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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.

News in Brief

Siemens opens Pittsburg Service Center

Nov 16 – Pittsburgh Service Center (PSC), a $32 million state-of the art facility spanning over 300,000 square feet, has been opened by Siemens in Mount Pleasant. The centre is home to Siemens Turbine Generator Specialty Services (TGSS) which belongs to the company’s large-scale turbine segment

Drax faces legal action over Repower project

Nov 15 – Britain’s power producer Drax is facing a law suit over plans to start converting two coal-fired units at the plant into four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). Drax argues the move will help it exit coal by 2023, but environmentalist object the Repower project, arguing it would “risk locking in high-carbon energy onto the grid until 2050.”

U.S. turbine market to top 14GW by 2024

Nov 14 – The U.S. industrial gas turbine market is expected to exceed 14 GW by 2024. Federal government initiatives to expand the penetration of natural gas-fired station will augment the industry outlook, according to a Market Study Report.

Xcel snaps up Mankato Energy Center

Nov 13 – U.S. electric utility Xcel Energy has agreed to purchase Mankato Energy Center in Minnesota from Southern Power in a $650 million deal. A second gas-fired power unit is scheduled to come online in 2019, set to increase the plant’s total generating capacity to 760 MW.

Shell re-focuses on new energies

Nov 12 – Electricity and new green fuels have risen on the agenda of Royal Dutch Shell, with the company announcing plans to invest up to $2 billion a year through to 2020. “That might seem modest by oil and gas standards, but we can do a lot with it in this space,” commented Brian Davis, Shell’s VP energy solutions.

Kollsnes shut down

Nov 9 – A collision between the frigate Helge Ingstad and the tanker TS Sola off the Sture terminal near Bergen in western Norway has led to the closure of the Vestprosess pipeline and Kollsnes gas processing plant, the Norwegian TSO Gassco said in a market note.

MHPS to service Uzbekenergo’s power plants

Nov 8 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed an accord with state-owned Uzbekenergo and Mitsubishi Corp to collaborate in a service and maintenance program (CSMP) for power plants in Uzbekistan. The agreement is meant to help grow the reach of Japanese companies in Central Asia.

Austria to import more Russian gas

Nov 7 – Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and OMV of Austria have signed Gazprom and OMV an amendment to their supply contract, stipulating deliveries to Austria will be increased by 1 Bcm/y beyond the contractual. In the first ten month of 2018, alone supplies of Russian pipeline gas have grown by a third compared to the previous year, reaching 8.8 Bcm.

UK launches 1st geothermal plant

Nov 6 – The UK’s first geothermal electricity plant has gotten underway today, backed by £18 million in funding. Drilling started using a rig from Helsinki. Once operational, demonstration plant will deliver up to 3 MW of electricity to the National Grid.

Germans register more EVs

Nov 5 – Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity in Germany: The share of pure EVs in s new car registrations climbed to 1.3% in October, as the total number of new EVs increased 55% year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Hybrid cars account for a 4.4% market share, diesel fell to 31.8% and the lion’s share of 62.3% is still taken by petrol models.

GE retrofits Wet FDG in India

Nov 2 – India’s largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. has asked GE Power to supply and install Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization (Wet FDG) technology at four power plants in a deal worth US$247 million. The four facilities are the 2x660 MW Solapur power plant, the 2x660 MW Tanda Stage-II, the 1x500 MW Feroze Gandhi Unchahar project and the 2x660 MW Meja power project.

Floating power barge

Nov 1 – Siemens has developed barge-based, turnkey floating power solutions that take a critical part of an FLNG facility’s infrastructure — power generation — off a project’s critical path. According to the manufacturer, this helps reduce overall project execution time by as much as 25% or more, maximizing return on investment.

KBR posts 28% rise in profit

Oct 31 – U.S. engineering company KBR has reported a rise in net profits and voiced optimism to secure more mid-scale LNG and downstream projects with its joint venture partner ConocoPhillips. Third-quarter revenues rose by more than 23% to $1.27 billion, compared with $1.03bn in Q3-2017. Net profit was $58 million, up 28% from $45m in the year-ago period.

Togo: IPP gets go-ahead

Oct 30 – Eranove, a private equity-backed independent power producer (IPP), has received the green light for a $110 million power project in Togo. A concession agreement was signed for the combined-cycle power plant to be built in the area of Lomé port. The Spanish firm Grupo TSK was selected as EPC contractor for the 65-MW project.

Goldman, Cargill fined for avoiding tax on Teeside

Oct 29 – Goldman Sachs and Cargill have been hit with a £79 million fine for dogging tax on their ownership of a Teesside power plant. The two U.S. banking giants took over Teesside Power Ltd after the collapse of Enron in 2001, and HM Revenue and Customs just won a court case against the two trading houses over a tax avoidance scheme.

Gazprom to start production at Kovyktinskoye in 2019

Oct 26 –The Russian gas giant Gazprom has announced it will to start production drilling at the vast Kovyktinskoye field in 2019, with a view to start feeding gas from Kovyktinskoye into the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in late 2022. Situated in eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal, the field holds an estimated 2.7 Tcm of gas reserves, and 90.6 million tons of gas condensate, and 25 Bcm/y of planned design capacity.

MAN launches ETB blower in China

Oct 25 – A new Electrical Turbo Blower, the designated ETB40, has been launched by MAN Energy Solutions at a ceremony in Shanghai hosted by its two-stroke licensee, CSSC-MES Diesel Co. (CMD). The blower raises the exhaust-gas pressure in order to overcome the pressure difference between exhaust gas and scavenging air receiver.