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.
U.S. infrastructure developer Black & Veatch has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the new 495 MW Unit 3 at the Grand River Energy Center in Oklahoma. The project will cost an estimated $400 million and will feature the first Mitsubishi Heavy Industry J-series combustion turbine to be installed in the Western Hemisphere.
Mexican energy sector reforms, enacted at the beginning of this year, are at risk of encountering “substantial financial and political difficulties” that could hold back development. Amrita Sen, researcher at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) warned of “some of the intended objectives of the energy reform may not materialise, at least not as fast as the government and some market analysts are predicting."
U.S. power producer Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) said it will proceed with plans to build a 725 MW gas-fired plant in Maryland. The project will be carried out on a partly-contracted merchant basis, with CPV seeking approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell 75% of the project to two Japanese companies – Toyota Tsusho Power and Marubeni.
The use of a hybrid fire suppression system to tackle fires in power plants can reduce operator's costs and safeguard equipment in the event of accidents, according to manufacturer Victaulic. "Our Vortex system is unique in using nitrogen and water to suppress fires and produces nearly zero wetting of protected areas preventing the need for costly clean up or equipment replacement," Dan Christian, director for oil, gas and power markets at Victaulic told Gas to Power Journal.
The Nigerian Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, has stated that the country is on track to reach an overall 6,000 MW of electricity generation capacity before December. Severe gas and power grid bottlenecks continue to cause power shortages and the government is in the middle of power sector reforms in a bid to attract foreign investment.
Energy imports to India could almost double in the coming decade, rising from $120 billion currently to $230 billion by 2023, Goldman Sachs analysts warned, although reforms may reduce India's annual energy import bill by $40 billion in the forecast period.
Paving the way for GE to complete its acquisition of Alstom, the French government today finalised a deal with Bouygues to buy a 20% in the hotly-contested company. Economy minister Arnaud Montebourg made it clear over the weekend that the French state taking an interest and a golden share in Alstom would be a prerequisite for the deal, stressing "If that's not realised, GE's bid will be blocked."
U.S. power provider Moxie Energy has put forward plans to build a new 900 MW gas-fired plant in Salem Township, Michigan. Named ‘Moxie Freedom Project’, the plant will draw on comparatively low cost gas supply from the nearby Marcellus Shale.
Petronas, Malaysia's state-owned petroleum corporation, has awarded an order for the turnkey construction of the Pengerang Co-generation Plant (PCP) to a consortium of Siemens and MMC Engineering Services (MMCES).
After relying on shale gas for over a decade, public opinion in the Texan town of Denton has shifted and the city council is considering imposing a ban on fracking as inhabitants want to preserve the livability of their surroundings.
Almost half of Europe's energy consumption is used for industrial processes and to heat and cool building, but policy makers at the European Commission are dragging their feet to assess how heat-related policies could help meet Europe's energy efficiency objectives and climate goals, criticised industry group COGEN Europe.