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The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out plans for a “green industrial revolution,” pledging to mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create up to 250,000 green jobs. The upfront funding is meant to spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

RWE Generation has received a contract to build and operate a 300 MW gas-fired power plant in Hesse by the TSO Amprion. The ‘grid stability plant’ will be built just south of RWE’s decommissioned Biblis nuclear reactor and is due onstream in October 2022.

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has won a $3 million contract to supply equipment to convert the burners and boilers of a North American power plant to mainly run on natural gas. B&W will supply gas valve trains and burner-related components by early 2021.

Ansaldo Energia has today unveiled the first GT36 gas turbine, the highest performing H-Class turbine ever built in Italy. The GT36 left the workshop in Genoa, en route to Edison’s Porto Marghara combined-cycle power plant where it will increase capacity to 780 MW at 63% energy efficiency.

Importing more Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 is “the cheapest option for Germany” as demand rises from currently just above 90 Bcm per year to 110 Bcm by 2034. Short-term marginal cost of Russian gas is $2.6 per MMBtu, according to Rystad data, compared to $4/MMBtu for US LNG.

General Electric will apply lean operating principles to transform its PT GE Nusantara Turbine Services (PT GENTS) in Bandung, Indonesia, into a global B- and E- Repair Center of Excellence (CoE). The facility has already shipped its first set of repaired turbine blades to a customer.

Field trials are underway at the world's first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator, where Engie, Siemens, Centrax, Arttic and DLR produce renewable hydrogen to fire a SGT-400 turbine at a French cogeneration plant. The CHP currently runs on a mix of natural gas and hydrogen, targeting full hydrogen operation by 2023.

From December 2020 to March 2021, South Korea is preparing to restrict the runtime of coal-fired power plants to curb air pollution, boosting dispatch of gas-fired generation and LNG imports. State-owned KOGAS already tendered for six cargoes for delivery through January.

Chinese state-owned utility Guangdong Energy Group has ordered three GE 9HA.02 gas turbines for its Dongguan Ningzhou combined-cycle power plant in the Greater Bay Area. The CCGT will add 2.4 GW of power in line with the government’s goal to transition from coal to gas generation.

Indiana-headquartered Cummins is preparing to open a new factory in Herten, Germany, in July 2021, focussing on the assembly of fuel cells. With capacity of 10 MW per year, it will manufacture 1 MW of fuel cell systems a month for Alstom’s hydrogen-powered trains, called the Coradia iLint.

Qatar, Russia, China and the US – also known as the ‘Big 4’ – are expected to invest almost $2 trillion to meet 60% of global gas demand by 2040. Shifting to a 2-degree climate pathway, however, would slash Capex to a more modest $700 billion as gas demand peaks earlier.

Rolls-Royce business unit Power System has sold a record number of MTU products at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. Six Chinese companies signed up for the delivery of almost 1000 MTU engines of Series 2000 and 4000 for use in power generation and mining.

News in Brief

Mitsubishi produces methanol in Trinidad

Jan 20 – Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company has launched commercial operations of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago. The plant has an annual production capacity of one million tons of methanol and 20,000 tons of dimethyl ether, which can be used as an alternative fuel for cars and power generation.

First 8-cylinder B36:45 engine delivered

Jan 19 – Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 8-cylinder variant of its Bergen B36:45 gas engine to a tomato producer in Belgium. The medium speed genset is planned for delivery this spring and will drive an onsite power plant that generates 4700 kW electricity and 5520 kW heat. The new engine offers a 20% increase in power per cylinder and will replace an existing Bergen 12-cylinder B35:40 genset.

Moody’s upgrades Enel to Baa1

Jan 18 – Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Enel’s long-term rating to Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade reflects Enel’s progress in reducing its risk profile, analysts said, pointing at the Italian utilities ongoing investment in networks and renewables, growing geographical diversification and focus on centralised financing.

GE sues Siemens Energy

Jan 15 – General Electric has sued its German rival Siemens Energy over the alleged use of stolen trade secrets to win gas turbine contracts worth several billion dollars. GE told the US district court in Virginia that Siemens received the secret information from a Dominion Energy employee.

