Projects & Finance

UK Power Reserve has launched a tender process for gas reciprocating engines for new flexible power projects. At February’s Capacity Market auction, UKPR had won with 200MW of contracts, and once realized, these projects will take the company’s total portfolio to over 1GW.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), part of AES Corp, has opened a 671-MW combined-cycle gas power plant in the U.S. state of Indiana. Situated at the Eagle Valley Generating Station in Martinville, the CCGT was built at a cost of nearly $600 million.

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has embarked on a technical framing workshop to realize Seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) that will supply up to 3.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day (Bcf/d) to underpin at least 15 GW of new power generation capacity by 2020.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E), together with Texas-based Vistra Energy, have sought regulatory approval to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery storage facility at Moss Landing in California. The project is part of a wider PG&E venture, comprising four projects with a total capacity of 567.5 MW – all due for commissioning before end-2020.

Alleviating power shortages in Myanmar, the Finish technology group Wärtsilä will provide equipment for a new gas power plant. The 145 MW facility, to be driven by eight Wärtsilä 50SG engines, is under construction on a fast-track basis and scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2019.

EGEMAC, Egypt’s largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of medium-voltage equipment, has asked ABB to supply several thousand medium-voltage air insulated indoor switch-disconnectors. ABB’s devices will help improve grid performance and ensure stable supply to almost 50 million users of electricity.

‎EmberClear has been given the green light to build the 1,050 MW Harrison Power Project in Cadiz. The Ohio Power Sitting Board approved plans, paving the way for a start of construction in October. Commercial start-up of the combined-cycle power plant is slated for June 2021.

‎Dubai’s DEWA has awarded an order to Siemens to supply three SGT5-4000F gas turbines for Unit H Phase-4 of the Al-Aweer power plant complex. With a combined capacity of 815 MW, the three turbines will boost the total output of the Al-Aweer complex to more than 2.8 GW. Commissioning of the turbine trains is scheduled for spring 2020.

Following the release of three kidnapped Turkish workers on Sunday, the CEO of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Ali Sassi is in talks with Turkey’s largest construction company ENKA about when to resume construction of the 660 MW Ubari gas power project. Sassi also reached out to South Korean EPC firms to return to work on suspended power plants in Tripoli.

Vattenfall Wärme Berlin, district heating provider and part of the Swedish utility Vattenfall, is utilizing the world’s first MXL2 upgrade for GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines that uses components manufactured through additive technology. The first-stage turbine vanes and heat shields are 3D-printed in GE facilities in Birr, Switzerland, and Greenville, South Carolina.

Following substantial investment in new capacity, Gazprom’s power generation strategy through to 2027 is focussing on upgrades as well as decommissioning on economically unviable capacity. Construction of the Grozny thermal power plant is slated to be finished before the end of 2019.

Working with Tata Power Delhi Distribution, GE Power has launched an advanced grid solution to monitor, analyse and fine-tune planning operation of the electricity distribution network in India’s biggest city. The system will improve the lives of over seven million people living in the north and western part of the Indian capital, an area with a peak load of more than 1,850 MW.

Construction of the first unit of Persero’s Jawa-2 project (880 MW), officially named Tanjung Priok power plant, has been completed and the unit is now operating in simple-cycle mode with an approximate output of 300 MW. Built by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the unit will be transformed into combined-cycle mode in 2019.

With Belgium aiming to transition to 100% renewables by 2050, flexibility of supply is paramount which spurs the drive for small-scale distribution. Helping to meet this need, GE’s Distributed Power business agreed to three Jenbacher J624 gas engines, balance of plant as well a performance management system to Den Berk Délice’s greenhouses in Antwerp.

Gazprom and its main partner in China, CNPC, have reviewed the status of Russian natural gas supplies through the eastern route via the ‘Power or Siberia’ project. Following completion of the second tunnel under Amur River, the linear pipeline part from the Chayandinskoye field to the Chinese border is now 84.4% completed, both partners announced.

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