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.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signed a series of wide ranging agreements with Mexican state-run power firm Pemex to expand “collaboration and investment” in the development of Mexico’s gas industry. The deals may ultimately lead to cheaper gas imports for Japan.
Malaysian power producers Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and SIPP Energy have signed an agreement to jointly build, own and operate a gas-fired power plant with capacity of between 1,000MW and 1,400MW in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.
Tanzanian power producer Santerre is to develop a 200 MW gas-fired power plant in Ghana to meet its rising electricity demand. The plant will be located in the coastal town of Prampram and construction is scheduled to start in 2015.
U.S. equipment manufacture GE has received an order from TGK-16, an independent power producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF), to supply and install a 9HA gas turbine at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kazan, Russia. The plant is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.
Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and the Chinese subsidiary of Hitachi have won an order for an H-25 gas turbine from the Chinese utility Ningbo Kefeng Thermal Power (NKTP). The new turbine will replace equipment in service in Unit 1 at NKTP's Ningbo City plant, Zhejiang province, and is expected to go into operation by July 2015.
U.S. power producer NTE Energy has secured investment of $1.1 billion to build three natural gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,470 MW. The funding will be used to build the 518 MW Middletown Energy Center in Ohio, the 475 MW Kings Mountain Energy Center in North Carolina, and the 237 MW Pecan Creek Energy Center in Texas.
The government of the Philippines is evaluating costs of transforming the 621 MW Bataan nuclear reactor into an 1,800 MW gas-fired plant. The proposed conversion is necessary “to ease the country's growing demand for energy”, according to the office of the president Benigno Aquino III.
Siemens Smart Grid will supply Mark-E with a virtual power plant (VPP) hosted IT solution that will allow the energy service provider to connect and bundle distributed power sources to offer balancing energy via online trading platforms.
U.S. energy firm GE is to build a manufacturing plant for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) in upstate New York. Running on natural gas, the new design of SOFC will have lower cost and reach up to 95% efficiency, GE said but it did not disclose investment and start-up date of the plant.
UK engineering firms and universities are set to spend £30 million to jointly research advanced technology for use in gas turbines. The funding will include £8 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the remaining amount contributed by over 50 private companies and universities.