As the energy mix across the United States continues to shift towards renewables and gas, the carbon intensity of the overall electric power sector is now lower than that of gas-fired power generation. After averaging near 60kg CO2/MMBtu for decades, the combustion-weighted carbon intensity in the electric power sector fell to 48kg CO2/MMBtu in 2016 – slightly lower than that of natural gas, which produces 53kg CO2/MMBtu.
Benefiting from high demand for gas auxiliary products, Innova Global has won a total of 19 new design, supply and install contracts, worth over $52 million, for several gas-fired power projects throughout North America. One of the latest orders covers the supply and installation of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) & Catalytic Oxidation (CO) gas-turbine exhaust stack scrubbers for a power plant expansion in the United States.
Pulling the plug on the Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power project, the Mississippi state energy regulator has passed a motion instructing its legal counsel to propose a solution that would end the Mississippi Power’s gasification project following years of delays and cost overruns. The watchdog encouraged Mississippi Power, however, to re-license the plant and produce electricity based on natural gas instead.
UK Power Networks has awarded a contract to Siemens to equip parts of its overhead-line power cables with 600 Fusesaver vacuum circuit-breakers and 200 remote control units (RCU). The order volume is €1.5 million, and according to Siemens, it is the largest order to date for Fusesavers in Europe and the first one from the U.K.
Though Centrica CEO Ian Conn told the BBC this morning that closure of its 3.4 Bcm Rough gas storage facility will not destabilize Britain’s gas supply – given the possibility to import LNG and source gas from Norway and the EU through several interconnectors – some analysts see it differently. Commenting on Centrica’s move, Wood Mackenzie analyst Graham Freedman said the decision not reopen Rough storage comes as “no surprise” and makes “good commercial sense” for Centrica. However, he believes the implications on the UK's future security of gas supply “will no doubt lead to a UK Government review of its position, particularly in light of current Brexit negotiations.”
General Electric’s manufacturing operations in Greenville and Schenectady will supply two H-class gas turbines, three generators and a stream turbine for the 776-MW Topolobampo III gas power project. The contract win marks the first order of GE’s long-term customer Iberdrola for 7HA.01 technology in Mexico. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Seeking to intensify political ties by playing on energy economics, the Managing Director of Yerevan power station Sassan Khachaturian has offered to step up electricity exports to Armenia’s gas-rich neighbour Iran in return for making a continuous flow of gas supply available. "Armenia is ready to export more electricity to Iran during the hot summer days," Khachaturian said, asking for more gas import from Iran in return to meet his country's winter demand.
British Gas parent company Centrica has contractually agreed to sell its Langage and South Humber combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants, with a total capacity of 2.3 GW, to the Czech utility Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) for £318 million ($401 million). The divestment comes just a day after Centrica announced the closure of its Rough gas storage and is part of the company’s strategy to downsize its overall operation as margins shrink.
PetroVietnam Power Corp (PV Power) is getting ready to start construction works for nine gas-fired power plants with combined output of 5,250 MW. Fuel for the power plants will be sourced in the form of associated gas from the Lo B O Mon and Ca Voi Xanh oil fields, along with some imported gas, according to PV Power general director Nguyen Xuan Hoa.
AIM-listed Tlou Energy has generated first electricity from coal-bed methane (CBM) at its field in Botswana following the installation of a gas generator at near Selemo. “First gas-to-power via CBM in Botswana is an extremely significant milestone [for us] and in effect a proof of concept of ‘first gas monetisation’,” commented Tlou managing director, Tony Gilbert.
Reliance Power still faces uncertainty over the source of LNG supply for its 718-MW gas-fired power plant project in Bangladesh, and is awaiting a government decision on the matter. The Indian energy company is the first to build a power plant that will run on regasified LNG in neighbouring Bangladesh; but to operate the plant near full capacity Reliance needs around 110 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas as fuel.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) has won an order to build a municipal solid waste incineration plant in Shanghai, China. Delivery for key equipment is due in July 2018. Once operational, the waste-to-energy-plant will have a waste treatment capacity of 6,000 tons per day (tpd), one of the largest in the world.
A flurry of new gas power stations has been developed across most of the United States over the past fifteen years, with 228 GW of gas-fired capacity addition “far exceeding retirements of 54 GW,” according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). However, coal still dominates the energy mix in a few states, notably in the Midwest.
Top forecasters anticipate energy demand growth through 2035, but projections on rates and market size vary significantly between Wood Mackenzie’s 'Energy View to 2035' and similar outlooks by BP, ExxonMobil (XOM) or the IEA’s New Policies Scenario. Outlooks broadly agree on which fuels will win or lose across Asia Pacific: Coal is seen static across all forecasts, backed out by gas, nuclear and renewables, although WoodMac’s projection is highest on gas growth.
The 450-MW Huadian-Teninskaya combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Yaroslavl Oblast, central Russia, will be brought online on June 20, plant operator TGK-2 announced. The 20 billion Ruble ($347 million) project was realised by a joint venture between TGK-2 and China Huadian under a capacity supply agreement (CSA) but start-up was delayed by more than three years; hence the operators face penalties imposed by the regulator.