Keen to fast-track the liberalisation process of the Turkish energy market, the government has set a timeline for divestment of state-owned power generation assets.
"We hope to finish the privatization of Turkey's thermal power plants by 2015," Atif Kir, Head of Project Group, at the Turkish Ministry of Privatization Administration (OIB) told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.
Turkey's gas-fired power generation capacity will continue to expand until new nuclear capacity starts operation. "We believe 60 bcm is a viable figure for Turkey's total gas demand volume by 2020, as gas-fired capacity will defend its 45 percent levels of market share until new nuclear capacity starts operation, said Ali Güleç, Senior Consultant at Deloitte.
Falling energy demand, rising gas prices and the subsidised growth in the renewable electricity supply threaten the future of natural gas as a replacement for coal in Australia's national energy mix, Bret Harper, Associate Director of Research at RepuTex – an Australian specialist energy and carbon research firm – told Gas to Power Journal.
A combined heat and power (CHP) plant being built in Düsseldorf is to achieve new records in efficiency, power, output and heat extraction. "The new CHP power plant in Lausward (Düsseldorf), starting commercial operation in 2016, will be a landmark for the future of power generation in Germany and beyond and emphasizes the role of CHP combined cycle power plants as an engine of the energy system transition," said Lothar Balling, Head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia at Siemens Fossil Power Generation Division.
Wood Group GTS has consolidated its heavy frame activities in Duncan, South Carolina, naming the facility there as its center of excellence for heavy frame industrial gas turbine fuel nozzle and combustor repairs, including standard and Dry Low NOx (DLN) systems.
Houston based FGE Texas LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of FGE Power LLC, has announced plans to build a new 726MW gas-fired power station near the community of Westbrook in Mitchell County, Texas.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply Harbin Company Limited (HTC) with two sets of GT13E2 gas turbine generators for Huaneng Power International's (HPI) Suzhou gas-fired combined heat and power plant in the city of Suzhou in China's Jiangsu province. The new plant will have an installed capacity of 400MW to help meet the energy needs of the city's south-western areas.
GE will supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant as part of Phase 2 of the expansion project at the Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter complex in Abu Dhabi. When complete the plant will have the capacity to generate more than 1000MW of electricity for EMAL's operations.
Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply a Trent 60 industrial gas turbine to power the processing plants of Mexican textile and chemicals conglomerate CYDSA in Veracruz.
Utilities and independent power plant developers in the United States typically bring their new electric generators into commercial operation either in early summer or before year-end. Between May and July of 2013, power plant developers plan to start-up about 5 GW of new capacity, the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Electric Generator Report shows.
Construction of the new gas-fired McArthur River Mine power station project (53MW), built, owned and operated by Energy Developments Limited (EDL) is reportedly about 25 percent complete should be finished it before the end of this year. Start of operations is scheduled for early in 2014.
Global Power has seen total revenue for 2012 rise to $462.8 million, up $6 million from the previous year. The Texas-based company also saw total revenue in its product division – responsible for designing, engineering and manufacturing equipment for gas turbine power plants and other power related operations - rise to $193.7 million, an increase of 23 percent.
Russia-based Aviadvigatel, a part of United Engine-Building Corp., has supplied gas turbines for LUKOIL-West Siberia's new Povkhovskaya GTES-48 gas turbine electric power plant. The 48MW cogeneration plant began operations in February this year and runs on oil-associated natural gas.
Utilising Smart Power Generation (SPG) technology, designed by Wartsila, can help electricity grid operators cope with intermittent power supply from renewables, which impacts markets and operations, as well as achieve cost savings, show simulations conducted by KEMA Inc. on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
Belgium's CMI Energy and its Indian licensee, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) have signed an agreement for the extension of L&T's licence territory to manufacture and supply small Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) installed behind gas turbines below 80 MW to South East Asia and the Middle East.