Orbital Energy launches Eclipse

Jan 14 – Nasdaq-listed Orbital Energy Group has launched a new subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation, a drilled shaft construction company. The new company specialises in providing services for power transmission and substations, communication tower and a disaster restoration through emergency power.

S’Korean coal and LNG imports slide

Jan 13 – South Korea’s imports of thermal coal and LNG have fallen 12% and 11%, respectively, as the government cracks down on fossil fuel usage to curb air pollution. Customs data shows that coal imports amounted to 10.2 million tons in December, down 1.4 million tons from the same month last year but up from November’s imports of 9.5 million tons.

SMC builds 1.7 GW CCGT in Batangas

Jan 13 – Excellent Energy Resources, part of SMC Global Power Holdings, is building a 1,700 MW combined cycle gas power plant in Barangay Dela Paz and Ilijan in Batangas City with investments of about 67.863 billion Philippine Pesos ($1.41bn). The project is estimated to be completed in 36 to 40 months.

UK’s National Grid issues supply warning

Jan 12 – Natural gas prices in the UK surged as National Grid issued warnings on supply deficit as LNG cargoes are being diverted to North Asia. Prices at the British NBP gas trading hub soared to the equivalent of $8.95 per MMBtu, while the JKM price for North Asian spot LNG cargoes for February 2021 was last at $19.700 per MMBt.

Fortistar invests in hydrogen

Jan 11 – Fortistar, a privately-held fund, has joined an equity investment of up to $157 million in hydrogen producer BayoTech. Cottonwood Technology Funds and the New Mexico State Investment Council also participated in the latest financing round. BayoTech’s systems produce local hydrogen close to the application, serving end users in the industrial gas and petrochemical segment as well as those who use of hydrogen to power fuel cells.

Ashtead appoints new CFO

Jan 5 - Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team. The appointments are meant to cement the company’s position in the offshore energy market, including offshore wind and decommissioning of thermal power plants

NFE secures LNG for Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua

Dec 23 – New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed to purchase Henry-Hub-indexed LNG for its integrated gas and power businesses in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua. The New York-based project developer said it now has covered 80% of its expected needs throughout Latin America, thus reducing its need for spot purchases and its exposure to changes in the market price for LNG.

China and Korea mandate coal-to-gas switch

Dec 22 – The Chinese government has launched a coal-to-gas boiler switching programme, targeting 7.1 million homes, which makes gas demand more weather-sensitive this winter. Similarly, South Korea mandated the closure of 15 coal-fired plants since the start of December in an effort to reduce air pollution. Analysts expect this will accelerate the drawdown of LNG terminal inventories going into Q1-2021.

GE repowers oil field in Brazil

Dec 21 – GE Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by Sulzer Pumps UK to supply motors for four water injection pumps of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The 8,000 kW, two pole motors will run at 3,600 rpm with a limitation of the starting current at 300%, enabling the oil and gas field operator to optimise the generator which supplies electricity on the FPSO.

VELO distributes Sapphire Metal 3D-Printers in the US

Dec 18 – California-based VELO3D has formed a distribution partnership with GoEngineer for Flow pre-print software, Sapphire metal AM printer, and Assure quality assurance and controls. GoEngineer will be VELO’s only distributor in the United States.

Indian electric boats to achieve zero emissions

Dec 17 – Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest shipbuilder, has asked Siemens Energy to equip India’s first fleet of 23 boats with electric propulsion drive train, integrated with batteries and vessel automation. Combining the electric propulsion drive trains, energy storage, and automation systems is expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Terna BESS auction six times oversubscribed

Dec 16 – A pilot auction, held by the Italian TSO Terna, for battery energy storage systems (BESS) to provide reserve grid services has been six times oversubscribed. The auction was held with an expectation that around 230 MW would be on offer, but Terna received 1,327 MW worth of bids and eventually awarded contracts for 249.9 MW.

New £150m link to UK’s Easington terminal

Dec 15 – National Grid has completed a gas pipeline under the River Humber, build in 18 months and at a cost £150 million, as new link to the import terminal at Easington. Following commissioning, the pipeline is now operational and can now transport between 70 to 100 million cubic metres - around a quarter of Britain's gas needs.

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