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The United States has remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas, reaching a record high output in 2017. Petroleum production surged by 745,000 barrels per day (b/d), driven by a 21% increase in oil prices to approximately $65 per barrel by the end of last year, and as of late oil prices keep rising.

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Though the Pakistani government hailed the sudden surge in power production and supply, load-shedding still persists and cripples the local industry. Electric power supply jumped 48% to over 10,135 GWh in April, a substantial rise compared with 6,879 GWh in April last year, flowing the startup of three RLNG-fuelled power plants in Punjab province.

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Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Private Ltd (QATPL), owned by the government of Punjab, has announced the completion of commissioning and start of full commercial operations at the Bhikki Power plant. Start of full-fledged commercial operations was on May 20 at midnight hours, supported by Harbin Electric International (HEI) and GE Power. Dispatch of the Bhikki combined-cycle plant now adds up to 1,180 MW of power to the national grid, enough to supply 2.4 million Pakistani homes.

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Price-sensitive Japanese utilities prefer thermal coal over regasified LNG as they seek to minimize fuel costs for power generation. Consequently, Japan’s LNG imports fell 14.5% during the month of April to 5.60 million tonnes while import of thermal coal for power generation increased by 6.7% during April to 8.74 million tonnes, according to preliminary trade figures from the Japanese finance ministry.

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State-owned Pakistan LNG is seeking to purchase spot LNG cargoes as three new combined-cycle power plant – the Haveli, Bhikki and Balloki projects – have started operating, or are about to come online. The 1,230 MW Haveli CCGT started operating at full capacity some ten days ago, but delays in the construction of the two other plants have pushed back their in-service dates.

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Chicago-based Exelon has approached the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), suggesting it would keep operating two gas-fired power plants and the LNG import facility in Everett between 2022 and 2024, if it gets permission to collect about $1 per month from all electricity customers in New England. The Mystic gas-fired power plants are some of the largest generators in New England, but they are not economical in the current market environment.

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Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has dismissed a West-East gas pipeline through Australia as the “least viable option” for tackling regional gas supply shortages, stressing domestic LNG shipments would be “more economic”. A government-led feasibility study is examining the potential of building a 1,500 km gas pipeline to supply eastern and southern markets with Western Australia’s abundant supplies.

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Seeking to resolve gas supply imbalances, Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has approached the Japanese gas giant JERA seeking to secure LNG for a planned import terminal in New South Wales. A feasibility study for the regas terminal is underway, although sources of gas supply are still open at this stage. Most of the imported gas will be used for power generation.

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the leading energy group in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to invest $45 billion in downstream projects at its Ruwais refinery, including generators to power the expanded refining and petrochemical operations. The sour gas venture alone foresees the construction of 11 onshore artificial islands that could meet up to 20% of the UAE's domestic gas demand after 2026.

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Oil- and gas-rich countries in the Middle East are adding coal-fired power plants in a seemingly counterintuitive move. Over the next decade, some 41 gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity is at a planning stage in countries in and around the Middle East, with Turkey being the heaviest user of coal for power generation among these countries with about 18.5 GW installed capacity, according to EIA figures.

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News in Brief

ABB relays help protect Brussels power grid

Oct 23 – Sibelga, the distribution system operator (DSO) of the Brussels metropolitan area, implements ABB’s Relion 615 series relays to ensure a protected power supply for 700,000 citizens. The agreement will see ABB add medium-voltage control relays to remote terminal units (RTUs), most of which will be retrofitted.

Fuel-switch capability falls

Oct 22 – U.S. manufacturers’ capability to switch fuels keeps falling because the equipment onsite does not support it. The amount of commonly used fuels that could readily be switched in less than 30 days dropped from 24% in 1994 to currently less than 10%, according to EIA figures. This trend leaves manufacturers vulnerable and less able to adapt to changes in regulations, market conditions and fuel prices.

Gazprom Export joins tax monitoring

Oct 19 – As Gazprom Groups transitions to a new form of tax control – tax monitoring, Gazprom Export will be the first unit to join the new regime as of January 1, 2019. Russia’s Federal Taxation Service (FTS) will be given remote access to Gazprom Export's data mart, with the new cooperation intended to streamline tax administration practices, reduce audit costs, and bring tax disputes to a minimum.

