As we enter the second quarter and into springtime a couple of good news coal stories caught my eye – a rarity these days. The first reported that as Japan continues to struggle to rebalance its electric power supply system post-Fukushima several utilities are contemplating investing in coal-fired power, primarily driven by the current competitive coal prices. They include Tohoku Electric Power and Kyushu Electric Power, which had thermal power expansion within their electricity supply plans submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at the end of last month.

Chubu Electric Power and Kansai Electric Power, as well as the beleaguered Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) also have plans to build thermal power plants.

Talking of TEPCO, a second owner and operator of nuclear assets, Hokkaido Electric Power has joined the former in asking for a hefty bail-out – media reports put the amount at over $480 million – courtesy of the Development Bank of Japan.

The other story reports that PT BTN Energy Prima, a joint venture of Indonesia’s PT Biidznillah Tambang Nusantara and BTN Power of Malaysia, has joined forces with state-run China Machinery Engineering Corporation to build three 150 MW coal-fired plants in Sumatra.

So while it is difficult to see coal-fired power generation having a future in places like Europe and the US, further east the situation could not be more different, and in part helps explain GlobalData’s particularly bullish report on the global steam turbine market – forecast to grow to $19 billion by 2020.

With the report in mind, we spoke to a number of well-known market OEMs to ascertain their thoughts on where the steam turbine market is heading – you can find out more on p.4.

Also in this issue, Nicholas Ash of Parsons Brinckerhoff explains the importance of achieving the right balance between capital cost and operational profits when it comes to improving cycle efficiency in your thermal plant. While Black & Veatch’s Dr. Suqing Wang explains why China is now ripe for greater gas-fired cogeneration development, opening doors for both foreign gas turbine manufacturers and private investors,

Finally, it once again it gives me pleasure to present the latest edition of our dedicated Gas & Steam Turbine Directory issue, which serves to celebrate both the gas and the steam turbine.

As in previous editions, comprehensive technical specifications supplied by many of the major global gas and steam turbine OEMs is presented in an easy-to-digest format, beginning on p.20, making comparison between different machines easy.

This is followed by a Products and Services section (beginning on p.30), which provides an extensive listing of suppliers to the conventional power generation industry. Whether you are looking for something as relatively small as a valve or something much larger, such as a gas turbine, you will find the right supplier listed here.

As always, we hope this will prove a useful tool when making the right equipment or services purchasing decision – a key objective in these economically constrained times.

The Company Addresses section, which begins on p.36 and completes this year’s directory, comprises an alphabetical listing of companies with their full contact details.

If you spot any errors or omissions, do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: kelvinr@pennwell.com. We compile the company information from our own questionnaires, and while we take all possible care to ensure that this is accurate, any constructive feedback is greatly appreciated and will help us ensure the directory continues to provide the most up-to-date information.

I also have some exciting news in relation to Power Engineering International’s editorial team. We have recently undergone a significant restructure and I’m delighted to announce that my colleague Kelvin Ross will be taking over the editorship of the magazine.

Kelvin joined in September 2011 and since then has become a vital member of the editorial team, regularly writing articles that I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

Personally, I am very much looking forward to working with Kelvin on the future editorial direction of Power Engineering International.

Dr. Heather Johnstone   Dr. Heather Johnstone
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