Japan’s leading utility Jera and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp have handed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to two Toshiba affiliates to build three LNG-fuelled power plant units with a combined capacity of 2.34 Gigawatt (GW) power generation units adjacent to Goi coal power station in eastern Japan.
APR Energy has been awarded a contract by the Mexican private power producer Saavi Energía to provide and install three mobile gas turbines for nearly 80 MW peaking power plant in Mexicali, Baja California. The flexible gas peaking power unit will help alleviate the risk of regional power shortages that increased following a reduction in power imports from California.
As Israel boosts domestic gas production it becomes cheaper for Jordan to import excess Israeli gas via a short pipeline, under construction, than buying LNG cargoes under a mid-term contract with Shell. Works on new 65-kilometre gas interconnector are ahead of schedule and could be completed in Q3-2019. First gas is expected at the start of 2020.
Siemens will supply a power island for the new Yerevan-2 combined-cycle gas unit and operate the plant for 20 years. SFS, Siemens’s financing arm, provided funding and holds a 40% share in the project company ArmPower. Having reached financial close, construction is about to start with a view to get the CCGT unit commissioned by mid-2021.
Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), the largest power producer in Poland, has launched a $1 billion tender for the construction for two combined-cycle gas power blocks with 1,400 MW of combined capacity. PGE said it will select the contractor for the turnkey projects in late 2019, with the aim of commissioning the CCGT units in Q4-2023.
Monthly power output from renewables in the United States exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time in April, due to record wind power output and low demand amid moderate temperatures. According to EIA figures, wind and solar power sources provided 23% of total electricity generation, compared to 20% from thermal coal.
The European Union has dedicated €4 million ($4.5m) for research on new designs for biogas-fuelled, small-scale cogeneration engines - in a bid to open up the heat and power sector for mainstream renewables. Named SmartCHP, the solution could have a market potential of up to €4billion, according to the lead research coordinator, BTG Biomass Technology Group.
Comparing fuel costs, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said hydrogen-based direct iron reduction for steel production could allow for substitution to green energy – if the hydrogen is generated from electrolysis. “Hydrogen could become an attractive option to indirectly electrify industrial high-temperature heat," analysts said, "either via direct combustion or blending with natural gas.”
Regulators in Rhode Island, a U.S. state in New England, have refused to grant Invenergy a long-anticipated permit for its proposed 900-MW gas-fired Clean River Energy Center in Burriville. Developers have freed up $1 billion to build the plant and are now considering appealing the decision at the state Supreme Court.
Sweden’s state-owned utility Vattenfall has issued a 500 million Euro green bond at Nasdaq, its first such issuance under a new Swedish law. The proceeds are dedicated for projects related to energy efficiency, electrification of transport, heat and industrial projects.
General Electric has decided to close down the 750 MW Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC) in California some 20 years before the end of its lifetime. The steam-cooled H-class turbines had taken hours to start and repeatedly suffered technical problems, which hampered a swift dispatch of the CCGT and ultimately rendered it uneconomical.
Duke Energy’s subsidiary in Indiana has brought forward the date for planned retirement of more than 4,100 MW coal-fired capacity. Instead, the utility plans to add some 1,240 MW of cleaner-burning natural gas, 700 MW of wind energy, and 1,650 MW of solar power by 2037.
Electrification of the transport sector can help curb emissions substantially, Wood Mackenzie finds. A typical mid-size electric vehicle (EV) generates up to 67% fewer emissions than a gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) car. But the crucial factor is the location where they are driven and the regional power generation mix.
California-based Sempra Energy is striving to take a leadership role in modernizing North America’s natural gas infrastructure to help incentivize power plant operators to switch from coal to gas. On a global scale, Sempra said its US LNG export terminal will supply affordable clean energy to Asia.
This year, for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, more of Britain’s electricity production will come from zero carbon energy sources, than fossil fuels. The landmark tipping point will be reached after National Grid invested £1.3 billion over the past decade in the clean energy transition, as well as £2 billion in new interconnectors such as the 1,400 MW North Sea Link to Norway.