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German power plant developer Siemens and joint venture partner Marubeni have completed the 800 MW Chana 2 gas-fired plant in Songkhla province in Southern Thailand. The plant operates in single-shaft configuration and is owned by the national power provider Electric Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

Engine development company Scuderi Group has filed a patent application for a dual-output power generation system that can simultaneously feed electricity to both an end user and the local grid. “By keeping generator at or near full load or high-efficiency conditions regardless of where the end user load goes, we no longer have to follow an end user. With dual output we can follow grid as the primary,” Stephen Scuderi, vice president at Scuderi Group told Gas to Power Journal.

India needs to expand the role of renewables and grid reliability to tackle “significant challenges” in the power sector if it aims to achieve its low-carbon growth strategy, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). To do this authorities must use “all available options” and further exploit domestic natural gas reserves.

Gas demand for electricity generation decreased by 5.7% to 100.9 TWh in 2013, according to the latest figures published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). There was a 0.5% decrease in the total supply of electricity in the UK in 2013, to 373.6 TWh.

The global market for gas turbines reached $17.9 billion in 2013 due to growing demand for natural gas in power generation, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan. "Gas turbines represented 55% of total turbine revenues in 2013. This share is forecast to rise to 60% by 2020,” Harald Thaler, industry director at Frost & Sullivan told Gas to Power Journal.

The Brazilian government’s Energy Research Office (EPE) expects 20GW of gas-fired capacity to bid into planned energy auctions later this year. The auctions will take place in September and October this year and 36 gas power plants are expected to bid.

U.S. equipment manufacturer GE has delivered the first of its new Jenbacher J920 gas engines for commercial operation. The engine will provide power to the €6.8 million E.ON Hanse Wärme Stapelfeld combined heat and power (CHP) plant in northern Germany.

The Indian government has set a date of August 31 for a decision on gas pricing for power producers in the country. The move follows the rejection of the previous government’s Rangarajan formula which would have seen natural gas prices double from the 1st of July if it had gone into effect.

U.S. fuel cell developer Bloom Energy is to partner with power producer Exelon Corporation to develop “power as a service” capabilities using small scale gas-powered fuel cell technology. Exelon will provide equity finance to install fuel cells at 75 commercial facilities across California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

The government of Mozambique will increase gas-fired power in the country to 800 MW by 2020 through the construction of two new power plants and pipeline infrastructure, the energy minister Salvador Namburete said this week. The plans include a combined-cycle plant in Nacala in Nampula Province and a new 75MW plant in Palma near the Tanzanian border.

Romanian electricity producer Electrocentrale Bucharest (ELCEN) has signed a contract with Japanese power plant developer Marubeni for the construction of a 250 MW gas-fired plant in Fântânele, Romania. The plant will cost an estimated €170 million and is expected to be operational by 2017.

U.S. power plant developer Global Edison is to build a new 1,500 MW gas-fired plant in Anambra State, Nigeria. The plant is expected to cost a total of $2.5 billion and will be fuelled by gas from the Nigeria’s eastern supply axis.

French turbine manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract worth $450 million to upgrade the Monterey II combined cycle power plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The upgrade will include work on the existing four units of the plant and construction of a new unit 5 which will add 338 MW and is expected to be commissioned in 2016.

Canadian energy firm TransAlta has announced that it will build, own and operate a 150 MW combined cycle gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia. The plant is expected to cost $535 milliion and will be complete by 2017.

News in Brief

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to Sanlorenzo

Sept 27 – Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will become one of the leading engine suppliers for Sanlorenzo, delivering MTU 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. A framework contract from 2022 through 2024 has been signed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shell exits Permian Basin

Sept 24 – Royal Dutch Shell has sold all its upstream interested in US Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash. Shell’s assets in the Permian include around 225,000 net acres with a current production of around 175,000 barrels per day equivalent.

Global biogas market tops $88bn in 2030

Sept 22 – The global biogas market is set to expand at a rate of 8.4% annually and reach $88.47 billion in 2025. According to ResearchAndMarkets, the main growth drivers are small-scale power generators that use biogas derived from municipal or agricultural waste through anerobic digestion.  Europe was the largest region in the biogas market in 2020, though Asia Pacific recorded the fastest growth.

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