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Ineos Group, the operator of Scotland’s Grangemouth oil refinery, has condemned a decision to ban shale extraction in Scotland saying the government “turned its back on a potential manufacturing and jobs renaissance.” Operations director Tom Pickering warned Scottland will miss out on an estimated 3,100 jobs – and “it will be England that reaps the benefits.”

Integrating North America’s abundant shale gas resources into global markets keeps prices subdued: NBP averaged at $10/mmBtu in 2011-14 and by 2016 lost more than half of its value, hovering around $4.63/mmBtu. According to Societe Generale analysis, natural gas is now in a unique position to help regions transition away from coal- and oil-fuelled power generation.

Crops for bioenergy are the only renewable source able to produce heat, power as well as liquid and gaseous fuels. Planting second generation non-food bioenergy crops could, according to the Energy Technology Institute (ETI), not only helps electrify Britain, but also created new jobs in the farming and forestry sectors, post Brexit.

First fire and start of commercial operation has been achieved for Chubu Electric’s Nishi-Nagoya power plant Block-1 in Japan. The 1,188 MW plant is powerd by six GE’s 7HA gas turbines and Toshiba steam turbines, jointly achieving an efficiency of over 62%.

Commentators have openly rebuked US Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of coal and nuclear power plants. In a letter to FERC, Perry had directed the regulator to set up a rule, offering plants that can store 90 day’s worth of fuel onsite some extra compensation. Critics dismissed this plan as “nuts” as it would interfere in America’s unregulated wholesale power market, effectively reducing the price of electricity generated from burning coal.

Coal-fired electricity generation in China, the world’s largest coal consumer, is expected to remain flat through 2040, according to EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017). Other fuels, such as renewables, natural gas, and nuclear power, are expected to make up increasing shares of China’s electricity generation.

Decentralized power generation has become reality in the city Holland in Michigan, U.S., where Siemens has just commissioned a 125 MW cogeneration plant. The combined cycle gas power plant has been build on behalf of Holland Board of Public Works.

As Turkish utilities invest in the country’s distribution network, ABB has received its largest-ever single order for 41,800 of its innovative InLine II fuse switch disconnector, for use in distribution boards across Turkey.

Just 26 months is the timeline for China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) to carry out Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the 1,263-MW Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) power plant in Jhang, Pakistan’s Punjab province. The Chinese firm committed to get the plant ready to produce 810 MW in simple-cycle mode within 14 months.

Ireland’s state-owned utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is seeking to refinance up to £400m (€453m) of debt related to its 880 MW Carrington power station in the UK before Christmas, or in early 2018, according to group finance director Pat Fenlon. ESB’s already issued €500 million worth of bonds in January and has around €1 billion of debt that matures over the next two years.

Greek engineering, procurement and construction company METKA, part of Mytilineos Group, is gearing up to carry out its first power plant project in Libya under a $400 million deal, awarded by the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL).

ActiveWall and Virtalis’ Visionary Render (VR) software has revolutionised processes at GE’s Swiss manufacturing site as it allows engineers to access and experience a real-time, collaborative, and immersive VR environment created from huge multi-source 3D datasets. Technical Product Manager, Deepu Sebastian pointed out that “in the design of new power plant projects, we found that the designing process has significantly improved.”

Strikingly, South Korea’s year-to-date LNG demand has risen by over 4 million tons – contrary to expectations it would fall. Yet very little of this demand strength comes from the power sector; according to Energy Aspects, Korea’s LNG appetite this year has been more down to expansion of LNG import facilities with players having bought cheap spot cargoes on spec and put the gas into storage.

The Timor-Leste government has signed a 5-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Wärtsilä that will see the Finish technology group monitor two power plants in real time. Remote monitoring helps to evaluate the installations' performance and ensure efficient and optimised operations.

Growing economies in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East spur new power generation projects which drives up the market value of the global transmission tower market from $13.05 billion last year to $13.46 billion in 2021.The Asia-Pacific region led the market in 2016 in terms of market value witnessing $7.50 billion and is expected to reach $7.93 billion by the end of the forecast period. According to GlobalData analysis, the market in the region is “mainly driven by new investments to develop a ‘new age’ grid.”

News in Brief

Enagas net profit tops €332m

Oct 20 – Spurred by a 9.3% rise in gas demand across Spain, Enagas stand alone net profit was up 1.6% to reach €322.5 million for the first nine months of this financial year. Gas demand was driven by a 60% growth from the industrial sector, combined with a 33.2% rise from the power sector mainly due to lower hydroelectric and wind power supply.

Capstone assigns Russian distribution rights

Oct 20 - Capstone has agreed to grant Turbine International and its affiliate, MTE Service, the sole distribution rights for Capstone products and services in the Russian oil and gas sector in exchange for $6.4 million in cash.

