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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.

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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