Bahn. The system’s new functionality provides fast and easy access to business data and credit risk information, enabling effective decision making in energy trading.

ABB, Intel cooperate on digital substations

Feb 4 – ABB and Intel have agreed to jointly sell automation systems for utilities. At the core of the agreement is ABB Ability smart substation control for electrical systems, SSC600, powered by Intel Xeon processors.

Backup power for Hinkley Point C

Feb 1 – Rolls Royce will provide MTU diesel gensets to provide back-up power to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The generators, Type MTU 396 TB33 with 3600 kW output each, will provide emergency power in case of an outage of the site’s standing power supply

Gauging UK’s shift to green energy

Jan 31 – Engineering consultancy WSP has been selected to model the impact of low carbon technologies on the UK’s electricity networks. It will also work with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on the Distribution Losses Mechanism Study.