Upcoming capacity payments in the UK will need to guarantee Independent Power Producers (IPPs) a stable revenue stream of at least twice the currently calculated Cost of New Entrant (CONE) to make investment in new efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants economically viable, Mike Benson, business development director at Carlton Power told Gas to Power Journal.
US manufacturer Capstone Turbine Corporation will supply six turbines for shale gas treatment facilities of an undisclosed producer at its gas pipeline in West Virginia. Jim Crouse, Capstone's executive vice president, said "We normally provide turbines to power site load at the wellhead for processing equipment and treatment equipment."
American power producer NRG Energy has started commercial operation of its repowered 550MW El Segundo Energy Center only weeks before the launch of the adjacent 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. The repowering stepped up the capacity of the combined-cycle gas turbine plant by 158MW, and equipped it with new turbines to support renewable energy integration.
US utility Dominion Virginia Power has received the regulatory green light to build the mega-sized Brunswick Power Station (1,358MW) at a cost of $1.3 billion in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Construction of the combined-cycle plant is slated start in mid-September, for commercial operation to commence in summer 2016, it told Gas to Power Journal.