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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.

As power producers in the United States increasingly prefer utilising natural gas over coal, the industry emitted 42% less sulphur dixoide (SO2) and 40% less sulfur dioxide (NOx) (40%) and SO2, a study finds.

Servitization – a process where a manufacturer provides its expertise and service throughout the life of its product – can help combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants in the UK meet the challenges of a changing energy market, Alexander Bill, Service Manager at Alstom's Power Division told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.

Services contractor, Quanta Power Generation, has been awarded a engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 120 MW gas-fired power plant in Alaska. The George M. Sullivan Plant 2 Generation Replacement Project in Anchorage will utilise GE LM6000 combustion turbine in a 2x1 combined-cycle configuration.

A bill for what is arguably the most liberal energy reform in Mexico to date is seen to end inertia, allowing private companies to participate in exploration and production (E&P) activities. However, financial terms of the new contracts are still unclear and secondary laws to clarify the matter are expected for mid-2014.

Clarke Energy has signed a deal with Australia Pacific LNG to provide a GE gas engines for a 30MW temporary power plant for their coal seam gas processing plant at an LNG facility in Queensland.

Single purpose LNG receiving terminals (SPT) attached to combined-cycle gas power plants may be profitable solutions for small and medium scale LNG storage in the future, according to Wärtsilä. The Finnish plant and services provider has just signed a contract to supply an LNG terminal to Tornio in Finland and expects a 30% rise in global LNG shipments by 2016.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published revised limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants today, for the first time providing separate rules for coal-fired and natural gas-fired plants. The new proposal outlines a limit for coal-fired plants with attached carbon capture and storage (CCS) of 1,100 lb CO2/MWh.

Arctic chill spreads from the U.S. Midwest to the East Coast, propelling up prices for gas and electricity as power producers scramble to meet rising demand. Natural gas prices for next-day delivery on the Transco pipeline into New York reached records of $90/MMBtu on the ICE Futures exchange while day-ahead electricity prices jumped to more than $255/MWh in both New England and NYC.

The fuel source of the M.L. Kapp Generating Station in Clinton, Iowa, will be converted from coal to natural gas in the spring of 2015, Alliant Energy announced, suggesting the fuel switch is "an economical way for the facility to meet future environmental regulations".

Pratt & Whitney announced it will invest $140 million to open an aerospace turbine-coating plant employing 100 people in New York's Hudson Valley region.

News in Brief

Wärtsilä to use Shell engine oils

Dec 2 – The Finish engine maker Wärsilä has selected Shell as its test oil partner for engines during stress tests and fine-tuning at engine manufacturing sites. Shell’s Mysella, Argina and Gadinia range of engine oils have been developed to provide top class engine cleanliness, enhanced wear protection, long oil life, and high system efficiency.

Hamburg CHP runs fully on hydrogen

Dec 1 – Field testing has started for HanseWerk’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Hamburg to run fully on hydrogen. The converted 1 MW pilot plant, powered by Jenbacher engines, provides district heating equal to 13,000 MWh/year to 30 residential buildings, a sports facility, a daycare center, and the Othmarschen Park leisure centre.

Oil majors in the red

Nov 30 – For most oil majors worldwide, higher prices are needed to get their business out of the red. Breakeven prices for Saudi Arabia are $85 per barrel, around $64/bbl for Iraq, $49/bbl for Kuwait and as little as $40/bbl for Russia. As business confidence plummets, major oil companies have already slashed planned CAPEX spending by almost $89 billion in first quarter of 2020, with further cuts being made throughout the summer and autumn.

EU invests into battery cells

Nov 27 – Germany's EU Council Presidency has pledged Europe should develop an integrated value creation chain for battery cells, starting with the processing of raw materials over battery cell production to recycling. Germany is investing 3 billion Euros into the two projects that foster novel methods of battery production.

Rolls-Royce wins order from Hinkley Point C

Nov 26 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded an order from Hinkley Point C to deliver 140 Bibloc pressure transmitters for the two EPR nuclear reactors currently under construction in Somerset, UK. The transmitters will measure the flow, level and pressure of the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS).

