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Apr 30 – Tucson Electric Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP), seeking a project partner to build and own a 10 MW energy storage facility under a 10-year agreement. "We're looking for cost-effective, proven energy storage systems that will help us integrate renewable energy into our electric grid," TEP senior director Carmine Tilghman said, adding the company plans to slash its coal power capacity by 30% and step up the use of solar and gas generation.

Apr 30 - Australian power provider AusNet Services is implementing an ABB hybrid power storage, diesel generation and grid stabilisation system to enhance the management of peak electricity demand in the state of Victoria. At full power, the 1 MW pilot system will automatically provide additional power for the 22 kV distribution network during periods of peak demand.
AusNet Services provides gas and electricity to 1.3 million homes and businesses in Victoria – home to 5.8 million people.

In an effort to alleviate the growing energy crisis in Punjab province, Pakistan's federal government on Tuesday approved to build new power transmission lines to supply electricity from LNG-based power projects with a combined capacity of 2,400 MW to local communities.
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) gave the green light for 12 projects worth Rs30 billion ($0.29bn) and recommended another four schemes amounting to Rs14 billion for final approval by the National Economic Council.

Amman Asia Electric Power Company (AAEPC) today will inaugurate IPP3, the world's largest power plant run by internal combustion engines (ICE). Wärtsilä has lead the EPC consortium to build the 573 MW plant, which is powered by 38 Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines.

Joint regulation of gas supply and electricity generation in Nigeria has been proposed in a bid to build much-needed additional capacity and finally turn the government's power sector reform into a success story. Dr. Sam Amadi, chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, admitted that the government has not been able to achieve its target of 6,000 MW new-built capacity largely due to the unavailability of gas supply to power plants.

A wave of coal-fired plant retirements is underway in the U.S with mostly gas and wind power set to replace them. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), designated by FERC to ensure grid resilience, forecast it will take longer to build pipelines, transmission lines and wind farms than the Environmental Protection Agency's earliest compliance targets in 2020 allow.

Though no Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is in place, Western Energy Partners President Curt Hildebrand seeks to forge ahead with plans to build and start up the Clean Path Energy Center – a combined gas & solar plant (680+70MW) in the third quarter of 2019. However, Dwight Lamberson, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission's utility division director cautioned that a PPA is a precondition for realising the project: "No dollars will flow without that," he said.

Dehumidification is key for keeping a mothballed power station operationally ready while protecting it from corrosion or degradation during its temporary closure, says Carl Webb who worked with Andrews Sykes when Barking Power Ltd. temporarily closed one 500 MW unit at its gas-fired plant.

Finland-based gas engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply 120 MW of Smart Power Generation for Oman's Musandam Power Company (MPC). The plant will be delivered on a turn-key basis and is due to be fully operational in late 2016.

The first gas turbine reconditioning workshop in Vietnam, and the first for Alstom's network in Asia, has been opened in the Phu My district under a joint-venture of the French OEM and Vietnam Electricity (EVN). The 22 million euros facility stretches over 5,500 square metres and houses the latest machinery for reconditioning of hot gas path parts, "many of which are available for the first time in South-East Asia," according to Alstom.

Eager to advance its $750 million combined-cycle gas power plant near Beloit, Wisconsin Alliant Energy has filed a proposal with the state regulator. It's the utility's first application since 2008, when regulators rejected plans for a coal-fired plant. In a shift of strategy, Alliant now proposes a 2 MW solar PV facility integrated with the 650 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant. 

The nuclear renaissance in Japan is gathering momentum with the government proposing for nuclear energy to account for 20% or even 24% of the island nation's power mix by 2030 – regardless of popular protests. A court just rejected an injunction by local residents opposed to the restart to the two Sendai reactors as planned this summer.

In Mexico, Siemens has won yet another order to supply and install two SGT6-5000F gas turbines and two SGEN6-1000 generators in two 1x1 configurations at the Tula 1 & 2 combined cycle power blocks. Commissioning and start-up of the two units is due in summer 2017.

Advanced Power has selected GE to supply two 7F.05 gas turbines, one D650 steam turbine and its rapid response combined-cycle system for the 700 MW Carroll County Energy Project in northeast Ohio. According to GE, the first of its 7F.05 units are already operating at PP12 in Saudi Arabia.

News in Brief

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.

Steam turbines in high demand

April 29 – The market for steam turbines for power generation will grow around 6.5% through to 2027, driven by the build-out of combined-cycle gas power plants – notably in Asia and the United States, ResearchAndMarkets finds. Coal power projects in China, India and Bangladesh also require significant numbers of steam turbines. “Many of the countries in Asia-Pacific cannot provide 24-hour electricity to its citizens, and the cheapest way to achieve the objective is to build thermal [coal power] plants and use steam turbines,” analysts commented.

LNG-fuelled power for Antigua

April 28 – Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL) has contracted Wärtsilä to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant on the Caribbean island. The plant will operate primarily on regasified LNG, imported through a small-scale import terminal developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in partnership with APCL.

ION launches risk analyser

April 27 – ION Commodities has built a cloud-based solution – FEA Analyzer – to help energy and commodity firms transition to new renewable energy markets while simultaneously optimizing trading strategies and supply chains. The tool combines pre-trade analytics with risk management and asset optimization, all powered by predictive analytics and stochastic models. 

Capstone to service 600kV microturbine

April 26 – Capstone has landed a rental contract for a 600 kilowatt (kW) microturbine-based system with one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Due for commissioning in mid-May 2022, the plant will supply power to remote mid-stream operations along the customer's gas pipeline in Colorado.