Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) broke ground on a new $500 million power plant in Delta Township, Michigan, this week. The utility has vowed to complete the 250 MW unit by June 2021.
Construction has commenced at the £350 million Keadby-2 combined-cycle gas power project, build by Siemens as a full turnkey solution on behalf of SSE. The CCGT will be one of Britain’s most efficient power units (63%) and is slated to start operations in 2022.
Unit-2 of the Mankato Energy Center has been completed and is now ready for start up, operator Southern Power announced. With a capacity of 345 MW, the second unit brings the plants’ overall capacity to 760 MW. Southern Power is selling the Mankato CCGT to Xcel Energy for $650 million.
Events, particularly major sporting shows, require fast-track power solutions that can maintain a stable, continuous energy supply. RnRMarketResearch sees the market expand at over 8% per annum, and forecasts it will be worth nearly $20.7 billion by 2022.
Eager to reduce fuel costs, Saudi Arabia has reigned it the use of crude oil in the electric power sector to an average 0.4 million barrels per day (b/d), mainly by burning associated gas or fuel oil instead. A steady population growth keeps driving electricity consumption, although the government seeks to dedicate most crude oil production for export and incentivises solar power.
General Electric has vowed to find ways to keep open its Belfort manufacturing site despite plans for downsizing and job cuts. Hugh Bailey, general manager of GE in France said the company is looking for alternatives such as building aeronautical parts at Belfort - instead of large turbines. “I want to be clear, Belfort will not close. It will remain GE Power’s number one industrial site in Europe,” he told French media.
Cyprus has been racking up a string of giant gas discoveries, notably ExxonMobil’s Glaucus and Eni’s Calypso find. In total Wood Mackenzie estimates 11 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of recoverable gas resource was recently discovered in Cypriot waters but analysts question whether all discoveries can be commercialized. Building a pipeline to Egypt, or an FLNG plant off Cyprus, are the most viable options.
Flywheels – fast-acting frequency response systems – combined with energy storage, are being installed at two sites in England and Ireland as part of a £3.5 million project. Stage 1, piloted by Schwungrad Energie Ltd, is seeing the construction of a flywheel demo plant for the Irish TSO EirGrid. The hybrid system will generate a peak power supply of 500kW and capable to store 10kWh of energy.
Brazil, second-largest producer of hydropower in the world after China, is implementing policy measures to add more solar PV capacity to the country’s energy mix, backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage. As part of the government’s 10-year energy expansion plan, nonhydro renewables is intended to grow 3% per year and reach up to 28% of Brazil’s domestic energy mix by 2027.
BP, one of the world's seven oil and gas supermajors, is understood to have agreed to pay around $10 billion to the private firm of the Romanian businessman Frank Timis after having purchased his stake in a gas field off the coast of Senegal for $250 million in 2017. BBC reporters uncovered this suspicious deal, but both BP and Mr. Timis deny any wrong doing.
Oman-based Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has announced the completion of commissioning and the start of test operations and at the 1,710-MW Sohar Power Phase-3 unit. The CCGT unit had been built based on an investment of $ 1 billion (384bn Omani Rial) by a consortium of Japan’s Mitsui, Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power, and Oman’s Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding (Didic).
Industries which require high temperature heat are particularly hard to electrify, not to mention decarbonise. Still, hydrogen could soon become an attractive fuel in the steel industry, analysts at the International Energy Agency (IEA) find, while carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) could help decarbonizes cement, steel and chemical production.
Siemens has won a contract from an U.S. shale gas producer to supply three electric-drive centrifugal Dresser-Rand DATUM compression trains for two 250 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) cryogenic gas plants in the Delaware Basin, part of the greater Permian Basin in West Texas. The equipment will be commissioned in the latter part of 2020.
Deployment of electric vehicles so far has fallen short of expectations hence penalizing policy measures, like London’s new Emissions Surcharge, or T-Charge, have been introduced to spur growth. Penalising offending vehicles is one part of the solution, finds Jacob Klimstra, Senior Energy Consultant and Member of the Advisory Board for Electrify Europe. He highlighted plans by the Dutch government for all new cars to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030 – others, including Paris, are already following suit.
Uncertainty about future battery technology, government policies, consumer preferences make it difficult to predict the long-term effects that both battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (EVs) may have on worldwide energy consumption. According to EIA, analysisi, global EV sales is forecast to almost double from 1.2 million worldwide in 2015 to 2.35 million by 2040.