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.