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Operator Panda Power Funds and Siemens Energy in consortium with Bechtel have officially commissioned the 758 MW Temple I combined-cycle plant. The multi-shaft plant is a Siemens Flex-Plant configuration – the first of its kind in Texas, U.S.

With fast start capability, and fast ramping up and down across a large operating window from low plant turn-down to high plant output, Flex-Plants produce Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions less than 10 parts-per-million (ppm), and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions less than 2.0 ppm.

Northern States Power, a subsidiary of U.S. utility Xcel Energy, has questioned the need for new gas-fired capacity in Minnesota following the downward revision of its power demand forecasts. Changes in the Midcontinent ISO’s reserve requirements are claimed to be partially responsible for the lower than expected demand.

Oil volumes burned in Saudi Arabia to generate electricity have hit a record in July, reaching levels last seen in August 2010. The government is keen to free up more oil up for exports and has launched the Wasit Gas Program to develop two offshore gas fields and build a 2.5 Bcf/d processing plant to increase the amount of domestic gas available for generators.

Namibian energy firm NamPower plans to award the contract for the 1,050 MW Kudu power plant to Chinese developer Shanghai Electric Group. The generators and turbines for the project are expected to be supplied by Siemens.

The risk of a halt in Russian pipeline gas supplies has created price uncertainly in for European gas futures this winter. Societe Generale analysts warn that in the event of a supply disruption subsequent spikes in gas prices will take longer to abate as the market distrusts there will be a lasting solution to the Ukraine crisis.

The nuclear renaissance in Japan is gathering momentum and sources close to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) suggest up to six nuclear power plants are likely to be up and running by the middle of 2015 – two of them already before the end of this year.

The Nigerian government is to enact a $1.3 billion finance facility to offset legacy gas debts and help support funding in the power sector.

U.S. technology developer GE has launched its new 16.5 MW NovaLT16 gas turbine. The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with energy firm Transcanada for further technical evaluation and gas station layout optimization for the product.

UK project developer SGI Holdings has re-submitted plans for a $150 million floating power plant to provide emergency power to the Bahamas. The proposed plant would deliver 272 MW of power and could be operational within 180 days of approval, the company said.

Following the completion of construction works, SSE has fired up its 460 MW Great Island combined-cycle gas turbine plant (CCGT) in County Wexford, Ireland, and synchronized it to the grid for the first time.

Scheduled to hit the market in the second-half of 2016, GE's 9EMax takes off from the company's 'tried and trusted' 9E machine and is claimed to enhance reliable, efficient and cost-effective power generation.

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has called on Russia's Rosatom to postpone construction of the Nintkhuan-1 nuclear power plant for six years until 2020 to resolve the projects' economic efficiency and safety issues. The capacity gap will have to be closed by gas power as Vietnam's domestic coal reserves are running low.

Germany's engineering conglomerate Siemens has announced it reached an agreement to acquire Dresser-Rand after launching a 'friendly takeover bid' of $7.6 billion in cash for the NYSE-listed company.

Chesapeake Utilities Corp has announced its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, is ready to develop and build a combined heat and power plant (20 MWe) in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.

News in Brief

Oman inaugurates 500 MW solar plant

Jan 26 – ACWA Power has inaugurated Ibri 2, an $417 million solar power plant with a capacity of 500 MW. The large IPP will sell solar power to Oman’s national grid over a 15-year period, backed up by flexible gas power plants.

GenCell raises funds

Jan 24 – Israel-based fuel cell maker GenCell Energy has raised $35.9 million in its latest funding round. CEO Rami Reshef said the fresh capital will accelerate developments in the field of green ammonia, pursued with TDK, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.