The Vietnamese government has appointed EDF Group as the consortium leader in charge of construction of the 2,000MW Son My-1 combined-cycle gas power plant project. Located in southern Vietnam, the CCGT is due for commissioning in late 2023 or beginning of 2024.
Dresser-Rand, part of Siemens Group, has commissioned an LNGo-HP (high-pressure) micro-scale natural gas liquefaction system for Altagas Ltd. in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Producing approximately 30,000 gallons of LNG per day since January 25, 2018, the Dawson Creek facility allows Altagas to scale production in line with demand. The LNGo-HP system converts diesel and other fuels to natural gas, enabling users to monetize stranded gas deposits.
California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has approved a proposal by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide a 'clean energy alternative' that will replace a decades-old fossil power plant in the city of Oakland. A Request for Offers (RfO) will be launched shortly, inviting distributed energy providers to propose appropriate solutions. Depending on the exact resource mix, the solicitation will result in 20MW to 45MW of capacity.
Tax credit extensions for renewables in the 2018 US Budget Bill, passed in mid-February, are expected to shape funding for clean energy technologies. The bill raises the existing so-called “45Q” tax credit for storing CO2 permanently underground from $22 today to $50 in 2026. According to IEA Energy Technology Analysts Simon Bennett and Tristan Stanley, this could “provide the first significant stimulus to carbon capture for several years.”
Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB), one of Malaysia’s leading power producers, is preparing to spend up to 4 billion Malay Ringgit (US$1,03bn) on a new 2x400MW gas-fired power plant in Bintulu province, According to SEB Group CEO Sharbini Suhaili, about 30% of construction of the first CCGT unit is complete and due for commissioning in mid-2020.
Wärtsilä has been selected to deliver a 50MW Smart Power Generation plant to the Dominican Republic. The local utility Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM) placed the order, and turnkey delivery is being made on a fast-track basis with the aim of getting the new facility fully operational by November.
Enel Generación Chile S.A., formerly known as Endesa Chile and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, is now almost fully in the hands of the Italian utility group Enel. After minority shareholders, including Endesa, accepted Enel’s public tender offer to purchase their shares, Enel Chile managed to raise its shareholding in Enel Generación Chile to 93.55% from approximately 60%. The move is part of Enel’s business restructuring in Chile.
Despite posting a veto threat on twitter, US President Donald Trump on Friday night signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill that passed Congress just after midnight. In an improvised news conference, Trump stressed he “will never sign another bill like this again.” The omnibus spending bill limits federal spent on energy but it avoids drastic cuts, still granting grants the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a total of $43.2 billion – almost $9 billion above the budget requested by the White House.
A 10% tax credit of construction expenditures related to combined heat and power (CHP) projects, with no stated maximum limit, is accelerating a trend in the US manufacturing sector towards building onsite power stations adjacent to their production facilities. According to data from the US Census Bureau, manufacturing firms in 2006-16 purchased 87% to 89% of their electricity from the grid and generated the remaining 11% to 13% onsite.
Canadian construction and engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Charleton University to cooperate on protecting critical energy infrastructure. This initiative comes as electric power utilities are exposed to growing cyber-security threats through interconnectivity of generating assets and smart grids.
Renewables deployment and coal-to-gas switching helped reduce energy-related carbon emissions in the United States, Japan, Mexico and the UK. Globally, however, robust economic growth pushed up energy related CO2 by 1.4%, or 460 million tonnes in 2017, to reach a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes (Gt).
Getlink, formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, has asked GE to supply the largest STATCOM load balancer connected to a catenary traction system at the France/UK Channel Tunnel. Once completed by the end of 2019, the solution will allow Getlink to nearly double the traffic in the Channel Tunnel.
Siemens has been selected to deliver another SGT-700 mechanical drive compression train that helps balance the drop in gas pressure at Camisea gas-condensate asset, operated by Pluspetrol Peru. Commissioning of the equipment is scheduled for mid-2020.
Fuel oil imports by South Korean power producers have surged to 200,000 tonnes in March so far, up from 92,000 tonnes in February, according to a Reuters tender. Burning heavy fuel oil (HFO) produces more emissions than natural gas, but it is less carbon-intensive than coal and hence considered compliant with the government’s clean air policies. In February, South Korea’s trade ministry decided to suspend the operation of five coal power stations (2.32GW combined capacity), from March to June.
Gas-fired generation could meet between 7% and 40% of Britain’s annual electricity demand in 2035, according to National Grid findings. Its latest Gas Future Operability Planning (GFOP 2018) takes a deeper look at the key drivers of change: the proliferation of renewables and the support for electricity interconnectors.