Wärtsilä 31DF engine to power cruise ship

Oct 18 – Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine has been selected to power a polar ice-class cruise vessel, built for the French operator Ponant at the Vard Søviknes yard in Norway. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2020, one year before the in-service date of the cruise ship.

U.S. navy bases mulled to handle coal, gas exports

Oct 17 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has proposed using some West Coast naval facilities to handle U.S. coal or natural gas exports, thereby circumventing local opposition. In particular, the abandoned military base at on Adak Island could be an option as an LNG export hub, he said.

DHIC partners with Dell EMC

Oct 16 – Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) has partnered with Dell EMC on digital energy, and the first joint project is to implement a digital solution at an Indian power plant. The Dell EMC system has a built-in power plant combustion optimizer, developed by DHIC based on the SAP platform.

IEA reviews Brazilian gas market

Oct 15 – The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a review of the opening of Brazil’s natural gas transportation system. Through its Gás para Crescer initiative, the Brazilian government sets a plan to liberalize the local energy market by enhancing the build-out of natural gas and electricity interconnectors, unbundling of TSOs and implementing of network codes.

Global GT market looses value

Oct 12 – Though Asia emerges as No.1 market for gas turbines, the overall value of the global gas turbine market  is forecast to decline over the coming five years. According to a Global Data report, the market value between now and 2022 will be $37.97 billion, down compared with $52.39 billion in the 2013-2017 period.

FERC approves $6bn CenterPoint/Vectren merger

Oct 11 – US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the $6 billion merger of CenterPoint Energy and Vectren, whereby shareholders of the latter will be paid $72.00 in cash for each CenterPoint share. Vectren CEO Carl Chapman welcomed the ruling and added the companies “now anticipate a closing no later than the first quarter of 2019.”

Dürr buys part of Babcock & Wilcox

Oct 10 – Dürr Group, a Germany-based mechanical and plant engineering firm, has completed the acquisition Babcock & Wilcox’ (B&W) industrial environmental technology business. The takeover broadens Dürr’s portfolio on exhaust-air purification technologies, with a workforce of around 1,500 and estimated sales of € 400 million.

Azure achieves $12.50 per share

Oct 9 – India-based Azure Power Global Ltd has priced its underwritten public offering of 14,800,000 equity shares at a price of $12.50 per equity share. The company also granted underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,200,000 shares at the same price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. The offering will close on October 10, 2018.

Global gas use grows at 2%/yr

Oct 8 – The International Gas Union (IGU) expects global gas consumption to grow by 1.6 to 2% per year in the coming decades. “Competitiveness, affordability, and eco-friendliness will remain essential in that regard,” said IGU President Joe M. Kang.

Financing agreed for EVM-II plant in Mexico

Oct 5 – A financing package of $740 million has been agreed for the Energias del Valle de Mexico II (EVM-II) combined-cycle power plant. Commercial banks involved in the financing were led by BNP Paribas, Citi, SMBC, and Mexico’s Banco National del Comercio Exterior. Milbank served as legal advisor.

MAN wins award for small-scale LNG paper

Oct 4 – A whitepaper by MAN Energy Solutions entitled ‘Small-scale LNG - powering the future of Asia’s island communities’ has won the Best Paper Award at this year’s Power-Gen Asia trade show. The paper ties in with MAN’s new strategy to deliver the entire value chain from small scale regas and import terminals to decentralized gas- and dual-fuel engine, and turbine-driven power plants. Carsten Dommermuth, International Business Development Manager, said “this setup is a real advantage for customers seeking to source a complete LNG-to-Power solution from the same provider.”

IEA laments steep drop in clean energy investment

Oct 3 – The latest steep drop in clean energy investment is “worrying,” according to Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Official figures show spending on renewables fell to $298 billion worldwide in 2017, down from $318bn in the previous year, marking the biggest absolute fall on record.

Siemens closes Mendix acquisition

Oct 2 – The German engineering conglomerate Siemens has closed the Mendix acquisition, just eight weeks after the transaction was first announced. Part of Siemens’ Vision 2020+ strategy, the integration of Medix digital platform is aimed at creating new SaaS solutions and extensions, particularly for the Digital Enterprise Software, MindSphere.

Merger of BASF Wintershall and DEA goes ahead

Oct 1 – BASF Group has agreed to merge its German oil and gas business BASF Winterhall and with Deutsche Erdöl AG (DEA), owned by the Russian investor group LetterOne. The joint venture will operate under the name Wintershall DEA.