The nuclear renaissance in Japan is gathering momentum with the government proposing for nuclear energy to account for 20% or even 24% of the island nation's power mix by 2030 – regardless of popular protests. A court just rejected an injunction by local residents opposed to the restart to the two Sendai reactors as planned this summer.
In Mexico, Siemens has won yet another order to supply and install two SGT6-5000F gas turbines and two SGEN6-1000 generators in two 1x1 configurations at the Tula 1 & 2 combined cycle power blocks. Commissioning and start-up of the two units is due in summer 2017.
Advanced Power has selected GE to supply two 7F.05 gas turbines, one D650 steam turbine and its rapid response combined-cycle system for the 700 MW Carroll County Energy Project in northeast Ohio. According to GE, the first of its 7F.05 units are already operating at PP12 in Saudi Arabia.
Though domestic coal reserves are abundant in many energy-intensive Asian economies while gas is more scarce and expensive, analysts see the tide turn towards a greater use of cleaner-burning natural gas. With gas prices at Henry Hub down from over $15/mmbtu in 2005 to just $2.58/mmbtu this Thursday, exporting US LNG is poised to bring cost-competitive gas to Asian power producers.
Over half of the electricity needs of Calgary's metropolitan residents are now met by the newly commissioned Shepard Energy Centre. KBV Shepard Power Partners, a JV between Black & Veatch and Kiewit Energy, completed the EPC works for the 800 MW gas-fired power plant.
Musandam Power Company has selected Pöyry to undertake the owner's engineer services assignment for the Musandam IPP. Oman Oil Company and LG International Corp are developing the 120 MW plant, using dual-fuel reciprocating engines. The fast track project is due to be completed before the end 2016.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth Dh1.47 billion ($400 million) to Siemens Energy for the turnkey construction of the Jebel Ali M-Station Expansion combined-cycle power plant. The extension unit is due to start up in the spring of 2018.
Unfazed by low oil prices, the global market for genset installations, powered by natural gas, are forecast to reach 27.2 GW by 2024 and generate $146.8 billion in cumulative revenue between 2015 and 2024, according to Navigant Research. Dual-fuel gensets, are bridging the gap between diesel and gas gensets and have risen in popularity in markets with a lack of adequate gas supply or distribution infrastructure.
For the second year in a row, the United States has seen a rise in energy-related CO2 emissions – the largest component of overall greenhouse gas emissions. On March 31, the U.S. officially committed to a target to reduce emissions 26%-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.
United Overseas Bank (UOB) has announced it sealed a financing deal with Singapore-based Royal GK, an engineering procurement and construction company, which is about to buy gas engines to build a gas power plant in Hlawga, Yangon, on behalf of Myanmar Central Power.
French turbine manufacturer Alstom announced its energy business unit in Indonesia will shift its strategy to increasingly focus on serving the domestic market. Up to $20 million may be spent on expanding its local factory. Andreas Lusch, Alstom's head of steam and nuclear business, sees "enormous opportunities" in Indonesia as the government in Jakarta plans to add 35,000 MW of new power generation capacity.
Laser repair of gas turbine components is just a step away from becoming a wide-spread commercial reality. Repairs recently carried out at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) were achieved by laser cladding components in test turbines, with data analysis showing this innovative repair approach reduces of maintenance cost, shortens repair cycles and extends component life.