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Additions of electricity generating capacity in the U.S. last year were dominated by gas-fired power plants which accounted for just over half of newly commissioned plants, equivalent to 7,902 MW. New wind and solar installation added a further 7,055 MW, data from analysis firm SNL Financial shows.

Electricity generators and utilities in New England are petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to remove demand response as a resource in capacity markets, claiming that it may lead to the closure of plants.

Siemens and its South Korean partner POSCO E&C have completed the Ansan combined-cycle power plant in a record time of just 24 months from ground-breaking to first commercial operation date. It's Siemens fourth H-class plant in Asia.

French engineering giant Alstom is nearing a pact with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to pay over $700 million to settle a foreign-bribery probe. In June, General Electric won a bid to acquire Alstom's power segment for $17 billion, but the DoJ stressed the penalty will be paid by Alstom, not GE.

Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) aims to improve gas supplies to meet demand from all government-run power plants within six months and from private plants within 12 months, according to director David Ige.

Struggling to compete amid falling U.S. gas and power prices, American Electric Power (AEP) has called on Goldman Sachs to advise on the sale of its 7,923 MW merchant power generation business. The portfolio includes a three gas plants and several coal facilities and is estimated to fetch between $2.8 billion to $3.6 billion, according to industry sources.

In a bid to ease Egypt's power shortage, the Ministry of Electricity has contracted ElSewedy Electric to build two gas-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 980 MW. The turbine units, worth a total of $706 million, will be supplied by Siemens and Ansaldo Energia, respectively.

Japanese energy firm Chubu Electric Power is considering a move into the electricity retail sector in Tokyo as the country frees up regulation. The energy sector in Japan has been notoriously segmented in the past, but recent changes brought about in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster prompted the government to introduce more competition.

Finnish power plant developer Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with Alaskan utility, Matanuska Electric Association (MEA), to operate and maintain the Eklutna Generation Station (171 MW) northeast of Anchorage.

Kuwaiti authorities have announced that first phase of the 1,500 MW Az-Zour Power Plant is 65% complete and construction works are schedule to be complete by June this year. The gas-fired combined cycle power plant is located at Az-Zour, approximately 100 kilometres south of Kuwait City.

Britain's first ever capacity auction has come at a high price, critics say after the government confirms it will pay £960 million under capacity contracts awarded to 46 generators to ensure fossil plants will provide backup power in the winter of 2018/19. Gas power plants won the lion's share of the capacity contracts.

Plans by the Scottish Government to reduce carbon intensity from 271 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour to 50g CO2/kwh by 2030 may be achievable without the use of CCS technology, according to a new study from research consultancy DNV-GL.

The Distributed Power business of GE has brought to market a new Gas Compression Power Packager program for end users to access genuine Waukesha parts and skilled service technicians. Enerflex is the first distributor to participate in the scheme.

Energy storage provider ITM Power has started to expand and enhance its manufacturing facilities at the Atlas Way site in Sheffield, adding two new test bays for acceptance testing of HGas Power-to-Gas units and a new 1MW substation.

News in Brief

Oman inaugurates 500 MW solar plant

Jan 26 – ACWA Power has inaugurated Ibri 2, an $417 million solar power plant with a capacity of 500 MW. The large IPP will sell solar power to Oman’s national grid over a 15-year period, backed up by flexible gas power plants.

GenCell raises funds

Jan 24 – Israel-based fuel cell maker GenCell Energy has raised $35.9 million in its latest funding round. CEO Rami Reshef said the fresh capital will accelerate developments in the field of green ammonia, pursued with TDK, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.