With profit margins of coal-fired power plants rebounding from July lows, generators in the UK are favouring coal over natural gas as a fuel to fill the gap in electricity output left by a shutdown of four of EDF's nuclear reactors.
Operators of combined cycle gas-fired power plants are expected to spend $5.2 billion on systems to purify water for steam generation in 2015, consultancy McIlvaine Company forecast. Rising energy demand in Asia and tighter operating requirements were attributed for driving a surge in the use of ultrapure water systems.
Siemens Energy has just received another order, worth €360 million, for its H-class gas turbine technology in South Korea to deliver the power island for 902-megawatt Dangjin 4 combined cycle power plant, under construction by GS Engineering & Construction Corp.
Tokyo Electric (Tepco) and Chubu Electric Power are in talks to form a joint venture company to strengthen their clout in negotiations for better pricing terms of LNG procurement for their gas-fired power plant operations.
The government of the Philippines is considering implementing emergency measures to take more direct control of the country’s power sector in order to step up generating capacity and prevent widespread electricity shortages from 2015 onward.
State-owned energy firm Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol have inaugurated and started operation of their $250 million Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) power plant near the border between the two countries. The plant provides 180 MW of generating capacity.
First Generation Corporation's (First Gen) has selected GE's jet engine-based aeroderivative gas turbines to power its 97 MW Avion power plant. The installation of LM6000-PC Sprint gas turbines will be the first of their kind in the country.
State-owned Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company (EGAS) has stopped supplying natural gas to the Idku liquefaction plant, operated by British Gas and GDF Suez, as the government is prioritising to dent rising gas demand for power generation instead.
State-owned development company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has reportedly won a contract to build a 2,000 MW combined cycle power plant in Malacca in the south of the country. The plant is expected to be operational within two years.
Together with its Korean partner Daewoo Engineering, Siemens has handed over the 1,600 MW Shuweihat S3 combined-cycle gas power plant to its owner SAPCO, after starting up the plant into commercial operation in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A 2-megawatt power-to-gas pilot plant in Falkenhagen run by E.ON, Germany's largest utility, has injected more than 2 GWh of hydrogen into the country's natural gas pipeline system during its first year of operation.
Brazilian power producer Benco Energie has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian government at the weekend for the construction of a 700 MW power plant in Bayelsa State. The plant is expected to cost $900 million.
Electricty rates from Japan’s 10 regional power utilities are set to drop for the month of October to reflect lower LNG imports prices. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) announced it will reduce its standard household rate by $0.51 to $81 as of October, after its LNG import price fell to $818 per tonne in July from $821 per tonne in June.
EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has offered to help Ukraine in developing a payment plan for Naftogaz to start repaying its huge debt to Gazprom, which has ceased deliveries in June, citing unpaid bills of around $4.5 billion.