Renewables deployment and coal-to-gas switching helped reduce energy-related carbon emissions in the United States, Japan, Mexico and the UK. Globally, however, robust economic growth pushed up energy related CO2 by 1.4%, or 460 million tonnes in 2017, to reach a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes (Gt).
Getlink, formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, has asked GE to supply the largest STATCOM load balancer connected to a catenary traction system at the France/UK Channel Tunnel. Once completed by the end of 2019, the solution will allow Getlink to nearly double the traffic in the Channel Tunnel.
Siemens has been selected to deliver another SGT-700 mechanical drive compression train that helps balance the drop in gas pressure at Camisea gas-condensate asset, operated by Pluspetrol Peru. Commissioning of the equipment is scheduled for mid-2020.
Fuel oil imports by South Korean power producers have surged to 200,000 tonnes in March so far, up from 92,000 tonnes in February, according to a Reuters tender. Burning heavy fuel oil (HFO) produces more emissions than natural gas, but it is less carbon-intensive than coal and hence considered compliant with the government’s clean air policies. In February, South Korea’s trade ministry decided to suspend the operation of five coal power stations (2.32GW combined capacity), from March to June.
Gas-fired generation could meet between 7% and 40% of Britain’s annual electricity demand in 2035, according to National Grid findings. Its latest Gas Future Operability Planning (GFOP 2018) takes a deeper look at the key drivers of change: the proliferation of renewables and the support for electricity interconnectors.
Natural gas use in the American power sector fell 7.7% last year, a sharp drop compared with the 2.5% decline in coal-burn. Though gas remained the most-used fuel source for the third year in a row, the sharp drop in usage significantly narrowed the gap with coal. Net electricity generation in the U.S. from all fuel sources saw a slight decline of 1.5% in 2017, reflecting lower demand.
New Orleans’ city council has approved construction of a new gas-fired power project at the site of the retired Michoud plant. The new 128 MW plant will be driven by seven Wärtsilä 50SG reciprocating gas engines. Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, the EPC contractor of the plant, had ordered the engines on behalf of the local utility Entergy New Orleans.
Acceleration of digitalization, as well as the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), has left the Middle East region particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks. In fact, cyber security breaches in the Middle East are widespread and frequently undetected with 30% of the region’s attacks targeting operational technology, a new study by Siemens and Ponemon Institute finds.
Total Eren and AEMP and IAMGOLD Essakane SA have officially opened Essakane, the world’s biggest solar/thermal plant. Located in northern Burkina Faso the plant generates 15 MW of clean energy from 130,000 solar panels in addition to 11 HFO-based engines. Installation of the entire set-up was managed by Wärtsilä.
Malaysia’ Southern Power Generation (SPG) has selected GE Power Services to provide digital solutions, plant improvements and inspections for its new Track 4A plant, a 1,440-MW combined-cycle power plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor. Under the terms of the 21-year agreement, GE will service the first two GE 9HA.02 gas turbines to be installed in Malaysia and deploy its Predix software.
In 2018, three cargoes - each providing around 0.1 billion cm of liquefied gas - have come directly to British regas facilities from Yamal LNG in Russia. But as the UK is preparing for another cold snap, and there’s talk that the country is too reliant on Russia for LNG. Murray Douglas, research director, Europe Gas, evaluates if fears are overstated and where British gas buyers can turn to secure top-up supplies.
Cloud-based distributed power generators, aggregated to a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), are gaining popularity notably in North America – the world’s first country to implement demand response where end-users can earn monetary incentives by managing power usage. Globally, the VVP market is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 29.68%, reaching an estimated $709.2 million by 2021.
Construction of the Nakoso coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant in Fukushima, Japan, is now in full swing. Built on behalf of TEPCO, the Nakoso IGCC is being built by a Mitsubishi-led consortium under a full turn-key contract also stipulates construction of the Hirono IGCC at a later stage. The two 540MW power plants, are due to start up in September 2020 and September 2021, respectively.
Munich-based MTU Aero Engines has launched a new brand called MTU Power, consolidating its gas turbine engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket expertise from its business units Aero Solutions, Brush Seals and MTU Maintenance. The launch of the new brand was first announced at the 2018 Western Turbine Users, Inc. (WTUI) conference, taking place this week in Palm Springs, California.
German engineering giant Siemens has decided to invest €30 million in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Materials Solutions Ltd., its 3D-printing specialist in the UK. The new building in Worcester will increase Materials Solutions’ fleet of 3D-printing machines to 50, more than doubling the firm’s current footprint, and is set to open in September 2018.