Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) effective October 1st has launched a new company in Singapore, named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd. (MIES). The new entity, capitalized at 15 million Singapore dollars (SGD), integrates the business of 3 local affiliated companies including Mitsubishi Power Systems (Asia Pacific) Private Ltd.
RWE's decision as to which gas turbine vendor to use for its newly opened Pembroke Power Station has been largely driven by Alstom's service agreement, according to Andy Smith, project development manager at RWE.
"In the UK, the market for building new combined-cycle plants is EPC-based and we were therefore exposed to the equipment choices that the different turbine manufacturers have on offer," he told Gas to Power Journal at a conference organised by the publication in London.
Alstom Thermal Power, in consortium with Duro Felguera, has signed a €640 million contract for construction and equipment supply and service for the projected 880-MW Carrington power plant project near Manchester.
Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller and senior Chinese officials have continued negotiations in Moscow about the terms of Russian gas supply to China. "Special attention" was paid during negotiations to "results of the design and survey operations for the Altai gas pipeline", Gazprom said.
Carrington Power Limited, owned by ESB, has reached Financial Close with a syndicate of international banks for a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant just outside Manchester.
Rolls-Royce has launched the retrofit upgrade RB211-Gzero that can provide existing users of industrial RB211 aeroderivative gas turbine engines with a nominal power increase of 10 percent, depending on ambient temperature and engine type.
Toshiba Corp and GE have joined forces to sell a combined cycle power generation system that integrates GE's advanced 7F 7-series gas turbine and GE's 60Hz gas turbine with Toshiba's high efficiency steam turbines and generators.
A flurry to invest in new gas generation, sparked by the launch of support schemes in the form of capacity payments in the UK and Germany, might prompt a bottleneck in equipment supply, forecast Erno Rech, Sales Manager GT Power Plant Solutions at Siemens.
Capacity payment mechanism should not only consist of a lump sum for availability but should include a premium for flexibility, says Edward Nagelhout, Market Development Analyst, Wartsila Power Plants.
ESB and 15% shareholder Carlton Power is getting close to finalise the financing for the 910-MW Carrington plant.
ESB has reportedly already signed a first deal for a £450m of senior debt, split between a 10 year and a 17 year SERV covered tranche backed by an ESB EI toll with a liability cap on termination.
ExxonMobil is adding a new cogeneration plant in Singapore as part of the expansion of its petrochemical complex in Jurong. Located on a man-made island in the south-west of Singapore, the new facility is part of an industrial and power generation hub.
GE has launched its new FlexEfficiency 60 power generation portfolio, saying the solution was "engineered to harness natural gas" while taking into account the rising market share of renewable energy.
European shale gas developments are "not yet a game changer" as natural gas produced at shale gas plays can only compete with conventional gas pricing when appropriate drilling equipment is easily available to enable economics of scale, says Mohamed Ayyad, Senior Consultant – Global Gas at Nexant.
At least 10 GW of secured available generation capacity would be needed in Germany to backup renewables, however investment in combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGTs) power plants is "highly problematic" as profit margins are low, or even negative at times, and available financing remains restrained, says Reinhold Rümler, senior advisory practise at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Germany.