Profit margins for gas-fired power in Russia are set to see a further squeeze as domestic gas prices rise over the mid-term, forecasts Alexander Grigoryev, analyst at Russia's Institute of Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM). Admitting that the government's recent decision to freeze Gazprom's domestic tariffs in 2014 makes gas forecasts "very speculative", he suggested reduced exports to Europe will lead to higher domestic prices.
Rebuking plans of Labour leader Ed Miliband to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months if he wins the 2015 election, the UK Big 6 energy companies have condemned this proposal – at a cost of £4.5 billion – as a roadblock to investment in new power plants which exacerbates the risk of blackouts.
Gas turbine lifetimes could double thanks to new sensor monitoring technology developed by researchers at Cambridge University. The tested sensors monitor turbine operation at higher temperatures more accurately and help reduce fuel consumption between 0.5% and 1.5% as "improved accuracy allows greater control over the amount of fuel ingress," project lead Dr Michele Scervini told Gas to Power Journal.
California's power mix has seen a 10% rise in the contribution from natural gas and other fossil fuel sources over the summer months. In-state fossil fuel account of 47% of the mix on average, but this number can rise well above 50% on an hourly basis depending on the level of intermittent renewable supply, latest daily figures from the California Independent Systems Operator (CAISO) show.
Varying fuel gas composition presents a challenge to gas-to-power equipment such as internal combustion (IC) engines, gas turbines and fuel cell based machines as it impacts performance and component lifetime as well as meeting emissions regulations. By measuring the optical fingerprints of C1-C5 alkanes, the Precisive 5 Gas Analyzer enables real-time and high-accuracy fuel gas analysis, says founder and president, Vidi Saptari.
Members of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) expert technical conference will discuss the impact of rising intermittent power supply on the country's capacity markets and potential solutions when they meet this Wednesday.
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alaska's Natural Resources commissioner with a view to developing LNG exports to Japan to dent the island nation's growing hunger for gas to fuel power plants.
Germany's re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a coalition partner before the new Government can jointly tackle rampant electricity costs that resulted from the 'Energiewende' policy of phasing-out nuclear energy in replacement of subsidised renewable power. Curbing the EEG levy – an extra charge for renewables imposed on the taxpayer – is one of the most likely options.
SPE, an affiliate of Algeria's state-owned utility Sonelgaz, has awarded GE three contracts worth $2.7 billion to provide 26 heavy-duty gas turbines and 24 mobile aero-derivative gas turbine for nine power plants with a combined capacity of 9 gigawatts.
SSE sees an "acute need" for Capacity Auctions to stop further plant closures and bring mothballed power plants back into the market to help counter the imminent shortages in Britain's power generation capacity, says policy and research director, Dr. Keith MacLean.
"If the capacity auctions planned for next year were also targeted at immediate delivery, with payments starting straight away, this would help keep existing, but loss-making, plants operational, which is cheaper than building new ones at a later stage," he told Gas to Power Journal.
Financing for the $842 million CPV Woodbridge Energy Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey has been pushed through by joint developers, so construction works can start as planned in this quarter. The 700MW project is owned by Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), ArcLight Capital Partners and Toyota Tsusho and will be operated by an affiliate of co-owner ArcLight.
Johnson Matthey's Stationary Emissions Control (SEC) group has commissioned CO oxidation catalysts to reduce CO, VOC and toxic emissions from four 200 MW simple cycle gas turbines at GenOn's California Marsh Landing Generating Station (MLGS). "Drop-in" catalysts were employed to speed up installation process, which reduced costs by eliminating multiple days of site labour.