Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Hitachi have agreed to collaborate on the distributed gas engine power generation systems business in China. To that end MHI will transfer to Hitachi 35% of its shares in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine System in Shenzhen, which conducts its Chinese engine and power generation business, then the company will be renamed and converted into a joint venture company by the end of 2014.
Abu Dhabi based energy company TAQA has announced plans to construct a new 300 MW gas-fired power plant at Takoradi in Ghana. The deal follows talks between TAQA and Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, that will also see the Middle Eastern firm supply LNG to fuel the plant.
GE has won a contract to supply six turnkey power modules, generating a total of 258MW, for the Upper Zakum UZ750 field in Abu Dhabi. The six “mega structures” will house a turbogenerator train that will provide electricity for pumps and gas compressors at oil production facilities operated by ZADCO, a subsidary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
Commissioning works have started at Centrax' largest installation of gas turbine packages at the Ust Teguss field in Siberia. Twelve packages, each based on a 5.2MW Rolls-Royce 501-KB7 gas turbine, will power Rosneft's oil and gas upstream operations in harsh weather conditions.
Spanish EPC company Iberdrola Ingeniería has commissioned GE to deliver a 9F gas turbine for the 300MW Lichterfelde combined-cycle combined heat and power (CHP) plant it construct on behalf of Vattenfall in Lichterfelde, southwest of Berlin. Construction works are on track for the plant to start-up in 2016.
RWE chief executive Peter Terium has brandmarked the economic situation for utilities in Europe as "miserable", underlining utilities expect policy makers to introduce "a functioning and fair market system" for both fossil and renewable energy sources.
French equipment manufacturer, Alstom has reduced its profitability forecast for this year due to limited demand for turbines to power new plants. Orders for thermal power dropped 16% to 5.4 billion in the first nine month in the 2013/2014 final year and though the company reported “good commercial activity in Services” it cautioned “orders for new builds remained very weak”.
Advanced manufacturing technologies are seen to have an unrivalled impact on the design of gas turbines and power plants. "In the future, we'll be able to achieve new levels of intricacy in parts using laser melting technology," forecast Willibald Fischer, Head of Product Management for Gas Turbines at Siemens.
New variable valve trains from equipment manufacturer ABB offer the potential to cut gas turbine start-up times by 50%. ABB estimates that its new Valve Control Management (VCM) system can deliver fuel savings of around $200,000 per year for a typical 10MW gas engine.
South Korea's Posco Energy has inaugurated the first integrated steel mill off-gas power plant in Southeast Asia – a 200 MW gas waste facility located within a steel mill complex in Cilegon, Banten.
U.S. power provider, Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL), has lodged an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission requesting approval to build a 700MW combined-cycle gas plant and 10MW solar power facility at a total cost of $736 million.