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Over the next 30 years, India is predicted to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world which is bound to propel up energy demand, yet how that growth will occur remains uncertain. If exports dominate India’s economic expansion, rather than investment or consumption, the High Growth case assumes a 1.1% higher GDP growth through to 2040.

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has handed a contract to Siemens to provide inspection and upgrade services for two power generation units at Al-Sadder power plant. This latest contract is part of a series of power plant upgrades that, once completed, will add 1,350 MW to the national grid, enough to supply approximately 20 million Iraqis with reliable electricity.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order for two sets of steam turbines for the Nghi Son-2 power project in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam. The project, led by Marubeni and KEPCO, will have a total generating capacity of 1,330 MW, and is due to commence operations in 2022.

Improved execution of oil & gas upstream projects is now being achieved thanks to greater corporate discipline, more pre-FID planning and reduced project scope. This allows project delivery to finally hit the mark after a period of dismal performance on project returns, a new Wood Mackenzie report shows.

Cold energy, set free when LNG gets regasified through heat exchangers, can be utilized and monetised in different sectors, including the production of special gases through cryogenic air separation, desalination and also in the power sector. Hereby, the cold energy gets reused for inlet cooling of gas turbines.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has completed construction of the Unit-2 combined-cycle gas turbine system at the Tanjung Priok power plant ahead of schedule. With an output of nearly 300 MW, Unit-2 is part of a wider project of Indonesia's state owned electricity provider PT. PLN (Persero) to build a 880 MW power plant on Java Island.

Siemens has successfully 3D-printed and engine-tested a dry low emission (DLE) pre-mixer for its SGT-A05 aeroderivative gas turbine. From concept to engine test, the development took only seven months, which is impressive considering this component requires very tight tolerances and works in high load and temperature.

Environmental lawyers have launched legal action after Bulgarian authorities permitted a coal-fired power plant to burn petrochemicals, biomass and waste alongside lignite – a dirty, highly inefficient lignite coal. The first hearing in the Brikel case is scheduled for early October.

MAN Energy Solutions has been selected to provide equipment for two power plants in Bangladesh a total capacity of 287 MW, based on of 15 MAN engines. The first project in Chittagong is due to start-up in 2019, while the project in Mirsarai is set to commence operations shortly afterwards. 

For the world to start meeting decarbonisation goals and mitigate climate change, deployment of renewable energy would need to be scaled up at least six times faster than today, the 2018 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows. Accelerating the shift to green energy is expected to create over 11 million extra jobs.

With 14.4 GW of capacity just added to Egypt’s power grid, Siemens is contemplating what’s next after the €6 billion Egypt order, the largest in the company’s history. “My key take-away is that if there is a political will [in a country], you can do almost everything,” Peter Ullrich, overall project director CCPP Megaproject Egypt told Gas to Power Journal.

The government of Germany‘s federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has expressed interest in hosting Tesla’s electric vehicle and battery production facility on its planned ‘Green Battery Campus’ in Euskirchen, Handelsblatt reports. Tesla is also considering the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland as potential locations for its planned Gigafactory, which would produce electric cars and batteries.

The proposed combination of Dominion Energy and SCANA Corp. has been approved by SCANA’s two-thirds shareholders earlier this week. Once completed, the combined company will deliver energy to approximately 6.5 million regulated customer accounts and have an electric generating portfolio of about 31,400 MW.

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, has announced sweeping changes to its company structure today while posting a 14% drop in net income to €1.2 billion in the third quarter amid a “sharp decrease in profit” at its turbine division. Shrinking the number of operating divisions from five to three – ‘Gas & Power’, ‘Smart Infrastructure’ and ‘Digital Industries’ – Siemens pledges it will increase the return-on-sales at its industrial business by 2% in the near-term future.

The Government of South Korea is planning to cut natural gas taxes by 74% and raise taxes on the use of thermal coal for power generation by 27% next year. The move is aimed at reducing the country's heavy reliance on coal for power generation and shift towards cleaner-burning gas, government officials.

News in Brief

Aramco collaborates with Schneider Electric

Sept 21 – Saudi Aramco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Schneider Electric to work together on various advanced digital technologies, including virtual reality. The MoU is one of several accords to support the Aramco’s 2020 Transformation Programme and the kingdom’s own Vision 2030 economic blueprint.

GE appoints new CCO

Sept 20 – Jennifer Erickson has been named Chief Communications Officer (CCO) for General Electric with immediate effect. Erickson will report to Linda Boff, Chief Marketing & Learning Officer, GE who called her “hard work, superb instincts and team leadership” as a great asset to help transform GE for the future.

