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.
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.