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MCV Holding applied today to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for an air permit to install of a 640 MW combined-cycle natural-gas-fired power plant (CCPP) at a MCV-owned site in Midland, Michigan. The company currently owns and operates a 1,630 MW CCPP at the site.

French investment bank Société Générale has revised down its gas and electricity forecast for the financial year 2012, prompted by a 2.7% year-on-year drop in gas demand in the first half of this year.

Duro Felguera, a Spanish engineering and construction company, has won a contract to realise the  gas-fired Vuelta de Obligado power plant project (800 MW) in Argentina in cooperation with GE and the local engineering firm Fainser, on a turnkey contract basis.

Japanese Marubeni Corporation has won a contract to carry out a gas turbine overhaul for the Ywama combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Myanmar from Myanma Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE). Hitachi will supply the parts needed for the overhaul works.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned the third 250 MW gas turbine at the 1,500 MW Pragati-III Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Delhi, India. "The full load operation of the unit has been achieved within a day of unit getting synchronized," BHEL said.

GDF SUEZ subsidiary International Power, in association with consortium partners, has been selected as preferred bidder for the combined heat and power plant CHP5 in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

Natural gas prices as delivered to power plants in the U.S. plunged to a ten-year low in April, allowing gas to reach parity with coal in net electric power generation for the first time since the Energy Information Administration (EIA) began collecting data.

Gazprom has entered negotiations with E.ON on a special pricing mechanism for gas used for power generation, which prompted Societe Generale to forecast that the majority of gas in Europe will not be priced under an oil-linked formula as of 2014e.

Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has won two orders to help Swedish iron ore producer Northland Resources operate its new concentrator plant at the highest levels of energy efficiency. "The extremely tight schedule makes this project unique," ABB said with reference to production start-up planned as early as November 2012.

Wartsila India has launched a Remote Monitoring Station in the southern Indian city of Chennai.  The new station will ensure real time monitoring of power plants by Wartsila personnel in Chennai, backed by technical support from Wartsila Condition Based Maintenance (CBI) Centre in Finland. Wartsila expects the plant monitoring will save maintenance costs and improve their operational reliability.

Wood Group GTS, an independent provider of rotating equipment services, has won a $1 million contract to effectuate a combustion inspection on a GE Frame 7EA dual fuel gas turbine at a power plant located in Kansas, U.S.

Gas-based smart generation power plants are crucial to help beat the continued high level of peaking shortages in India. “Capital-intensive thermal plants should be used for operating baseload and gas-based smart generation plants should be deployed for meeting peak deficit,” suggests Rakesh Sarin, Managing Director, Wartsila India. “This is possible only if a peak tariff mechanism is evolved first,” he told Gas to Power Journal’ in an interview.

GE has shipped two Frame 9FA gas turbines and associated generators to Pakistan for installation at the country's largest projected combined-cycle power plant (750MW) in Guddu. Installation of the turbines is scheduled to be completed by September 2012, with full plant commercial operation expected by mid-2013, GE confirmed.

Mass Global Investment Company, an Iraqi independent power producer, has selected GE to effectuate a combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) conversion of the Erbil power plant with a view to increasing capacity by 500 MW to 1,500 MW.

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $55 million from the Canadian utility BC Hydro to supply flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) solutions to help increase grid transmission capacity.

News in Brief

ABB spends $30m on transformer factory in Sweden

July 20 – ABB is investing more than $30 million in a new manufacturing unit, under construction in Ludvika, Sweden. The new unit will increase production, expanding the capacity and the range of its high-voltage dry bushings offering.

Wärtsilä’s order intake up 14%

July 19 – The Finish equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has seen its order increase 15% to €1,553 million in the second quarter, while net sales fell 4% to €1,246 million. Looking at the full year 2018, Wärtsilä said its Services and Solutions business will “improve somewhat from the previous year.” Good demand prospects are on the cards for Energy Solutions, as the global shift towards renewables and rising electricity demand in the emerging markets support the need for distributed power capacity.

NRG abandons Dunkirk coal-to-gas conversion project

July 18 – Shying away from having to pay $114 million in re-interconnection costs, NRG Energy has shelved plans to repower and convert its mothballed Dunkirk power plant in western New York from coal to natural gas. The company said in a statement that it has withdrawn its request to have New York ISO interconnect the Chautauqua County generating facility with the power grid.

