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U.S. power plant developers Eventure Partners and Northland Power have pulled out of a planned project to build a $450 million power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. The plant had met fierce opposition from local residents.

Nigerian energy firm Seven Energy has signed a $100 million deal with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) which will see both organisations invest in gas processing facilities, pipeline infrastructure and power plants.

Operator Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy in consortium with Bechtel have officially commissioned the 758 MW Temple I combined-cycle plant. The multi-shaft plant is a Siemens Flex-Plant configuration – the first of its kind in Texas, U.S.

With fast start capability, and fast ramping up and down across a large operating window from low plant turn-down to high plant output, Flex-Plants produce Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions less than 10 parts-per-million (ppm), and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions less than 2.0 ppm.

Northern States Power, a subsidiary of U.S. utility Xcel Energy, has questioned the need for new gas-fired capacity in Minnesota following the downward revision of its power demand forecasts. Changes in the Midcontinent ISO’s reserve requirements are claimed to be partially responsible for the lower than expected demand.

Oil volumes burned in Saudi Arabia to generate electricity have hit a record in July, reaching levels last seen in August 2010. The government is keen to free up more oil up for exports and has launched the Wasit Gas Program to develop two offshore gas fields and build a 2.5 Bcf/d processing plant to increase the amount of domestic gas available for generators.

Namibian energy firm NamPower plans to award the contract for the 1,050 MW Kudu power plant to Chinese developer Shanghai Electric Group. The generators and turbines for the project are expected to be supplied by Siemens.

The risk of a halt in Russian pipeline gas supplies has created price uncertainly in for European gas futures this winter. Societe Generale analysts warn that in the event of a supply disruption subsequent spikes in gas prices will take longer to abate as the market distrusts there will be a lasting solution to the Ukraine crisis.

The nuclear renaissance in Japan is gathering momentum and sources close to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) suggest up to six nuclear power plants are likely to be up and running by the middle of 2015 – two of them already before the end of this year.

The Nigerian government is to enact a $1.3 billion finance facility to offset legacy gas debts and help support funding in the power sector.

U.S. technology developer GE has launched its new 16.5 MW NovaLT16 gas turbine. The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with energy firm Transcanada for further technical evaluation and gas station layout optimization for the product.

UK project developer SGI Holdings has re-submitted plans for a $150 million floating power plant to provide emergency power to the Bahamas. The proposed plant would deliver 272 MW of power and could be operational within 180 days of approval, the company said.

Following the completion of construction works, SSE has fired up its 460 MW Great Island combined-cycle gas turbine plant (CCGT) in County Wexford, Ireland, and synchronized it to the grid for the first time.

Scheduled to hit the market in the second-half of 2016, GE's 9EMax takes off from the company's 'tried and trusted' 9E machine and is claimed to enhance reliable, efficient and cost-effective power generation.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has called on Russia's Rosatom to postpone construction of the Nintkhuan-1 nuclear power plant for six years until 2020 to resolve the projects' economic efficiency and safety issues. The capacity gap will have to be closed by gas power as Vietnam's domestic coal reserves are running low.

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.