Forging closer ties, Siemens Energy and the US-based company Zolo Technologies have expanded their collaboration to a worldwide license agreement for fossil-fuelled steam generation boiler applications with a view to closely integrating their combustion optimization products and actively extend their market activities beyond Europe into the USA, and fossil markets in Asia.
Gas generation is poised to play a bigger role in denting Brazil's need for peakload power supply, providing bottlenecks in the gas pipeline network get resolved in order to allow the country's power companies make full use of domestic gas reserves. Gas-fired power plants are dispatched predominately to cover peak load demand, due to high fuel prices for gas compared with hydropower or wind.
The UK managed to cut carbon emission enough to meet its first carbon budget, though emissions are on the rise as higher gas cost have made coal a more attractive fuel for power generation, government statistics show.
Entering a new commercial partnership, Gazprom Energy has agreed to deliver firm supply of natural gas to a combined heat and power (CHP) plant of Tata Chemicals Europe in Cheshire, UK, in return for the right to buy back excess electricity generated by the plant.
Flexible engine-based power plants may save up to €30,000 per day compared with combined-cycle gas turbine plants when operating under variable load, according to research from Finnish equipment manufacturer, Wärtsilä.
Setbacks or delays in developing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) solutions for gas-fired power plants could result in rapid growth of new nuclear capacity to meet emissions target, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast. “Our analysis suggests that if CCS is delayed, climate stabilisation would have to rely on a rapid expansion of nuclear power,” Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA told delegates at the GE Oil & Gas annual meeting in Florence today.
GE Oil & Gas is deploying its ReliabilityMax predictive maintenance solution at BG Group's Queensland Curtis LNG project in Australia to increase reliability of its turbomachinery beyond industry standards. The project marks the first use of ReliabilityMax for aeroderivative gas turbines in LNG applications.
A joint research study by the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy promises to deliver new optimization techniques for power plant gas turbines, potentially improving efficiency by several percentage points. “Industrial implementation can be almost instant, once the reliability of the simulation models has been ascertained,” Hamid Asgari, a researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.
After deciding to increase the price of natural gas from April to boost the domestic upstream sector, the Indian cabinet now considers subsidising operators of gas-fired power plants to avoid hikes in electricity prices which would burden the public.
Switching just 1% of coal-fired power generation capacity to run on natural gas would deliver a reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to an 11% increase in renewables worldwide. “The potential savings we see for CO2 emissions due to fossil fuel replacement far exceeds the levels currently being achieved in most countries,” Christof Rühl, chief economist at BP said at GE Oil & Gas annual meeting in Florence today.
U.S. power producer Consumers Energy, announced it will purchase a 540 megawatt gas-fired power plant in Jackson, Michigan for $155 million. The facility, currently owned by DPC Juniper, is set to become part of Consumers Energy's generating system in the first quarter of 2016.
As Russia's energy market reform enters a critical phase, the International Energy Agency (IEA) points out that – despite a partial privatisation in 2008 – "considerable scope" still exits for the Government to improve the diversity of ownership and wholesale competition through further divestment or virtual power plants. The Russian state still controls 60% of generating capacity.