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.