Natural Gas News – August 16, 2018

Natural Gas News – August 16, 2018

Turkey Pushes Ahead with Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansion

S&P Global reported: Turkey is pushing ahead with its gas infrastructure expansion plans despite a currency crisis exacerbated by burgeoning tensions with Washington. According to an announcement in Turkey’s official state gazette Wednesday, state gas importer and transit grid operator Botas has been given clearance for the compulsory purchase of land for the first overland section of the 31.75 Bcm/year TurkStream pipeline. The authorization covers the route of TurkStream from its receiving station at Kiyikoy on Turkey’s European Black Sea coast to Luleburgaz, where it will connect to Botas’ existing west east transit line and allows for land to be expropriated for construction of the pipeline and ancillary buildings, access roads and earthling lines. No timeframe is given for the purchases to be completed and such expropriations can be challenged in the Turkish courts which can lengthen the process. For more on this story visit spglobal.com or click https://bit.ly/2Mhhf0O

India to Test Using Natural Gas-Fired Power Generators as “Peaker” Plants

The National reports: India will test a plan to operate its underutilised natural gas-fired power generators as “peaker” plants that can switch on quickly when there’s high demand, according to the country’s power planning body. The project will start with four NTPC plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 gigawatts that will run only in the evenings, Central Electricity Authority chairman Pankaj Batra said in New Delhi. The agency envisions 20GW of gas-fired capacity being used as peaking stations to even out supply fluctuations from the large amount of renewable energy that’s set to be built by 2022, he said. “The government will start testing the plan this month by operating one of NTPC’s gas-based power plants as a peaking station” for nearly four hours in the evening, Batra said in an interview last week, adding that the three other plants will be online by the end of the year. For more on this story visit thenational.ae or click https://bit.ly/2waxq5d

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