Siemens is contracted to provide long-term service for Blackhawk Power Station – a 230-megawatt gas-fired cogeneration facility located in Borger, Texas.
Low real natural gas prices have spurred industrial activity in the US, with the use gas for industrial purposes increasing more than 3 percent, or 0.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) during the first five month of 2013, latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) show. This period sees industry overtaking power plants as largest natural-gas consuming sector.
Californian consumers could save up to $890 million per year, or 11 % in system level generating costs, by replacing 5.5 GW of gas turbines with an equal amount of Smart Power Generation (SPG), a KEMA DNV study finds.
Gas as a fuel for power generation in Germany is "crowded out by wind and solar and, paradoxically, by coal-fired capacity", E.on chief executive Johannes Teyseen said calling on policy makers to take swift action to remedy the inherent paradox of the Energiewende.
Siemens has supplied four power 180 megawatt Siemens simple cycle SGT6-5000F gas turbine units to power American operator NRG Energy's gas-fired Marsh Landing Generating Station (720 MW), located in Antioch, California, 40 miles from San Francisco.
E.on, Europe's second largest power producer, has set up new venture-capital activities through co-investments in start-up companies like Munich-based Orcan Energy and California-based Bloom Energy with a view to exploring distributed and smart energy solutions.
Policy makers in Texas have signed new legislation into law with the aim of increasing cogeneration capacity in the state as an emergency power source in the event of a hurricane.
Long Island's gas-fired power plants and commercial gas consumers in New York are expected to receive much-needed shipments of natural gas if a new pipeline is approved from Port Ambrose – a deepwater LNG port import facility off New York's coast. New Long Island gas-fired projects "may be developed in the future," forecast project developer Liberty Natural Gas.
GE has been contracted to supply four LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine packages to Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co. Ltd. to use on an FPSO destined for offshore Brazil.
Asia's rising hunger for coal and US power producers shifting from coal to gas has propelled up exports volumes of US coal to reach a record high in March 2013, totalling13.6 million short tons (mt), or nearly 0.9mt above the previous monthly export peak in June 2012.
The introduction of a capacity mechanism is not absolutely necessary to spur the building of new gas-fired power plants in the UK, Clare Duffy, General Manager UK at the Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.
"ESB has always been equivocal about the need for a capacity mechanism in the GB market and has demonstrated that investments can be made in the absence of a capacity mechanism through our investments in Carrington CCGT," she said.
Norway's Statoil and Stadtwerke Düsseldorf have signed a 15-year gas supply agreement for the latter's upcoming 600-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (CCGT) in Lausward near Düsseldorf, Germany. Deliveries of natural gas are planned to start in 2016.