Designated Siemens CEO Kaeser has disclosed the 2014 profit margin target might be lowered from 12% to 10%. "Whether a 2-digit margin is achievable, depends on the competition ... but what is important is that we reduce the profitability gap between us and the competition," he said in a press conference in Munich late Wednesday.
Project finance of new power plants in the UK hinges on the final structure of the government's proposed capacity mechanism. "We would hope that projects should be able to secure a debt-equity ratio in the region of 60/40, but the devil will be in the detail and we don't anticipate [regulatory] details being finalised until Q1 2014," George Grant, co-founder and director of Stag Energy told Gas to Power Journal in an interview.
An $18 million program to install a state-wide microgrid, powered by distributed gas-fired turbines, has been launched in the US coastal state of Connecticut to keep the lights on in public buildings during grid outages in severe weather. The scheme comes after hurricane Sandy last year caused 5 deaths in the state, and $68 billion in damages nationwide.
American power equipment manufacturer Emerson Process Management has upgraded the Oviation control systems at EnergyWorks' combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cartagena, Spain, completing the migration project during a 10-day scheduled outage without interrupting the supply of steam to a neighbouring factory.