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The U.S. senate has approved an energy bill designed to strengthen the country’s power grid and improve the process for gas trading. The Energy Policy and Modernization Act is expected to strenghten the grid and may help drive investment in new gas power plants.

French gas power operator Engie expects CCGT gas power plants may soon become profitable again if French plans for a carbon tax are implemented successfully. 

Officials from the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) have called on the Pakistani government to reconsider a hike in gas tariffs for the power sector that they claim will impact power generation in the country. 

Authorities from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)  in the U.S. have approved plans to build infrastructure to support the Hummel gas power plant project in Pennsylvania.

Spain-based utility Iberdrola has contracted Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) to supply two J-series gas turbines and a steam turbine for the 887 MW Noroeste Power Plant. The combined-cycle plant is due to be online in January 2019.

Affordable, efficient power storage is a key enabler for the transition to low-carbon energy systems. Looking to 2030, it is particularly striking that battery technology becomes especially more competitive, with sodium (NaS), lead acid and lithium-ion technologies leading the way.

In the United States, 97% of all steam coal is used to generate electricity but this consumption fell 29% from its peak of 1,045 million short tons (MMst) in 2007 to an estimated 739 MMst in 2015. According to EIA figures, consumption fell in nearly every state, rising only in Nebraska and Alaska over that period.

Though planned upgrades of some gas transmission lines will limit fuel supply to power plants, the grid operator for New England says the region is expected to have “sufficient electricity this summer.” Power demand is forecast to peak at 26,704 MW.

Umm Al Houl Power, a project vehicle set up by QWEC, Qatar Petroleum , Qatar Foundation and K1 Energy, has awarded a 25-year service agreement to Siemens for the planned Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant. The deal marks Siemens’ second power gen services order from Qatar in past six months.

Targeting decentralised power needs at fracking applications, Vericor Power Systems has developed and launched a new version of the TF Series gas turbine, for pump, compression and portable generation.

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E.ON to float 53% of Uniper this year

Aiming to become “a leading company of the distributed, renewable and digital energy world”, Germany’s E.ON has announced dates for the spinoff and listing of about 53% of shares in its power generation, gas and oil spinoff company, Uniper. A final decision on the Uniper spinning off will be taken by an E.ON shareholders meeting on June 8.

Brunswick Power Station, the latest addition to Dominion Virginia Power's generation fleet, is up and running since late Monday. With 1,358 MW installed capacity, the combined-cycle gas turbine plant can supply enough electricity to power 325,000 homes.

Experts say that the digital universe by 2020 will reach 44 zettabytes and as this digital revolution magnifies, Siemens unveiled its ‘Digital Services for Energy powered by Sinalytics’ at the Hannover Messe this week. The solution integrates advanced analytics with field service data and related solutions have already been out at customer sites.

The UK government needs to come up with another option to avert a looming electricity shortfall, after EDF pushed back a final investment decision on its Hinkley Point C nuclear project from May to the autumn. The reactor was meant to start up in 2017 but is now unlikely to produce any electricity before 2025.

Imagine a power plant that takes the excess CO2 in the atmosphere and converts it back into a liquid fuel while using only little water and the energy in sunlight to operate. Chemical engineers at the University of Pittsburgh found two catalysts for doing just that.

News in Brief

Strong case for gas power replacement at Rugeley B

May 2 - Plans to replace the Rugeley B power plant in England with a gas power alternative have been outlined in parliament. 

The plant closure was announced at the start of the year and MPs heard that there is now ‘a strong case’ to build a new gas-fired replacement.

South Hook gas plant proposal abandoned

May 2 - Plans for a proposed gas power plant at Milford Haven in the UK have now been cancelled.

The news follows the announcement at the start of this year that the project would be postponed.

Germany’s gas use up 6% in Q1'2016

Apr 29 – Severe winter weather in January and below average sunshine has driven Germany’s gas consumption up 6% in the first quarter, while electricity use increased by 1.1%. According to figures published by the German energy industry group BDEW, gas consumption during the period totalled 316 billion kilowatt hours, while power use amounted to 147 kWh.

‘Sky Global Power One’ up and running

Apr 29 – Sky Global Partners latest power plant, driven by six of GE’s J920 Jenbacher FleXtra gas engines has started operation this week. Located in Colorado County, the 8.6-MW unit will supply peaking power of San Bernard Electric Cooperative (SBEC) in south Central Texas.

