The exception was Caterpillar’s William Rohner, who was talking mainly about portable and stand-by plant. He said that demand for new reciprocating engine generators is outstripping supply around the world, at least for larger engines, the main driver being simply economic growth. Industry orders have doubled in the last three years after recovering from a crash in the first couple of years of this millennium, said Rohner. But, as well as straight on-site gensets, he added that in the US CHP applications are becoming viable again as natural gas prices level out.

Finland’s Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply a 52 MW gas-fired CHP plant to the Tarasovskoye oilfield in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of the Tyumen region in western Siberia. This will be the first-ever power plant for the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft, one of the top 10 oil producers in the world.