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July 30 - Samsung Electronics Co and S&C Electric Co have joined forces to develop an energy storage project that could save Britain up to £300 million annually once 2 GW of storage is installed by 2020.

The project comes at a cost of £28.5 million and will be capable of storing up to 10 MW-hours of electricity.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has contracted Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas supply two gas turbines and associated generators for its 1,000MW Wildcat Point power plant project.

Project finance of new power plants in the UK hinges on the final structure of the government's proposed capacity mechanism. "We would hope that projects should be able to secure a debt-equity ratio in the region of 60/40, but the devil will be in the detail and we don't anticipate [regulatory] details being finalised until Q1 2014," George Grant, co-founder and director of Stag Energy told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.

Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order worth $21 million from Columbia's EPM, a multi-utility and telco focusing on power generation, to build a new gas-insulated switchgear transmission substation in Santander.

Bowing to regulatory pressure, Wall Street's bellwether trading house JP Morgan Chase has decided to exit physical commodities trading which includes ownership of power plants and metal warehouses.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the state's largest utility and gas user, has selected Sabal Trail Transmission and Florida Southeast Connection to build two natural gas pipelines and an interconnection hub worth over $3.5 billion to help dent growing regional electricity demand.

An $18 million program to install a state-wide microgrid, powered by distributed gas-fired turbines, has been launched in the US coastal state of Connecticut to keep the lights on in public buildings during grid outages in severe weather. The scheme comes after hurricane Sandy last year caused 5 deaths in the state, and $68 billion in damages nationwide.

Alstom Transmission and Distribution's branch, Alstom T&D, in India has agreed to supply substations, shunt reactors, and circuit breakers worth €37 million (2,558 million rupees) to the Indian state-owned utility Power Grid Corp to ease the grid congestion caused in part by power supply from new-build thermal capacity.

Relocating the gas turbine and generator, or even the entire plant, to more profitable markets like Turkey could be a last resort for E.on to extract value from its mothballed power plant in Malzenice, Slovakia, says Thomas Kaestner, energy expert at Ernst & Young.

Siemens has won a contract to supply EPC Samsung C&T Malaysia with two H-Class gas turbines for the 1GW TNB Prai combined-cycle power plant (CCPP), build at a cost of RM2.49 billion ($0.78 billion) in the city Seberang Perai, Malaysia. 

World energy consumption is forecast to soar 56 percent between 2010 and 2040, from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) to 820 quadrillion Btu. In its International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013), the EIA highlighted a 90 percent surge of energy use in non-OECD countries, compared with a meagre 17 percent rise in OECD countries.

German engineering conglomerate Siemens has reported that it will not achieve its 12 percent total sectors profit margin target in fiscal 2014, mainly due to "lower expectations in a quieter market".

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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