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Siemens has started to build a new combustion test center for gas turbines near Berlin, the German engineering company announced today. "We are investing 66 million euros to be able to study and validate the combustion processes in gas turbines in our own test center," said Roland Fischer, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division within the Siemens Energy Sector.

Stadtwerke Düsseldorf's board has approved the construction of a 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant in the city to come online in 2016. The German municipal utility took a final investment decision (FID) on the plant, taking into account projections on fuel costs and the expected balance between electricity supply and demand in Germany.

Germany's E.ON is on track to comply with the new regulation to power generation assets in the UK against the dangers of climate change such as flooding, Richard Busby, E.ON's Environment Manager said. E.ON has identified this risk at two of its power stations and has now introduced new Reverse Osmosis water treatment plants to tackle the problem. The Enfield power station doesn't have access to river water for cooling and has to use air for cooling.

Enterprise planning combined with project execution is deemed to be the way forward for unleashing the value of integrated power generation solution, Oracle – IFS Partner said in a White Paper emailed to 'Gas-to-Power Journal' today.

New Jersey goes it alone: A new 738 MW gas-fired power plant will be built in the U.S. state without any financial support from the U.S. federal government. LS Power Group announced it has secured funding to build the plant in West Deptford, New Jersey.

Siemens and Shanghai Electric have agreed on a strategic wind power alliance for China. Gas-fired power plants are required as a backup for the intermittency of wind power production. In Britain, the much-debated electricity market reform entails the plea for capacity payments to guarantee the availability of sufficient electricity supply at times of peak demand.

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has called on attendees at the Durban COP17 climate conference plenary to join forces to combat climate change and avert power shortages in developing countries.

Doosan Power Systems has acquired a majority stake in AE&E Lentjes GmbH, formerly part of the AE&E Group. The company was formerly known as AE&E Lentjes GmbH. It was founded in 1927 and is based in Ratingen close to Düsseldorf in Germany. 

EDF and GE Energy signed a deal today to jointly build 510 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) at EDF's Bouchain site in the north of France, the companies announced today. Operational start of the plant is scheduled for 2015. The gas-to-power plant will replace a coal-fired unit due to be phased out by that date.

Republic Services Inc., Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Fortistar LLC announced the start-up of 6.4-megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-power plant, located in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. The plant is currently in its commissioning phase and will be operated by Fortistar.

Natural gas is forecast to overtake coal as the predominant fuel in power generation in the U.S. by 2025. Gas will become the world's No. 2 overall fuel source due to its abundant supply and the political backing for less carbon emission intensive gas-fired power plants, according to the latest long-term outlook published by ExxonMobil Corp today.

Statkraft has started an analysis of its entire gas-fired power generation portfolio, the head of the Norwegian company, Christian Rynning-Tønnesen said today. He did not disclose whether the company has plans to shut-down or sell-off power plant units in the near future, according to local media reports.

GS Electric Power and Services (GS EPS), an independent power producer in South Korea, signed on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the governor of Chungnam to develop the fourth phase of the plant at a cost of 600 billion won ($536 million).

More regulations under Dodd Frank, MiFID and EMIR may prompt financial trading houses to shy away from commodities. Trading on less liquid market hubs for gas and electricity may take a battering once the new regulation comes into force in 2012.

"Speculators might exit, liquidity might take a plunge and trading – particularly in less liquid commodity markets – might be down to the utilities again," Louis Caron, global executive lead, energy and commodity risk at RiskAdvisory/SAS Group told 'Gas-to-Power Journal' in an interview today.

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), ENTSO-E and seven other European energy associations have issued a joint statement on how to prevent Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud in the gas and electricity sector today. It is a plea for stronger cooperation and more pro-active support from policy makers, law-enforcement agencies, tax investigators and financial intelligence units "to join our efforts to mitigate the threat of VAT-fraud".

News in Brief

PG&E nears bankruptcy

Jan 18 – Northern California’s utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has informed federal regulators that it expects to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by January. The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for its shortcomings in the deadly 2018 wildfires. S&P this week downgraded PG&E’s gas and electric unit to ‘D’ to ‘CC’ after the utility failed to make a $21.6 million interest payment

Hitachi suspends work on Wales nuclear project

Jan 17 – Japan’s Hitachi is close to suspending construction works at its Horizon division’s Wylfa nuclear power plant in Wales. If the project gets shelved, EDF Energy's Hinkely Point-C will be the only nuclear project remaining hence flexible gas power will have to fill the capacity gap.

