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The UK government supports curbing the length in carbon credit in the EU-ETS by creating a Market Stability Reserve, meant to help Europe meet its emission reduction targets more cost effectively and stimulate investment in low-carbon technologies for power generation.

Nigeria has seen a slump in power capacity of as much as 1,000 MW last week, according to the minister of power, Chinedu Nebo who blamed the drop on further pipeline vandalism.
“Recently within the past week, the Okoloma gas plant has been down due to sabotage, blowing up and vandalism of three of its wellheads, and then robbing Shell of the capacity to deliver over 180mscuf of gas on a daily basis,” he commented.

Japanese technology developer Toshiba will supply and test a design for a supercritical CO2 gas turbine at a 25 MW demonstration plant in Texas. Toshiba said it aims to start delivering equipment in August 2016, for the plant to be commissioned by the end of next year.

Turbine manufacturer are struggling to help cash-constraint utilities in Europe to optimise their generation portfolio. As gas power plants are mothballed, manufacturers of gas turbines need to further enhance efficiency at lower operational costs, e.g. by increasing firing temperatures while improving combustion, the technical heads of leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) said in Brussels.

A major fire at the UK’s Didcot B gas-fired power plant in Oxfordshire has been battled through the night by teams of firefighters resulting in the closure of the 1,360 MW unit. An investigation has now started following cessation of the blaze.

After completing several months of testing and trial runs, Siemens Energy has handed over three gas turbines to operator Dow Stade for its new 163 MW cogeneration plant, located at the river Elbe near Hamburg. Handover of the steam turbine is due by the end of this month.

Technology developer GE has launched a new suite of data-driven solutions to improve the performance of aeroderivative gas turbines via its Distributed Power business. The new solutions are focused on GE’s LM6000 turbine and based around methodologies that optimize and reduce life-cycle costs.

Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply a 139 MW Flexicycle power plant in Mexico. Featuring seven 50SG gas engines the plant will be located near Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon.

Power producer Energia del Pacifico (EDP) plans to commission the new 355 MW Acajutla gas-fired power plant in El Salvador by 2018, following a purchase agreement for the first supply of LNG to mainland Central America.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved plans for a planned $200 million increase in capacity at a combined-cycle power plant in Texas. The Victoria Power Station project will  increase output at the site from  total gross of 290 MW to 540 MW.

German engine manufacturer MTU has announced that the PurePower PW800 gas-fired engine will power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets. MTU Aero Engines has a 15% share in Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PurePower PW800 engine program and developed the engines’ low-pressure turbine and the front high-pressure compressor.

Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply a 112 MW peaking power plant in North Dakota. The Smart Power Generation power plant will be operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Williston.

Equipment manufacturer GE is to provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Bazyan, Iraq. The 750 MW combined-cycle plant being developed by Turkish engineering & construction firm ENKA on behalf of Kurdish conglomerate Qaiwan Group.

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EEX to take majority in Powernext

Oct 21 - Germany's European Energy Exchange (EEX) will take a majority stake of 55.8% in France's Powernext from 1 January. Through an exchange of shares, EEX will indirectly become a majority shareholder of Epex Spot, both bourses said in a joint statement.

Total CEO dies in plane crash

Oct 21 - Christophe de Margerie, chairman and CEO of Total died in a private plane crash in Moscow on Monday evening, the French oil company confirmed. Three crew and de Margerie were found dead at the scene of the accident, after the plane at Vnukovo Airport had collided with a snow removal machine.

Yokogawa wins order for Rabigh 2 CCGT

Oct 20 – Yokogawa Electric Korea has won an order from EPC contractor Samsung C&T to supply control systems for the Rabigh 2 combined-cycle plant, powered by three 700 MW gas turbines. The 2,100 MW plant is being built for Al Mourjan For Electricity Production Company and scheduled to start operation in June 2017.

Israel: Tamar developers to sell gas to Egypt

Oct 20 – Developers of the 282 Bcm Tamar gas field offshore Israel, have signed a signed a letter of intent to sell 2.Bcm/year to the Egyptian firm Dolphinus Holdings, Delek reported to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Egypt needs to import gas to guarantee supply for stranded power stations as its domestic production is in decline.

