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Gas supply to Dabhol, India's largest gas-fired power plant (1,967 MW) has received a boost with the opening of the 1,000 km Dabhol-Bengaluru gas pipeline by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Fast-ramp power provider, APR Energy, has signed a contract to deliver and install a 40MW gas turbine plant in Angola. The unit will utilise GE’s mobile gas turbine technology and follows a strategic alliance between APR and GE announced in October.

U.S. power producers, Capital Power and Enmax, have announced plans to jointly develop a 1,050MW gas-fired power plant west of Edmonton, Alberta. The two unit plant will be located near the site of the existing Genesee coal-fired operation with construction expected to be completed between 2018 and 2020.

Russian energy major, Gazprom, will submit draft proposals, covering its gas pricing and concessions strategy, to European Union officials this month in response to a probe from the EU's competition commission. The announcement follows a "constructive" meeting between Gazprom's deputy chairman, Alexander Medvedev, and the bloc's anti-competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia earlier this week.

American multinational, General Motors (GM), has announced plans to invest $24 million in two power plants fuelled by landfill gas. The plants will be based at the company's Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orion, Mich., assembly plants and will increase total onsite gas power generation to 40% and 54% ot total consumption respectively.

The State of Michigan has approved plans from the Holland Board of Public Works (BPW) for a 114-megawatt gas-fired plant. The plant will cost an estimated $182 million and will be sited on a 26-acre site in the downtown area of Holland, MI.

The UK parliament rejected plans for tougher regulation on coal-fired power on Wednesday, giving older coal plants a longer lease of life and raising further uncertainty over the shape of proposed capacity markets. "The government is already worried about peak capacity issues given the loss of the LCPD plant and losing more would have meant that the UK would really have struggled to keep the lights on," Trevor Skiroski, analyst at Energy Aspects told Gas to Power Journal.

The use of natural gas for power generation in the U.S. has fallen 13% in the year to date (ytd) as compared with the same period in 2012, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported. The reduction in demand came as a result of cooler summer weather and relatively higher natural gas prices compared with coal prices.

ACWA Power and Samsung C&T and have been awarded a $1.2bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Rabigh II Independent Power Project (R2IPP) in Saudi Arabia. The R2IPP plant will deliver some 2,060MW and is expected to be operational by 2017.

The Mexican Senate has approved far-ranging electoral reforms that open the path for energy sector reforms to follow, allowing state-controlled energy major Pemex to open up the sector to private investors. The bill has now been passed to the lower house of the Mexican parliament for review, with a vote expected by 15 December 2013.

Rare but catastrophic failures in gas turbines may soon be preventable thanks to research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Science. "Our research aims to widen the operating range of for gas turbine engines, preventing lean blow-out and reducing the pollution emission by optimization of fuel atomization," Liu Cunxi, researcher at the Academy's laboratory of light duty gas turbines told Gas to Power Journal.

The Saudi government plans to spend around SR110 billion on new projects to improve power and water infrastructure in the Kingdom, according to a statement from the Saudi Minister of Water and Electricity, Abdullah Al-Hussayen.

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that energy demand growth in non-OECD countries will drive worldwide increases in gas power generation of 2.5% per year over the next two decades. The projections are published as part of the IEA's International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) report and predict that energy use in non-OECD countries will grow by 2.2% per year, with their share of global energy use rising from 54% of total in 2010 to 65% in 2040.

Power company, GDF SUEZ, has been awarded a contract to build a 500 MW gas and diesel plant in Ilo, in the south of Peru as part of the government's Nodo Energético del Sur strategy. The deal is valued at $500 million and the plant is expected to start commercial operation in March 2017 alongside the company's existing Ilo 2 plant.

Finnish power producer, Fortum, has commenced operation at its Nyagan-2 power plant unit in Russia. The unit is the second of three CCGT plants at the site and has a capacity of 424 MW.

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.