Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) and Osaka Gas have fast-tracked the start up of the $1 billion CPV Fairview Energy Center near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. CPV said thanks to “outstanding team effort” of construction contractor Kiewit and equipment supplier GE, the 1,050 MW plant is now “fully operational on budget and significantly ahead of schedule.”
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), a municipal utility, has confirmed plans to convert its Intermountain Power Plant in Utah from coal to natural gas, and then to 100 percent hydrogen. Right from the start of the new 840 MW gas power unit in 2025, hydrogen will fuel 30% of its operation and the ratio will be increased to full hydrogen fuelling by 2045.
MAN Energy Solutions has been delivering ten 20V35/44G gas engines with a combined capacity of over 100 MW to Bolivia. The engines will supply electricity for steel works at the El Mutún iron ore mine, operated by Tenova’s HYL division together with Sinosteel on the border with Brazil.
Berlin-based energy startup Lumenion has presented the pilot of its 2.4 Megawatt-hour (MWh) steel storage system in a housing project in the German capital. The technology allows storing excess renewable electricity in the form of heat (up to 650°C) in steel plates. If required, that stored heat can be converted back into electricity.
The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has come forward with an ambitious ‘EU Green Deal’ that seeks to outdo the ‘Green New Deal’ proposed by the U.S. Government. The European Green Deal envisages Europe to become “climate-neutral” by 2050, which requires a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, replacing the current 40% goal.
Two Saudi partners are fast-tracking an integrated LNG regas and 3.6 GW gas combined-cycle power project envisaged to be built at Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Newly listed Saudi Aramco confirmed it will source and supply the LNG to fuel the CCGT that is being built by Acwa Power.
The December clearing price for carbon emissions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) scheme has reached a fresh record due to a tighter emission cap. RGGI, the first mandatory emission trading scheme in 10 U.S. northeastern states, has cleared its latest auction at $5.61 per short ton for the 13.1 million tons of CO2 allowances sold.
Shares of Saudi Aramco have spiked after a historic market debut, rising 10% above the initial public offer price. The Saudi government listed a 1.5% stake in Aramco at Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange – raising $25.6 billion which gives the oil giant a market valuation of around $1.88 trillion, and liquidity to invest in LNG trading and power gen projects.
GE Power has completed the first upgrade worldwide of a turbine with ALSPA P320 V1 controls – technology originally developed by Alstom – to GE’s new Mark VIe system. The pilot project was carried out at ENGIE’s 770-MW Baymina combined-cycle gas power plant near Ankara.
The latest U.S. Government Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) anticipates natural gas production will grow much less in 2020 because of the lag between changes in price and changes in future drilling activity. Low prices in Q3-2019 is likely to reduce gas-directed drilling in the first half of next year, with 2020 output seen average 95.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d).
Germany’s structural shift towards e-mobility has been largely driven by governmental regulation and less by market forces, Deutsche Bank criticized. Without subsidies, e-cars are “still a niche”, analysts said, noting the technology is “a very expensive way of avoiding carbon emissions.”
Gas-fuelled, cryogenic barges – designed by the Canadian naval architect Robert Allen and Hidrovias do Brazil – will be used to transport LNG to remote locations in northern Brazil. The first project benefiting from the solution will be the 1.67 GW Vila-do-Conde gas-fired power plant in Baracena, in Brasil's northern state of Pará.
RUE Vitebskenerg, a Belarusian state utility, has contracted Siemens to deliver the power generation equipment for two new peaking power stations. The new open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plants will be dispatched in connection with the existing Lukomlskaya and Novopolotskaya power plants in northern Belaurs and are due operational by the end of 2021.
Efforts to develop Vaca Muerta, Argentina’s vast shale reserves in northern Patagonia, have slowed as national energy companies await direction from the incoming President. Alberto Fernández, who will take office on December 10, has yet to decide whether to keep focused on pushing up domestic oil and gas production and LNG exports.
Highview Power is about to switch on the world’s first cryogenic, or liquid air, energy storage at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England. Provided developers can secure a stable, contracted return, the 50 MW/250 MWh CRYOBattery will start operation by 2022.