Malaysia is cementing its position as the dominant player in issuing global and domestic sukuks – helped by the regional energy sector. "Power bonds have accounted for 39% of Malaysia's RM239 billion of infrastructure bond issues in the last decade," said Chong Van Nee, co-head of Infrastructure and Utilities at RAM Ratings.
Gas-fired Cummins gensets, delivered to UK Power Reserve’s (UKPR) project in Carrington in June, have been fine-tuned on site with a view to starting up the 20 MW facility before the end of August.
Embedded gas gensets in Gloucester (20 MW), Immingham (24 MW) and Tonypandy (18 MW) are “all scheduled to go live late summer also,” the operator told Gas to Power Journal, while similar sites Tottenham, Bracknell, and Hemel Hempstead, are due for commissioning in mid-2017.
Freeing up $165 million for phase-1 investment, GE officials have broken ground on a new multimodal “brilliant factory” in Welland, Ontario. The facility will initially manufacture reciprocating gas engines as well as components for compression, mechanical drive and power generation; production is due to start in early 2018.
Vacuum contactors, used in power plants and substations, are seen to grow from an estimated market value of $3.43 billion in 2015 to over $4.81 billion by 2020. MarketsandMarkets analysts reckon that a large number of transmission and distribution line upgrades, particularly in Asia Pacific, will spur 7.04% cumulated annual growth rates (CAGR).
Apex Power Group, formed in 2007 by ex-Panoche Energy executives, is getting ready to start up its 300 MW Pio Pico gas power plant in California. ”The project will go commercial next Tuesday [Aug. 30],” according to managing partner Michael King.
Demand for transmission system voltage support is increasing amid greater renewable penetration and retirement of fossil and nuclear power plants. Synchronous compensators such as STATCOM provide reactive power; yet its operational characteristics differ from a Static VAR Compensator.
GE said STATCOM undervoltage performance would be “superior”, while SVCs “masters overvoltages.”
After nine years of planning and months of quarrels with environmentalists, Tenaska this week broke ground on its 925 MW Westmoreland combined-cycle gas power station. Operational start-up is scheduled for late 2018 when the CCGT is meant to help set a new cost of electricity standard for the PJM region.
Flexibility of power systems can be enhanced by thermostat-based demand response, aggregators and small energy storage. However, high transaction costs - relative to the size of resource - prevent these emerging small resources from participating directly in electricity markets, the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) finds. Remunerating different kinds of flexibility – MW, MW/min and emission performance – would facilitate a more balanced competition.
State-run GAIL is partnering with California-based Bloom Energy in the development of gas-based fuel cell power production and its deployment across India. Bloom’s fuel cells are understood to utilize on scandia-ceria stabilised zirconia – research is ongoing to optimise the technology.
Shale gas production in the United States is expected to reach 79 Bcf/d in 2040, while tight oil output could exceed 7 million b/d, according to EIA projections – provided that technological progress helps bring down drilling costs and oil prices stabilise.
In the aftermath of a month-long leak at SoCalGas’ storage, California is taking urgent measures to cap the gas use in the power sector. Looking ahead to the autumn and winter season, the State Energy Commission, CPUC and the California ISO evaluate the option of importing LNG.
An option to purchase 300 acres of land in Berry Hill Industrial Park allows Southern Power to invest around $250 million in realising a combined-cycle power plant in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The site has easy access to the Williams Transco intercontinental gas pipeline.
Following intensive R&D, Siemens exhibits high voltage interrupters and gas-insulated switchgear using vacuum technology and so-called clean-air technology up to a voltage of 145 kV for the first time ever at this year's Cigré in Paris. The launch of the new outdoor circuit-breaker 3AV1 and 8VN1 Blue GIS is scheduled in 2018.
South Korea’s sole gas importer Kogas is taking steps to source LNG at cheaper prices through its proprietary gas production. "We need to shift away from a conventional supply method of bringing LNG under high-priced long-term contracts from overseas,” CEO Lee Seung-hoon stressed.
CNPC has decided to step up investment in gas upstream as it seeks to nearly double its gas output to 180 Bcm/y by 2020. Hou Qijun, head of CNPC’s planning department, announced the gas proportion of CNPC's budget will continue to rise; he stressed the cleaner-burning fuel is "our top priority with high potential for profit growth."