Daily News

US electric car maker Tesla has said it was “irritated” by administrative delays to its new Gigafactory and urged the German government to speed up the permitting process. Construction of Tesla’s new factory is advancing in Grünheide near Berlin, though the project has not received final approval.

Washington State’s largest utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), has signed a joint development agreement with Mitsubishi Power Americas to implement large-scale hydrogen generation and hydrogen-fired turbines, renewables and battery energy storage into PSE’s service territory. The aim is for PSE to become a “Beyond Net Zero Carbon” energy company by 2045.

US natural gas producers have asked McDermott to carry out a study into how to best expand current liquid hydrogen storage capacity limits. CB&I, part of McDermott, specialises in cryogenic storage and is currently building the world's largest liquid hydrogen sphere for NASA.

US engine maker Cummins and PLUS, developer of self-driving vehicles, are working on a driver-in, supervised truck, powered by compressed gas engines. The engines will be provided by Cummins and have been certified to near-zero emissions. Deployment is due in 2022.

MAN Energy Solutions, together with China National Heavy Machinery Corp (CHMC), has build and commissioned a 200 MW power plant near the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. It consists of eleven MAN 18V51/60DF engines and is now being operated by Electricité du Cambodge.

General Electric has completed works at four LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines at Songas’ Ubungo power plant in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The plant had been on outage during servicing and routine parts replacement, but now continues to deliver up to 150 MW of electricity to the grid.

Finland’s transmission system operator Fingrid has contracted Siemens Energy to deploy ten bays of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-free gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) at a substation near Helsinki. The novel system will replace the potent greenhouse gas SF6 with „clean air”, a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2022.

California-based Bloom Energy, together with its Korean partner SK Engineering & Construction, has deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen for a pilot plant in the city of Ulsan. Bloom entered the hydrogen market in July 2020, which includes a 1 MW hydrogen-fuelled Energy Server with SK E&C due operational in 2022.

The amount of debt and equity issued by US exploration and production (E&P) companies has surged to $4.4 billion in March 2021, the highest level since last August. Analysts say upstream players want to cash in on higher oil prices which bounced back from less than $40/bbl in spring 2020 to currently over $65/bbl.

Delek Drilling, owned by the Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, has announced plans to divest a large share of its Tamar offshore gas field to an UAE-based company for an estimated $1.1 billion. Delek confirmed a memorandum was signed with Mubadala Petroleum, and the Israeli government has been notified about the proposed sale.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Shell, Vattenfall and Wärme Hamburg – the founding four of Hamburg’s Green Hydrogen Hub – have teamed up with Airbus and ArcelorMittal and another six firms to form the ‘Hamburg Hydrogen Network’. As of 2026, the partners aim to curb CO2 emissions in Hamburg by 170,000 tons each year.

Christian Bruch, Siemens Energy CEO has underlined the role of hydrogen in decarbonising industry and vowed the company will scale up its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser to 1 GW by 2030. Together with Air Liquide, Siemens is developing an industrial-scale electrolyser that will be piloted at the 200 MW green hydrogen project, H2V Normandy.

News in Brief

Growing production puts a lid on oil price

June 18 – Rising crude oil production – driven by OPEC, Russia and the United States – will limit price rises for global crude oil benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI), which impacts long-term natural gas prices. In the June Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), US government analysts expect the Brent crude oil price will average $68 per barrel in the third quarter of 2021, fall to $64/bbl in the fourth quarter and decline further to average $60/bbl in 2022.

CPH2 to install 1 MW electrolyser in Belfast

June 16 – Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2), together with B9 Energy, has won an order from Northern Ireland Water for a MFE220 1-MW membrane-free electrolyser via its main contractor LaganMEICA. Oxygen, generally regarded as a by-product of hydrogen production is used to more efficiently treat wastewater at NI Water’s Belfast plant. Due to be installed by September this year, the MFE220 electrolyser will produce up to 451 kilograms of hydrogen and up to 3609 kg of medical-grade oxygen per day.

MTU subsidiaries to bear Rolls-Royce brand name

June 15  As of today, Rolls-Royce's Power Systems has implemented a new brand architecture for its five MTU subsidiaries. MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, for example, will become Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH. German subsidiaries in Augsburg and Ruhstorf, as well as regional companies in America and Asia will be renamed with geographical references. All others will be rebranded by the end of September 2021.

