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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved plans for a planned $200 million increase in capacity at a combined-cycle power plant in Texas. The Victoria Power Station project will  increase output at the site from  total gross of 290 MW to 540 MW.

German engine manufacturer MTU has announced that the PurePower PW800 gas-fired engine will power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets. MTU Aero Engines has a 15% share in Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PurePower PW800 engine program and developed the engines’ low-pressure turbine and the front high-pressure compressor.

Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a contract to supply a 112 MW peaking power plant in North Dakota. The Smart Power Generation power plant will be operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Williston.

Equipment manufacturer GE is to provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Bazyan, Iraq. The 750 MW combined-cycle plant being developed by Turkish engineering & construction firm ENKA on behalf of Kurdish conglomerate Qaiwan Group.

Operators of gas-fired power plants in Europe are no longer able to cover their fixed costs, but some units need to stay operational as widespread mothballing has left the system with a shortage of generating capacity at times of peak demand, said Wim Bross, senior VP fleet management at GDF SUEZ Energy Europe.

A joint venture between the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and Seplat Petroleum Development Company will invest $200 million in the Azura-Edo power plant, according to Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

China's hunger for gas already accounts for 30% of global demand but pressing needs to improve air policy spur a switch from coal to gas and push upstream companies to tap the China's huge shale gas resources, said Rodrigo Pinto Scholtbach, senior gas market analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA).

U.S. power provider AES has announced it will sell its Turkish power generating assets for $125 million, subject to regulatory approvals. The sale is in line with similar exits by AES from other international markets as it aims to streamline its portfolio.

Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) is to receive four 25 MW, trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine sets from GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business to help restore power following devastation by Hurricane Odile.

Transportation specialist Bristow Nigeria is to invest $1 million in a new gas-fired power plant at its operation facility at NAF Base in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Generating electricity onsite will shield the heliport against the risk of power cuts.

Evo Morales has declared a landslide re-election victory to serving a third term as Bolivian president. Strong economic growth, mainly based on the natural resources sector, allowed Morales to tackle poverty and improve Bolivia's trade balance which guaranteed him widespread support.

Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa has offered $3.3 billion to buy Chile's Compania General de Energia (CGE) from a group of controlling shareholders. It has already reached prelimnary agreemetn for 54% of the shares and now will make a share tender offer for the remainder.

The Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat has indicated that construction on the country’s new gas-fired power station is delayed, meaning the 200 MW plant will not be ready by March next year as originally planned.

Total net energy imports to the United States have plunged 17%, falling to their lowest level in 29 years despite a 3% rise in consumption in the first half of 2014 as domestic energy production outpaces demand growth.

News in Brief

Oseberg upstream shifts from oil to gas

Nov 29 – Equinor has announced plans to invest 10 billion Norwegian crowns ($995M) to change the Oseberg field from primarily being an oil field to becoming a substantial natural gas producer with large remaining gas resources. Oseberg is the third-largest oil producing filed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the operator has submitted and amended development plan to the energy ministry.

ABB, Metacon and Wärtsilä partner on hydrogen

Nov 26 – ABB, Wärtsilä, Metacon affiliate Helbio, and the classification society RINA are jointly working on delivering a power solution for marine application that is fuelled by hydrogen. The aim is to have a scalable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70% reduction in carbon intensity without the need for extensive investment in new infrastructure. Wärtsilä gas engines can already run on a mix of hydrogen and LNG, and the company strives run them 100% on hydrogen fuel in the near future.

Wärtsilä enters Belgian energy storage market

Nov 25 – Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 25 MW / 100 MWh energy storage system to a Belgium customer, marking its entry into the Belgian energy storage market. The order was booked to Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2021, and the system is scheduled to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Triveni agrees with GEAE Tech to manufacture LM2500 turbine in India

Nov 25 – Triveni Engineering & Industries has signed a 10-year accord with GEAE Technology USA to produce the LM2500 gas turbine base and enclosure locally in India. The turbine is the chosen propulsion equipment for many surface combatant vessels of the Indian Navy.

Wärtsilä launches lighter IQ-Series scrubber

Nov 24 – Wärtsilä has launched a new IQ Series exhaust gas treatment system, designed by its Exhaust Treatment business unit in Moss, Norway. Designed with a smaller footprint, the new scrubber takes up 25% less space, is 30% lighter, and has 35% less volume which makes it particularly adapt for use on container ships, but also for stationary engines.

