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Japan’s largest LNG importer and power plant operator JERA has chosen to buy a 49% stake in a Reliance-led combined-cycle gas power plant project in Bangladesh. The 750 MW Meghnaghat CCGT is being built based on a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has launched its 31DF engine, claiming the 11 MW genset offers “unequalled” open-cycle efficiency and fuel flexibility which makes it adapt for markets where a gas supply is anticipated but not yet available, or where the price of natural gas is an issue.

SeaFloat, Siemens-made power barges equipped with SGT-A65 gas turbines, will be installed at the Upper Bay of Brooklyn in New York City. Two SeaFloats, with a capacity of 300 MW each, will replace existing power barges at Gowanus Generating Station.

International law firm Milbank has advised Gas Natural Açu (GNA) on the development and financing of a 1.3 Gigawatt LNG-to-Power project at Açu Port in São João da Barra, Brazil. The financing includes a credit facility from the Brazilian development bank BNDES, guaranteed by KfW-IPEX bank and Euler Hermes, as well as a loan from the International Finance Corporation.

Orbital Gas System, a wholly-owned Energy subsidiary of CUI Global, Inc, has received orders to supply GasPTi systems for deployment across multiple natural gas plants from one of the largest US-based producers and transporters of energy. 

One of INNIO’s Jenbacher gas engines, together with a wood gasifier, helps achive over 90% efficiency at EnergieWerk Ilg’s wood-fired power plant in Vorarlberg, Austria. Built by SynCraft three years ago, the plant now gets expanded through the J412 engine generating an output of 500 kilowatts (kW).

Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners has closed on the retail syndication of its amended commercial financing on its 940 MW gas-powered Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. The deal reduced the total loan from $780 million to $760 million, while extending the maturity by two years. 

Russia's Novatek and Japan’s Saibu Gas have signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) to set up a joint venture to market LNG and natural gas to end customers. This agreement will include the development of gas-powered generation in Japan, bunkering business in Asia, and the construction and operation a new storage tank at the Hibiki LNG terminal.

GasLog has confirmed that one of its subsidiaries has signed a 10-year timecharter with Sinolam LNG Terminal to provide an FSU for a gas-fired power plant being developed in Panama. The vessel to be used is expected to be the 155,000 cu m ‘GasLog Singapore’, a tri-fuel diesel-electric (TFDE) LNGC built in 2010.

Japan’s Tokyo Gas and Kyushu Electric Power (Kepco) have formed a company aimed at building a gas-fired power station at Sodegaura in Chiba, near Tokyo. This move comes after the two companies and Idemitsu Kosan ditched a plan in January to build a 2 GW coal-fired power station on the same site, saying it was not economically feasible.

Novatek is evaluating projects aimed at introducing LNG as a fuel for distributed power generation, as well as motor fuel for maritime, automotive transport and mining equipment in Chukotka, situated in the Russian Far East. To this end, the Russian gas company signed an agreement with the government of the Chukotka autonomous area during this week’s Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum.

Siemens has been awarded an order worth approximately €450 million to build a combined cycle power plant as a turnkey project at Landivisiau, western France, and operate the plant for 20 years. With an installed capacity of 446 MW, the power plant will help to cover Brittany’s growing demand for electricity.

Philippine-based engineering concern, First Gen Corp. has chosen Japan’s JGC Corp. to handle the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for its LNG terminal project in Batangas City.

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.

News in Brief

Wärtsilä launches ‘Expertise Centre’ in Singapore

Nov 15 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has chosen Singapore as the location for its latest Expertise Centre (EC) that provides operational support and dynamic maintenance planning, both for marine and energy business customers. All of Wärtsilä’s Expertise Centres combined currently monitor some 900 installations with more than 2,000 engines around the world.

U.S. storage injection hits record high

Nov 14 – Near-record volumes of natural gas have been placed into storage in the United States in the current injection season. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the amount of gas held in storage in 2019 surged from a relatively low value of 1,155 billion cubic feet (Bcf) at the beginning of April to 3,724 Bcf at the end of October.

SaskPower proceeds with Moose Jaw project

Nov 13 – Canadian utility SaskPower has taken a significant step towards realizing a 350 MW gas power plant at Moose Jaw. The project was first proposed in 2017, but in the Canadian federal government June last year introduced new regulations for gas generation coming online after January 1, 2021, which stalled the plans. Having completed its regulatory review, Sask Power was now granted permission to proceed from the municipality of Moose Jaw. Major Fraser Tolmie said “this $700-million investment into the city of Moose Jaw, will ensure we have base-load power in the province of Saskatchewan and to maintain our power independence.”

