A prototype of a new small-scale electric generator offers the potential to capture untapped power from natural gas pipelines using a device known as a Tri-Axial Generator (TAG). Justin Michael Wyatt, co-founder of Magnetar, the company behind the design, told Gas to Power Journal that TAG is a new type of small hydroelectric generator which operates in existing pipelines and uses the fluid's kinetic energy to spin our open-centre impeller to produce electricity.
In a move to maximise production from the UK’s estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of shale gas, the government has announced generous tax breaks to producers and promised local councils 100% of fees from resultant business rates. Figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) predict that widespread UK shale gas production could reduce the implied price of dispatchable gas-fired power generation to around £50/MWh.
Strong seasonal gas demand from Japan and China this winter and tight LNG supply in the Pacific Basin has propelled up prices for LNG delivery over the next four to eight weeks to $19.30/mmBtu, prompting some power producers to consider switching to burning fuel oil.
Japan is to fund construction of a new $174 million gas-fired power plant in Mozambique to meet burgeoning power demand in the country. The project comes as Mozambique faces increased attention from global investors, eager to tap the country’s extensive natural gas reserves, and marks the first visit to the country by a Japanese leader since 2004.
Power systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce has started to carry out an order to supply five Trent60 gas turbines to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company to help boost oil and gas processing at the Satah Al-Razboot (SARB) offshore project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Thai manufacturing and trading company, Gunkul Engineering, is to invest $363 billion in new power projects in South-East Asia over the next two years. The company aims to transform itself into a regional power producer and generate at least 300MW of electricity by 2016.
As utilities in Beijing, Shanghai and the Guandong province are switching to burn more gas for power production, the severity of China's winter is now "the biggest single question" for suppliers on global gas markets, analysts at Energy Aspects suggest.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. power producers are expected to show an increase of 2% over 2013, as the use of coal-fired power plant rebounded slightly driven by an uptick in natural gas prices, according to preliminary figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
As India's government has issued a new gas pricing formula, pushing up prices from currently $4.2/mmbtu to about $8.4/mmbtu, the price hike undermines the economics of producing electricity by burning gas and puts projects that are under development at risk.
Micro-power systems manufacturer, ENER-G Combined Power, has announced the launch of a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit that is 30% smaller than previous versions. The E50 gas-fired CHP delivers 50KW output at 90% efficiency and is designed for small district heating schemes both for commercial and residential use.
Power equipment manufacturer Toshiba Corporation is set to integrate its existing Toshiba India and Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator subsidiaries under the new brand of Toshiba JSW Power Systems with a view to better tackle the growing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) market in India.
Siemens has won an order for the turnkey construction of a 600-megawatt combined-cycle gas power plant in Turkey. The new Bandirma II plant has been purchased by Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON, and will be the second plant in the country utilising the SGT5-8000H gas turbine.