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New filtration technology for gas turbines developed by equipment manufacturer, Vokes Air, offers the potential for more efficient gas turbine operation,extending turbine efficiency by around 0.2%. “Macrogen GT Duo filters are a low cost and simple method of lowering the pressure loss of a turbine air intake with no retrofit required,” Tom Winsper, a spokesman for Vokes Air told Gas to Power Journal.

Günther Oettinger, the EU's energy commissioner, is keen to support a policy initiative promoting a coalition between renewables and gas power even though the Commission this week dropped mandatory renewable targets for member states, citing economic realities.

South Korean manufacturer Samsung Engineering has won a $441 million contract from BHP Billiton to design and build a gas-fired power plant in Chile. The new plant will produce electricity for a nearby copper mines in the Antofagasta regiongenerating 517MW of output. Construction works are scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Export credit financing of €160 million for two new gas-fired plants in Indonesia has been approved by Standard Chartered Bank, paving the way for Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä to begin construction. The bank signed two 12-year term loan facilities with PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the national electricity company of Indonesia.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Hitachi have agreed to collaborate on the distributed gas engine power generation systems business in China. To that end MHI will transfer to Hitachi 35% of its shares in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine System in Shenzhen, which conducts its Chinese engine and power generation business, then the company will be renamed and converted into a joint venture company by the end of 2014.

Abu Dhabi based energy company TAQA has announced plans to construct a new 300 MW gas-fired power plant at Takoradi in Ghana. The deal follows talks between TAQA and Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, that will also see the Middle Eastern firm supply LNG to fuel the plant.

GE has won a contract to supply six turnkey power modules, generating a total of 258MW, for the Upper Zakum UZ750 field in Abu Dhabi. The six “mega structures” will house a turbogenerator train that will provide electricity for pumps and gas compressors at oil production facilities operated by ZADCO, a subsidary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Commissioning works have started at Centrax' largest installation of gas turbine packages at the Ust Teguss field in Siberia. Twelve packages, each based on a 5.2MW Rolls-Royce 501-KB7 gas turbine, will power Rosneft's oil and gas upstream operations in harsh weather conditions.

Spanish EPC company Iberdrola Ingeniería has commissioned GE to deliver a 9F gas turbine for the 300MW Lichterfelde combined-cycle combined heat and power (CHP) plant it construct on behalf of Vattenfall in Lichterfelde, southwest of Berlin. Construction works are on track for the plant to start-up in 2016.

RWE chief executive Peter Terium has brandmarked the economic situation for utilities in Europe as "miserable", underlining utilities expect policy makers to introduce "a functioning and fair market system" for both fossil and renewable energy sources.

French equipment manufacturer, Alstom has reduced its profitability forecast for this year due to limited demand for turbines to power new plants. Orders for thermal power dropped 16% to 5.4 billion in the first nine month in the 2013/2014 final year and though the company reported “good commercial activity in Services” it cautioned “orders for new builds remained very weak”.

Advanced manufacturing technologies are seen to have an unrivalled impact on the design of gas turbines and power plants. "In the future, we'll be able to achieve new levels of intricacy in parts using laser melting technology," forecast Willibald Fischer, Head of Product Management for Gas Turbines at Siemens.

News in Brief

Mitsubishi produces methanol in Trinidad

Jan 20 – Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company has launched commercial operations of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago. The plant has an annual production capacity of one million tons of methanol and 20,000 tons of dimethyl ether, which can be used as an alternative fuel for cars and power generation.

First 8-cylinder B36:45 engine delivered

Jan 19 – Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 8-cylinder variant of its Bergen B36:45 gas engine to a tomato producer in Belgium. The medium speed genset is planned for delivery this spring and will drive an onsite power plant that generates 4700 kW electricity and 5520 kW heat. The new engine offers a 20% increase in power per cylinder and will replace an existing Bergen 12-cylinder B35:40 genset.

Moody’s upgrades Enel to Baa1

Jan 18 – Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Enel’s long-term rating to Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade reflects Enel’s progress in reducing its risk profile, analysts said, pointing at the Italian utilities ongoing investment in networks and renewables, growing geographical diversification and focus on centralised financing.

GE sues Siemens Energy

Jan 15 – General Electric has sued its German rival Siemens Energy over the alleged use of stolen trade secrets to win gas turbine contracts worth several billion dollars. GE told the US district court in Virginia that Siemens received the secret information from a Dominion Energy employee.

