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MHI Compressor International (MCO-I) will deliver and install four compressors and two steam turbines in the second quarter of 2022 to help expand Koch Fertilizer’s ammonia production facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Koch freed up $140 million to modernise its Fort Dodge plant and boost ammonia production capacity by 85,000 tons per year.

Germany’s coalition government has approved a ‘climate pact’ that allocates up to €8 billion to finance initiatives from 2022. Urgent action is required in energy, industry and transport as Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Germany will reach Net Zero emissions five years earlier than planned in 2045. The steel, chemicals and cement industry has come under intense scrutiny.

Rolls-Royce has installed and commissioned eight MTU emergency generator sets with 9.2 MWe power output at a major bank near Madrid. The four MTU 4000 DS1650 and four 2000 DS1100 units ensure continuous electricity supply to the bank’s data centre should the public power grid fail.

Pipe-laying works for Nord Stream-2 continue until the end of September for the final stretch from Bornholm Island up to the German border. The Danish maritime authority confirmed works are being carried out by the Russian-flagged Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel and fellow ship Fortuna. Sea-trials will follow to scrutinize the pipeline before start-up.

Rebounding spot prices at Henry Hub have prompted US utilities to switch from natural gas-fuelled power plants to renewables and thermal coal units. The Henry Hub spot price averaged $2.66 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in April and is forecast to rise to $3.05/MMBtu later this year.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has captured the top gas turbine market share (29%) by megawatt in the first quarter of 2021, according to McCoy data. It also secured 40.8% of the heavy-duty gas turbine segment, amid strong order intake for Series Air-Cooled (JAC) turbines.

Japan’s largest power producer JERA will be working with Yara to upgrade its Pilbara fertilizer plant in Australia to produce blue ammonia – a promising, emission-free fuel. Blue and green ammonia from Pilbara will be shipped to Japan, for co-firing JERA’s gas power plants.

Terna, the Italian transmission system operator, has ordered two static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) systems for grid stabilisation from Siemens Energy. The containerized 125 Mvar units will be added in Villanova, Abruzzo region, and Latina in Lazio in order to facilitate electricity flows to Montenegro and Sardinia.

US natural gas production has slowly recovered from a plunge in February when a record-breaking cold snap caused production freeze-offs at US oil and gas wells, sending wholesale electricity prices soaring. Texas suffered blackouts and fuel supply shortages, as the state’s gas production fell 4.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), or 15%, to 21.5 Bcf/d.

Anatol Feygin, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Cheniere Energy, is bullish on forward margins for LNG shipments this spring. Asian buyers are expanding regas terminals and pipelines, he noted, with gas-fired power generation set to become the second-highest growth segment in China, India and Southeast Asia after renewables in terms of capacity additions.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has decided to absorb the business of Mitsubishi Power effective October 1, 2021. Some aspects of the integration are already underway, as the Japanese manufacturer strives to promote the use of carbon-free fuels like hydrogen and ammonia at various demonstration plants around the world.

Carbon Neutral Energy (CNE) is to open offices in the US, two months after its UK launch, seeking to help power grid operators prevent widespread blackouts like the ones in Texas in February. CNE is offering mobile batteries in a range of 1MW to 5MW that can be combined to create Gigawatt storage systems.

News in Brief

Growth in turbine air filtration tops 3%

July 22 – The turbine air filtration market is expected to grow 3.27% annually from $1.92 billion in 2020 to reach $2.29 billion in 2026. Demand from the oil & gas industry and electric utilities had plunged during the corona crisis and subsequent economic downturn, but the latest trend towards clean energy is driving robust growth for turbine air filtration which can be widely and easily applied in the power sector.

US oil exports stay high

July 21 – Despite volatile prices, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020 and remained strong this year, averaging 3.51 million barrels per day (b/d). Expanded ports at Houston and Corpus Christi allow for oil to be exported from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Basin.

CVEC to be converted to hydrogen

July 20 – Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is taking steps to run the  combined-cycle plants on hydrogen. Works to convert the plant will be carried out by GE and are scheduled to start in late 2022. One of three GE 7F.05 gas turbines at CVEC will be introduced to a 5% hydrogen blend with natural gas.

