China's private-owned gas distributor and terminal operator, ENN Energy has started construction of a subsea natural gas pipeline connecting the mainland with its Zhoushan LNG receiving terminal.
UK gas supplier, Flogas Britain has added liquid biomethane (Bio-LNG) to its off-grid energy supply. The new Bio-LNG, which is now available, is being marketed to businesses running continuous, energy-intensive manufacturing or industrial processes, as well as the transportation industry.
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Dutch-based Karpower International BV, a subsidiary of Turkey’s Karadeniz Holdings, have signed an agreement to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project in Mozambique. Named KARMOL, the joint owners will operate an FSRU and a patented Powership.
The No 1 unit of the new Moka gas-fired power station located in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, will start trials on 12th September, Kobe Steel told newswires. However, the start up of commercial operations has not been determined thus far.
The ‘Maria Gleta’ power plant near Cotonou, a large port city at the south coast of Benin, has been commissioned by MAN Energy Solutions and the BWSC. Powered by seven MAN 18V51/60DF gensets, the plant is now fully operational and supplies 127 MW of electrical output to the grid.
Speculative orders for Floating Storage and Regas Units (FSRU) are on the rise as developers want to have the vessels ready for quick deployment once local regulators issue a permit for an LNG-to-Power project. There is a trend towards owing FSRUs rather than chartering the units, says Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød, director FSRU & FLNG at ABS Global Gas Solutions.
On-site power provider Cummins and researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego are looking into how to reuse and repurpose electric vehicle (EV) batteries for energy storage. The focus lies on lithium-ion batteries, which are currently recycled at a rate of less than 5% in the U.S. market.
The Polish refinery Orlen has selected GE Steam Power to carry out a life-cycle upgrade of its onsite refinery power plant. Płock CHP, the largest of its kind in Poland, supplies 414 MW of electric power to the refinery and 2149 MWt of heat to the neighboring city.
Headline numbers of India’s 350 MW gross installed capacity versus 180 GW in maximum load are misleading. The Brookings Institute finds that power plant outages due to fuel shortages or technical faults as well as grid-level power losses reduce the actual “recoverable surplus” to just 30 GW, sometimes less.
Though China’s natural gas production are likely to double to 325 billion cubic metres by 2040, the country’s gas import dependency keeps growing largely due to rising demand and lower than expected domestic production of shale gas and coal bead methane (CBM).
General Electric has completed the upgrade to the entire fleet of LM6000 turbines at the Ubungo power plant ahead of schedule. The plant, operated by Sonagas, provides over 20% of the grid-connected electricity supply in Tanzania.
The cost of producing hydrogen gas from renewables is forecast to fall sharply over the next decade, providing an affordable fuel to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors. In Germany and Texas, RES hydrogen costs could fall to $1.40 a kilogram by 2030 from the current range of $2.50 to $6.80, according to research published in Nature Energy.
The Japanese government has granted a $44 million loan to Mozambique to finance retrofits and maintenance works at a gas-fired power plant in the capital Maputo. Due to be upgraded by 2020, the plant will add 110 MW to the national grid which is hoped to end crippling electricity shortages.