Transco, a key gas transmission pipeline in the U.S., is preparing to increase gas transport capacity to satisfy rising gas demand for power generation. "Power generation is the driver behind about a third of the volumes in proposed projects in development on our Transco pipeline," Alan Armstrong, chief executive of Williams Partners' said.
Southern has burned more natural gas than coal for power generation during the first quarter of this year as plunging gas prices due to abundant domestic supply makes gas the cheapest fossil fuel in the U.S.
Entso-E, the representative body of European TSOs, is criticizing the lack of investment in power grid expansions to support the massive increase of renewable capacity throughout Europe. Gas-fired power plants are widely used to backstop the intermittency of electricity produced by renewable energy sources.
The impact of today's strike at E.ON's gas- and coal-fired power plants in France is expected to be "minimal" and will not curtail electricity output as the German utility is not planning to operate the affected plants.
The focus in hot section coatings is shifting from temperature to time. "It's all about coating durability," Carol Crowe, aftermarket coatings discipline chief at Pratt & Whitney said today.
Alstom has developed a new nozzle design for gas turbines and is getting ready to put it to production. "We started to use them in production, now that we've solved an initial problem with nozzle life time," Sebastian Mihm, coating engineer at Alstom said today.
Robustness and increased thickness of thermal barrier coatings (TBC) of industrial gas turbines is 'key' as the industry aims to ramp up firing temperatures and pressure ratio to boost turbine performance. "We need to spend more R&D money on TBC process robustness," Matthias Oechsner, professor for materials technology at the technical university of Darmstadt, Germany, told an industry forum in Nice today.
Danske Commodities has started to take on physical power generation assets by buying a 38 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant outside Copenhagen from Dong Energy. The acquisition marks the first move of the Danish energy trading house to get risk exposure to power generation assets. Other purchases may follow "if the price is right," Jakob Bendixen, head of power generation at Danske Commodities said.
ABB has delivered in record time a Symphony plant automation system for a 500 MW supercritical unit at South Korea's largest thermal power plant in Boryeong. The speedy delivery enables the unit to start production 11 days ahead of schedule, ABB said today.
A new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant could be on the horizon for the Milford Haven waterway, South Hook LNG has confirmed. The news comes after the UK Government announced its backing for a major expansion in gas generated electricity to avert a looming gap in power generation capacity.
Siemens and the Nigerian company Scanpower have signed a technical partnership agreement for the construction of a 1,600 MW gas turbine power station at Lekki in Lagos state. The German engineering giant also announced it entered a strategic partnership with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power to support the financing of power plant projects "on a case-by-case basis".
Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland's premier utility, plans to spend £750 million (US$1,207 million) to build a new 1,500 MW gas fired power plant in Britain. Operational start of the plant is scheduled for 2018, an EBS spokesman confirmed today.
Saudi Aramco has commissioned International Power and GDF SUEZ (IPR-GDF Suez) to expand the Tihama power plant sites, located in Saudi Arabia, by 532 MW. Long-term offtake contracts through to 2026 have been signed for this expansion, the two companies said today.
February 2012 was an "outlier" in electricity consumption and should be considered as such, Societe Generale analysts, led by Paolo Coghe and Thierry Bros, wrote in the Energy Pulse report issued today. The prolonged and record-breaking cold spell endured by Europe during the first half of February resulted in strong electricity consumption – but just for the month itself.
Gas prices across Europe need to drop by 20% to make the fuel competitive with coal for power generation during hours of peak demand, Vitol's gas head David Gallagher said. At that level it would make economic sense for electricity producers to switch from burning coal to gas.