KBC adopts BakerHughes AI simulation

June 11 – Yokogawa Electric subsidiary KBC will deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technology from the BakerHughesC3.ai (BHC3) alliance to better simulate its oil and gas processes. The AI solution will continuously update physics-based simulations through a flexible modelling, scalable to any industry. KBP anticipates customers’ improved will yield more than $0.65 per barrel.

OneSubsea selects Siemens sensors for deepwater project in Brazil

June 10 – Houston-based OneSubsea has selected Siemens Energy to provide pressure and temperature sensors for the subsea production system for the Bacalhau oil and gas condensate field in Brazil’s Santos basin. The sensors will provide monitoring data for the production system on the seabed at a water depth of 6,726 feet. Installation and commissioning of the equipment is slated for 2022 and 2024.

Wärtsilä to service Malta power plant

June 9 – Wärtsilä has signed a second long-term service agreement renewal for the Delimara Power Plant 3 (D3) in Malta. The accord covers four 50DF dual-fuel engines and four 50SG gas engines. The flexible Delimara plant is vital to ensure stability of power supply for Malta’s island grid.

BV launches digital simulation tool

June 8 – Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched Opera, its new digital simulation tool for testing and certifying floating power units. The integrated modelling can inspect all components, e.g. those of a floating wind turbine, from mooring systems to blades.

Linde selected to build Russian GPP

June 7 – Linde and Renaissance Heavy Industries have been contracted by Gazprom to carry out the design works, equipment supplies, construction, and commissioning of gas processing plant (GPP) and off-site facilities at the Gas Processing Complex near Ust-Luga. The consortium intends to start construction this June.

Start-up of Tema LNG delayed

June 4 – Ghana sees LNG as a “relatively quick and inexpensive way” to meet growing gas demand for power generation but country’s aspirations to become sub-Saharan Africa's first LNG importer is being delayed to later in June. The commissioning cargo was meant to arrive at Ghana’s new Tema LNG terminal by the end of May, but our data indicates the FSU Torman II is still at Singapore’s Sembawang shipyard.

ACWA sources biofuel to power tourism

June 3 – Saudi developer, investor and operator ACWA Power has teamed up with the Gulf’s largest biofuel producer Neutral Fuels to supply green energy for Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project on the Red Sea coast.

CNE sets up Houston offices

June 2 – Carbon Neutral Energy (CNE) is setting up in Houston due to the huge demand for mobile energy storage systems to mitigate the risk of emergencies like the Texas blackout earlier this year. CNE raised $420 million funding in the UK and is now seeking to strengthen its foothold in the US.

AEG equips Swedish hydrogen plant

June 1 – Amsterdam-based AEG Power Solutions has supplied components for a high-pressure electrolysis process at a pilot plant, built by Hydrogen Pro on behalf of the metal research institute Swerim. The electrolysis process selected by Swerim is an alkaline electrolyser with a high level of dynamics driven by Thyrobox DC2, industrial DC power supply.

Li-ion batteries lose their lead

May 31 – Li-ion batteries have dominated the energy storage field, but are expected to lose their leading role in stationary applications. According to IDTechEx findings, Redox flow batteries are gaining traction and likely to overtake the installed Li-ion battery energy capacity before the end of 2030.

Kuwait Petroleum supports Jenbacher S engine oil

May 21 – The Austrian engine maker INNIO and Q8Oils, part of Kuwait Petroleum, have launched the Jenbacher S Oil 40 gas engine oil designed to lubricate engines that run on biogas and landfill gas. The new product is based on INNIO’s high-performing oil for stationary gas engines and provides very long drain intervals, reduces oil consumption and extends oil filter life.

J320 engine powers pasta factory

May 19 – Clarke Energy and INNIO have commissioned a Jenbacher gas engine to power a new Pasta factory in Cameroon. The gas-fuelled J320 engine installed is now delivering a resilient on-site power supply to the manufacturing facility, situated in the town of Douala.

Magma delivers composite riser pipe to HWCG

May 17 – Houston-based Magma Global has delivered the world’s first high-pressure composite riser pipe to HWCG’s gas storage location on the U.S Gulf Coast. HWCG is one of two deepwater oil and gas emergency response consortiums, set up after the Macondo blowout in 2010. It provides a capping stack within 7-14 days and the restart of contingent hydrocarbon flow and capture operations within 18 days of an incident

SynCraft orders J412 engines for biomass plant

May 14 – INNIO Jenbacher has received orders to supply two J412 gas engines, with 500 kW electrical output, for SynCraft biomass power plants in Austria. Each year the two units will process 6,000 metric tons of residual wood into 7,000,000 kWh of renewable power and 10,000,000 kWh of process heat.

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