ITM Power to assist in developing UK hydrogen gas network

Oct 17 - UK hydrogen gas technology developer ITM Power is to participate in government plans to establish a network of up to 15 hydrogen stations across the UK by the end of 2015.

The project is expected to cost around £11 million and is part of a government drive for ultra-low carbon technologies.

Xcel starts natural gas pipeline to fuel Denver Cherokee plant

Oct 17 - Colorado's largest power utility Xcel Energy has started up its $110M, 34-mile natural gas pipeline to provide fuel for its Denver Cherokee power plant.

The $1 billion project will Xcel to shut down coal-fired power plants in the Denver area and switch to natural gas.

ABB to upgrade HVDC link between Germany and Denmark.

Oct 16 - Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to upgrade the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Germany and Denmark.

The contract, worth about $16 million, will upgrade the 600 MW connection with a MACH control and protection system, remote operator work stations, training and spare parts.

Rosneft and CNPC sign cooperation agreement

Oct 16 - Russian energy firm Rosneft and China's CNPC have signed an agreement to strengthen strategic cooperation with a view to exporting Russian gas as LNG to support power plant projects in China.

The agreement was signed by Rosneft head Igor Sechin and CNPC vice president Wang Dongjin.

Rolls-Royce and Wood Group sign maintenance agreement with Chevron Thailand

Oct 15 - Rolls Wood Group (RWG), a joint venture between Rolls-Royce Energy and Wood Group has signed a long-term maintenance agreement to service Rolls-Royce industrial gas generators at Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production facilities.

The agreement covers four operating units at offshore production facilities located in the Pattani Basin.

ABB expands Indonesian production to meet soaring power demand

Oct 15 - Swiss equipment manufacturer ABB has opened a new low voltage factory in Indonesia to double miniature circuit breaker (MCB) production capacity within the region.

The company expects substantial growth opportunities for the low voltage market in Indonesia driven by increasing electricity demand.

GE's AGP increases power output in Pakistan

Oct 14 – GE will install its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution on three 9E gas turbines installed at Karachi Electric plants, which is expected to boost their output by 3.4% and increase fuel efficiency by 1.7%.
Over the past 25-years GE has supplied the Pakistani power producer with several 9E gas turbines, LM6000 aero derivative units and Jenbacher gas engines.

New 20 MW landfill gas plant powers up

Oct 14 - Sunshine Gas Producers in connection with DTW Biomass Energy has started generating electricity from landfill gas at a 20MW facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar, U.S.  Landfill gas generated at the site will be used to produce electricity to be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement.

China's OEM's look to clean energy growth

Oct 13 – Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in China which cater for the power market are looking into the growing green energy market as tough competition reduces margins on fossil power installations.
"Demand for coal-fired power and gas turbines decreased continuously with fiercer price competition," Sichuan-based Dongfang Electric Corp said, suggesting the wind turbine sector would continue to grow.

Siemens to supply turbines for Malaysia power plants

Oct 13 – Siemens has just shipped the second of two SGT5-8000H units for TNB Prai's 1,017-MW combined cycle plant in Malaysia. It will also supply Petronas' 1,220-MW Pengerang co-generation plant in Johor with an H-class gas turbine as well as a steam turbine set to produce up to 1,480 tonnes per hour of steam for the RM89bil refinery and petrochemical industry in the Pengerang Integrated Complex.

Tecogen wins CH-400x order in Mexico

Oct 10 - U.S. chilling specialist Tecogen has won an order for a third Tecochill natural gas-powered chiller form a major US-headquartered manufacturer of home fixtures.

The Tecochill model CH-400x unit will be retrofitted to an existing plant in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

EPA approves $200m expansion of Texas gas plant

Oct 10 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted approval to the private-equity backed owners of the Victoria WLE gas power plant to invest $200 million in order to nearly double the plant's capacity, mainly through adding a second combustion unit.

MagneGas combusion reduces coal emissions by 40%

Oct 10 – FuturEnergy Pty, an Australian based combustion research and development Company, has submitted a patent on combusting coal emissions containing CO2 in a secondary post combustion chamber. The technology transforms the coal flue gas into a fuel by igniting it using MagneGas, reducing emission to natural gas levels.

 

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