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Siemens Energy expands gas turbine sales to the US market with the latest contract win to install an SGT6-2000E gas turbine at a simple-cycle power plant owned by Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA).

Withdrawing carbon emission allowances (EUAs) in the third phase of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) could help improve the profit margins of gas-fired power plants in Europe, suggests Torsten Amelung, Managing Director of Trading, Origination & Business Development at Statkraft Markets.

Spain's power producers are calling for new regulatory support mechanisms to help cover investment costs of existing fossil plants. "It is vital to establish a mechanism to reward the backup service of existing gas-fired plants, particularly because the current Spanish regulation does not allow the closure of loss-making units," says Carmen Vindel, Head of International Regulation, Gas Natural Fenosa.

Power group Ipsa has postponed the closure of a sale agreement for its remaining two Siemens Westinghouse W701 DU gas turbines until the end of this month, after the prospective buyer – a Malaysian power development company – walked away from an $31-million offer.

Unless electricity market in India are deregulated and prices become competitive, operators will be hard pressed to make a profit from gas-fired power plants assets when considering the higher costs for imported LNG.

The New York State Public Service Commission has given the green light to Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC, an affiliate of Advanced Power, to build a proposed 1,000 MW power plant in Dutchess County.

The LNG offtake of Japanese utilities rose 2.5 percent year-on-year in January to 5.32 million tonnes, with 5.16MT of the total used a fuel to generate power.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been commissioned to install 4 sets of a 700 MW class supercritical pressure steam turbine, generators and boiler components at a large-scale oil-fired power plant (2,800 MW) to be built by Saudi Electric Company (SEC).

Keeping existing fossil capacity in the market will "prove to be difficult" and many European utilities "will abstain from investing" in new plants without capacity mechanisms as long as the current market situation with low electricity demand, low CO2 prices and relatively high gas prices persists, forecasts Jørgen Kildahl, member of the Board of Management at E.ON SE.

The Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL) has resumed generation this morning and is currently generating 250 MW against its total capacity of 1,967 MW, a company spokesman confirmed to Gas to Power Journal. The plant was shut down in the morning hours of February 7 due to non-availability of gas supply.

Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom is jeopardising the future commercial viability of gas-fired power generation in Europe by insisting on the principle of oil indexation, say Jonathan Stern and Howard Rogers, leading academics at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES).

Enhanced energy efficiency, putting a realistic price on carbon emissions and greater research and development of low-carbon energy production are what the International Energy Agency (IEA) singles out as 'imperatives' for producing electricity in a climate-constrained world.

A decision to re-start generation at the 1,967-megawatt Dabhol power plant will be taken later today. "We hope to restart with at least a pair of turbines," a Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private (RGPPL) spokesman told Gas to Power Journal.

The energy industry in Europe still has to come to grips with "substantial challenges" Vattenfall's CEO Øystein Løseth said today, after posting a record 7.3% increase in the group's electricity generation in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and the Treasury have made available $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects. The gas industry, however, criticizes President's Obama's 'all-of-the-above approach' to American energy sources.

News in Brief

Controversy about planned CCGT in California

Feb 22 – Environmentalist have filed a lawsuit against plans to build a 634 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Palmdale, a city north of Los Angeles. The hybrid gas and solar plant had been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC), although a developer has not been found yet.

GE installs and services 9E turbine in Iraq

Feb 21 – GE Power has delivered and installed a 9E gas turbine to Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity’s (MoE) Al Qudus power plant. Throughout 2019, GE will also service up to seven GE 9E gas turbines at the facility, helping to maintain a stable power output of up to 875 MW.

MHI to join Cybersecurity Charter

Feb 20 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a letter of intent to join the Charter of Trust for cybersecurity by the end of September, expanding the charter’s reach into Asia. Initiated by Siemens, the charter calls for binding rules and standards on cybersecurity as digitalization advances. Other signatories include AES, Airbus, Allianz, Atos, Cisco, Daimler, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, Enel, IBM, NXP, SGS, Total and TÜV Süd.

