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Aggreko, a UK-based interim power solutions provider, has commissioned and started power production at a 107.5 MW interim gas-fired power plant in Mozambique.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has received the requisite parliamentary approval and signing financing arrangements for the 110 MW expansion of the gas-fired Takoradi 2 power plant in Ghana. The expansion will be commissioned in 2015, operator TAQA said.

The introduction of a strategic reserve capacity is more effective and better compatible with the current energy-only market model than a capacity payment scheme, according to an Ecofys study published today on behalf to the German federal environmental ministry (UBA).

Turkey's top administrative court has suspended construction works at OMV's power plant project on farmland in the Black Sea province of Samsun.

Siemens Energy has won an order to build the 758 MW Panda Temple Power Plant in Texas, U.S., in consortium with its partner, Bechtel. The combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) is scheduled to come on line in 2014, at a time when the Texas market is predicted to be short of capacity.

Subsidies are not the right approach to encourage investment in new gas-fired power plant projects in Germany, environment minister Peter Altmaier told the business daily 'Handelsblatt' late Wednesday.

Turkey's electricity consumption saw an 11.3% year-on-year increase to 20.0 terrawatt hours (TWh) in June, data released by the Turkish statistical institute shows. The county's energy consumption almost doubled over the past ten years.

Russia's RAO Energy Systems has applied for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to build a new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Vladivostok.

French investment bank Societe Generale has revised down its 2013 gas price estimate as it expects a rising supply of already contracted Russian gas volumes amid tepid demand in Europe to weigh on gas prices. The bank recommends selling the NBP Summer 13 contract.

Alstom has won a contract to undertake a boiler study for Shanghai Waigaoqiao No.3 Power Generation Co, Ltd. The study will is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Wärtsilä, a supplier of diesel and natural gas engines, has won a contract to supply a 384 MW gas power plant to Azerbaijan's state-owned utility Azerenerji JSC. "In terms of output, the project is the largest single power plant order that Wärtsilä has received to date," the Helsinki-headquartered company said today. The order is included in Wärtsilä's second quarter 2012 order book.

Gas generating capacity in the U.S. has surged by 96% over the past twelve years period starting from 2000, as historically low gas prices increase the utilization rates of combined cycle plants at the expense of coal-fired units.

The British energy regulator Ofgem will continue to develop detailed proposals on a mandatory power auction "ahead of the autumn" with the aim of increasing market liquidity, Ofgem said in a liquidity update letter.

Improved energy efficiency measures could reduce the anticipated UK power demand for 2030 by up to 40%, an initial Electricity Demand Reduction Assessment by the British government finds.

General Electric (GE) has won a contract from SOMA Group, a Cambodian industrial conglomerate, to supply GE Waukesha technology to power the country's first integrated biomass gasification-gas engine project. The plant is slated to start commercial service in March 2013, GE said.

News in Brief

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.

Fuel switch could abate 1.2bn tons of CO2

July 19 – Some 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 could be abated by switching to gas using existing infrastructure, if prices and regulation are supportive. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this would be enough to bring global CO2 emissions back down to where they were in 2013.

IEA launches methane tracker

July 18 – A new ‘methane tracker’, launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA), provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions by drawing on the best available data. Analysts stressed methane emissions could be reduced by nearly half at no net cost.

Canada’s CO2 tax also affects gas power

July 17 – Change in Canada’s carbon tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could cause SaskPower to reconsider its planned upcoming Moose Jaw gas power station.

MAN, Daewoo, HSD partner on engine digitalization

July 16 – MAN Energy Solutions, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and HSD Engine (HSD) have signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the field of marine engine systems digitization. The three companies also work together on auxiliary systems and data analysis, aiming to apply part of their know-how to power generation and related sectors.

Canada launches first utility-scale smart microgid

July 15 – The Ontario-based municipal utility North Bay Hydro Services is cooperating with the smart grid solutions firm S&C Electric to launch Canada’s first utility-scale microgrid system. Among some solar power, the 789KW microgrid system will be powered by two 265kW natural gas generators.

Macquarie funds Mexican power plant

July 12 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

B&V launches distributed energy group

July 11 – Black & Veatch has launched a dedicated distributed energy group to place its conventional power business in the context of the global energy transition. The distribute energy group will look into new fuel sources such as hydrogen and aspires to “re-power the more-than-century-old power industry.”

Funding secured for Kazah CHP project

July 10 – Kazinform Erg has committed to spend $500 million on a gas cogeneration station that will provide heat and electricity to the south of Kazakhstan. Over 87% of Kazakhstan’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels, and in 2018 the country produced 107,060 billion kWh of electricity, a 3.8% increase over the previous year and enough to cover total power use of 103,228 kWh.

Bitcoin mining uses much energy

July 9 – Estimates of bitcoin’s electricity consumption are wide-ranging, on the order of 20‑80 TWh annually. According to George Kamiya, digital energy analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), bitcoin mining consumed around 45 TWh in 2018 although this has risen significantly this year. Through the first six months of 2019, bitcoin mining has already consumed an estimated 29 TWh.

Coal exit doesn’t impact Germany's supply security

July 8 – Electricity supply security in Germany is set to stay “very high” even as the country begins to phase out coal-fired power generation, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said in a monitoring report. “Energy supply is adequately ensured”, the ministry said, in all scenarios examined up to 2030. Thereafter, things are less clear but the German Coal Commission is adamant that its proposal to exit coal power by 2038 is feasible and won’t seriously impact reserve margins.

Hydrogen demo plant starts in Adelaide

July 5 – The Australian Gas Networks (AGN), part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), has received A$4.9 million in government funding for an A$11.4m hydrogen electrolyser demonstration project at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. At the test site, AGN plans to blend 5% renewable hydrogen with natural gas for supply to customers using its existing gas distribution networks. The project is based on a Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, running based on wind and solar power.

Wärtsilä forms biogas solution

July 4 – Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions, specialists in biogas upgrading technology, has merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team to create a one-stop-shop service for biofuel production. Having installed the world’s largest bioLNG facility in Skogn, Norway, Wärtsilä will deliver two more bio-LNG plants to customers in Scandinavia. The company’s Puregas CA process recovers more than 99.9% of the biomethane present in raw biogas.

PNM to close San Juan Generating Station

July 3 — New Mexico's largest energy holding, PNM Resources, has filed an application to the Public Regulation Commission to close the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. For replacement power, PNM said the preferred option was a mix of gas power plants, solar and wind farms and new battery storage facilities. The utility strives to be ‘emissions-free’ by 2040.

ADB opens office in Singapore

July 2 — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to open an office in Singapore. The lean office with twelve staff will focus on the expansion of its private sector operations, e.g. through Public-Private Partnerships. “We estimate that developing Asia will need $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure investments until 2030 to maintain the region’s growth momentum,” commented Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat.