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Enel, Italy's largest power producer, first embarked on an early migration to Single European Payments Area SEPA payments formats in late-2012 to meet the Commission's deadline. However, some support was needed to ensure a smooth transition, said Fernando Santini, head of international cash management sales at UniCredit told Gas to Power Journal.

Irish power plant operator BioCore Environmental plans to build up to four new biogas facilities in the UK following the success of its €20 million anaerobic digestion plant in Suffolk, England.

Korea South East Power Co. (KOSEP) has awarded Siemens an order to upgrade the Instrumentation & Control systems in units 5 and 6 of the Samcheonpo Thermal Power Station in South Korea. Siemens stressed it is 'a first' that the German OEM is upgrading the I&C system for GE steam turbines.

Two stage turbocharging offers the ability for operators to optimize consumption for specific load profiles, according to German engine manufacturer MAN Diesel. “In power generation, fuel consumption accounts for more than 80 percent of all production cost. The extra turbochargers increase the price of the package but offer substantial additional value in output and efficiency,” Ralf Losch, senior manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Power Plant Business Unit told Gas to Power Journal.

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is in negotiations with Osaka Gas to realise gas projects worth around $2 billion in the Philippines, including a massive gas-fired power plant of up to 1,500 MW that would run on imported LNG. Meralco chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the power project would require building a regasification facility for imported liquefied natural gas.

With more industries across Africa using distributed generators for uninterrupted electricity supply, GE has completed the supply and installation of three 25 MW trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines at Port Harcourt Refinery, Nigeria.

Two SGT-800 gas turbines and one SST-400 steam turbine will be supplied by Siemens for Holland Energy Park in Michigan, U.S. The combined cycle power plant is set to generate about 125 MW in summer and 145 MW in winter.

By sharing global component performance data, power generators can reduce operational expenditure (OPEX) and increase the reliability of their equipment through risk assessments, said Dr Liane Smith, founder and MD of Wood Group Intetech. "Comparing the relative performance of components is a critical exercise to isolate mechanical weakness," she told Gas to Power Journal.

Shanghai Electric Power has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Delimara Power Station to operate on natural gas. The Chinese power producer operates the Maltese plant following a €100 'cash injection' into Enemalta in December, plus €150 million set aside for unit 3 (BWSC plant) and another 70 million for switching the plant to gas.

Luzon, the most populous island in the Philippines, will continue to face power shortages with reserve markings are forecast to stay narrow for the coming three years, according to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
Interim Power Supply Agreements (IPSAs) are becoming 'the new normal'.

UK technology developer ITM Power has delivered a rapid response Power-to-Gas PEM electrolyser system to RWE's site in Ibbenbüren, marking the third such energy storage system installed by ITM in Germany.

State-owned Saudi Aramco has pushed back to mid-March a key deadline for bids on 'System A' – one of the kingdom's most ambitious shale gas development projects. Bids were initially due in early December, but Aramco chose to extend the deadline after it sent drilling companies a list of additional requirements. Tapping Saudi shale reserves is now a priority of the Government as it struggles to meet rising gas demand from power generators. 

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First 3D printed jet engine unveiled

Feb 27 – Australian researchers presented the world's first 3D printed jet engine late Thursday at a show in Sydney. The prototypes were created by engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm Amaero Engineering for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA.
3D printing is also used for gas turbine parts and experience from printing jet engines might well be soon also be applied for industrial engines used for power generation.

China: Nedstack to supply PEM fuel cell power plant

Feb 27 – Nedstack, a Dutch fuel cell technology developer, has signed a contract to deliver what will be the world's first 2-megawatt proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant to China. The PEM plant will provide on-site electricity for Yingkou Fine Chemicals Co in China's Liaoning province.

Heatric wins heat exchanger contract from NET Power

Feb 26 – Meggitt Plc.'s Heatric subsidiary will supply recuperative heat exchangers for NET Power's gas-fired pilot plant that is meant to produce low-cost energy with zero emissions. Heatric will deliver four printed circuit heat exchangers by the end of April 2016, ready to commission the 50 MW demonstration plant in Texas later that year.

APR renews contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa

Feb 26 – Fast-track power provider APR Energy has signed 106 MW of contract extensions in Sub-Saharan Africa, including an extension on its 40 MW Morro Bento power contract in Angola, taking its term into early 2016.
The deals follows a term extension through the end of 2015 for APR's 40 MW cross-border contract supplying electricity to Mali, as well as a term extension into Q3 of 2015 for its 26 MW generator in Senegal.

GE Japan equips 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory'

Feb 25 – GE Japan has installed a gas engine for cogeneration, combined with its high capacity energy storage system, and LED lighting equipment for the 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan' – a project that is being undertaken by Sekisui House's Tohoku Factory.
By using the combination of a gas engine and storage battery, the factory can lower its energy contract by up to 700 kW and reduces peak power demand.