MAN ETES labelled solar impulse efficient

July 16 – MAN Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label by independent auditors. In January, the German manufacturer supplied to ETES heat pumps to DIN Forsyning for a heat and power plant in the Danish port city Esbjerg.

Electricity sales to US industry rebounds

July 14 – Economic recovery has caused a 5.1% rise electricity sales to US industry this year, dwarfing 2.8% more retail sales and a 2.1% rise in the commercial sector as many office workers continue working from home. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) acting administrator, Steve Nalley, called the rebound in electricity sales to industry a “strong sign of rising levels of economic output as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.”

Solar PV to triple in Asia by 2030

July 13 – Asia Pacific solar photovoltaic capacity could triple to 1,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, China will add 619 GW of mainly utility-scale capacity while most other nations in Asia prefers distributed solar due to land constraints. Solar PV tends to be backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage, forming hybrid power units.

Kinder Morgan closes on Stagecoach assets

July 12 – US energy infrastructure major Kinder Morgan has closed its acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services. The deal include 4 gas storage facilities with a 41 bcf working gas capacity and a transmission network with multiple interconnects to major interstate pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Stagecoach assets add to Kinder Morgan’s approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Dortmund cancels electrotechnik fair

July 9 – The elektrotechnik fair, planned for 29 September to 1 October 2021, will now not be taking place in Dortmund due to requests from the industry. The next trade fair for building, industrial, energy and lighting technology will now open its doors again in spring 2023.

Hitachi to change name of ABB Power Grids

July 7 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids will become Hitachi Energy in October. The Japanese manufacturer bought a controlling stake in ABB’s grid business a year ago and is about to fully take the name of the merged company while expanding its direction towards e-mobility and data centres.

Tapping wind energy for hydrogen

July 6 – Spanish utility Naturgy and the gas grid operator Enagás are evaluating the use of 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity to produce green hydrogen. The fuel will be used to decarbonise the steel industry and shipyard in northwest Spain.

EU seeks to expand Green Deal to Africa

July 5 – The European Green Deal should be expanded to also include African states as partners, the German development minister Gerd Müller said. Green hydrogen production in Africa, in his view, should be a “cornerstone for economic cooperation with the Europe.”

Decom Engineering updates PCR

July 2 – Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has invested more than £700,000 to develop tools for repurposing and clean decommissioning of energy infrastructure. Through updated Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) equipment, decommissioned or surplus pipelines can be cleaned of multiple coatings, so they can be repurposed for used on other projects.

Cummins buys half of Momentum Fuels

July 1 – Cummins has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. The transaction is expected to close before year-end, and the combined venture will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

Gazprom evaluates cost of grey hydrogen

June 30 – Scientific studies by Gazprom and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) seek to solve technical challenges in producing grey hydrogen through steam reforming in the most cost-efficient way, as well as transporting the fuel to end-users. The findings of the studies will be factored into Gazprom's sustainable development scenarios up to 2050.

Redox about to overtake Li-ion batteries

June 28 – Li-ion batteries have dominated the energy storage field, but are expected to lose their leading role in stationary applications. According to IDTechEx findings, Redox flow batteries are gaining traction and are likely to overtake the installed Li-ion battery energy capacity before the end of 2030.

B&W proceeds with waste-to-energy projects

June 25 – Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) renewable segment has received limited notice to proceed for a waste-to-energy project in Europe as it finalizes terms for a $24 million contract with the customer. Ohio-based B&W said it looks to capitalize on an estimated addressable market of more than $7 billion in Europe over the next three years.

Japan’s gas-burn on the rise

June 24 – LNG imports for power generation in Japan have rebounded with steady volumes from the Middle East and Australia and higher cargo numbers from Russia and the US, though LNG deliveries were outpaced by thermal coal shipments. The May 2021 LNG shipments amounted to 4.95 million tonnes, or around 73 cargoes, a 8.2% rise on volumes received in May 2020, according to trade figures by the Japanese finance ministry.

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