Enel, Italy's largest power producer, first embarked on an early migration to Single European Payments Area SEPA payments formats in late-2012 to meet the Commission's deadline. However, some support was needed to ensure a smooth transition, said Cédric Derras, head of Cash Management Sales Italy at UniCredit told Gas to Power Journal.
Korea South East Power Co. (KOSEP) has awarded Siemens an order to upgrade the Instrumentation & Control systems in units 5 and 6 of the Samcheonpo Thermal Power Station in South Korea. Siemens stressed it is 'a first' that the German OEM is upgrading the I&C system for GE steam turbines.
Two stage turbocharging offers the ability for operators to optimize consumption for specific load profiles, according to German engine manufacturer MAN Diesel. “In power generation, fuel consumption accounts for more than 80 percent of all production cost. The extra turbochargers increase the price of the package but offer substantial additional value in output and efficiency,” Ralf Losch, senior manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Power Plant Business Unit told Gas to Power Journal.
Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is in negotiations with Osaka Gas to realise gas projects worth around $2 billion in the Philippines, including a massive gas-fired power plant of up to 1,500 MW that would run on imported LNG. Meralco chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the power project would require building a regasification facility for imported liquefied natural gas.
With more industries across Africa using distributed generators for uninterrupted electricity supply, GE has completed the supply and installation of three 25 MW trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines at Port Harcourt Refinery, Nigeria.
Two SGT-800 gas turbines and one SST-400 steam turbine will be supplied by Siemens for Holland Energy Park in Michigan, U.S. The combined cycle power plant is set to generate about 125 MW in summer and 145 MW in winter.
By sharing global component performance data, power generators can reduce operational expenditure (OPEX) and increase the reliability of their equipment through risk assessments, said Dr Liane Smith, founder and MD of Wood Group Intetech. "Comparing the relative performance of components is a critical exercise to isolate mechanical weakness," she told Gas to Power Journal.
Shanghai Electric Power has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Delimara Power Station to operate on natural gas. The Chinese power producer operates the Maltese plant following a €100 'cash injection' into Enemalta in December, plus €150 million set aside for unit 3 (BWSC plant) and another 70 million for switching the plant to gas.
Luzon, the most populous island in the Philippines, will continue to face power shortages with reserve markings are forecast to stay narrow for the coming three years, according to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
Interim Power Supply Agreements (IPSAs) are becoming 'the new normal'.
State-owned Saudi Aramco has pushed back to mid-March a key deadline for bids on 'System A' – one of the kingdom's most ambitious shale gas development projects. Bids were initially due in early December, but Aramco chose to extend the deadline after it sent drilling companies a list of additional requirements. Tapping Saudi shale reserves is now a priority of the Government as it struggles to meet rising gas demand from power generators.