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Siemens has been awarded of a long-term service agreement with Punjab Thermal Power Ltd. to provide comprehensive maintenance, parts and repair services for Punjab Power Plant Jhang for the next 12 years. The order includes Siemens' Power Diagnostics and comes just three months after the company was commissioned to provide a complete power island solution for the 1.3 gigawatt (GW) Jhang combined-cycle project.

Record results in shale oil and gas output in Appalachia and the Permian basin have been helped by President Donald Trump’s latest changes to the US corporate tax law. Several shale gas drillers reported hundreds of millions in savings after being allowed to re-measure their net tax liabilities, and are now budgeting less tax expenses for the future. Production among American shale drilling companies, sampled by the consultancy Energy Aspects, grew by 1.6 Bcf/d, or 5% year-on-year and 0.5 bcf/d, or 2% quarter-on-quarter in Q4-2017.

Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has signed an equipment delivery contract for a 105 MW power plant under construction by Baraka Shikalbaha Power, a private-sector energy provider and subsidiary of Baraka Group. The order was signed this week when Wärtsilä celebrated 20 years of supporting the development of the energy sector in Bangladesh.

Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX-Brasil) to triple its investments in the country to up to €1 billion, addressing bottlenecks in the Brazilian infrastructure, especially in the fields of energy, transportation, and healthcare.

Indonesia’s state electricity company PLN has curtailed the allocation of free cashflow for new power plant projects in its new 10-year business plan by around 22,000 megawatts (MW) to only 56,000 MW, citing sluggish electricity demand.

Malaysia’s energy giant Petronas has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with its long-time business partner Tokyo Gas to supply LNG cargoes over a period of 13 years starting from April 2018. Tokyo Gas, Japan’s largest city gas provider, will be using most of this contracted gas import as a fuel at its power stations.

PTSC Mechanical & Construction, a Vietnamese service provider for the oil & gas industry, has contracted MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply two compressor trains for the Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet gas field developments off Vietnam's southern coastline. The government in Hanoi is supporting efforts to step up domestic gas supply in order to shift the country’s energy mix towards cleaner-burning fuel sources.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) heavy-duty H100 gas turbine (118 MW) achieved full qualification status by Shell’s technical team based in The Hague. Following intense scrutiny and test runs, Shell awarded the full mechanical drive qualification to the 2-shaft turbine, equipped with a low NOx (single digit ppm) combustion system.

Summit Power, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Mitsubishi and Diamond Gas to jointly develop a $3 billion LNG-to-power project at Matarbari. The project includes a regas terminal and a two-unit gas combined-cycle power project with a total capacity of 2,400 MW.

London-based SDX Energy Inc. has made a new onshore gas discovery in Morocco, at is SAH-2 well on the Sebou permit. The latest find helps advance the government’s policies to promote renewables and cleaner-burning natural gas while seeking to reduce dependence on seasonal LNG imports.

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, has announced plans to invest €400 million to convert two coal-fired heat and power stations at its Wolfsburg car manufacturing to run on natural gas. Construction of the two gas CHP will start this year, pending permission, with the aim to get the plants commissioned in late 2021 or early 2022.

Pure World Energy, Capstone’s distributor for the United Kingdom, has secured an order for a C200S integrated combined heat and power (iCHP) microturbine to be installed at a commercial building in England. The deal is one of Capstone's first order-wins under its new “Sell-to-Win” bundled solutions program and includes an integrated roof mounted heat recovery module as well as a prepaid 5-year factory protection plan.

Turkey's Karadeniz Energy Group has selected Gas Enec of South Korea to supply LNG regasification systems to be installed on three of its power barges. Karpowership recently started to develop floating regas units (FRUs) to their existing Powerships to make them suitable for LNG intake directly from a storage vessel.

Reshaping the German power sector, RWE announced on Sunday it had agreed to sell its 78.8% stake in its clean energy arm Innogy to rival E.ON in an asset swap. Through the mega deal, if approved, E.ON would acquire Innogy’s regulated energy networks and customer operations, while RWE would get hold of E.ON’s renewable business and keep that of Innogy.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been contracted by Nuon/Vattenfall, Statoil and Gasunie to investigate options of using hydrogen at the Magnum combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT), situated in the Groningen region. The aim is to convert one Nuon’s three 440-megawatt CCGTs to run on hydrogen by 2023.

News in Brief

Thermo Fisher launches new online sulphur analyser

April 23 – U.S.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched SOLA iQ, an online sulphur analyser, that helps engineers in the oil and gas industry to measure total sulphur content of liquid or gas phase samples without requiring time-consuming lab analysis. Measurement ranges of the tool are from 2 parts per million (ppm) to 100%, with and limits of detection as low as 25 parts per billion (ppb).

FERC considers change of pipeline certification

April 20 – Kevin J. McIntyre, the chairman of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given a general oversight hearing over plans for natural gas pipeline policy changes. “I decided that the first such review of my Chairmanship would involve taking a fresh look at FERC’s 1999 policy statement on the certification of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities,” he said. Under the Natural Gas Act, FERC has the responsibility to determine whether a proposed natural gas pipeline project is required by public convenience and necessity.

