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Reducing wasteful flaring of associated gas, shale oil producers in the U.S. increasingly use the by-product as a cheap fuel to power onsite power gensets. To help improve the operational efficiency of flare stacks, US industrial burner firm Periflame offers MD-G burners in capacity ranges from 0.3 to 100 MW for single units.

 

As the race for Alstom intensifies amid a looming June 23 deadline for GE's bid for the energy arm of the French debt-ridden manufacturer, Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have launched a counter proposal which is claimed to be 1.9 billion euros better than the one of their U.S. rival. At stake is "an industrial icon, so it's also about French pride and we are getting important help from Mitsubishi in preserving Alstom," Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in Paris today.

Despite a growth in peaking power capacity in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup, not all of Brazil's gas-fired plants in continuous use as power producers adjust to changes in the gas supply balance. New domestic hydrocarbon production from the Santos, Campos, and Espririto Santos basin and rising LNG imports mitigate the risk of declining in pipeline gas imports from Bolivia.

Dirty king coal share in global primary energy consumption reached 30.1% last year, the highest level since 1970. Though coal consumption grew by 3%, well below the 10-year average of 3.9%, it still dwarfed the 1.4% growth of natural gas use, according to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy 2014.

 

New developments with Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems offer the ability to capture waste heat and make savings of 30% for gas power operators and industry, according to Italian technology developer Exergy. "For gas turbines we see a 30% increase in efficiency which would translate to a 3 MW boost for a 10 MW turbine," Claudio Spadacini, Exergy founder and CEO, told Gas to Power Journal.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)  has released a report outlining the modular methodology behind its National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) used to generate predictions for the American power sector. The data from these models is used to generate EIA's Annual Energy Outlook report, the latest edition of which predicts that natural gas will become the largest source of fuel for power generation in the U.S. by 2040.

Aggreko is supplying temporary gas power capacity for the 2014 Football World Cup that is underway in Brazil. A deal with FIFA sees Aggreko supply electricity and cooling to the tournament's broadcast network.

German manufacturing group Siemens is said to lower its offer for part of the power generation businesses of Alstom but its new partner in the takeover battle, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will sweeten the bid by offering to get a 10% stake in the French debt-ridden company.

Allowing European energy companies to bid into the UK's upcoming capacity auctions with electricity delivered by undersea interconnections could help reduce costs and save up to £1 billion, analysis from Policy Exchange suggests. "By opening up the capacity market to overseas participation, the government can ensure the widest possible pool of bidders. This will increase competition with gas generators for capacity contracts, and as a result should help lower the cost of delivering the policy." said Simon Moore, senior research fellow at the energy think tank

Japanese equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order to supply components for the Pocheon combined cycle gas turbine plant in South Korea. MHPS will deliver two M501J gas turbines, one steam turbine and three generators for the plant which is slated to be operational in November 2016.

Reliance on natural gas imports is set to increase throughout Europe with volumes projected to rise from 215 million tonnes (Mtoe) in 2014 to 320 Mtoe by 2030, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. Russian gas is forecast to “remain competitive” and “stay the cornerstone of European gas supply”, although European power producers seek ways to break the link with oil price indexation that has propelled up costs for imported gas across the continent.

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%.

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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