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Flexibility of LNG makes it "ideally suited" as a source of primary power generation in emerging markets, particularly for decentralised power projects that are far from other major gas supply routes, Jérôme Ferrier president of the International Gas Union (IGU) told Gas to Power Journal.

Removal of subsidies as part of wider energy market reforms across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face numerous political challenges but change is 'vital' to ease strain on governments' budgets, according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). Foreign direct investment can only attracted through market liberalization.

U.S. utility Mississippi Power Company (MPC) expects the conversion of its 750 MW Watson coal-fired plant in Gulfport to run on natural gas will be complete by April 16, following the delivery of the last load of coal to the site. Work is now focused on converting the final units 4 and 5 at the plant.

The Government of Punjab, overseeing the most populous region in Pakistan, has given the green light for a proposed 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant near Sheikhupura that will run LNG. The decision came after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) granted a $30 million project loan to Engro Elengy Terminal Ltd. to build and operate Pakistan's first LNG re-gasification terminal.

Performance and output of wind power installation across the U.S. vary significantly throughout the year due to highly seasonal wind patterns, leaving some grid operators struggle to to balance the fluctuating load. Flexible gas capacity is best placed to step in at short notice; and California's ISO has even mandated 1.3-gigawatt of energy storage.

Advanced manufacturing technologies are seen to have an unrivalled impact on the design of gas turbines and power plants. "In the future, we'll be able to achieve new levels of intricacy in parts using laser melting technology," forecast Willibald Fischer, Head of Product Management for Gas Turbines at Siemens.

Enel, Italy's largest power producer, first embarked on an early migration to Single European Payments Area SEPA payments formats in late-2012 to meet the Commission's deadline. However, some support was needed to ensure a smooth transition, said Fernando Santini, head of international cash management sales at UniCredit told Gas to Power Journal.

Irish power plant operator BioCore Environmental plans to build up to four new biogas facilities in the UK following the success of its €20 million anaerobic digestion plant in Suffolk, England.

Korea South East Power Co. (KOSEP) has awarded Siemens an order to upgrade the Instrumentation & Control systems in units 5 and 6 of the Samcheonpo Thermal Power Station in South Korea. Siemens stressed it is 'a first' that the German OEM is upgrading the I&C system for GE steam turbines.

Two stage turbocharging offers the ability for operators to optimize consumption for specific load profiles, according to German engine manufacturer MAN Diesel. “In power generation, fuel consumption accounts for more than 80 percent of all production cost. The extra turbochargers increase the price of the package but offer substantial additional value in output and efficiency,” Ralf Losch, senior manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Power Plant Business Unit told Gas to Power Journal.

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is in negotiations with Osaka Gas to realise gas projects worth around $2 billion in the Philippines, including a massive gas-fired power plant of up to 1,500 MW that would run on imported LNG. Meralco chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the power project would require building a regasification facility for imported liquefied natural gas.

With more industries across Africa using distributed generators for uninterrupted electricity supply, GE has completed the supply and installation of three 25 MW trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines at Port Harcourt Refinery, Nigeria.

Two SGT-800 gas turbines and one SST-400 steam turbine will be supplied by Siemens for Holland Energy Park in Michigan, U.S. The combined cycle power plant is set to generate about 125 MW in summer and 145 MW in winter.

Shanghai Electric Power has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Delimara Power Station to operate on natural gas. The Chinese power producer operates the Maltese plant following a €100 'cash injection' into Enemalta in December, plus €150 million set aside for unit 3 (BWSC plant) and another 70 million for switching the plant to gas.

News in Brief

FlatFish drone inspects Shell fields off Brazil

May 25 – Shell and Petrobras have contracted Saipem to use its FlatFish subsea drone in pilot projects to inspect two ultra-deepwater oil and gas fields offshore Brazil in over 2,000-meter depth. Initial tests will be carried out at Saipem’s base in Trieste, Italy, with a view to deploying the drone to Brazilian waters in the third quarter of 2022.

Gazprom cuts off supplies to Finland

May 24 – Gazprom has completely suspended gas supplies to Gasum after the Finish company refused to pay in roubles, the two companies said in separate statements. Gasum is confident it will be able to supply all its customers with gas imported through the Balticconnector (2.6 Bcm/y) from Estonia.

Heisco wins tender in Kuwait

May 23 – Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (Heisco) has won a KD1.8 million ($6.4 million) tender – floated by the energy ministry of Kuwait – to install, examine and test four high voltage transformers at the Doha East Power Generation and Water Distillation Station. Heisco, founded in 1974 and listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, has developed into one of the largest energy engineering groups in the emirate.

JERA issues bond to finance power plant upgrades

May 20 – Japan’s leading LNG importer and power producer JERA has issued its first energy transition bond to help finance the accelerated deployment of decarbonisation technologies like hydrogen and ammonia co-firing, as well as the decommissioning of older thermal power stations. The bond is offered in two tranches: a 12 billion yen ($83 million) for a 5-year bond with a 0.420% per annum coupon, and a 8 billion yen $62 million) for a 10-year bond with a 0.664% rate coupon.

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.