CHP industry to grow 14.4% through 2025

Nov 25 – The combined heat and power (CHP) market, evaluated at $12.152 billion, is expected to expand nearly 14.4% per year to reach $27.196 million by 2025. Growth is primarily driven by government funding and subsidy schemes. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the country aims to install 40 GW of new, cost-effective CHP to save $10 billion per year, compared to current energy use.

Rolls-Royce opens US customer center

Nov 24 – Rolls-Royce has opened its latest US customer support center in Savannah, Gerogia. The 62,000 square feet facility houses a power plant completion center, a wing services repair unit and a warehouse, all under one roof.

Lithium Werks grows manufacturing

Nov 23 – US-Dutch manufacturer Lithium Werks is growing the output and sales fuel cells and battery modules for use as power, pulse, and stand-by applications. The company’s 26650 Nanophosphate cells are used as single cells, as well as to build cell-packs and modules like Lithium Werks P40-24 battery modules. The Austin and Enschede-based company said it can “produce millions of 18650 and 26650 cells a month in China.”

AGL plans 1,000 MWh battery

Nov 20 – Australian power producer and retailer ALG wants to realise a large grid-connected battery storage unit of up to 250 MW rated output and four hours’ duration of storage, equalling 1,000 MWh. The battery will be built in stages on the site of Torrens Island Power Station in South Australia. AGL vowed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, but is currently still operating some 40 GW of coal-fired generation.

Fusion demo plant to be designed in Canada

Nov 19 – Vancouver-based General Fusion has entered a partnership with the architecture firm AL_A to design a demonstration plant, based on magnetized target fusion (MTF). Once operational, the demo plant will showcase MTF technology under power plant-relevant conditions.

Toshiba opens H2One fuelling station

Nov 18 – Toshiba has opened the first ‘H2OneMulti Station’ which fills fuel cell vehicles with green hydrogen and supplies for green electricity at Tsuruga City in Fukui prefecture. The station consists of H2One ST Unit and H2One, using hydrogen produced from wind and solar power sources.

Shale gas market grows at 7% rate

Nov 17 – Unconventional gas markets are poised to grow by $41.76 billion through 2024, rising at a rate of almost 7%. According to Technavio, about 87% of the supply growth this year is coming from the Americas.

Agua Blanca pipeline expanded

Nov 16 – Austin-based WhiteWater Midstream and MPLX have completed a 1.8 billion cubic-feet-per-day (Bcf/d) expansion of their joint venture Agua Blanca pipeline system. Christer Rundlof, CEO of WhiteWater CEO, said the expansion will be brought into service ahead of schedule. Testing and commissioning will begin this month, for the new pipeline stretch to be brought into full service in early 2021.

Wärtsilä integrates clean energy

Nov 13 – Finish technology group Wärtsilä strives to integrate variable clean power sources to achieve a 100% renewable energy future. The necessary operational flexibility will come from gas generation assets running on synthetic renewable fuels and by the extended use of energy storage.

First German-Belgium power link to start operation

Nov 12 – The two TSOs Amprion and Elia are preparing to launch the first electric interconnector between Germany and Belgium. The 1,000 MW interconnector stretches between Aachen and Lüttich, from where it links to the Rhineland region and Wallonia. It will go into operation as of 18 November, with intraday capacities to begin trading on 8 December.

Sachsen Energie takes on E.ON and RWE

Nov 11 – A small regional energy provider in Saxony seeks to counter the dominance of E.ON and RWE. Sachsen Energie, set up in a merger between two local utilities, claims it will become "the largest municipal utility in eastern Germany," catering to about one million customers, when it begins operation in 2021.

Rolls-Royce to build Czech nukes

Nov 10 – British engine maker Rolls-Royce and the Czech energy conglomerate CEZ have agreed to design and develop small modular reactors (SMR). These low-cost nuclear power stations are being built by the UK SMR Consortium aimed at installing a “fleet of factory built” nukes in the UK, and exporting the design abroad.

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