German regional utility RheinEnergie has taken the final investment decision (FID) to spend around 350 million euros on building a 450 MW combined-cycle, gas-fired power plant in Cologne Niehl.
Entergy Corp, a US-based integrated energy company, has increased its overall power generation capacity by 1,070 MW through the purchase of two gas-fired plants in Mississippi and Arkansas.
Britain's Chancellor George Osborne has put his political weight behind realising new gas-fired capacity to provide baseload electricity beyond 2030, rather than using it merely as backup capacity for renewables. The Chancellor will use his Autumn Statement on December 5 to unveil the much-awaited Gas Generation Strategy.
Japan's industrial conglomerates Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Hitachi are gearing up to merge their thermal power plant activities with the aim of increasing their market share at the expense of rivals Siemens, Alstom and GE.
Gazprom, the Russian gas export monopoly, is reviving plans to build a power plant in northeast Germany to increase gas sales to its biggest export market via the Nord Stream pipeline.
The UK energy bill, unveiled today, does not specify details on 'strike prices' – the financial support levels to be available to low-carbon generation. Strike prices are of central importance under the planned contract for difference (CfD) regime, aimed at incentivising new-build capacity by guaranteeing operators a steady return of the plant's lifetime.
Two of GE's Jenbacher gas engines have been installed to power the first LNG-fuelled drilling rigs in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. Seneca Ressources Corp. converted the power plants of two existing diesel-powered rigs to use cleaner-burning LNG in GE's 1-megawatt Jenbacher J320 turbocharged natural gas engines.
The Beijing government has stepped back from interfering with pricing of coal as a fuel for power stations, adopting a hands-off approach following a 25 percent drop in the price of the fuel. This move may herald a liberalisation in the tight electricity tariff regime which would prompt investment in more gas generation for peak-load power demand.
The GT26 and GT24 gas turbines offer greater flexibility to suit today's dynamic power markets like the UK. Improved fuel flexibility, flexible operation modes, and unique low load operation capability are achieved through sequential combustion, says Alexander Bill, service manager at Alstom's Power Division.
The BRIT countries – Brazil, Russia, [India] and Turkey – are what E.ON Generation has singled out as growth markets.
"Europe is still our core market but we are not seeing the greatest growth in this area at the moment. You might want to call the UK 'an exception', but it is the BRIT countries that we at E.ON target as growth markets," Jim Lightfoot, director fleet management Gas CCGT at E.ON Generation told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.
Energy trade between the United States and Canada has exceeded $100 billion dollars in 2011, with the two countries forming the world's largest integrated energy market, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
A strike, called by the French union CGT for Wednesday, is meant to halt production at E.on's French coal- and gas-fired power plants with a combined output of 3,000 MW, according to union officials.
Louisiana Generating, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., will convert one of the three units at the Big Cajun II Electrical Generating Station from coal to natural gas in compliance with tightened environmental requirements.
A 'dash for gas' strategy to bolster investment in new power plant capacity will be unveiled over the coming ten days as the UK government will reveal details over capacity payment mechanisms. A gas generation strategy will be published alongside the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on December 5.