Projects & Finance

Gulf Power Service Company (AGPS) has awarded Italy’s Ansaldo Energia a service contract for the 2,000MW “Taweelah Initial B” and the “Taweelah IB Extension” unit, both situated some 70 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Marafiq, the world biggest integrated water and power plant (IWPP) with 2,745 MWe and 800,000 cbm/d desalinated water output, GE Energy and Jomel have carried out the shortest planned outage cycletime for gas turbine maintenance in Saudi Arabia. Works were done over a span of 18 days – well ahead of the planned 25 days.

The 778 MW Stonewall Power Project, Panda Power Funds’ newest combined-cycle gas power plant in Leesburg, Virginia has started full commercial operation. ‘Stonewall’ is one of seven CCPPs, next to similar plants in Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia with a combined capacity of 5.8 GW that were built on a turnkey basis by Siemens with its consortium partner Bechtel.

Pampa Energia, Argentina’s largest fully integrated electricity company, has contracted Siemens to service and upgrade the Central Termoeléctrica Nehuenco-I plant with the latter’s SPPA-T3000 power plant automation system. The first deal covers the SGT5-2000E gas turbine, operating at the Genelba 21 simple-cycle power plant for 10 years.

Projected Russian gas deliveries to China via the eastern route are “right on schedule”, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller and his counterpart at CNPC Wang Yilin said after a working meeting in Beijing earlier this week. Gas exports from Russia’s Far East were also evaluated and Gazprom seeks to reach an agreement with CNPC on supply terms by late 2017.

Detroit-based DTE Energy has announced plans to shut down its entire coal power plant fleet by 2040, in an effort to curb carbon emission by over 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. The utility will invest to build 3,500 MW of new gas-fired capacity to supply 24/7 power and an additional 6,000 MW of renewable energy capacity.

Italy’s state-owned utility Enel has bought the Tynemouth stand-alone battery storage project in the North East of England from Element Power for approximately 20 million euros. The construction-ready project is an “investment opportunity,” according to Enel said, as it is supported by a 4-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract to provide grid balancing services.

Europe’s first medium-voltage direct current (MVDC) link will be supplied by GE as part of Scottish Power’s grid extension in Anglesey and North Wales. The Angle-DC project aims to demonstrate a novel network reinforcement technique by converting an existing 33-kilovolt (kV) AC circuit to direct current (DC) operation.

Two Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbines, manufactured in Sweden, have started their 16,000km journey to the Termoeléctrica del Sur combined-cycle gas power plant (CCPP) in Bolivia. These two are the frontrunners of a larger order that comprises a total of 14 gas and steam turbines. Once installed, they will expand the capacity of three Ende Andina-run CCPPs, adding more than one Gigawatt to the Bolivian National Grid.

Huaneng Guilin Gas Distributed Energy Co., an energy provider in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southern China, has announced first fire of a GE 6F.01 gas turbine at one of its distributed power stations. Fuelled by natural gas, the Huaneng Guilin project is the first-ever distributed energy project managed by China Huaneng Group.

Qatar General Water & Electricity Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has contracted Siemens to carry out the largest-to-date expansion of the Emirate’s power transmission network. The deal, valued at €790 million, will see Siemens deliver 35 turnkey super and primary substations for Phase 13 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project. Completion is scheduled for 2019. “With this new order intake, our completed and under execution projects with KAHRAMAA total nearly €2.5 billion,” said Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens Energy Management Division.

German engineering firm MAN Diesel & Turbo and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding are intensifying their technical collaboration. The aim is to jointly offer propulsion and energy solutions, notably for Floating Production Storage and Offloading systems (FPSO), as well as steam turbines and compressors – mainly for the Japanese market.

Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy has said her company will invest $11 billion to generate cleaner energy through renewables and natural gas, and expand power and gas infrastructure. "We have set a new goal to reduce our carbon emissions by 40% from the 2005 level by 2030," she told shareholders.

Bringing more Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to the Marzahn district in eastern Berlin, Siemens has won an order to build a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant with district extraction on behalf of Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG. Scheduled to start operation in 2020, the CHP will have an electrical generating capacity of 260MW and a thermal capacity of 230MW.

Reflecting “higher volumes of large engines sold at a loss”, and several other one-off cash items, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East has stressed the British manufacturer needs to do more to “ensure we drive sustainable margin improvements within the business.” Speaking at the Annual General Meeting in Derby today, he cautioned Rolls-Royce’s profit and free cash flow is will be “weighted towards the second half of the year.”