Juazeiro, a city in northeastern Brazil, will host ABB install Latin America’s first digitally-enabled substation. The new 230-kilovolt (kV) substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II substation will deliver power from a 156-MW solar photovoltaic poewr plant, under development nearby. Arctis, a UK-based investment firm, will own and operate the Juazeiro solar project together with its renewable energy arm in Latin America, Atlas Renewable Energy.
Kosmos Energy, co-developer of a West African FLNG project together with BP, confirmed today the signing of an intergovernmental accord between Senegal and Mauritius will speed up the development of the cross-border Tortue gas field and adjacent floating LNG export project. Kosmos now plans to take a final investment decision (FID) around the end of 2018, and aims for first gas in 2021.
Saudi’s ACWA Power, a global power plant developer with an investment value of over $33 billion, has indicated it will soon open tenders for 2018 projects worth $4.5 billion in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. ACWA Power is also advancing talks with shortlisted banks as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO).
UK Power Reserve has secured 200 MW of gas-fired power capacity at the latest T-4 Capacity Market auction, for delivery by October 2021. With these contract wins, the flexible power provider now operates portfolio greater than 1 GW. The latest T4 auction awarded capacity agreements to a total of 50,410 MW and cleared at £8.40/kW – well below previous auctions.
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.
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) imposed a cap on thermal coal prices imports through Qinhuangdao port at RMB750/t from 5 February. Strong demand due to colder-than-normal weather in January had propelled up prices to a record RMB780/t for FOB Qinhuangdao 5500 kcal/kg coal. According to WoodMackenzie estimates, the new price cap will have an impact from now until mid-March.
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.
Paso Norte Pipeline Group (PNP), the developer of a new US-Mexico interconnector, has launched a 30 day open season inviting shippers to express interest in delivering natural gas from the Permian Basin in the western part of Texas to under-supplied markets in Central and Western Mexico. The bidding process and consultations will last until March 5, 2018.
Fast-track delivery of six Wärtsilä engines for a 100-MW power plant in the Gazipur Industrial Zone helps alleviate regional power shortages in Bangladesh. The order has been placed by China-based Hubei Electric Power Survey & Design Institute.
Hamburg’s largest and most modern high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plant, run by HanseWerk Natur, has been commissioned near the Tivoli GlobalMalt. Powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, the new CHP achieves a total electrical output of 8.4 MW and supplies heat and hot water to 500 residential buildings and businesses.
As the Australian summer enters its peak demand season, the eagle-eyed market operator AEMO is diligently monitoring the grid to maintain power system frequency and keep time errors within limits. EnerNOC recently started to provide to provide up to 70 MW of Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS).
Demand response - as a large ‘ready to use’ resource - can supply grid balancing services faster, cheaper and with fewer emissions than traditional generators can.
Passing the final verdict after an eight-year quarrel over the failed Kemper “clean coal” power plant, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) ordered to keep the plant running solely on natural gas and not pass any losses on to ratepayers. Commissioners voted unanimously that all risk needs to be removed from ratepayers for the lignite coal related assets at the facility. More so, a forthcoming compliance filing will decrease the bill of an average residential customer by 2.4%, or over $3.00 per month.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $300 million contract for the construction of Phase-4 of the H-Station at Al Aweer to a consortium of Siemens and Elsewedy Power. Expansion of the H-Station to 2,811-megawatts is one of DEWA’s signature projects as it is hoped to help dent the emirate’s rising electricity needs.
CNMC, the Spanish energy regulator has rejected a government proposal to prop up the nation’s oldest and most polluting coal power plants. Dealing a blow to subsidies for coal-fired generating capacity, the regulator suggested a “significant part” of the Spain’s coal fleet could be closed without putting national energy security at risk.
Greensmith Energy, a part of Wärtsilä group, has completed two grid-scale energy storage systems in Texas. Called ‘Texas Waves’, the two 9.9-MW short-duration storage facilities are fed by E.ON’s 249-MW Pyron and the 197-MW Inadale wind farms, both near Roscoe, delivering energy on short notice to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).