Transforming India to a “gas-based economy” has been President Narendra Modi’s vision for years but the country can ill afford subsidizing LNG imports to reduce fuel costs for power plants. Banks invested some Rs50,000 crores ($7.18bn) in these projects – many unable to repay their debt, leaving Indian public money at risk.
Striving to achieve its goals for carbon-free power, Xcel Energy’s resource plan finds that it will need more “dispatchable” generating capacity by 2030. Up to three fast-ramp gas power stations have to be added to balance Xcel’s plans of tripling its solar power production.
Volkswagen AG has tasked Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPS Europe) to replace two coal-fired blocks at its ‘Heizkraftwerk West’ CHP plant, with a gas-fired double power block. The new units will be built on a turnkey basis on VW’s automotive factory grounds in Wolfsburg, northern Germany.
ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat, an R&D firm, are testing an agile solution of soaking up carbon dioxide emissions from the air – notably from industrial facilities and power stations – at a pilot plant in California. Once economically viable, the solution could help meet the world’s climate goals.
Fossil fuel consumption keeps rising in the United States, largely due to higher natural gas use in the power sector and petroleum consumption for transport. According to EIA figures, gas demand rose in 8 of the past 10 years, surging by 37% since 2005. Thermal coal, in contrast, keeps losing market share and fell by 4.3% in 2018, the fifth consecutive annual decline.
GE Power was awarded the tender for supplying a variable speed drive system to Oman LNG as part of its debottlenecking project. Installation of new 18 MW two-pole motors and variable speed drives is set to increase Oman LNG’s overall production at project completion across three liquefaction trains.
J-Power USA Development has ordered two M501JAC power trains from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) for the 1,298 MW Jackson Generation Project in Elwood, Illinois. The new combined-cycle gas power plant will also feature MHPS-TOMONI Very Low Load (VLL) technology which helps to balance intermittent renewable generation.
Economic recession and rising inflation has seen electricity demand in Argentina fall for nine consecutive months, down 2.1 % in June year-on-year, while gas demand for power generation stalls. Vaca Muerta, Argentina’s vast shale formation in the Nequina Basin, still attracts interest — but mostly for unconventional oil production.
Turbine inlet temperatures already exceed the melting points of turbine blade materials in modern facilities but researchers have come up with a novel approach to turn the heat even higher. Nekomimi film cooling, developed by Kawasaki and B&B Agema, allows to further increase temperatures at the combustor exit and high-pressure turbine stage inlet.
MAN Energy Solutions has commissioned three 14V51/60 gas and another three dual-fuel engines in a newly-built power plant on the North Mole in Gibraltar Harbor. Part of the waste heat from the engines will be used for regasifying liquified natural gas in the connected LNG terminal.
Too little available electricity supply strained the German power grid at several moments in June. Severe shortages in Germany on June 25 caused a drop in grid frequency throughout the European integrated grid. According to four German transmission system operators (TSOs), “the situation was very tense and could only be managed with the support of European partners.“
InterGen has started full commercial operations at its 300 MW Spalding extension gas power plant, situated next to the existing 880 MW Spalding power plant in the northeast of England. Built at a cost of £100 million ($126m), the open-cycle unit is backed by a 15-year capacity market contract.
Irish state-owned ESB has accumulated a pre-tax loss of £13 million in the past financial year on operating the 455 MW Coolkeeragh combined-cycle gas power station in Londonderry. Operating profits plunged 82% over the past three years to £4.4 million, with ESB blaming "significant increases in cost of sales for gas and carbon."
In early December, Gazprom will start supplying Russian gas to China via the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline. Pursuant to the $400 billion contract with CNPC, more than 1 trillion cubic meters (Tcf) of gas will be supplied over 30 year, Gazprom said, adding the aim is to build more interconnectors to China.
Pouakai NZ, part of the US infrastructure investor 8 Rivers Capital, is developing a clean hydrogen, fertiliser and power generation facility at a cost of up to $4 billion. The plant, designed to produce clean hydrogen for use in power generation and supercritical CO2 for enhanced oil recovery, is expected start operations by 2024.