The greenfield Salalah-2 IPP project, built at a cost of SAR1.7 billion ($465million) by a consortium of Japan’s Mitsui, Saudi’s ACWA Power and Oman’s Dhofar International Development and Investment Company (DIDIC), has been running smoothly for the first four days. The consortium managed to bring the 455-MW unit online ahead of schedule.
Cost competitiveness of wind and solar power is rapidly increasing, hence many installations in favourable locations are now economically viable without subsidies. This accelerating green energy transition drives the need for flexible gas engine solutions. Benefitting from this trend, Wärtsilä managed to boost its market share in the <500 MW market segment from 13% in 2016 to 19% in 2017, according to the McCoy Power Report.
Supporting the energy infrastructure in Sudan, Siemens has signed a long-term agreement with the Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) to provide service and maintenance for components at the 337- MW Port Sudan and 502-MW Garri power plants. Siemens will also provide O&M advisory services for both plants.
GE Reservoir, a new power storage platform for AC or DC coupled systems, condenses 4MWh of energy capacity into a 20’ box. The system improves battery the lifecycle by about 15%, delivers 5% higher efficiency and reduces installation time and costs, GE said, adding it already has a 20 MW, 80 MWh pre-launch commitment.
About two-thirds of the utility-scale battery storage capacity installed in the United States is located in two electricity markets: the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and the PJM Interconnection which covers all or parts of 13 eastern states.
Despite Gazprom’s latest threat to end gas supply contracts with Naftogaz Ukrainy, the Russian gas giant continues to rely on transiting gas through Ukraine to meet its contractual obligations to European customers. According to Wood Mackenzie data, the Ukrainian route in 2017 accounted for over 45%, or 93.5 bcm, of Gazprom’s exports to Europe and Turkey. Alternative routes will not be available until 2020.
Delivery of the 20th and final J920 FleXtra gas engine at the K.I.E.L. coastal power plant has just been announced by Stadtwerke Kiel, Kraftanlagen München and GE. The new cogeneration plant has 192-MW electric and 190-MW thermal output, helping to secure the supply of district heating in Kiel after a municipal utility-run coal power plant will be decommissioned on March 31, 2019.
Siemens has delivered five gas turbine-driven compressor trains to Fermaca Enterprises for two pipeline stations in Mexico. The pipeline projects are part of the regulator CFE’s ongoing energy reform, aimed at increasing the availability of low-cost electricity to boost Mexico’s economic growth. Commissioning of both stations will start later this year, and the entire 500 kilometer pipeline is expected to begin commercial operation in early 2019.
Orka Energy, through its Peruvian subsidiary Lantera Energy, has entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Flesan Enregia of Chile that will see the provision of gas generator sets for Peru’s first small-scale gas liquefaction facility. The LNG export facility is under construction in the northern town of Pirua, slated to start up by July 1.
Come 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects that up to 32% of electricity generated will be variable, putting greater stress on reliability. In Ireland, Germany and the UK, wind and solar will exceed 25% of total generation already in the coming five years.
AGL Energy, one of Australia’s integrated energy companies, has signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Wärtsilä for the Barker Inlet Power Station (211-MW) located on Torrens Island near Adelaide. The Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued and project execution work has begun.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) has been given the green light by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to build its proposed 1,163-MW Dania Beach Clean Energy Center in Florida. When granting the approval, the Florida regulator said the more efficient $888 million Dania Beach project was needed to replace FPL’s existing plant in Broward County.
Low winter temperatures have caused a surge in Spain’s use of natural gas and demand from the power generation sector ended the month with an increase of 26.9%, to 4,520 GWh. Yet despite this firm domestic demand, the Spanish TSO Enagas on February 28 exported some 22 GWh of natural gas to neighbouring France.
Nearly three-quarters of gas-fired power plants in the continental United States fulfill all of their fuel requirements through firm contracts that obligate the pipeline operator to send the natural gas to the power plant when requested. Only 16% of plant operators purchase gas on interruptible contracts, while 13% use some mix of firm and interruptible supply.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has developed the ‘Q-ton Circulation,’ an air-source circulation type heat pump, jointly with Chubu Electric Power. The new heat pump will be marketed by MHI starting from August.