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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-fired engine maker Wärtsilä is to supply a 120 MW Smart Power Generation power plant for Musandam Power Company (MPC) in Northern Oman. The plant is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016.

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.

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.