Tokyo Gas, Japan's largest natural gas utility, has posted a 9.4% rise in fiscal half-year net sales in the face of tough competition in the country’s liberalized energy market. The effects of a 1.7% drop in city-gas sales were compensated by a stark rise in Tokyo Gas’ customer base for electricity sales.
Taking action against air pollution, South Korea has decided to suspend some of the county’s most polluting power stations in the upcoming winter. Up to 27 coal-fired power station will be taken offline from December 2019 until March 2020, and diesel cars could also be banned from the streets.
Statera Energy, developer of fast-ramp power plants and energy storage, has contracted MAN Energy Solutions to deliver 24 reciprocating gas engines that will supply a total of 300 MW backup power to the UK grid. The recip engines will power six 50 MW plants to be built in the coming 18 months.
Ghana National Gas Company (GNCC) will start feeding first gas from the Atuabo Gas Processing to a Karpowership later today. The 470 MW Karendeniz Powership ‘Osman Khan’ is scheduled to commence full operation on October 31.
Manufacturing capacity of all types of lithium-ion sub chemistries is expected to grow to just over 770 GWh by 2026. More than half of this manufacturing resides in China today but other key markets like Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland will ramp up production starting from 2021.
2019 will be a record year for investment in advanced lithium-ion batteries with over $350 million already spent in the first half of the year, notably by automotive giants and oil companies. This figure indicates that full-year 2019 investment will be higher than the last year’s $600 million.
Transforming India to a “gas-based economy” has been President Narendra Modi’s vision for years but the country can ill afford subsidizing LNG imports to reduce fuel costs for power plants. Banks invested some Rs50,000 crores ($7.18bn) in these projects – many unable to repay their debt, leaving Indian public money at risk.
Critical power distribution, designed by ABB, allows GIGA’s data center in North Carolina reduce customers’ operating costs by 31% compared to rival facilities. ABB’s aim was to maximize scalability while achieving an ultra-low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating.
Siemens AG has today presented the new management team of Siemens Energy – a spin-off combining its conventional and renewable energy units. CEO-designate Michael Sen stressed he will focus on “pure-play energy business” and strive to get the spin-off listed as a separate entity by September 2020.
Dangote Cement has asked GE to modernize seven LM6000PC aeroderivative gas turbines and install its Asset Performance Management (APM) at Dangote’s cement plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria. The upgrade will enhance performance of the onsite power station and help reduce unplanned downtime.
Pakistan’s K-Electric has contracted Siemens and Harbin Electric to build a new 900 MW combined-cycle power unit within 24 months at the Bin Qasim power complex in Karachi. Works on the CCGT, to be powered by two F-class gas turbines, will start before the end of this year.
Italian turbine manufacturer Ansaldo Energia and the Norwegian energy company Equinor have joined forces on validitation tests for the use of hydrogen for gas-fired power plant turbines. Equinor agreed to co-fund these full scale, full pressure combustor tests on Ansaldo’s GT36 and GT26 turbines.
Russia’s Gazprom has revised downward its investment program and budget for this year, slashing expenses by 3.142 billion Rubles ($49m) to 1,322.582 billion Rubles ($20.7bn) thanks to “project optimization”. Most capital-intensive are Gazprom’s upstream projects in the Yamal Peninsula and eastern Russia, as well as the Power of Siberia pipeline to China.
Sempra Energy affiliate IEnova anticipates to reap profits from the commercial start of a new Texas to Mexico gas pipeline. The company saw Q3 earnings slide despite the September start-up of the South Texas-Tuxpan interconnector which supplies gas to power stations in Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
Biogas pioneer BENAS has enlarged its combined heat and power plant in Lower Saxony by adding two Jenbacher J620 gas engines. The new 3.05 MW engines add to the five installed J320 engines (5.24 MW each) and turn the complex into the largest biogas-based CHP in Germany.