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The nuclear renaissance in Japan is gathering momentum with the government proposing for nuclear energy to account for 20% or even 24% of the island nation's power mix by 2030 – regardless of popular protests. A court just rejected an injunction by local residents opposed to the restart to the two Sendai reactors as planned this summer.

In Mexico, Siemens has won yet another order to supply and install two SGT6-5000F gas turbines and two SGEN6-1000 generators in two 1x1 configurations at the Tula 1 & 2 combined cycle power blocks. Commissioning and start-up of the two units is due in summer 2017.

Advanced Power has selected GE to supply two 7F.05 gas turbines, one D650 steam turbine and its rapid response combined-cycle system for the 700 MW Carroll County Energy Project in northeast Ohio. According to GE, the first of its 7F.05 units are already operating at PP12 in Saudi Arabia.

Though domestic coal reserves are abundant in many energy-intensive Asian economies while gas is more scarce and expensive, analysts see the tide turn towards a greater use of cleaner-burning natural gas. With gas prices at Henry Hub down from over $15/mmbtu in 2005 to just $2.58/mmbtu this Thursday, exporting US LNG is poised to bring cost-competitive gas to Asian power producers.

Over half of the electricity needs of Calgary's metropolitan residents are now met by the newly commissioned Shepard Energy Centre. KBV Shepard Power Partners, a JV between Black & Veatch and Kiewit Energy, completed the EPC works for the 800 MW gas-fired power plant.

Musandam Power Company has selected Pöyry to undertake the owner's engineer services assignment for the Musandam IPP. Oman Oil Company and LG International Corp are developing the 120 MW plant, using dual-fuel reciprocating engines. The fast track project is due to be completed before the end 2016.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth Dh1.47 billion ($400 million) to Siemens Energy for the turnkey construction of the Jebel Ali M-Station Expansion combined-cycle power plant. The extension unit is due to start up in the spring of 2018.

Unfazed by low oil prices, the global market for genset installations, powered by natural gas, are forecast to reach 27.2 GW by 2024 and generate $146.8 billion in cumulative revenue between 2015 and 2024, according to Navigant Research. Dual-fuel gensets, are bridging the gap between diesel and gas gensets and have risen in popularity in markets with a lack of adequate gas supply or distribution infrastructure.

For the second year in a row, the United States has seen a rise in energy-related CO2 emissions – the largest component of overall greenhouse gas emissions. On March 31, the U.S. officially committed to a target to reduce emissions 26%-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.

United Overseas Bank (UOB) has announced it sealed a financing deal with Singapore-based Royal GK, an engineering procurement and construction company, which is about to buy gas engines to build a gas power plant in Hlawga, Yangon, on behalf of Myanmar Central Power.

French turbine manufacturer Alstom announced its energy business unit in Indonesia will shift its strategy to increasingly focus on serving the domestic market. Up to $20 million may be spent on expanding its local factory. Andreas Lusch, Alstom's head of steam and nuclear business, sees "enormous opportunities" in Indonesia as the government in Jakarta plans to add 35,000 MW of new power generation capacity.

Laser repair of gas turbine components is just a step away from becoming a wide-spread commercial reality. Repairs recently carried out at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) were achieved by laser cladding components in test turbines, with data analysis showing this innovative repair approach reduces of maintenance cost, shortens repair cycles and extends component life.

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Sembcorp clinches PPA for Myanmar plant

Apr 24 – Singapore-based Sembcorp Utilities today received the 'notice of award' to develop and operate a $300 million gas power plant project (225 MW) in central Myanmar by state-owned Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE). Scheduled to be completed in 2017, the plant is set supply electricity to MEPE under a 22-year power-purchase agreement (PPA). Sembcorp will take at least an 80% stake in the project.

TVA to shut down its oldest coal plant by end-2017

Apr 24 – Though Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will halt operations at one of its oldest coal-fired power plants near Waverly, Tennessee, by the end of 2017, it now wants to add a HRSG on one of its 20 smaller gas-fired combustion turbines at the site to continue supplying steam to an adjacent factory even after the shutdown of the coal power units.
In a draft environmental assessment, TVA explained the HRSG at the Johnsonville Fossil Plant would ensure that steam is provided to the factory which makes titanium dioxide for the coatings, paper and plastics industries.

Qatar: Barzan Gas Project to help dent rising demand

Apr 23 – RasGas' Barzan Gas Project, the largest single gas processors in the world, is expected to help meet Qatar's rising domestic gas demand. MEG Regeneration technology is used in the Barzan project to prevent freezing of gas stream during winter, while nitrogen rejection helps achieve requested sales gas heating value specifications.

Holland CCGT breaks ground, will open in 2017

Apr 23 – Ground has been broken on the 145 MW Holland Energy Park's CCGT. With efficiency of up to 57%, the Holland plant project will replace and supersede capacity of the ageing 30% efficient James DeYoung power plant (60 MW), according to Siemens Energy which manufactured the turbines for the project.
Construction will employ 200 workers and is expected to be completed by early 2017.

