A blizzard and nearly three feet of snow has hit over 4 million people around Boston and left some 45,900 customers without electricity, while New York was largely spared. Snowfalls are forecast to continue in eastern New England today.
UK energy supplier SSE is evaluating options for its Ferrybridge and Peterhead power stations, as well as its planned new-build at Aberneed, which did not win capacity contracts in last month's auction. The options are: retrofit of coal-fired units vs shutdown and dispatch of non-contracted gas plants as balancing reserve or try again at the 2nd capacity auction.
French energy major Total has completed construction works on its Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) to start supply of gas to the 1,074 MW Alaoji National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP), one of Nigeria’s largest generators.
A double whammy has hit Pakistan's energy sector as the shutdown of the 2,402 MW Guddu plant, the country's second largest generator, came just days after attacks on a key transmission line which carries electricity from the 1,200 MW Hubco plant.
Siemens AG today has posted a 25% fall in its first-quarter net profit, as the Power and Gas division was hit by lower margins in the large gas turbine and steam business as well as fewer large orders. "No other business in the company has such a pronounced need for action," Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said, while defending the $7.6 billion Dresser-Rand acquisition.
The Indian government will decide by March whether it will hand over operation of the idled 1,967 MW Dabhol power plant to private parties. The gas-fired plant is currently managed by Ratnagiri Gas and Power (RGPPL), but it has been crippled by ongoing shortages in gas supply.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply a 19-megawatt Smart Power Generation plant to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) in Sidney, Montana. The plant will supply peaking power for the remote Bakken oilfields in Eastern Montana.
A power failure on Sunday plunged major cities in Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad, into darkness. Blackouts were caused by the breakdown of a key 500 kV power transmission line in the south of the country, carrying electricity from Hubco power plant.
Mexico aims to add a huge 66 GW of power capacity over the next 15 years, according to energy minister César Hernández. Natural gas is expected to provide 72% of the total electricity generated in Mexico by 2017, with supply set to come mostly from the U.S. via pipelines until the time when domestic reserves are fully developed.
The government of the Philippines has set aside $37 million to procure diesel oil for the 1,200 MW Ilijan combined cycle power plant, backing a switch from natural gas to liquid fuel. This rather unusual plant conversion is caused by depleting domestic gas supplies, so diesel has to be used to avert the risk of power shortages.
Atlantic Power Corp has struck a deal with the Ontario Power Authority and its successor, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), to operate the Tunis power plant for a 15-years period, starting from November 2017. The contract requires the plant to end baseload power supply and to become fully dispatchable.