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Iran is gearing up to produce 'home-made' gas turbines. A contract has been signed with Oil Turbo-Compressor Company to make a 100% indigenous [gas] turbine, according to Iran's deputy oil minister, Mohammad-Reza Moqaddam.

Travelling over 3,000 kilometres from Finspång, Sweden, to Holland in the US state of Michigan, two type SGT-800 gas turbines have made their way by truck, crane and ship. Siemens has manufactured the equipment for installation at the 145 MW Holland Energy Park CCGT, due operational in spring 2017.

Emissions of climate-changing CO2 from American power plants have fallen to the lowest point since April 1998, reaching a low of 128 metric tons in April 2015. However, the EIA cautioned this is typically the month with low emissions as electricity demand is low due to mild weather and little need for heating or cooling.

Having received a 'limited notice to proceed', Gemma Power System can now commence works to build a 200 MW open-cycle gas turbine power plant in Medway, Massachusetts, under a turnkey EPC contract with Exelon. The contract value is approximately $100 million.

As Malaysia aspires to achieve "high-income nation" status by 2020, the government is developing the power sector through supportive regulatory reforms and robust Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Utilities, meanwhile, are flocking to the local bond and sukuk market to fund new projects.

Following a $217 million investment, InterGen has now started commercial operation of a 205 MW combined-cycle gas power plant near the municipality of San Luis de la Paz in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Vietnam is poised to transform its energy mix over the next two decades as it industrializes its economy and expands total generating capacity to meet rising demand. Plans foresee substantial additions of coal power and the government also aspires to build the first nuclear reactors in Southeast Asia.

Adamant critics of the new US power plant regulation, unveiled by President Obama on Monday, are vowing to sue the government in a bid to block measures aimed at cutting carbon emissions 32% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 Markets

Mapping US power generation

An incredibly detailed map of all US generating facilities has been compiled by the Washington Post's latest data viz: a categorized map of every power plant in the United States. It shows that the the share of coal still exceeds gas by about 4% as a fuel source.

Invenergy plans to spend $700 million on a new gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. If all goes to plan, construction of the 900 MW plant would start next year with a view to having the CCGT up and running by 2019. Plans to build the facility still require approval from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board, the regional regulator.

The first restart of a Japanese nuclear reactor could take place as early as August 10, when Kyushu Electric plans to resume operation of a unit at its Sendai plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Japan's nuclear renaissance is expected to reduce gas demand for power generation and could lead to less LNG imports.

Together with its contractor Kraftanlagen München, GE is supporting the municipal utility Stadtwerke Kiel in the construction of a gas-fired power plant, driven by 20 flexible Jenbacher gas engines. After an intial planning and permitting phase, construction of the plant is scheduled to start in May 2016.

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Predix Cloud helps capture and analyse big data

Aug 7 – Designed specifically for industrial data and analytics, GE is growing its Predix Cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to enable operators to use machine data faster and more efficiently. With $4B in software revenues in 2014 and projected software revenues of $6B in 2015, GE continues to grow its investment in software.

Groundbreaking for Stonewall Energy Center

Aug 6 – State and local officials are breaking ground today on the Stonewall Energy Center near Leesburg, Virginia, to be operated by Dallas-based Panda Power Funds. With a capacity of 778 MW, the plant is being built by Bechtel and is due to start operation in 2017.

Ansaldo to convert Egyptian plant

Aug 6 – Italy's Ansaldo Energia has signed an accord with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) to convert the 6th of October power plant from simple to combined cycle. The plant conversion will require 24 months to complete during which Ansaldo will add four heat recovery steam generators and a steam turbine set rated 340 MW with relative air condenser.

Siemens ups SGT-800 performance

Aug 5 – Following an upgrade the Siemens SGT-800 gas turbine is now also available with a power output of 53 MW and an electrical efficiency of 39% in simple cycle application. In a 2x1 combined cycle configuration the power output is 150 MW with more than 56% net efficiency of and the same robust dual fuel Dry Low Emission (DLE) system, keeping NOx levels below 15 ppm and CO emissions below 5ppm.

Wärtsilä signs maintenance accord with Teck Alaska

Aug 4 – Wärtsilä has entered a 5-year maintenance agreement with Teck Alaska Inc. (Teck) for their power plant at the Red Dog mine in Northwest Alaska. The accord aims to optimise the plant's lifetime and performance and to reduce operating cost. Driven by eight Wärtsilä generator sets, the plant has a combined output of 42 MW.

