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Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has awarded contract worth about €26.6 million (INR 2067 million) to Alstom and NASL to renovate and modernise two steam turbines at the Ukai and Wanakbori thermal power stations in Gujarat, India.

Keen to overcome South Africa's worst electricity crisis since 2008, the government is about to launch a tender for gas-fired power stations that will run on imported LNG, in the coming weeks. If successful, Wood Mackenzie believes the IPP programmes will serve to diversify South Africa's power supply mix away from coal and significantly increase competition.

First firing of the Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbine at the Lausward CCPP's new unit 'Fortuna' "marks a milestone in construction", paving the way for the operator Stadtwerke Düsseldorf to take the cogeneration unit in full commercial operation at the turn of the year 2015/16.

In an effort to meet EU emissions restrictions without reducing efficiency or increasing operational costs, Spain's petrochemical company CEPSA has adopted GE's fuel flex technology for gas turbines at its Gibraltar-San Roque refinery.

India is about to take "big leap towards achieving 24x7 power supply for all its citizens," India's coal and power minister Piyush Goyal said, suggesting there would be enough scope in the system to reduce the power tariff along the way. However, he admitted that transmission bottlenecks pose a risk to the targeted full electrification by 2022.

The resemblance between Montana, a state in north-western United States and European countries like Spain, Denmark or Germany is striking. All are producing massive amounts of wind energy and putting a greater burden on grid operators to balance out intermittent wind generation to guarantee stable electricity supply to consumers.

The amount of electricity produced by burning natural gas in April and May is seen just 3.5% less than the amount of coal-fired generation, according to EIA projections. An even stronger convergence occurred in April 2012, when gas fuelled just 1.5% less generation than coal.

With individual US states tailoring plans for meeting EPA Clean Power Plan targets, states opting for a clean energy standard (CES) may impact on gas-fired power, says nonprofit US non-profit Resources for the Future (RFF) in RFF’s magazine, Resources. From a state’s perspective, its decision on how to regulate carbon emissions will depend on cost-effectiveness of the programme and the extent of power trading across state borders.

Gas turbine giant Siemens reported a slight decline in the profitability of its power and gas division in its Q2 FY 2015 results last Thursday and announced further reorganising. “These measures are being taken in response to the persistently difficult environment in the global power generation market,” said the company.

Siemens has launched the SPPA-T3000 R7.2, the latest release of its power plant control system with an improved human-machine interface (HMI) to be included in all Siemens’ newbuild gas-fired power plant control systems. The system is also available for retrofits.

American manufacturer Honeywell has agreed to supply the US Army with efficient natural gas-fired boilers at a government arms facility on Rock Island in the US state of Illinois.


Indian power producers started bidding Tuesday for the Indian government’s feed-gas subsidy. The subsidy will go to the lowest bidders and be used to buy imported natural gas. A subsidy of about US $123 million (INR 792 crore) is required to restart a combined capacity of 8,108 MW power plants that currently have no access to gas, the Special Secretary in India’s Ministry of Power, Rajiv Nayan Choubey, told India Times.

South Africa’s Department of Energy is expected to launch a request for information ahead of inviting private energy providers to tender to supply up to 3,126 MW of gas-fired power in the country to counter the problem of a lack of peaking capacity leading to load shedding.

Gas turbine manufacturer General Electric Company (GE) was in discussions with four American financial firms looking to acquire its US commercial lending business, reportedly valued at US $16 billion. GE was receiving initial bids for its lending unit last Thursday.

News in Brief

FlatFish drone inspects Shell fields off Brazil

May 25 – Shell and Petrobras have contracted Saipem to use its FlatFish subsea drone in pilot projects to inspect two ultra-deepwater oil and gas fields offshore Brazil in over 2,000-meter depth. Initial tests will be carried out at Saipem’s base in Trieste, Italy, with a view to deploying the drone to Brazilian waters in the third quarter of 2022.

Gazprom cuts off supplies to Finland

May 24 – Gazprom has completely suspended gas supplies to Gasum after the Finish company refused to pay in roubles, the two companies said in separate statements. Gasum is confident it will be able to supply all its customers with gas imported through the Balticconnector (2.6 Bcm/y) from Estonia.

Heisco wins tender in Kuwait

May 23 – Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (Heisco) has won a KD1.8 million ($6.4 million) tender – floated by the energy ministry of Kuwait – to install, examine and test four high voltage transformers at the Doha East Power Generation and Water Distillation Station. Heisco, founded in 1974 and listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, has developed into one of the largest energy engineering groups in the emirate.

JERA issues bond to finance power plant upgrades

May 20 – Japan’s leading LNG importer and power producer JERA has issued its first energy transition bond to help finance the accelerated deployment of decarbonisation technologies like hydrogen and ammonia co-firing, as well as the decommissioning of older thermal power stations. The bond is offered in two tranches: a 12 billion yen ($83 million) for a 5-year bond with a 0.420% per annum coupon, and a 8 billion yen $62 million) for a 10-year bond with a 0.664% rate coupon.

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.