Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) is GE's first customer in the Middle East to invest in 9E Advanced Gas Path (AGP) technology, upgrading three gas turbines in Dubai.
British Gas owner Centrica is gearing up to claim a £6 million refund from HM Revenue and Customs relating to the Peterborough gas-fired power station, arguing that business rates for the plant and several of its other loss-making gas power units were set too high.
Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NRM Netzdienste Rhein-Main, a 90% subsidiary of Mainova, with a view to identify and quote for PEM Electrolysis power-to-gas projects in Germany and internationally.
The ten major power producers in Japan have consumed 16.3% less fuel oil in October than a year earlier as they stepped up the use of LNG and coal for power generation, data by the Federation of Electric Power Companies shows. The shutdown of Japan's entire nuclear capacity and the shift to fossil fuels has made the Government's carbon emission targets unobtainable.
Turbine service company, Emerson Process Management and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA) have announced plans to extend their alliance for turbine retrofit projects in the Americas. The two companies first signed an agreement to co-operate on turbine retrofits, upgrades and servicing in 2008 and have since collaborated on a number of turbine retrofit projects to improve power plant operations.
U.S. state-owned utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), has announced plans to invest $1 billion in a new gas-fired plant in Kentucky. The news follows a review of TVA's power generating mix and comes alongside the closure of 8 existing coal-fired units.
Singapore has taken a step closer to realising its ambition to become the Asian Henry Hub for liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the announcement of a $1.3 billion investment in East African gas reserves. Pavilion Energy Pte, Singapore's state-owned liquefied natural gas unit, will acquire a 20% stake in three gas blocks in offshore Tanzania.
Though Ukraine's Naftogaz has halted Russian gas imports over a pricing dispute and is unlikely to resume until the end of the year, it claims the transit of gas to Europe will remain unaffected.
Genalta Power's new 4-megawatt produced-gas-to-power plant in Alberta helps reduce gas flaring by making use of the gas associated with Shell's bitumen production in its Peace River oil sands leases.
Two new facilities producing power transmitters and switchgears have been inaugurated in India by ABB, to meet critical demand. The new manufacturing capacity is located in Savli, Northern India and comes in response to ongoing bottlenecks in the country's power transmission infrastructure that repeatedly cause blackouts.
Though dismissing EDF's announcement of a 3.9% price hike, UK energy secretary Ed Davey has ruled out government intervention to cap energy prices. "Price fixing would crush competition rather than encourage it," he said at the annual conference of EnergyUK this week.
Fuel cell technology powered by natural gas could cut data center costs by as much as 20%, analysts at Microsoft have suggested. In a new paper titled, "No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers" researchers estimated that using localised power generation, instead of buying electricity from the grid, could significantly reduce the estimated 38GW of global energy used by data centers each year.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, (MHI) and Tokyo Gas have launched GS16R2, a grid-connected combined heat and power genset with 1.5MW output at 1500rpm. The new product is aims to render distributed generation less complex and costly for medium-size factories, hospitals or urban redevelopment areas in Japan.
Power producers in emerging markets will continue to favour coal over natural gas due to lower fuel costs as economic growth in non-OECD countries will bring forward 1,065 GW of new coal power projects compared with just 850 GW of gas-fired power. These latest figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that cost will remain the primary driver for new power developments as fossil fuels remain the dominant source of energy worldwide.
The drive to replicate the US unconventional gas revolution in Europe and China has the potential to turn gas into much more of a 'buyers' market', which could lower the price of gas paid to producers under long-term gas contracts, IEA analyst Dan Dorner and Societe Generale analyst Thierry Bros told the UK's House of Lords economic affairs committee.