Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), in consortium with Elsewedy Electric, has won two major orders from Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA): a $550 million EPC contract to expand the 2,850 MW Al-Layyah power plant as well as a turnkey construction contract for 1,026.3 MW combined-cycle gas power plant, due to start up in mid-2021.
Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) and Siemens have entered the first power services agreement for an H-class gas turbine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The AED1 billion ($272 million) power unit is being realized by a joint venture between Mubadala and Dubai Holding adjacent the smelter of EGA, which pledge to buy all electricity from the plant for 25 years.
ARGE Netz, a German green energy provider, is cooperating with MAN Energy Solution and the Swedish utility Vattenfall to realize the first industrial-scale Power-to-Gas project in Brunsbüttel, northern Germany. Called HySynGas, the project will turn renewable energy from nearby wind parks into hydrogen and syngas, usable as a vehicle fuel or for power generation.
Gás Natural Açu (GNA) has selected Siemens for the turnkey construction of the ‘GNA 1’ integrated LNG-to-Power project (1.3 GW), situated at Port of Açu northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is substantial scope for expansion, Siemens said, as developers already won licences to implement a second CCGT unit, ‘GNA 2’, which will bring the overall capacity to 3 GW.
Swiss-based ABB and Rolls-Royce of the UK have entered a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation, particularly for hybrid power systems. Mircogrids are critical to integrate rising volumes of renewable energy and benefit utilities and industrial users alike.
Bacteria and microbes living in oxygen-deprived environments – deep within mines, at the bottom of lakes or in the human gut – have evolved way of breathing that involves excreting and pumping out electrons. These microbes can actually produce electricity and MIT researchers are striving to harness these microbial power plants to run fuel cells.
The German government is evaluating the launch of CO2 pricing across various emission-intensive economic sectors, including transport. So far, no proposal for a CO2 tax has been included in the German Transport Ministry’s official recommendations because the Conservative CDU/CSU alliance prefers to expand the scope of the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) instead.
China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has decided to reduce city-gate natural gas prices and trans-provincial gas pipeline tariffs starting from April. Electricity tariffs for industrial and commercial users are also being slashed, said the state-planner who just cut VAT rates for several key industries.
Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) has put its Zarqa combined-cycle power plant (485 MW) into full commercial operation. The CCGT, realized as an independent power project (IPP) by ACWA Power, reaches up to 51% combined-cycle efficiency.
The Indian manufacturer ELGi Equipments is showcasing its new AB ‘Always Better’ air compressor series, a breakthrough in oil free compressed air technology, at Hannover Messe ComVac 2019 this week. Air Alert, an IoT-based, machine-monitoring platform is also on display at the trade show.
Siemens is supporting a study by the German Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics (IEE), and the French Grenoble Ecole de Management, on SF6 and F-gas free alternatives for medium voltage (MV) gas-insulated switchgear installations in Europe. The research – funded by Siemens and Schneider Electric Industries – has started in mid-March and is running until early 2020.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has signed an agreement to deliver equipment for Eni's and ExxonMobil’s Rovuma LNG export joint venture in Mozambique. Subject to FID on the project, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp (MCO) will supply the main liquefaction compressors and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) will provide dual-shaft, H-100 gas turbines (120 MW) as mechanical drivers.
Utilities in the United States implement more and more demand-side management programs to help customers save energy and reduce peak power demand. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) allows demand-response aggregators to participate in reserve markets, which reduces close to 4% of annual peak energy demand.
GE has helped China Power Hub Generation Company’s (CPHGC) to grid-synchronize two steam turbines at a 1,320 MW power plant in Pakistan in only 27 months after notice to proceed. The plant is a joint-venture project between China Power International Holding (CPIH) and Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO).
INNIO, a carve-out from GE following Advent International’s takeover of GE’s Distributed Power, won an order to supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the LEMENE microgrid project in Finland. LEMENE will be the largest energy self-sufficient business district, using renewable energy and J416 and J420 gas engines for backup. The entire system is due commissioned by summer 2019.