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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.

GE is celebrating "20 years of powering progress around the world" as its LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine that achieved more than 26 million operating hours.

The US president's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has raised its estimate of the social cost of carbon emissions by 59% percent in a move likely to impact policy decisions favouring the use of natural gas over coal as a fuel for fossil power plants in the United States.

Dehumidification is key for keeping a mothballed power station operationally ready while protecting it from corrosion or degradation during its temporary closure, says Carl Webb who worked with Andrews Sykes when Barking Power Ltd. temporarily closed one 500MW unit at its gas-fired power plant.

Siemens has delivered and implemented an SGT5-PAC 2000E package for a 225-megawatt power plant unit and a SCC5-PAC 4000F/3000 package for the 385-MW combined-cycle unit of Bangladesh's second largest power station, operated by the Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. (APSCL).

With power prices 30 percent below the US average, the predominately gas-powered state of Louisiana ranks second among US states for low-cost electricity, costing industry and consumers $0.069 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), statistics published by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) show.

Centrica, Britain's largest utility and buyer of Qatari LNG, aspires to replicate the US shale gas revolution in the UK as it bought stake in the Cuadrilla play in northwest England in a move hoped to amplifying gas supplies and alter the economics of gas-to-power generation.

E.on's Power-to-Gas (P2G) unit, installed at a plant in Falkenhagen, Germany, has injected hydrogen into the natural gas grid for the first time. During the 3-hour functioning test over the weekend, the unit produced 160 cubic meters of hydrogen for injection into the gas pipeline system.

Siemens Energy has completed the Knapsack II combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) with a capacity of 430-megawatt on behalf of Statkraft Markets six weeks ahead of schedule.

Rolls Royce has been working alongside power plant operator Vattenfall to upgrade the design of its Trent60/DLE which led to a redesign for this model, Dr. Andreas Goetz, Chief Engineer, Trent 60 GT, Energy at Rolls-Royce Canada said in a presentation at this weeks' VGB Congress.

RWE has saved tens of millions by renegotiating gas turbine maintenance with OEMs, Bruno Schroeder, head of plant engineering and plant maintenance, fleet manager of gas turbines for RWE Group, said at the VGB Congress this week.  “We appointed fleet managers last year who do not have direct line responsibility for maintenance but who are in charge of identifying maintenance options and implementing  programmes,”  he said.

News in Brief

B&W wins $20m installation contract

Dec 4 – Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has been awarded a contract, worth more than $20 million, to install replacement boiler pressure parts for a power plant in North America. As part of the deal, B&W will install new superheaters and furnace panels starting from February 2021.

Orbital signs MSA with Midwestern utility

Dec 3 – Orbital Energy has signed a master service agreement (MSA) with a US Midwestern investor-owned utility. The accord is expected to generate monthly revenues from the fourth quarter and increase revenues by 30% on an annualised basis.

Wärtsilä to use Shell engine oils

Dec 2 – The Finish engine maker Wärsilä has selected Shell as its test oil partner for engines during stress tests and fine-tuning at engine manufacturing sites. Shell’s Mysella, Argina and Gadinia range of engine oils have been developed to provide top class engine cleanliness, enhanced wear protection, long oil life, and high system efficiency.

Hamburg CHP runs fully on hydrogen

Dec 1 – Field testing has started for HanseWerk’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Hamburg to run fully on hydrogen. The converted 1 MW pilot plant, powered by Jenbacher engines, provides district heating equal to 13,000 MWh/year to 30 residential buildings, a sports facility, a daycare center, and the Othmarschen Park leisure centre.

Oil majors in the red

Nov 30 – For most oil majors worldwide, higher prices are needed to get their business out of the red. Breakeven prices for Saudi Arabia are $85 per barrel, around $64/bbl for Iraq, $49/bbl for Kuwait and as little as $40/bbl for Russia. As business confidence plummets, major oil companies have already slashed planned CAPEX spending by almost $89 billion in first quarter of 2020, with further cuts being made throughout the summer and autumn.

