The use of electrical motor compression trains as opposed to mechanical trains to power LNG processing is helping to push system efficiency above 90%, according to GE. "Comparison of typical efficiency shows less than 40% for gas turbine systems compared with more than 90% for electrical drive systems," Francesco Falco, manager at GE's Power Conversion business told Gas to Power Journal.
Any delay to the UK’s proposed capacity market mechanism could result in power brownouts and hold ups for power plant construction, according to the chief of National Grid's Electricity Market Reform team. “The risk has clearly increased and we are close to being in the position of experiencing brown outs". Mark Ripley, project director at National Grid said at the Future of Utilities conference in London.
Energy firm Shell has been approved to start construction of a 690-MW, gas-fired cogeneration plant in Alberta, Canada. The plans were approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission and the first unit is expected to be in service in 2016.
Implementation of data management and analytics at is no longer a question of why for many power producers, but of when and how. Such a move, however, requires breaking away from siloed data storage and integrating the utility's operating technology and IT systems, said John D. McDonald director, technical strategy and policy development at GE.
U.S. power producer Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has had its plans to build a 1,000MW gas-fired plant approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The $675 million project, known as the Wildcat Point Generating Facility, will be built in Rising Sun, Maryland, starting from late 2015.
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved plans to ship natural gas from Texas to Mexico via a border-crossing interconnector. FERC noted that the project was needed to “meet [Mexico’s] expanding fuel demand for power generation and industrial activity.”
Planned de-regulation of Japan’s electricity markets along with high LNG prices are prompting Tokyo Gasto consider a move into coal-fired power generation. "We will increase the portion of gas-fired power plants, but at the same time … we may have a coal-fired power plant in the future or at least, we may buy electricity from coal-fired plants,” Kunio Nohata, Tokyo Gas' executive officer and senior general manager for gas resources said at the Gastech conference in South Korea.
Laser melting, or 3D printing, along with the Industrial Internet allows GE to get better products into the market faster through rapid prototyping and iterative development – "that's what we call the Build-Measure-Learn cycle," Eric Gebhardt, CTO/VP Engineering GE Oil & Gas told Gas to Power Journal.
Gas engines of all sizes may grow in market volume to reach $35-45 billion by 2020 – more than doubling from 2012 data, driven by a rise in distributed gas engine applications in emerging markets as well as the need for flexible distributed systems to balance intermittent renewable supply in Europe and the U.S., Delta-EE's director Michael Brown told Gas to Power Journal.
Abundant supply of domestic shale gas at low development costs has been displacing coal in power generation in the United States and is expected to partly replace diesel used by heavy trucks in the transportation sector, the U.S. Institute for Energy Research (IER) finds.
As bearish fundamentals weigh on gas prices, combined-cycle power plants in the UK with 56% efficiency are expected to move into merit in April, but analysts at Energy Aspects forecast prices are unlikely to fall below 50p/therm in the near term due to increasing demand from gas-fired plants.
The city of Holland, Michigan, has announced that it will purchase two Siemens gas-fired combustion turbines to provide up to 140MW of power. The deal is valued at $37.7 million and was approved by the board of directors of the Holland Board of Public Works (HPBW) as part of plans to build a new natural gas power plant in the city.