Natural gas use in the American power sector fell 7.7% last year, a sharp drop compared with the 2.5% decline in coal-burn. Though gas remained the most-used fuel source for the third year in a row, the sharp drop in usage significantly narrowed the gap with coal. Net electricity generation in the U.S. from all fuel sources saw a slight decline of 1.5% in 2017, reflecting lower demand.
New Orleans’ city council has approved construction of a new gas-fired power project at the site of the retired Michoud plant. The new 128 MW plant will be driven by seven Wärtsilä 50SG reciprocating gas engines. Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, the EPC contractor of the plant, had ordered the engines on behalf of the local utility Entergy New Orleans.
Acceleration of digitalization, as well as the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), has left the Middle East region particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks. In fact, cyber security breaches in the Middle East are widespread and frequently undetected with 30% of the region’s attacks targeting operational technology, a new study by Siemens and Ponemon Institute finds.
Total Eren and AEMP and IAMGOLD Essakane SA have officially opened Essakane, the world’s biggest solar/thermal plant. Located in northern Burkina Faso the plant generates 15 MW of clean energy from 130,000 solar panels in addition to 11 HFO-based engines. Installation of the entire set-up was managed by Wärtsilä.
Malaysia’ Southern Power Generation (SPG) has selected GE Power Services to provide digital solutions, plant improvements and inspections for its new Track 4A plant, a 1,440-MW combined-cycle power plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor. Under the terms of the 21-year agreement, GE will service the first two GE 9HA.02 gas turbines to be installed in Malaysia and deploy its Predix software.
In 2018, three cargoes - each providing around 0.1 billion cm of liquefied gas - have come directly to British regas facilities from Yamal LNG in Russia. But as the UK is preparing for another cold snap, and there’s talk that the country is too reliant on Russia for LNG. Murray Douglas, research director, Europe Gas, evaluates if fears are overstated and where British gas buyers can turn to secure top-up supplies.
Cloud-based distributed power generators, aggregated to a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), are gaining popularity notably in North America – the world’s first country to implement demand response where end-users can earn monetary incentives by managing power usage. Globally, the VVP market is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 29.68%, reaching an estimated $709.2 million by 2021.
Construction of the Nakoso coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant in Fukushima, Japan, is now in full swing. Built on behalf of TEPCO, the Nakoso IGCC is being built by a Mitsubishi-led consortium under a full turn-key contract also stipulates construction of the Hirono IGCC at a later stage. The two 540MW power plants, are due to start up in September 2020 and September 2021, respectively.
Munich-based MTU Aero Engines has launched a new brand called MTU Power, consolidating its gas turbine engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket expertise from its business units Aero Solutions, Brush Seals and MTU Maintenance. The launch of the new brand was first announced at the 2018 Western Turbine Users, Inc. (WTUI) conference, taking place this week in Palm Springs, California.
German engineering giant Siemens has decided to invest €30 million in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Materials Solutions Ltd., its 3D-printing specialist in the UK. The new building in Worcester will increase Materials Solutions’ fleet of 3D-printing machines to 50, more than doubling the firm’s current footprint, and is set to open in September 2018.
Shell is close to signing Hong Kong’s first LNG supply deal with CLP Power, developer of a new unit at Black Point Power Station (2,500 MW). The new 600 MW unit is scheduled to start operations by 2020, according to CLP Power’s latest annual report, hence the utility is now keen strike a deal to import LNG via a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to be moored just south of Hong Kong.
South Carolina Electric & Gas has submitted an application with state regulators, saying it will need to build a new combined-cycle gas power plant in the next five years to meet peak winter demand, given the failure of its nuclear power project. Costs and location of the proposed CCGT are not yet decided, but SCE&G has already reserved most of the capacity of Dominion’s newly expanded gas pipeline network in South Carolina.
With quarrels between Pertamina and PLN about project requirements and sources of gas supply finally put aside, construction is about to start at the $2 billion Java-1 combined-cycle gas power project. PT Jawa Satu Power, a joint venture between Indonesia’s state energy company Pertamina, Marubeni and Sojitz, won a tender to build and operate the CCGT, and are now seeking to put the facility into operation by mid-2021.
Electric vehicles hold enormous potential but their deployment so far has fallen short. According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, some 3,500 of the UK’s newly registered cars were electric or hybrid in 2013, growing to over 63,000 by the end of 2017. However, for electric vehicles become truly mainstream the industry needs to overcome some challenging obstacles, finds Jacob Klimstra, Senior Energy Consultant and Member of the Advisory Board for Electrify Europe.
Since the U.S. shale oil and gas revolution ended the need to import crude oil from Mexico, the trade balance shifted and U.S. energy exports have been exceeding imports from Mexico for each of the past three years. In 2017, overall U.S. energy exports to Mexico hit a record high of $25.8 billion in 2017, more than twice as much as the $11.1 billion value of imports from Mexico.