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Ships at the Port of Kiel will soon benefit from Germany’s largest shore power system to date. With 16 megavolt amperes (MVA), Siemens’ Siharbor solution will supply two ships simultaneously with certified eco-power. Test operation will start in the 2020 cruise ship season.

Nemo Link, the first ever UK-Belgium power cable with 1,000 MW capacity, has allowed National Grid to import substantial amounts of cheap renewable energy. Over 5,889 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity were imported to the UK in the first year of operations and nearly 176 GWh to Belgium through a "near real-time" power trading system.

Royal Dutch Shell and Total have rejected China National Offshore Oil Corp’s (CNOOC) move to invoke ‘force majeure’ to cancel LNG import contracts. Though CNOOC can still cancel delivery of spot cargoes, the two European suppliers threatened to seek compensation.

Turkey’s Karpowership has submitted a proposal to the government of South Africa to provide a several ships to avert a looming power crisis. State-owned utility Eskom frequently resorts to load-shedding and in December, the government issued a request for information (RFI) to source up to 3,000 MW at short notice, and at the least cost.

Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are preparing to hit European investors in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with a new set of sanctions in an effort to derail the project. Uniper, Winterhall, Engie, OMW and Shell are invested in the Baltic Sea interconnector, and the sanctions could come as soon as February or March.

Quadra’s 233 MW Voronezh CHP plant has successfully run its first week of commercial operation since February 1, using four of GE’s Sprint LM6000 gas turbines. The additional aeroderivative gas turbines enhance flexibility reliability of the Voronezh combined-cycle unit.

MAN Energy Solution has launched an intelligent constant monitoring device for industrial lube oil. The certified device has recorded over 18,000 test hours on pilot industrial sites and complies with CE standards. It also received its first order is for third-party equipment in the Pacific region.

Indonesia, home to 260 million people, will see its population reach 300 million by 2030  which pushes up power consumption 6.4 percent annually from 2,400 TWh per year seen today to 4,400 TWh/year. Considering Indonesia’s “limited renewables potential,” MHPS reckons the country’s rising electricity demand will largely be met by new gas-fired power units.

Eager to avert power shortages in Yangon, the government of Myanmar has asked Wärtsilä to deliver eight 50SG engines for two power plants with 292 MW combined capacity. The two LNG-fuelled gensets are meant to be installed and operational within a matter of months.

Italian turbine manufacturer Ansaldo has approved its 2020-24 Business Plan to reposition its service segment by “exploring partnerships” for its subsidiaries PSM and Ansaldo Thomassen, or the “sale of company stakes.” Compared with past years, Ansaldo said its order book is “more balanced” in 2020, hence some 100 million Euros can be spent on new production technology.

Green hydrogen, produced with renewables using electrolysers, is hoped to become the ‘new oil’ and develop into one of the most essential vectors in the decarbonisation process. “The technology already exists to make it possible; the next step is to scale it up to enable it to serve the common interest,” argues the French author Thierry Lepercq.

Electricity demand has plunged in China’s Hubei province, where factories and construction sites are dormant as workers are told to stay home to contain the coronavirus. Industry accounts for nearly 70 percent of electricity demand, so the quarantine in Hubei slashed peak power load to 22.5 GW, some 21 percent lower than planned.

Anticipating “moderate revenue growth” for Gas and Power, Siemens hopes to reach an adjusted EBITA margin of 2-5% in fiscal 2020. Hence, the company is pushing through a wider cost optimization program with 1,000 million Euros in savings at the Gas and Power segment “on track and confirmed.”

German industrial giant Siemens has “got off to a somewhat slow start into the new fiscal year,” CEO Joe Kaeser noted when presenting first quarter results. Revenues fell 1 percent to 20.32 billion Euros due to a 4 percent drop in orders, hence Kaeser did not rule out redundancies at the energy division.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and NTK Spark Plug have joint forces to manufacture and sell cylindrical cell stacks – a key element used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The new joint venture CECYLLS will use NTK’s ceramic knowledge to produce the cell stacks that can efficiently utilize heat.

News in Brief

MHPS extends service for Thai power station

Feb 26 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been awarded a third long-term maintenance agreement for the 1,400 MW BLCP Power Station in Thailand. The service accord covers the power plant’s major equipment including boilers, steam turbines and flue gas cleaning system built by MHPS on a turnkey basis.

VPower signs PPA in Sri Lanka

Feb 25 – Hong Kong listed VPower Group has entered into a power purchase agreement for two 38.8 MW projects in Sri Lanka. The latest deal brings VPower Group's installed capacity in the Chinese city state to nearly 100 MW.

