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Rolls Royce has been working alongside power plant operator Vattenfall to upgrade the design of its Trent60/DLE which led to a redesign for this model, Dr. Andreas Goetz, Chief Engineer, Trent 60 GT, Energy at Rolls-Royce Canada said in a presentation at this weeks' VGB Congress.

RWE has saved tens of millions by renegotiating gas turbine maintenance with OEMs, Bruno Schroeder, head of plant engineering and plant maintenance, fleet manager of gas turbines for RWE Group, said at the VGB Congress this week.  “We appointed fleet managers last year who do not have direct line responsibility for maintenance but who are in charge of identifying maintenance options and implementing  programmes,”  he said.

The imminent start-up of RWE-Turcas Denizli power plant (775MW) as well as the production licence granted to OMV's Samsun plant (868,6MW) will increase the supply of electricity to the Turkish power grid and is expected to keep a lid on prices.

The resemblance between Montana, a state in north-western United States and European countries like Spain, Denmark or Germany is striking. "What we are seeing in Montana and also here in Europe is that our FT8 SWIFTPAC aero-derivative gas turbines are being used to maintain adequate power flows in the grid to counterbalance fluctuating wind energy," says Swift Tarbell, PW Power Systems' Area Director for Europe.

Alstom’s GT26 gas turbine can already handle shale gas and other variable fuels as internal calculations show that shale gas and LNG will be within the company’s hydrogen gas experience range.  “We get prepared for extreme cases of shale gas with lots of C2+ that we may 16-18 percent and go up to even 20 percent C2+,” Dr. Klaus Knapp, group head, combustor operations and emissions with Alstom told  this weeks’  VGB Congress in Friedrichshafen, Germany. 

At this week's VGB Congress on gas turbines, Siemens regional sales manager for Germany, Dietmar Augele spoke to Gas to Power Journal on the company's recently launched hard-wearing SGT 750 industrial gas turbine, capable of reducing NOX to single digits.

The erosion of the Italy's gas use for power generation is forecast to intensify, leading to a 11.7 percent drop in market share by 2020 as the sector is squeezed by the growth in wind and solar power supply and low electricity demand in the prolonged recession, a paper authored by Dr. Anouk Honore, senior researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) finds.

Scenarios calculated by the author, based on Italy's National Energy Strategy, forecast the use of gas in the power sector to drop from 30 Bcm in 2010 down to lows of 22.8 Bcm by 2020.

Loccioni, a developer of automated control systems, has launched a Smart Carbon project that allows operators of fossil power plants to monitor and regulating the coal combustion process to add economic value to operations and reduce their carbon footprint.

Two GE biogas engines have arrived onsite at Agrivert and Green Renewable Energy (GRE)'s £10 million, 2.4MWe biogas CHP plant in Wallingford, Oxfordshire in the UK. Clarke Energy has installed, commissioned the tested the engine's grid connection, making the upgraded plant ready for use.

Criticising the UK government's slow delivery of introduction capacity payments as part of a wider Electricity Market Reform (EMR), Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.on UK said "there needs to be greater transparency in discussion about the costs and implications of energy policy decisions."

What surprises forecasters at National Grid "is the segment of unabated coal generation, which has seen many coal plants close earlier than expected as they have already used up their allotted runtime hours," said Chris Train, Operations Director at National Grid. The British power transmission system operator had come up with three 2012 UK Energy Scenarios to evaluate the pathways towards meeting the country's renewable integration and carbon reduction targets.

A shortage of natural gas in Egypt and subsequent constraints in electricity supply over the last 4 months has forced the country's cement industry to reduce production by 20 percent. Peaking electricity use in the summer months is expected to aggravate the decline.

Financing setbacks have forced Alberta-based EmberClear Corp to push back the start of construction of a 300MW gas-fired combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in in Good Spring, Tennessee. The operator had intented to sell the electricity produced at the proposed plant to the PJM Interconnection – the largest electric market in the US.

A combination of adding new fossil power generation capacity and upgrading the power grids and substations will help California's Independent System Operator (CASIO) meet peak electric demand this summer.

Siemens has won a contract to supply power plant components, including six F-class gas turbines, to the Korean engineering and procurement companies Daewoo E&C Co and Hyundai Engineering Co. that are building two combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) for Algeria's state-run energy provider Sociéte Algérienne de Production de l'Electricité (SPE).

News in Brief

GE repowers Azito plant in Ivory Coast

May 21 – Azito Energy has contracted GE to deploy its Predix software for two GT13E2 gas turbines and two generators at the Azito III plant site in Ivory Coast. The MXL2 upgrade for the two gas turbines is expected to boost the power plants overall output by 15 MW per turbine which, according to GE, is equivalent power for up to 120,000 homes

ERCOT at risk of brownouts this summer

May 20 – Texans is at risk of power emergency alerts this summer, and even rotating blackouts, as the current electric reserve margin of about 8.6% may prove insufficient to meet strong electric demand growth, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) warned. Power grid operators typically aim for reserve margins of 10% to 15%.

ABB microgrid makes Indian villages energy self-reliant

May 17 – ABB’s MGS100 microgrid is helping some 39,000 homes and shops in remote regions in India to become energy independent, relying solely on renewable power sources and energy storage. Together with Husk Power Systems, ABB developed the MGS100 microgrid using wind and solar power to reduce household energy costs by up to 40% and improve productivity in 85% of factories and small businesses.

J-ENG develops new biofuel engine

May 16 – Japan Engine Corp. (J-ENG) has started to cooperate with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) to research and development a test engine running on biofuel. The new engine is designed for use in the maritime sector and is likely to be re-calibrated at a later stage for use in small-scale power generation applications.

