Tohoku Electric has asked Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, to retrofit Unit-1 of its Joetsu combined-cycle gas power plant with TOMONI software. The upgraded CCGT unit, situated in Joetsu city in Japan’s Niigata prefecture, is scheduled to start operations in December 2022.
Siemens Energy has been contracted by Terna to supply a HL-class gas turbine to Greece for the first time. Installed in 1x1 configuration, it will power a new 788 MW combined-cycle unit in Komotini, northeast Greece, reducing emissions by up to 3.7 million tons per year compared to a coal power plant.
GE Digital has been awarded a $28.7 million contract from the Bahrain Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) to modernize the kingdom’s electricity networks. A variety of GE’s grid software will be installed in a control center to digitalize flows for increased efficiency and operations redundancy.
National Grid Electricity Transmission and the UK Met Office have embarked on a weather data project to expand the grid capacity for wind and solar power. The £545,000 project, funded by energy regulator Ofgem, uses high specification weather forecasts to increase the free capacity on overhead power lines, allowing for higher feed-in of renewable energy.
Four mayor Saudi energy companies – Aramco, Air Products, ACWA Power and Air Products Qudra – have signed definitive agreements to acquire and project finance a $12 billion air separation unit (ASU)/gasification/power joint venture. At the heart of the project, built at Jazan refinery, is an integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant.
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA has acquired 27% of the outstanding shares of Aboitiz Power, one of the biggest utilities in the Philippines for $1.58 billion. The deal will expand JERA’s presence in the country and is hoped to advance the rollout of zero-carbon energy sources, including hydrogen.
Austria-based INNIO, the maker of Jenbacher gas engines, and Clarke Energy have agreed to extend the latter’s distribution territory to Indonesia, focusing on Independent Power Producers (IPP) and Merchant Power Producers (MPP). From 2022, Clarke can offer Jenbacher gas engines with a “Ready for H2” option that can be converted to run fully on hydrogen.
Wärtsilä and Gabon Power Company (GPC) have signed a concession agreement with the Government to develop, supply, build and operate a 120 MW gas power plant at Owendo. The Finish manufacturer will build the plant under a full EPC contract and run it for 15 years starting from 2022.
New Fortress Energy (NFE) has chartered the floating storage and regasification unit (FRSU) ‘Höegh Gallant’ from New York-listed Höegh LNG Partners for a period of 10 years from the fourth quarter of 2021. The FSRU will be deployed to Jamaica, where NFE owns and operates an LNG regas terminal with adjacent gas-fired power plant.
A tight-fought general election in Germany has resulted in a thin victory for the Social Democrats while the long-ruling Conservatives suffered a historic loss. Both parties now strive to form a coalition with the Green Party, which recorded its best result ever and the pro-business Free Democrats. A hot topic of the novelty three-party government will be the energy transition and climate change.
The cost of shielding customers of failing UK energy providers could lead to a substantial rise in power and gas bills, energy regulator Ofgem warns. The Government is preparing to offer loans to larger utilities to make them take on stranded customers from bankrupt firms like Bulb, Arvro and Octopus.
German state secretary for environment, Jochen Flasbarth, has urged wealthy nations to do more on climate finance and proposed a plan to mobilise $100 billion per year between 2020 and 2025 for “climate action” projects in developing countries. The plan is meant to be finalised prior to the UN climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow in November.
US energy firm New Fortress Energy (NFE) has signed an agreement to invest in Sri Lanka’s first integrated LNG-to-power project. NFE confirmed it will take a stake in West Coast Power (WCP), the owner of a 310 MW Yugadanavi power plant in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and developer of a nearby LNG regas terminal.
Jenbach-based INNIO has published its inaugural Sustainability Report, outlining its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in 2020. In focus are digitalization and hydrogen technologies, as showcased in INNIO’s recently commissioned first engine in the 1 MW-range that runs on a variety of hydrogen-natural gas mixtures, or on 100% green hydrogen.