Rather than sourcing flexibility from part-loaded conventional generation, Wärtsilä Power Plants believes that electricity markets should embrace high efficiency peaking and load-following power that can rapidly ramp up from standstill to provide the super-fast flexibility needed to balance large fluctuations of wind and solar power, says Melle Kruisdijk, Wärtsilä's Market Development Director for Europe.
Charles D Lamb Energy Center – a 103 megawatt (MW) gas-fired peaking plant – will be built to replace purchase contracts and meet energy demand growth in the US state of Oklahoma, the investor Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) said in an informational meeting.
Black Hills Corporation has begun construction of its new 132MW gas-fired Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station, located five miles (8km) southeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The plant will include one simple-cycle combustion turbine unit and one combined-cycle unit. It is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2014.
SSE has called gas-fired generation in the UK "barely profitable, if at all" in its annual report for the 2012/13 fiscal year, due to spark spreads throughout the year being "stubbornly low, if not negative." The company said that a combination of minimal economic growth, a sustained fall in underlying energy demand and high wholesale prices were largely to blame for the difficult environment facing gas-fired power generation.
Singapore's Semcorp Industries is considering delaying a planned expansion of its gas-fired power capacity on Jurong Island due to concerns over the risk of oversupply or power generation capacity.
Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries has officially opened its $1billion gas-fired Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (Salalah IWPP) in Oman on Sunday. The plant provides electricity (445MW net) and water (69,000 cubic meters a day) to the government-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company under a 15 year power and water purchase agreement.
Toshiba Infrastructure South America Ltd (TIC-SA) has expanded production of electricity transformers in Brazil, "Renewable energy sources need transformers to connect with existing grid [and] this need will show a solid rise in emerging nations [such as Brazil] with its high growth rates," Atsushi Ido, Toshiba representative told Gas to Power Journal.
National leaders in the EU and the Commission are confronted with a trade-off between keeping energy prices high to encourage greater energy efficiency or taking measures to lower prices to help ease pressure on consumers and support Europe's energy intensive industries, the EU's Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told the European Parliament during a debate in Strasburg on Tuesday.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded Siemens Energy two contracts valued at approximately SAR1 billion ($266 million) for the supply of five SGT6-2000E gas turbines to power stations in the Rafa, Rafha, Qurayyat and Arar areas as well as for the construction of the Al-Kharj-2 substation.
Wärtsilä, a supplier of gas engines and power plant solutions, has won a contract from the Russian independent power producer (IPP) Transmashenergo to supply and commission an 110MW power plant. Once operational, the plant "will be by far the largest power plant running on Wärtsilä engines in Russia," the company said.
The use of Tomo-Lithographic Molding (TOMO) manufacturing technology, developed by Mikro Systems, in a range of gas turbine machinery improves the cooling capabilities of gas turbines and increases overall efficiency."[When] applied to gas turbines, [TOMO technology] enables more sophisticated airfoil designs with improved cooling characteristics, which leads to higher operating temperatures and improved efficiency," Tim Rokita, Siemens representative told Gas to Power Journal.
NorthWestern Energy has started commercial operation of its new $55 million natural gas-fired peaking Unit 2 with a capacity of 60MW in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The new generating unit complements an existing peaking unit and is powered by a 60MW Pratt & Whitney gas turbine generator.
Sembcorp Industries has commissioned and started commercial operations of its $1billion gas-fired Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (Salalah IWPP) in Oman. The plant provides electricity (445MW net) and water (69 000 cubic meters a day) to the government-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company under a 15 year power and water purchase agreement.
The impact of the US shale gas revolution – though positive for coal-to-gas switching in US power generation, will keep a lid on oil prices. The price of crude was "more likely to go down than up" over the next two to five years, said Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of Italy's incumbent energy company Eni.
US government approval for the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, Texas to export LNG to countries with which the US does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have brought Japan a step closer to realising cheaper supplies of natural gas for power generation. Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric have already signed liquefaction tolling agreements with Freeport LNG, back in July 2012, to each acquire a 2.2mtpa production capacity of the first train at Freeport, potentially as early as in 2017.