Flexibility of LNG makes it "ideally suited" as a source of primary power generation in emerging markets, particularly for decentralised power projects that are far from other major gas supply routes, Jérôme Ferrier president of the International Gas Union (IGU) told Gas to Power Journal.
Removal of subsidies as part of wider energy market reforms across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face numerous political challenges but change is 'vital' to ease strain on governments' budgets, according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). Foreign direct investment can only attracted through market liberalization.
U.S. utility Mississippi Power Company (MPC) expects the conversion of its 750 MW Watson coal-fired plant in Gulfport to run on natural gas will be complete by April 16, following the delivery of the last load of coal to the site. Work is now focused on converting the final units 4 and 5 at the plant.
The Government of Punjab, overseeing the most populous region in Pakistan, has given the green light for a proposed 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant near Sheikhupura that will run LNG. The decision came after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) granted a $30 million project loan to Engro Elengy Terminal Ltd. to build and operate Pakistan's first LNG re-gasification terminal.
Performance and output of wind power installation across the U.S. vary significantly throughout the year due to highly seasonal wind patterns, leaving some grid operators struggle to to balance the fluctuating load. Flexible gas capacity is best placed to step in at short notice; and California's ISO has even mandated 1.3-gigawatt of energy storage.
Advanced manufacturing technologies are seen to have an unrivalled impact on the design of gas turbines and power plants. "In the future, we'll be able to achieve new levels of intricacy in parts using laser melting technology," forecast Willibald Fischer, Head of Product Management for Gas Turbines at Siemens.
Enel, Italy's largest power producer, first embarked on an early migration to Single European Payments Area SEPA payments formats in late-2012 to meet the Commission's deadline. However, some support was needed to ensure a smooth transition, said Fernando Santini, head of international cash management sales at UniCredit told Gas to Power Journal.
Korea South East Power Co. (KOSEP) has awarded Siemens an order to upgrade the Instrumentation & Control systems in units 5 and 6 of the Samcheonpo Thermal Power Station in South Korea. Siemens stressed it is 'a first' that the German OEM is upgrading the I&C system for GE steam turbines.
Two stage turbocharging offers the ability for operators to optimize consumption for specific load profiles, according to German engine manufacturer MAN Diesel. “In power generation, fuel consumption accounts for more than 80 percent of all production cost. The extra turbochargers increase the price of the package but offer substantial additional value in output and efficiency,” Ralf Losch, senior manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Power Plant Business Unit told Gas to Power Journal.
Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is in negotiations with Osaka Gas to realise gas projects worth around $2 billion in the Philippines, including a massive gas-fired power plant of up to 1,500 MW that would run on imported LNG. Meralco chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the power project would require building a regasification facility for imported liquefied natural gas.
With more industries across Africa using distributed generators for uninterrupted electricity supply, GE has completed the supply and installation of three 25 MW trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines at Port Harcourt Refinery, Nigeria.
Two SGT-800 gas turbines and one SST-400 steam turbine will be supplied by Siemens for Holland Energy Park in Michigan, U.S. The combined cycle power plant is set to generate about 125 MW in summer and 145 MW in winter.
Shanghai Electric Power has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Delimara Power Station to operate on natural gas. The Chinese power producer operates the Maltese plant following a €100 'cash injection' into Enemalta in December, plus €150 million set aside for unit 3 (BWSC plant) and another 70 million for switching the plant to gas.