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Energy services giant Wood Group GTS has signed a four-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with Entegra Power Group and Sundevil Power Holdings for the 2,200 MW Gila River gas-fired power plant in Arizona, U.S.

Tightened safety rules and maintenance of Japan's two operational reactors could lead to a complete nuclear shutdown by summer for the second time since the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. Power producers, required to avert power shortages, are hard-pressed to import even more highly priced LNG to fuel backup gas-fired power plants, analysts warn.

Thailand's Eastern Power and Electric Co. Ltd (EPEC) has signed a 10-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract worth €90 million with Alstom to service and upgrade its Bang Bo power plant with MXL2 turbine blade and components.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has launched the 35/44G engine as its latest addition to its four-stroke power portfolio. With an electrical efficiency of 47.2 percent, the newly developed Otto gas engine is available for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) or can be installed in a combined cycle mode jointly with an MAN steam turbine of the MARC series.

UK renewable energy company, ENER-G, has won further business in Mexico. The Salford company was appointed by the Municipality of Durango to design, finance, build and operate a £2.3 million biogas power generation facility.

The proposal of Germany's environment minister Peter Altmaier to raise the threshold for companies being exempt from paying the renewables levy would hit the energy-intensive industry with a 10% rise in electricity costs, DIHK warned.

The removal of state subsidies in late 2018 could trigger the closure of the majority of Denmark's 250 small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants, most of which run on gas, John Tang technical consultant at the Danish District Heating Association (Dansk Fjernvarme) told Gas to Power Journal.

Burns & McDonnell and contracting company Casey Industrial have won an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract from Mid-Kansas Electric Company to build the US$130 million Rubart Power Station project in Grant County, Kansas.

Alstom Grid has delivered and installed a new Distribution Management System (DMS) to Nashville Electric Service (NES) that is designed to help reduce peak demand for electricity up to 40 MW by reducing voltage and enhancing awareness for energy efficiency, safety and reliability.

Finnish power plant and ship engine maker Wärtsilä has posted a 10 percent rise in 2012 annual profits to €515 billion, up from €469 million in the previous year. Major order wins for power plants in Brazil helped to boost earnings, group chief executive Björn Rosengren said.

GE and Toshiba Corp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a global strategic alliance with a view to jointly developing select combined-cycle power generation projects around the world.

Global power systems company Rolls Royce has completed the installation of the first MT30 gas turbine (36 MW) at the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcock's Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. At 36 megawatts or around 50,000 horsepower, the MT30, is "the world's most powerful marine gas turbine," Rolls Royce said on Friday.

Demand from Chinese energy companies drives the expansion of the global stream condenser market for thermal power plants to US$3.3 billion by 2020, GlobalData analysts forecast.

The South Korean government is supporting plans to build an additional six gas-fired power plants by the end of 2017, expanding the role of natural gas to dent the country's rising energy demand amid nuclear safety concerns.

Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft aims to start power production at the Knapsack II combined cycle power plant (430 MW) by this summer. "Operations of Knapsack II - a modern CCPP with a highly state of the art efficiency - will benefit from synergy effects with the already existing plant Knapsack I plant," Torsten Amelung, Managing Director and Senior Vice President Trading, Origination & Business Development, Statkraft Markets GmbH.

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.