July 10 – The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated the first unit of the Haveli Bahadur Shah gas power plant in Jhang province on late Friday. The 670-MW unit is running on regasified LNG. Once all units are fully operational, the combined-cycle gas power station will have a total generating capacity of 1,230 MW.
Dubbed a ‘Test of German power’ by the Financial Times, the construction of the second pipeline arm of North Stream 2 has sparked protest by 13 EU member states but German energy majors, including BASF, Wintershall and E.on are adamant that implementation of the project is vital for Europe’s energy security. Boosting Russian gas exports to Greifswald may bolster the German-Russian relations but it looks going against the principle of the ‘Energy Union’, an aspirational project launched by the European Commission to diversify supply sources.
Sharjah National Oil Co. (SNOC) is aiming to take a financial investment decision on a floating LNG terminal before the end of 2017 in an effort to end intermittent power shortages in that emirate, located just north of its affluent neighbour Dubai.
June 22 –The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has given the green light to Chiyoda of Japan for its concept of converting a disused LNG carrier into a floating power plant, with electricity sent to land via heavy duty electrical cable. Chiyoda said it had received approval in principle from ABS some three weeks ago for what it calls a ‘floating LNG power plant, storage and regasification unit design.
Reliance Power still faces uncertainty over the source of LNG supply for its 718-MW gas-fired power plant project in Bangladesh, and is awaiting a government decision on the matter. The Indian energy company is the first to build a power plant that will run on regasified LNG in neighbouring Bangladesh; but to operate the plant near full capacity Reliance needs around 110 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas as fuel.
NNPC, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, has stepped up domestic gas supply to an average 7.32 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d). This increased volume guarantees an average supply of 689 mmscf/d to national gas-fired power plants, allowing for a total power output 3,056 MW. Daily gas supply is up by nearly 100 mmscfd month-on-month from 582 mmcf/d, Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group spokesman said when presenting the group’s latest monthly report on finances and operations.
Ambitious plans, set out by South Korea’s newly instated Government, herald a U-turn away from coal and nuclear towards cleaner-burning natural gas and renewables. Responding to public concern over air pollution the administration of President Moon Jae-in, who took office in early May, is considering a construction stop for several coal and nuclear projects – a move poised to cause electricity prices spikes and medium-term capacity shortages.
June 5 – Alexey Miller and Rainer Seele, the chairmen of Gazprom and OMV, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017. The MoU sets out principles of cooperation for joint development of gas transmission infrastructure in Central and Southeastern Europe. The two companies also signed a Framework Agreement aimed at the construction of a small-scale LNG terminal in the Black Sea.
The Cabinet of Bangladesh has given the green light to Reliance Power of India for building a 750-MW combined-cycle gas power plant at Meghnaghat, in the country’s central Narayanganj district. Running on imported LNG, all electricity produced by the power unti will be sold to the Bengali grid operator at an agreed price of $0.73/kWh. The unit is part of a wider LNG-to-power project with up to 3,000 MW, including an FSRU and power interconnectors to export part of the electricity to India.
The United States and China have reached a landmark agreement designed to reduce America’s growing trade deficit and promote LNG shipment to China. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross underlined the deal was part of a broader effort to remodel the relationship between the world’s two largest economies.