South African electric utility Eskom is under pressure from retailers in the country to reduce load-shedding over weekends to prevent power shortages impacting sales over the Christmas period.
Gas price pooling will help revive Indian power producer NTPC’s flagship power plant, the 1,967 MW Dabhol facility south of Mumbai, according to the firm’s chairman Arup Roy Choudhury. The plant has sat idle due to lack of gas supply following constraints and political wrangling over the power purchase agreement between the plant’s owners and state power utility, Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB).
Independent power producer Co-Ash Resources has applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) to construct a 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant in Hwange, in the northwest of the country.
Philippine's national energy firm Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has signed an electricity supply deal with provider PanAsia Energy in the latest bid to shore up capacity ahead of a predicted shortfall in 2015.
FuelCell Energy (FCE) and UIL Holdings Corp. have developed an integrated fuel cell that will be installed at a gas pressure-reduction facility in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The new Direct Fuel Cell Energy Recovery Generator (DFC-ERG) will harness unused heat and produce 600 kW of electricity.
State-owned electricity generator Hydro Tasmania is aiming to sell the majority share of its 210 MW gas-fired Tamar Valley power station in in Bell Bay, Tasmania. The operator was forced to acquire the asset by the previous government and claims it paid an estimated $160 million above its value of $200 million.
Diamantina Power Station Pty is close to firing up its new 242 MW power station in Queensland after Siemens has completed the commissioning and hand-over. The Diamantina plant is powered by two combined-cycle blocks, performing at well in excess of 50% efficiency.
Midwestern utility Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has announced plans to construct a 400 - 500 MW combined-cycle gas turbine unit at the site of the existing Fox Energy Center near Wrightstown, Wisconsin. The proposed plant is expected to be commissioned by 2019.
LNG Canada Development Inc. has selected GE's LMS100-PB dry low emission aeroderivative gas turbine as well as vertically and horizontally split centrifugal compressors for its proposed gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat, British Columbia.
French technology developer Alstom has surpassed 17,000 hours of operation of the world’s highest operating-temperature steam loop at Plant Barry Unit 4. Ultra-Supercritical Steam systems operate at temperatures above 374°C, while the temperature at Barry Unit 4 reached 760°C.
German engineering conglomerate Siemens has won an order for the turn-key construction of a combined cycle power plant, equipped by an H-Class gas turbine. The customer for the 596 MWe plant in the city of Płock is PKN Orlen, Eastern Europe's largest mineral oil company.
Japanese technology developer Toshiba has announced the successful prototyping of a process that combines waste CO2 from thermal power plants with energy from the sun to create fuel at a higher efficiency than was previously possible. Toshiba said the new photosynthesis process can “deliver a viable chemical feedstock or fuel with potential for use in industry.”
After receiving 1.6 million comments on its proposed carbon rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now reviewing the often critical remarks by utilities before submitting a final standards by June 1, 2015.