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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.

U.S. infrastructure developer Black & Veatch has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the new 495 MW Unit 3 at the Grand River Energy Center in Oklahoma. The project will cost an estimated $400 million and will feature the first Mitsubishi Heavy Industry J-series combustion turbine to be installed in the Western Hemisphere.

Mexican energy sector reforms, enacted at the beginning of this year, are at risk of encountering “substantial financial and political difficulties” that could hold back development. Amrita Sen, researcher at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) warned of “some of the intended objectives of the energy reform may not materialise, at least not as fast as the government and some market analysts are predicting."

South African investment bank FirstRand has agreed to finance up to  $120 million of Ghana’s proposed $820 million Kpone gas-fired power plant (340 MW).

U.S. power producer Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) said it will proceed with plans to build a 725 MW gas-fired plant in Maryland. The project will be carried out on a partly-contracted merchant basis, with CPV seeking approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell 75% of the project to two Japanese companies – Toyota Tsusho Power and Marubeni.

The use of a hybrid fire suppression system to tackle fires in power plants can reduce operator's costs and safeguard equipment in the event of accidents, according to manufacturer Victaulic. "Our Vortex system is unique in using nitrogen and water to suppress fires and produces nearly zero wetting of protected areas preventing the need for costly clean up or equipment replacement," Dan Christian, director for oil, gas and power markets at Victaulic told Gas to Power Journal.

The Nigerian Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, has stated that the country is on track to reach an overall 6,000 MW of electricity generation capacity before December. Severe gas and power grid bottlenecks continue to cause power shortages and the government is in the middle of power sector reforms in a bid to attract foreign investment.

Energy imports to India could almost double in the coming decade, rising from $120 billion currently to $230 billion by 2023, Goldman Sachs analysts warned, although reforms may reduce India's annual energy import bill by $40 billion in the forecast period.

Paving the way for GE to complete its acquisition of Alstom, the French government today finalised a deal with Bouygues to buy a 20% in the hotly-contested company. Economy minister Arnaud Montebourg made it clear over the weekend that the French state taking an interest and a golden share in Alstom would be a prerequisite for the deal, stressing "If that's not realised, GE's bid will be blocked."

U.S.  power provider Moxie Energy has put forward plans to build a new 900 MW gas-fired plant in Salem Township, Michigan. Named ‘Moxie Freedom Project’, the plant will draw on comparatively low cost gas supply from the nearby Marcellus Shale.

Petronas, Malaysia's state-owned petroleum corporation, has awarded an order for the turnkey construction of the Pengerang Co-generation Plant (PCP) to a consortium of Siemens and MMC Engineering Services (MMCES).

After relying on shale gas for over a decade, public opinion in the Texan town of Denton has shifted and the city council is considering imposing a ban on fracking as inhabitants want to preserve the livability of their surroundings.

Almost half of Europe's energy consumption is used for industrial processes and to heat and cool building, but policy makers at the European Commission are dragging their feet to assess how heat-related policies could help meet Europe's energy efficiency objectives and climate goals, criticised industry group COGEN Europe. 

News in Brief

CCUS market to reach nearly $3bn in 2025

Oct 25 – The global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) market will grow from $1.30 billion in 2020 to $1.46 billion in 2021, according to ResearchAndMarket estimates. The rebound comes as companies return to normal operations and sales, after a pandemic-related slowdown. Analysts expect the market will keep growing at a rate of nearly 20% annually to reach $2.97 billion by 2025.

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

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.

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