Turbine filter markets grows at 20%

April 19 – Market Insights Reports anticipates the global gas turbine filter market to grow at an annual rate of 15 to 20% through to 2023. The report gauges growth prospects by analysing diverse factors such as total market size, key market drivers, challenges and growth opportunities, technological changes as well as major manufacturers.

Kuwait spends over $140m on two power plant upgrades

April 18 – Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water has signed two contracts, worth US$141 million (KWD47m), to upgrade the fuel reception and control systems of the Doha West and the Sabiya power plants. Works on the Doha West power station will span over 30 months, according to the ministry’s schedule, while project completion for the Sabiya project is set for no later than 29 November, 2018.

Enel launches 1st energy storage project in Canada

April 17 – Enel X, the energy services division of Enel Group through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has struck an agreement with Algoma Orchards of Ontario, Canada to deploy a 1 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system under a contract spanning 11 years. The storage system will be deployed in the first half of 2018.

Investment in solar PV dwarfs new fossil generation

April 16 – Solar power is forecast to become the leading contributor of renewable energy, accounting for 98 GW, or 38%, of newly installed power generation capacity worldwide. Nearly $161 billion was invested worldwide in solar power technology in 2017, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, compiled by BNEF under the UN Environment Program.

Simotics SD Pro suitable for up to 690 volts

April 13 – At Hannover Fair, Siemens is presenting its new low-voltage motor Simotics SD Pro suitable for mains-fed and converter operation with voltages up to 690 volts. The motor works reliably at efficiency class IE3 at both 50 and 60 hertz.

ABB controller now IEC 62443 certified

April 12 – ABB’s SD Series HPC800 controller, part of the company’s Symphony Plus portfolio, has received Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) and IEC 62443 certifications. In the assessment, the controller met all requirements in the categories of software development lifecycle, functional security and communications robustness.

Rolls-Royces launches ‘Intelligent Insights’

April 11 – Rolls-Royce has introduced ‘Intelligent Insights’, part of its IntelligentEngine vision, at the MRO Americas conference. The tool brings new agility to decision making and improves the quality of data harnessed for customers.

GE to lead EPC for 1GW Ostroleka C power plant

April 10 – GE Power, together with Alstom Power Systems, has been selected to lead Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the ultra-supercritical (USC) coal power plant Ostroleka C in Poland. Subject to the financial closure of the project, the plant will start commercial operation within 56 months after the notice to proceed and generate a gross output of 1,000 MW.

EDF’s new Bouchain CCGT reaches 62.22% efficiency

April 9 – Electricite de France (EDF) and GE have celebrated the official start of operation of the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE's HA gas turbine in Bouchain, France. Integrating high-efficiency power gen equipment with digital technology the CCGT reaches an overall efficiency of 62.22%.

GenOn sells 1.1GW Canal Generating Plant for $390m

March 28 – Due to bankruptcy restructuring, Houston based GenOn Energy (now part of NRG Energy), has agreed to divest the 1,112-MW units 1&2 at the Canal Generating Plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts to Stonepeak Kestrel Holdings for $320 million. Factoring in working capital, excess fuel inventory payments, and an anticipated refund from NRG for an expired option on Canal Unit 3, GenOn expects to receive $390.3 million from the deal.

Floating power market to top $1.4bn by 2022

March 27 – The market for floating power plants (<250MW capacity) is expected to grow at an annual rate of 10.11%, expanding from $889.6 million at present to reach $1,440 million by 2022. Main growth drivers, according to MarketsandMarkets, are cost advantages of floating over land-based power plants, particularly in regions with a lack of power infrastructure.

Cost for solar PV keeps falling

March 26 – System costs for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) on a per-watt basis have fallen about 10% to 15% per year from 2010 through 2016. In the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2018) analysts anticipate that installed capital costs will come in at 1.85 per watt (AC) for fixed-tilt PV systems, and $2.11 per watt (AC) for single-axis tracking systems in 2018.

Sembcorp delivers ‘energy that makes a difference’

March 23 – Sembcorp Power, the electricity retail arm of Sembcorp Industries, has unveiled a series of initiatives that are meant to deliver Energy that Makes a Difference in Singapore. These measures include a commitment of S$100,000 to support social enterprises in energy, water and resource recovery over the next five years as well as competitive price plans to help businesses save money. For every new customer signed up, Sembcorp Power will give S$5 to selected beneficiaries to offset their electricity bills.

Siemens awards in-kind technology grant to UCF

March 22 – Siemens has entered the next phase of its 30-year academic partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), awarding researchers a major in-kind technology grant of its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software with a commercial value of $593 million. The software grant amplifies a similar 2016 grant that benefitted students in UCF's Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER).

ABB creates virtual flow meters with Arundo Analytics

March 21 – Arundo Analytics, a Houston-based software developer, and ABB have worked together to create the first cloud-based virtual multiphase flow meters for the offshore oil and gas industry. Connecting ABB Ability and Arundo’s Composer and Fabric software, the virtual flow meter helps upstream companies gain real-time data to understand the constituent properties of any given stream of produced fluids.