Commercial operations have begun three months ahead of schedule at the $900 million gas-fired 800MW Sentinel Energy Project near Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California. The plant is co-owned by Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), GE Energy Financial Services and Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC). The general contractor for the construction of the project was Gemma Power Systems California.
GE has signed a frame agreement with Green Waste Energy (GWE) to supply its Jenbacher gas engines to power a series of Advanced Recycling and Energy Conversion (AREC) plants that GWE's development subsidiary Green Waste Energy Development (GWED) plans to build. Each Jenbacher engine will generate nearly 2MW of power using syngas produced at GWED's waste-gasification facilities.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing PLN 566 million (€140 million) loan to Elektrociepłownia Stalowa Wola for the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) cogeneration power plant with an electric capacity of 450MWe and a heating capacity of 240MWth. The plant is to be located on a brownfield site next the existing coal-fired Stalowa Wola power plant in south-eastern Poland.
North Energy Central (NEC), a subsidiary of Southern California Telephone & Energy (SCT&E) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dominican Republic state-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) to invest $800 million for the construction of a 400MW gas-fired power plant in Manzanillo, in the province of Montecristi.
Iraq has taken a major step towards eliminating wasteful gas flaring and reducing power shortages by starting-up the 2 Bcf/d Basrah gas capturing project. Under an agreement signed between South Gas Company, Shell and Mitsubishi with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, Basrah Gas Company will sell the processed gas to state-owned South Gas Company for further use for domestic power generation.
ABB's Turbocharging business unit has won an order to upgrade 30 turbochargers in a series of power plants in Brazuk operated by Wärtsilä under O&M agreements. The order is the first of three, and once installed the turbocharging equipment will help power producers to achieve "substantial annual fuel savings".
Danish utility Dong Energy has decided to drop plans to build a 1,100 MW gas-fired power plant in Ludwigsau in the German state of Hesse and is searching a buyer for the rights to build a plant at the same site. "We've started the sales process for the project rights and aim to find a buyer by the end of this year," said company spokeswoman Iris Franco-Fratini.