German energy multinational Siemens and South Korean construction partner Samsung C&T have commissioned an 800 MW combined-cycle plant on the artificial island of Jurong, located off the south-west coast of Singapore. The plant was delivered on a turnkey basis and claims efficiency of 58%.
Improvements to the design architecture of Dresser-Rand’s Guascor engines offers increased fuel flexibility and boosts lifetimes, according to the manufacturer. “Our engines mix high overall efficiencies with high flexibility. We can run the engines with gases covering a very large range lower heating value (LHV) - from 4.6 MJ/Nm3 up to 100 MJ/Nm3,” Chris Nagle, general manager, Power North America for Dresser-Rand told Gas to Power Journal.
Abergelli Power, a subsidiary of Watt Power, has submitted plans for a new 299 MW gas-fired open cycle plant in South Wales. “The Abergelli plant will cost around £200 million and the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by spring 2015,” Paul Taylor, Watt Power representative told Gas to Power Journal.
UK-based gas engine specialist Clarke Energy has finished installation of the 17.3 MW Electr’od landfill gas power plant in northern France. The facility is the country’s largest landfill gas-fired installation and is driven by 10 GE ecomagination qualified Jenbacher gas engines.
Weak demand for natural gas from power producers in Europe means that the market will not rebound to 2010 levels for at least 15 years if ever, according to a report from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). “While this sector will register some growth between 2015 and 2030 (+30 Bcm), nonetheless, gas for power demand does not come back to 2010 levels (202 Bcm) by 2030 (186 Bcm),” forecast Dr Anouk Honoré, the report’s author.
German engineering conglomerate Siemens has invited its Japanese rival Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) "to join forces in evaluating a proposal for certain assets of Alstom."
The two majors announced they will decide by Monday whether to pitch a bid to the board of their French rival.
Spain’s second-largest utility Iberdrola has signed an agreement with the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to invest $5 billion in the country’s energy sector up to 2018. The funds will be used to develop power generation, power transmission and natural gas storage projects, Iberdrola said, suggesting Mexico’s recent Energy reform calls for investment of some $25.5 billion in electricity generation alone by 2020.
Projections of power sector CO2 emissions are sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said when drawing up five cases to gauge possible future emission cuts just days after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to slash emission of existing fossil plants.
Edging closer to finalising a strategy to keep conventional power capacity operational in the future, the German government is aiming for a transnational solution: "We have to develop a capacity [remuneration] mechanism but this has to be developed in a synchronised way with our neighbours. We need an overall system," Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary state secretary in the economy and energy ministry said.
U.S. energy conglomerate GE has started construction works on a new $400 million manufacturing facility at its existing Greenville site in South Carolina. The GE Power & Water Advanced Manufacturing Facility is expected to open in 2015 and will develop prototypes for heavy duty gas engines and distributed power gas engines.
Riots have broken out in the Indian northern city of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, after temperatures as high as 47.8°C caused blackouts following a grid overload and peak demand reached 5,400 MW, according to the power ministry. The government rushed to enact emergency measures to divert gas to power plants around Delhi, though this is of little help to the northern states.
Booming energy demand and more stringent regulation to improve air quality will see China replicate the 'Golden Age' of natural gas that is now firmly established in North America. A near-doubling of China's gas demand by 2019 will compensate for a slight slowdown in growth in many other regions around the world, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast in its 2014 Medium-Term Gas Market Report released in Montreal today.