Pennsylvania Power Company (PennPower), part of FirstEnergy Corp., is installing 120 new ‘TripSaver’ automated reclosing devices on its transmission lines across Crawford, Lawrence and Mercer counties in an effort to limit the frequency and duration of service interruptions. The device works like a circuit breaker and can also re-energize the power line within seconds.
Bruno Le Maire, the French finance minister, has pledged he would fight to save jobs at GE Power sites throughout the country. The minister’s comments come in reaction to GE's announcement it is seeking ways to lay off more than 1,044 employees at its Belfort manufacturing plant in eastern France, near the border with Switzerland.
German chemical company BASF has awarded a contract to Siemens to modernize its industrial power plant in Schwarzheide, as part of the so-called Brownfield Exchange project. Works include replacing a gas turbine from another original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with a high-efficiency SGT-800 turbine and installing a SIESTART battery storage.
MAN Energy Solutions has won the "Africa Europe Award 2019" for its efforts in promoting German-African economic relations and establishing a sustainable and efficient local power supply on the continent. By 2050, Africa will be home to 25% of the world's population, hence sustainable power supply is vital to reach global climate goals.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Sidi Krir and El Atf combined-cycle gas power plants in Egypt. Both CCGTs operate with a rated output of 750 MW, based on two M701F gas turbines. Upgrade works are slated to start in the first half of fiscal 2021.
Australian energy company Santos is about to launch the world's first battery project at its Darwin LNG export plant. It will integrate batteries at the liquefaction facility's integrated gas power unit to ensure they run more effectively and with less emissions. The project is about to enter FEED phase and is due completed in mid-2020.
Blackstone affiliate Zarou Ltd as well as Edra Power Holdings of Malaysia have both expressed interest to purchase three Siemens-build combined-cycle gas power stations in Egypt with a total capacity of 14.4 GW. A sale of the plants would ease the debt burden of state-run Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), which owns and operates the three CCGTs.
Despite significant progress in energy access, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. The global electrification rate is now just over 89%, but the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns there is still a “dramatic lack of access to reliable, modern and sustainable energy in certain parts of the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Sask Power has agreed to pay $120 million for buying all shares of its JV partner Canadian Utilities in the 260-MW Cory cogeneration plant in Saskatchewan province. The gas-fired CHP creates process steam for Nutrien’s potash mine while all electricity from the plant is fed into the regional grid. The deal coincides with ATCO’s move to divest its entire Canadian fossil power portfolio for around $835 million.
Spreads for arbitrage trading are narrowing between the Dutch TTF and the US Henry Hub as well as the TTF and the Japan Korea Marker (JKM), so Energy Aspects warns "any further tightening could close the arb windows and lock-in US supply.” The coal-to-gas switching level is seen at $3.70/mmbtu, or €11.1/MWh – below the breakeven to ship cargoes from the US to Europe at current freight rates.
Johannes Teyssen, CEO of the European energy giant E.ON, is supporting plans for a CO2 price to be levied on all sectors of the German economy: power generation, transport and housing. “We propose a cross-sector CO2 tax of 30 Euros starting from next year, which could be gradually increased to 35 Euros,” he told German media.
With biogas becoming increasingly popular, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed novel polymer membrane material that can dramatically improve the efficiency of gas purification. Contaminants, such as CO2, are inherent in both natural gas and biogas to various degrees, so it needs to be purified before it can be burnt as fuel.
Gemma Power Systems, part of Argan Inc., has won a contract by ESC Harrison County Power LLC for engineering, procurement and construction services at a 652-MW combined-cycle gas power project in West Virginia. Construction is slated to start this summer, with completion due in 2022.
Con Edison, the largest utility in the New York City area, has imposed a moratorium on new natural gas connections in most of Westchester County, claiming it it cannot guarantee uninterrupted service to new connections. Despite rising shale gas production in the Northeast, the rise in demand and infrastructure bottlenecks in the NYC area is now jeopardizing supply security.
GE’s Grid Solutions has been awarded a $25-million contract by Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (Enppi) to provide the Assiut Oil Refinery with gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) enabled substation for its new naphtha complex. The project set to be executed within 12 months. The average consumption of natural gas in Egypt expected to reach around 9 Bcf/d by 2021.