Generation

Power generation is the process of producing electric power from sources of primary energy. Energy resources can be classified in three categories namely renewable, fossil, and nuclear. Within the generation categories renewable comprise of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, natural gas For utilities in the electric power industry, generation is the stage prior to the delivery of power to end users (transmission, distribution, etc.) or its storage (using, for example, the pumped-storage method). Electricity generation is carried out in power stations also called power plants.

Biggest gas fuelled power plant ever to be installed in Mozambique

[img:Wartsila%20Moz.thumbnail.jpg| ]18 December 2012 - Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant to Mozambique. This will be the biggest gas power plant ever installed in Mozambique and second largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed on the African continent. In addition to the power plant itself, the turnkey contract includes the construction of a sub-station and a gas pipeline.

Widening demand-supply gap opens way for IPPs in West Africa

[img:West%20A.thumbnail.jpg| ]14 December 2012 - The rapid economic growth of countries in the west African region like Nigeria,Ghana,Ivory Coast and Senegal, is triggering greater energy demand. Thelack of electricity infrastructure, however, is resulting in a situation where supply is simply not keeping pace with demand.This, in turn, is opening the way for increased investment opportunities in the independent power producing (IPP) markets.

Negative public opinion won’t stop nuclear power

[img:nuclear_power.thumbnail.jpg| ]14 December 2012 - Japan’s Fukishima Diiachi disaster in 2011 focused more negative public sentiment towards nuclear power than any other single event of the last 20 years, but despite protests and political opposition in countries all over the world, nuclear power will only become more prevalent in the future, says energy expert GlobalData. According to the intelligence firm’s findings, the emerging nuclear countries are expected to add more than 95,000 MW in global nuclear installed capacity by 2030.

Nations across the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions will be substantially bolstering the size of their nuclear power production. These countries have traditionally been dependent on fossil fuels to maintain energy security, but with depleting reserves billed at higher prices and the impracticality of introducing large-scale renewable energy plants, many growing countries are increasing their reliance on nuclear power.

The Middle East and North Africa is the top emerging nuclear region in the world with 42,000 MW of planned and proposed nuclear power capacity to come online by 2030. Of these countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will increase nuclear power capacity the most with 20,000 MW by 2030, provided by the implementation of 14 new reactors.

Diesel engines for power supply

[img:Generator%20c_0.jpg| ]12 December 2012 - Large African projects can minimise costly downtime by ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply, through a range of power generation equipment available in through the South African division of Cummins, which manufactures, sells and services diesel engines and related technology.

Cummins SA general manager for commercial power systems Nicola Morgan-Evens says that Cummins power generation division designs and manufactures pre-integrated generator sets, ranging from 8.0 kVA to 3,300 kVA. Morgan-Evens explains that Power Command technology from Cummins power generation ensures the equipment in a power system works in synergy from the start. "It involves a pre-integrated design, rather than the combination of an engine, alternator, controls and transfer switches from a variety of manufacturers. The result of pre-integrated power solutions is smaller equipment footprints, reduced installation time and higher system reliability in a region that is regularly affected by constant and prolonged power outages."

The key to helping Europe transition to low carbon economy via...

[img:Gas.thumbnail.jpg| ]11 December 2012 - The UK government has announced a number of tax incentives for the development of shale gas and a new department called the office for unconventional gas to coordinate activities in the sector. The USA has already aggressively developed its shale gas production and is now enjoying a gas glut with prices around one-fifth of those in Europe – a continent where gas prices are still linked to global oil prices rather than any supply and demand fundamentals.

Kpone 340 MW IPP goes ahead

[img:ghana_0.JPG| ]11 December 2012 - Ghana’s ministry of Energy says that the 340 MW Kpone independent power project (IPP) has gotten the green light. The project will cost US$600 million.

The power plant will use GE frame 9E gas turbines and operate on both natural gas and liquid fuel to ensure high and continuous power supply.Cenpower Generation Company, a Ghanaian group is undertaking the project, and it has signed a 20 year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Ghana to get 155 MW PV plant

[img:ItalyS_0.jpg| ]10 December 2012 - British company Blue Energy is to establish a 155 MW photovoltaic (PV) plant in Ghana. The Nzema project will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. Construction work on the US$400 million plant is due to start within 12 months, and the developer says it is optimistic that finance for the project will be confirmed within six months.

Is natural gas really the successor to coal in the US?

[img:Gas.thumbnail.jpg| ]5 December 2012 - More efficient power plants, lower carbon emissions and a wealth of recent discoveries across the USA has seen natural gas production boom in popularity, but will it prove a long-term and reliable successor to coal?

Energy expert GlobalData says that while shale gas is expected to surge in the future, outpacing a receding coal sector, there are several reasons for gas companies to proceed with caution.Firstly, large-scale natural gas production is a more recent US endeavour, and although hailed as a massive boost for the nation’s energy industry, the country’s shale plays are relatively new and unproven.

Can global shale gas reduce Russia’s influence on Europe’s gas sector?

[img:World%20eu_0.jpg| ]5 December 2012 - Recent shale gas explorations in Europe have proved highly promising, and with the US already sitting on a number of vast plays, the latest report from industry analyst GBI Research adds further weight to the suggestion that Russia’s gas export dominance may soon be at an end.

Shale prospects in Europe may well reshape the continent’s energy market dynamics by easing reliance on Russian natural gas imports.The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated that unconventional gas reserves in Europe, including tight gas, shale gas and Coal Bed Methane (CBM), are estimated to be around 3,500 trillion cubic feet (tcf). If these reserves were commercially exploited they would produce more than enough to sustain the continent’s gas demand for the next 60 years.

Shale gas revolution redrawing political map of the world

[img:MarvinO.thumbnail.jpg|Marvin Odum,
President, Shell
Oil Company
]5 December 2012 - The shale gas revolution is redrawing the geopolitical map of the world, and Shell has a four-pronged approach toward capitalising on that new supply, the president of Shell Oil Company told the 2012 Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum Fuel Fight: Environment Meets Economics in New York City.

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