Utilities, particularly in China and Europe, are retrofitting their gas turbines with combustor enhancements to make assets more cost-effective. To support this market, Ansaldo Energia affiliate PSM developed a Low Emission Combustor (LEC-III) and new FlameSheet combustor retrofit for B, E and F-class gas turbines.
To reach net-zero emissions globally by 2070, the industry needs to “dramatically scale up clean energy technologies” particularly in areas beyond the power sector. The International Energy Agency (IEA) hence compiled over 800 options to curb emissions, e.g. shuttering inefficient coal power plants, steel mills and cement kilns.
Wärtsilä has signed a tailored 5-year maintenance deal for Electricite du Cambodge’s C7 power plant, located close to Phnom Penh. The order, booked in August, is with SchneiTec which is responsible for the plant’s maintenance.
Austrom is developping a utility-scale green hydrogen project near the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. Named ‘Pacific Solar Hydrogen,’ it includes a 3.6 Gigawatt solar PV park and large battery storage to power the huge electrolyser that may turn Queensland into a hydrogen exporter.
Gas-fired power plants in China a struggling to stay afloat as profits are squeezed by Beijing’s reduction in regulated power tariffs. Since June, tariffs for electricity generated from gas have been cut by 16% to 28% in key coastal provinces to bolster energy-intensive industries amid trade tensions with the U.S.
Striving to jump-start Australia’s economy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tabled a National Gas Development Plan, promising over $28 million to develop five gas basins and another $10.9 million on priority pipelines. Subsidies for gas-fired power are also on the cards as the PM aims for a “gas-led manufacturing recovery.”
Western Power Distribution (WPD), network operator for South West, Midlands and South Wales, is adopting digital technologies to make its network more flexible and efficient to better integrate distributed green energy sources. The aim is to lower customers’ energy bills and work towards net-zero emissions.
Global gas demand is recovering from the Covid-19-related “dip” and grows robustly over the next 15 years, spurred by coal-to-gas switching in China, India and Southeast Asia, the Rapid Scenario of BP’s Global Energy Outlook shows. From 2035, however the impetus from Asia fades and gas demand falls back to 2018-levels.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the South Korean shipbuilder, has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) from Bureau Veritas for its ‘all-in-one type’ floating LNG power plant. The power barge is equipped for on-board power generation and transmission, LNG containment and gas supply.
Gas prices at the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) are set to fall in the near term as the rebound in global LNG prices is encouraging more pipeline gas deliveries to Europe. Analysts at Energy Aspects see supply coming back from the Troll field in Norway, as well as from Algeria to Spain.
Technology companies in Europe and China have embarked on a race to develop and commercialise electrolysers to produce hydrogen as a fuel for industry and power generation. Though China can make the cheapest electrolysers, Europe leads on lean hydrogen technologies. Competition is rife, and set to improve project economics.
Mitsubishi Power has shipped the first JAC gas turbine manufactured in America to J-POWER USA Development for its 1,200 megawatt Jackson Generation project in Elwood, Illinois. The M501JAC gas turbine, currently in transit, will be the first such turbine installed in North America.