Daily News

Germany's engineering conglomerate Siemens has announced it reached an agreement to acquire Dresser-Rand after launching a 'friendly takeover bid' of $7.6 billion in cash for the NYSE-listed company.

Chesapeake Utilities Corp has announced its subsidiary, Eight Flags Energy, is ready to develop and build a combined heat and power plant (20 MWe) in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.

H-class gas turbines from Siemens are set to drive Malaysia's Pengerang Cogeneration Plant (PCP) that will feed electricity to Petronas' nearby integrated petroleum complex. "Work has started and the first 450 MW unit will come on stream in summer 2017," said Aditya Trehan, Siemens' senior sales director, GT Power Plant Solutions in Asia Pacific. Once fully operational, the plant will produce 1,220 MW of power and up to 1,480 tons per hour of steam, he told Gas to Power Journal.

Future electricity systems require increased reserve capacity and frequency restoration reserve (FRR) to manage Europe's expanding renewable energy fleet. Melle Kruisdijk, director of market development at Wärtsilä Power Plants, explores what key attributes will make up optimum and affordable balancing systems in 2020.

The Kenyan energy ministry is planning  to construct a 500MW natural gas plant in Wajir district.The plans follow the discovery of commercially viable gas in Wajir after successful exploration in Hadado earlier this year.

The Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) has selected GE’s Jenbacher J624 engines to power its Mastronardi Coldwater facility. The peaking power project will feature three of the two-stage engines.

Japanese technology developer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems  (MHPS) is to lead a consortium to design a 500 MW  integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systemon behalf of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

The 'Energiewende' has been reshaping the Germany's energy landscape, transforming a previously centralized, hierarchical energy system to an ever-more distributed conundrum with a rapidly-increasing share of renewables at its heart. SmartOpt can help commercialise distributed energy portfolios, says Frank Reichenbach, manager at The Advisory House (TAH).

Improvements to computer models and design methods for gas turbine inlet ducts have the potential to improve efficiency by as much as 0.5%, according to research from the Amirkabir University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. "The efficiency of diffusers of gas turbines could be improved up to 5% by using this method. This improvement could then increase the efficiency of gas
turbine cycle up to 0.5%," Ali Madadi, a member of this research team on the project told Gas Power Technology Journal.

Engine maker Wartsila, the EPC turnkey solutions provider for power plants, has pioneered what it calls the 'Dry Flexicycle' concept that drastically cuts down water usage for generating electricity. "There is really, really no water consumption for the power plant itself for the operation," Risto Paldanius, Director, Business Development at Wartsila told Gas to Power Journal in Kuala Lumpur.

With a few more months to wait until a new EU Commission and a new Ukrainian parliament are in place, Société Générale is anticipating a short interruption in gas transits through Ukraine this winter and recommends buying Q1 15.

A new project in Rwanda promises to capture methane that has been dissolved in a lake and use it generate power, according to project developer Symbion Power. “This is the largest concession that has been issued so far and first power may be expected from the plant 15 months from execution of the Power Purchase Agreement,” Paul Hinks, chief executive of Symbion Power told Gas to Power Journal.

As the European Commission has set targets for energy efficiency in the EU's climate and energy policy framework, COGEN Europe now calls for a greater commitment to expanding combined heat and power generation capacity.

"China is incredibly smart on the gas front," Giuseppe (Joseph) Jacobelli, Bloomberg Intelligence told Power-Gen Asia in Kuala Lumpur. They have been  aggressively exploring gas domestically besides building some  international gas pipelines into the country from Myanmar, he noted, adding that they have been building a lot of LNG terminals.

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.