Daily News

Profits of Tuas Power of Singapore, a unit of Huaneng Power International of China has dropped 18.77 percent for the financial year ending 31 December 2012 as a result of new power generation capacity coming to the market.

Construction of Calpine Corporation's new 309MW gas-fired Garrison Energy Center in Dover, Delaware has begun, according to local media reports. The combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) is expected to become operational by June 1, 2015 and is designed to accommodate a further 309MW expansion, should market conditions be favourable.

Alstom has renewed a maintenance contract worth €90 million with Petrobas for seven years to service power generation equipment at their Governador Leonel Brizola (Termorio), Fernando Gasparian (Piratininga) and Celso Furtado (Termobahia) gas-fired combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) in Brazil.

AltaGas Ltd. has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with affiliates of LS Power Equity Advisors to buy Blythe Energy, LLC through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary AltaGas Power Holdings (U.S.) Inc. for $515 million. Blythe Energy owns the Blythe Energy Center, a 507MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP), associated major spare parts and a related 230 kV 67-mile electric transmission line in Southern California.

Amid abating speculation of EU intervention to support the Emissions Trading System (ETS), UniCredit forecasts the price for carbon emissions allowances will "remain in a downward trend", which would have a negative impact on the profitability of clean-burning gas as a fuel for power generation compared with coal.

Yokogawa Middle East B.S.C., a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply its CENTRUM VP integrated production control systems to two gas-fired combined-cycle power plants (CCPP) in Egypt. The control systems will be supplied to the 750MW Banha CCPP and the 1500MW Giza North CCPP.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) at its March meeting on Monday approved a Weather-Sensitive Emergency Response Service pilot scheme prior to the upcoming summer that will expand its options to reduce electricity use during the peak summer season when power demand is high and supplies are tight.

The long-run trend in the U.S. of slowing growth in electricity use relative to economic growth will continue through 2040. The projected growth rate in electricity use is forecast to be less than half the rate of GDP growth, reference case projections in the EIA's annual energy outlook 2013 show.

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has confirmed shipment of 13 sets of power generation systems operated by diesel engine to the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board (YESB) of Myanmar. The generators are provided as part of emergency grant aid from the Japanese government in response to Myanmar's current power crisis.

Gazprom has confirmed its interest in buying combined-cycle gas-fired power plants in Europe, despite competition from cheap coal that makes burning coal more than burning coal in most western European markets.

The details of the government's new capacity mechanism will have an important impact on the future of gas-fired power generation in the UK, Chris Anastasi, Head of Government Affairs, Policy and Regulation at GDF Suez Energy told Gas to Power Journal at this year's IMech Steam Turbine and Generator User Group in Coventry. "We're looking to see what the rules and regulations are going to be because there are some models that work better than others," he said.

The UK government needs to provide more clarity on details of the Energy Market Reform (EMR) bill which is currently going through Parliament if investments in new plants are to be made in time to avoid energy shortages in the next few years, says Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola and ScottishPower.

News in Brief

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 29 – 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.

Enlit Europe goes digital

Oct 28 – In face of the second wave of the pandemic, Enlit Europe has decided to move its Milan trade show online. A virtual keynote will be held on Thursday, October 29, starting from 9:30 CET.

Singapore sets aside $36m for low-carbon tech

Oct 27 – The Singapore government is supporting low carbon tech by setting aside SG$49 million ($36m) for research into hydrogen, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and energy storage. Testbeds for blending of low-carbon hydrogen with natural gas in combined cycle gas turbines, will yield insights into low-carbon tech and facilitate future deployment, said Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

Researchers develop lightweight battery

Oct 26 – Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) have developed a lightweight battery pack to reduce the overall weight of e-car batteries. The new pack holding the battery cells is made of fibre-plastic composites, reducing the weight by 40 percent compared to a casing made of aluminium. The new battery is hoped to drive the upward trend for e-car registrations in Germany and help lower emissions in the transport sector.

MAN to maintain power plant in Benin

Oct 23 – PrimeServ, the after-sales brand of MAN Energy Solutions, has signed a service agreement with BWSC for the Maria Gleta power plant near the city of Cotonou, Benin. The 127 MW plant is powered by seven MAN 18V51/60DF engines. The ten-year contract covers the supply of spare parts and the provision of technical services for scheduled maintenance.

Gas saves Virginia over $14bn

Oct 22 – Virginia’s businesses and families saved more than $14.2 billion between 2008 and 2018 thanks to low-cost natural gas and expanded energy infrastructure, according to a new Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) report. Almost 60% of power generation relies on natural gas and a third of its households use gas for home heating.

Energy storage for LNG-powered vessels

Oct 21 – Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf has asked Wärtsilä to retrofit its energy storage system (ESS) on four LNG-fuelled platform support vessels. Once upgraded in early 2022, all vessels will be of full tri-fuel operation.

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.

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