Sun-soaked Australia is seen as a future giant hydrogen producer. Though German manufacturers strive to export hydrogen technologies, they are also looking to import renewable hydrogen from Down Under in large quantities as early as 2025 to decarbonise their processes.
Japan’s largest utility and LNG importer JERA has launched proceedings to digitalise power plant Operation & Maintenance (O&M). Artificial intelligence (AI) and standardisation of work processes is meant to allow workers to “shift from many troublesome tasks to creative data-based work."
Three GE 9E.03 gas turbines have been rehabilitated at power plants, operated by Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in Calabar and Sapele, Nigeria. The service interventions reduce the risk of unplanned downtime and ensure stable supply of 360 MW electricity to the grid.
erThough delivered prices for coal at US power plants keep declining, burning gas is more profitable. Fuel costs for coal power units fell from $2.25 per MMBtu to less than $2.00/MMBtu, but this is not enough to outcompete combined-cycle power plants running on cheap shale gas.
Royal Dutch Shell is gearing up to become Germany’s leading provider of green hydrogen for industrial and transport clients. The British-Dutch oil major is planning to build 1,000 fast charging stations for electric vehicles at its petrol stations by 2030, and is looking to acquire green energy start-ups.
GenCell Energy, an Israel-based fuel cell manufacturer, has developed a cracker that extracts hydrogen from liquid ammonia to generate electricity by means of alkaline fuel cells. The technology is designed to replace diesel generators and produce green energy in remote, off-grid locations.
Mitsubishi has signed a full turnkey EPC contract to build a combined-cycle plant near Bangkok on behalf of Hin Kong, an independent power producer (IPP). The 1,400 MW plant will be powered by two M701JAC gas turbines that are slated for commissioning in March 2024 and January 2025.
Royal Dutch Shell’s margins on LNG sales are squeezed by low oil prices. Over 80% of the company’s term LNG sales are linked to oil with a 6-month price lag, dragging down margins in the third quarter. In consequence, Shell places greater emphasis on integrated power, biofuels and hydrogen.
Plans for debut trading in Hygo Energy at the US stock exchange NASDAQ have been shelved amid corruption allegations against the company’s CEO Eduardo Antonello. Hygo, a joint venture between Golar LNG and the U.S. private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, had plans to develop two LNG-to-Power projects in Brazil.
US oil major ExxonMobil and the engine maker INNIO have co-developed a new lubricant for Jenbacher Type 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9 gas engines. Performance of the new N Oil 40 has been confirmed by more than 160,000 hours of field data across multiple engine platforms in Germany, Russia and the UK.
Norway’s state energy group Statkraft has connected gas engine-driven power units, energy storage and renewables in Britain. The virtual power plant (VPP) has a capacity of nearly one Gigawatt (GW) and can react to fluctuating demand within seconds.
Turkish Karadeniz Energy Group has brought Indonesia’s first ever floating LNG-to-Power project into operation. The 125 MW Karpowership Zeynep Sultan burns regasified LNG, supplied via a floating storage regas unit (FSRU).