The outgoing EU Commission has managed to arrange a $4.6 billion winter package, agreed by Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz. The package covers the period from now until the end of March 2015, securing natural gas imports to Ukraine and transits to the European Union.
Gasification, a technology solution to harness coal's energy more cleanly, is eyed by China as a way to reduce hazardous air pollution. China's National Energy Administration aims to produce 50 Bcm of gas from coal by 2020, enough to dent 10% of the country's gas demand from industries and power producers.
The new centre-right government in Belgium is considering redesigning a capacity payment mechanism in consultation with neighbouring countries to comply with EU competition rules. Grid operator Elia warns Belgium faces the risk of power cuts this winter as the capacity reserve margin has fallen to a record low as three nuclear reactors are offline and several unprofitable CCGTs have been mothballed.
In a mammoth effort to reduce air pollution, the Chinese government has imposed stringent regulation to curb carbon intensity and aims to reduce its share of coal power from 68.2% to under 55% by 2025 by increasing the contribution from nuclear and combined-cycle gas turbine units.
"The government has set a target to cut carbon intensity by 40-45% from 2005 levels by 2030 and last year we've already achieved to reduce emissions by 28.8%, which is equivalent to a reduction of 2.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions, ...
A new 250 MW emergency reserve power plant will be inaugurated today near Kiisa in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia. The ceremony is hosted by the plant's owner Elering, the Estonian transmission system operator. Wärtsilä has been responsible for the EPC-delivery and project management.
The European Turbine Network (ETN) has completed the coordination of the H2-IGCC project, advancing the 'technology-readiness level' when burning hydrogen-rich syngas in gas turbines, including the development of combustion processes, materials, turbomachinery and plant optimisation. With a total budget of 17.8 million euro (EU-funding 11.3 million euro), the project was running from 2009 to 2014 with the participation of 24 partners from 10 countries.
In bid to appease critics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking stakeholder comments on its proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants. Some federal states and industry groups are adamantly opposing more stringent emission targets, claiming this could herald the end of coal power and would put energy security at risk.
To produce turbine parts with Laser MicroJet technology, a pioneering laser-cutting method, GE's has teamed up with Synova, a Swiss provider of laser-cutting systems, and Japan's manufacturer of high-precision machine tools Makino Milling Machine.
Warning that the UK Energy Market Reform may not realise the full potential of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generation, the British industry association CHPA is calling on policy makers to extend the small scale Feed-in Tariff capacity threshold in addition to the proposed Contracts for Difference (CfD).
Tough critics warned a prolonged outage of the 1,360 MW Didcot B power station could disrupt supply stability, National Grid said in its Winter Outlook 2014/15 gas supplies remained strong after last year's mild winter. Gas-fired capacity remain higher than the maximum expected demand, but reserve margins have narrowed further which is why the grid operator has struck deals with three power plants operators to keep plants in reserve.
U.S. power producer Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) has told regulators in Alaska that its planned 171 MW Eklutna gas-fired power plant will be delayed by at least three months.
The fleet of Siemens H-class world-record gas turbines achieved a cumulative 100,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH) as of the end of September 2014. Forty of the H-class gas turbines have been sold worldwide to date, and eleven of these machines are currently in commercial operation with a high degree of starting reliability and availability.
The United States are forecast to achieve energy independence by 2025, with Wood Mackenzie's Global Trends Service pointing out that over the last seven years, the U.S. producers added 3 million barrels per day of tight oil and 27.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of shale gas to the global energy mix – "a spectacular 42% increase in oil and gas production."
Though the cause of the major blaze at RWE npower's Didcot B gas-fired power plant in Oxfordshire is still unclear, the head of the fire rescue team has ruled out arson or terrorism and indicated that investigations focus one of the plant's cooling fans.