U.S. power provider AES has launched a new modular battery product designed to deliver energy to the grid at comparable rates to smaller gas-fired power plants. The Advancion solution allows companies to combine multiple battery units to achieve output similar to a 50MW peaking plant with the option to grow incrementally.
Ukraine has missed the March 7 deadline of paying Russia $1.89 billion for February's gas deliveries, prompting threats from Moscow about a halt of future supplies; but analysts suggests even if Russia cuts off gas flows to Ukraine it would have "much less of an impact [on Europe] than in 2009".
New gas pricing policy in India that is due to come into force in April will affect an estimated 19 GW of power generating capacity from gas-fired plants, potentially causing further shutdowns or shortages. The price of gas is expected to almost double from the current rate of $4.2 per MMBtu when the new regime starts next month, leading to a power price hike of as much as $10/kWh for end users.
Shifting from exporting its oil and gas resources to domestic consumption, Indonesia is reorienting its energy production to cater for growing demand of its buoyant industry and power producers. Keen to give 90% of its citizens access to electricity by 2020, the government has introduced a fast-track plant to step up power generating capacity by 20 GW.
Swiss engineering and manufacturing firm Sulzer has signed a joint venture agreement with China Huadian (CHD) to provide ongoing gas turbines services. The deal covers field service, component repair, and delivery of new capital parts for CHD's gas power plants in China.
The first two generators for the Kinyerezi-I power project in Tanzania are set to arrive on site this month, paving the way for construction of the 150 MW plant to be completed later this year. The Kinyerezi-I plant is expected to cost the government $124 million with another $65 million set aside for the construction of a power plant and a substation at Kinyerezi-II. In total the two projects will generate 390MW of electricity.
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Turkey's Ata Kombine Çevrim Santrali Elektrik Uretim Anonim Sirketi, a member of the Üründül Group, have signed a strategic partnership agreement that sees MHI investing ¥10 billion ($0.096 billion) to acquire a 50.1% share in a 520 MW power plant project just outside Istanbul.
Republicans in the U.S. have tabled a bill in the House of Representatives in an attempt to block pending Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that require new coal-fired power plants to use carbon capture which opponents claim would effectively ban new coal projects. In a debate this week Congressman Ed Whitfield challenged EPA rulings that are due to come into force next year and called for representatives to overturn the “latest threat by the Obama administration”.
The Maltese government is calling on the Environmental and Planning Authority board to approve a proposed 215 MW gas-fired power plant on March 24, in a move that could pave the way for the island state to switch from fuel oil to gas generation.
Fracking in South Africa could be ‘game-changing’ and deliver cheap fuel for a new wave of gas-fired plants according to the country’s government, replacing the country’s dependence on polluting coal plants. A government moratorium has previously held back investment but the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has now announced that government will be moving ahead "decisively" this year to develop production.
Improving the reliability of the combustion process in gas turbines (GT) can potentially save operators tens of millions of euros. "Although failure due to flame instability is extremely rare, a single event can cost in excess of €10 million - so research to improve reliability is vital" Professor Jim Kok, project co-ordinator for the Limousine group told Gas to Power Journal.
Turbine cooling specialist Everest Sciences has announced an order for two of its ECOChill hybrid turbine inlet chilling solutions from energy firm, Kinder Morgan. The company will provide units to chill inlet air on a Solar Taurus 70 and Centaur 40 gas turbine, used as the drivers for a pipeline compression station.