Myanmar's Ministry of Electrical Power has opened a tender to buy up to 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day before March 2014 to fuel power plants and meet the country's growing energy demand. The ministry considers increasing its gas purchase to up to 600 MMcf/d starting from 2015.
The Sasol Gas Engine Power Plant – the largest power plant running on gas engines on the African continent, and the first of its kind in the Republic of South Africa – will be inaugurated today. Wärtsilä supplied the plant on a fast-track basis with performance guarantees.
A bomb attack on the Sinai pipeline near the Egyptian city of El Arish has interrupted the flow of gas to the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), forcing it to switch from natural gas to heavy fuel oil for power generation. The pipeline blast affects gas supply to Egypt's power producers and industry, negatively impacting EEHC's profit margins, which in turn has the potential to impact export to Israel and Jordan.
Electricity storage technologies, operating on hourly or daily timescales, tend to be deployed to take advantage of variations in the price of electricity. Researchers at the US Energy Information Administration point out that energy storage increases security of power supply as it flattens the daily load shape and integrating variable generation like wind.
A three year construction project has been kickstarted in Frankfurt, Germany, to develop Thüga Group's pilot power-to-gas project. "By the end of 2013, the plant should be converting electricity into hydrogen for the first time and feeding into the local gas distribution network," project partners said.
German municipal utility network Trianel and the refinery MiRO are planning to invest 900 million euros to jointly build a combined-cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 800 to 1,200MW in Karlsruhe to help improve security of power supply in southwest Germany. Construction works are due to start in 2017, for the plant to start full commercial operations in 2020, Trianel told Gas to Power Journal.
Swiss power and automation group ABB has been commissioned by Italy's TSO Terna to install a synchronous compensator to adjust power supply from the new Codrongianos cogeneration power plant plant within an older power station in northern Sardinia. Project partners plan to begin construction in November and commission the $20 million power plant project in 2014.
Four of Japan's 10 main regional utilities today applied for permission to restart 10 nuclear reactors in a move set to curtail LNG imports for gas-to-power generation and reduce electricity prices.
Officials in Ontario's provincial energy ministry are having to face questions from a Standing Committee on Justice Policy, reviewing its decisions in 2010-2011, when it cancelled two gas-fired plants and paid C$585 million in compensation from public funds to financial backers. Dalton James Patrick McGuinty led the ruling party of Liberals as Premier until his resignation over the scandal.
Robert Bradley, CEO of The Institute for Energy Research (IER), has denounced the US President's Climate Action Plan for its subsidies for clean coal. "The new proposal would throw good money after bad," he said. "Not only is taxpayer money being wasted, businesses are being enticed into investments that are costing their shareholders dearly as real-world experience shows."
Reacting to a "rapid structural change in the energy sector", the German utility EnBW has decided to shut-down four fossil power plants with a combined capacity of 668MW. It will furthermore mothball steam plant RDK-4 as the plant is "hardly being utilised and is consequently unable to cover its full costs".
Diminishing price spreads between peak and off-peak load, and a flattening seasonal profile of price differentials have emerged in Germany as a consequence of the expansion of renewables, says Dr. Kathrin Thomaschki, Vice Chair of the Ruling Chamber 6, Access to Electricity Grid at the German Federal Energy Regulator (BNetzA).
A new $182 million REO Town Cogeneration Plant (100MW) has started full commercial operation in Lansing, Michigan in replacement of coal-fired thermal capacity, said the owning public utility, Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL).
Danish Dong Energy has agreed to sell its Norwegian gas-fired power plant in Mongstad to Statoil for 1.8 billion Norwegian kroner, equivalent to 229 million euros.
Competition in Europe's energy sector is shrinking and investment has stalled amid growing regulatory intervention in the market, Olga Mikhailova, Advisor Market Units at Eurelectric warned at Gas to Power Journal's conference in Düsseldorf.
"The European energy sector is unable to invest, as credit rating of utilities is deteriorating and most generation assets are valued at close to zero by financial investors," she said, suggesting regulatory risk has become the main cause of concern, overtaking market risk.