In an open letter to UK energy secretary Ed Davey, the chairman of the Committee on Climate Change Lord Deben has called for caution on shrinking subsidies for offshore wind power projects, warning "required investment" would decline. Investors into new renewable as well as gas-fired capacity are sitting on their hands amid a persistent lack of clarity on the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan.
Helping to dent Turkmenistan's rising electricity demand, GE will provide nine LM6000 areoderivative gas turbines to Çalık Enerji to power three gas-fired plants under construction at the Akhal, Mary and Lebap sites as part of a 360-megawatt fast-track project.
British power system provider Rolls-Royce has sealed a $175 million deal with Asia Gas Pipeline (AGP) to supply equipment and services to help power the flow of natural gas through Kazakhstan's Line C, part of the 1,833km long Central Asia-China gas pipeline network.
Underground gas storage has emerged as a "supporting tool to gas trading". It is vital to cover variability in gas demand when peaking gas-fired generation is used to balance intermittent renewable power supply, Cedigaz finds.
Siemens Energy has won an order to build the Guillermo Brown thermoelectric power plant on a turnkey basis on behalf of Fideicomiso Central Termoelectrica Guillermo Brown S.A. The plant will be powered by two SGT5-4000F gas turbines with a combined capacity of 580MW.
A GE-funded project at Iowa State University is using jets of extremely high speed cooling air to protect gas turbine blades working under higher temperatures. "This helps improve efficiencies of burning biofuels, and brings better efficiencies of burning regular gas to 70 percent, allowing generators to save on costs for gas-fired power," said aerospace engineering professor Hui Hu.
Exxon Mobil's gas turbine oil Mobil DTE 932 GT reduces the risk of varnish to help improve the operational reliability of turbines and increase power output. "Varnish can have a highly detrimental effect on gas turbine operations," said Kirill Chervyakov, Industrial Marketing Advisor, ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants, stressing the new lubricant meets the standards set for GE frame 3,5,6,7 and 9 turbines.
SoCalGas, a gas grid operator in California, is spending £1 million on the cleantech fund LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) to develop 'renewable natural gas.' "Biogas is one source but, in the future, we expect other pathways such as 'water splitting' through solar chemical conversion and hydrogen electrolysis to provide renewable natural gas," said Jeff Reed, SoCalGas director of business strategy and development.
Up to 60 percent of Saudi Arabia's ageing oil-fired capacity is foreseen to be replaced by gas generation by 2030. "If electric power continues to be generated on a large scale by inefficient oil-fired power plants, as it is today, then the Middle East would have to import crude," warns a Siemens study, carried out by the Technical University of Munich.
Power market liberalisation in Japan and South Korea is slowly forthcoming; and the lack of clarity over nuclear energy has prompted major utilities to delay firm LNG procurement decisions which could cause a supply crunch in the Pacific Basin, warns Gavin Thompson, head of Asia Pacific gas & power analysis at Wood MacKenzie.
Value and use of fossil baseload capacity is declining in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in the US as wind capacity doubled from 3.4GW to 6.8GW in the three years until June 2013.
Turkey's government is plagued with a new headache over costs of gas imports after Abu Dhabi-based energy group Taqa decided to pull out of a $12 billion coal-fired power project. Domestic coal is seen as a leeway to reduce Turkey's annual $55bn energy import bill, and policy makers in Ankara have introduced tax breaks in favour of coal generation.