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No financing for new power generation projects under non-tolling agreements will be forthcoming until there is certainty about the outcome of capacity auctions, energy infrastructure financiers from RBS and Lloyds Bank said at the Gas to Power UK conference in London today.

Alstom has secured a contract worth approximately €170 million in Saudi Arabia to supply steam turbine generators for the 2,650-MW Shuqaiq power plant, after having been selected by the project's lead contractor Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

While both Portugal and Spain are weighted down under a sizeable electricity tariff deficit due to excess renewables capacity, that Portugal hopes to pay off by 2020 while Spain has no definite plan, Portugal has a better chance of ever climbing out of debt than Spain, found ratings agency Fitch Energy in its report Electric Shock: Iberian Tariff Deficit Comparison.

Timing of UK's first capacity auction next year for delivery in 2018 is "not perfect", as it risks a gap in power supply in the face of tightening reserve margins starting from 2016, no new capacity by then and a lack in demand response, says Stephen Woodhouse, director at Pöyry Management Consulting.

Chinese involvement in Brazil gas sector is set to grow, spurred by opportunities in upstream, power generation and transmission as well as knowledge transfer. Over 70% of China's direct investment in Brazil, or $18.2 billion from 2005 to 2012, was spent in the energy sector, and IEA analysts expect this share to grow despite current legal obstacles.

The role of regasified LNG has surged in Japan as its sole operating reactor is offline for maintenance, leaving the country reliant on gas-fired power generation, along with oil and coal.

US turbine manufacturer Capstone has won an order to supply one C800 and one C600 microturbine for a combined heat and power (CHP) installation at industrial plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The microturbines will supply onsite heat and power, while steam from the power plant will generate hot water used during the manufacturing process.

Marginalised by a renewables boom, the utilisation of Spain's combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants has plunged from rates consistently over 50% to an average of just 14% over the twelve months to August 2013.

The drive for low-carbon power generation in the UK through the new Contract for Difference (CfD) scheme is hampered by a Capacity Market that seeks lowest cost capacity with no consideration of carbon emissions or efficiency, says Tim Rothary, head of policy at the British CHP Association.

Eager to curb China's notorious air pollution, the State Council has announced it will ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions surrounding Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. In an action plan, the Chinese cabinet aims to slash the share of coal in the country's energy mix from currently 70 percent to below 65 percent by 2017.

Rather than supporting new gas-fired power generation capacity, Britain's capacity auctions in 2014 will help the Big 6 energy companies get mothballed assets back into the market, a senior London-based banking source told Gas to Power Journal.

Siemens Energy has dedicated and handed over California's second Flex-Plant to power the gas-fired El Segundo Energy Center, operated by NRG Energy in Lodi. Together with the first unit, the plant can ramp up to 300MW in less than ten minutes, allowing the operator to backup intermittent renewable power supply.

News in Brief

Mott McDonald starts construction on ALCP6

Oct 20 – US construction firm Mott McDonald has started building the ALCP6 waste to energy project in Krabi province, southern Thailand. The plant will incinerate 144,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste, and the heat obtained will be converted into 6 MW of electricity to be exported to the Thai national grid.

Brace for EU sustainable finance rules

Oct 19 – Sustainable finance practices, drawn up by the European Commission, could create a "bureaucratic monster" that smaller companies and energy investors would find overbearing, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (ifo) warned. The regulation should hence prioritise closer scrutiny of large and listed companies.

UK could become net power exporter

Oct 16 – Increased interconnection could provide a route for excess offshore wind power in Britain to be consumed elsewhere in Europe. National Grid Interconnector Register shows up to 16 GW of interconnection could be operational by 2025 and up to 25.4 GW by 2030.

Wärtsilä to deploy GridSolv in US city

Oct 15 – AEP OnSite Partners has contracted Wärtsilä to deploy its GridSolv Quantum energy storage in the city of Martinsville, Virginia. The system includes an UL9540A limiting 2-hour battery firewall and will help lower the city’s energy costs.

