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

Egypt plans capacity additions to power new capital city

July 3 – The Government of Egypt announced in the spring it plans to build a new capital city in the desert east of Cairo. To supply electricity to the new metropolis, a power-plant deal foresees Orascom Construction to build three combined-cycle plants, each with a capacity of 4,800 MW. Siemens will supply the turbines for these and other plants in Egypt under the largest single order in the company's history.

FPL plans to add combined-cycle plant by mid-2019

July 3 – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is planning to phase out several older, less-efficient generating units and plans to add a new combined-cycle power plant. If approved by regulators, the new plant would be built on company-owned property in northeastern Okeechobee County, Fla., and enter service by mid-2019.

PEM project to convert wind power into hydrogen

July 3 – Siemens has started up an electrolysis plant based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which converts wind power into hydrogen for re-use in gas pipelines or as a fuel for onsite gas power generators.
The prototype installation in Mainz, Germany, can process up to 6 MWs of electricity, making it the biggest PEM installation of its kind worldwide. The plant is a collaboration between Siemens, Linde and Rhein-Main University of Applied Sciences.

APR Energy to supply gas turbine to Egypt

July 3 – The global suppliers of fast-track power solutions, APR Energy, has signed a contract to provide a gas turbine power plant for an industrial customer in Egypt. The project, which is for a minimum of 12 months, has an estimated value of $30 million.
Three GE aeroderivative mobile gas turbines will drive the plant. The plant is expected to begin generation by Q1 2016.

BHEL commissions Sudan's largest thermal plant

July 2 – Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioning the 500 MW Kosti thermal power station (TPS) in Sudan. With a capacity of 4x125 MW, Kosti is now Sudan's largest Power Plant. BHEL has executed this project on an EPC basis, having designed, manufactured, supplied and installed the complete power project, including associated civil works.

Singapore: Power tariff to rise 7.5% in Q3

July 2 – Electricity tariffs in Singapore will increase by an average of 1.5cts/kWh, or 7.5%, up to 22.41 cents per kWh for the third quarter. SP Services said the hike in the third quarter is due to a 15.1 per cent increase in the cost of natural gas for electricity generation from the second quarter.
Electricity tariffs consist of four components: energy cost, network cost, market support services fee, and the market administration and power system operation fee.

Voith Turbo opens new Houston headquarters

July 1 – Voith Turbo, a specialist for intelligent drive systems and products in the oil and gas sector, opened its new Houston, Texas headquarters . It will focus on product innovation and customer service for for the Power, Oil & Gas Division of its Americas region.

Exelon's 120 MW Maryland plant starts up

July 1 – Exelon Corp confirmet that its Generation segment's Perryman 6 natural gas power plant in Maryland has started commercial operations on Jun 28, fulfilling its commitment of enhancing natural gas capacity in the state following its merger with Constellation Energy.
The 120 MW Maryland unit will enhance the capacity of the adjacent Perryman Generating Station to 475 MW. The Perryman 6 plant will operate as a peaking unit and can run on natural gas as well as on oil as back-up.

Use of super-computer to improve gas turbine combustion

July 1 – GE and Cascade Technologies have entered a multi-year joint development agreement to apply and improve simulation software that enables engineers to virtually look inside a gas turbine as it operates. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the turbulent fluid, chemical and acoustic processes occurring within advanced, low-emissions gas-turbine combustion systems.

Forte Oil asks Siemens to upgrade 414 MW power plant

June 30 – Nigeria's Forte Oil has announced it signed an $83 million contract with Siemens to upgrade its 414 MW gas-fired power plant. Works are scheduled to be completed next year.
Next to its fuel retail business, Forte Oil has also bought several power plant assets in Nigeria which were privatised some two years ago in a bid to liberalise the market and end the recurring blackouts.

New Zealand: Genesis Energy retires 250 MW Rankine unit

June 30 – Auckland-based Genesis Energy has decided to retire the 250 MW Rankine unit at its Huntly power station, saying the unit was not needed by the wholesale market even during dry periods and low hydro power supply. The gas- and coal-fired unit has been in long-term storage but will be finally shut down over the summer. Genesis will keep two coal/gas units and two other gas-fired units operational at the Huntly plant.

Summit spends $1bn to add 1.3 GW of new capacity

June 29 – The Bangladesh-based Summit Group plans to invest over $1 billion and generate around 1,310 MW by 2020. The biggest plant project is set to add 600 MW and will help dent India's anticipated rise in electricity demand of 7% per year.

"We must access and develop regional hydroelectricity potentials and nuclear energy. But fossil fuel will remain our main energy source for many years to come," Summit finance director Ayesha Aziz Khan told reporters.

GE wins $1bn order in Indonesia

June 29 – GE has won an order worth $1 billion for 400 mobile gas-based turbines with capacity 25 MW from the Indonesian state-own electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
The gas turbines will be used by PLN to build 1,000 MW gas-fired power generation capacity in the border areas of West and East Indonesia. About 15% of Indonesia's population currently has no access to electricity.

Appalachian Power plans $64m investment in upgrade works

June 26 – U.S. electricity producer Appalachian Power expects upgrades to its network to cost more than $64.8 million.

The company issued the estimate in response to enquiries by the Public Service Commission and expects to spend even more for permits and pipelines to convert several recently retired coal-fired power plants to natural gas.

Fitters Diversified to commission Baling biogas plant in 2016

June 26 – Malaysian power producer Fitters Diversified Bhd has announced that its Baling biomass plant will commence operationin February 2016 and is expected to supply electricity to the national grid for 16 years.

The Baling plant generates biogas from palm oil mill effluent (POME) in a biogas capture plant and converts it to electricity using biogas engine generators.

Landis+Gyr win Finnish MW-class BESS order

June 25 – Smart metering specialist Landis+Gyr has won a major order to supply a battery energy storage system (BESS) to Finnish energy utility Helen Ltd.

The megawatt-class BESS will feature a 1.2MW-0.6 MWh SCiB lithium-ion battery and will be located at a site next to the Suvilahti solar power plant.

Lukoil commissions 153 MW Stavropol CCGT-135

25 June – Russian energy firm Lukoil has officially commissioned its 153 MW CCGT-135 combined cycle power plant in in Budennovsk Vagit Alekperov.

The plant will supply power to the Russian Wholesale Power Market (RWPM) under the Capacity Supply Agreement (CSA) signed by Lukoil. 

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