Energy storage market worth $15.9bn by 2020

Apr 28 – Energy arbitrage opportunities, renewable energy installations, and growing electric vehicles market are expected to drive the energy storage systems market to grow 4.4% annually. It is estimated to expand from $12.89 billion in 2015 to $15.96 Billion by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets analysis.

MTU extends service contract with Statoil

Apr 28 – German-based MTU Maintenance has agreed a 7-year contract extension worth $200 million with the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil for its GE LM industrial gas turbines. MTU has been responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Statoil's LM2500, LM2500+ and LM6000 series IGTs since 2006.

Siemens manufactured 1,000 gas turbines in Berlin

Apr 27 – Today, the Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin is shipping its 1,000th gas turbine manufactured at the plant. The SGT5-4000F gas turbine, which has a capacity of 300 MW, weighs 300 metric tons and is destined for the Umm Al Houl CCPP in Qatar. 
The total installed capacity of the 1,000 gas turbines produced in Berlin, amounting to nearly 220 GW, would be sufficient to supply one billion people with electricity.

GE launches GuardEon*

Apr 27 – GE’s Industrial Solutions business has introduced its new GuardEon* molded-case circuit breaker at Hannover Messe. The flexible platform has a robust, user-friendly design with predictive maintenance capabilities, according to its manuafacturer. It was developed and tested in GE’s circuit breaker start-up lab in Plainville, Connecticut.

EMA launches tender for two FLNG units

Apr 26 – Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has launched a tender for two FLNG units as a quick solution for boosting gas import capacity. EMA anticipates the city state’s gas demand to grow by 6.9 million tonnes annually by 2025, up from currently 10 mt, largely due to growth in the power generation as well as petrochemical and refinery sectors.

Hyundai to build gas power plant in Iran

Apr 26 – South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Company (HEC) has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) to build a 500 MW gas-fired power plant in the city of Zanjan. Infrastructure required for the construction of the 500 MW plant also includes a high-voltage power transmission lines as well as a gas injection station.

Capstone wins 1.5 MW multi-unit order in China

Apr 25 – New Capstone distributer, JiangSu Jin Tong Ling (JTL), has received an order for multiple microturbines in China. The order covers Capstone’s complete product range: C1000, C200, C65 and C30. The gensets are expected to be commissioned by September 2016.

India: Discoms buy GVK gas power plant

Apr 25 – Power distribution companies in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have acquired a 216-MW gas-fired power plant from the GVK Group for Rs 261 crore – lower than the value of Rs 293 crore quoted by the GVK management. The takeover comes after a power purchase agreement between the former owner and the Discoms expired.

Axpo eyes selling power plants in Italy

Apr 22 – Three gas-fired power plants of the Swiss utility Axpo Group are likely being put up for sale. In Italy, Axpo fully owns the Rizziconi Energia plant, has an 85% stake in Calenia Energia and 49% of SEF. Market rumours have it that the deadline for non-binding bids was May 10.

Ghana’s Kpone IPP 42% complete

Apr 22 – Construction works on the 350-MW Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in the Greater Accra Region are forging ahead, with the power plant now 42% completed. The combined-cycle plant will be fed by national gas from the West African Gas Pipeline and is slated to start operation in September 2017.

Cat launches G3512 gas genset

Apr 21 – Caterpillar has introduced the G3512 natural gas generator set, modelled after the company’s diesel engine, for the emergency standby market in North America. The G3512 gas genset is rated for standby power at 750 kW or 1000 kW at 60 Hz and has a NFPA 110 Level 1 Type 10 compatibility.

MHPS to supply turbine to Bibiyana-III

Apr 21 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order for an M701F4 gas turbine to be installed at the 400 MW Bibiyana-III combined-cycle power plant on behalf of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). Larsen & Toubro will build the plant on an EPC basis under Marubeni as prime contractor. The Bibiyana-III CCPP is scheduled to go on-stream in 2018.

South Africa sets up IPP programme

Apr 20 – South Africa’s Department of Energy has announced it will procure 3,126 MW of electricity from gas generation under its proposed Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme. McKinsey analysts commented that "with the necessary regulatory certainty", the country could install six times as much – notably 20,000 MW – by 2030.