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A property owners' joint venture, Wrexham Power Ltd, confirmed plans to spend about £800 million to build Wrexham Energy Centre, a 1,200MW gas-fired power plant, located south of Liverpool in northern Wales. The plant will be adaptable for future Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology which is not yet widely used on gas-fired plants.

Upcoming capacity payments in the UK will need to guarantee Independent Power Producers (IPPs) a stable revenue stream of at least twice the currently calculated Cost of New Entrant (CONE) to make investment in new efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants economically viable, Mike Benson, business development director at Carlton Power told Gas to Power Journal.

Gas engine supplier Wärtsilä has signed a ten year service agreement with Energy Developments Ltd (EDL) of Australia to maintain the remote 53MW McArthur River Mine power plant, a plant under construction in Australia's Northern Territory.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has won a full-turnkey order to build a 977MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant on behalf of Thailand's independent power producer Khanom Electricity Generating Co. (KEGCO).

A slight expansion of Europe's thermal power generation capacity would suffice to supplement and balance the surge in intermittent renewable energy supply, said GlobalData's senior power analyst, Sowmyavadhana Srinivasan.

"Disappointing gas power demand" and a "supply creep" have pushed US gas prices back to February 2013 levels, Morgan Stanley analysts said today, forecasting Henry Hub prices for natural gas will average $3.42/MMBtu for 3Q13 and $3.69/MMBtu for 4Q13.

India's federal government has allotted natural gas supplies from new production areas of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) to operators of 25 power plants in an effort to alleviate supply shortages and keep the plants operational.

Satellite capacity for global data operations is set to expand fivefold over the next five years, allowing power TSOs to accurately forecast intermittent renewable power supply and fine-tune grid operations accordingly. "Global energy markets have witnessed a revolution in the provision of telemetry data of all kind since the inception of the smart grid programme," said Henrik Nørrelykke, CobhamSATCOM's vice president of land services.

UK-based manufacturer M1 Engineering has seen a spike in orders for its 40ft ISO Cryogenic LNG container, used to hold feed-gas at remote industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plants. "We know that people have been using it as a mobile storage facility. It's very easy to put onsite compared to a vertical storage tanker and I think the planning application is very much easier with it being an already approved piece of transport equipment," Jason Gil, technical sales director for M1 Engineering told Gas to Power Journal.

Norway's incumbent utility Statkraft has stopped commercial operation of two loss-making gas-fired power plants in Germany with a combined capacity of 1,200 MW, putting the Knapsack and the Herdecke plant in a 'wet reserve'.

Malaysia's government has decided to abolish subsidies on domestic gas prices early next year, prompting analysts to forecast a hike in national electricity tariffs by up to 50 percent.

In the wake of gas shortages, India's largest power generator Essar Power gears up to increase coal import by a fifth to underpin plans to convert some of its gas-fired power plants to run on coal. The move may set a precedent for other utilities, and could herald an increase in India's majority share of coal generation.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $4,998,319 in funding for ten university research projects on making gas turbines more durable and fuel-flexible, covering the lion's share of the total project costs of $6,314,361.

German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has teamed up with industry partners Alstom and Rolls-Royce to invest some 47 million euros into gas turbine research infrastructure at DLR's Cologne site, including a combustor test facility that is set to startup in mid-2014.

American IPP Calpine Corporation this week started commercial operations of two CCGT power plants with a combined capacity of almost 1GW near San Francisco, California, the new 619MW Russell City Energy Center and the preexisting 309MW Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility.

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.