Daily News

The government of Iran is seeking bids from the private sector to realise plans to develop a 500 MW power plant on the island of Abu Musa in the eastern Persian Gulf, near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. The proposed plant will generate both power for water purification and for the local local electricity grid.

U.S. microturbine developer FlexEnergy announced it has delivered 40 of its MT250 gas turbine generators to Russian firm Distributed Generating Company (DGC). The 250 kW units will be deployed at sites throughout the Russian Federation to provide baseload and cogeneration for small scale commercial use.

For the second time Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has delayed planned power auctions for new capacity. To give developers more time to submit proposals for hydro power and fossil plant projects, the auction was postponed until November 28.

China's Sinopec Corp is advancing plans to spend $10 billion on realising the county's largely plant to convert coal into synthetic gas in a bid to increase the use of cleaner-burning fuels for power generation to tackle air pollution in China's metropolis.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corp, has started to build the 671-megawatt Eagle Valley CCGT at a cost of about $600 million. The new gas power project will replace a coal plant at the site near Martinsville, Morgan County, which is due for retirement in 2016.

Sept 8 – ABB and China's BYD have entered a strategic collaboration to develop new solutions for energy storage, used to backstop the fast ramp up of renewables with energy storage in off-grid and on-grid solutions.

ABB's products and technology for grid storage, electric vehicle charging and integrated marine systems, combined with BYD's knowledge in battery technology, "can broadly address worldwide energy storage requirements," the companies said.

Investments in power transmission infrastructure in the U.S. vary widely by state driven by differing demand profiles and power mixes, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

NRG Energy, the largest independent U.S. power producer, has commenced construction works to retrofit one 240 MW unit of its WA Parish power plant in Texas to capture CO2 under the $1 billion Petra Nova project which will trap the emissions for injection into a nearby oil field.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has published new figures showing that milder autumn weather and new capacity additions will provide a reserve margin of as much as 14 GW this year. Total capacity in the region has now risen to 75,500 MW, according to ERCOT’s final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy.

Plans to double power generation capacity in Tanzania to 3,000 MW by 2016 would require investment of up to $1.2 billion by state-run energy firm Tanesco, managing director Decklan Mhaiki reportedly claims.

US-based Noble Energy has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to supply a base gross quantity of 1.6 Tcf of natural gas from the Leviathan field, offshore Israel, to the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) of Jordan.

Power producers in India have reportedly agreed to accept gas price pooling measures that will increase costs for some but may ensure that idle gas-fired plants can finally resume operations. The measures are expected to affect around 24,149 MW of capacity from producers including NTPC, Lanco Infratech, Essar Power, Reliance Power, GVK Group and GMR Energy.

With profit margins of coal-fired power plants rebounding from July lows, generators in the UK are favouring coal over natural gas as a fuel to fill the gap in electricity output left by a shutdown of four of EDF's nuclear reactors.

Operators of combined cycle gas-fired power plants are expected to spend $5.2 billion on systems to purify water for steam generation in 2015, consultancy McIlvaine Company forecast. Rising energy demand in Asia and tighter operating requirements were attributed for driving a surge in the use of ultrapure water systems.

News in Brief

CCUS market to reach nearly $3bn in 2025

Oct 25 – The global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) market will grow from $1.30 billion in 2020 to $1.46 billion in 2021, according to ResearchAndMarket estimates. The rebound comes as companies return to normal operations and sales, after a pandemic-related slowdown. Analysts expect the market will keep growing at a rate of nearly 20% annually to reach $2.97 billion by 2025.

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to Sanlorenzo

Sept 27 – Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will become one of the leading engine suppliers for Sanlorenzo, delivering MTU 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. A framework contract from 2022 through 2024 has been signed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shell exits Permian Basin

Sept 24 – Royal Dutch Shell has sold all its upstream interested in US Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash. Shell’s assets in the Permian include around 225,000 net acres with a current production of around 175,000 barrels per day equivalent.

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