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Construction of the Ashuganj gas-fired power plant, with a nameplate capacity of 450-megawatt, is now two-thirds complete. The new Bangladeshi plant comes at a cost of $500 million and is on track to be commissioned in June 2015, according to officials at the site in Brahmanbaria province.

GE Power & Water's Distributed Power business has signed a contract to provide Sky Global Partners, with six J920 FleXtra Jenbacher gas engines along with a 30-year contractual service agreement for a new 50 MW high-efficiency power plant in Colorado County, Texas.

PW Power Systems (PWPS), part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has announced the initial verification tests for its latest aero-derivative gas turbine, the FT4000, were successfully completed at the Pratt & Whitney testing complex in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The north-eastern Indian state of Assam is planning to increase the use of associated gas for power generation, according toindustries and power minister Pradyut Bordoloi. Associated gas is typically leftover from petroleum production, where it is either trapped above the reservoir or dissolved in the oil.

Philippine power producer First Gen has issued plans to increase its power generating capacity 15% by next year from its current 2,800 MW as it will invest around $1.38 billion in a bid to ultimately increase capacity 48% by 2019.
“In all, our vision is to build an additional 1,342 MW between now and 2019,” said Federico Lopez, First Gen chief executive.

South Korea's largest independent power producer POSCO Energy has started to build a 360 MW power plant driven entirely by fuel cells in Pyeongtaek City – the largest of its kind worldwide.

In a more than half-a-billion-dollar order, the U.S. power producer Exelon has turned to GE to buy four 7HA gas turbines, two D600 steam turbines and six generators for the Wolf Hollow and Colorado Bend gas combined-cycle projects. "With 330 MW per unit, GE's 7HA gas turbines are not only the world's largest but also the most-efficient 60-hertz gas turbines with a net combined-cycle efficiency of more than 61%, as the technology deployed gives us higher power density," Guy Deleonardo, executive product manager for GE Power Generation Products told Gas to Power Journal.

In just a few days, on October 2, Canadian utility SaskPower will commission the world’s largest commercial-scale carbon capture power plant. The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Estevan, Saskatchewan province, comes at a cost of $1.4 billion.

To avert repeated blackouts, India's power sector is in need of $250 billion investment over the next three years to add new generating capacity, update the ageing power grid and help maintain fuel supplies. ​Total investment of over $250 billion is required for development of the power system during the 12th plan," according to a report from Delhi-based consultancy Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe).​​

Air strikes by U.S. military last night hit the key Coneco gas plant held by Islamic State (IS) near the town of Khasham in eastern Syria, according to the Observatory for Human Rights. The facility is crucial for Syria's electricity supply as it is processing substantial amounts of natural gas to fuel power stations in Jonder and Homes as well as several adjacent governorates.

Plans of Abergelli Power, a subsidiary of Watt Power, to spend £200 million on developing a 299 MW gas-fired power plant in southwest Wales are about to go to consultation. Designed to operate flexibly, the plant is intended to produce electricity for no more than 1,500 hours per year.

South African telecoms firm MTN has approved a further two gas-fired distributed power plants in Gauteng province following the success of an earlier pilot project. The company said the move was to help reduce exposure to electricity price increases and reduce carbon footprint.

U.S. power plant developers Eventure Partners and Northland Power have pulled out of a planned project to build a $450 million power plant in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. The plant had met fierce opposition from local residents.

Nigerian energy firm Seven Energy has signed a $100 million deal with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) which will see both organisations invest in gas processing facilities, pipeline infrastructure and power plants.

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ABB collaborates with RWE on smart grid in Germany

Oct 1 – ABB has implemented Demo 1, an advanced load-grid automation solution developed as part of the EU-funded *Grid4EU project, together with RWE and Technical University Dortmund in the city of Reken, Germany.

In Demo 1, the grid automation technology where it monitors load conditions in the grid and automatically adapts to changes in demand.

Italy's Terna awards Alstom €30m contract

Oct 1 –Terna Rete, Italy's power transmission grid operator, has commissioned Alstom to supply two synchronous condenser plants in Partinico and Favara, Sicily, Italy, as part of the ECA consortium.
Alstom's share in the contract is worth close to €30 million, with commissioning expected in December 2015.

Fortum completes construction of Nyngan CCGT in Russia

Sept 30 – The third unit and final at Fortum's Nyagan Power Plant in Western Siberia has passed comprehensive and certification tests that precede commissioning, finishing 15 months ahead of schedule.
Capacity payments for 418 MW of the Nyagan CCGTs total capacity of 1,260 MW are scheduled to start under the Russian government's Capacity Supply Agreement (CSA) as of 1 January 2015.

Malampaya gas supply to last until 2030

Sept 30 – Power producers in the Philippines can draw from natural gas supply form the vast Malampay gas field until at least 2030, energy secretary Jericho Petialla said, extending the estimated depletion date by six year. Reserves depend largely on the usage for gas-fired power generation, notably by three plants in Batangas with a combined capacity of 2,700 MW.

Ansaldo wins €170m power plant contract from Algaria's SEP

Sept 29 – Sociéte Algérienne de Production de l'Electricité (SPE), part of Sonelgaz group, has assigned Ansaldo Energia a contract worth €170 million to supply an open-cycle power plant in Algeria. The Ain Djasser 3 plant, to be driven by two 170 MW gas turbines, will be situated in the province of Batna in central Algeria about 350 km south of the capital Algiers.​

Carlyle buys 6 Georgia-based gas power plants

Sept 29 – The Carlyle Group, an alternative asset manager, has acquired 75.05% of the outstanding interests and operational control of Southeast PowerGen, a portfolio of six gas-fired power plants in Georgia, from ArcLight Capital Partners and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC. The acquisition increases the size of Carlyle's power plant portfolio to more than 4,300 MW.

Nigeria's needs upstream enabling law, not gas price increase

Sept 26 – Recent increases in Nigeria's domestic gas price are intended to advance domestic gas production to make more supply available for power generation. However, critics discard this as a solution and call for a specific law that enables further gas exploration.​

U.S. signs first-ever energy deal with Pakistan

Sept 26 – The United States Consul General Gabriel Escobar signed its first-ever energy partnership with Pakistan, granting $1 million to Pakhtunkhwa Hydel Development Organisation to conduct a feasibility study on the viability of a 400-435 MW gas turbine combined cycle plant in KP province.

German wind power output up 23%

Sept 25 – Wind power production in Germany increased 23% to a record high of 36 TWh in the first eight months of the year, according to the country's energy industry association BDEW.

In the first half of this year, 1,831 MW of new wind power capacity started operation, increasing Germany's total wind capacity to 36,017 MW. The government aims for about 2.5 GW of new onshore wind power capacity coming online each year.

 

Abogena wins power transmission project in Costa Rica

Sept 25 – Abengoa has been selected to supply, construct, test and commission a 230 kV power transmission substation in Costa Rica. The Siemens-lead power transmission project is worth $15.7 million.

Foster Wheeler to upgrade West Virginia power plant

Sept 24 – Equipment manufacturer Foster Wheeler won an order to improve an air quality system at a natural gas-fired power plant in West Virginia.

The contract with Longview Power will include work to its wet flue gas desulfurization unit at the Longview Power plant in Maidsville.

ABB to provide expertise on energy efficiency for UN

Sept 24 – Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to join the United Nations network for equipment efficiency to provide expertise on energy efficient motors and transformers.

The initiative is designed to help governments devise policies that accelerate energy savings.

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