Gas Generation

cropped-ViewLogonicnewmanlogo-192x192Here is a list of some of my published gas generation related features I have written about

Gas power in South Africa

Industry experts suggest that the country could be facing a potential power supply gap of between 10 to 15 GW by 2025 in the country, caused by the planned closure of 6 to 10 GW of life- expired coal plants, maintenance issues, delays in completion of existing  planned power generation and distribution projects.

Options for gas to power in South Africa

However, what is clear is that South Africa is likely to opt for an integrated LNG-to-power solution for its 3.1 GW gas-fired independent power producer (IPP) tender to streamline development of the country’s nascent gas industry. The request for proposals (RFP) will be published in Q2 2016.For more see

Options for gas to power in South Africa

South Africa’s is facing chronic power supply problems. At present power supplies are tight causing load shedding at times. Problems being experienced in building new generating and distribution capacity to meet on-going growth in demand. New build gas- to- power is seen as one of the ways to tackle  South Africa’s power shortages. This power point presentation looks at some of the solutions under consideration.

General Electric enters Africa’s dash for gas

The GE 9HA turbine is General Electric’s gas-fired solution to Africa’s power problems as the continent’s dash for gas exploits offshore reserves.

The GE 9HA offers a 61% electricity conversion efficiency and air cooling

The turbine offers combined cycle, cogeneration technology that will become more popular

Gas’ share of African power is to rise to 25% as offshore gas resources are used meet domestic needs

GE unveiled its new 9HA series gas turbine in May at its Belfort factory in France and has its eyes set on the African power market, where demand for gas-fired technology is set to rise.

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What if nuclear becomes as cheap as gas power generation by 2050?

Over the past few decades we have heard the promise that nuclear power will become so cheap, it will be not worth metering. The trouble is, although the operational costs are competitive, the capital costs of nuclear power, remain eye-watering expensive! In addition, despite the promises of nuclear power manufacturers and builders, we still are not managing to deliver projects on time and budget. In part, this is due to ongoing improvements in technologies and nuclear safety. However, it is also due to great public concern about the nuclear technology. Certainly, events at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have not helped this profoundly safe and environmentally friendly technology.

South Africa’s gas-power paradox

Gas-fired power in South Africa provides a solution to tackling the country’s electricity supply and emission problems, which are impeding economic development. But billions of dollars in new investment will be required for it to compete against coal and renewables. South Africa currently has 45,700 MW of installed capacity, although only 75% of this is effectively available. According to South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE), state-owned utility Eskom supplies roughly 95% of the country’s electricity, with the remainder met by independent power producers (IPPs) and by imports.


GE adds to the Turkish spark

GE has won an order to supply Frame 6B gas turbines to Spain’s Technicas Reunidas, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the upgrade of the Izmit refinery.  The order is part of a $2.3 billion investment by refinery owner Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (Tupras), to upgrade its 1960s era refinery to meet the latest EU environmental and emission standards.

New 900 MW power plant approved in Ontario

A deal to design, develop, own and operate a new natural gas fuelled power plant has been agreed between Canadian energy company TransCanada Corp. and Ontario Power Authority.

Siemens continues lucky streak with Florida Power and Light

Florida Power and Light has ordered three SGT6-8000 gas turbines and generator packages, for its Port Everglades power plant. This new order for Siemens technology is part of it $1billion modernization of a 1960’s era power plant.

Australia’s origin energy opens new gas peaking plant

Origin Energy has started operations of a new 550 MW gas peaking plant in the Australian state of Victoria with a view to expanding the plant’s capacity to 1,000 MW, if required. Located at Mortlake, some 220 km west of Melbourne,…

Alstom in €350 million CHP deal in Germany

A 450MW combined cycle heat and power (CHP) plant is to be built by Alstom in Cologne, at a cost of €350 million, for German power utility RheinEnergie.

Wärtsilä wins mega Mozambique power deal

Mozambique plans to build its biggest ever gas fuelled power plant. Wartsila has signed a €138 million  deal with joint-venture Central Termica de Ressano (CTR). CTR is a joint-venture owned by South Africa’s integrated chemical and energy giant SASOL Energy,…

UK gas fracking: given government go-ahead

The British government has just given the go-ahead, after an 18 month suspension, for the resumption of exploration of unconventional gas by the energy company Cuadrilla, using the fracking process. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey gave the go-ahead, subject to stringent new controls to mitigate possible seismic activity.

NRG merger with GenOn completed

Texas-based NRG Energy completed a $1.7 billion merger with New England’s GenOn Energy last Friday. The merger unites two former rivals companies which in 2011 generated some 107 TWh of electricity, sufficient to power about 40 million homes in the US.

“Defining the prize for CCS is the problem” – OIES

Britain is preparing to make a ‘dash for gas generation’ which may prove to be the more affordable option than renewables. “Following the government’s change in policy direction, it is now time and money that will determine whether a power plant, equipped with viable Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, will be in operation by 2020,” says Howard Rogers, Director, Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).


Hawaii Gas seeks FERC approval to import LNG for power generation


Hawaii Gas is gearing up to importing more LNG as it aims promote natural gas as an alternative fuel for power generation, taking advantage of declining gas prices in the U.S.”Gas from LNG will provide fuel for up to 400 MW of existing and new conventional and/or combined cycle power generation facilities, as well as for industrial and other commercial applications in the state,” Hawaii Gas said, outlining it has developed a comprehensive, multi-phased LNG strategic plan.

Gas is looking to play a new role in the U.K. energy mix

The role of gas in Britain’s energy mix is being new defined. While the Government envisages a substantial increase in renewables and a rapidly diminishing role for gas, Howard Rogers, Head of the Gas Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, predicts that the contribution of gas will not decline rapidly over the next decade and beyond.

Gas turbine technology investment – a buyers guide

UK power station operators are looking for gas turbines/engines to fulfil several roles including, balancing and control of the electricity flow on the grid and, “filling in” for the intermittent power generated from renewable energy sources gastopowermagazine2012augustpage9