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Italian marine classification society RINA has approved a design for a compressed natural gas (CNG) storage system aboard vessles, which is being used as gas feed at a fuel oil peaking power plant retrofitted to run on gas in Grati, Indonesia. The 300MW unit is "the world's largest CNG storage system," according to RINA.

As the regulatory clock continues to tick and deadlines loom large on implementing new EU rules like EMIR and REMIT, some utilities "face an uphill battle" to understand and meet the obligations, warns James Brown is senior energy consultant, EMEA for Allegro Development.

"When the current ambiguities are cleared up and firm deadlines reset, everyone will be expected to switch on quickly," he said, warning "Failure to comply will be met with stiff penalties."

Despite Europe's sub-par gas demand growth, with indigenous supply collapsing and global LNG supply diverting to Asia, suppliers like Gazprom "regain the whip hand" in Europe, Deutsche Bank analysts warn.

"A market that should be in the doldrums looks poised to see prices breaking to the upside," they forecast, singling out US LNG exports as a panacea to avert the risk of high-priced oil-indexed Russian gas that threaten to further undermine the profitability of gas power generation.

A new independent, cross-party report urges the UK Government to clarify its energy policy beyond 2020. "The Government should work with industry to narrow the debate by identifying 'low regrets' investments for the power sector beyond 2020," finds the report which will be presented in Parliament today.

Myanmar's state-owned power producer has awarded Wood Group GTS a $13million contract to overhaul and upgrade three GE Frame 6B gas turbines in operation at a plant near the city of Yangon. "The order is our first major contract win in Myanmar," a Wood Group representative said, adding the retrofit is expected to increase the utility's revenue by $1million per year.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), jointly with Taiwan's largest EPC company CTCI Corporation, has won a full-turnkey order from Taiwan Power Company to build a gas-fired combined cycle plant, consisting of three power islands with a combined capacity of 2,600MW. The mega plant, located in Tunghsiao Township about 150 kilometers southwest from Taipei, will be powered by M501J gas turbines.

MHI said the latest order from Tawain brings the number of sold 60 hertz M501 gas turbines up to 22, including four successive orders for 10 units in total from South Korea.

The 'Energiewende' (energy turnaround) is profoundly reshaping the energy landscape in Germany: Regulatory changes, financial incentives and technological developments are the driving factors for transforming a previously centralized, hierarchical energy system to an ever-more distributed conundrum with a rapidly-increasing share of renewables at its heart, says Frank Reichenbach, manager at The Advisory House (TAH).

US engineering major GE has joint forces with China Xian Electric Group (XD Electric) with the aim to double sales of digital power transmission produces to $4 billion over the next decade. GE is understood to have paid 3.38 billion yuan ($552 million) to acquire a 15 percent stake in XD Electric.

Denmark's largest utility, Dong Energy, reportedly considers selling its 832MW gas-fired Severn Power Station - one of Britain's most modern gas-fired power plants for up to £500 million, though the UK Big 6 power producers are deemed unlikely to purchase the asset. A Dong representative declined to comment on banking speculation about a possible divestment of the asset but stressed the company's focus on wind power in the UK.

Nine out of ten businesses in the UK believe the government's flagship energy policy under the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) will burden the industry by making cost more difficult to predict, shows research released today by Npower. The £10 billion EMR programme guarantees a fixed price for green energy production, which is feared to increase electricity prices and reduce competitiveness of the UK economy.

Chinese investors are gearing up to spend close to $4 trillion on building and commissioning 88GW of new power generation capacity every year between now and 2030 – mainly hydro, renewables and gas-fired plants. A report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that China may annually start-up the equivalent of the UK's total generating capacity, boosting supply by more than 1,500GW in the coming 18 years.

French power generation conglomerate Alstom will supply a flue gas cleaning and heat recovery system for a new €120 million (SEK1,050 million) waste-to- energy CHP plant in the city of Linköping, Sweden. It is set to generate 80MW of power.

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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