Afreximbank signs loan for Aba IPP in Nigeria

Nov 23 – African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a $50 million term loan facility for the Aba Integrated Power Project (IPP) in Nigeria, which comprises of a 141 MW gas-fired power plant and a 27-kilometer feeder pipeline and a distribution utility. Before greenlighting the loan, the bank advised projects sponsor Geometric Power on restructuring sol-called “gap capital” in the $332 million recapitalisation funds for the Aba IPP.

SiGreen tracks products’ emissions data

Nov 22 – Siemens has developed an ecosystem-based approach to calculate Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) with a with a view to track and reduce emissions. SiGreen helps exchange emission data along the supply-chain and combine it with data from a company’s own value creation to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint.

ELGi expands oil-free compressor series

Nov 19 – Belgium-based ELGi Compressors Europe has marketed introduced four new air compressors, the AB11, AB15, AB18 and AB22 that expand the company’s AB Series portfolio, ranging from 11KW to 110KW. The new the AB11-22 range helps customers optimize moisture separation, cooling and capacity control which directly translates into savings on electricity use.

Double-digit growth seen for GT market

Nov 18 – The market for gas turbines (GT) is forecast to witness a double-digit growth between 2021 and 2028, according to Global Market Vision projections. Leading manufacturers surveyed in the consultancy’s latest report include Doosan, Mitsubishi, MJB International, Siemens, GE, PW Power Systems, Solar Turbines, Dresser-Rand, Kawasaki, MAN Diesel & Turbo, OPRA Technologies, MTU Aero Engines, Wood Group and Chromalloy Gas Turbine.

Gazprom aims to increase contractual supply to VNG

Nov 17 – Russia’s Gazprom is in negotiations with VNG, one of Germany’s largest gas importers, to extending long-term gas supply contracts and “increase the supply volume thereunder.” Leipzig-based VNG imports and stores Russian gas in Germany’s eastern states and Berlin, and together with Gazprom it is building the Katharina underground gas storage (UGS) project with a design capacity of 650 million cubic meters (mmcm) of working gas volume and 26 mmcm daily withdrawal rate. The Katharina UGS is due completed in 2025.

Eaton offers IFPM73 fluid purifier with higher flow rate

Nov 15 – The Filtration Division of energy management company Eaton has added a higher volume flow rate system to its IFPM series of PLC-controlled, mobile, off-line fluid purifiers. Complementing the IFPM 33, which has a flow rate of 8 gpm (30 l/min), the new IFPM 73 has over double the flow rate of 20 gpm (70 l/min) for purifying oils and gas liquids stored in large tanks and reservoirs. 

General Fusion sets up new base in Tennessee

Nov 12 – General Fusion has set up a new operations base in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as it seeks to commercialize fuson technology in collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and the U.S. government. This expansion will create up to 50  technical jobs. 

Bloom Energy delivers 1 MW renewable power from dairy farm waste

Nov 10 – Bloom Energy has been contracted to deploy a 1 MW fuel cell at Bar 20 Dairy Farms in Kerman, California, to produce on-site, renewable electricity from dairy cow manure. Dairy biogas contains up to 65% methane and the waste-to-energy project captures methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. The installation marks Bloom’s first biogas project.

German TSOs want three phased-out coal plants as backup

Nov 9 – Three hard coal-fired power plants in Germany, due for phase-out and decommissioning next summer,  might have to stay onstream to ensure supply security after regional TSOs said the units were “system relevant”. It is now up to the federal grid agency BNetzA to decide whether the three plants, owned by Uniper, RWE and STEAG and situated in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), will be given permission to stay operational or whether they need to be retrofitted or shuttered.

Wärtsilä to service GasLog LNG carriers

Nov 8 – Greek shipowner and operator GasLog has selected Wärtsilä to service and maintain ten of its very large LNG carriers. The agreement, signed in June, covers the vessels’ twin two-stroke dual-fuel main engines and includes AI-based condition monitoring and advanced asset diagnostic services.

EU CO2 price in focus of German climate policy

Nov 5 – Germany should think of its climate policy plans on a European and ultimately global level, economists Gabriel Felbermayr (Wifo Institute Kiel), Clemens Füst (Ifo Institute Munich) and Jens Südekum (University of Düsseldorf) said in a joint statement. The economists call for a Europe-wide CO2 price to act as a central instrument to reduce emissions whereby the EU emissions trading system should include all sectors, notably heavy industry and transport.

Transport sector struggles with 2030 climate goals

Nov 4 – Germany's new government must agree on a wide variety of policy instruments to achieve its 2030 climate target in the transport sector, a Prognos report says. "A high CO2 price alone is not enough to reach the tightened climate targets," analysts find, adding that "an ambitious mix of measures is necessary” to have a chance of meeting the new goals which are still subject to much controversy.