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Withdrawal of water by U.S. thermal power stations, mostly for cooling purposes, continues to decline over the past four years and has fallen to a low of 52.8 trillion gallons. The water intensity – the average amount of water used per unit of total net electricity generated – fell from 15.1 gallons per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2014 to currently 13.0 gal/kWh.

General Electric is accelerating plans to divest most of its interest in the oil services firm Baker Hughes (BHGE). The cash-strapped American engineering giant announced a complex agreement to offload up to 166 million shares in BHGE in a deal expected to raise about $4 billion.

Promising new shale gas prospects of a “substantial size” have been identified by China National Administration of Coal Geology (CNACG) both in Hubei and in Guizhou Province. CNACG will now develop the prospects, seeking to efficiently tap domestic unconventional reserves for the fast-growing Chinese gas market.

Global gas demand is on the rise, erasing talk of a glut as China emerges as a giant consumer. Already the world's biggest oil and coal importer, China will also become the largest buyer of natural gas with net imports approaching the level of the European Union by 2040, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates.

MAN Energy Solutions has been contracted to supply an LNG regasification terminal to Forchem in Rauma, Finland. The chemical company wants to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery process to natural gas, or bio-gas, and asked MAN to deliver a tailor-made solution with an offloading skid for LNG trailors.

Closure of the large Rough storage has left the UK in a “precarious position” and “vulnerable” to gas supply shortages, Wood Mackenzie finds. Spot LNG cargoes can help cover demand at a short notice – but it would be imprudent to rely on flexible gas imports through the Interconnector, particularly as UK gas demand is bound to increase due to the government’s coal phase-out policy.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has evolved significantly and today develops turbine components that, in most cases, perform better than their conventionally manufactured counterparts. In the energy field, Siemens is aspiring to qualify 200 components for manufacture via 3D printing by 2025.

An online auction will be held for the sale of an almost complete gas-fired power station that was originally built as an energy-from-waste project at Teeside, in northeast England. The auction will be staged between November 15 and 29, accompanied by a separate private treaty sale process.

Operators in the energy sector are struggling to cope with rising threats to the security of their generating assets. Digitalisation helps ensure a save and stable operating environment to allow for flexible dispatch of power units. Wärtsilä solutions build up an active resistance to cyber threats that guarantees electric utilities a steady return on their assets.

Germany-based RWE and Tokyo Gas, one of the world’s largest LNG buyers, have partnered on gas sourcing, trading and shipping. The two players agreed a framework for reducing costs through optimized shipping of US LNG, procured by Tokyo Gas.

Construction works have started for SEE’s new 850-MW Keadby-2 combined-cycle gas power plant in North Lincolnshire. The £350 million project, built by Siemens as a full turnkey solution, will be Britain’s most fuel-efficient CCGT with an efficiency level of 63%.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to give a $227.7 million loan to Gulf SRC Company to finance the construction and operation of a 2,500 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Chonburi Province of Thailand. The technology of the CCGT is meant to achieve over 63% thermal efficiency.

Flexible gas power plants will have to fill the capacity gap after Toshiba abandoned its £15 billion Moorside nuclear power venture in Cumbria, and will start to wind up NuGen in January. Moorside could have covered 7% of the UK’s electricity needs by 2025 – a share that now needs to be filled by fossil fuels, notably natural gas.

Chevron’s gas aggregation company in Nigeria has agreed to extend gas deliveries to Egbin Power. Under the deal, Chevron will supply 145 million standard cubic feet per day (MMBtu/d) through the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) to Egbin’s 1,320-MW power plant in Ikorodu. Kola Adesina, chairman of Egbin Power, said the additional gas supply should help boost Ikorodu's capacity to 5,000 MW over the coming five years. 

Austria’s OMV is close to obtaining a stake in the development of Urengoyskoye, one of the world’s largest fields at the time of discovery in Russia’s Yamal region near the Arctic Kara Sea. A draft contract has been discussed by Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller and his counterpart at OMV, Rainer Seele that will see the Austrian utility participate in Urengoyskoye’s Blocks 4A and 5A.

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.