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Power plant developer Footprint Power has selected Spanish energy firm Iberdrola to build its new combined cycle plant in Salem, Massachusetts. The  674 MW facility will be located at the site of the decommissioned coal-fired Salem Harbor Station.

U.S. power producer Dominion Virginia Power has commissioned its new 1,329 MW Warren County Power Station. The combined cycle plant is the largest in the state of Virginia and cost an estimated $1.1 billion.

The Pakistani government has expressed aims to fast-track a total of 2,600 MW of new capacity additions before summer 2015 in a bid to tackle chronic power shortages in the country. The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE),  part of the Ministry of Water and Power, has approved the plans to add the new capacity by April 15 next year.

Power plant developer Afrochine Energy Corp has announced plans to invest $200 million in a gas-fired power plant in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. The proposed plant is expected to add 125 MW of capcity to the grid.

Turbine developer Alstom has won a €20 million contract from NewGen Power to upgrade the 320MW combined-cycle Kwinana power station in Western Australia. The plant’s GT13E2 gas turbine will be retrofitted with a multi-mode MXL2 upgrade package.

Power plant developer Santerre is to invest $300 million to build a 200 MW gas plant in Ghana. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 at a site in Prampram in the south of the country.

Turbine developer GE launched two new technologies to improve gas-fired power plants as part of the company’s Power FlexEfficiency portfolio of upgrade solutions this week at the Power-Gen Conference in Orlando.

 UK technology developer ITM Power has announced that it wil supply a rapid response polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) power-to-Gas electrolyser system to German utility RWE. "This sale is our second significant Power-to-Gas order in an important strategic territory for this technology,” Graham Cooley, chief executive of ITM Power said.

 

The government of Malaysia is finalising plans to build a 380 MW gas-fired power plant in Sandakan, according to the country’s Energy Minister, Maximus Ongkili. "This is not only to ensure the level of power service is raised but also that there is sufficient power in Sabah, as well as, sustainable quality and good power for the future," Ongkili said.

General Electric has designed its 7HA as the most-efficient 60-hertz gas turbines with a net combined-cycle efficiency of over 61% building on over three years of evaluation of best practice operations at its F-class machines, according to Guy Deleonardo, executive product manager for GE Power Generation Products.

Power producer Ripon Cogeneration has reported a 90% reduction in shutdowns as a result of upgrading its distributed control system (DCS) with the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.

Australian power plant operator AGL Energy has announced it will shutdown 480 MW of capacity at its 1,280 MW Torrens Island plant by 2017, in response to weak market conditions.

U.S. power producer Entergy has signed an agreement to acquire the 1,980 MW Union Power Station near El Dorado in Arkansas. The deal has been valued at $948 million, equating to approximately $479 per  kW or $237 million per unit, subject to adjustments.

Turkish construction firm Enka Insaat is to build a 3,000 MW power plant in Iraq in a deal with independent power producer Mass Global Investment. The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yıldız, is set to attend a signing ceremony tomorrow with Iraq's electricity minister.

News in Brief

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.

Anax helps Magellan mine bitcoin under US$12m deal

Dec 16 – Ohio-based Magellan Scientific has entered a long-term accord, worth US$12 million, with Anax Power to generate zero-emission electricity from natural gas flows for Magellan’s distributed data centres, using 500 kW Anax turboexpanders. This green power will be used to lower the carbon-intensity of bitcoin mining and help US interstate pipeline operators and utilities accelerate their net-zero emission goals.

Cryogenic insulation market to top $4.6m by 2026

Dec 14 – The global market for cryogenic insulation is forecast to reach $4,659.85 million by 2026, expanding at an annual rate of 8.76% over the next five years. According to ResearchandMarkets, companies need to keep investing in R&D to deliver more efficient products at a lower cost and improve product durability.