Sellers of diesel and gas generators are enjoying a flurry of interest across Africa and Asia as energy hungry countries such as China, India and Nigeria step up investment in small to medium-size gensets to backfill power shortages, GlobalData's report 'Diesel and Gas Generator, 2012' shows.
Despite of India's surging electricity demand, the economics of gas generation hinge on peak production, says Rajeev Mathur, executive director marketing at Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL). "If anyone wants reliable power [during hours of peak demand] he can pay more. That's where the economics of imported gas for power generation will work," he told Gas to Power Journal.
Tokyo Gas is expanding its power generation capacity as Japan's energy mix shifts away from nuclear towards gas generation, Yasushi Sakakibara, Tokyo Gas' deputy general manager for LNG contracts, has told Gas to Power Journal.
Tokyo Gas plans to start-up a third gas-fired 400 MW unit at its Yokohama power plant in 2015.
Siemens, the German engineering giant, is hopeful to break ground in Singapore for its H-class gas turbines as it builds on the market penetration of its F-class technology, says Thomas Hagedorn, Vice-President, Sales, GT Power Plant Solutions Asia Pacific.
Anglo-Russian oil and gas producer TNK-BP is close to strike a $6 billion gas supply contract over 18 years with Russian power generator TGK-5, dealing yet another blow to Gazprom.
Coal, in contrast to gas generation, has limited prospects to expand its global marked share amid a decline in coal quality and tightening environmental legislation, according to asset management group Axa Investment Managers.
German's largest utility Eon has confirmed it will shut-down 1,037 MW of gas-fired power generation capacity, mothballing both it the 622 MW Staudinger 4 plant unit and the 415 MW Irsching 3 unit by the end of this year. The plants will operate as winter reserve, once E.on has transferred responsibility to the regulator BNA.
Norwegian oil and gas major Statoil has selected Siemens' PostCap process for phase-3 in the technology qualification program for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant at the combined-heat and power plant at the refinery in Mongstad. The final phase of the qualification process will come to an end in April 2013.
Deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS) technology will allow for more coal and gas to be used than without CCS, Sean McCoy, analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told Gas to Power Journal.
"More than two thirds of today's fossil fuel reserves would have to remain un-burnt and in the ground in the absence of CCS," he said referring to the IEA's World Energy Outlook 2012.
The City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is investigating claims by a whistleblower that price assessments of Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market have been "regularly manipulated" by some big power companies.
Germany's federal energy network regulator (BNA) should urgently improve compensation for operators of flexible power plants that have to ramp up or down to maintain grid stability, the German energy industry association BDEW told Gas to Power Journal.
While Iraq's energy sector competes with a host of other spending needs in Iraq, one urgent priority for the government is to catch up and add new power generation capacity to keep pace with rising electricity demand, say analysts from the International Energy Agency (IEA).