Rolls-Royce spends $13.9m in Mankato

Oct 14 – Britain’s engine maker Rolls-Royce has decided to invest nearly $14 million in its Power System business to build a new R&D centre at its MTU manufacturing plant in Mankato, Minnesota, US. The expansion will see 28,000 square foot added to the facility’s existing hall, making room for the production of high-power MTU gas gensets, enhanced product testing and the creation of 20 new manufacturing positions.

Clarke commissions Vitalait power unit in Tunisia

Oct 13 – Clarke Energy and INNIO Jenbacher have completed the commissioning of an onsite power plant of a milk producer in Tunisia. The installation of another Jenbacher gas engine has increased the plant’s output to 4 MW of electricity as well as 1,100 kW of hot water and 800 kW of steam.

Secondary battery market to top $55bn

Oct 12 – Technavio expects the secondary battery market to grow by $55.62 billion through 2024, rising at an 11% rate over the forecast period. Falling costs for lithium-ion batteries as well as growing demand in Asia Pacific allowed the market to grow 2.01% this year, despite adverse effects of the pandemic. Top battery suppliers are Tesla, Clarious, Exide, LG Chem, GS Yuasa and Samsung.

Shift to sustainable tech

Oct 9 – Three quarters of utilities, surveyed by EIT InnoEnergy, are considering adopting sustainable technology over the next 12-18 months. However, over one third of the respondents found it hard to recruit the skills they need.

Generator rentals slow

Oct 8 – The rental market for power generators has slowed down due to the pandemic, with genset rentals from the oil and gas industry forecast to grow by just $153.87 million this year. However, Technavio expects the market will return to a 3% annual growth rate by 2024.

GE upgrades Italian CHP

Oct 7 – GE has completed an axial fuel staging upgrade on its 9E gas turbine at an onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Milazzo refinery in Sicily. The entire electricity needs of the refinery, over 780 GWh in 2019, will soon be supplied by the upgraded and more flexible gas turbine.

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 6 – GE Digital’s latest software gives electric utilities remote and mobile control over their power stations for remote start-up, external monitoring and operational fine-tuning. The goal is to safe cost through autonomous operation from any location.

Chart wins order from New Fortress Energy

Oct 5 – Chart Industries has secured a second leasing order, worth $7.7 million, for ISO containers for LNG applications from New Fortress Energy for a project in the Caribbean. The US equipment maker sees double digit near-term growth in its repair, service and leasing business, notably from growing demand for LNG equipment for infrastructure.

Siemens energises Togo

Oct 2 – Siemens Energy has delivered a SGT-800 gas turbine and other components for the Kékéli Efficient Power plant project. Located in the Togolese capital Lomé, the 65 MW plant will cover almost 40% of country’s expected electricity demand.

Batteries get cheaper

Oct 1 – Cost for battery production is falling rapidly as manufacturers bring large Gigafactories on-line. By 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance anticipates battery pack prices to drop to $73 per kilowatt-hour, down from a current volume-weighted average of below $270/kWh.

Barclays may help fund Rolls-Royce

Sept 30 – UK’s prime engine maker Rolls-Royce is understood to be close to getting fresh financing from Barclays Bank. The Derby-based company, however, insists no final decision has been taken on the precise amount that may be raised or any allotment of shares to any investor.

Petronas to truck LNG to off-grid users

Sept 29 – Petronas Dagangan Group is gearing up to build a LNG truck delivery service for off-grid customers in Peninsular Malaysia. Trucks fitted with cryogenic tanks will bring the super-chilled fuel to remote industries and small-scale power generators with no access to the natural gas grid. Malaysia’s Peninsular Gas Utilisation (PGU) pipeline is only 2,500 kilometers in length and was initially built to export gas to Singapore.

Siemens to reduce emissions at NLNG

Sept 28 – Nigeria LNG has contracted Siemens Energy to provide a cryogenic boil-off gas (BOG) compression train for its liquefaction plant on Bonny Island. The new BOG train will be driven by an high-efficiency electric motor and includes two compressors. Manufactured in Duisburg, Germany, the equipment will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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