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UK power producer Carlton Power has signed an agreement to construct a 1.8 GW gas-fired power station in Trafford, England. The firm has also agreed to take over GE’s stake ina separate 1.5 GW plant in Thorpe Marsh.

The Philippines will soon have to evolve a policy for LNG contracts as the existing concessions for gas from Malapaya runs out in 2024, Sarah Fairhurst, of the Lantau Group, Hong Kong, has told Power-Gen Asia 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. 

Indonesian state-owned power producer Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) started operation at its 1 GW Tambak Lorok plant in central Java this week after pipeline infrastructure was completed to secure a switch to natural gas. The plant previously ran on diesel oil but has been idle since 2011.

Gas will continue to have a significant share in Malaysian power generation, vice-president of the country's biggest utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), told the Power-Gen Asia conference. The event also featuring the ASEAN Maritime Week, was opened by Malaysian deputy minister of energy, green technology and water. 

Russia and Iran have signed a wide ranging energy cooperation agreement that will see the two countries jointly build 8 thermal power plants in Iran. The Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday provides for 2.8 GW of new generating capacity.

GE today launched its 9EMax gas turbine solution in Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the Power-Gen Asia annual trade conference and Expo. "The 9EMax is nothing short of  game-changing solution for our 9E customers," Ramesh Singaram, Asia-Pacific President of GE's power generation business said.  The new turbine is expected to hit the market in 2016, Ramesh told Gas to Power Journal.

Output from power plants in Nigeria reached 4,044 MW this month, a two year high for the country, according to Nigeria's Minister of Power, Frank Edozien. The country has an installed capacity of 6,000 MW but power plants fail to produce maximum output  due to inadequate pipeline infrastructure restricting gas supply.

With seven liquefaction projects due for completion before 2018, Australia is set to overtake Qatar as the world's largest LNG exporter. However, rising domestic demand and a 'gas reservation policy' for power generators and industries in Eastern Australia may limit volumes available for exports and increase prices.

The greatest challenge for large-scale power plant projects is posed during the on-site construction phase, so minimising on-site activities through modular construction helps enhance project profitability and security, says Lothar Balling, head of project management at Siemens Energy Power Generation.

New gas power projects were the largest source of capacity additions across the U.S. in the first half of 2014, although overall numbers only reached half the amount seen last year. A total of 2,319 MW of new gas power capacity was added in the first six months of the year, a 49% decrease on the same period the previous year driven by lower demand for peaking power. 

Power producers in Ghana are expected to achieve the government set target of 5,000 MW capacity by 2016 but a lack of reliable fuel is likely to mean that access to electricity will remain unstable.

Norwegian engineering firm Sevan Marine has proposed plans for a 700 MW floating gas-fired power plant at a cost of $1.5 billion off the Japanese coast, as the government struggles to find space to build new capacity on Japan’s mainland, the crowded island of Honshu.

U.S. power plant developer Fluor Corporation has announced the completion of its Ferguson Replacement combined-cycle power plant project located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The 540 MW plant will be operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

The government of Iran is seeking bids from the private sector to realise plans to develop a 500 MW power plant on the island of Abu Musa in the eastern Persian Gulf, near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. The proposed plant will generate both power for water purification and for the local local electricity grid.

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.