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The use of electrical motor compression trains as opposed to mechanical trains to power LNG processing is helping to push system efficiency above 90%, according to GE. "Comparison of typical efficiency shows less than 40% for gas turbine systems compared with more than 90% for electrical drive systems," Francesco Falco, manager at GE's Power Conversion business told Gas to Power Journal.

Any delay to the UK’s proposed capacity market mechanism could result in power brownouts and hold ups for power plant construction, according to the chief of National Grid's Electricity Market Reform team. “The risk has clearly increased and we are close to being in the position of experiencing brown outs". Mark Ripley, project director at National Grid said at the Future of Utilities conference in London.

Energy firm Shell has been approved to start construction of a 690-MW, gas-fired cogeneration plant in Alberta, Canada. The plans were approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission and the first unit is expected to be in service in 2016.

Implementation of data management and analytics at is no longer a question of why for many power producers, but of when and how. Such a move, however, requires breaking away from siloed data storage and integrating the utility's operating technology and IT systems, said John D. McDonald director, technical strategy and policy development at GE.

U.S. power producer Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has had its plans to build a 1,000MW gas-fired plant approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The $675 million project, known as the Wildcat Point Generating Facility, will be built in Rising Sun, Maryland, starting from late 2015.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved plans to ship natural gas from Texas to Mexico via a border-crossing interconnector. FERC noted that the project was needed to “meet [Mexico’s] expanding fuel demand for power generation and industrial activity.”

Planned de-regulation of Japan’s electricity markets along with high LNG prices are prompting Tokyo Gasto consider a move into coal-fired power generation. "We will increase the portion of gas-fired power plants, but at the same time … we may have a coal-fired power plant in the future or at least, we may buy electricity from coal-fired plants,” Kunio Nohata, Tokyo Gas' executive officer and senior general manager for gas resources said at the Gastech conference in South Korea.

Laser melting, or 3D printing, along with the Industrial Internet allows GE to get better products into the market faster through rapid prototyping and iterative development – "that's what we call the Build-Measure-Learn cycle," Eric Gebhardt, CTO/VP Engineering GE Oil & Gas told Gas to Power Journal.

Gas engines of all sizes may grow in market volume to reach $35-45 billion by 2020 – more than doubling from 2012 data, driven by a rise in distributed gas engine applications in emerging markets as well as the need for flexible distributed systems to balance intermittent renewable supply in Europe and the U.S., Delta-EE's director Michael Brown told Gas to Power Journal.

Abundant supply of domestic shale gas at low development costs has been displacing coal in power generation in the United States and is expected to partly replace diesel used by heavy trucks in the transportation sector, the U.S. Institute for Energy Research (IER) finds.

As bearish fundamentals weigh on gas prices, combined-cycle power plants in the UK with 56% efficiency are expected to move into merit in April, but analysts at Energy Aspects forecast prices are unlikely to fall below 50p/therm in the near term due to increasing demand from gas-fired plants.

The city of Holland, Michigan, has announced that it will purchase two Siemens gas-fired combustion turbines to provide up to 140MW of power. The deal is valued at $37.7 million and was approved by the board of directors of the Holland Board of Public Works (HPBW) as part of plans to build a new natural gas power plant in the city.

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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