Akwa Ibom, BlackRhino sign $1.6bn power deal

July 17 – BlackRhino, operator of the Qua Iboe Power Plant (QIPP), has agreed with the Akwa Ibom State Government to build a power plant and electricity transmission lines in the state. QIPP’s management  committed an investment of $1.1 billion for the facility, with an additional $500 million for gas.

Rostec develops mobile LNG-fired power plants

July 16 – Russia’s state-owned holding Rostec has developed a mobile power plant on the basis of gas reciprocating units of Russian make. Running on LNG, the power plant can provide up to 1.4 MW of electricity and is employed to power remote settlement and oil upstream operations. 

First grid-scale LAES launched

July 13 – Highview Power has just launched the first grid-scale liquid air energy-storage (LAES) plant. Used for grid balancing, the 5-MW/15-MWh system, situated near Manchester, will be able to store and deliver enough electricity to power about 5,000 homes for three hours.

Henry Hub to test $2.90 mark

July 12 – Rising gas-burn in the U.S. power sector of 4.7 Bcf/d week-on-week is more than offsetting holiday-related reductions in industrial gas use, according to Energy Aspects figures. Natural gas prices at Henry Hub are expected to once more test the high $2.90s/MMBtu.

Gemma carries out EPC for 1.6GW project in Virginia

July 11 – Gemma Power Systems and Chickahominy Power have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services contract to construct the Chickahominy Power Station, a 1,600 MW gas-fired power plant, in Charles City County, Virginia. Developed by Balico, the project is anticipated to get underway in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed in the spring of 2022.

GE signs new Waukesha distributor in Nigeria

July 10 – GE’s Distributed Power business has signed an agreement with HOERBIGER Service Middle East FZE to be an authorized distributor for GE’s Waukesha gas engine products in Nigeria. With this deal, GE seeks to expand its Waukesha sales and services network near the point of use, given that Waukesha engines are suited for a variety of on-site mechanical drive, gas compression and power generation applications.

 

InnoEnergy and Swedish partners launch Power2U

July 9 – Europe’s sustainable energy engine, InnoEnergy, has joined forces with five Swedish energy firms to launch Power2U, its new venture to design and operate local energy systems that will integrate solar cells, EV chargers and batteries. The partners – Öresundskraft, Jämtkraft, Tekniska Verken, Umeå Energi and Jönköping Energi – and InnoEnergy will jointly invest 60 million Swedish Kroner ($6.69m).

Nigeria: Afam VI ready to supply 624MW

‎June 29 – The Afam IV gas power plant in Nigeria’s Rivers State is getting ready to supply 624 MW worth of electricity to the national power grid, barring any regulatory restriction. The start-up will help plug part of the gap in supply that opened following the latest outage of several thermal power stations.

ADB agrees $500m for Bangladeshi CCGT

‎June 28 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a $500m loan for an 800MW combined-cycle gas power plant project in Khulna, Bangladesh. The loan will cover costs to build the CCGT as well as a 230kV switchyard and 29km of transmission lines to feed electricity from the plant into the national power grid.

KBR to consult on Oman LNG’s power plant project

‎June 27 – Houston-based KBR has won a project management consultancy services contract from Oman LNG for a new gas engine power plant. The 120 MW plant is meant to reduce fuel gas consumption and emissions while maintaining liquefaction processes at Oman LNG's existing export facility in Sur.

ABB launches molded case circuit breaker

‎June 26 – Zurich-based ABB has added a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) for higher-voltage solar power plants to its Tmax PV range. The breaker is designed to protect combiners, switchgear and inverters up to 1500V direct current.

Heat wave to propel up CCGT dispatch

June 25 – Temperatures in England and Wales might hit 32 degrees Celsius next week, according to the UK Met Office, while a wind lull will almost erode the contribution of wind power and require flexible combined-cycle gas power stations to bridge the gap. According to Bloomberg Intelligence, “people are underestimating how many gas stations are needed for a windless week.”

Siemens builds microgrid in Finland

‎June 22 –  Lempäälän Energia has selected Siemens to implement a self-sufficient smart grid system in the industrial area of Marjamäki, Finland. The medium-voltage microgrid will be equipped with a corresponding grid automation system and an electrical storage system.

Toshiba R&D into battery anodes

June 21 - Toshiba and Brazil’s CBMM are jointly developing anode material for lithium-ion batteries using Niobium Titanium Oxide (NTO). The aim is to develop next-generation lithium-ion battery material, characterized by high-energy density and ultra-rapid recharging.