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).