U.S. equipment manufacture GE has received an order from TGK-16, an independent power producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF), to supply and install a 9HA gas turbine at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kazan, Russia. The plant is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.
Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and the Chinese subsidiary of Hitachi have won an order for an H-25 gas turbine from the Chinese utility Ningbo Kefeng Thermal Power (NKTP). The new turbine will replace equipment in service in Unit 1 at NKTP's Ningbo City plant, Zhejiang province, and is expected to go into operation by July 2015.
U.S. power producer NTE Energy has secured investment of $1.1 billion to build three natural gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,470 MW. The funding will be used to build the 518 MW Middletown Energy Center in Ohio, the 475 MW Kings Mountain Energy Center in North Carolina, and the 237 MW Pecan Creek Energy Center in Texas.
The government of the Philippines is evaluating costs of transforming the 621 MW Bataan nuclear reactor into an 1,800 MW gas-fired plant. The proposed conversion is necessary “to ease the country's growing demand for energy”, according to the office of the president Benigno Aquino III.
Siemens Smart Grid will supply Mark-E with a virtual power plant (VPP) hosted IT solution that will allow the energy service provider to connect and bundle distributed power sources to offer balancing energy via online trading platforms.
U.S. energy firm GE is to build a manufacturing plant for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) in upstate New York. Running on natural gas, the new design of SOFC will have lower cost and reach up to 95% efficiency, GE said but it did not disclose investment and start-up date of the plant.
UK engineering firms and universities are set to spend £30 million to jointly research advanced technology for use in gas turbines. The funding will include £8 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the remaining amount contributed by over 50 private companies and universities.
The Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) has announced it will tender $2.8 billion worth of projects to develop gas-fired power plants, grids and pipelines in the country before the end of this year. The tenders included two combined-cycle plants – the 928 MW North Central III and the 714 MW Central Guaymas II.
Brazilian construction group Grupo Bolognesi is to realise a 1,200 MW gas-fired plant that will rely on LNG from a planned regas terminal at port of Suape in northern Brazil. The power plant is estimated to cost $1.6bn and will be complete by 2019.
A new generation of gas-powered fuel cells may soon be developed that operate at temperatures less than 500°C, following the award of a $1 million grant to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). “The conventional process of converting natural gas to electricity has several drawbacks. Intermediate-temperature fuel cells (ITFCs) have potential to be twice as efficient as today's gas-fired and coal-fired power plants, potentially reducing CO2 emission by 50%,” Meilin Liu, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.