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Chief Editor’s Welcome

I am delighted to present to you Power Engineering International’s 2013 Buyers Guide, which we hope will once again prove an invaluable tool when making the right plant equipment and services purchasing decisions – a key objective as we continue to face economically challenging times.

Over the last 12 months we have been working hard to compile the most accurate and up-to-date product and services information and company contact details through our questionnaires and telephone research. However, nothing is ever prefect, so if you spot any errors or omissions, please contact us at peibg@pennwell.com so that we can continue to strengthen the information provided.

Our Buyers Guide is divided once again into three main sections: a Products listing, a Services listing, and a directory of companies’ contact information. Your can find the Index on p.24 & 26.

In the Products and Services sections, which start on p.28 and extend to p.49, you will find an extensive, although not exhaustive, list of companies that serve the global power industry, with each company listed under the product or service heading and subheading relevant to their business.

Our annual Buyers Guide aims to highlight as many companies as possible that are involved in supplying equipment and services to all sectors of the global power generation industry – ranging from coal and gas-fired power facilities to the latest wind and solar farms, and from large-scale hydroelectricity to nuclear power – as well as companies serving the industry’s associated T&D sector.

The section featuring the contact details of the companies is arranged alphabetically and starts on p.50. It features full mailing addresses and contact information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and website URLs, if supplied.

As in previous editions of the Buyers Guide we also provide a selection of interesting and diverse articles.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook (WEO) report in November last year. This highly-respected annual publication takes an in depth and comprehensive look at the global energy sector and assesses how its various component parts will evolve up to 2035.

According to the report, the balance of power in the global energy markets is changing. And within five years the world will have new leaders in both oil and gas production, plus electricity demand will increase by over 70 per cent by 2035, primarily fuelled by non-OECD countries. For this issue, we have reviewed the main findings of the 2012 WEO and assess the implications for the global electricity sector (p.6-10).

The IEA predicts that coal’s share of global primary energy demand will fall to less than 25 per cent in 2035; however it will remain the second most important fuel behind oil, and most importantly, the backbone of electricity generation, particularly in China and India.

Thus, coal’s continued importance in producing secure and affordable electricity once again emphasizes the importance of moving carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercialisation as quickly as possible. However, specific issues continue to hamper its large-scale deployment, not least high energy costs and uncertainty over the geology of storage sites, as well as high-capital costs, which are a particular challenge in the current economic climate, and significant public concern over storage site locations.

All this begs the question, is there an alternative to storing carbon dioxide? Should we be looking at reusing it rather than putting it into the ground, and thereby adding a commercial value to capturing the carbon emissions in the first place? Starting on p.16, we investigate the current status of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), and assess CCU’s viability to help drive CCS forward.

Finally, in our regular Talking Point feature, we asked a number of players in the international power industry what single driver – be it policy, regulation, innovation, access to finance or something else – will most influence the market this year? And we received quite diverse answers – see p.12.

I hope this year’s Buyers Guide proves useful to you and I very much wish you a successful and prosperous 2013 whatever business area you are in.

alt à‚  Heather Johnstone, Chief Editor www.PowerEngineeringInt.com