Sembcorp powers up first BESS unit in the UK

Nov 12 – Sembcorp Energy UK, part of Singapore-based Sempcorp Group, has started to operate the first 60 MW unit of its battery energy storage system (BESS) fleet, supplied by GE. Combined, the three storage units in Leicestershire and Cheshire will bring Sembcorp Energy UK’s total energy portfolio to 973 MW.

Global gas glut may clear in 2021

Nov 11 – Economics of exporting American liquefied natural gas to Europe no longer add up. With Henry Hub spot prices around $2.7/MMBtu, moving LNG cargoes from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe is “not workable,” BP analysts said, indicating that production shut-ins could help clear the massive supply overhang towards the end of 2021.

Gazprom reassures Germany of Ukraine gas transits

Nov 8 – Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, has been trying to reassure the German government commissioner Georg Graf Waldersee that Russia was ready to signing a new transit contract with Naftogaz if both companies mutually waive claims. Before gas flows can proceed, however, Ukraine will have to create an independent gas transmission operator by January 1, 2020.

GE makes gains in wind power

Nov 7 – GE Power is gradually turning away from its loss-making fossil power segment to focus on the fast-growing renewable business. This week, GE struck a deal for its new Haliade-X turbines to be used at Dogger Bank Wind Farms. The three 1.2 GW Dogger Bank projects, situated offshore the UK’s Yorkshire coast, are expected to trigger approximately £9 billion of capital investment between 2020 and 2026.

PetroVietnam eyes LNG-to-Power project

Nov 6 – PetroVietnam has signed an agreement with B.Grimm Power Public Company (BGRIM) to jointly study the development of an integrated LNG import and power generation project. The aim is to build a 3,000 MW gas-fuelled power plant and an adjacent LNG import terminal. The location of the project has not been disclosed.

ABB launches ‘Smart City’

Nov 5 – Electrification specialists of the Swiss manufacturer ABB have designed an interactive ‘Smart City’ that contains smart buildings, e-mobility, energy management and data centers. The use of smart technologies and digitalization are encouraged by the United Nations as a way to help decarbonize cities around the world.

Gazprom, BASF cooperate on sulfur separation

Nov 4 – The Russian major Gazprom and the German chemical company BASF have agreed to devise a comprehensive solution for separation of sulfur from natural gas. The aim is to  enhance eco-efficiency of the Astrakhan gas processing plant and improve operational efficiency of BASF’s amine gas treatment units at the Orenburg gas-fired power plant.

Germany’s emission fall ‘markedly’

Nov 1 – Germany is headed for second consecutive year of substantial reductions in carbon emissions, amid a sharp drop in coal-burn in the power sector and an overall decline in energy use in 2019. If this trend continues, the country could get much closer to its 2020 climate target than widely anticipated.

Exmar to refinance Tango FLNG

Oct 31 – Exmar, the Belgian shipping company, is trying to refinance the Tango FLNG vessel, moored offshore Argentina on behalf of YPF. The aim is to generate around $60 million in additional capital, Exmar said, suggesting a deal will likely be struck in the first months of 2020.

Petronet doubles net profit

Oct 30 – Indian LNG importer Petronet has nearly doubled its net profits in the third quarter although revenues fell by 13%. Net profits came in at 1,089 crore rupees ($153.6m), an increase of 90% on the same period in 2018 as the company benefited from India’s lower corporate tax rates. Third-quarter revenues, in contrast, fell to 9,449 crore rupees ($1.33 billion).

Wildfires spread around LA

Oct 29 – Thousands of Los Angeles residents have been evacuated as wildfires spread fast around the metropolis and power outages brought life close to a standstill. The risk of fires caused by overland transmission lines prompted Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to prolong precautionary blackouts that could last up to three days.

Dominion embraces solar & storage

Oct 28 – Dominion Energy South Carolina has signed contracts for more than 1,000 MW of solar capacity. About half of that capacity has entered service. To complement intermittent solar energy supply, Dominion earlier announced several energy storage projects.

Wärtsilä downgrades outlook for its energy business

Oct 25 – Wärtsilä has downgraded the outlook of its Energy Business from “soft” to “weak” amid low equipment demand, although the its services activity “remains sound.” The current order book for 2019 deliveries is 1,708 million Euros, comprised mainly of equipment deliveries, Wärtsilä stated today when posting mixed Q3 results. Looking ahead, the company said its operating result for full-year 2019 will be approximately 100 million Euros lower than in the 2018 result of 577 million Euros.

Siemens names new CIO

Oct 24 – Hanna Hennig will be appointed as new Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Siemens starting from January 2020. The change at Siemens’ IT organization supports the execution of the company’s Vision 2020+.