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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.

News in Brief

Akwa Ibom, BlackRhino sign $1.6bn power deal

July 17 – BlackRhino, operator of the Qua Iboe Power Plant (QIPP), has agreed with the Akwa Ibom State Government to build a power plant and electricity transmission lines in the state. QIPP’s management  committed an investment of $1.1 billion for the facility, with an additional $500 million for gas.

Rostec develops mobile LNG-fired power plants

July 16 – Russia’s state-owned holding Rostec has developed a mobile power plant on the basis of gas reciprocating units of Russian make. Running on LNG, the power plant can provide up to 1.4 MW of electricity and is employed to power remote settlement and oil upstream operations. 

First grid-scale LAES launched

July 13 – Highview Power has just launched the first grid-scale liquid air energy-storage (LAES) plant. Used for grid balancing, the 5-MW/15-MWh system, situated near Manchester, will be able to store and deliver enough electricity to power about 5,000 homes for three hours.

Henry Hub to test $2.90 mark

July 12 – Rising gas-burn in the U.S. power sector of 4.7 Bcf/d week-on-week is more than offsetting holiday-related reductions in industrial gas use, according to Energy Aspects figures. Natural gas prices at Henry Hub are expected to once more test the high $2.90s/MMBtu.

Gemma carries out EPC for 1.6GW project in Virginia

July 11 – Gemma Power Systems and Chickahominy Power have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services contract to construct the Chickahominy Power Station, a 1,600 MW gas-fired power plant, in Charles City County, Virginia. Developed by Balico, the project is anticipated to get underway in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed in the spring of 2022.

GE signs new Waukesha distributor in Nigeria

July 10 – GE’s Distributed Power business has signed an agreement with HOERBIGER Service Middle East FZE to be an authorized distributor for GE’s Waukesha gas engine products in Nigeria. With this deal, GE seeks to expand its Waukesha sales and services network near the point of use, given that Waukesha engines are suited for a variety of on-site mechanical drive, gas compression and power generation applications.


InnoEnergy and Swedish partners launch Power2U

July 9 – Europe’s sustainable energy engine, InnoEnergy, has joined forces with five Swedish energy firms to launch Power2U, its new venture to design and operate local energy systems that will integrate solar cells, EV chargers and batteries. The partners – Öresundskraft, Jämtkraft, Tekniska Verken, Umeå Energi and Jönköping Energi – and InnoEnergy will jointly invest 60 million Swedish Kroner ($6.69m).

Nigeria: Afam VI ready to supply 624MW

‎June 29 – The Afam IV gas power plant in Nigeria’s Rivers State is getting ready to supply 624 MW worth of electricity to the national power grid, barring any regulatory restriction. The start-up will help plug part of the gap in supply that opened following the latest outage of several thermal power stations.

ADB agrees $500m for Bangladeshi CCGT

‎June 28 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide a $500m loan for an 800MW combined-cycle gas power plant project in Khulna, Bangladesh. The loan will cover costs to build the CCGT as well as a 230kV switchyard and 29km of transmission lines to feed electricity from the plant into the national power grid.

KBR to consult on Oman LNG’s power plant project

‎June 27 – Houston-based KBR has won a project management consultancy services contract from Oman LNG for a new gas engine power plant. The 120 MW plant is meant to reduce fuel gas consumption and emissions while maintaining liquefaction processes at Oman LNG's existing export facility in Sur.

ABB launches molded case circuit breaker

‎June 26 – Zurich-based ABB has added a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) for higher-voltage solar power plants to its Tmax PV range. The breaker is designed to protect combiners, switchgear and inverters up to 1500V direct current.

Heat wave to propel up CCGT dispatch

June 25 – Temperatures in England and Wales might hit 32 degrees Celsius next week, according to the UK Met Office, while a wind lull will almost erode the contribution of wind power and require flexible combined-cycle gas power stations to bridge the gap. According to Bloomberg Intelligence, “people are underestimating how many gas stations are needed for a windless week.”

Siemens builds microgrid in Finland

‎June 22 –  Lempäälän Energia has selected Siemens to implement a self-sufficient smart grid system in the industrial area of Marjamäki, Finland. The medium-voltage microgrid will be equipped with a corresponding grid automation system and an electrical storage system.

Toshiba R&D into battery anodes

June 21 - Toshiba and Brazil’s CBMM are jointly developing anode material for lithium-ion batteries using Niobium Titanium Oxide (NTO). The aim is to develop next-generation lithium-ion battery material, characterized by high-energy density and ultra-rapid recharging.

Finning offers new Cat engine

June 20 – The new Cat C9.3B industrial engine, compliant with EU Stage V emissions standards, is now available from Finning UK and Ireland. The six cylinder, 9.3 litre engine builds on capabilities of previous Cat models that have logged more than 200 million operating hours.

GE risks €35m fine in France

June 19 – French government officials said GE will have to pay penalties if it fails to realise its pledge to create 1,000 jobs in France by the end of this year. GE made the promise in 2014 as part of the €12.4 billion takeover of Alstom’s power generation and grid business. "The contract called for a 50,000 euro penalty for every job not created," France’s labour minister Muriel Penicaud told BFM television.

MAN to deliver engines to Oman LNG

June 18 – Oman LNG is seeking to develop a new gas engine-driven power plant at its Qalhat facilities. MAN Diesel and Turbo will deliver the gas engines and associated equipment, while KBR will manage the project execution, supply the generators and ensure safety requirements.