Together with the industry partners Alstom and Rolls-Royce, DLR is enlarging its infrastructure in Cologne to develop environmentally-friendlier gas turbines. After a construction time of 18 months and an investment of some 50 million euros, the new high-pressure combustor test facility (HBK5) will start operation at the end of November 2014.
Regional grid operator ISO New England has declared that the northeastern U.S. is well placed to meet consumer demand for electricity this winter. However, it has raised concern that limited gas pipeline capacity may restrict the ability of power producers to procure gas for generating electricity.
National Grid's blackout prevention plan is in doubt after SSE's Peterhead power station, which is paid £250/MWh to provide electricity in an emergency this winter, has failed a test run.
LNG project developers in British Columbia have received the rates they will pay to power their liquefaction plants and facilities to assist them in setting out their final financial investment plans. Integrated Resource Plan, power provider BC Hydro indicated that it will need additional power sources by 2024, assuming an initial LNG load of 3,000 gigawatt hours per year.
State-run energy firm Ghana Gas is to pump an additional 30 million cubic feet of gas to the country’s Volta River Authority (VRA) in a bid to boost power output. Pipeline operator Ghana Gas Company suggested the increased supply will allow the VRA to produce an additional 100 MW of electricity.
The value of the global micro-CHP market will reach €3.2 billion in 2019, up from €0.9 billion this year. In Europe, however, engine-based solutions will continue to dominate, Delta-ee latest research forecasts.
Swiss chemical’s giant Ineos has announced an investment of £640m to develop shale gas production in the UK in a move that is hoped to create cheaper fuel for gas-fired power plants and reduce dependency on gas imports.
The Indian government is considering financial support for around 16,000 MW of stranded gas-fired power plants via the extension of loan tenures and lower interest rates.
Black & Veatch has awarded an order to Siemens for Power Island equipment, including two H-class turbines, that will be utilised at the newly developed 869 MW Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in northwest Ohio, U.S.
Concern over the availability of fuel supply has stalled the sale of 10 gas-fired power plants in Nigeria, according to the country’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Though Nigeria has vast natural gas reserves, the poor state of pipeline infrastructure coupled with ongoing terrorist attacks has meant that many plants are stranded with out available fuel.
Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has warned against a prevalence of smaller power plants bidding into the upcoming capacity auctions. “Almost 4 GW of diesel gen as the low-CAPEX option seems to be preferred by capacity markets. However, these small-scale units of less than 50 MW have significantly higher operating costs, so we are playing a short-time game,” Claire Duffy, ESB's UK general manager told the Gas to Power Journal's UK Forum today.
"The first UK capacity auction is not going to help us," said David Stokes, Director at Timera Energy. The target is 48.6 GW, based on the existing demand curve, but the existing confirmed capacity to bid at auction is 55.8 GW. "This implies that at least 6 GW of older coal/CCGT capacity will be unsuccessful at auction," he told Gas to Power Journal's UK Forum in London today.
Targets for 2030 set out by the EU to tackle climate change need to combine policy with consideration of technology to achieve success, delegates at the Gas to Power UK Forum in London heard.
“Technology is not more important than targets - you need to have attention to both,” said Ann Gardiner, managing consultant at ECOFYS.
New gas power capacity, and to some extent existing coal, will be vitally important to keeping the lights on in Britain for years to come, according to Rupert Steele, Director of Regulation at ScottishPower.
"In a cold winter, where gas supply has been difficult, coal generation acted as a sort of demand-side management for gas power capacity," he told the Gas to Power Journal conference in London.