The International Energy Agency (IEA) is calling for tougher regulation on methane emissions. Downstream oil and gas – notably refining, transmission, storage and distribution – is responsible for more than 20% of methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Worldwide, downstream methane emissions amounted to 16 million tons (Mt) in 2020.
Ansaldo Energia has joined the European Union’s ‘Digital Volunteer Program’, aimed at bridging the digital skills gap in small and medium-sized industries. As part of this project, Ansaldo is mentoring the Italian manufacturer ATLA to develop a new procedure for inspecting hot gas components from turbines.
Quantifying the impact of Hurricane Ida, the US Department of Energy (DoE) said the storm initially left more than 1.2 million in the dark in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Entergy still hasn’t restored power to all customers. By its estimates, full electricity supply may not be restored in certain southeastern Louisiana parishes until the end of September.
The German industry federation BDI has issued a stark warning against Government plans to bring forward the phase-out date for all coal power plants in the country from 2038. An early coal exit would undermine the security of electricity supply, BDI head Siegfrid Russwurm said, as gas-fired plants could not be built quick enough to make up for the lost capacity.
Petronet plans to build an LNG import facility in India’s East Coast state of Odisha. A feasibility study for a 4 mtpa Floating Storage and Regas Unit (FSRU) at Golapur Port is in the making, chairman Tarun Kapoor said, but the project would compete with another East Coast terminal at Dhamra Port, proposed by GAIL and the Adani Group.
Japan’s largest utility JERA, along with Mitsui and partners, has agreed to sell its entire stake in the Mexican utility MT Falcon Holdings to the British investment fund Actis GP for an undisclosed sum. JERA holds 20% in MT Falcon which runs five combined-cycle power plants (2.2 GW combined).
Germany could transform its economy to net zero emission by 2045 at no cost, McKinsey claims, as switching to green technologies opens up new growth. However, it would have to invest €1 trillion in new infrastructure, and €5 trillion to modernise existing power plants and gas grids.
Lower gas-burn in the US power generation sector will drive down overall gas consumption this year and next. Though total gas use across all end-use sectors is set to rise slightly in 2022 from an average 82.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) this year – still 0.7 Bcf/d less than in 2020, EIA figures show.
Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply an energy storage system to Zenith Energy, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Australia. Zenith sells most of its electricity to large mining companies, so the 9.2 MW / 8.7MWh energy storage will address cyclical load demand in an underground mine, operating in parallel with an engine-driven power plant.
MAN Energy Solutions has received an order to supply six 18V51/60G engines, along with balance-of-plant equipment, to Lakeland Electric’s new 120 MW engine-driven power plant, to be built on a brownfield site in the city. MAN committed to deliver all equipment by July 2022.
Hydrogenious Technologies, a spinoff of FAU University Erlangen, has raised €50 million to scale up and commercialise its LOHC (liquid organic hydrogen carrier) technology. Liquid hydrogen is an efficient way to store and transport the increasingly popular fuel. The funding round was led by JERA Americas, investing €15 million, along with Temasek, Chevron and Pavilion Capital.
Australia’s AGL Energy has signed a pipeline gas supply deal with Cooper Energy after plans to develop the Crib Point LNG project in Victoria State were rejected on environmental grounds. Cooper Energy will sell all uncontracted gas from Casino, Henry and Netherby fields to AGL as of January 2022.