Mitsui, and its Japanese consortium partners, are making progress in developing and building two Independent Power Projects (IPP) in Oman, Sohar III and Ibri, with a combined capacity of 3,219 MW. According to Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the future plant operator, the gas-fuelled Ibri IPP is due to start up in April 2018.
Spurred by the global expansion in LNG supply and trade, the growth of natural gas supply in absolute terms will outperform that of all other energy sources, notably coal and oil, CEDIGAZ said in its latest Medium and Long Term Natural Gas Outlook 2017. According to projections made by the Paris-based energy consultants, the share of gas in the world primary energy supply will rise from 21.2% in 2014 to 23.9% in 2035.
Aspiring to fully digitalize its infrastructure, Singapore is piloting 'MindSphere' – Siemens' open, cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things (IoT). To that end, the German OEM inaugurated a digitalization hub in the city state, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), were it will develop IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions in collaboration with customers in Southeast Asia.
Supply-side overhang has made the energy component of the Standard and Poor’s Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) shed 11% during the first half of 2017 – the largest drop in the index. Metals, lifestock and agriculture, by contrast, had higher end-of-June prices than those at the start of the year.
"General Electric’s LM6000 gas turbine has long been the sales champion of the GE aeroderivative fleet, but the LMS100 is now giving it a run for its money," independent consultant Mark Axford told Gas to Power Journal. The LMS100 beat the LM6000 in total orders for the first time in 2015. This included two installations on behalf of Exelon Medway in Massachusetts, five for Arizona Public Service, five for NRG Energy and four for LNG Canada in British Columbia.
Decarbonising heat is cheaper than tackling emissions in many other sectors, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) who calls on policy makers to adopt an “integrated systems approach” across Britain to show how low carbon heat provision delivers consumer-value. According to ETI chief engineer, Andrew Haslett, “the challenge is one of replacing natural gas-based heating in its present form, possibly by allowing consumers to buy low carbon heating packages.”
Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by two Iranian energy firms, Baran Niroo Beshel and Tamin Niroo Saam, to provide engineering and equipment deliveries for two baseload power plants. The gensets are expected to be delivered during the third quarter of 2017, the manufacturer said, stressing that once operational, the plants will be Iran’s “first decentralised power plants of its kind.”
Acute fuel shortages have halted the operation of eight new-built power stations in Nigeria with a combined capacity of 4,201 MW. All affected plants had been built under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) set up by the former President Goodluck Jonathan. At 6 am on Sunday, the actual power output supplied to the grid by the eight fuel-constaint plants was just 2,979.90 MW – less than two third of their installed capacity.
Seoul-based power utility GS Electric Power and Services (GS EPS), part of GS Group, has inaugurated unit 4 for its LNG-fuelled Dangjin combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant. Huh Chang-soo, chairman of GS Group dropped hints at the inauguration ceremony that GS EPS is taking steps to directly import spot cargoes of US LNG through the Boryeong regas terminal as it is seeking to “increase the price competitiveness of its power supply.”
Arizona-based Tuscon Electric Power (TEP) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) in search for a contractor to design and build a power station that will house 10 reciprocating internal combustion engines with 200 MW combined capacity. TEP plans to bring half of the units online by mid-2019, and the remaining by mid-2021.
Utilities in India will face the most disruption” when having to come to terms with the trend that by 2020, renewable power will be the cheapest form of new-build capacity in most of the world, according to Morgan Stanley Research. “We think the market for Indian utilities has yet to fully price in the impacts of solar power becoming the cheapest form of new generation,” analysts said, remarking “[this is] driving our downgrade of the Indian utilities industry to In-Line.”
Capacity-weighted average construction costs for many generator types have fallen in recent years throughout the United States. The average cost of natural gas generators installed in 2015 was $696/kW, a 28% decline from 2013. Nearly 75% of the natural gas capacity installed was combined-cycle units, which had an average installed cost of $614/kW.
Germany-based MTU Maintenance has extended its exclusive contract with Sahacogen (Chonburi) for maintenance repair, overhaul of its three LM6000PC gas turbines. The long-term service agreement is valued at over $35 million and runs until the end of 2023.
Dubbed a ‘Test of German power’ by the Financial Times, the construction of the second pipeline arm of North Stream 2 has sparked protest by 13 EU member states but German energy majors, including BASF, Wintershall and E.on are adamant that implementation of the project is vital for Europe’s energy security. Boosting Russian gas exports to Greifswald may bolster the German-Russian relations but it looks going against the principle of the ‘Energy Union’, an aspirational project launched by the European Commission to diversify supply sources.
Spanish engineering group SENER has been embarking on a number of major turnkey construction projects in Mexico, such as the 770 MW Empalme I project. “The Energy Reform extends the market share for private enterprises and increases the value of the [state operator] CFE. This creates a lot of opportunities for our company,” Alejandro De la Rúa, Power, oil & gas director at the firm in Mexico said, forecasting energy demand in northern Mexico is set to grow by 3.6% per year.