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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.

News in Brief

Sembcorp delivers ‘energy that makes a difference’

March 23 – Sembcorp Power, the electricity retail arm of Sembcorp Industries, has unveiled a series of initiatives that are meant to deliver Energy that Makes a Difference in Singapore. These measures include a commitment of S$100,000 to support social enterprises in energy, water and resource recovery over the next five years as well as competitive price plans to help businesses save money. For every new customer signed up, Sembcorp Power will give S$5 to selected beneficiaries to offset their electricity bills.

Siemens awards in-kind technology grant to UCF

March 22 – Siemens has entered the next phase of its 30-year academic partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), awarding researchers a major in-kind technology grant of its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software with a commercial value of $593 million. The software grant amplifies a similar 2016 grant that benefitted students in UCF's Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER).

ABB creates virtual flow meters with Arundo Analytics

March 21 – Arundo Analytics, a Houston-based software developer, and ABB have worked together to create the first cloud-based virtual multiphase flow meters for the offshore oil and gas industry. Connecting ABB Ability and Arundo’s Composer and Fabric software, the virtual flow meter helps upstream companies gain real-time data to understand the constituent properties of any given stream of produced fluids.

ABB unveils energy solutions for smarter homes

March 20 – ABB is showcasing its latest innovations on energy management, digitalization, safety and security at the ‘Light + Building 2018’ trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, this week. On show are solar energy storage solutions, the ABB’s EQmatic Energy Analyzer and a new energy management solution that integrates the company’s cloud-based ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System.

Gazprom buys two Siemens turbines for Grozny project

March 19 – Gazprom has just announced it agreed to purchase two gas turbines from Siemens for installation at a 360-MW power plant under construction in Russia’s Caucasus Chechnya region. Gazprom Energoholding, one of Russia’s biggest power suppliers, plans to open power plant in the Chechnen capital Grozny in 2019.

Investment consortium buys Denmark’s largest biogas producer

March 16 – Nature Energy, the largest biogas producer in Denmark, has been privatised and sold to a consortium including the European private equity firm Pioneer Point Partners, the global investment fund Davidson Kempner, and the Danish pension fund Sampension. With an enterprise value of DKK 1.1 billion and debt facilities available from the Danish government’s Green Investment Fund and local banks, Nature Energy is expected to grow from five operational plants up to 17 domestically (including 2 under construction) within the next 5-10 years.

DCS market to top $20bn by 2022

March 15 – Distributed control system (DSC) market is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.97% from currently just over $16 billion to $20.33 billion in 2022, according to MarketsandMarkets estimates. Asia Pacific will dominate the global DCS market due to growing industrial infrastructure and increased investments in power generation in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Gazprom allocates helium from Amur GPP

March 14 – Gazprom Export has allocated vast parts of the helium produced by the Amur gas processing plant. Amur GPP, with a capacity of 42 Bcf of feed gas, processes gas from the Yakutia and Irkutsk region whereby the natural gas gets exported to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline, while extracted components, primarily helium, ethane and LPG is sold to petrochemical industries.

Entergy gets nod for New Orleans power project

March 13 – Entergy has been granted regulatory approval for building a 128MW gas-fired power plant in New Orleans with an investment of approximately $210 million. The new power station is slated to start operation in January 2020.

Mobile power market to grow 4.56% through to 2022

March 12 – Demand for mobile power generators, segmented into 1-10MW, 11-20MW, 21-50MW, has been spurred by increasing investments in remote area electrification and instant power requirement after frequent natural disasters. RnR Market Research expects the global mobile power market will grow at a rate of 4.56% from now until 2022, to reach an estimated market size of $1.73 billion.

Capstone wins follow-up order in Russia

March 9 – Capstone Turbine has won a follow-on order for thirteen C65 microturbines to be deployed in CHP-application at an industrial park in west Russia. The order follows the delivery of eleven units in 2017. Darren Jamison, Capstone President and CEO said the Russian market accounted for $30 million in annual revenue for Capstone back in fiscal 2012 when the Kremlin introduced rules to limit the flaring of associated gas. In his view, the latest order is “is a good indicator that our efforts to re-establish the Russian market are beginning to pay dividends.”

Wind power drives up demand for turbine control

March 8 – The turbine control system market is expected to grow from an estimated $15.13 billion in 2018 to $19.00 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 4.66% during the forecast period. This growth is primarily due to the increasing emphasis on growth of wind power generation, and increase in operational productivity of the turbines, in turn improving the efficiency of the power plant.

National Grid publishes guide on secondary trading

March 7 – The window for secondary trading for the Delivery Year 2018-19 is still open following the conclusion of the latest T-1 Capacity Market Auction. Applicants are asked to refer to National Grid's latest set of guidelines and rules.

Floating power markets grows at 8.15%

March 6 – Globally, the floating power plant (FPP) market is projected to reach $1.45 billion by 2022 growing at a cumulated annual rate of 8.15% during the forecast period. According to ResearchFox, the oil & gas sector dominates the FPP market due to its ease of availability and lesser cost of installation compared to other sources of energy.

Birdboro (450MW) gets environmental nod

March 5 – Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania have signed on crucial permits, paving the way for construction of Birdsboro Power proposed 450 MW gas-fired power plant in Philadelphia. The regulator approved the gas power station and an associated electric transmission line, as well as feeder pipelines for natural gas and cooling water.

PPT strikes deal to sell Mozambique gas to EDF

March 2 – Thailand’s PTT Exploration & Production of and its partners in a Mozambique LNG processing plant have struck a gas offtake agreement with the French utility EDF. The 15-year deal will give PTT a longterm revenue stream from the Mozambique Rovuma offshore area 1 gas field, ensuring access to the European market. The investment of state-owned PTT in the Mozambique project is part of a plan to secure LNG for Thailand, which generates over 60% of its electricity from gas.

AIIB grants $60m loan for Bangladesh’s Bhola IPP

March 1 – Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has agreed to provide a loan of up to $60m for the development of Bhola Independent Power Producer (IPP), a greenfield 220MW combined-cycle power plant located in Bhola island in the Barisal district of Bangladesh, India. The CCGT will be developed by ShapoorjiPallonji Infrastructure Capital company through NutanBidyut, a special purpose vehicle.