The owners of the 840 megawatt Irsching 5 power plant in Bavaria – E.ON, N-Ergie, Mainova and HSE – will convene on April 30 to decide whether to mothball the plant. "We are sticking to our agreement to keep the plant operational until the end of March, but operating the plant is not profitable at current low wholesale power prices and reduced run-time hours," an E.ON spokeswoman told Gas to Power Journal.
GE and the Sakhalin provincial government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop power generation projects with a view to improving the energy security of Sakhalin Island, Russia's largest island which relies heavily on oil and gas exports.
As part of the accord, GE will deliver and install two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbines for the 60-megawatt Nogliki project which is currently under development.
GE has supplied two Frame 6B 3-series gas turbine generators for the currently under construction UBE Batam Power Plant, owned by PT Medco Power Indonesia, a subsidiary of PT Saratoga Power and PT Medco Energi Internasional. Once operational, the gas-fired plant, located on Indonesia's Batam Island, will reduce the company's dependency on burning oil to generate electricity by adding about 80MW of gas-fired capacity.
In an interview, Mete Maltepe, General Manager at GE Power & Water – Turkey, told Gas to Power Journal that the company has invested approximately $500 million in Turkey to date, with a further $900 million planned over the next three years. This includes the provision of turbines to various gas to power projects such as the new plant in the Erzin district operated by Akenerji, the Egemer Elektrik Uretim A.S. (Egemer), and the cogeneration plant at Bursa, operated by Bis Enerji Elektrik Uretim AS.