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.