Myanmar’s Thanlyin LNG-to-Power venture is now seen importing LNG near full capacity, with the super-chilled fuel supplied by Petronet of Malaysia. The 350 MW power unit, developed by V-Power and CNTIC, has been built within seven months though commissioning was delayed over fuel supply issues.
Siemens Energy has been selected to supply 20 centrifugal compressors for Saudi Aramco’s Hawiyah Unayzah Gas Reservoir Storage (HUGRS) project. With injection capacity of 1,500 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d), the storage will enable Aramco to manage its surplus gas volumes effectively.
The number of battery storage systems in the United States has more than doubled from 49 to 125 within just three years, pushing up available capacity for storing electricity from 351 MW to over 869 MW. Analysts expect growth to continue once the U.S. comes out of the Covid-19-related recession.
Royal Dutch Shell today posted a significant asset impairment of 16.8 million post-tax. Net losses amount to $18.1 billion, mainly from write-down on assets such as Queensland Curtis LNG and the Prelude FLNG hull, compared with a profit of $2.99 billion, the oil major said in an update to its Q2-2020 outlook.
Hanwha Energy has announced completion of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell power plant that generates electricity from waste hydrogen. Built at a cost of $212.4 million, the 50 MW power plant makes use of waste hydrogen left over from the Daesan petrochemical complex to generate 400,000 megawatt-hours of electricity.
Italian energy major Eni has said its latest exploration in Block 114 of the Song Hong Basin offshore Vietnam shows a “significant natural gas accumulation.” The Ken Bau discovery will complement LNG imports and “provide a fast-track solution” to realise several gas-fired power projects.
Tesla will be manufacturing battery cells for energy storage along with electric vehicles at its planned German factory in Grünheide near Berlin. “There will be local cell production that meets the needs of the Berlin factory," Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors during a virtual conference.
Uniper, Europe’s largest utility based on sales, is decarbonising its gas-fired power plants in the Netherlands and the UK with the help of GE technology. The two partners agreed to focus on converting units to hydrogen co-firing, and will set out a detailed decarbonisation roadmap by early 2021.
Duke Energy, a U.S. utility servicing 7.4 million customers, has announced the operational start-up of its $817 million Asheville combined-cycle power station. The 560 MW plant consists of two blocks and replaces a 1906s-ear coal unit at the same site in Arden, North Carolina.
Latest ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ (FES 2020), published by UK’s National Grid strike a more confident tone that enough fossil and new technologies can be deployed to achieve the Government’s Net Zero by 2050 targets. At least two of four scenarios show pathways to accomplish this.
Chiahui Power, a Taiwanese independent power producer (IPP), and GE have won an occupational safety award, signalling out the 500 MW expansion of the Chia Hui combined-cycle power plant as a ‘model site’. GE is delivering the turnkey plant expansion, powered by a 7HA.02 gas turbine, with operations due to start in 2021.
Producing electricity from gas, coal or wind sees substantial amounts of input energy lost during the generating process. In 2019, U.S. utility-scale power plants consumed 38 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of energy to provide 14 quads of electricity, with over 60% input energy lost.