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German energy multinational Siemens and South Korean construction partner Samsung C&T have commissioned an 800 MW combined-cycle plant on the artificial island of Jurong, located off the south-west coast of Singapore. The plant was delivered on a turnkey basis and claims efficiency of 58%.

Improvements to the design architecture of Dresser-Rand’s Guascor engines offers increased fuel flexibility and boosts lifetimes, according to the manufacturer.  “Our engines mix high overall efficiencies with high flexibility. We can run the engines with gases covering a very large range lower heating value (LHV) - from 4.6 MJ/Nm3 up to 100 MJ/Nm3,” Chris Nagle, general manager, Power North America for Dresser-Rand told Gas to Power Journal.

Abergelli Power, a subsidiary of Watt Power, has submitted plans for a new 299 MW gas-fired open cycle plant in South Wales. “The  Abergelli plant will cost around £200 million and the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by spring 2015,” Paul Taylor, Watt Power representative told Gas to Power Journal.

UK-based gas engine specialist Clarke Energy has finished installation of the 17.3 MW Electr’od landfill gas power plant in northern France. The facility is the country’s largest landfill gas-fired installation and is driven by 10 GE ecomagination qualified Jenbacher gas engines.

Weak demand for natural gas from power producers in Europe means that the market will not rebound to 2010 levels for at least 15 years if ever, according to a report from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). “While this sector will register some growth between 2015 and 2030 (+30 Bcm), nonetheless, gas for power demand does not come back to 2010 levels (202 Bcm) by 2030 (186 Bcm),” forecast Dr Anouk Honoré, the report’s author.

German engineering conglomerate Siemens has invited its Japanese rival Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) "to join forces in evaluating a proposal for certain assets of Alstom."
The two majors announced they will decide by Monday whether to pitch a bid to the board of their French rival.  

Spain’s second-largest utility Iberdrola has signed an agreement with the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to invest $5 billion in the country’s energy sector up to 2018.  The funds will be used to develop power generation, power transmission and natural gas storage projects, Iberdrola said, suggesting Mexico’s recent Energy reform calls for investment of some $25.5 billion in electricity generation alone by 2020.

Projections of power sector CO2 emissions are sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said when drawing up five cases to gauge possible future emission cuts just days after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to slash emission of existing fossil plants.

Edging closer to finalising a strategy to keep conventional power capacity operational in the future, the German government is aiming for a transnational solution: "We have to develop a capacity [remuneration] mechanism but this has to be developed in a synchronised way with our neighbours. We need an overall system," Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary state secretary in the economy and energy ministry said.

U.S. energy conglomerate GE has started construction works on a new $400 million manufacturing facility at its existing Greenville site in South Carolina. The GE Power & Water Advanced Manufacturing Facility is expected to open in 2015 and will develop prototypes for heavy duty gas engines and distributed power gas engines.

Riots have broken out in the Indian northern city of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, after temperatures as high as 47.8°C caused blackouts following a grid overload and peak demand reached 5,400 MW, according to the power ministry. The government rushed to enact emergency measures to divert gas to power plants around Delhi, though this is of little help to the northern states.

Booming energy demand and more stringent regulation to improve air quality will see China replicate the 'Golden Age' of natural gas that is now firmly established in North America. A near-doubling of China's gas demand by 2019 will compensate for a slight slowdown in growth in many other regions around the world, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast in its 2014 Medium-Term Gas Market Report released in Montreal today.

News in Brief

Howden powers methanol plant

July 29 – Howden will deliver a hydrogen compressor to Johnson Matthey to serve the world’s first methanol plant that harnesses energy from the wind, in Patagonia, Chile. The Haru Oni project will deliver around 900,000 litres per year of e-methanol as early as 2022 and will be scaled up to 550 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2026.

Bloom SOFCs to power micro plant in South Korea

July 28 – California-based Bloom Energy, in cooperation with SK ecoplant, will install solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Donghae City, South Korea. The CHP will provide heat and warm water for the nearby Bukpyung sports center. Construction on the project is slated to start this autumn.