Substation market grows at 9.4% rate

Feb 19 – The gas-insulated substation market, currently valued at $17.3 billion, is anticipated to grow at a rate of more than 9.4% in the years through to 2025. Analysts say rising demand for low maintenance and small power systems will boost the market, particularly for large infrastructure projects such as smart city where GIS substations are well-suited due to their high efficiency and compact size.

Amprion advances P2G project in Germany

Feb 18 – Amprion, together with Open Grid Europe (OGE), are striving to get a €150 million Power-to-Gas project in Germany into operation by 2023. The pilot plant includes a 100 MW electrolyser that converts renewable energy into hydrogen and methane for use in the district of Emsland, northern Germany.

MHPS leads on post F-class turbines

Feb 15 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System (MHPS) secured most orders in 2018 for newest-generation turbines, while GE booked most order for turbines of all classes amongst its rivals. For so-called post F-class turbines, MHPS reportedly achieved 49% of orders, compared with 34% for GE and 16% for Siemens.

UK inflation down amid fall in energy prices

Feb 14 – Falling energy bills and fuel prices have pushed down UK inflation to a two-year low in January, according the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Inflation had peaked at a five-year high of 3.1% in November 2017, and is currently at just 1.8% – below the Bank of England’s 2% inflation target.

Lahmeyer is now Tractebel

Feb 13 –The German engineering and consulting company Lahmeyer International is now operating under the Tractebel, with the new company name; Tractebel Engineering GmbH. Tractebel reached a turnover of €662 million in 2018, and is part of the French energy group ENGIE.

BECCS pilot project starts at Drax

Feb 12 – The 4,000-MW Drax Power Station has started using bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology, capturing up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. The Drax demo plant in Selby, North Yorkshire, moves Britain further ahead in the race to develop BECCS technologies

Demand for power ships up 3.6% through 2026

Feb 11 – The global market for floating LNG-fuelled power ships is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.6%, exceeding exceed $1,073 million by 2026, according to ResearchandMarkets estimates. Power ships with a capacity between 100 MW and 150 MW, and usually leased for short durations, will cover most of the demand growth which is centred in Asia Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

Australia’s H2U uses NovaLT turbine

Feb 8 – H2U, an Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer, will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine at is hydrogen and ammonia supply chain demonstrating plant in Port Lincoln. The greentech project integrates a 15 MW electrolyser plant, a 10 MW hydrogen-fired gas turbine and a 5 MW fuel cell, all of which set to supply electricity to the power grid in South Australia.

EC rules out Siemens/Alstom mobility merger

Feb 7 –The European Commission has decided to prohibit the proposed combination of the Siemens and Alstom mobility businesses. As a result of this prohibition, the merger will not proceed.

PG&E seeks to re-organize

Feb 6 – Having just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) now seeks to restructure and access up to $6 billion in financing to help it operate while under bankruptcy protection. In a filing to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the district of northern California, PG&E listed assets of $71.39 billion and liabilities of $51.69 billion.

Contigo enhances trading of DB Energy

Feb 5 – Contigo, together with the consulting firm Nevento, have introduced a new energy trading system at DB Energie of Deutsche Bahn. The system’s new functionality provides fast and easy access to business data and credit risk information, enabling effective decision making in energy trading.

ABB, Intel cooperate on digital substations

Feb 4 – ABB and Intel have agreed to jointly sell automation systems for utilities. At the core of the agreement is ABB Ability smart substation control for electrical systems, SSC600, powered by Intel Xeon processors.

Backup power for Hinkley Point C

Feb 1 – Rolls Royce will provide MTU diesel gensets to provide back-up power to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The generators, Type MTU 396 TB33 with 3600 kW output each, will provide emergency power in case of an outage of the site’s standing power supply

Gauging UK’s shift to green energy

Jan 31 – Engineering consultancy WSP has been selected to model the impact of low carbon technologies on the UK’s electricity networks. It will also work with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on the Distribution Losses Mechanism Study.