Tuesday, 24 April 2012

CHP plant proposed for South Hook LNG terminal

South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven; source: South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven; source:

 A new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant could be on the horizon for the Milford Haven waterway, South Hook LNG has confirmed. The news comes after the UK Government announced its backing for a major expansion in gas generated electricity to avert a looming gap in power generation capacity.

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News in Brief

Siemens to provide EnergyIP smart grid platform for E.ON

Jul 29 - German technology developer Siemens is to provide its EnergyIP smart grid platform to support energy provider E.ON’s EniM intelligent metering programme.

The EnergyIP system will enable E.ON to assume the role of distribution system operator, metering service operator and metering service provider in the German market when intelligent metering systems are installed nationwide starting in 2016.

ABB to upgrade Oklaunion HVDC

Jul 29 - Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to upgrade the Oklaunion high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line in Texas to enhance grid reliability.

The upgrade will replace Oklaunion HVDC back-to-back converter station in Texas, and provide an asynchronous interconnection between the Texas (ERCOT) and Oklahoma (SPP) power grids.

Landfill gas plant to double capacity

Jul 28 - U.S. power producer Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling is to double the capacity of its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, Oregon.

The expansion will see the plant increase from 6.4 MW to 12.8 MW through the addition of four new engines.



Siemens to supply vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer

Jul 28  - German manufacturer Siemens  is to supply a 150-ton, twin RH vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer Altos Hornos de Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. (AHMSA).

The system will feature mechanical vacuum pumps and be located at the converter Steel Works # 2 in Monclova.

GE selected to provide power upgrades at Raigarh Steel Plant

Jul 25 - GE Power Conversion is to provide AC motors and drives to upgrade the steckel mill at Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)  Raigarh Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, India.

Production at the facility is expected to more than triple  from three million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 10mpta by 2020 due to increased  machine output and improved thequality of  finished steel through a more effective hot-rolling process.

GE Marine and LR to partner on gas turbine power systems

Jul 25 - U.S. equipment manufacturer GE Marine is to work with Lloyd's Register (LR) to market gas turbine-power systems for commercial ships.

The systems will include Dry Low NOx emissions (DLE) combustion systems operating in combined cycle mode, designed to meet Tier III IMO/Tier IV US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Pakistan Petroleum to build 50 MW gas plant

Jul 24 - State-owned oil and gas explorer Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), plans to move into power production with the construction of a 50 MW gas plant in Pakistan.


The proposed plant will be generate electricity for the Shahdadpur grid, about 10 km from the Gambat South block in Sanghar district, Sindh.

Exelon Generation breaks ground on 120 MW Perryman station

Jul 24 - U.S. power plant developer Exelon Generation has started construction of it new 120 MW Perryman natural gas power generating unit.

The plant will feature two Pratt & Whitney simple cycle, aero-derivative combustion turbines that will increase the facility's capacity to 465 MW in total when it is complete in 2015.




SDG&E requests power purchase deal with NRG Energy

Jul 23 - U.S. utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to buy 633 MW of power from a gas-fired plant owned by NRG Energy in Southern California.

The request comes as a result of shortfall faced by SDG&E following the shutdown of its 2,150 MW San Onofre nuclear plant.

Scuderi files patent for dual-output power generation system

Jul 23 - Engine development company Scuderi Group has filed a patent application for a dual-output power generation system.

The new method utilizes a generator to simultaneously feed electricity to both an end user and the local grid and works with both conventional or Scuderi Split-Cycle internal combustion engine technology.

ABB to provide $35m HVDC upgrade in Canada

Jul 22 - Swiss engineering firm ABB is to provide a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link upgrade for the New Brunswick and Hydro Québec grids in southeast Canada.

The project is estimated to cost £35 million and will include installation of ABB’s MACH control and protection system and the upgrade of the valves and valve cooling system.

Siemens to build first European onshore power supply for cruise ships

Jul 22 -  German energy firm Siemens is to build the first European onshore power supply for cruise ships.

The company will supply a turnkey onshore power supply  for the  Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).  The system will supply electricity to cruise ships at the Hamburg Altona cruise terminal of all common sizes and electrical system designs, allowing them to turn off their own diesel generators and reduce harmful emissions during lay days.


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