Faced with additional gas demand from new-build power stations, Nigeria needs nearly 2 billion standard cubic feet (Bscf) of gas to meet the country’s entire demand. Observers estimate the investment required to make that 2 Bscf available would be $6 billion for plants, pipelines and other infrastructure.
A central bank in a major EU economy has installed ABB’s smart circuit breakers Emax 2 to upgrade the backup power at its headquarters, increasing security and system resilience. “From a power perspective, a bank is a plant that must never shut down,” commented Fabio Monachesi, global product manager at ABB’s Protection and Connection unit.
Larsen & Turbo, the India-based technology conglomerate, has just commissioned the Sikalbaha combined-cycle power plant (225 MW) on behalf of its owner Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). The 225-MW had also been built by L&T on a turnkey basis.
Natural gas consumption in the US has increased 27% this week, propelled up by an 18% demand rise from the power sector as a cold weather front moved across the country. In the Northeast, where cold weather persisted throughout the week, prices jumped at the Algonquin Citygate which serves consumers in Boston and at the Transcontinental Pipeline Zone 6 trading point for New York.
Iran’s deputy oil minister Ali Kardor, who also heads the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed an energy roadmap with Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller that will see the Russian energy major conduct a proof-of-concept study on implementing integrated projects in Iran. Gazprom said it aims to work with NIOC along the entire gas value chain, from extracting gas in Iran to monetizing the product – ideally via the Iran LNG project.
The head of Alstom, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, has announced the French rail company will exercise its option to divest its stakes in joint ventures with General Electric. Alstom in 2015 sold off its power and grid business to GE for €9.7 billion, and following the divestment of all remaining stakes GE will have “complete and whole ownership,” the Alstom CEO pointed out.
Despite falling coal-burn in US power stations, the country’s overall energy sector is increasingly shifting to refined coal, made by mixing special additives to feedstock coal. Based to EIA data through September, use of refined coal has risen from 17% of power sector coal consumption last year to 19% so far in 2017.
South Korea today announced an energy roadmap for 2017-2031 which sets out steps on how to shift the country’s reliance on coal and nuclear power towards renewable energy and natural gas. Paik Ungyu, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy confirmed the government's plan to shut down seven ageing coal power stations and convert six coal power projects to run on LNG.
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK have announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris that they would “examine or introduce” an effective CO2 price in "relevant sectors." The UK already in April 2013 unilaterally introduced a carbon tax in the power sector, and the five EU energy ministers underlined their new joint initiative could be “an effective tool to comprehensively decarbonise the world economy.”
Insisting it needs more time, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has pushed a decision on whether to lend €1.5 billion to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) into early 2018, leaving project developers in limbo over the future of this strategic pipeline link in the EU’s Southern Gas Corridor.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has handed an Emerging Technology Award to Siemens for the first successfully 3D- printed and fully tested gas turbine blades. Vetting what they call “ascending technologies”, ASME said the award winning products and processes have “left the breakthrough stage, crossed the commercialization valley of death, and are poised to reshape the industries where they compete.”
German utility Uniper and the British commodities trading house Javelin have teamed up to start selling 45 million tons of thermal- and metallurgical coal though a new joint venture with the coal miner Blackjewel. This JV also bought Noble Group’s US coal business for an estimated $34 million.
Adding value to an existing service agreement, GAMA Enerji has turned to GE’s Power Services for help to reduce fuel costs and improve reliability at its İçanadolu Doğal Gaz Elektrik Üretim Ve Ticaret (ICAN) combined-cycle gas power plant in the city of Kırıkkale, using a variety of digital solutions. Benefits from fuel savings will be shared between the two companies.
Gas flows on all major transit pipelines from Austria’s Baumgarten hub have resumed to Italy, Germany and Hungary before midnight, less than 24 hours after a deadly explosion shut it down on Tuesday. “All transit lines are 100% productive,” Harald Stindl, co-head of Gas Connect Austria told ORF Radio this morning.
Shale gas production in the Appalachia region has been increasing rapidly for the past five years, growing by more than 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) since 2012, according to EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report. Overall Appalachian natural gas production grew from 7.8 Bcf/d in 2012 to 22.1 Bcf/d in 2016 and was 23.8 Bcf/d in 2017, based on EIA data through October 2017.