The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) has diverted 33 billion cubic metres (Bcm) of natural gas to fuel the country’s power plants between March and September as demand for electricity grows. "Gas supply to power plants in winter is expected to reach 50 million cubic metres (mcm) per day," Nasser Ebrahimi, director of NIGC said, speaking to Dubai-based news agency Zawya.
The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) has terminated the license of Zorlu Enerji's Ankara-based gas power plant after charging the operator together with 11 utilities a total of TL 5.85 million ($2.58 million) for "violating the legislation regulating the fuel market."
Improvements in gas engine technology, combined with smarter engineering of power plants, is driving demand for more distributed power, according to engine supplier Clarke Energy. “The latest Jenbacher biogas engines stretch electrical efficiency levels to 43%; delivering additional renewable electricity for the same input of gas,” Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Manager at Clarke Energy told Gas to Power Journal.
Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply a 56 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to the Stillwater Utilities Authority (SUA). The peaking power plant will help balance supply of wind and solar power in Oklahoma. Delivery of the engines will begin in November 2015.
U.S. federal judges have dismissed a lawsuit driven by the coal lobby in the state of Nebraka against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over more stringent greenhouse gas standards for new power plants, saying the lawsuit had "jumped the gun."
Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a joint development agreement with two Indonesian energy firms to build the country’s first biogas to LNG plant. The fuel will then be transported for use in power generation and the use of biogas is intended to reduce Indonesia's costs of LNG imports.
Less than 4 GW of gas-fired power plants are currently being built in West Europe – the lowest level in more than 10 years – while some 35 GW of fully approved CCGT capacity have been shelved, according to the Platts Power in Europe Project Tracker.
Projected electricity shortages continue to plague the Philippines power network, with officials forecasting a shortfall of 800 MW by summer next year due to delays in construction works of two gas power plant projects.
U.S. technology firm FuelCell Energy (FCE) has been awarded a private sector contract to evaluate the integration of its Direct FuelCell system into combustion-based natural gas power plants. This latest funding adds to an earlier $1.2 million grant by the Department of Energy.
Oct 8 – Seeking to combine poweOct 8 – Seeking to combine power storage with rising renewable energy supply, U.S. power producer Duke Energy has added battery storage to a large wind farm in Texas. Duke's 36 MW Notrees battery storage project is America's largest battery storage project at a wind farm.r storage with rising renewable energy supply, U.S. power producer Duke Energy has added battery storage to a large wind farm in west Texas.
Bolivian state energy firm Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) is holding talks with Brazil’s Petrobas to extend current gas supply contracts for 2020 and beyond. Existing agreements are set to end in 2019.
Record droughts in California, causing waning reservoir levels for hydro power, has driven up the use of gas-fired power capacity in the 'Sunshine State'. For the first half of 2014, gas generation in California increased 3% year-on-year, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Austria's utility Verbund has divested its two French power plant assets in Toul and Pont-sur-Sambre to the U.S. private equity firm KKR for 150 million euros ($118 million). With this move, Verbund is exiting the French market after suffering substantial losses.