Pemex orders GE’s TM2500 for refinery

Oct 19 – While recovery efforts continue in Mexico after the recent earthquake, GE Power and its partner APR Energy will supply Pemex with TM2500 mobile power plant solutions for refinery some 5km northeast of the city of Salina Cruz. Operations of the refinery will benefit from nearly 70 MW of urgent power generation as regular supply via the national grid is being restored.

Surging energy use in India’s buildings

Oct 18 – India is forecast to see the fastest growth in building energy consumption through 2040. In the IEO2017 Reference case, delivered energy consumption for residential and commercial buildings in India is expected to increase by an average of 2.7% per year between 2015 and 2040, more than twice the global average increase.

Dong to remotely operate UK peaking plants

Oct 17 – Denmark’s Dong Energy has agreed with GAM Capital and its project development arm in the UK, Gas Power Developments, to manage the remote control and market optimization of three 6 MW gas power stations. The three gas peaking plants are Prestige House, Newhouse and Clay Flatts, located in Lancashire and Cumbria.

'Generation Energy' debate launched in Canada

Oct 16 – ‘Generation Energy’ has been kickstarted at a forum in Winnipag as a society-wide debate on the pathways to an affordable, low-carbon energy future for Canada. The share of renewables in Canada’s power mix exceeded 65% last year, with 90% of the total derived from hydropower. Prior to the event, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr met bilaterally with IEA head Dr Fatih Birol to provide input to Canada’s Presidency of the G7 in 2018.

MHPS starts manufacturing turbines in Dammam

Oct 13 – MHPS Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, has opened its new Turbine Rotor Repair Facility in Dammam today. The Japanese manufacturer announced plans to plans to manufacture its most advanced gas turbines in the Saudi kingdom, and use the new facility to service compressors and turbines used in petroleum and chemical plants.

Azura-Edo IPP to startup 8 months early

Oct 12 – Azura Power Holdings has announced that its 450 MW Auzura-Edo Independent Power Project (IPP) will be ready to start operations eight months ahead of schedule. First fire is planned in December this year, for commissioning to be finalised for a start-up in May 2018.

Evaluating GT owners take on dry air injection

Oct 11 – Sargent & Lundy has been hired by gas turbine (GT) owners to analyze the impact of Turbophase dry air injection system at different site conditions. Turbophase installed on multiple gas turbine frames over the past years, clocking up thousands of run-time hours.

Gas turbine market tops $24bn by 2022

Oct 10 – The global market for gas turbine is growing at an annual rate of 5.3% to reach $24.12 billion by 2020, according to htfmarketreport. Increasing demand distributed power generation, technology advancement, and more stringent regulations on carbon emissions are fuelling the market growth.

Trump nominates pro-coal lawyer as EPA deputy

Oct 9 – US President Donald Trump has nominated Andrew R. Wheeler, a lawyer whose clients include the coal mining firm Murry Energy, as the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler opposes Obama’s Clean Power Plan and supported the US coal industry’s opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Tokyo Engineering to finish new Azeri CCGT by May 2018

Oct 6 – Japan’s Tokyo Engineering Corp is building a new combined-cycle gas power unit at the Shimal power plant in Baku. The 409-MW unit is schedule to start full commercial operation in May 2018. Project costs, estimated to exceed $330 million, are partly covered by a $275 million loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Spain’s gas demand up 13% in September

Oct 5 – Demand for natural gas in Spain has increased by 13% to 26,153 GWh in September, the highest level in the past five years. Gas-burn in the power sector was up 44% month-on-month, reaching 7,085 GWh.

Capstone to deliver C1000s to Italy

Oct 4 – Capstone Turbine Corp has received an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) for a large cured meat company in Veneto, Italy. IBT Group, Capstone’s Italian distributor, secured the order for the plant, which is due to be commissioned in early 2018.

Marubeni invests in biomass co-fired plant

Oct 3 – Marubeni Thermal Power has signed a shareholder agreement with Tokuyama and Tokyo Century Corp to invest in the latter’s the construction and operation of a biomass co-firing power project in Shunan City. Preparation for construction works are getting underway this month, for a start of commercial operation in 2022.

Puerto Rico powered by fuel oil in the wake of Hurricane Maria

Oct 2 – Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is busy trying to restart power plants as well as transmission and distribution lines after Hurricane Maria hit the island earlier this month. In the absence of firm natural gas supply, PREA turned to Puma Energy to purchase fuel oil for emergency power generators.

Wärtsilä helps boost offgrid power in India

Sept 29 – Wärtsilä’s Indian office is supporting Arkay Energy (Rameswarm) to boost electrical output and productivity of its 150 MW baseload power plant in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, in southern India. An O&M deal for the plant's 16 Wärtsilä 34SG engines was renewed in June 2017 for another five years.