NorthWestern Energy has contracted Caterpillar to supply six Cat G20CM34 gas gensets to replace combustion turbines currently operating at the Huron Generating Station in South Dakota. Construction activities will begin in July, with a view to starting commercial operation at the end of 2021.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded 5 stars to the Waad Al Shamal integrated solar and combined cycle power plant (ISCC) project for environment, health and safety standards. The plant consists of 50 MW solar plus 1,000 MW thermal capacity (four GE 7F gas turbines) and is due to enter service this fall.
Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, part of MHI, have agreed to implement a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax Power Station starting from this autumn. The 12-month pilot will capture 300kg of CO2 a day, running on biomass flue gases.
Energy demand in the UK has started to recover from a 15-20% plunge, incurred by coronavirus lockdowns. According to Cornwall Insight, transmission system electricity demand rose to just below 0.64 TWh on Friday, June 19, but is still below the 0.70 TWh recorded in 2019 on similar days in late June.
On-site power provider Cummins has entered a joint venture with the German startup NPROXX, focussed on hydrogen storage tanks and transportation. The JV is aimed at deepening Cummins’ capabilities in fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies.
GE has completed the first major inspection project in China since the coronavirus outbreak. Modernisation of two 9E.03 turbines at the 360 MW Baochang power plant, Guangdong province, was delivered safe and ahead of schedule on behalf of Shenzhen Baochang Power Supply Company.
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (EES) has started to relocate its hydrogen production site from Yokohama to Kawasaki city in order to increase capacity and output. At the new facility, due completed in autumn 2020, Toshiba will produce fuel cell stacks based on its H2One energy supply system and its H2Rex hydrogen fuel cell.
Myanmar has become the newest LNG importing country when a cargo from Malaysia was delivered to a temporary jetty at Thilawa port on June 6. A second Malay cargo is now on route, headed to a larger jetty that will be able to accommodate regular-sized FSU vessels starting from July.
Though travel restrictions are still in place in the Dominican Republic to contain the coronavirus, Siemens is striving to deliver a barge-mounted power plant, based on SGT-800 gas turbine, on time and on budget. The 145 MW Estrella del Mar III is due to start operations by spring 2021.
Falling gas prices have substantially improved the economics of coal-to-gas switching, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. Still, nearly 130 Gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired capacity was under construction at the start of 2020, and a further 500 GW in a planning phase but may now be at risk.
National Grid has secured the first multi export credit agency (ECA) covered loan for the Viking Link, a 1,400 MW subsea power cable between the UK and Denmark. The $743 million financing package is made up of $488 million from SACE Export Credit and $255 million from Euler Hermes.
Imports of Canadian pipeline gas to the western United States have fallen substantially as spot prices at the NOVA/AECO-C (AECO) trading hub in Alberta reached near parity with Henry Hub. In April and May, imports fell to an average of 6.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), according to Genscape pipeline flow estimates.