Swedish-Swiss technology group ABB has completed the first delivery of switch- and control gear for Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Center, situated near Bergamo in northern Italy. To guarantee stable operations of this large modular site – stretching over 200,000m² – ABB used it Relion 615 series switchgear which facilitates uninterrupted power supply.
Centrica, Britain’s largest energy supplier, has commissioned two new Wärtsilä-built gas engine power plants. Hand-over was completed this week. The two plants at Brigg and Peterborough now help balance the stability of the UK power grid and add to Centrica's decentralized energy portfolio that also includes the Roosecote battery storage.
Tender documents have been posted by the Public Gas Corporation of Cyprus (DEFA) in search for a counterparty that will supply and install a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at the port of Vassilikos. The LNG import project comes at a cost of €300 million, with the imported volumes set to underpin the conversion of an oil-fired power station to run on natural gas.
Bioenergy is spurring the rapid growth in renewable energy resources between 2018 and 2023. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest market forecast renewables will cover 40% of global energy consumption growth with another 1.3 Terrawatt of clean energy set to be installed by 2023.
Additional supply of natural gas through Nord Stream-2, the second leg of the Russian-German interconnector through the Baltic Sea, can contribute to security of power supply in during the Germany’s coal exit, said Ronald Pofalla, co-chair of the government’s coal commission.
New flexible supply source are transforming the global gas market and will lead to a growth in demand by about 300 billion cubic meters (Bcm) by 2022, McKinsey analysis fins. Asia, and notably China will make up nearly half of that additional demand.
The President of Argentina, Mauricio Marci, has welcomed the Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on a state visit, expressing confidence that “the trade volume between the two countries will increase rapidly in the coming years.” Argentina is trying to limit LNG imports, and become an energy exporter by effectively exploiting the country’s massive reserves of tight oil and shale gas at the Vaca Muerte formation at the Neuquén Basin.
Heads of Gazprom and Linde have met in St Petersburg to discuss ways of intensifying Russian-German technological collaboration, notably on the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) project. Linde supplies equipment for cryogenic recovery of substances from gas, and Gazprom noted construction is progressing according to schedule for the plant to start up 2021.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Williams’ request to place its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project into full service. Operations commenced as of Saturday, October 6, 2018, increasing design capacity of the Transco pipeline for natural gas from Marcellus Shale by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), or approximately 15%, to 15.8 Bcf/d.
Terna, the Italian transmission system operator (TSO), has awarded an €70 million order to a consortium of Ansaldo Energia and ABB to increase the security and support the quality of the Italian electric power system.
Much ado has been made over an oxidation issue at GE HA turbine blades at Exelon’s Colorado Bend power plant near Houston. Keen to limit the reputational damage, the top management of GE Power underlined the issue is limited to 9FB and HA gas turbine Stage 1 Blades. Not impacted are Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrades for the B/E/F-fleets, and the new HA or 9F.05 order.
In the first half of 2018, both natural gas supply and demand in the United States have increased by 12% compared to the first half of the previous year. Consumption and exports of U.S-produced gas averaged 93.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), while total supply averaged 93.3 Bcf/d, according to the EIA’s September issue of Natural Gas Monthly.
Capstone Turbine Corp, the California-based manufacturer of microturbines, has seen its produce revenue increase 22% to reach $14.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. CEO Darren Jamison said the company made “progress towards fiscal 2019 strategic objectives” and recorded its second consecutive growth in product shipments.
UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has awarded the second phase of its battery-based energy storage contracts to Fluence, a Siemens and AES company. The 120-MW project is underpinned by capacity contracts secured in 2016, and UKPR is now tapping Fluence technology to enhance grid flexibility with all new storage projects scheduled to be in operation by winter 2020.
Growth in Europe’s gas demand has returned and stays underpinned by the power sector, with higher coal and carbon prices continuing to support the competitiveness of gas-fired power generation, says Murray Douglas, research director, Europe gas at Wood Mackenzie. Most importantly, in his view, is that national coal phase-out policies are being enacted throughout Europe which will boost gas demand through to the mid-2020s.