Daily News

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $120 million from KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd. to design and build a gas-fired power plant and construct two 400/132 kilovolts (kV) high-voltage substations that will supply electricity to the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.

The introduction of a carbon floor price under Britain's Electricity Market Reform (EMR) is estimated to make natural gas catch-up with coal in terms of profitability. "Using our forward-price assumption for coal, gas-fired generation and coal-fired generation are very nearly on equal footing in the April 2015 timeframe in the UK," Deutsche Bank forecast today.

German utility E.ON raised its 2012 earnings outlook on Tuesday after settling a fierce and lengthy dispute with Gazprom, Russia's gas export monopoly, over pricing conditions of long-term gas import contracts.

Huaneng Power International (HPI) today announced it has received the regulatory green light for its Huaneng Tongxiang gas-fired cogeneration project. Construction of the plant, in which it owns a 95% interest, was approved by Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission.

General Electric (GE) has launched the PowerXpand Portfolio as an integrated power solution to provide flexible and rapid power supply. The scalable product bundles GE's TM2500 and TM2500+ mobile aeroderivative gas turbine generator sets, the Jenbacher J320 containerized gas engine generator set and the V250/V228 diesel engine generator sets.

Wärtsilä, a leading supplier of diesel and natural gas engines, has won an order to supply a combustion gas engine baseload power plant to power the proposed PLTMG Duri plant in Indonesia.

Siemens Energy will design and built a gas-fired power plant in Düsseldorf as a turnkey project in on behalf of the municipal utility. The worth of the order, including a turnkey construction and a long-term maintenance contract, is between 400 and 500 million euros, Siemens said today.

Japan's Tohoku Electric Power Inc. has commenced operations of its newly built No.5 gas turbine at the Higashi-Niigata power plant ahead of schedule. The 339 MW gas turbine is the third unit to start operations at the plant and the only one of five emergency units fuelled by regasified LNG.

One of India's largest gas-fired power plants, the 1,967 MW Dabhol facility, is operating at less than half of its installed capacity due to the severe shortage of natural gas, a source at Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Limited (RGPPL), the plant operator, told 'Gas to Power Journal'.

Israel Chemicals (ICS) announced on Sunday it will invest $320 to build a new dual-fuel cogeneration plant in Sodom, southern Israel.

Abu Dhabi has given the green light for the construction of a new 1,5000 gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Mirfa on a 'build own and operate basis.

ABB, the world's largest producer of power-distribution equipment, has won an order worth around $75 million from Iraq's Ministry of Electricity to connect a new 500 MW gas-fired power plant to the 400/132 kV (kilovolt) Amara substation.

U.K.-based Diageo plc has once again tapped Clarke Energy, a distributor of GE's Jenbacher gas engines, to install turnkey combined heat and power (CHP) plants at its Guinness breweries in Nigeria. GE said the ecomagination-approved Jenbacher J620 CHP units are scheduled to be fully installed, tested and in operation by the first quarter of 2013.

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) said it will be using Phillips 66's E-gas technology for its planned gasification plant at Jamnagar, billed to be the largest in the world. The gas produced at the site will fuel the refinery's existing gas turbine power generation units and serve as feedstock for a new chemical complex.

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), one of the largest utility worldwide in terms of installed power generation capacity, has contracted Shaw Group to implement a fleetwide services program for its oil and gas-fired power plants. Shaw did not disclose the contract value but said it will be included in the orderbook for Q4 2012.

News in Brief

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.

Testing starts at Haliade-X

July 1 – Technology testing has started at GE’s Haliade-X, the world’s biggest offshore wind turbine. The 12 MW nacelle and 107-metre long blade was shipped to the UK as part of an advanced technology testing program, focused on enhancing the platform before it enters into serial production in 2021.

Tata to build UK’s first CCUS plant

June 28 – Tata Chemicals has announced plans to build the UK’s first industrial-scale Carbon Capture, Usage and Demonstration plant at its Northwich industrial site. The CCUD unit will be built at an estimated cost of£16.7 million and is planned to start operation in 2021. It will make use of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and turn it into sodium bicarbonate, which can then be sold to pharmaceutical industries.