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The Canadian province of Ontario is will phase out almost its entire fleet of coal-fired power plants by year-end. Gas generation capacity and wind power is set to fill the gap, according to the government's long-term energy plan.

Steam turbines demand is expected to pick up slowly in Japan after 2014, Frost & Sullivan forecasts. The growth rate in the Asia Pacific steam turbine market contacted to 4.7% in 2012 from 50.4% in the previous year as coal-fired power plants using steam turbines were not used as a substitute for nuclear power shut-down in the wake of the Japan's Fukushima disaster, says Subha Krishnan, research analyst, Asia-Pacific Energy and Power Systems at Frost & Sullivan.

Rurelec has agreed terms with Independent Power Corporation Plc. (IPC) to buy a 50% state of Central Illapa SA, a Chilean project company developing a 250 MW open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) gas-fired peaking plant in Mejillones, Chile.

Enerjisa is on the lookout for opportunities to increase gas import volumes as it aims to more than double its power generation capacity to 8 GW to reach a minimum market share of 10% by 2020, a Turkish market source told Gas to Power Journal.

Plans of US-based Air Products to build a 50 MW waste-to energy plant near Billingham, Teesside in north-west England, have advanced with the award of a site preparation contract.

The Netherlands have become the largest importer of Germany's rising surplus of intermittent power supply. Net exports to the country amounted to 17.5 TWh between January and October last year, according to data published by the German energy association BDEW.

The first capacity auction in the UK, to be held in 2014, will be on Demand Side Management (DSM) and not power generation capacity. "The potential prioritisation of these technologies could, depending on the volumes and prices auctioned, materially reduce the need for subsequent auctions for new build gas to power assets," warns Jim Fitzgerald, associate partner at The Advisory House.

To restore the competitive of natural gas against coal as a fuel for power generation, coal prices by would have to rise almost $80 to reach levels over $160 per tonne, according to Deutsche Bank analysts.

Weak economic growth forecast, reduced power consumption and rising renewable power supply amid new solar PV installations, "clearly point to sustained difficulties for German [conventional] generators during 2014," Société Générale analysts forecast.

The German government has allocated a €750 million budget to underpin its objective of raising the market share of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installations to 25 percent by 2020.

Operational start of two gas-fired combined cycle power plants (CCGTs) at a cost of nearly 4.7 trillion rials ($383 million) is set to boost Iran's power generation capacity by 650 MW.

The world's largest tri-fuel power plant, Amman Asia Electric Power's power plant in Al Manakher, Jordan, will be serviced by Wärtsilä under two long-term agreements.

Unfavourable market conditions and persistent policy uncertainty has reversed growth in the Dutch Combined Heat and Power (CHP) sector following a period of rapid growth in the 1990s, industry association COGEN Europe said in a report published today.

Green Field Energy Services, Inc. has signed a global supplier agreement with GE Oil & Gas to deliver low-cost, gas burning power generation solutions to enhance oil and gas upstream operations and hydraulic fracturing.

Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, said it would be "cost-effective" to retire 15 aging coal-fired and oil-fired units with a combined capacity of 2,061 MW.

News in Brief

Siemens opens Pittsburg Service Center

Nov 16 – Pittsburgh Service Center (PSC), a $32 million state-of the art facility spanning over 300,000 square feet, has been opened by Siemens in Mount Pleasant. The centre is home to Siemens Turbine Generator Specialty Services (TGSS) which belongs to the company’s large-scale turbine segment

Drax faces legal action over Repower project

Nov 15 – Britain’s power producer Drax is facing a law suit over plans to start converting two coal-fired units at the plant into four combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). Drax argues the move will help it exit coal by 2023, but environmentalist object the Repower project, arguing it would “risk locking in high-carbon energy onto the grid until 2050.”

U.S. turbine market to top 14GW by 2024

Nov 14 – The U.S. industrial gas turbine market is expected to exceed 14 GW by 2024. Federal government initiatives to expand the penetration of natural gas-fired station will augment the industry outlook, according to a Market Study Report.

Xcel snaps up Mankato Energy Center

Nov 13 – U.S. electric utility Xcel Energy has agreed to purchase Mankato Energy Center in Minnesota from Southern Power in a $650 million deal. A second gas-fired power unit is scheduled to come online in 2019, set to increase the plant’s total generating capacity to 760 MW.

