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French utility ENGIE has deployed a 150 kW/90 kWh energy storage system in Rotterdam that is made up entirely by second-hand batteries from Renault electric vehicles. The E-STOR system, developed by Connected Energy, is supporting the Tennet electricity distribution grid.

‘Producer economies’ in the Middle East need to look at a strategic calculation about where and how gas – often together with renewables – can bring the best value to the energy system. However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says most Gulf States first need to adapt pricing policies to make it lucrative to produce gas as a commodity in its own right.

Advanced Airfoil Components, a JV of Siemens and Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp, has just opened a new manufacturing headquarter in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida. The new HQ represents a capital investment of $139 million and will add 350 jobs, with recruitment set to start in early 2019.

Growing use of electric vehicles (EV) in the UK could increase peak power demand by 3.5 GW by 2030 and 18 GW by 2050, up from currently around 60 GW. Under the 'Consumer Power Scenario', National Grid anticipates EV sales to account for more than 90% of all cars by 2050.

A lifecycle upgrade enhances the equipment of a power plant to meet its original running parameters. With a combined cycle upgrade, more power can be produced with the same amount of fuel by applying waste heat recovery steam generators connected to common steam turbine generator sets. According to Wärtsilä Services Manager Markus Åbrant, this particular type of upgrade can trigger as much as 10% higher energy output.

Teething problems at three large gas power stations in Pakistan – Haveli, Bhikki and Balloki – have now been resolved and final pre-operational test will be carried out in the December-January period. An official from Pakistan LNG told Reuters that delays at the three plants had forced Pakistan to divert some shipments of contracted LNG cargoes.

Since the Trump administration threatened fresh sanctions against Iran, the oil-rich country has substantially scaled down its production and exports of crude oil and natural gas. In May 2018, the White House said it would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reinstate sanctions against the regime in Teheran.

Progressive Energy, the energy arm of the ElcaTex Group, has awarded MAN Energy Solutions an EPC-contract to set up a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. The 54.8 MW plant, powered by three MAN 18V51/60 engines, will produce electricity and process steam for a nearby textile factory in Choloma, Honduras.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has called on Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, the UEA, Nigeria and Venezuela to step up efforts to diversify their economies to be able to cope with volatility of shale gas supply, and uncertainties over the pace of demand growth. In its Outlook for Producer Economies, the IEA assesses how the world’s six resource-dependent economies might fare to 2040 under a variety of price and policy scenarios.

Development of practical fusion power plants has been slow-moving, but now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found an innovative solution on how to get rid of excess heat that would cause structural damage to the plant. The new MIT-originated design features secondary magnets and an enlarged exhaust pipe.

Anticipating a speedy energy transition globally, the global classification society DVN GV says upstream players are adapting to this trend by shifting to faster, leaner and cleaner hydrocarbon production techniques. Oil and gas demand are forecast to peak in 2023 and 2034, respectively, prompting upstream players to favour a greater number of smaller reservoirs with shorter life-spans.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric has been selected to supply Electric Power Generation Enterprise (EPGE) in Myanmar with 46 gas-insulated switchgears (GIS), 7 transformers and others. The equipment will be delivered beginning next year for use at substations due to start operation in 2021.

Having just launched H2 solution, its new sequential hydrogen combustion system, Ansaldo Energia is now carrying out further tests with the aim of allowing gas turbines to run entire on renewable gas. “The latest H2 solution is already capable to work in an impressive load range, and with still unmatched hydrogen volume percentages,” the Italian manufacturer stated.

Flexible gas-fired “peaker” plants, together with energy storage, will be needed to bolster the intermittency of solar and wind power for years to come. Strikingly, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) projects orders for new turbines to average nearly 60 Gigawatt a year – a stark contrast to more subdued views of Siemens and GE, which is bracing for a market of less than 30 GW of new heavy-duty gas turbine orders in 2019 and 2020.

Japan’s Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (ESS) has agreed with the National Electrification Administration (NEA) of the Philippines to jointly promote H2One – autonomous, hydrogen-based energy systems and the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. In a study, both partners will evaluate the optimum system specifications in the Philippines, where half of the current energy supply is comes from coal-and oil-fired power stations.

News in Brief

BAE switches to gas power

Dec 18 – BAE Systems has received a U.S. Army contract worth $158 million to replace the coal-fired power supply at Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, with a natural gas steam facility. The modernization project will replace an existing coal-fired plant and significantly reduce the facility’s overall carbon footprint.

