The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has announced that the government will procure a total of 53.3 GW of power generation capacity in upcoming capacity auctions. While the main parameters for the December auctions had already been outlined the total amount of capacity up for auction had remained uncertain.
Indian state power utilities in the east of the country face serious power shortages this week following a blast at a pipeline operated by gas producer GAIL in Nagaram. The blast occurred on Friday and has already resulted in an estimated loss of over 1,000 MW of power.
U.S. power plant developer Hickory Run Energy has sought approval for water use plans for its proposed 900 MW gas-fired plant in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project is expected to cost a total of $750 million with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2016 or 2017.
Korean developer Bumwoo Engineering (BHI) has won a contract to supply six heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the 2,100 MW Rabigh II gas-fired plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant is under construction by Samsung C&T and BHI will use technology under license from Swiss engineering conglomerate Foster Wheeler.
U.S. equipment manufacturer GE is to collaborate with the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to create a new $36 million gas turbine research and test centre. The new unit will cover 25,000 square feet and will be built in South Bend’s Ignition Park as part of the university’s Turbomachinery Facility. It is expected to be fully operational in July 2016.
Power plant developer Gigawatt Mozambique has raised $200 million to build a 100 MW gas-fired power plant in Ressano Garcia near the border with South Africa. The company has already finalised a take-off agreement with the state-owned utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) and hopes to attract additional industrial clients on higher tariffs.
Canadian power producer Enmax has applied for an extension to its construction schedule for its 875 MW Shepard Energy Center following natural gas supply issues on site. The Alberta Utilities Commission has previously stipulated a deadline of December 31 2014 but Enmax is now seeking extension until at least June 30 2105.
Fuel cell developer Redox Power Systems has been selected for a $5 million award from the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to continue its research into fuel cells powered by natural gas. "With future CHP and CCHP units we will deliver over 85% efficiency on site, with no transmission line losses and 100% availability if the grid goes down. We anticipate first demo units within 1-2 years and commercial units after that," Dr. Eric D. Wachsman, co-founder of Redox told Gas to Power Journal.
Official data released by the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows that the share of gas power in the country’s energy mix fell to just 23% in the first quarter of 2014, the lowest level for the first quarter in the last sixteen years.
An Australian tribunal has overturned an earlier decision by the country’s competition regulator that would have blocked power supplier AGL Energy from buying gas-fired power plants in New South Wales. This latest ruling aims to reinvigorate investment for the gas-fired power sector in Australia which has faced increasing economic challenges as gas producers have focused on exporting resources as LNG to Asia.
U.S. power producer NRG Energy has announced plans to convert its 600 MW coal-fired Shawville Generating Station in Pennsylvania to operate on natural gas. “The company aims to close the current coal units in mid-April 2015 and plans to re-open the new natural gas plant in June of 2016,” David Gaier, spokesperson for NRG Energy Centers told Gas to Power Journal.
The European market for mini gas engines has been one of the fastest growing distributed power markets in recent years driven by helpful policy initiatives both at a national and EU level as well as improving spark spreads despite increasingly volatile electricity prices. An array of new engine technologies and strengthening energy efficiency efforts trends, as well as a gradual recovery from the economic downturn add further support to the market, writes Delta Energy & Environment's Dina Darshini.