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Advanced Power, a developer and project financier of independent power plants, said today it will close its Hamburg office following the decision cease the development of its 1,200 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant project in Wustermark, Germany. The development of a gas-fired power plant project in Bocholt will be managed from London.

Siemens Energy has won an order to supply a SST-400 steam turbine generator for a waste-to-energy plant equipped with combined power and heat generation (CHP) in Plymonth, England.

India is gearing up to become the largest single market for thermal power plants in the world after China. "The world's leading power plant facilities companies are racing to enter the Indian market," Doosan Heavy said with reference to plans of Indian energy companies to spend US$ 25 billion annually on new power plants through 2020 to ease the country's energy shortage.

Plans of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) to raise corporate electricity rates by an average of 17% in April have sparked fierce opposition from the Japanese industry and regional governors. Tepco needs approval from the central government for raising electricity rates.

Doosan Chennai Works, a local subsidiary of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, has won orders from NTPC, India's state-run energy service company, to supply five boilers for two separate power plants in India.

The U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association (USCHPA) is backing the Smart Energy Act that set a national goal to double the amount of power generated by combined heat and power systems to 170 GW by 2020. The technical potential for additional Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants at existing sites in the U.S. is between 130 and 170 GW, plus an additional 10 GW of waste heat recovery, according to USCHPA estimates.

In an effort to end shortages of gas supply to power plants, Nigeria's Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has called on energy companies to comply with the country's new gas price regime. The Government is concerned that gas companies are not implementing the new, higher price regime that had been designed to attract investment to Nigeria's domestic gas-to-power sector.

Bangladesh's independent power producer Summit Power Ltd. has signed several deals with General Electric (GE) and China National Electric Engineering Co. (CNEEC) to build a 335 MW dual-fuel power plant near the capital Dhaka. The plant will run on natural gas as well as on oil, the operator Summit Power said.

Toshiba JSW Turbine and Generator Pvt., a Toshiba Group company based in Chennai, India, has won a contract worth US$470 million to supply of three 800 MW supercritical steam turbine and generator island packages to NTPC, India's largest state-owned energy service provider. Delivery of the equipment will start in 2013, Toshiba JSW said today.

The German power market is undergoing a transition in generation capacity on the supply side, while demand growth remains subdued, the French investment bank Societe Generale said. "2013 will be a key year for new build, but retirement decisions will be a key strategic variable as early as this year," the bank said in a special report.

Indonesia's state electricity company PLN has halted operations at six gas-fired power plants as it is struggling to obtain sufficient gas supplies from the Tangguh Field. "Some of PLN's power plants have not received gas supply [at all]," PLN chief executive Nur Pamudji told local reporters today.

Siemens has bought the majority stake in Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT), a Bristol-based developer and builder of tidal power systems. The target is "to secure a leading position in this future business," it said today.

Advanced Power has stopped the development of its 1,200 MW gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant project in Wustermark, Germany, after local authorities in Brandenburg had rejected a local land-use plan.

HOCHTIEF Energy Management and its partners, Augsburger Leasing and 2G-Energietechnik, have developed a full service solution which allows the flexible deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) units built in container style.

Capston Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer, has ventured into the Asian-Pacific market with the sale of its first microturbine in the Philippines. Capstone said its Asian-Pacific distributor, Sobono Energy, secured the order and will supply and commission the C800 Power Package this spring.

News in Brief

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.

Cost for decarbonizing industry tops $21tr

Aug 16 – Total costs to fully decarbonize the four most polluting industries – cement, steel, ammonia and ethylene – are estimated to amount to $21 trillion between today and 2050. McKinsey said this could be lowered to about $11 trillion if zero-carbon electricity prices come down further compared to fossil fuel prices. In this event, industry could switch to using electricity for heating processes.

Co-firing Braskem plant with hydrogen

Aug 15 – Siemens is making fossil energy greener at the Braskem onsite power plant in Brazil. In this modernization project two SGT-600 gas turbines are co-fired up to 60% with hydrogen, enhancing efficiency for the production process of the adjacent the petrochemical complex.

Canada's CO2 tax to hit CCGTs

Aug 5 – Change in Canada’s carbon emissions tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could significantly lower the profitability of gas generation and could prompt SaskPower reconsider its planned Moose Jaw gas power station.

GE CFO steps down

Aug 2 – Jamie S. Miller, General Electric’s chief financial officer, has decided to quit after two years in the job and 11 years with the company. Having overseen GE’s fiscal activities during a period of intense restructuring, Miller will remain in office while the GE board is looking for a successor.

Siemens HR boss quits

Aug 1 – Janina Kugel, Siemens chief HR officer, is leaving the company amid an apparently scattered working relationship and stark personal differences with CEO Joe Kaeser. Her contract will expire by mutual agreement on January 31, 2020.

ABB standardizes eBus chargers

July 31 – Zurich-based ABB, a member of the ASSURED consortium, is working on standardizing the specifications for automatic charging of heavy vehicles. The aim is to drive down the total cost of ownership for electric fleet operators, helping increase adoption of eBuses and eTrucks. Conformance and interoperability tests will be carried out in Q4-2019.

U.S. Senate helps fund EV charging stations

July 30 – The need for expanded electric vehicle charging infrastructure is greater than expected given that there had been over 1.75 million electric vehicles (EV) in North America at the end of 2018, a nearly 60% increase from the previous year. To help fund additional charging stations, among other things, the U.S. Senate approved the $287 billion America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).

PNOC, Lloyds to develop merchant LNG-to-Power projects

July 29 – Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyds Energy to develop a 1,200 MW LNG-fuelled power plant in partnership with Mitsubishi. Dubai-based Lloyds Energy is looking at ways to develop integrated LNG import facilities and gas power plants on a merchant basis in Bataan and Batangas provinces.

Macquarie finances CCGT in Mexico

July 26 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

Naturgy cashes in on gas network

July 25 – Spanish gas utility Naturgy has posted a 7% rise in core earnings for the first half of the year due to strong gains from its gas network business that helped offset falling revenues from power generation and slimmer LNG margins.

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.

Fuel switch could abate 1.2bn tons of CO2

July 19 – Some 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 could be abated by switching to gas using existing infrastructure, if prices and regulation are supportive. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this would be enough to bring global CO2 emissions back down to where they were in 2013.

IEA launches methane tracker

July 18 – A new ‘methane tracker’, launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA), provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions by drawing on the best available data. Analysts stressed methane emissions could be reduced by nearly half at no net cost.

Canada’s CO2 tax also affects gas power

July 17 – Change in Canada’s carbon tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could cause SaskPower to reconsider its planned upcoming Moose Jaw gas power station.