The Government of India has announced it will cap the price of domestically produced natural gas at $4.66/mmbtu between April 1 and September 30, 2015 – a 7.7% cut from previous prices at $5.61/mmbtu. Affordable gas is meant to help increase the load factor of stranded power plants. Meanwhile, operators are gearing up to bid for subsidized imported gas in a reverse auction.
Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's minister for economic affairs and energy, has faced fierce criticism for proposing carbon-intensive power plants should pay a new 'climate protection fee'. Several federal states in Germany see lignite coal as a vital domestic and comparatively cheap energy source – in contrast to natural gas, with some high-efficiency units being lossmaking and at the brink of closure.
Political risk in Nigeria's lengthy election process has hindered the startup of a new 140 mmscf/day gas pipeline, leaving power stations stranded that were built under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) in the western part of the country. Foreign commissioning experts refused to come to Nigeria during the election period amid fears over public unrests.
Though paid to stay on this winter, RWE Generation's Littlebrook oil-fired power plant in Kent is closing down today. The operator confirmed it shuts down the 1,245 MW plant in Kent in accordance with EU environmental law, while three 35 MW open-cycle gas turbines on the site will continue to operate.
Papua New Guinea's gold mine in Lihir is powered by onsite generators, driven by 22 Wärtsilä engines with a combined output of 172 MW. The OEM has signed a servicing agreement with Newcrest Mining Ltd to improve availability and performance of the power plant.
An ownership consortium consisting of E.ON, HSE, Mainova, and N-ERGIE has officially notified the German energy regulator and the network operator TenneT of its plans to shut down Irsching 5 on April 1, 2016.
E.ON furthermore asked the regulator to shut down its Irsching 4 unit on the same date, claiming the lack of plant dispatch for merchant power has rendered operations unprofitable.
UK and Scottish Governments have vowed to jointly provide £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility work for a full–chain 570 MW Carbon-Capture-Storage (CCS) coal-gasification power station in Grangemouth, Scotland. If realised the Grangemouth project would follows a design approved in Texas by U.S regulators.
Financial incentives for cogeneration under Romania's revised energy efficiency law have spurred Bepco to install four combined heat and power (CHP) plants in the city of Brasov. The upgraded plants, driven eleven Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines, are generating 42 MW of electricity and 38 MW of heat for the local community.
A major blackout has hit large parts of Amsterdam as well as the wider province of North Holland this morning, forcing Schiphol airport to cancel all flights to and from the city. About 90 minutes after the outage struck, Dutch power grid operator TenneT said that electricity has been partly restored in the densely populated region. The TSO explained the incident was caused by a "technical fault" at a substation in the Amsterdam suburb of Diemen.
Major U.S. utility Dominion Virginia Power has proposed to build a gas-fired power station with a capacity of about 1,600 MW in Greensville County at a cost of more than $1 billion. The combined-cycle facility would consist of three gas combustion turbines and a steam turbine.
Expanding its rental operations in Australia, GE's sales and service provider for Jenbacher gas engines Clarke Energy has stuck a deal to supply three J320s to Horizon's short-term power project. With a capacity of 3 MW, the engines will supply electricity for the remote coastal town of Onslow, Western Australia, prior to the construction of a permanent power station.
The Cabinet of India has given permission for supply of more LNG to power producers in a bid to rescue and revive stranded generation assets. Gas supply is limited by regasfication and import capacity, so utilities are asked to participate in a reverse auction by bidding the lowest amount of subsidy they need to produce electricity at Rs 5.50 per unit.