InterGen has secured a competitive Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Siemens on the basis of which it seeks tolling partners to underpin project finance for up to 2.1 GW of new gas-fired capacity at two UK sites, Spalding Energy in Lincolnshire and Gateway Energy Centre in Essex.
France's Alstom has struck a deal with RWE Generation to install its high performance MXL2 upgrade packages on all nine gas turbines at the 2,200 MW Pembroke and 1,650 MW Staythorpe facilities – Britain's two biggest combined-cycle power plants.
Construction has started on a manufacturing facility to produce fuel cell power plants in South Korea as part of a renewed partnership agreement between FuelCell Energy (FCE) and POSCO Energy. The facilitiy is expected to start producing in 2015 and will have an initial capacity of 100MW per year.
Fuel savings of 1-2% for combined cycle gas plants (CCGT) may be achieved thanks to research into the uses of hydrophobic surfaces conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). GE Research estimates suggest the development could eventually save industry $2.5 billion a year. "This technology can reduce the size of the condenser, reduce coolant pressure drop, and save money on capital cost and maintenance," Nenad Miljkovic, a researcher in the MIT team said, speaking to Gas to Power Journal.
GE's largest gas engine distributor, Clarke Energy, has introduced Trigeneration as a form cogeneration combined with high-tech cooling for industrial processes in hot countries like Tunisia, Australia and India. The cost benefit analysis of the system kicks in when temperatures blaze, whether it's for refrigeration or for air conditioning, according to Group Marketing and Compliance Manager, Alexander Marshall.
Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defended environmental regulations as a bid to move forward with President Obama's Climate Action Plan and to help promote investment in CCS technology for fossil power plants. "Our proposed rule on future power plants really looks at technology that we believe is available today," she told a US newscast.
The 169MW gas-fired Parnaiba-III plant started operation in Brazil this week, according to a statement from operator, Eneva. This is the third natural gas fired plant commissioned in the country by Eneva, a subsidiary of Germany's E.ON.
The Levelised Cost Of Energy (LCOE) for gas-fired CCGT power plants is 69 $/MWh, well ahead of LCOE for offshore wind at 220 $/MWh, a new report by the World Energy Council, in partnership with Bloomberg Energy Finance shows.
Bundesnetzagentur, Germany's energy regulator, has to decide on the 'system relevance' of 28 power plants with a combined capacity of 7GW that operators wish to shut-down due to a lack of profitability.
APR Energy has announced details of a deal to purchase GE's turbine power rental business for $314 million in cash and stock. The move will bolster APR's existing operations that provide turnkey mobile gas turbine power generators for customers on a fast-track basis.
Views of industry observers vary on how the Government's nuclear deal with EDF and Chinese investors may impact investment in new gas-fired capacity. "It is very hard to see the nuclear announcement as particularly good for gas-fired power generation investment as, all things being equal, it means we need less new gas plants than we did before the announcement," Trevor Sikorski, senior analyst at Energy Aspectus told Gas to Power Journal.
Wärtsilä has posted a 42% decrease in order intake for power plants in the third quarter, down to €261 million. The Finnish company said in its interim report today "significant exchange rate fluctuations in multiple emerging market currencies" have caused "delays in customer decision-making" that led to the plunge in order intake for power plants projects.