Daily News

The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey has announced that the government will procure a total of 53.3 GW of power generation capacity in upcoming capacity auctions. While the main parameters for the December auctions had already been outlined the total amount of capacity up for auction had remained uncertain.

Indian state power utilities in the east of the country face serious power shortages this week following a blast at a pipeline operated by gas producer GAIL in Nagaram. The blast occurred on Friday and has already resulted in an estimated loss of over 1,000 MW of power.

U.S. power plant developer Hickory Run Energy has sought approval for water use plans for its proposed 900 MW gas-fired plant in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project is expected to cost a total of $750 million with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2016 or 2017.

Korean developer Bumwoo Engineering (BHI) has won a contract to supply six heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the 2,100 MW Rabigh II gas-fired plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant is under construction by Samsung C&T and BHI will use technology under license from Swiss engineering conglomerate Foster Wheeler.

U.S. equipment manufacturer GE is to collaborate with the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to create a new $36 million gas turbine research and test centre. The new unit will cover 25,000 square feet and will be built in South Bend’s Ignition Park as part of the university’s Turbomachinery Facility. It is expected to be fully operational in July 2016.

Power plant developer Gigawatt Mozambique has raised $200 million to build a 100 MW gas-fired power plant in Ressano Garcia near the border with South Africa. The company has already finalised a take-off agreement with the state-owned utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) and hopes to attract additional industrial clients on higher tariffs.

Canadian power producer Enmax has applied for an extension to its construction schedule for its 875 MW Shepard Energy Center following natural gas supply issues on site. The Alberta Utilities Commission has previously stipulated a deadline of December 31 2014 but Enmax is now seeking extension until at least June 30 2105.

Fuel cell developer Redox Power Systems has been selected for a $5 million award from the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to continue its research into fuel cells powered by natural gas. "With future CHP and CCHP units we will deliver over 85% efficiency on site, with no transmission line losses and 100% availability if the grid goes down. We anticipate first demo units within 1-2 years and commercial units after that," Dr. Eric D. Wachsman, co-founder of Redox told Gas to Power Journal.

Official data released by the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows that the share of gas power in the country’s energy mix fell to just 23% in the first quarter of 2014, the lowest level for the first quarter in the last sixteen years.

An Australian tribunal has overturned an earlier decision by the country’s competition regulator that would have blocked power supplier AGL Energy from buying gas-fired power plants in New South Wales. This latest ruling aims to reinvigorate investment for the gas-fired power sector in Australia which has faced increasing economic challenges as gas producers have focused on exporting resources as LNG to Asia.

U.S. power producer NRG Energy has announced plans to convert its 600 MW coal-fired Shawville Generating Station in Pennsylvania to operate on natural gas. “The company aims to close the current coal units in mid-April 2015 and plans to re-open the new natural gas plant in June of 2016,” David Gaier, spokesperson for NRG Energy Centers told Gas to Power Journal.

The European market for mini gas engines has been one of the fastest growing distributed power markets in recent years driven by helpful policy initiatives both at a national and EU level as well as improving spark spreads despite increasingly volatile electricity prices. An array of new engine technologies and strengthening energy efficiency efforts trends, as well as a gradual recovery from the economic downturn add further support to the market, writes Delta Energy & Environment's Dina Darshini.

News in Brief

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.

Global biogas market tops $88bn in 2030

Sept 22 – The global biogas market is set to expand at a rate of 8.4% annually and reach $88.47 billion in 2025. According to ResearchAndMarkets, the main growth drivers are small-scale power generators that use biogas derived from municipal or agricultural waste through anerobic digestion.  Europe was the largest region in the biogas market in 2020, though Asia Pacific recorded the fastest growth.

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 lacks 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.

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