Florida-based NTE Energy is forging ahead with plans for the 1,000 MW gas-fuelled Anderson County Energy Center, to be built south of Greenville in western South Carolina. Development and permitting of the $1 billion project is expected to take between 18 and 24 month, hence the plant is expected to enter service in 2024.
Seeking to resolve gas supply imbalances, Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has approached the Japanese gas giant JERA seeking to secure LNG for a planned import terminal in New South Wales. A feasibility study for the regas terminal is underway, although sources of gas supply are still open at this stage. Most of the imported gas will be used for power generation.
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor Energyco for the supply of four generator sets to a cogeneration plant in Kosice, Slovakia. Driven by Bergen B35:40V medium-speed gas engines, the power plant will have an electric generation capacity of 37 MWe and will also produce heat for the local district heating company Teplaren Kosice (TEKO).
Digitalization of power plant management is posing serious challenges for many traditional utilities. More than half of the respondents of Contigo’s latest survey said they “are finding it hard to understand developments such as Blockchain, Cloud and Big Data” and do not have appropriate systems in place to meet the demands of a changing energy market place.
GE’s Power Services has applied the Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution in the cement industry for the first time, following an order win for a GE 6B turbine from Saudi Cement. In addition, an order from Ohgishma Power marks the first win for GE’s 9F AGP technology in Japan.
Linde North America, together with the University of Illinois, has won two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants worth $3.65 million to research and improve technologies to capture carbon emissions from power plants. The two projects started in April and are the first step in deploying CCS technology at a large pilot plant.
Researchers from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and B&B Agema have been looking at a novel design approach – Nekomimi film cooling – to further increase temperatures at the combustor exit and high-pressure turbine stage inlet. The aim is to boost efficiency without putting too much strain on vanes and blades, considering that modern turbine stage inlet temperatures exceed the melting points of turbine blade materials.
Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, has added the 671 MW Eagle Valley Generating Station in Indiana, to its power generation portfolio. IPL invested close to $600 million to develop and construct the CCGT.
Shanghai Electric Group, the Chinese general contractor for a 440 MW power plant project in Panama, has signed an order with Siemens for the supply of six SGT-800 gas turbines. Commissioning of the power block, part of an Martano-operated combined-cycle plant, is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the leading energy group in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to invest $45 billion in downstream projects at its Ruwais refinery, including generators to power the expanded refining and petrochemical operations. The sour gas venture alone foresees the construction of 11 onshore artificial islands that could meet up to 20% of the UAE's domestic gas demand after 2026.
Oil- and gas-rich countries in the Middle East are adding coal-fired power plants in a seemingly counterintuitive move. Over the next decade, some 41 gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity is at a planning stage in countries in and around the Middle East, with Turkey being the heaviest user of coal for power generation among these countries with about 18.5 GW installed capacity, according to EIA figures.
Commissioning and reliability run tests have been completed by GE and China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. at the 1,230 MW Haveli Bahadur Shah combined-cycle power plant in Jhang, Pakistan. State-owned National Power Parks Management Company is now operating the plant at full capacity.
Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC) has signed a deal stipulating Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) to help with the renewal of the Cairo West gas and heavy fuel oil-fired power plant. Under the contract, MHPS will renew the plant’s four boilers with rated output of 1,360 MW, extending their lifetime and enhancing reliability.
Alstom has confirmed it will exercise its option to exit the Joint Ventures with General Electric on renewable energy, grid and nuclear, created as part of the $10 billion deal that gave GE control of Alstom’s gas turbine operations. This decision requires GE to buy back Alstom’s stakes in the three JVs at an expense of 2.59 billion Euros ($3.1 billion).
German utility Uniper, part of E.ON Group, has launched a pilot scheme to produce methane gas from wind power at its Falkenhagen site in Brandenburg this week. The plant, commissioned five years ago, already produces green hydrogen by using wind energy to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Methane gas, meanwhile, is of a higher quality and has a wider variety of uses.