Technology & Innovation

The Mississippi Senate has approved two bills (HB 894 and HB 1134) already passed by the state's Lower Chamber which will help Mississippi Power Co. recover costs from its coal gasification power plant project.

To help meet peak-load power demand, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. will install a GE 7E 3-Series gas turbine in a unit adjacent to its coal-fired Heskett Generating Station near Mandan in North Dakota, U.S.

Siemens Energy has won a contract to supply turbo compressors and mechanical-drive gas turbines for a project to improve output at the Petronas Bintulu LNG Plant in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

GE's trailer-mounted, TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine – dubbed "Power Plant on Wheels" - has been selected for Evolution Well Services' onsite unconventional gas demonstration project in Canada.

Seattle-based Summit Power Group and German technology company Linde have teamed up to develop commercial-scale natural gas-fired power plants that will capture up to 90% of carbon emissions.

Combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G has sold more than 50% of its small-scale cogeneration systems to UK business customers under a 'pay-as-you-save' discount energy purchase scheme, without any upfront investment.

In the face of a global trend toward a green energy, efficient use of natural gas at peaking plants play a central role in ensuring security of electricity supply, says Dietmar Siersdorfer, chief executive, energy at Siemens Middle East. Peak-load gas turbines upgraded with Wet Compression technology can produce up to 15 percent more electricity output, he said, and take better advantage from high peak load electricity prices.

Shanghai's largest cogeneration facility, the Caojing plant will host GE's first Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6+ combustion system upgrade for an installed 9FA 3-series gas turbine in Asia. GE said the equipment for the first DLN 2.6+ upgrade will be shipped in October 2013, with schipment for the second upgrade due in January 2015.

Shell aims for a growing engine oils segment by launching a new sour-gas compatible lubricating oil. "There could be a 10% sales growth in the stationary gas engine oils segment this year," Richard Holdsworth, Global Brand Manager for Shell Power Lubricants told Gas to Power Journal.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has launched the 35/44G engine as its latest addition to its four-stroke power portfolio. With an electrical efficiency of 47.2 percent, the newly developed Otto gas engine is available for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) or can be installed in a combined cycle mode jointly with an MAN steam turbine of the MARC series.

Alstom Grid has delivered and installed a new Distribution Management System (DMS) to Nashville Electric Service (NES) that is designed to help reduce peak demand for electricity up to 40 MW by reducing voltage and enhancing awareness for energy efficiency, safety and reliability.

Shell targets a growing engine oils segment with its new sour-gas compatible lubricating oil. "There could be a 10% sales growth in the stationary gas engine oils segment this year," Richard Holdsworth, Global Brand Manager for Shell Power Lubricants told Gas to Power Journal.

Green Field Energy Services, Inc. has signed a global supplier agreement with GE Oil & Gas to deliver low-cost, gas burning power generation solutions to enhance oil and gas upstream operations and hydraulic fracturing.

Development of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) new 60 megawatt (MW) class models is likely to be accelerated under the new ownership by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), industry sources told Gas to Power Journal. PWPS' new 60 MW model will complement the proven 30 MW machines.

Power plant operators of flexible capacity can cash in on differentials between real-time electricity prices and day-ahead prices, triggered by the rising penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources, says Thomas Graves, senior development manager at Burns & McDonnell Engineering.

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News in Brief

Hiroshima waste-to-energy plant gets upgrade

Aug 23 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been chosen to upgrade and refurbish the combustion facilities at a waste to energy plant in Hiroshima. The Naka plant in Minamiyoshijima, Naka-ku, has a total waste treatment capacity of 600 tonnes per day and generates 15.2 MW of electricity to power the equipment in the factory, while selling the remainder to the grid.

China eases ban on coal power

Aug 22 – The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) has allowed 11 provinces to resume building coal power plants in a move that lies bare the country’s dependency on thermal coal even after several hundred billion dollars were invested cleaner energy sources, notable wind, solar and natural gas. Areas earmarked by NEA for new coal power plants include Qinghai, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guangdong, Yunnan, Guizhou and Henan.

Blackout after Didcot demolition

Aug 21 – Yet another blackout hit thousands of British households early Sunday after the demolition of cooling towers at the disused Didcot-A power station in Oxfordshire. Moments after the explosion at 7am to bring down the cooling towers some nearby electricity poles and overhead transmission lines caught fire, causing a sudden loss of electricity that lasted for one hour and twenty minutes.

Fuel cell vehicle market gathers speed

Aug 20 – Sales revenue from fuel cell vehicles will soar to $255.2 billion in 2032, up from just $400 million last year, driven by fast growth in China and wider Asia. Hydrogen fuel cells achieve an energy conversion efficiency of 50% to 60% amid zero emissions and a low maintenance cost thanks to the engine’s modular design.

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.

Cost for decarbonizing industry tops $21tr

Aug 16 – Total costs to fully decarbonize the four most polluting industries – cement, steel, ammonia and ethylene – are estimated to amount to $21 trillion between today and 2050. McKinsey said this could be lowered to about $11 trillion if zero-carbon electricity prices come down further compared to fossil fuel prices. In this event, industry could switch to using electricity for heating processes.

Co-firing Braskem plant with hydrogen

Aug 15 – Siemens is making fossil energy greener at the Braskem onsite power plant in Brazil. In this modernization project two SGT-600 gas turbines are co-fired up to 60% with hydrogen, enhancing efficiency for the production process of the adjacent the petrochemical complex.

Canada's CO2 tax to hit CCGTs

Aug 5 – Change in Canada’s carbon emissions tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could significantly lower the profitability of gas generation and could prompt SaskPower reconsider its planned Moose Jaw gas power station.

GE CFO steps down

Aug 2 – Jamie S. Miller, General Electric’s chief financial officer, has decided to quit after two years in the job and 11 years with the company. Having overseen GE’s fiscal activities during a period of intense restructuring, Miller will remain in office while the GE board is looking for a successor.

Siemens HR boss quits

Aug 1 – Janina Kugel, Siemens chief HR officer, is leaving the company amid an apparently scattered working relationship and stark personal differences with CEO Joe Kaeser. Her contract will expire by mutual agreement on January 31, 2020.

ABB standardizes eBus chargers

July 31 – Zurich-based ABB, a member of the ASSURED consortium, is working on standardizing the specifications for automatic charging of heavy vehicles. The aim is to drive down the total cost of ownership for electric fleet operators, helping increase adoption of eBuses and eTrucks. Conformance and interoperability tests will be carried out in Q4-2019.

U.S. Senate helps fund EV charging stations

July 30 – The need for expanded electric vehicle charging infrastructure is greater than expected given that there had been over 1.75 million electric vehicles (EV) in North America at the end of 2018, a nearly 60% increase from the previous year. To help fund additional charging stations, among other things, the U.S. Senate approved the $287 billion America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).

PNOC, Lloyds to develop merchant LNG-to-Power projects

July 29 – Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyds Energy to develop a 1,200 MW LNG-fuelled power plant in partnership with Mitsubishi. Dubai-based Lloyds Energy is looking at ways to develop integrated LNG import facilities and gas power plants on a merchant basis in Bataan and Batangas provinces.

Macquarie finances CCGT in Mexico

July 26 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

Naturgy cashes in on gas network

July 25 – Spanish gas utility Naturgy has posted a 7% rise in core earnings for the first half of the year due to strong gains from its gas network business that helped offset falling revenues from power generation and slimmer LNG margins.

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.