US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has openly confronted Russia over its energy politics by claiming the Gazprom-led Nord Stream-2 project would distort European energy market. Perry said Nord Stream extension project “would concentrate two-thirds of the imports of Russian gas to Europe in a single pipeline, creating a choke point [exposed to potential] disruption."
Michael R. Bloomberg and Miguel Arias Cañete, the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action have agreed to jointly step up Europe’s clean energy ambitions. In the context of the EC’s Platform ‘Coal Regions in Transition’, Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop plant-by-plant research analysis of coal power installations to allow for more targeted actions.
GE Power’s Monitoring and Diagnostics Center assists power plant operators at risk of being struck by a hurricane. The analytics and remote service ability of the centre helps utilities run their turbines safely and efficiently with a goal of fewer power disruptions due to a major storm.
Super typhoon Mangkhut has battered the Philippine island Luzon late Friday, leaving a 40 people dead and a quarter of a million affected with seven province reportedly flooded and without electricity supply. Now, the storm moved on to hit Hong Kong and mainland China, with more than five million people estimated to be at risk.
Air Products plans to build a new liquid hydrogen plant with a capacity of 30 tons per day at its industrial gas facility in La Porte, Texas. Scheduled for commissioning in 2021, the plant will liquefy hydrogen from Air Product’s existing 600-mile Gulf Coast pipeline system and deliver the liquid product to customers in various industries including petrochemical, metals, oil & gas and electric utilities.
Several thousand delegates are attending Gastech 2018 in Barcelona. The four days event has been declared open by King Felipe VI of Spain. The lineup of speakers includes CEOs and Chairmen of Spain’s leading energy companies Cepa, Enagas and Repsol as well as executives of global LNG projects such as Freeport, Mozambique and Middle East ventures.
Puregas Solutions, a part of Wärtsilä, has been contracted to supply a turnkey biogas upgrading plant to Oregon, U.S. The plant will upgrade an existing anaerobic digester (AD) to produce biomethane, and is scheduled for delivery during the first quarter of 2019.
Imminent landfall of Hurricane Florence has left nearly 300,000 Americans without electricity as the outer bands of the hurricane hit the coast of North Carolina with wind speeds of up to 90mph (150 km/h). Though the storm is now comparatively slow-moving, it brings with it a lot of destructive rainfall and is forecast to make landfall just before 9 am local time today.
Researchers at MIT, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and BMW’s Battery Technology Lab have found the vibrational frequency of lithium can be fine-tuned by tweaking its lattice structure through chemical substitution to alter structural arrangements of atoms. The new concept provides a powerful tool for developing new, better-performing materials that could increase the amount of electricity stored in a battery.
Bechtel, global leader in engineering, procurement and construction, has received the go-ahead for an immediate start of construction on the 1,182-MW South Field Energy facility. The combined-cycle gas power plant is being built in Columbiana County, Ohio, and is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2021.
Metragaz, the gas compression service provider for the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline, has contracted RWG to provide exchange, overhaul, installation and recommissioning services for their fleet of Siemens SGT-A35 (former Rolls-Royce Industrial RB211) aero-derivative gas generators.
Construction of a third train at Gazprom’s Sakhalin II project has long been in the making, and Gazprom this week held talks with all project stakeholders except Shell at the 4th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Mitsui and Mitsubishi, both partners in the venture, buy Russian LNG for the Japanese power market and for trading purposes.
Texas-based Exelerate Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Argentina’s Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TDS) to evaluate the construction of the country’s first liquefaction plant at Bahia Blanca. The idea is to export part of the flourishing production from Vaca Muerta, one of the world’s largest shale gas plays.
Canada-based AltaGas has sold three gas-fired power plants in California to Middle River Power III, part of the private equity firm Avenue Capital, for $300 million. The proceeds will be used repay part of AltaGas’ debt related to the acquisition of an American electric utility.
GE’s Power Services has announced the launch of its first 6B repowering solution when signing the first agreement for the solution with a global chemical company in Asia. The accord stipulates the repowering of three 6B gas turbines which is expected to help the customer save significant amounts of fuel.