UAVT launches portable genset

Feb 24 – UAV Turbines has launched a lightweight microturbine generator for on-demand electrical power ranging from 3 kilowatt (kW) to 40 kW. The new device extends UAVT’s micro propulsion technology, the Monarch 1, and features a new portable micro-turbogenerator system that fits in a small case that can be carried by two people.

Castleton buys CCGT in Spain

Feb 21 – Castleton Commodities International (CCI), a British independent power producer, has acquired the Amorebieta combined-cycle gas power plant in Bilbao, Spain, for an undisclosed amount. CCI claims the 786 MW plant is “one of the most efficient CCGTs in the Iberian Peninsula.”

NNPC scrutinizes Abuja IPP project

Feb 20 – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is scrutinizing technicality and economics of developing a 1,350 MW Independent Power Plant (IPP) project in Abuja. The project is likely to be realized, as it is backed by a $1.1 million grant from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and will be powered by GE gas turbines.

Batteries vs. hydro power

Feb 19 – More than 28 GW of lithium batteries deployed for stationary storage applications by the year 2028, according Navigant Research. Pumped hydro power plants, however, dominate the market as they account for 96 percent of installed energy storage worldwide.

Micro CHP market to top $3bn by 2026

Feb 18 – The global micro CHP market revenue is forecast to exceed $3 billion by 2026 amid rising demand for captive combined heat and power units by industry. According to Global Market Insights, micro CHPs are also increasingly combined with solar PV and energy storage into hybrid power units.

Rio Tinto uses battery to power Pilbara mine

Feb 18 – Australian mining company Rio Tinto has freed up $98 million for a new solar PV unit and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara mining network. The 12 MWh battery storage at Tom Price will provide spinning reserve to help stabilize the local grid.

Japan and Korea eager to build ‘hydrogen economy’

Feb 17 – Liquid hydrogen is meant to become the basis of Japan’s and South Korea’s new energy economy. Several public-private partnerships accelerate efforts to produce hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and use hydrogen as a clean energy source, gradually replacing oil and natural gas.

MHPS teams up with KBR to expand sales

Feb 14 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has agreed to cooperate with U.S. firm KBR to expand sales of SDA pitch-fired power plants. The fuel for these plants is insoluble matter (SDA pitch), which remains when light oil fractions are recovered from heavy oil fractions using the solvent de-asphalting (SDA) process. The petroleum industry can now utilize this residual material for power generation.

Turboden provides CHP to First Nations

Feb 13 – Brescia-based Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has agreed to an 8,000 kW combined heat and power (CHP) plant, running on woody biomass to indigenous First Nations in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power gen system will uses sawmill residual woody biomass as fuel and help electrify some 5,000 homes.

Himoinsa gensets win award

Feb 12 – Himoinsa has received an Innovation Trail Live award for its rental gas generator sets. Three gensets – HRGO 30, HRGO 40 and HRGO 70 – were distinguished due to their long running time, low operational costs, as well as reduced emissions and sound level.

Ofgem lowers default price cap

Feb 11 – UK energy regulator Ofgem has announced it will lower the default price cap by £17 to £1,162 for the six months effective from 1 April 2020. Analysts say Ofgem’s decision comes amid a “warm winter” and “healthy LNG supply,” which pushed down wholesales gas prices to a 13-month low. Looking ahead, there might well be “another slight reduction to the cap later this year.”

Opel plans Gigafactory for battery cells

Feb 10 – German carmaker Opel, part of French PSA, plans to manufacture enough battery cells for half a million e-cars annually in a new factory in the western German town of Kaiserslautern from 2024. Two billion Euros would be invested in the factory, designed to house three units with 8 GWhs each, which would be the largest in Europe so far.

GE adds 235 MW in Ivory Coast

Feb 7 – GE is carrying out a gas turbine extension at the Azito power plant in the Ivory Coast. Under the contract, GE will supply its GT13E2 gas turbine in combined-cycle configuration, one HRSG, one steam turbine and associated equipment. The upgrade will boost the plant’s capacity by 30 percent, or 253 MW to reach a total of 710 MW.

FID on Azito extension

Feb 6 – Independent power producer Globeleq and IPS have reached financial close on expanding the Azito gas-fired power plant in Ivory Coast. The plant currently has 460 MW installed capacity and provides 25 percent of the country’s power supply. Once the lasted upgrade will be completed, Azito’s capacity will be boosted to 713 MW.

Batteries vs. hydro power

Feb 5 – More than 28 GW of lithium batteries deployed for stationary storage applications by the year 2028, according Navigant Research. Pumped hydro power plants, however, dominate the market as they account for 96% of installed energy storage worldwide.