Regulatory green light was given to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to purchase electricity from NRG Energy's proposed gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, California, as the sunshine state need to turn to more gas power generation to fill the void caused by the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant.
To ensure UK CCS energy policies are underpinned by robust technical evidence, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has appointed Wood Group Kenny (WGK) as a technical advisor for carbon capture and storage policies, as well as potential projects.
Private sector financing has been made available for Iran to boost its total power generation capacity to over 73,000 MW in June, the deputy energy minister Houshang Fallahian said with reference to panned conversions and upgrade of 7,100 MW of simple-cycle gas-fired stations into CCGTs and more than 2,800 MW of new-builds.
Crippled by an acute shortage of natural gas supply, 18 out of 23 power plants in Nigeria had to stop operations, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The situation is exacerbated by one hydroelectric station facing water management issues, with the total loss of generating capacity now amounting to over 2,000 MW. Rolling blackouts have become unavoidable.
Though burning coal is again more profitable in Britain than gas generation as oversupply in coal market returns, July is likely to be the month when combined-cycle gas plants will step up their share in the UK power mix. July'15 the clean spark with CPS are seen at £3.20/MWh, followed by a drop to £2.94/MWh for September '15, according to ICIS figures.
New electrolysis stack technology from Canadian developer Hydrogenics offers a megawatt conversion capacity of 85%, paving the way for advanced gas power energy storage. "Creating a highly efficient link between the electrical grid and the natural gas system power to gas unlocks the massive energy storage capacity which we have already built and paid for," Daryl Wilson, chief executive at Hydrogenics told Gas to Power Journal.
Gérard Mestrallet, chief executive of Engie, has suggested fossil-fueled power generation is on the way out in Europe, so utilities are taking drastic steps to adapt to new realities. "The choice we have made is very clear. We have stopped investing – and so did the others by the way – in thermal power generation in Europe and we are investing in renewables," he told the FT.
GAMA Power Systems Engineering, the turnkey EPC contractor for the Hamitabat combined-cycle gas turbine power plant, has selected Siemens to supply two SGT5-8000H gas turbines, along with steam turbines and generators, which will have an installed capacity of 1,200 MW.
Both of MAN Diesel & Turbo gas engine models 35/44G and 51/60G are now also available with two-stage turbochargers, achieving high efficiency due to a low- and a high-pressure turbocharger arranged in series. The new models will be launched at this year's Power-Gen Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
Germany's federal cartel office has ruled that payments from TSO Tennet to E.on for the continued operation of its gas-fired power plant units Irsching 4 & 5 (1,391 MW) are unlawful. For about two years, E.on was for redispatch at times when the TSO ordered the plant to ramp up or down to maintain grid stability. However, the court now dismissed such measures as "illegal," suggesting they would "artificially tighten the supply of electricity."
Eager to avert power cuts and load-shedding in the upcoming summer season, the Egyptian cabinet has put its weight behind the opening of a 750 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in the northern outskirts of Cairo. The cabinet stated that the $500 million plant in Qaliyubia governorate is part of the state's 2012-2017 plan to provide 'environmentally-friendly electricity'.
The uptake of more micro combined heat and power generation (CHP) not only helps to meet the EU's carbon emission reduction targets, it could also cut household energy bills by 25-34% and deliver primary energy savings of up to 25%, a new Delta-ee 'Micro-CHP Benefits Study' shows.