EU invests into battery cells

Nov 27 – Germany's EU Council Presidency has pledged Europe should develop an integrated value creation chain for battery cells, starting with the processing of raw materials over battery cell production to recycling. Germany is investing 3 billion Euros into the two projects that foster novel methods of battery production.

Rolls-Royce wins order from Hinkley Point C

Nov 26 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded an order from Hinkley Point C to deliver 140 Bibloc pressure transmitters for the two EPR nuclear reactors currently under construction in Somerset, UK. The transmitters will measure the flow, level and pressure of the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS).

CHP industry to grow 14.4% through 2025

Nov 25 – The combined heat and power (CHP) market, evaluated at $12.152 billion, is expected to expand nearly 14.4% per year to reach $27.196 million by 2025. Growth is primarily driven by government funding and subsidy schemes. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the country aims to install 40 GW of new, cost-effective CHP to save $10 billion per year, compared to current energy use.

Rolls-Royce opens US customer center

Nov 24 – Rolls-Royce has opened its latest US customer support center in Savannah, Gerogia. The 62,000 square feet facility houses a power plant completion center, a wing services repair unit and a warehouse, all under one roof.

Lithium Werks grows manufacturing

Nov 23 – US-Dutch manufacturer Lithium Werks is growing the output and sales fuel cells and battery modules for use as power, pulse, and stand-by applications. The company’s 26650 Nanophosphate cells are used as single cells, as well as to build cell-packs and modules like Lithium Werks P40-24 battery modules. The Austin and Enschede-based company said it can “produce millions of 18650 and 26650 cells a month in China.”

AGL plans 1,000 MWh battery

Nov 20 – Australian power producer and retailer ALG wants to realise a large grid-connected battery storage unit of up to 250 MW rated output and four hours’ duration of storage, equalling 1,000 MWh. The battery will be built in stages on the site of Torrens Island Power Station in South Australia. AGL vowed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, but is currently still operating some 40 GW of coal-fired generation.

Fusion demo plant to be designed in Canada

Nov 19 – Vancouver-based General Fusion has entered a partnership with the architecture firm AL_A to design a demonstration plant, based on magnetized target fusion (MTF). Once operational, the demo plant will showcase MTF technology under power plant-relevant conditions.

Toshiba opens H2One fuelling station

Nov 18 – Toshiba has opened the first ‘H2OneMulti Station’ which fills fuel cell vehicles with green hydrogen and supplies for green electricity at Tsuruga City in Fukui prefecture. The station consists of H2One ST Unit and H2One, using hydrogen produced from wind and solar power sources.

Shale gas market grows at 7% rate

Nov 17 – Unconventional gas markets are poised to grow by $41.76 billion through 2024, rising at a rate of almost 7%. According to Technavio, about 87% of the supply growth this year is coming from the Americas.

Agua Blanca pipeline expanded

Nov 16 – Austin-based WhiteWater Midstream and MPLX have completed a 1.8 billion cubic-feet-per-day (Bcf/d) expansion of their joint venture Agua Blanca pipeline system. Christer Rundlof, CEO of WhiteWater CEO, said the expansion will be brought into service ahead of schedule. Testing and commissioning will begin this month, for the new pipeline stretch to be brought into full service in early 2021.

Wärtsilä integrates clean energy

Nov 13 – Finish technology group Wärtsilä strives to integrate variable clean power sources to achieve a 100% renewable energy future. The necessary operational flexibility will come from gas generation assets running on synthetic renewable fuels and by the extended use of energy storage.

First German-Belgium power link to start operation

Nov 12 – The two TSOs Amprion and Elia are preparing to launch the first electric interconnector between Germany and Belgium. The 1,000 MW interconnector stretches between Aachen and Lüttich, from where it links to the Rhineland region and Wallonia. It will go into operation as of 18 November, with intraday capacities to begin trading on 8 December.

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