Danish EPC-specialist, BWSC, in consortium with MAN Diesel & Turbo, has been contracted to build the ‘Maria Gleta’ power plant near Cotonou, largest city and economic centre of Benin. The 127-MW plant, equipped with seven 51/60DF gensets, is due for delivery during 2018. Maria Gleta is scheduled to commence operation in the first half of 2019.
Perth-based Global Energy Ventures (GEV) is seeking to step up shipments of compressed natural gas (CNG) to the Indian subcontinent. “They’ve got major issues in terms of fuel supply,” GEV chief executive Maurice Brand said but cautioned “it's easier to just supply the fuel than build a power plant.
BP has just started producing natural gas from the Atoll Phase-1 offshore Egypt, fostering hopes of Egyptian policymakers that domestic gas supply can reduce, and ultimately end, the country’s dependence on importing LNG to meet seasonal demand swings.
Challenged with the rising contribution of inherently intermittent wind and solar power supply, network operators are investing billions in stabilising their power grids. To anticipate supply/demand patterns and avoid overloaded grids, GreenCom Networks has developed an “Open-innovation Lab” with live data from end-customers. The system links electric cars, PV systems, heat pumps and other energy equipment in Germany and France.
Strong seasonal gas demand from the US power sector has pushed the country’s total consumption of natural gas by 13% this week, according to PointLogic Energy data. Exports to Mexico were rangebound, averaging 4.5 Bcf/d while six LNG vessels departed the Sabine Pass liquefaction facility from January 31 to February 7.
Seeking to unlock gas-to-power market opportunities, AG&P of the Philippines is developing pragmatic, end-to-end LNG delivery solutions for decentralized power plants in remote island nations. “Demand aggregation is the key to unlocking the market for gas,” AG&P said, revealing it is targeting to develop integrated LNG-fuelled power projects in South Asia, the Americas and Africa.
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the PennEast pipeline in a 4-1 vote, acknowledging the clear need for more gas transport infrastructure along the East Coast. The $1 billion PennEast interstate pipeline will bring up to 1 billion cubic feet of daily low-cost Marcellus gas to customers in southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Mexico, the largest offtaker of US pipeline gas and LNG importer from Peru, Nigeria and the US, is getting ready to launch an online gas trading platform by the summer of this year, at the latest. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned grid operator, also plans to set up several gas pricing points. “We'll have Henry Hub, too, as that's what we now have,” said Javier Gutierrez Becerril, director of operations at CFE Energy.
Low-cost of natural gas has allowed it to stay the dominant source of power generation in the United States for the second year in a row. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that gas-fired power plants covered an average of 32% of total U.S. electricity needs in 2017, compared with 30% from coal power plants.
Gassco, the Norwegian pipeline operator, delivered 117.4 Bcm of natural gas in 2017 to European and British buyers, a solid 8% rise year-on-year. Frode Leversund, Gassco CEO, said this record performance demonstrated the key role of Norway’s gas exports which currently covers about a quarter of Europe’s gas consumption.