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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.

Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has signed an agreement with Kameyama Electric Co. to provide after-sales service for Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power generators in the Japanese market.

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.

News in Brief

US coal exports jump 61% as exports to Asia double

April 24 – Coal exports from the United States have increased to 97.0 million short tons (MMst) of coal in 2017, a 61% jump (36.7 MMst) from the 2016 level. Exports to Asia more than doubled year-on-year from 15.7 MMst to 32.8 MMst, although Europe continues to be the largest recipient of US coal.

Thermo Fisher launches new online sulphur analyser

April 23 – U.S.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched SOLA iQ, an online sulphur analyser, that helps engineers in the oil and gas industry to measure total sulphur content of liquid or gas phase samples without requiring time-consuming lab analysis. Measurement ranges of the tool are from 2 parts per million (ppm) to 100%, with and limits of detection as low as 25 parts per billion (ppb).

FERC considers change of pipeline certification

April 20 – Kevin J. McIntyre, the chairman of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given a general oversight hearing over plans for natural gas pipeline policy changes. “I decided that the first such review of my Chairmanship would involve taking a fresh look at FERC’s 1999 policy statement on the certification of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities,” he said. Under the Natural Gas Act, FERC has the responsibility to determine whether a proposed natural gas pipeline project is required by public convenience and necessity.

Turbine filter markets grows at 20%

April 19 – Market Insights Reports anticipates the global gas turbine filter market to grow at an annual rate of 15 to 20% through to 2023. The report gauges growth prospects by analysing diverse factors such as total market size, key market drivers, challenges and growth opportunities, technological changes as well as major manufacturers.

Kuwait spends over $140m on two power plant upgrades

April 18 – Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water has signed two contracts, worth US$141 million (KWD47m), to upgrade the fuel reception and control systems of the Doha West and the Sabiya power plants. Works on the Doha West power station will span over 30 months, according to the ministry’s schedule, while project completion for the Sabiya project is set for no later than 29 November, 2018.

Enel launches 1st energy storage project in Canada

April 17 – Enel X, the energy services division of Enel Group through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has struck an agreement with Algoma Orchards of Ontario, Canada to deploy a 1 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system under a contract spanning 11 years. The storage system will be deployed in the first half of 2018.

Investment in solar PV dwarfs new fossil generation

April 16 – Solar power is forecast to become the leading contributor of renewable energy, accounting for 98 GW, or 38%, of newly installed power generation capacity worldwide. Nearly $161 billion was invested worldwide in solar power technology in 2017, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, compiled by BNEF under the UN Environment Program.

Simotics SD Pro suitable for up to 690 volts

April 13 – At Hannover Fair, Siemens is presenting its new low-voltage motor Simotics SD Pro suitable for mains-fed and converter operation with voltages up to 690 volts. The motor works reliably at efficiency class IE3 at both 50 and 60 hertz.

ABB controller now IEC 62443 certified

April 12 – ABB’s SD Series HPC800 controller, part of the company’s Symphony Plus portfolio, has received Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) and IEC 62443 certifications. In the assessment, the controller met all requirements in the categories of software development lifecycle, functional security and communications robustness.

Rolls-Royces launches ‘Intelligent Insights’

April 11 – Rolls-Royce has introduced ‘Intelligent Insights’, part of its IntelligentEngine vision, at the MRO Americas conference. The tool brings new agility to decision making and improves the quality of data harnessed for customers.

GE to lead EPC for 1GW Ostroleka C power plant

April 10 – GE Power, together with Alstom Power Systems, has been selected to lead Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the ultra-supercritical (USC) coal power plant Ostroleka C in Poland. Subject to the financial closure of the project, the plant will start commercial operation within 56 months after the notice to proceed and generate a gross output of 1,000 MW.

EDF’s new Bouchain CCGT reaches 62.22% efficiency

April 9 – Electricite de France (EDF) and GE have celebrated the official start of operation of the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE's HA gas turbine in Bouchain, France. Integrating high-efficiency power gen equipment with digital technology the CCGT reaches an overall efficiency of 62.22%.

GenOn sells 1.1GW Canal Generating Plant for $390m

March 28 – Due to bankruptcy restructuring, Houston based GenOn Energy (now part of NRG Energy), has agreed to divest the 1,112-MW units 1&2 at the Canal Generating Plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts to Stonepeak Kestrel Holdings for $320 million. Factoring in working capital, excess fuel inventory payments, and an anticipated refund from NRG for an expired option on Canal Unit 3, GenOn expects to receive $390.3 million from the deal.

Floating power market to top $1.4bn by 2022

March 27 – The market for floating power plants (<250MW capacity) is expected to grow at an annual rate of 10.11%, expanding from $889.6 million at present to reach $1,440 million by 2022. Main growth drivers, according to MarketsandMarkets, are cost advantages of floating over land-based power plants, particularly in regions with a lack of power infrastructure.

Cost for solar PV keeps falling

March 26 – System costs for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) on a per-watt basis have fallen about 10% to 15% per year from 2010 through 2016. In the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2018) analysts anticipate that installed capital costs will come in at 1.85 per watt (AC) for fixed-tilt PV systems, and $2.11 per watt (AC) for single-axis tracking systems in 2018.

Sembcorp delivers ‘energy that makes a difference’

March 23 – Sembcorp Power, the electricity retail arm of Sembcorp Industries, has unveiled a series of initiatives that are meant to deliver Energy that Makes a Difference in Singapore. These measures include a commitment of S$100,000 to support social enterprises in energy, water and resource recovery over the next five years as well as competitive price plans to help businesses save money. For every new customer signed up, Sembcorp Power will give S$5 to selected beneficiaries to offset their electricity bills.

Siemens awards in-kind technology grant to UCF

March 22 – Siemens has entered the next phase of its 30-year academic partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), awarding researchers a major in-kind technology grant of its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software with a commercial value of $593 million. The software grant amplifies a similar 2016 grant that benefitted students in UCF's Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER).