Demand for new highly efficient gas power plants will not abate in Japan and South Korea regardless of high costs for LNG as a fuel, says GE's regional general manager power generation for Asia Pacific, Ramesh Singaram. As for Japan, he sees an annual demand for 3.5 to 4 gigawatt of new-build capacity over the next ten year. "Anything coming from nuclear would be upside," he told Gas to Power Journal.
Better understanding of heat transfer along the walls of gas combustion engines helps to design a new generation of low emission turbines, research at the University of Virginia Tech shows. "Future systems can more accurately target cooling to those areas that overheat." Professor Srinath Ekkad, lead investigator told Gas to Power Journal, suggesting combustor liner cooling can help reduce NOx emissions by up to 40%.
The operator of Dabhol, India's largest gas-fired power plant, are considering renting out the 1,967-megawatt plant to private electricity producers under a tolling model, after operations were halted due to domestic gas shortages. Burning LNG instead is not an option: "We cannot recover the high cost of imported gas," said the plant operator RGPPL.
GDF SUEZ's mothballed Teesside Power Station is set to be demolished following the cessation of power generation at the plant in April. "The decision was taken as a result of our view of the UK electricity market going forward as well as the inability of Teesside to compete with newer more efficient technology," a GDF Suez spokesperson told Gas to Power Journal.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a significant potential to increase power output, and cut fuel consumption by one-fifth, via efficiency savings on existing and planned gas-fired power plant assets, the International Energy Authority (IEA) finds.
As the US gas turbine fleet grows older, more and more plant managers consider Human Machine Interface (HMI) upgrades, according to Frank Hoegler, vice president sales Americas for Turbine Technology Services (TTS) "Aging HMI hardware can become a burden on plant operations, so plant managers are actively seeking to avoid these issues by upgrading their HMIs," he told Gas to Power Journal.
Poland's incumbent power producer, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and gas supplier Polish Oil and Gas Company, PGNiG, have joined forces to add a new combined-cycle gas turbine at PGE's Grozow power plant to expand its capacity by 138 MW. Upgrade works come at an estimated cost of $181 million.
With south-east Asia's energy demand set to increase 40% by 2020, with 90% of the increase happening in SE Asia, technology like advanced gas path (AGP) helps enhance installed and new power generation assets, says Fintan Tuffy, general manager for fleet analytics and performance management at GE Power & Water. GE expanded its AGP technology to 9F-3, 9E gas turbines – the backbone of most of its installations in Southeast Asia.
Shell is in close contact with the UK energy department negotiating the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to make 385 MW gas-turbine at Petershead Power Station in Scotland carbon-capture ready. "The Competition is progressing well," DECC representative said, "contracts will be signed in due course."
Governments in Asia should develop an 'energy plan' that includes all fuel sources with the view of maximising the amount of private capital investment in new power projects, suggests Robert McGregor, managing director of HSBC Hong Kong's resource & energy group.
Though project financiers see more and more decentralised gas-fired projects mushrooming in China, Asia's fastest growing economy will continue to dent the bulk of its energy needs by burning coal, projects financiers and lawyers agreed at a panel debate in Bangkok today.
A new circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boiler was introduced by Alstom at Power-Gen Asia in Thailand, Wednesday. The unit offers 660 MW or more in output, based on the type of fuel used, and relies on the efficiency of ultra-supercritical (USC) steam conditions and the flexibility of circulating fluidised beds.
Saudi Arabia is set to burn more of its domestic gas resources to generate power as it invests $109 billion to increase alternative and renewable energy sources. "Over the past two years we have seen a renewed commitment to alternative energies by the Saudi government," James Fallon, Saudi analyst at Control Risks said speaking to Gas to Power Journal.
Coal is set to overtake natural gas as it emerges as the "fuel of choice" in Southeast Asia due to its relative abundance and affordability, as the region's power demand is nearly doubling over the next two decades, forecast Yerim Park, Programme Officer - South East Asia, International Energy Agency (IEA).
The pace of depletion of Thailand's gas resources is concerning policy makers as it puts power supply security at risks and threatens to lead to high costs for gas and power imports. "If we do nothing, our energy import dependence will top 95% by 2030," Dr. Twarath Sutabutr, deputy director general at Thailand's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency warned, singling out renewable energy and interconnectors a key solutions.