ABB’s service team in the United Arab Emirates has installed Ekip UP circuit breakers – low-voltage digital monitoring and control units – in substations run by the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA). The retrofit lowered cost by 50% and dramatically improved the units’ operational flexibility.
The Australian government has agreed to support a second Bass Straight interconnector – the 1.2 GW Project Marlin – with up to A$65 million ($40m). The funding was granted based on a feasibility study by TasNetworks which shows the power cable, set to deliver renewable power from Tasmania to Victoria, is both technically feasible and economically viable.
Novel, a Swiss-Italian joint venture between Alpiq and Geogreen, has turned to General Electric to modernize its gas combined-cycle cogeneration power plant in Novara, northwest Italy. The contract will see GE upgrade the gas turbine that drives the CHP to increase power output and steam for the industrial process at Radici Chimica’s chemical plant.
After more than a century in operation, Alabama Power’s 1,221 MW Plant Gorgas will be shut down as retrofits, mandated under Obama-era regulation, would be too costly to run it at a profit. Retrofits related to the handling of coal ash would cost around $300 million, said the operator, who now takes steps to shift to cleaner fuels.
Electricity, not natural gas, will drive the compressors of the Annova LNG export project in a bid to lower the facility’s carbon footprint. Developers already signed an agreement with the South Texas Electrical Cooperative (STEC) for supplies of 405 MW of electricity to cool and liquefy up to 6 mtpa of LNG.
The heads of Gazprom and China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) have met in Beijing to fine-tune contractual terms and operational issues in preparations for first gas flows through the Power of Siberia interconnector. Gazprom CEO Alexey Milller said Russian pipeline gas deliveries to China "will start well in advance, as early as December 1, 2019” and would eventually challenge LNG shipments.
MAN Energy Solutions has handed over a new solution for combined heat and power generation (CHP) that includes a heat storage unit to EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg, a regional utility in southern Germany. The 30-MW gas engine-driven plant in Gaisburg, near Stuttgart, produces electricity and district heating with an operational efficiency of up to 90%.