TransCanada, a major North American pipeline operator, has placed into service the Topolobampo Pipeline at a cost of $1.2 billion. Spanning over a distance of 348 miles (560km), the pipeline will provide export capacity of 670 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcbf/d) from Texas to the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Mexico is importing U.S. shale gas to cover rising demand from its power sector.
Royal Dutch Shell is investing in hydrogen and has singled out the fuel in its Future Energy Scenarios as one of the world’s energy pathways towards reaching the emission reduction targets of the Paris agreement. Hydrogen, produced by electrolyzing water, can be stored in the gas network for later use as a fuel in the transport and power sectors.
Expanding their partnership, GE and Microsoft have announced plans to combine operational and IoT technology by integrating GE’s Predix solutions with Microsoft Azure’s cloud capabilities. The partners will also co-sell and go-to-market together, offering end-customers Industrial IoT solutions across verticals.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is taking steps to reduce its complete dependence on natural gas for power generation. By 2024, natural gas is meant to provide four fifths of the country’s electricity needs while the remainder will come from renewables and Oman’s first coal-fired independent power project (IPP).
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has commenced full commercial operation of hybrid gas and solar plant at the Waad Al Shamal mining city in the northern part of Saud Arabia. Of the plant’s total 1,390-MW capacity, 50 MW will come from a solar power component while the majority will be provided by a combined-cycle gas power station, built by GE under a $988 million full turnkey EPC contract.
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given the green light for the proposed merger of Dominion Energy and SCANA Corp. The regulator ruled the combination of the two companies was “consistent with the public interest.” Dominion is now pushing to complete the transaction before the end of this year.
GE Power has commissioned of the first leg of a grid-stabilization project by handing over a Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) for the Northern Grid. The Indian electricity network is the world’s largest synchronized grid with a capacity of 363 GW, and Northern Grid is committed to digitizing its power system.
China’s shift to cleaner-burning fuels in the power sector has increased the country’s gas demand and turned it into one of the world’s largest importer of American shale gas. US LNG exports in 2017 averaged 1.9 billion cubic feet per day and of that amount, 15% went to China, making it the third-largest importer of U.S. LNG behind Mexico and South Korea.
Summit Power, GE and Mitsubishi are planning to jointly develop an integrated LNG-to-power project in Bangladesh by 2023. The project, due to be launched early next year, will include four gas power units of 600 MW each, an LNG import terminal of 380,000 cbm and an oil terminal with 100,000 metric tons capacity.
Siemens has introduced a new SGT-800 performance enhancement that is applicable to all existing SGT-800 units with 43-47.5-MW ratings. For turbines in simple-cycle mode, the upgrade offers up to 3.5% efficiency increase and an additional 10 MW output which boosts the installed capacity of a 47.5 MW unit to up to 53 MW.
The first GE 7HA turbine installed in South Korea has commenced full commercial operation at GS Power’s Anyang combined heat and power plant unit 2-1 eight weeks earlier than initially scheduled. The quick installation process and commissioning was achieved mainly thanks to the turbine’s modular architecture and constructability.
Gas-fired power plants will supply 37% of U.S. electricity generation during the summer month of June, July, and August, while the contribution of coal power will drop slightly to 30% in summer 2018, according to the EIA’s July 2018 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). The fuel switch is driven by low-cost supply with delivered cost of gas forecast to average $3.16/MMBtu this summer, 2% lower than in the previous year.
Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC has ordered nine MAN 51/60 engines that will provide 120 MW of power to the existing LNG facility of Oman LNG, replacing a gas turbine-driven plant. MAN Energy Solutions specifically designed the engines to adapt to different gas qualities which enhances Oman LNG’s fuel flexibility and reduces costs.
Importing LNG for power generation helps Pakistan not only to avert energy shortages – it also saves up to $3 billion in fuel costs. Running on regasified LNG, power stations with 62% efficiency can generate electricity at an average of Rs7-8 per unit which is about half of the cost of generating electricity based on furnace oil.
UK Power Reserve has launched a tender process for gas reciprocating engines for new flexible power projects. At February’s Capacity Market auction, UKPR had won with 200MW of contracts, and once realized, these projects will take the company’s total portfolio to over 1GW.