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

DoE evaluates US wind power potential

May 26 – Advanced wind energy systems, with taller turbine towers of up to 140 metres and larger rotors, are meant to generate more electricity per dollar invested. R&D support from the US Department of Energy (DoE) has already spurred the wind industry install nearly 66 GW wind power capacity and has helped decrease the cost of wind energy by more than 90%.
Wind generation tripled in just six years, exceeding 4.5% of total generation in the United States, according to DoE figures. To back up intermittent wind power, flexible gas-fired generation is ideally placed and already wide-spread throughout the U.S., underpinned by persistently low domestic gas prices.

Alstom to supply GRT for Tilbury biomass plant

May 26 – Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), the Danish power plant specialist, has contracted Alstom for the third time for a geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) at the Tilbury biomass project. With a capacity of 45 MW, the waste wood power station will be built on the river Thames near London by BWSC and Aalborg Energie Technik (AET).

CME to launch European power contracts in June

May 22 – CME Group, the US's largest futures exchange by market capitalisation, is to launch eight new European power contracts on 15 June. Cash-settled baseload and peakload futures contracts covering the German, French, Spanish and Italian markets will be available, CME said, adding cross margining with its European natural gas futures will be available in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval.

GE reuses manufacturing plant as warehouse

May 22 – GE's Power Generation Services arm has renovated space at the company's former US transformer manufacturing facility in Rome, Georgia, and will begin reusing it to warehouse refurbished and new parts such as rotors, compressor discharge casings, turbine shells and generator fields. The first components "will soon arrive," it said.

Duke to retire Asheville coal plant, convert to natural gas

May 21 – As part of Duke Energy's 1.1 billion Western Carolinas Modernization project, operation of the Asheville coal power plant, has been running since 1964, will cease generation in early 2020. The coal-fired capacity will be replaced by a cleaner, more efficient natural gas facility, the operator announced this week.

Aggreko grid simulations help meet ROC deadlines

May 21 – Grid connection simulation technology can help wind power developers maximise revenue by meeting the critical 31 March 2017 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) deadline.
To qualify for ROCs, developers must obtain a G59 sign-off agreement from their grid operator after commissioning; alternatively, they can complete the commissioning and testing phase using simulated grid connection technology, which has already been used by Aggreko to accelerate G59 sign-off in the solar PV industry.

Shanghai Electric makes Eurozone debt market debut

May 20 – Stunning investors with successfully placing a €600 million five-year bond, Shanghai Electric has entered the Eurozone debt market with a bang.
Rated at A2/A/A, the Chinese power producer priced the Reg S-only note at mid-swaps plus 80 basis points and increased its offering from an initial target size of €500 million, encouraged by keen interest from investors who are trying to escape low borrowing rates across Europe.

UK: Ferrybridge C Power Station to close earlier

May 20 – With profits flat-lining, SSE has decided to close its Ferrybridge C Power Station in Yorkshire by 31st March 2016 – much earlier than expected. Around 170 jobs will be lost and workers had anticipated a closure rather toward the end of next year.

MHPS wins order for three M501J gas turbines

May 20 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) has received an order from Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) for the supply of three M501J gas turbines to be installed at VEPCO's Greensville County Power Station.
The three gas turbines will be manufactured and assembled at MHPSA's Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia, with a view to completing the project before the end of 2018.

Nelson CCGT starts operation

May 19 – Invenergy's new-built Nelson Energy Center in Rock Falls, Illinois, is now fully operational after engineers on Friday completed performance testing operations on the 600 MW combined-cycle gas power plant.
The operator had bought the site back in 2006, initially planning to run the plant on both ethanol and natural gas, however, plans for the ethanol portion of the project were scrapped.

Cameroon: Altaaqa starts up 50MW of temporary power

May 19 – Altaaqa Global's has stared up some temporary gas power units, with a combined capacity of 50 MW, at the Logbaba plant site in Douala, Cameroon. Completed in only 21 days, the temporary gas-fired power plants, with a combined capacity of 50 MW, provide the country with a new reliable and sustainable source of electricity.

Torrent Power's CCPPs to get gas subsidy

May 18 – All gas-fired capacity of India's Torrent Power will get government subsidy for the use of re-gasified LNG for four months from June to September, the company stated.
Plants to benefit from the subsidy are TPL's Sugen Mega CCPP (1147.5 MW), Unosugen CCPP (382.5 MW) and Dgen Mega CCPP of TPL's subsidiary Torrent Energy (1200 MW). Torrent said the cheap gas will help to boost the load factor of the Sugen CCPP to 35% from currently less than 25.6%.

Capstone wins 1.4 MW orders for New Shale Compressor Stations

May 18 - E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, has secured multiple orders totalling 1.4MW of electric power. The orders came from one of their largest Capstone customers.
A Capstone C800 Series product will power one station and the other will have a C600 Series product. Both sites will have a heat exchanger paired with their Capstone system. The combined heat and power systems will provide both primary electric power and a water heating source for buildings and facility fuel gas heating.

Vokswagen in Chinese gas-and-solar JV

Chinese hydropower producer Sinohydro Corp, part of ChinaPower, has announced a venture with a subsidiary of German carmaker Volkswagen to work together in the sphere of electricity generation from concentrated solar power (CSP) and gas-fired plants. The Chinese company has recently also joined in a venture with diesel engines maker MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.

10,000 MW capacity added to Indian grid

Fifteen Indian gas-fired power generators have qualified to receive a subsidy towards imported gas to dramatically boost gas-fired capacity in the country. Notably, Torrent Power from Gujarat, will get supply for three plants and power generator NTPC will have supply for five power plants.  Around 10,000 MW of additional capacity would come onto the grid from June.

Northcumbrian Water gets grid gas from sewage


UK waste utility Northcumbrian Water is preparing to launch the £8m Howdon gas-to-grid plant project, which uses sewage treatment as a source of feed for gas used in home heating, now in the final stages of commissioning. It will generate 88 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy per year.


HIMOINSA supplies 5MW peaking gensets


The stand-by gensets are being used as back up or peak shaving for a heavy fuel oil power plant in the Faroe Islands, a set of 18 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Iceland with a total of 50,000 inhabitants.  HIMOINSA supplied two medium voltage generator sets, model  HMW 3030 kVA T5 6.6 kV. The project has been designed to use a seawater cooling system.


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