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The first two Mitsubishi Power M501JAC gas turbines, manufactured in North America, have reached commercial operation at J-POWER USA’s Jackson Generation Project, a 1,200 MW combined-cycle power plant in Elwood, Illinois. The Jackson CCGT was dispatches power into the PJM regional market zone and generates enough electricity for 1.2 million homes.

Grain LNG, Europe’s largest LNG import terminal in Kent, UK, has seen a record 67% utilisation rate in April as British terminals help mitigate the impact of a freeze on Russian gas felt across Europe. All slots at Grain LNG are fully contracted with free capacity not available before late 2028.

PTT Exploration & Manufacturing (PTTEP) is struggling to supply enough fuel for Thailand’s power sector, Fitch Options warns. TTTEP took over the Yadana gas field in Myanmar from Total and Chevron in 2021, and analysts reckon the company may not have enough financial resources to upgrade pipelines and ensure steady gas flows from the field to its Thai home market.

Siemens Energy will slash 30% of its management positions and reduce hierarchy layers from eleven to six as the structure will get "broader and flatter,” CEO Christian Bruch announced today. The full takeover of Siemens Gamesa is hoped to close in the second quarter, while the new Gas Services units is meant to achieve an 10-12% EBITA margin.

Test runs to fuel Capwatt’s power station in Maia, Portugal, with a blend of up to 10% green hydrogen and natural gas will be carried out by Wärtsilä together with the plant operator staring from the first quarter of 2023. The combined heat and power station (CHP), powered by a Wärtsilä 34SG engine, provides energy for the Sonea Campus.

Four 9F gas turbines at EGA’s Al Taweelah power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be modernised with GE’s Advanced Gas Path technology. The AGP upgrade is meant to boost the plant’s output by up to 72 MW for the same amount of fuel consumed from previously 920 MW installed capacity, while reducing emissions by up to 74 tonnes. 

The Polish government has adopted a resolution to terminate an agreement with Gazprom to receive Russian gas via the Yamal pipeline. “We prepared ourselves to end the contract with Gazprom at the end of 2022 and buy no more gas from Russia,” Poland’s climate minister Anna Moskwa said, stressing the move would not affect flows to Germany.

Greek engineering and metallurgy company MYTILINEOS, in consortium with Siemens Energy, has signed an EPC contract worth about €202 million to build a combined-cycle power plant in Grudziadz, Poland. The plant operator Energa, part of Olen Group, aims for the 560 MW gas power unit to enter commercial operation within 38 months after contract signing.

Japan’s largest power producer JERA has announced completion of the Nanohana Pipeline – built by Keyo Gas and Otaki Gas. The 31-kilometre long pipeline runs from JERA's Futtsu LNG terminal to the Anegasaki power station in Chiba Prefecture and JERA will assume the operation of the pipeline, once it starts up this June.

Conservative politicians in Germany call for new gas-fired power plants as a vital “bridge technology.” Exiting both coal and nuclear would not be possible „only with wind power, mandatory solar roofs, climate neutral heating and the hope that our neighbours have some energy left for us,” said Raimund Haser, environment expert for the Christian Democrats (CDU).

Siemens Energy has offered to buy all outstanding shares in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) with the intention to delist the loss-making unit. Siemens Gamesa had issued multiple profit warnings as supply chain issues hampered the ramp-up of its 5.X platform. After full integration, the combined group is hoped to achieve cost synergies of up to €300 million within three years.

MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales brand of MAN Energy Solutions, has started a 5-year service contract for a 51 MW combined heat power plant operated by the municipal utility of Frankfurt (Oder). Commissioned in mid-February, the CHP runs on five MAN 20V35/44G gas engines and generates 51 MW of electricity and 50 MW of district heating.

Saudi Aramco and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have teamed up with GE to decarbonise operations of their power generation assets. The collaboration will include R&D in the field of advanced carbon capture, based on optimised solvent technology, as well as upgrades of existing gas turbines to hydrogen or ammonia co-firing. 

Though Europe’s drive to diversify gas sources has spurred a rush of new LNG projects, demand is expected to outstrip supply by year-end, constraining gas-fired power generation. Construction timelines mean material relief is unlikely before 2024, Rystad Energy said, forecasting global LNG demand will hit 436 million tonnes in 2022 while available supply stands at just 410 million tons.

News in Brief

FlatFish drone inspects Shell fields off Brazil

May 25 – Shell and Petrobras have contracted Saipem to use its FlatFish subsea drone in pilot projects to inspect two ultra-deepwater oil and gas fields offshore Brazil in over 2,000-meter depth. Initial tests will be carried out at Saipem’s base in Trieste, Italy, with a view to deploying the drone to Brazilian waters in the third quarter of 2022.

Gazprom cuts off supplies to Finland

May 24 – Gazprom has completely suspended gas supplies to Gasum after the Finish company refused to pay in roubles, the two companies said in separate statements. Gasum is confident it will be able to supply all its customers with gas imported through the Balticconnector (2.6 Bcm/y) from Estonia.

Heisco wins tender in Kuwait

May 23 – Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (Heisco) has won a KD1.8 million ($6.4 million) tender – floated by the energy ministry of Kuwait – to install, examine and test four high voltage transformers at the Doha East Power Generation and Water Distillation Station. Heisco, founded in 1974 and listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, has developed into one of the largest energy engineering groups in the emirate.

JERA issues bond to finance power plant upgrades

May 20 – Japan’s leading LNG importer and power producer JERA has issued its first energy transition bond to help finance the accelerated deployment of decarbonisation technologies like hydrogen and ammonia co-firing, as well as the decommissioning of older thermal power stations. The bond is offered in two tranches: a 12 billion yen ($83 million) for a 5-year bond with a 0.420% per annum coupon, and a 8 billion yen $62 million) for a 10-year bond with a 0.664% rate coupon.

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.