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U.S. energy firms FGE Power and Starwood Energy have partnered to finance and build of two 747 MW combined cycle gas plants in the neighbouring towns of Westbrook and Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas. The total cost to build the two identical facilities will be $1.2 billion.

U.S. equipment manufacture GE has received an order from TGK-16, an independent power producer owned by Tatar-American Investment and Finance (TAIF), to supply and install a 9HA gas turbine at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Kazan, Russia. The plant is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.

Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and the Chinese subsidiary of Hitachi have won an order for an H-25 gas turbine from the Chinese utility Ningbo Kefeng Thermal Power (NKTP). The new turbine will replace equipment in service in Unit 1 at NKTP's Ningbo City plant, Zhejiang province, and is expected to go into operation by July 2015.

U.S. power producer NTE Energy has secured investment of $1.1 billion to build three natural gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,470 MW. The funding will be used to build the 518 MW Middletown Energy Center in Ohio,  the 475 MW Kings Mountain Energy Center in North Carolina, and the 237 MW Pecan Creek Energy Center in Texas.

The government of the Philippines is evaluating costs of transforming the 621 MW Bataan nuclear reactor into an 1,800 MW gas-fired plant. The proposed conversion is necessary “to ease the country's growing demand for energy”, according to the office of the president Benigno Aquino III.

Siemens Smart Grid will supply Mark-E with a virtual power plant (VPP) hosted IT solution that will allow the energy service provider to connect and bundle distributed power sources to offer balancing energy  via online trading platforms.

U.S. energy firm GE is to build a manufacturing plant for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)  in upstate New York. Running on natural gas, the new design of SOFC will have lower cost and reach up to 95% efficiency, GE said but it did not disclose investment and start-up date of the plant.

UK engineering firms and universities are set to spend £30 million to jointly research advanced technology for use in gas turbines. The funding will include £8 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the remaining amount contributed by over 50 private companies and universities.

The Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) has announced it will tender $2.8 billion worth of projects to develop gas-fired power plants, grids and pipelines in the country before the end of this year. The tenders included two combined-cycle plants – the 928 MW North Central III and the 714 MW Central Guaymas II.

Brazilian construction group Grupo Bolognesi is to realise a 1,200 MW gas-fired plant that will rely on LNG from a planned regas terminal at port of Suape in northern Brazil. The power plant is estimated to cost $1.6bn and will be complete by 2019.

U.S. engine manufacturer GE is to provide three turbocharged J624 Jenbacher gas engines to power a new combined heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Mexico, to be operated by Enerkin SAPI de C.V.

A new generation of gas-powered fuel cells may soon be developed that operate at temperatures less than 500°C, following the award of a $1 million grant to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). “The conventional process of converting natural gas to electricity has several drawbacks. Intermediate-temperature fuel cells (ITFCs) have potential to be twice as efficient as today's gas-fired and coal-fired power plants, potentially reducing CO2 emission by 50%,” Meilin Liu, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.

News in Brief

Fatih Birol on Time 100 list

Sept 20 – The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol has been named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in its annual list. ““In a world where facts are assaulted, Fatih Birol combines the best of high-tech data, optimistic know-how and old-school rhetorical finesse,” US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry commented, suggesting the IEA head would use his authority to “slash carbon emissions and save our planet.”

Chevron lack Net Zero target

Sept 17 – US oil major Chevron is plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions along its oil and gas value chain, but lacks a clear Net Zero target. CEO Mike Wirth told investors and shareholders “an ultimate pathway to net zero will require technology advancements, more ambitious government policy, and development of large offset markets.” Concrete steps will be revealed in next month’s update to Chevron’s climate change resilience report.

Paul Browning to lead MHI’s energy transition team

Sept 15 – Mitsubishi has appointed Paul Browning as deputy head of Energy Transition & Power Headquarters, Energy Systems at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Browning is currently CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas and will move to the new position on October 1, 2021.

Linde to help build liquefaction plant in Russia

Sept 14 – Gazprom has handed an EPC contract to Linde, Renaissance Heavy Industries and RusKhimAlyans, to build a gas liquefaction plant within the Gas Processing Complex (GPC) at the port of Ust-Luga, west of St Petersburg. The GPC will process ethane-containing gas into various fuels, and the two-Train liquefaction plant will have a design capacity for 13 million tons of LNG per year.

