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.