Siemens has extended the scope of application of its Simotics SD Add low-voltage motors, helping power transmissions system operators (TSOs) reduce drain on the grid due to low start-up currents. The revamped motors are compatible are also compatible for use in process industries, or in sensitive industrial applications that require enhanced grid stability.
Asia-Pacific project developer Energy World Corp (EWC) has cleared the final hurdle to bring a power plant and LNG hub venture in the Philippines on stream in 2018. The future plant operator just signed a land ownership agreement, securing right of way from the 600 MW at at Pagbilao, Quezon, to the National Grid connection point.
TransAlta has opened its new 150-MW South Hedland combined-cycle power station with Horizon Power as foundation customer. The Canadian energy firm TransAlta has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 75% of South Hedland's capacity, having developed the under a build, own and operate (BOT) agreement at an estimated cost of $570 million.
Saudi-based power plant developer Acwa Power has announced the start-up of the 950 MW Kirikkale combined-cycle gas power plant (CCPP) in Turkey, developed at a cost of 3,996 million Saud riyals ($1,006m). The plant has been built by Samsung C&T of South Korea under a turnkey EPC contract in just 30 months.
China’s new'2+26' cities policy – a pledge to cut emission in the country’s 28 northern cities by 15% year-on-year in the winter months – is limiting the use of coal for power generation and in industries. As an alternative to coal, gas demand could rise by 23 bcm this year compared to previous winters, according to WoodMackenzie projections. In fact, Chinese LNG imports almost doubled last month, surging 95.7% compared to October 2016, to reach 3.57 million tonnes, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.
Following a record supply of Russian gas to Europe last year, Gazprom touted it expects that its full-year 2017 exports will exceed the 179.3Bcm exported in the previous year by 13.3Bcm. Eager to cement its position as Europe’s largest gas supplier, Gazprom is creating new export routes such as the 32 Bcm TurkStream gas link through the Black Sea, for which works are already underway in Turkey’s economic zone.
Germany’s nuclear phase-out has left Bavaria struggling to maintain stable baseload power supply, and in the absence of sufficient interconnectors to transport wind energy from northern Germany southbound, the region’s dependence on gas power keeps growing. To step up gas supply, TSO Bayernnets contracted MAN Diesel & Turbo to deliver three MOPICO (MOtor PIpeline COmpressor) for a new compressor station in Wertingen, a municipality some 28km northwest of Augsburg. The machines will be delivered from summer 2018 onwards, MAN said, with a view to put the compressor station into operation in 2019.
The technology group Wärtsilä is witnessing the growing importance of utilities as a customer segment, alongside independent power producers. “Utility-scale solar projects with a full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) are growing fast, and gas-fired power plants remains stable,” the Finnish manufacturer said. Geographically, it sees the highest demand growth the demand for EPC contractors in Africa and South-America.
Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa is opening a new 12,000 sqm factory in Santa Fe which has the capacity to produce 3,000 generator sets of between 8 kVA and 1745 kVA each year. Fitted with Cramaco alternators, these gensets will be wholly manufactured in Argentina for sale locally as well as in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MoE) has awarded GE Power a $400 million contract to develop 14 electric substations on a turnkey basis, including supply of transformers and circuit breakers to rehabilitate existing substations. The aim of the project is to bring electricity to remote areas in Iraq with crippling power shortages.
Nova Analytical Systems, part of Tenova Goodfellow, in June received an order from Ametek Reading Alloys for six DuraNOVA continuous process oxygen gas analyzers. These six units were commissioned in late October at Amtek's milling plant for titanium-based specility powders.
The US oil major ExxonMobil has joined a group of eight International Oil Companies (IOCs), led by the European majors Shell and BP, to jointly put forward proposals to curb methane emissions from upstream operations, notably shale gas fracking. For Exxon, this is the first time the company joins an environmental initiative alongside industry peers.
Global petrochemical manufacturer INEOS has struck a long-term supply agreement with SP Chemicals which will see ethane, derived from US shale gas, being shipped to China for the first time. The deal also stipulates the construction of a 95,000cbm Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) which is expected to be delivered in 2019.
As persistent overhang in global gas supplies reduces state revenues, energy ministers from Qatar, Iran, Russia and Venezuela are gathering at this week’s Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The question is how GECF countries – often referred to as the Gas OPEC – should react to the rampant US gas exports which has adopted a price-setting function on global spot LNG markets.
NIOC, the National Iranian Oil Company is keen to follow through on Iran’s first ever gas export contract, sealed by IFLNG – a joint venture between Khark Gas Refining Company and Norway’s Helma. The 20-years contract, set to come into force within three months, stipulates the liquefaction and export of Iranian gas from the South Pars field starting from mid-2018.