Santos completes Oil Search takeover

Sept 13 – Australian LNG exporter Santos has completed the takeover of Oil Search in a deal worth A$8.40 billion (US$6.25 billion). The all-share transaction brings together upstream oil and gas and LNG export assets in the Timor Sea, the Australian state of Queensland and in Papua New Guinea. Under the deal, Santos holds a 61.5% share of the merged company and Oil Search the remaining 38.5%.

Rolls-Royce goes green at DSEI trade show

Sept 10 – Rolls-Royce Energy Solutions is showcasing a range of sustainable power solutions at the DSEI trade show in London this week. The company’s is currently exploring how its Defence business can contribute to wider corporate objectives such as sustainability, electrification, and the development of digital technologies

Wärtsilä develops mobile battery for inland vessels

Sept 8 – Wärtsilä has developed and delivered a mobile battery container to enable inland waterway vessels to operate with zero emissions to ZES, a Dutch company founded in 2020 by ING Bank, the French utility Engie and the Port of Rotterdam. The two containers were delivered in June and the batteries are in continues operation since then.

EU-funds project for energy efficiency

Sept 7 – Today, the European Union (EU) funded HEATLEAP project has been launched to demonstrate the benefits of waste heat recovery systems such as large heat pumps for industries and gas expanders for electric utilities. Turboden will coordinate the project whereby heat pumps and gas expanders are tested at real scale.

EnerMech signs new deals in Americas

Sept 6 – Integrated solutions specialist EnerMech has secured several multi-sector contracts in the Americas. The multiple sector awards span the oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, and power generation industries. The largest contract is for nitrogen and leak testing of installations for an E&P operator in offshore Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these new awards EnerMech doubled its electrical team, and increased the number of mechanical pipefitters.

ACWA Power to hold IPO

Sept 3 – ACWA Power International has launched an initial public offering (IPO) to list its shares on the Saudi stock exchange, the Tadawul. The ACWA Power share sale will be the biggest in the Kingdom since the 2019 floatation of Saudi Aramco, which sold 1.5% of its shares and the trading debut valued the oil and gas business at $1.88 trillion.

Iran braces for winter gas shortage

Sept 2 – Iran’s Thermal Power Plant Holding (TPPH) has urged the energy ministry to take precaution to avoid fuel shortages in the coming winter. “We have faced serious problems last year due to the lack of gas and liquid fuel required by the power plants, and there is a concern that we will not be able to fully meet the country’s electricity needs this winter either,” said TPPH’s managing director Mohsen Tarztalab. Since households customers are prioritised and significantly increase their gas consumption in the coal season, power generators often have to resort to burning liquid fuels instead.

LYTT technology monitors carbon capture

Sept 1 – LYTT, a provider of real-time insights to oil and gas operators through a fiber optic sensor, LYTT is testing novel technology to monitor CO2 transport and migration in storage reservoirs together with SINTEF, an institute for applied research. Tracking dynamic multiphase flow is essential when monitoring the long-term effectiveness of carbon capture storage (CCS).

Gazprom invests in Russian gas grid

Sept 1 – Gazprom’s board of directors has approved 2.9 times more financing for new gas supply and infrastructure in 2021-2025 than in the previous five-year period. Over two-thirds of the investments will be made in rural areas, Gazprom explained, and by 2026, the gas grid expansion is planned to be “completed to the fullest extent possible in 35 regions of Russia.”

Woodside pioneers MAN’s Factory LNG solution

Aug 30 – Australian LNG pioneer Woodside is working with MAN to commercialise a solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production. Known as Factory LNG, concept involves a nominal 0.05 mtpa unit, the size of 40-foot ISO shipping container that can be transported via standard heavy-lift ships and trucks. The compact design shortens construction timeframes compared to traditional stick-built or modular LNG trains.

Seismic nodes enhance gas exploration

Aug 18 – Omani-based Africa Geophysical Services has agreed a deal with STRYDE to secure 154,000 seismic nodes for oil and gas exploration projects in Oman and Africa. Seismic nodes have become the preferred system to make high-definition images of subsurface structures, enabling upstream companies to maximise the output of reservoirs with targeted and cost-effective drilling.

Emission monitoring market surges

Aug 16 – Global market for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) is forecast to grow at a rate of 7.8% from $2.2 billion in 2020 to reach $3.8 billion by 2027, according to MarketandMarkets. The power gen segment is likely to surge 8.3% and reach $1.3 billion over the forecast period.

Nokia deploys LTE to Western Power Distributions

Aug 13 – Nokia has provided a private wireless network to Western Power Distribution (WDP) in the UK. The 4.9G/LTE network will enable smart grid trials and support daily operations of WPD, which distributes electricity to the Midlands, South West and Wales.

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