Daily News

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.

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.