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Auto-producers of combined heat and power (CHPs) in Germany are adamantly opposing a government proposal that would have them pay up to 70% of the renewable energy levy under the EEG law. A counterproposal by the Green Party, supported by the industry, suggests auto-producers should merely pay a 20% of the EEG levy which is imposed on all power producers to support Germany's Energiewende policy, Aldi Goldbach, founder of the German CHP association 'KWK kommt' told a conference in Brussels today.

The economic potential for new CHP in the Netherlands ranges between 2.3 – 3.4 GWe in 2020, assuming CO2 prices between 15-50 €/t, according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. However, a triple whammy of unfavourable gas spark spread, a lack of stimulus from EU ETS and the absence of a comprehensive Dutch CHP or energy efficiency policy are hampering investment in new CHP installations.

A move to apply “export-parity pricing” for natural gas sales in Nigeria is being planned by the government for 2016 in a bid to boost output from gas-fired power plants in the country, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Growing demand for power in Oman is set to drive gas consumption to 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year by 2020 from a current level of 6.7 bcm, according to the state-run power company Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Reviewing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive by July, the Commission is likely to set more stringent targets after the European parliament voted for 40% improvements in efficiency by 2030. "The parliament is expecting an ambitious energy efficiency target from us," Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director Energy Policy at DG Energy said in Brussels today.

U.S. power provider NTE Energy has filed an application to construct a 540 MW, natural gas-fired plant in Butler County, Ohio. The Middletown Energy Center project is expected to cost $500 million and will utilise a Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas M501JAC gas turbine with combined heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine.

Keen to boost functionality of the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) to promote low-carbon generation, Siemens Energy Sector CEO Michael Süss has suggested a CO2 price floor of €15/t and a ceiling of €45/t from 2020, rising to €50/t and €100/t by 2035.

General Electric has launched the 7HA and 9HA air-cooled gas turbines which currently still undergo final through validation testing in the company's Greenville full speed, full load test facility.

Enefield, a partially EU-funded trial – worth over €26-million – is placing 1,000 micro fuel cell CHP units in homes across Europe. Led by the Brussels-based cogeneration association COGEN Europe, Enefield aims to have a residential CHP product ready for wide-scale commercialisation before 2017.

French equipment manufacturer Alstom has secured a €400 million contract to build the 740 MW  Zubair gas-fired power plant, near Basra in southern Iraq. The turnkey project will be delivered for Eni Iraq B.V and will feature four high reliability GT13E2 gas turbines.

A pioneering $3.5 billion U.S. coal-gasification plant generated only 1% of its power capacity in February due to ongoing technical issues with equipment, according to project developer Duke Energy. The 618 MW plant is one of the world's largest coal-gasification plants and can also run on natural gas.

U.S. power provider Florida Power & Light (FPL) started operation at its $1.3 billion Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center on Tuesday.  The natural gas-fired plant generates 1,250 MW  of power and replaces an earlier oil-fired plant on the same site in Palm Beach, Florida.

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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