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Ghanian power producer Cenpower Generation has closed project financing on its $900 million Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP). The 340 MW combined-cycle gas power plant will be built in the Tema industrial zone, close to Ghana’s capital Accra.

Rising levels of 'ramp gas' from CSG production in the run-up of BG Group's two-train 8.5 mtpa Queensland Curtis LNG project have made spot gas prices in Brisbane plunge to record lows, prompting power producers to run gas-fired plants flat out for baseload operation to make use of the cheap gas.

Keen to restart an estimated 16,000 MW of stranded gas-fired capacity, the Indian government has published a consultation paper on gas pricing proposals that could see power producers subsidised to keep tarrifs at Rs 5.50 ($0.1) per unit of electricity. Imported LNG currently costs as much as as $16/mmbtu.  A revised subsidy package is now with the cabinet for consideration.

Aspirations to cash in on the U.S. shale gas revolution by exporting it as LNG to Asia, might be hampered by regulatory emission restrictions on existing power plants which necessitates to use more of the shale gas domestically for power generation, Juscelino Colares, law professor at Case Western Reserve University told Gas to Power Journal.

Technology developer FuelCell Energy has received $3.2 million funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to develop advanced materials to enhance power density and performance of fuel cells.

Canadian utility Genalta Power has quantified the carbon emissions savings from turning unwanted flare gas into electricity and estimates it saved the equivalent of 8,208 tonnes of CO2 last year alone.

Warning that Israeli supplies "cannot compete" with LNG from other countries, Nick Butler, former vice president for strategy at BP suggested Israel should choose to use gas production from its offshore Leviathan field domestically to raise the market share of gas-fired power generation.

On October 1, CASIO the grid operator for most of California has begun simulating the balancing of subhourly electricity supply and demand for PacifiCorp's electric service areas in the western United States through an energy imbalance market (EIM). After a month of simulation, financially binding operations will start on November 1.


Japan’s largest gas provider Tokyo Gas has signed an agreement to purchase electricity to be generated at a planned gas-fired power station in Moka, which will be built by steel-maker Kobe Steel.

Construction of the Ashuganj gas-fired power plant, with a nameplate capacity of 450-megawatt, is now two-thirds complete. The new Bangladeshi plant comes at a cost of $500 million and is on track to be commissioned in June 2015, according to officials at the site in Brahmanbaria province.

GE Power & Water's Distributed Power business has signed a contract to provide Sky Global Partners, with six J920 FleXtra Jenbacher gas engines along with a 30-year contractual service agreement for a new 50 MW high-efficiency power plant in Colorado County, Texas.

PW Power Systems (PWPS), part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has announced the initial verification tests for its latest aero-derivative gas turbine, the FT4000, were successfully completed at the Pratt & Whitney testing complex in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The north-eastern Indian state of Assam is planning to increase the use of associated gas for power generation, according toindustries and power minister Pradyut Bordoloi. Associated gas is typically leftover from petroleum production, where it is either trapped above the reservoir or dissolved in the oil.

Philippine power producer First Gen has issued plans to increase its power generating capacity 15% by next year from its current 2,800 MW as it will invest around $1.38 billion in a bid to ultimately increase capacity 48% by 2019.
“In all, our vision is to build an additional 1,342 MW between now and 2019,” said Federico Lopez, First Gen chief executive.

News in Brief

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.

Anax helps Magellan mine bitcoin under US$12m deal

Dec 16 – Ohio-based Magellan Scientific has entered a long-term accord, worth US$12 million, with Anax Power to generate zero-emission electricity from natural gas flows for Magellan’s distributed data centres, using 500 kW Anax turboexpanders. This green power will be used to lower the carbon-intensity of bitcoin mining and help US interstate pipeline operators and utilities accelerate their net-zero emission goals.

Cryogenic insulation market to top $4.6m by 2026

Dec 14 – The global market for cryogenic insulation is forecast to reach $4,659.85 million by 2026, expanding at an annual rate of 8.76% over the next five years. According to ResearchandMarkets, companies need to keep investing in R&D to deliver more efficient products at a lower cost and improve product durability.