New Alstom Grid site opened in Sesto San Giovanni

Apr 22 – Alstom has invested over €30 million in a new grid competence centre for R&D, production and testing of bushings for both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) applications in Sesto San Giovanni. Alstom Grid Italy currently employs 400 people across three plants.

UAV Turbines launches new gas turbine technology

Apr 22 – UAV Turbines new gas turbine technology features what it calls "unprecedentedly reliable" Class 3 and Class 4 engine designs ranging from 10 HP to 150 hp. Designed for use in unmanned aerial vehicles, the technology may well be later adapted for aeroderivative gas turbines for power generation.

TVA completes purchase of Mississippi CCGT

Apr 21 – Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has expanded its gas-fired power plant fleet with the purchase of a 700 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant owned by Quantum Choctaw Power, an affiliate of Quantum Utility Generation. The plant will be renamed Ackerman Combined Cycle Plant and is the sixth CCGT that TVA has built or purchased since 2007, with two more under construction.

NPPD to develop first major hydrogen power plant in Nebraska

Apr 21 – Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is considering replacing a coal-fired boiler at its 125 MW Sheldon Station with a on that runs on cleaner-burning hydrogen fuel. Monolith Materials will produce the hydrogen to fuel the power plant as a co-product from making carbon black, using natural gas as a feedstock. Through the conversion the operator expects to curb carbon emissions at Sheldon Station by 1.1 million tons per year.

Cogeneration urged to play greater role in EU2030 climate framework

Apr 20 – Reminding the European Commission of its latest energy efficiency target, set in the EU's climate and energy policy framework, COGEN Europe sees a potential for 110-120 GWe of additional cogeneration capacity in Europe.
There is "a striking omission for the cogeneration sector is the absence of analysis and proposals regarding energy transformation," in some of the EU's Energy Efficiency Communication, the lobby group criticized. It accused the Commission of "stopping short of moving cogeneration towards a higher degree of understanding and commitment from EU institutions."
In conventional power plants, i.e. not operated in cogeneration mode, around 2/3 of the primary energy consumed is wasted in transformation and distribution, according to COGEN Europe findings.

Rwanda to tap methane from Lake Kivu

Apr 20 – Symbion Power is gearing up to start constructing a 50-megawatt IPP in Rwanda, utilizing methane gas from Lake Kivu. The project, realised on a build-own-and-operate basis, will include gas extraction facilities to lift, separate and process methane gas, which is dissolved in the deep waters of Lake Kivu. The gas will then be burned in an on-shore power generating facility located at Cape of Busororo.

Con Edison Development buys GE energy storage

Apr 17 – In California's central valley, Con Edison Development (CED) will install an 8 MWh battery energy storage, able to provide 2 MW of electricity over a four hour period. The GE storage solution will be utilising Mark VIe-based plant control, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion batteries.

Air filters market to surpass $19bn by 2020

Apr 17 – Global markets for air filtration is forecast to reach a value of $19 billion before the end of the decade, according to TechSci Research. Air filters are required for gas turbines as well as for applications in heating, air conditioning systems and locomotive air filtration for cabin and engine air.

Malampaya gas bids to start today

Apr 16 – The operating consortium of the Malampaya deep water-to-gas power project in the West Philippines Sea is about to start the bidding process for its unused or banked gas. A prequalification conference for interested bidders will be held on April 16.
Members of the Malampaya consortium include Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX), Chevron Malampaya, PNOC Exploration and Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).

Iraq: MHPS to refurbish Hartha Power Unit 4

Apr 16 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has won an order from the Iraqi electricity ministry to refurbish of Unit 4 (200 MW) at the Hartha Thermal Power Station, which incorporates both gas- and oil-fired units. Works, scheduled for completion in May 2017, "require large-scale replacement of core components of the plant's seriously degraded power generation facilities," MHPS said.

Kentucky's first CCGT to start up soon

Apr 15 – Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have begun "steam blows" at their new 640-MW Cane Run Unit 7 combined cycle gas turbine plant, located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Louisville. Cane Run is one of several projects planned or under way that will add about 2,000 MW of gas power to replace retiring coal capacity.

LitPol, 910 MW of gas power capacity to start up in 2015

Apr 15 – Apart from LitPol, a planned 1000 MW interconnector between the Baltic transmission grid and Poland, construction of 910 MW gas-fired capacity will be completed by the end of this year.
Works have started on the Tauron-build 450 MW Stalowa Wola CHP and the 473 MW Wloclawek CHP, built by supplier PKN Orlen, with both plants scheduled to start operation by December 2015.

Alstom high-voltage equipment uses SF6-free gas

Apr 14 – At the 2015 Hanover Fair, Alstom has launched two high-voltage applications using g3 (green gas for grid), a gas mixture that can replace SF6 for air- or gas-insulated switchgear.
The first application is a pilot project for a 420 kV g3-insulated busbar, to be supplied to UK's National Grid for use at -25°C in a 300 meter power line in Sellindge, Kent.

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