Shell re-focuses on new energies

Nov 12 – Electricity and new green fuels have risen on the agenda of Royal Dutch Shell, with the company announcing plans to invest up to $2 billion a year through to 2020. “That might seem modest by oil and gas standards, but we can do a lot with it in this space,” commented Brian Davis, Shell’s VP energy solutions.

Kollsnes shut down

Nov 9 – A collision between the frigate Helge Ingstad and the tanker TS Sola off the Sture terminal near Bergen in western Norway has led to the closure of the Vestprosess pipeline and Kollsnes gas processing plant, the Norwegian TSO Gassco said in a market note.

MHPS to service Uzbekenergo’s power plants

Nov 8 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has signed an accord with state-owned Uzbekenergo and Mitsubishi Corp to collaborate in a service and maintenance program (CSMP) for power plants in Uzbekistan. The agreement is meant to help grow the reach of Japanese companies in Central Asia.

Austria to import more Russian gas

Nov 7 – Russia’s gas giant Gazprom and OMV of Austria have signed Gazprom and OMV an amendment to their supply contract, stipulating deliveries to Austria will be increased by 1 Bcm/y beyond the contractual. In the first ten month of 2018, alone supplies of Russian pipeline gas have grown by a third compared to the previous year, reaching 8.8 Bcm.

UK launches 1st geothermal plant

Nov 6 – The UK’s first geothermal electricity plant has gotten underway today, backed by £18 million in funding. Drilling started using a rig from Helsinki. Once operational, demonstration plant will deliver up to 3 MW of electricity to the National Grid.

Germans register more EVs

Nov 5 – Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity in Germany: The share of pure EVs in s new car registrations climbed to 1.3% in October, as the total number of new EVs increased 55% year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Hybrid cars account for a 4.4% market share, diesel fell to 31.8% and the lion’s share of 62.3% is still taken by petrol models.

GE retrofits Wet FDG in India

Nov 2 – India’s largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. has asked GE Power to supply and install Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization (Wet FDG) technology at four power plants in a deal worth US$247 million. The four facilities are the 2x660 MW Solapur power plant, the 2x660 MW Tanda Stage-II, the 1x500 MW Feroze Gandhi Unchahar project and the 2x660 MW Meja power project.

Floating power barge

Nov 1 – Siemens has developed barge-based, turnkey floating power solutions that take a critical part of an FLNG facility’s infrastructure — power generation — off a project’s critical path. According to the manufacturer, this helps reduce overall project execution time by as much as 25% or more, maximizing return on investment.

KBR posts 28% rise in profit

Oct 31 – U.S. engineering company KBR has reported a rise in net profits and voiced optimism to secure more mid-scale LNG and downstream projects with its joint venture partner ConocoPhillips. Third-quarter revenues rose by more than 23% to $1.27 billion, compared with $1.03bn in Q3-2017. Net profit was $58 million, up 28% from $45m in the year-ago period.

Togo: IPP gets go-ahead

Oct 30 – Eranove, a private equity-backed independent power producer (IPP), has received the green light for a $110 million power project in Togo. A concession agreement was signed for the combined-cycle power plant to be built in the area of Lomé port. The Spanish firm Grupo TSK was selected as EPC contractor for the 65-MW project.

Goldman, Cargill fined for avoiding tax on Teeside

Oct 29 – Goldman Sachs and Cargill have been hit with a £79 million fine for dogging tax on their ownership of a Teesside power plant. The two U.S. banking giants took over Teesside Power Ltd after the collapse of Enron in 2001, and HM Revenue and Customs just won a court case against the two trading houses over a tax avoidance scheme.

Gazprom to start production at Kovyktinskoye in 2019

Oct 26 –The Russian gas giant Gazprom has announced it will to start production drilling at the vast Kovyktinskoye field in 2019, with a view to start feeding gas from Kovyktinskoye into the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in late 2022. Situated in eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal, the field holds an estimated 2.7 Tcm of gas reserves, and 90.6 million tons of gas condensate, and 25 Bcm/y of planned design capacity.

MAN launches ETB blower in China

Oct 25 – A new Electrical Turbo Blower, the designated ETB40, has been launched by MAN Energy Solutions at a ceremony in Shanghai hosted by its two-stroke licensee, CSSC-MES Diesel Co. (CMD). The blower raises the exhaust-gas pressure in order to overcome the pressure difference between exhaust gas and scavenging air receiver.