South Africa’s largest Independent Power Plant (IPP), the 670 MW Avon open-cycle gas turbine plant is now in full commercial operation. Together with its sister power plant, the 335 MW Dedisa IPP, the 4-unit Avon power project was initiated by South Africa’s Department of Energy and has been realised on a on a Build, Own and Operate (BOO) basis.
Karpowership, part of the Turkish energy group Karadeniz Holding, has placed an order for twelve 18V 51/60 engines (18.9 MW each) with MAN Diesel & Turbo. The deal was communicated just days after Karpower Ghana agreed with state-owned utility ECG to have a 450 MW power barge, currently built in Turkey, shipped over to Ghana by November.
For the first time in the Middle East and Africa, GE has implemented an Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade at one of the region’s power plants. It just completed an upgrade of two 9FA gas turbines at the Nubaria power plant in Beheira, Egypt, lowering fuel consumption by 3%.
India’s indebted private utility Essar Power is stepping up efforts to get its plants back into operation and profitable. “We have no plans now to monetize any assets for now," a spokesman said, trying to tone down comments of the company’s CFO that the sell-off of two gas power assets in Gujarat in the making.
Meaford Energy’s 229 MWe combined-cycle gas power project in Staffordshire has been given the green light by Britain’s new business and energy secretary, Greg Clark. With Development Consent Order (DCO) being granted, initial ground preparation works for the £300 million CCGT project are set to start this week.
Yamal LNG, a flagship liquefaction project in the Russian Arctic, will have uninterrupted power supply through 50 of AEG Power’s Protect 8 three-phase units, based on double-conversion/topology. First LNG production at the Novatek-led project is targeted in 2017.
Power shortages in South Australia’s heavily wind-reliant electricity market have highlighted the urgency of developing backup capacity, the grid operator warned. Prices had surged tenfold to hit $14,000/MWh amid severe supply shortages, prompting policy makers to plea for the restart of a mothballed gas power station.
China National Machinery Corp (CMEC), in consortium with GE, has secured a $117 million order to repower Ghorashal Unit 3, the largest power station in Bangladesh. The existing 210-MW Power Machines (LMZ 200) – a Russian make – will be revamped with a GE steam turbine with the aim of generating up to 416.3 MW in combined-cycle operation.
ACEEE’s 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard has ranked Germany as the frontrunner for energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France and the UK. Though Germany scored highest for ‘national efforts’, ‘buildings’ and ‘industry’, it was overtaken by India, Italy and Japan in the ‘transport’ category.
Indonesian utility Medco Power Generation is still keen to participate in a tender for the Java-1 power project (2x800MW). However, it now prepares to launch a bid together with Korea Electric and Nebras Power, turning its back on former partner Mitsui. Tender documents have to be submitted to PLN early next week.
In line with Saudi Aramco's ‘In-Kingdom Total Value Add’ program, Siemens has delivered the first shipment out of ten locally-produced gas turbines that will drive the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant in Jazan. With an installed capacity of 4,000 MW, the IGCC will be the largest facility of its kind to be fuelled with gasified refinery residues.
Six selected Phase-II projects have been awarded funding by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) to further develop technologies for gas turbine components and supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The six winners will receive a total of a $30 million of research funding through the National Energy Technology Laboratory over the next 3.5 years.
At two US-based gas-fired combined cycle plants, controllability at the plants was a major issue, the responsible plant manager told Gas to Power Journal on condition of anonymity. Large natural gas swings caused large boiler pressure swings, which "created a situation where the load was swinging around a lot more than it needed to be." Electraulic actuator proved an "expensive yet very effective solution."
Just hours after the merger with NextEra Energy feel through, Hawaiian Electric Industries confirmed it is abandoning plans to import LNG through Fortis for a proposed gas-fired power plant. The contract with Fortis Hawaii was contingent on regulatory approval of NextEra’s takeover of Hawaiian Electric.
Importing cheap hydropower from Norway and Denmark is deemed a ‘quick fix’ for Britain’s capacity shortage as investment in new large power projects is hard to come by. Yet, Britain’s vote to leave the EU is jeopardizing the future use of interconnectors in the UK capacity market scheme. Demand-side response and power storage are some of the options left.