ENGIE rated “industry leader” in DJSI

Sept 20 – ENGIE has been rated “industry leader” in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and Europe indices in 2018. In the area Multi and Water Utilities it achieved a score of 82 out of 100.

Fuel cell CHP market keeps growing at +24%

Sept 19 – The global market for fuel cell for combined heat and power (CHP) applications is forecast to grow at an annual rate of over 24% through 2022. Fuels cells are considered a clean source of energy that is highly expandable and can be used in a variety of applications. Top manufacturers include: Bloom Energy, FuelCell Energy, Viessmann, Baxi, Ceres Power, Doosan Fuel Cell and Toshiba.

Siemens Gamesa stays in DJ Sustainability Index

Sept 18 – For the ninth time running, Siemens Gamesa has been confirmed as member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices (DJSI World). The Spanish company scored particularly well in the areas of codes of business conduct, supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency and product stewardship.

Oldest U.S. power plant retires

Sept 17 - The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, a 625 MW single-unit GE boiling water reactor in New Jersey, will retire today. The plant, situated 50 miles east of Philadelphia, first came online in December 1969 and is the oldest commercially operated nuclear power plant in the United States.

Power of Siberia 93% complete

Sept 14 – Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller has informed his Chinese counterpart at CNPC, Wang Yilin, that 93% or over 2,010 kilometers of the Power of Siberia pipeline’s linear part from the Chayandinskoye field to the border with China has been welded and laid. The submerged crossing under the Amur is also “nearly complete.”

Industry benefits of cheap Marcellus gas

Sept 13 – Commercial and industrial users in Pennsylvania have saved about $17.2 billion as a result of the low price of natural gas. Abundant production out of the Marcellus Shale and helped push the price down from $10.39 per thousand cubic feet in 2008 to currently below $3, and occasionally lower.

DNV GL opens digital hub in Singapore

Sept 12 – Driving digitalization across the oil & gas, maritime and energy sectors, DNV GL has launched a new digital hub in Singapore. Named Digital Consulting and Smart Cities, the new hub includes three teams covering smart cities, cybersecurity and digital development – all based on DNV GL’s data management platform Veracity.

Siemens launches floating power barge

Sept 11 – Siemens has developed barge-based, turnkey floating power solution that takes a critical part of an FLNG facility off a project’s critical path. According to the manufacturer, the integrated turnkey solution helps reduce overall project execution time by 25% or more.

ENGIE, Maltem found Blockchain Studio

Sept 10 –The French utility ENGIE and Maltem, an advisory on digitalization, have jointly founded a Blockchain Studio to make this technology more accessible to energy companies. An initial €1,9 million in seed funding has been secured, the companies said, which will be used to develop activities in southern Europe, and open an office in Singapore at the beginning o f 2019.

UPS for Dubrovnik Airport

Sept 7 – A new data center for Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia has been equipped with modular uninteruptible power supply (UPS). The solution ABB’s DPA UPScale ST 60 system CBAT-120 battery cabinets and the Rittal IT solutions.

FirstEnergy modernizes grid in Ohio

Sept 6 – FirstEnergy has started to rebuild and modernize an existing 69-kilovolt (kV) power line in its Ohio service area. The project is part of Energizing the Future, an investment initiative that has already led to a 37% reduction in equipment-related transmission outages across FirstEnergy ‘s power work in Ohio and the Penn Power territory in western Pennsylvania.

Wärtsilä supplies engines for 145-MW plant in Myanmar

Sept 5 – Wärtsilä gas engines have arrived at Ahlone port in Yangon, Myanmar, designated for a 145-MW power plant being built by Powergen Kyaukse Co. on behalf of Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy. Powergen Kyaukse said it started civil works on site in preparation for installing the gas turbines. EPC contractor for the overall project is SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction of China.

Gas Turbine Control appoints new COO

Sept 4 – Gas Turbine Controls (GTC), supplier of replacement parts for all versions of GE power plant control systems particularly the Speedtronic series, has appointed John SantaCroce as new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). John’s experience in finances, distribution and international sales is meant to benefit GTC clients through new products and service offerings

PennEnergy snaps up RexEnergy assets

Sept 3 – Pennsylvania-based gas producer PennEnergy has acquired nearly all assets of its former rival Rex Energy in a cash deal valued at an estimated US$600.5 million. Rex Energy recently filed for bankruptcy and had been primarily active in oil and gas exploration in the Appalachian Basin.

New GIS launched with 72.5kW

Aug 31 – GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has launched a new compact F35 Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) for 72.5 kV networks. With a bay volume reduced by 23% and a 30% reduction in SF6 mass this new GIS allows the power voltage transformer to feed auxiliaries under “no wind” conditions, making it an ideal interface with a view to grid balancing.