Siemens supplies steam turbine to Kazakhstan

Feb 25 – Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering Co, the EPC contractors for the Balkhash plant project in Kazakhstan, have awarded an order to Siemens to supply two steam turbine generator units.
The turbines will be used primarily for power generation, although the plant is designed for co-generation for flexible supply of district heating. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2019.

UK approves Gibraltar plant before tender

Feb 24 – Experts from the British Government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have cleared plans of the Government of Gibraltar for a gas-fired power plant. The dual-fuel plant is intended to run on LNG rather than on diesel.
"A public that the tender for the new dual-fired power station was only awarded after it was established that liquefied natural gas could be safely delivered and stored in Gibraltar," a Government official pointed out.

ExOne launches six alloys and materials

Feb 24 – Germany's ExOne, known for versatility in 3D printing, has developed and tested new alloys and materials at their eight testing centres in Europe and the U.S.
Cobalt-Chrome is now being offered for manufacturing of items requiring high-wear resistance, while Iron-Chrome-Aluminum is used in high heat circumstances. Alloy 718, meanwhile, has been used in the aerospace industry, and is now adapted to chemical and energy markets.

Sierra Leone rents Kufour power plants for $25k/month

Feb 23 – The Government of Ghana is renting 10 of the CAT's 1-megawatt capacity plants-on-wheels to Freetown at a cost of $2,500 apiece for "some time," the country's power minister has confirmed to parliament.
Before shipment, the containerised power plants were thoroughly investigated at the Volta River Authority (VRA) yard at the port of Tema.

Black & Veatch wins CCGT project in Texas

Feb 23 – Black & Veatch has been selected as owner's engineer by Exelon Generation for the installation of two 1,000W combined cycle gas power units in Texas. The units will meet growing electricity demand in Texas while reducing the amount of water used to produce electricity in the drought-prone state.

Turkey: GE to service Kirikale plant

Feb 20 – GE have been awarded a 20-year Contractual Services Agreement (CSA) with GAMA Enerji for an 840 MW combined cycle power plant in Kirikkale in central Turkey. 
Once commissioned in early 2016, GE will provide planned and unplanned plant maintenance under availability and performance guarantees for two 9F.05 gas turbines and a 209D steam turbine. GE claims CSAs help operators save costs by allowing an increase in maintenance intervals up to 32,000 hours of operation, approximately four years for typical duty plants.

Mexico: Iberdrola steps up gas, wind capacity

Feb 19 – Spain's Iberdrola announced it will grow its installed power generation capacity in Mexico to 5,700 MW in 2016, from currently 5,027 MW. The firm operates the Baja California III and Dulces Nombres plants (300MW each) and a 50 MW cogeneration plant in Mexico and has two wind farms under construction. All of the projects are due to start up in 2016.

Purdue researchers receive $40 grant

Feb 19 – The Flex Lab in Purdue's College of Engineering is one of the beneficiaries of a $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment – the biggest cash donation in the history of the university. Research into single combustion will also get support to further enhance liquid rocket or gas turbine engines at full-scale temperature, pressure and flow conditions.

APR renews Iraqi power gen contracts

Feb 18 – Extending its Iraqi contract until the end of 2015, APR Energy can continue to operate its 120 MW generator in Basra that is powered by six GE TM2500 mobile gas turbines. It provides base load power and grid stability to the nearby population and supports oil & gas, petrochemical and agricultural industries. APR bought the plant in 2013 as part of its acquisition of GE's power rental business.

UGI to build gas pipeline to new 1,000MW Hummel Station

Feb 18 – UGI Energy Services plans to construct a 35-mile pipeline to bring low-cost natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale region to a planned 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Pennsylvania.
Panda Power Funds and Sunbury Generation LP will realise the new "Hummel Station" on the site of Sunbury's retired coal-fired plant.

Rolls-Royce accused of bribing Petrobras

Feb 17 – A former executive of the Brazilian state-run oil major Petrobras has accused the British engineering company Rolls-Royce of having paid bribes to secure a $100 million gas turbine contract.
Rolls-Royce neither confirmed nor denied these claims but stressed it "will not tolerate improper business conduct of any sort."

Job cuts 'inevitable' at NRG's Avon Lake plant

Feb 17 – NRG Energy is gearing up to converting its Avon Lake coal-fired power plant to run on natural gas – a process that could cost several dozen people their jobs. "Assuming the gas addition goes forward, the plant will require fewer workers because many jobs in a coal-generation plant involve coal handling in one form or another," the operator said.
Converting the plant and building a gas pipeline comes cheaper for NRG than paying an estimated $422 million for pollution control devices to comply with more stringent EPA rules.

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