Daily News

Turbine service provider EthosEnergy has announced the supply of manufactured combustion components as part of a contract with TransCanada for its 560 MW Ocean States Power Plant in Rhode Island. The firm installed standard combustion liners and transition pieces for the GE Frame 7EA gas turbine at the site.

Two of Kentucky’s largest electricity producers, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, have announced plans to add 737 MW of new capacity by 2020, as they seek to close down existing coal power. The new capacity is expected to be largely gas-fired.

As Japan continues to rely on LNG for the bulk of its power generation due to delays in nuclear restarts, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry forecasts gas importers will rely less on Middle Eastern supplies but source up to 70% of their LNG imports from Australia and the U.S. by 2020.

Increases to the price that power producers in India pay for natural gas fuel are set to shake up the electricity market in an attempt to boost power generation in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the gas tariff by roughly one-third to $5.61 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) from 1 November, up from $4.2.

GE's Distributed Power business has won a contract to supply an undisclosed number of ecomagination qualified Jenbacher J612 gas engines for a several bioenergy plants that Phoenix Energy plans to build in California.

The UK government supports curbing the length in carbon credit in the EU-ETS by creating a Market Stability Reserve, meant to help Europe meet its emission reduction targets more cost effectively and stimulate investment in low-carbon technologies for power generation.

Nigeria has seen a slump in power capacity of as much as 1,000 MW last week, according to the minister of power, Chinedu Nebo who blamed the drop on further pipeline vandalism.
“Recently within the past week, the Okoloma gas plant has been down due to sabotage, blowing up and vandalism of three of its wellheads, and then robbing Shell of the capacity to deliver over 180mscuf of gas on a daily basis,” he commented.

Japanese technology developer Toshiba will supply and test a design for a supercritical CO2 gas turbine at a 25 MW demonstration plant in Texas. Toshiba said it aims to start delivering equipment in August 2016, for the plant to be commissioned by the end of next year.

Turbine manufacturer are struggling to help cash-constraint utilities in Europe to optimise their generation portfolio. As gas power plants are mothballed, manufacturers of gas turbines need to further enhance efficiency at lower operational costs, e.g. by increasing firing temperatures while improving combustion, the technical heads of leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) said in Brussels.

A major fire at the UK’s Didcot B gas-fired power plant in Oxfordshire has been battled through the night by teams of firefighters resulting in the closure of the 1,360 MW unit. An investigation has now started following cessation of the blaze.

After completing several months of testing and trial runs, Siemens Energy has handed over three gas turbines to operator Dow Stade for its new 163 MW cogeneration plant, located at the river Elbe near Hamburg. Handover of the steam turbine is due by the end of this month.

Technology developer GE has launched a new suite of data-driven solutions to improve the performance of aeroderivative gas turbines via its Distributed Power business. The new solutions are focused on GE’s LM6000 turbine and based around methodologies that optimize and reduce life-cycle costs.

Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply a 139 MW Flexicycle power plant in Mexico. Featuring seven 50SG gas engines the plant will be located near Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon.

Power producer Energia del Pacifico (EDP) plans to commission the new 355 MW Acajutla gas-fired power plant in El Salvador by 2018, following a purchase agreement for the first supply of LNG to mainland Central America.

News in Brief

Oseberg upstream shifts from oil to gas

Nov 29 – Equinor has announced plans to invest 10 billion Norwegian crowns ($995M) to change the Oseberg field from primarily being an oil field to becoming a substantial natural gas producer with large remaining gas resources. Oseberg is the third-largest oil producing filed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the operator has submitted and amended development plan to the energy ministry.

ABB, Metacon and Wärtsilä partner on hydrogen

Nov 26 – ABB, Wärtsilä, Metacon affiliate Helbio, and the classification society RINA are jointly working on delivering a power solution for marine application that is fuelled by hydrogen. The aim is to have a scalable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70% reduction in carbon intensity without the need for extensive investment in new infrastructure. Wärtsilä gas engines can already run on a mix of hydrogen and LNG, and the company strives run them 100% on hydrogen fuel in the near future.

Wärtsilä enters Belgian energy storage market

Nov 25 – Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 25 MW / 100 MWh energy storage system to a Belgium customer, marking its entry into the Belgian energy storage market. The order was booked to Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2021, and the system is scheduled to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Triveni agrees with GEAE Tech to manufacture LM2500 turbine in India

Nov 25 – Triveni Engineering & Industries has signed a 10-year accord with GEAE Technology USA to produce the LM2500 gas turbine base and enclosure locally in India. The turbine is the chosen propulsion equipment for many surface combatant vessels of the Indian Navy.

Wärtsilä launches lighter IQ-Series scrubber

Nov 24 – Wärtsilä has launched a new IQ Series exhaust gas treatment system, designed by its Exhaust Treatment business unit in Moss, Norway. Designed with a smaller footprint, the new scrubber takes up 25% less space, is 30% lighter, and has 35% less volume which makes it particularly adapt for use on container ships, but also for stationary engines.

