General Electric (GE) could potentially win a substantial share of multi-billion dollar contracts to rebuild Iraq’s electricity system, after the U.S. government intervened on behalf of the company. In April, the Iraqi Prime Minister had said Siemens was “well-placed to win the bulk of future deals.”
French oil and gas giant Total and Germany’s Siemens have proposed to scale back the size of the 1,230 MW integrated Kanbauk LNG-to-Power project after unresolved talks with the Government of Myanmar over financial terms. Downsizing is hoped to save the project which is at risk to be suspended, or outright cancelled.
Operational test runs are being carried out at the 640-MW Ubari gas-fired power plant, operated by the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL). GE is working towards getting the plant ready for service by early July to help rein in Libya’s persistent shortfall in electricity supply.
Japan’s power generation mix is changing, as the world’s largest LNG importer prefers cheaper thermal coal over regasified natural gas. By 2030, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) projects coal will have a 26% share of Japan’s energy mix, just behind natural gas with 27%. Nuclear is seen account for 20% to 22% and renewables will cater for about a quarter of overall electricity supply.
Edesur, one of Argentina’s leading TSOs, has been struggling to restore electricity after a “massive failure” left nearly 50 million inhabitants in mainland Argentina and Uruguay in the dark since early Sunday. The blackout was described by Edesur as “totally unpredicted” and its exact cause is still unclear.
Aggreko, a UK-based provider of mobile power solutions, has agreed to support Wärtsilä with the launch of its new Modular Block solution. This pre-fabricated, modular enclosure – based on medium-speed W32 and 34 engines – is mobile and can be re-deployed at various sites which enables operators new financing models, such as power as a service or rentals.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan is advancing the development of a floating power plant that will operate on regasified LNG, targeting utility customers in remote areas of Southeast Asia. The barge-based LNG-to-Power solution will be the first of its kind able to generate 100,000 kilowatts of electricity.
Wells drilled horizontally into shale formations - in contrast to vertical wells - have surged in number over the past few years and now account for nearly all of U.S. tight oil and gas production. Horizontal wells in 2004 still made up about 15% of shale oil and 14% of gas production, but this share has risen to well over 97% for both.
Controllability has still been a major issue at two large combined-cycle gas power plants in the United States, the responsible plant manager told Gas to Power Journal. Large natural gas swings caused large boiler pressure swings, which "created a situation where the load was swinging around a lot more than it needed to be."
‘Ready-to-go’ power supply is on offer from Wärsilä’s Modular Block - a modularly configured, and expandable enclosure for Wärtsilä medium-speed 34SG gas engine generators. The pre-fabricated solution reduces on-site installation time from several months to a few weeks.
Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is spending some $1.2billion to purchase two of GE’s H-class gas turbines for Tatan Power Plant unit 8 and 9. The turbines, each with 1,100 MW capacity, are meant to be put into service in 2021, and 2023.
In a world first, Siemens Gamesa has commissioned an electric thermal energy storage in Hamburg-Altenwerder. The system can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week – target is storage capacity in the Gigawatt-hour range. Storage helps decouple electricity generation and use, reducing the intermittency challenge of wind and solar power supply.
The 22MW/34.8MWh Cremzow battery energy storage in northeastern Germany has started full commercial operation, underpinned by Wärtsilä's GEMS control platform. Built by Enel, Enertrag and Leclanché at a cost of about 17 million Euros, the storage provides frequency regulation services for the regional power grid.
Tight oil and gas production in the United States could soon become less sensitive to price as super-majors like Chevron and ExxonMobil increase their shale acreage and commit to development spending. BP’s chief economist Spencer Dale said “cash-rich supermajors can smooth through price variations” and just keep fracking regardless.
Dirty king coal is still a stronghold in the American energy mix, and nearly all the coal consumed is produced domestically. Of the more than 755 million short tons (MMst) of coal produced in the United States last year, the electric power sector burnt 636 MMst, while industry consumed 50 MMst and another 115 MMst went for export.