PG&E files for bankruptcy by Jan 29

Jan 16 – Northern California’s utility Pacific Gas & Electric has informed federal regulators that it expects to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by end of this month. The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for its shortcomings in the deadly 2018 wildfires.

Gas engine market to top $4.4bn by 2020

Jan 15 – Global demand for natural gas engines is forecast to expand with the market set to exceed $4.4 billion in value by 2022, according to Zion Market Research. Key manufacturers include, GE, Rolls-Royce, Cummins, Caterpillar, Wärtsilä, Kawasaki, MAN, Deutz, Doosan and Yanmar.

Encana selects Siemens rotating equipment

Jan 14 – Siemens has been selected to provide one feed and sales gas train and one refrigeration compression train for Encana’s Pipestone Processing Facility in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The new unit, due to operational in 2021, will provide Encana with 19,000 barrels per day of net raw condensate processing capacity plus 170 million cubic feet per day of net inlet gas processing capacity.

Cheap U.S. LNG underpins power project in Panama

Jan 11 – AES Colón expects the entry of low-cost US LNG will transform the Central American energy sector, much as it has in the Panama. The utility in September started up an $1.15 billion LNG import terminal and adjacent combined-cycle power plant.

Rolls-Royce joins forces with OT industries

Jan 10 – Britain’s bellwether manufacturer Rolls-Royce has signed an accord with OT Industries to explore areas of joint work for the provision of Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) and Instrumentation and Control (I&C) systems for new units at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. OT industries is majority owned by the MOL Group.

State-run utilities dominate energy spending

Jan 9 – Future investments in global energy supply largely rest in the hands of governments. In the power sector, a striking 95% of monies are spent by regulated utilities under schemes to minimize risk associated with variable prices on competitive markets. However, once China will have completed its power sector reform the share of countries that rely on competitive markets will rise from 54% to almost 80%.

Floating power market to top $1.4bn by 2022

Jan 8 – The market for floating power plants (<250MW capacity) is expected to grow at an annual rate of 10.11%, expanding from currently $889.6 million to reach $1,440 million by 2022. Main growth drivers, according to MarketsandMarkets, are cost advantages of floating over land-based power plants, particularly in regions with a lack of power infrastructure.

Energean to supply gas to Israel

Jan 7 – Energean Oil and Gas has agreed to supply 5.5 Bcm of natural gas Karish and Tanin fields over 19 years to the Israeli power producer I.P.M. Beer Tuvia. The deal is expected to $900 million in revenue for Energean over the contract duration.

Eranove builds 390 MW plant in Ivory Coast

Jan 4 – Ciprel, a subsidiary of Eranove Group of France, is preparing to construct a 390 MW power plant in Jacqueville near Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast. Driven by one of GE’s F-class turbine the combined-cycle power plant will be similar to one that Ciprel already has in operation.

Works advance on Jawa-1 CCGT

Jan 3 – Construction works are forging ahead for Jawa-1, a 1,760 MW combined-cycle gas-fired power plant. Built at cost of $1.8 billion the facility will be built by PT Jawa Satu Power (JSP) and PT Jawa Satu Regas (JSR) in Karawang, West Java.

Grozny TPP due onstream in 2019

Jan 2 – Construction of Unit 2 of the Grozny Thermal Power Plant (TPP) is advancing fast with a view having the entire plant operational in mid-2019. The first 180 MW unit has been running uninterruptedly for a fortnight and once the second unit will start up, Grozny TPP will reach its design value of approximately 360 MW.

E&P profitable at $50/bbl

Dec 21 – Globally, Wood Mackenzie expects exploration budgets to remain steady in 2019. But with stronger prices, lower costs and a greater focus on commerciality, the exploration sector is now seen to be more resilient than ever, and “well positioned to generate positive full-cycle returns at oil prices of US$50/barrel or even lower.”

GE upgrades substation in Germany

Dec 20 – TransnetBW has asked GE Power to upgrade one of the substations in so-called ‘Badische Rheinschiene’, a highly loaded link in the transmission grid of southwest Germany. The project will deliver 22 bays of 400 kV GIS to reduce the substation’s footprint while increasing its capacity.

Burckhardt opens service centre for Central Europe

Dec 19 – Swiss-based Burckhard Compressions has opened a new service centre for Central Europe in Slovakia. Reciprocating compressors of any brand are serviced there for operators in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Global CCS growth nears 10% per year

Jan 19 – A report from analysts Research and Markets says the global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market will grow 9.18% per year between 2017 and 2021, with Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, Linde and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries dominating developments.