Severn Glocon buys stake in A-T Armaturen-Technik

Aug 4 - Control valve engineering specialist Severn Glocon Group has acquired a majority share in A-T Armaturen-Technik GmbH, expanding its foothold in the global power industry. Now trading as Severn A-T Armaturen, the firm is a market leader in engineered valves for thermal power applications such as turbine and feedwater heater bypass.

Tapping biogas to power Africa

July 8 – Africa has a massive potential for the utilisation of renewable gas to generate base-load power supply. At Bisassar Road in Durban, for example, the gas from the landfill site is extracted and utilised by Clarke Energy to generate 6.4 MW of renewable electricity supplied to the local power grid.

US turbine market to grow 0.9% in 2014-19

July 31 – With shale gas spurring new-build gas power generating capacity, the turbine market in the United States is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 0.9% in terms of installations over between 2014 and2019. A Research and Markets finds that acquisitions of small companies help the leading manufacturers increase their production capacity as well as product portfolio.

APR redeploys assets from Libya in Senegal

July 30 – Fast-track power solutions provider APR Energy is expanding its service for Senegal's national utility Senelec. An additional 48 MW of mobile diesel-powered generation will be installed and operated – including assets redeployed from Libya – to supplement an existing 20 MW block at APR Energy's Kounoune site. The contract for the combined 68 MW extends into the fourth quarter of 2015.

Aggreko to invest $40m in Indonesia

July 29 – Temporary power provider Aggreko has announced a further $40 million investment in Indonesia, having been active in the country for over six years through its local entity PT Aggreko Indonesia. Aggreko currently has around 210 MW of fleet in operation in Indonesia and recently also secured contracts worth $10 million in the mining and utility industries.

Extending the Scania power range

July 29 – Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa has incorporated three new models of 50Hz generator sets with Scania engines into its product range, namely the HSW-610 T5, HSW-660 T5 and HSW-705 T5 generators. These engines offer a better cylinder capacity/power ratio and extend the range of Himoinsa's gensets with Scania engines to 700 kVA.

Japan: Opposition mounts against coal power

July 28 – Wary that Japan might miss its emission targets just months prior to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, the country's environment minister is opposing two proposed coal-fired power plants. Chubu Electric plans to build a 1,070 MW coal power plant replace oil-fired units in Aichi prefecture, while Chiba-Sodegaura Energy eyes another 2,000 MW coal plant.

GE to supply areo turbines for Tanap pipeline

July 27 – GE Oil & Gas has secured a contract to supply aeroderivative gas turbine driven centrifugal compressor packages for the for the first phase of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (Tanap) project. The equipment will be manufactured and tested in Florence, Italy, and is scheduled for delivery in 2017.
The first phase of TANAP project, due operational in 2018, involves construction of 1,334 km pipeline from the Turkish-Georgian border to Eskishehir province. The pipeline will ultimately transport Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and further to southeast Europe.

India: BHEL to cooperate with Kazakh firms on plant design

July 27 – State-run power equipment manufacturer BHEL has signed an agreement with Kazakh's KUS, one of the country's largest utilities, to cooperate on the design and construction of thermal power plants and CHPs. Kazakhstan remains the cornerstone of BHEL of India's engagement in the CIS region. Five BHEL make gas turbine generators (of 42 MW each) are already installed at the Tengizchevroil complex in Atyrau.

First CCGT starts up in Georgia

July 24 – Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has officially opened the country's first combined cycle thermal power plant in the town of Gardabani, 39 kilometers south of Tbilisi. With a capacity of 237 MW the CCGT can generate nearly double the output of other gas-fired plants in Georgia. The plant was realised at a cost of $231 million, financed by the Oil and Gas Corporation and the Partnership Fund.

June construction starts down 15%

July 24 – New construction starts in June dropped 15% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Non-building construction in June fell sharply as the result of a steep pullback by its electric utility and gas plant category. "If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11% from the same period a year ago," analysts said.

Seven Energy gets loan for gas sale in Nigeria

July 23 – Nigerian oil and gas firm Seven Energy has secured a $495 million loan from a consortium of lenders, including First Bank and Ecobank, to facilitate its plans of selling natural gas to the local market. Seven Energy plans purchase associated gas form oil producers and sell it locally to power producers in Nigeria, in a bid to help end the country's crippling gas shortage.

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