Silver Lake buys 90% in ServiceMax

Dec 17 – GE Digital has agreed to sell a majority stake in Service Max, a provider of cloud-based software tools, to Silver Lake, a global technology investor. Under the agreement, GE will retain a 10% equity ownership in ServiceMax. The divestment comes as GE Group seeks to reduce its debt.

Ingersoll Rand launches W7152

Dec 14 – W7152, a new half inch powerful impact wrench, has been introduced by Ingersoll Rand as the latest addition to its IQV20 series of power tools. With a length of 207 millimetres, the torque has a 360-degree shadow-less task light to provide technicians with more visibility in hard-to-reach spaces.

Permian reserves revised upwards

Dec 13 – The Permian’s Delaware sub-basin contains more than twice the technically recoverable reserves of the Midland sub-basin. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Wolfcamp play and overlying Bone Spring Formation hold an estimated mean of 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 tcf (8.0 tcm) of gas and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs).

More buyers for Malampaya gas

Dec 12 – Two more electric utilities, in addition to First Gen and Ilijan, have expressed interest to buy Malampaya’s banked gas, valued at $700 million to $750 million, via a negotiated scheme. The Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) is in talks with all four of them, but did not identify the two new bidders.

Surge in wind power new-builds

Dec 11 – More than 680GW of new wind power capacity will come online globally over the 10-year outlook, according to Wood Mackenzie research. Most upgrades occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7GW.

Hybrid power for Galapagos Island

Dec 10 – Siemens has inaugurated a hybrid power plant on the Galapagos island of Isabela after only ten months of planning and ten months of construction. The system runs carbon-neutral with biofuel and solar energy and supplies almost 900 households.

Tata unveils TCS Intelligent Power Plant

Dec 7 – Tata has presented it TCS Intelligent Power Plant at an U.S. trade show, combing its engineering knowledge with artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize operations of fossil power plants. The TCS Intelligent Power Plant builds on the digital twin concept and data-driven models.

Aker, Siemens to co-develop digital offerings

Dec 6 – Aker Solutions and Siemens have agreed to collaborate on creating software applications and joint service offerings, e.g. industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the entire plant lifecycle. Specific offerings for the oil and gas sector will be based on Siemens' Comos engineering platform.

Robot for remote inspection

Dec 5 – Sarcos Robotics is demonstrating their Guardian S mobile IoT inspection robot at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida. The remote visual inspection tool that can carry multiple sensor payloads and is a quick-deploy inspection solution for pipes, boilers and tanks.

JERA still builds coal power plants

Dec 4 – JERA, Japan’s largest LNG importer, said it was still replacing ageing oil-fuelled power plants with coal-fired units, instead of gas, for economic reasons. Environmental permits have just been issued for two new coal power units at Yokosuka power station, south of Tokyo.

GE delivers grid solution to Pakistan

Dec 3 – GE Power has delivered a turnkey solution to DG Khan Cement Company (DGKCCL), for its new cement plant. Situated 30km northwest of Karachi, the new manufacturing facility is powered by GE’s advanced grid solutions including 132/6.3 kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS), 40MVA power transformers.

Rolls-Royce to showcase Bergen genset

Nov 29 – Rolls-Royce will showcase its new B36:45 Bergen gas genset at the 2018 Power-Gen International show next week in Orlando, Florida. This will be the first time the company introduced Bergen engines at a U.S.-based trade show.

Toshiba aggregates RES & energy storage

Nov 28 – Tokyo-based Toshiba will reinforce its green energy footprint by spending 100 billion yen ($175m) on a new biomass power plant near the thermal Mikawa power station in Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture. Going forward, Toshiba aims to aggregate all its renewable energy sources and storage batteries, creating a Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

Exmar helps Argentina export LNG

Nov 28 – Belgium's Exmar has signed a 10-year agreement with YPF to produce and export 500,000 tonnes per annum of LNG from Argentina via a floating liquefaction vessel named Tango FLNG. The deal advances Argentina’s ambitions of becoming a gas exporter.

ABB UPS tops 97% efficiency

Nov 27 – ABB latest uninterruptible power supply (UPS) module has a 97.6% efficiency rating. The DPA 250 S4 covers the power range 50 to 1,500 kW and is designed for critical, high-density computing environments such as data centers, hospitals, railway signaling stations and airports.

Europe still depends on Russian gas

Nov 26 – In the first ten month of 2018, there was a more than 100:1 disparity between Russian pipeline gas and U.S. LNG deliveries to European countries, according to Gazprom figures. The Russian gas giant sees still “a high level of uncertainty” in the long-term forecasts for U.S. shale gas production.