Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power is set to build a $1 billion combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant near the city of Kirikkale in Turkey. The 950 MW plant will be built by ACWA subsidiary, Acwa Guc Elektrik Isletme ve Yonetim Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
U.S. power plant developer Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) and partners Marubeni and Toyota Tsusho have started construction of the $775 million St. Charles Energy Center in Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland.
Financing of $890 million has been agreed by a consortium of investors to develop the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project (IPP) in Edo State, Nigeria. Construction works for the 450 MW open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plant are now expected to begin in January 2015.
The Russian president Vladimir Putin has conceded a 6% discount on natural gas sales to Turkey as of January 1, 2015, as Gazprom announced plans to build a 63 Bcm pipeline through the Black Sea to transit Turkey and reach the Greek border – in replacement of the South Stream pipeline link to Bulgaria.
Bottlenecks and ongoing restrictions in New England’s gas pipeline networks are forcing many gas power plants in the region to sit idle, such as the 265 MW Rumford Power plant, the largest gas-fired facility in Maine.
Iran’s energy ministry has announced plans to build 100 GW of new power capacity to and dismantle old thermal stations. “By next five years, the ministry has plans to install and operate 33,000 MW new electricity generation capacity to connect to the national grid,” said Iran's energy minister Hamid Chitchian.
The Brazilian government has awarded the first contracts for coal and gas power plants in three years in a bid to replace hydropower. The auction is meant to spur development of 51 new plants with a total capacity of 4.89 GW – the lion's share of 82%, or 4 GW will be produced by 12 new thermal projects starting from 2019.
Italy's Eni Exploration has signed an accord worth $6 billion with the government of Ghana to develop the Sankofa oil and gas fields. Production is set to start in mid-2017 and will boost Ghana's domestic supply of liquefied petroleum gas as well as lean gas, earmarked to fuel new power generation projects such as the 550 MW Takoradi unit.
E.on, Germany's largest utility, announced a new strategy on Sunday to divide its business and focus on renewables, distribution networks and customer solutions.Conventional generation, energy trading as well as exploration and production will be combined in a new, independent company, most of which will be spun off to E.on shareholders.
The government of India is fast-tracking its financial support measures to boost power generation capacity by 30,000 MW by tackling fuel scarcity. Power minister Piyush Goyal this week met with senior ministers to agree a plan to use idle gas plants as "spinning reserve" to preserve grid stability.
The Energy Ministry of Thailand is set to finalise the first integrated energy plan for the country by the end of this year, officials have announced. The ASEAN country faces dwindling gas reserves, so the new strategy also aims to promote investment in alternative fuels to reduce import dependency.
North Yorkshire-based Drax has been hit with a £28 million penalty, the largest ever imposed by Ofgem. The British energy regulator also requested InterGen to pay £11 million for failing to meet energy saving targets for low-income households.
U.S. electric utility AES Southland is ready to install the world’s largest lithium battery system at its Alamitos Power Center in Long Beach, California, in an effort to provide backup peaking power. The battery will have capacity to deliver 400 MWh, equivalent to 100 MW of auxiliary power units, and can run for up to 4 hours.
Electricity supply shortages are affecting Libya's oil sector and compromise production at some of the country's largest oil fields. Hydrocarbon exports are vital to prop up the Libya's war-torn economy, but IMF analysts expect oil production will fall by another 20% this year.