Afreximbank signs loan for Aba IPP in Nigeria

Nov 23 – African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a $50 million term loan facility for the Aba Integrated Power Project (IPP) in Nigeria, which comprises of a 141 MW gas-fired power plant and a 27-kilometer feeder pipeline and a distribution utility. Before greenlighting the loan, the bank advised projects sponsor Geometric Power on restructuring sol-called “gap capital” in the $332 million recapitalisation funds for the Aba IPP.

SiGreen tracks products’ emissions data

Nov 22 – Siemens has developed an ecosystem-based approach to calculate Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) with a with a view to track and reduce emissions. SiGreen helps exchange emission data along the supply-chain and combine it with data from a company’s own value creation to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint.

ELGi expands oil-free compressor series

Nov 19 – Belgium-based ELGi Compressors Europe has marketed introduced four new air compressors, the AB11, AB15, AB18 and AB22 that expand the company’s AB Series portfolio, ranging from 11KW to 110KW. The new the AB11-22 range helps customers optimize moisture separation, cooling and capacity control which directly translates into savings on electricity use.

Double-digit growth seen for GT market

Nov 18 – The market for gas turbines (GT) is forecast to witness a double-digit growth between 2021 and 2028, according to Global Market Vision projections. Leading manufacturers surveyed in the consultancy’s latest report include Doosan, Mitsubishi, MJB International, Siemens, GE, PW Power Systems, Solar Turbines, Dresser-Rand, Kawasaki, MAN Diesel & Turbo, OPRA Technologies, MTU Aero Engines, Wood Group and Chromalloy Gas Turbine.

Gazprom aims to increase contractual supply to VNG

Nov 17 – Russia’s Gazprom is in negotiations with VNG, one of Germany’s largest gas importers, to extending long-term gas supply contracts and “increase the supply volume thereunder.” Leipzig-based VNG imports and stores Russian gas in Germany’s eastern states and Berlin, and together with Gazprom it is building the Katharina underground gas storage (UGS) project with a design capacity of 650 million cubic meters (mmcm) of working gas volume and 26 mmcm daily withdrawal rate. The Katharina UGS is due completed in 2025.

Eaton offers IFPM73 fluid purifier with higher flow rate

Nov 15 – The Filtration Division of energy management company Eaton has added a higher volume flow rate system to its IFPM series of PLC-controlled, mobile, off-line fluid purifiers. Complementing the IFPM 33, which has a flow rate of 8 gpm (30 l/min), the new IFPM 73 has over double the flow rate of 20 gpm (70 l/min) for purifying oils and gas liquids stored in large tanks and reservoirs. 

General Fusion sets up new base in Tennessee

Nov 12 – General Fusion has set up a new operations base in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as it seeks to commercialize fuson technology in collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and the U.S. government. This expansion will create up to 50  technical jobs. 

Bloom Energy delivers 1 MW renewable power from dairy farm waste

Nov 10 – Bloom Energy has been contracted to deploy a 1 MW fuel cell at Bar 20 Dairy Farms in Kerman, California, to produce on-site, renewable electricity from dairy cow manure. Dairy biogas contains up to 65% methane and the waste-to-energy project captures methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. The installation marks Bloom’s first biogas project.

German TSOs want three phased-out coal plants as backup

Nov 9 – Three hard coal-fired power plants in Germany, due for phase-out and decommissioning next summer,  might have to stay onstream to ensure supply security after regional TSOs said the units were “system relevant”. It is now up to the federal grid agency BNetzA to decide whether the three plants, owned by Uniper, RWE and STEAG and situated in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), will be given permission to stay operational or whether they need to be retrofitted or shuttered.

Wärtsilä to service GasLog LNG carriers

Nov 8 – Greek shipowner and operator GasLog has selected Wärtsilä to service and maintain ten of its very large LNG carriers. The agreement, signed in June, covers the vessels’ twin two-stroke dual-fuel main engines and includes AI-based condition monitoring and advanced asset diagnostic services.

EU CO2 price in focus of German climate policy

Nov 5 – Germany should think of its climate policy plans on a European and ultimately global level, economists Gabriel Felbermayr (Wifo Institute Kiel), Clemens Füst (Ifo Institute Munich) and Jens Südekum (University of Düsseldorf) said in a joint statement. The economists call for a Europe-wide CO2 price to act as a central instrument to reduce emissions whereby the EU emissions trading system should include all sectors, notably heavy industry and transport.

Transport sector struggles with 2030 climate goals

Nov 4 – Germany's new government must agree on a wide variety of policy instruments to achieve its 2030 climate target in the transport sector, a Prognos report says. "A high CO2 price alone is not enough to reach the tightened climate targets," analysts find, adding that "an ambitious mix of measures is necessary” to have a chance of meeting the new goals which are still subject to much controversy.