At the Munich Security Conference today, Siemens and eight partners from industry have signed the first joint charter for greater cybersecurity while seeking to advance digitalization. Co-signatories of the charter are Airbus, Allianz, Daimler Group, IBM, NXP, SGS and Telekom.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is celebrating its first win in Brazil for the technical selection of the M501 JAC gas turbine for the Vale Azul-II project. The power plant, which will have a contracted output of 466MW in combined-cycle mode, was successful in the A-6 Brazilian Electricity Auction held on December 20.
Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), a subsidiary of TransCanada, has commissioned Siemens to supply a gas turbine-driven compressor train for the Winchell Lake Compressor Station in Alberta, Canada. The train will be a critical part for the US$1.5 billion expansion program on the NGTL system, responding to new contracted customer demand of 3 Bcf/d.
Danish EPC-specialist, BWSC, in consortium with MAN Diesel & Turbo, has been contracted to build the ‘Maria Gleta’ power plant near Cotonou, largest city and economic centre of Benin. The 127-MW plant, equipped with seven 51/60DF gensets, is due for delivery during 2018. Maria Gleta is scheduled to commence operation in the first half of 2019.
Dispatchable power generation capacity is shifting from flexible gas gensets to wind and solar technologies paired with energy storage. Excellent solar resources in the U.S. state of Arizona make First Solar confident that its 65MW solar farm and a 50MW/135MWh battery storage facility will outcompete gas peaking plants in terms of supplying electricity into the evening peak.
Though Hawaii generally has a mild climate and high adoption levels of solar photovoltaic systems in the residential sector, the island has the highest electricity prices in the United States. Averaging 27.5 cents per kilowatthour (kWh), Hawaii power prices in 2016 were more than twice the national average, according to IEA figures.
Statoil’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel located in the Johan Castberg oil field in the Barents Sea will become the first offshore application for a Siemens SGT-750 gas turbine-driven compression train. Equipment delivery is anticipated mid-2019, with first oil planned for 2022.
BP has just started producing natural gas from the Atoll Phase-1 offshore Egypt, fostering hopes of Egyptian policymakers that domestic gas supply can reduce, and ultimately end, the country’s dependence on importing LNG to meet seasonal demand swings.
Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has appointed the British engineering consultant WSP to develop a 330kV interconnector between Zambia and the Congo. Project finance comes from the African Development Bank and the World Bank, with the aim of completing construction within 18 months and get the project finalised in 2019.
Aspirations to build and extend heat networks across the UK have been rekindled by Whitehall’s recently published Clean Growth Strategy. If all implemented, the recommended measures could deliver capital cost reductions of 30 to 40% and save the UK grid operator up to £30 billion.
US President Donald Trump has made reforms of the environmental permitting process for pipelines a key part of his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Speeding up regulatory approvals will help fast-track both gas export pipelines to Mexico and interstate pipelines to transport cheap, domestic shale gas to the second wave of US LNG export projects.
Spending on infrastructure to deliver electricity to American homes and businesses has kept rising over the past 10 years. Utilities representing about 70% of total U.S. electric load spent about $21 billion on capital additions in 2016. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) says investment in transmission infrastructure has kept rising in 2017 and will soon reach a peak at approximately $22.5 billion.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won a full-turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for two combined-cycle gas power plants in Thailand, each with a capacity of 2,650 MW. The deal includes the supply of eight M701JAC gas turbines and related equipment.
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.