Technology & Innovation

Tampa Electric has completed the expansion of its Polk Power Station located in Polk County, Florida, with the project beginning commercial operation on January 16.

Full commissioning of the 2.5 GW Umm Al Houl CCGT power plant in Qatar is expected in the second half of 2018, a spokesperson for Siemens confirmed to Gas to Power Journal.

Siemens had previously said commissioning of the first phase was scheduled for 2017, with commissioning of the entire complex scheduled for mid-2018.

Discussion is progressing regarding the construction of a proposed new 1,650 MW gas-fired plant in Guernsey County, Ohio, with a public information meeting due to be held at the end of January.

Saudi Arabia's electricity TSO National Grid SA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swiss electricity and distribution technology provider Pfisterer to develop the power transmission sector in the country.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has completed testing of a new system aimed at automating combustion tuning in boilers using artificial intelligence (AI), which “demonstrated results that are comparable to those that could be achieved by a highly experienced engineer” MHPS said in a statement.

Dresser-Rand has secured a contract to supply two compressor trains to Eni Ghana for an onshore gas receiving facility in Ghana, Africa.

Eni Ghana is a subsidiary of Italian oil company Eni, and operates the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project (47.222%) in Ghana along with partners Vitol Ghana Upstream (37,778%) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (15%).

Italy's Enel and Saudi Arabian utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have signed a Framework Agreement for cooperation in the power distribution sector.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America has successfully completed construction in the US of what it deems the world's largest post-combustion CO2 capture and compression system, using technology it previously successfully deployed in projects for capturing emissions from both natural gas and oil combustion.

Wartsila is to supply a 40 MW smart power generation plant to Mendoza, Argentina, for Methax, a special purpose company owned by Grupo Galileo. The value of the order is approximately Eur25 million, Wartsila said in a statement.

Fast-track power solutions provider APR Energy and GE have renewed their strategic alliance to provide mobile turbine technology into the fast-track power rental market.

The cooperation grants APR Energy exclusivity around the globe as the rental provider of GE mobile gas turbines under 50MW, the two companies said.

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction said it has reentered the Egyptian power market for the first time in six years after being awarded a contract to supply turbines and generators to two Egyptian state companies, UEEPC (Upper Egypt Electricity Production Company) and CEPC (Cairo Electricity Production Company).

US integrated power company NRG Energy has completed coal to gas conversion projects at four of its US power plants.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order from China Shenhua Guohua Power to supply gas turbine preventive detection services. The service is scheduled to begin in April 2017 for the Shenhua Beijing Guohua gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power plant, which supplies electricity to the Beijing area.

Wartsila is to supply a 100 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden in Germany.

The Smart Power Generation power plant, consisting of ten Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas, is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2018, the company said.

A consortium formed by Wartsila and Indonesian construction company PT PP (Persero) has inked a deal to supply two 57 MW modular power plants to Indonesia's state utility PT PLN.