Orbital Energy launches Eclipse

Jan 14 – Nasdaq-listed Orbital Energy Group has launched a new subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation, a drilled shaft construction company. The new company specialises in providing services for power transmission and substations, communication tower and a disaster restoration through emergency power.

S’Korean coal and LNG imports slide

Jan 13 – South Korea’s imports of thermal coal and LNG have fallen 12% and 11%, respectively, as the government cracks down on fossil fuel usage to curb air pollution. Customs data shows that coal imports amounted to 10.2 million tons in December, down 1.4 million tons from the same month last year but up from November’s imports of 9.5 million tons.

SMC builds 1.7 GW CCGT in Batangas

Jan 13 – Excellent Energy Resources, part of SMC Global Power Holdings, is building a 1,700 MW combined cycle gas power plant in Barangay Dela Paz and Ilijan in Batangas City with investments of about 67.863 billion Philippine Pesos ($1.41bn). The project is estimated to be completed in 36 to 40 months.

UK’s National Grid issues supply warning

Jan 12 – Natural gas prices in the UK surged as National Grid issued warnings on supply deficit as LNG cargoes are being diverted to North Asia. Prices at the British NBP gas trading hub soared to the equivalent of $8.95 per MMBtu, while the JKM price for North Asian spot LNG cargoes for February 2021 was last at $19.700 per MMBt.

Fortistar invests in hydrogen

Jan 11 – Fortistar, a privately-held fund, has joined an equity investment of up to $157 million in hydrogen producer BayoTech. Cottonwood Technology Funds and the New Mexico State Investment Council also participated in the latest financing round. BayoTech’s systems produce local hydrogen close to the application, serving end users in the industrial gas and petrochemical segment as well as those who use of hydrogen to power fuel cells.

Ashtead appoints new CFO

Jan 5 - Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team. The appointments are meant to cement the company’s position in the offshore energy market, including offshore wind and decommissioning of thermal power plants

NFE secures LNG for Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua

Dec 23 – New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed to purchase Henry-Hub-indexed LNG for its integrated gas and power businesses in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua. The New York-based project developer said it now has covered 80% of its expected needs throughout Latin America, thus reducing its need for spot purchases and its exposure to changes in the market price for LNG.

China and Korea mandate coal-to-gas switch

Dec 22 – The Chinese government has launched a coal-to-gas boiler switching programme, targeting 7.1 million homes, which makes gas demand more weather-sensitive this winter. Similarly, South Korea mandated the closure of 15 coal-fired plants since the start of December in an effort to reduce air pollution. Analysts expect this will accelerate the drawdown of LNG terminal inventories going into Q1-2021.

GE repowers oil field in Brazil

Dec 21 – GE Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by Sulzer Pumps UK to supply motors for four water injection pumps of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The 8,000 kW, two pole motors will run at 3,600 rpm with a limitation of the starting current at 300%, enabling the oil and gas field operator to optimise the generator which supplies electricity on the FPSO.

VELO distributes Sapphire Metal 3D-Printers in the US

Dec 18 – California-based VELO3D has formed a distribution partnership with GoEngineer for Flow pre-print software, Sapphire metal AM printer, and Assure quality assurance and controls. GoEngineer will be VELO’s only distributor in the United States.

Indian electric boats to achieve zero emissions

Dec 17 – Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest shipbuilder, has asked Siemens Energy to equip India’s first fleet of 23 boats with electric propulsion drive train, integrated with batteries and vessel automation. Combining the electric propulsion drive trains, energy storage, and automation systems is expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Terna BESS auction six times oversubscribed

Dec 16 – A pilot auction, held by the Italian TSO Terna, for battery energy storage systems (BESS) to provide reserve grid services has been six times oversubscribed. The auction was held with an expectation that around 230 MW would be on offer, but Terna received 1,327 MW worth of bids and eventually awarded contracts for 249.9 MW.

New £150m link to UK’s Easington terminal

Dec 15 – National Grid has completed a gas pipeline under the River Humber, build in 18 months and at a cost £150 million, as new link to the import terminal at Easington. Following commissioning, the pipeline is now operational and can now transport between 70 to 100 million cubic metres - around a quarter of Britain's gas needs.

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