Shanghai Electric to digitalise factories

July 27 – Shanghai Electric has entered a partnership with AI Investment Fund at the WAIC 2021 conference to provide digital solutions to industrial parks and medical institutions. Yang Hong, Vice President of Shanghai Electric said the aim is to help industries to minimise emissions and waste while maintaining low unit costs.

Slow LNG uptake in Africa

July 26 – In Africa, the uptake of LNG imports to new markets has been slow. Both Ghana’s 1.7 million tons per annum (mtpa) Tema LNG and Senegal’s 1.0 mtpa Dakar Powership are still awaiting their first LNG deliveries, though their respective FSRUs Vasant and Karmol LNGt Powership Africa have been in place since June.

Growth in turbine air filtration tops 3%

July 22 – The turbine air filtration market is expected to grow 3.27% annually from $1.92 billion in 2020 to reach $2.29 billion in 2026. Demand from the oil & gas industry and electric utilities had plunged during the corona crisis and subsequent economic downturn, but the latest trend towards clean energy is driving robust growth for turbine air filtration which can be widely and easily applied in the power sector.

US oil exports stay high

July 21 – Despite volatile prices, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020 and remained strong this year, averaging 3.51 million barrels per day (b/d). Expanded ports at Houston and Corpus Christi allow for oil to be exported from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Basin.

CVEC to be converted to hydrogen

July 20 – Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is taking steps to run the  combined-cycle plants on hydrogen. Works to convert the plant will be carried out by GE and are scheduled to start in late 2022. One of three GE 7F.05 gas turbines at CVEC will be introduced to a 5% hydrogen blend with natural gas.

MAN ETES labelled solar impulse efficient

July 16 – MAN Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label by independent auditors. In January, the German manufacturer supplied to ETES heat pumps to DIN Forsyning for a heat and power plant in the Danish port city Esbjerg.

Electricity sales to US industry rebounds

July 14 – Economic recovery has caused a 5.1% rise electricity sales to US industry this year, dwarfing 2.8% more retail sales and a 2.1% rise in the commercial sector as many office workers continue working from home. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) acting administrator, Steve Nalley, called the rebound in electricity sales to industry a “strong sign of rising levels of economic output as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.”

Solar PV to triple in Asia by 2030

July 13 – Asia Pacific solar photovoltaic capacity could triple to 1,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, China will add 619 GW of mainly utility-scale capacity while most other nations in Asia prefers distributed solar due to land constraints. Solar PV tends to be backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage, forming hybrid power units.

Kinder Morgan closes on Stagecoach assets

July 12 – US energy infrastructure major Kinder Morgan has closed its acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services. The deal include 4 gas storage facilities with a 41 bcf working gas capacity and a transmission network with multiple interconnects to major interstate pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Stagecoach assets add to Kinder Morgan’s approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Dortmund cancels electrotechnik fair

July 9 – The elektrotechnik fair, planned for 29 September to 1 October 2021, will now not be taking place in Dortmund due to requests from the industry. The next trade fair for building, industrial, energy and lighting technology will now open its doors again in spring 2023.

Hitachi to change name of ABB Power Grids

July 7 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids will become Hitachi Energy in October. The Japanese manufacturer bought a controlling stake in ABB’s grid business a year ago and is about to fully take the name of the merged company while expanding its direction towards e-mobility and data centres.

Tapping wind energy for hydrogen

July 6 – Spanish utility Naturgy and the gas grid operator Enagás are evaluating the use of 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity to produce green hydrogen. The fuel will be used to decarbonise the steel industry and shipyard in northwest Spain.

EU seeks to expand Green Deal to Africa

July 5 – The European Green Deal should be expanded to also include African states as partners, the German development minister Gerd Müller said. Green hydrogen production in Africa, in his view, should be a “cornerstone for economic cooperation with the Europe.”

Decom Engineering updates PCR

July 2 – Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has invested more than £700,000 to develop tools for repurposing and clean decommissioning of energy infrastructure. Through updated Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) equipment, decommissioned or surplus pipelines can be cleaned of multiple coatings, so they can be repurposed for used on other projects.

Cummins buys half of Momentum Fuels

July 1 – Cummins has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. The transaction is expected to close before year-end, and the combined venture will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

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