‘Smarter E-Europe’ conference opens doors in Munich

May 15 – Today, the 2019 “Smarter E-Europe” conference and trade show is opening its doors to visitors in Munich. At the exhibition, Siemens is presenting decentralized energy solutions based on renewables and intelligent energy management systems for buildings, infrastructure and industry. Expert presentations on transforming the energy system, renewable integration and storage technologies can be seen at Siemens’ exhibit at Booth 110 in Hall B2.

Marubeni buys stake in U.S. distributed energy firm

May 14 – Japan's Marubeni Corp. has invested an undisclosed sum to buy an equity stake in GridMarket, a U.S.-based provider of development services to distributed energy resources (DER). Using proprietary analytics and machine learning, GridMarket’s distributed energy project platform helps utilities by recommending best-fit solutions like battery storage, solar PV, fuel cells and combined heat and power. By cooperating with GridMarket, Marubeni expects to identify cost-effective projects and source best-fit technologies for its own DER network in North America and Japan.

Global RES additions stall after 20-year growth

May 13 – The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported an “unexpected flattening of growth trends” in the deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) deployment that raises concerns about meeting long-term climate goals. After two decades of strong annual growth, renewable energy developers around the world added as much net capacity in 2018 as they did in 2017.

RWE cancels €1.5bn coal power project

May 10 – The German utility RWE has decided to no longer invest in any coal-fired power projects and has cancelled a planned €1.5 billion ($1.68bn) lignite-fired power plant in Niederaussem, Germany. Instead, the utility is accelerating its transformation to renewables, energy storage and gas-fired generation through an asset swap with Europe’s largest utility, E.ON.

China’s CPECC to process gas from Iraq’s Halfaya oilfield

May 9 – Iraq and China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC) have signed a $1.07 billion deal to build and operate facilities to process natural gas extracted alongside crude oil at Iraq’s giant Halfaya oilfield. CPECC, an affiliate of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), will process around 300 million standard cubic feet per day (mcf/d) of natural gas extracted from the field alongside crude oil, the oil ministry said.  Halfaya, operated by PetroChina, is Maysan Oil Company’s largest oilfield, producing 370,000 barrels per day (bpd) of the company’s total output of around 510,000 bpd.
Iraq continues to flare some of  gas extracted alongside crude oil but the Iraqi oil minister Thamer Ghadhban told Reuters Iraq is in talks with international oil companies to build a 300 mcf plant to process gas from the West Qurna 2 and Majnoon oilfields.

Chiyoda to get large cash injection

May 8 - Following losses of nearly $1 bill on an liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project in Louisiana, Japanese construction company Chiyoda is to get a $1.4 bill cash injection. The company suffered a $953 mill loss in the six months to 30th September, 2018 after costs spiralled on the $10 bill Hackberry LNG plant in Louisiana, largely, due to escalating labour costs, it was claimed. Chiyoda was expected to record a net loss of about $1.4 bill for the fiscal year to March. Mitsubishi Corp, which owns a 33.4% stake in Chiyoda, and the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, have agreed to provide capital while the company implements a rescue strategy, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Siemens, TÜV SÜD partner on digital energy security

May 7 – Siemens and the German technical verification association TÜV SÜD have come together to address the growing risk of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, notably in the energy sector. The companies will digitally asses industrial control systems in both the oil and gas and power generation sectors (nuclear applications excluded). All tests will be vendor-agnostic.

UK ‘can cut emissions to net-zero’ by 2025

May 6 – Advisors to the British government have urged the Cabinet to “set and vigorously pursue” a new target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net-zero’ levels by 2050, replacing the current target of an 80% reduction against 1990 levels. The the Committee on Climate Change, which published the report, believes the new target could be achieved within the same cost-framework as the current more lenient goals.

Iraq’s gas imports from Iran bound to rise in June

May 2 – Iraq has no alternative to importing more Iranian gas to meet peak summer demand, the country’s electricity ministry said. He specified that halting imports would cost Iraq’s power grid 4,000 MW per day. Some 14 GW of Iraq’s installed capacity is run on domestic gas, and supplies from Iran keep an additional 4GW operational. “Until now, we have no alternatives to Iranian gas,” a spokesman of the energy ministry said, adding imports from Iran are expected to increase in June from currently 28 million cubic metres per day to 35 MMcm/d.

Waukesha gas engines delivered to CHP in East Germany

May 1 – INNIO’s authorized partner, S&L Energie-Projekte, has provided four packages of INNIO’s Waukesha VHP 9394GSI gas engines for a CHP, operated by the municipal utility of Lutherstadt Wittenberg in eastern Germany. The modernized district heating plant is claimed to achieve an overall efficiency above 95%.

Burns & McDonnell oversee commissioning of fast-ramp plants in Michigan

April 30 – Two quick-ramp gas power plant projects in Michigan, overseen by Burns & McDonnell, are now commissioned and in full commercial operation. Both the F.D. Kuester and A.J. Mihm generating stations are powered by 18-MW, gas-fueled Wärtsilä 18V50SG reciprocating engines. The two plants have a combined 180 MW in generating capacity.

Gazprom advances start of ‘Power of Siberia’ link

April 29 – Russia’s Gazprom is preparing to start injecting natural gas into the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline to China in Q3-2019. Preparations are “going according to schedule”, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller told CNPC chairman Wang Yilin at a working meeting in Beijing.

Siemens to focus on energy transition at OTC 2019

April 26 – “Navigating the new normal” in the oil and gas industry - against the backdrop of the global energy transition - is in focus of Siemens’ exhibit at the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The event will be held in Houston, Texas, on May 6-9.