Threatening to idle two unprofitable gas-fired power units in Bavaria, Germany's biggest utility E.ON is pushing for more compensation to keep the Irsching unit 4 and 5 operational. "If plants are needed for system stability, their operational costs need to be covered," E.ON stated.
Termobarranquilla (TEBSA) is spearheading a consortium of three Colombian power producers that is ready to take a stake in a new 'marketing agent' responsible for handling capacity at a new 2.6 mtpa LNG regas terminal. Colombia's first LNG imports are targeted to arrive in late 2016, or else the country is at risk of facing a gas deficit as early as 2018.
A technological breakthrough of 50.1% electrical efficiency was achieved on GE's 10-megawatt gas reciprocating engine in a test environment in Austria. The Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine is designed to achieve the highest electrical efficiency level in its class.
John Morris Industrial has launched the new Ultra High Temperature 1200˚F (UHT-12) accelerometer designed to allow high temperature measurement of power plant components. The UHT-12 system is targeted for testing gas turbines and turbochargers as well as exhaust system testing and engine balancing.
Power generation in Luzon, the most populous island in the Philippines, is dependent on domestic gas supply from the Malampaya field which will be shut down for maintenance from March 15 to April 14. Subsequent shortages in gas supply are feared to cause rolling blackouts unless some generators switch to more costly fuel oil.
Power markets in Europa are expected to "test the 'soft floor' provided from the coal to gas switching potential in the UK." At current coal, gas and carbon prices, the UK carbon floor prices opens up potential for fuel switching around $7/mmbtu which will sustain prices well into the summer, according to Wood Mackenzie.
The integrated Southwest Power Pool (SPP), launched in March 2014 in nine U.S. states, has allowed some operators to grow running hours tenfold. Wärtsilä has now been contracted to supply more flexible generation capacity to the real-time SPP market, namely three gas-fired 50SG engines for a CMLP's 56 MW plant in Kansas.
Power and automation technology group ABB has launched Transformer Intelligence, a sensor-based monitoring solution for electricity transformers. The Swiss firm will also invest $30 million in a new manufacturing site for its low voltage products division near Memphis, Tennessee.
Japan's Yokogawa Electric Corp. has booked orders to deliver distributed control systems (DCS) for the large-scale PP13 and PP14 combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants that the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is building in Riyadh. Set to start full operations in October 2016, the two mega plants will have a joint capacity of nearly 4,000 MW.
Omani power firm Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco) has announced plans to invest $396 million over the next three years to create new generation capacity, transmission lines and distribution networks across the Gulf state. Peak power demand is forecast to reach close to 9,200 MW by 2019, according to government projections.
The launch of Nigeria’s Transitional Electricity Market (TEM) earlier this week paved the way for microgrids to electrify some of the country’s more remote locations. Electrification levels are low as power producers and distributors in West Africa's largest economy struggle with a lack of grid connections and repeated damage to gas pipeline infrastructure.
Even though Ukraine's coal stocks are increasingly in short supply, the country's deputy energy minister has called on power producers to burn more coal to reduce the impact of a potential cut in Russian gas supply to the conflict-ridden nation.
Risks are looming large in India's banking system as utility loans are on the brink of turning sour due to the discrepancy between subsidized power tariffs and market rates for gas purchase. Subsidy booked for state electricity boards (SEBs) have hit a nine year high, while power plant operators await a cabinet decision on an administered price mechanism for the new gas pooling scheme.
Nemo Link, the first undersea a power interconnector between Belgium and the UK, will be developed with a capacity of 1,000 MW. Interconnectors will be eligible to bid at UK's capacity auctions for the first time in December 2015 for contracts starting from winter 2019/20.