State-owned Egyptian Natural Gas Holding company (EGAS) has stopped supplying natural gas to the Idku liquefaction plant, operated by British Gas and GDF Suez, as the government is prioritising to dent rising gas demand for power generation instead.
State-owned development company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has reportedly won a contract to build a 2,000 MW combined cycle power plant in Malacca in the south of the country. The plant is expected to be operational within two years.
Together with its Korean partner Daewoo Engineering, Siemens has handed over the 1,600 MW Shuweihat S3 combined-cycle gas power plant to its owner SAPCO, after starting up the plant into commercial operation in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A 2-megawatt power-to-gas pilot plant in Falkenhagen run by E.ON, Germany's largest utility, has injected more than 2 GWh of hydrogen into the country's natural gas pipeline system during its first year of operation.
Brazilian power producer Benco Energie has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian government at the weekend for the construction of a 700 MW power plant in Bayelsa State. The plant is expected to cost $900 million.
Electricty rates from Japan’s 10 regional power utilities are set to drop for the month of October to reflect lower LNG imports prices. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) announced it will reduce its standard household rate by $0.51 to $81 as of October, after its LNG import price fell to $818 per tonne in July from $821 per tonne in June.
EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has offered to help Ukraine in developing a payment plan for Naftogaz to start repaying its huge debt to Gazprom, which has ceased deliveries in June, citing unpaid bills of around $4.5 billion.
Natural gas led new generating capacity additions in the U.S. in the first six months of 2014, adding 2,180 MW over half the total amount added, according to the Energy Information Administration. Renewables contributed the majority of the remainder taking total U.S. additions to 4,350 MW in the first half of the year.
Technology developer FuelCell Energy has been granted $1.2 million in funding to progress to the third stage of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programme that is studying the use of fuel cells to separate carbon dioxide from the emissions of power plants.
Gas-fired plants in the UK produced an additional output of 0.1 TWh in the three months to June, a 0.4% rise year-on year. The share of gas in the UK energy mix increased 3% and now stands at 31.7%, according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Modelling from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) suggests that large scale power storage systems utilising gas may be a reality in the next 3 years. ”First prototypes for new products will be 12 months from now with industrial implementation in 24 to 26 months,” Pasi Vainikka, principal scientists at VTT told Gas to Power Journal.
Turkish power producer Akenerji has started operation at its 872 MW Egemer gas-fired power plant in Erzin. The operator - a joint venture between Czech utility CEZ and Turkish group Akkok – expects the plant to produce 7,000 GWh of electricity annually.