Siemens Energy and Mitsubishi Electric jointly develop high-voltage switchgear that substitutes sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) with clean air for insulation. Research starts with a 245-kV dead-tank circuit breaker, but once developed, the two OEMs will manufacture and sell the switchgear independently.
Octávio Simões, Tellurian president and CEO, expects LNG demand will increase as the world electrifies and its population grows. To make the superchilled gas attractive, Tellurian offers volumes on JKM, TTF or blended price basis and has just sealed a 10-year supply deal with Vitol.
Zeeland Refinery, owned by Total and Lukoil, has contracted Air Liquide to install a carbon capture and liquefaction unit for its hydrogen production at the Vlissingen site. The ‘Cryocap FG’ (Flue Gas) plant will capture and liquefy over 90% of CO2 emissions for storage in the Dutch North Sea.
Industry, transport and the heating sector in Germany will need significantly more hydrogen than the current 57 Terrawatt-hours (TWh) per year, produced almost entirely from fossil fuels. Come 2030, the demand for green hydrogen and derivatives will be around 80 TWh and could surge to 300 TWh by 2040, the Fraunhofer institute forecasts.
Argentina’s seasonal LNG imports are increasing following the arrival of Excelerate’s FSRU Exemplar at Bahia Blanca, just south of Buenos Aires. The first commissioning cargo already arrived at the FSRU which helps source additional supply for the southern-hemisphere 2021 winter season.
Black & Veatch has been selected to carry out technical, engineering and commercial feasibility studies of the Andes Energy Terminal (AET) situated in the Aguadulce Peninsula, Colombia. It will scrutinise the development of a LNG regas terminal and adjacent 400 MW gas power station.
Mitsubishi Power Aero and its Mexican arm have installed and commissioned five FT8 MOBILEPAC aero-derivative dual-fuel gas turbines (30 MW each) for CFEnergia. It took just 145 days from Request for Proposals (RFP) to start-up, and the 150 MW plant is ready in time to deliver critical power for the peak summer season.
Strengthening economics of coal-to-gas switching has pushed up prices at the TTF, Europe’s most liquid gas trading hub. With carbon and coal prices up by 33% and 26%, respectively, TTF gas prices increased $3/MMBtu to nearly $9/MMBtu. Restriction to coal-burn also boosts the dispatch of gas-fired power plant in South Korea and Taiwan.
Japanese turbine maker Mitsubishi Power has set up the ‘Gas Turbine Combined Cycle EMEA Business Unit’ in Dubai to sell more J-series air cooled (JAC) turbines into Europe and the Middle East. JAC turbines can operate on a 30:70 fuel mix of hydrogen and natural gas, and are meant to run fully on hydrogen in the future.
Summit Power and GE have placed a 9HA.01 gas turbine on the foundation of the 583 MW combined-cycle power plant in Meghnaghat. GE supplied equipment under a turnkey EPC contract and once commissioned in 2022, the CCGT will be capable of powering up to 700,000 homes.
Finish technology group Wärtsilä has commissioned its first two energy storage projects in Bataan, Philippines. The projects have a capacity of 20 MW / 20 MWh and 40 MW / 40MWh, respectively, and are underpinned by multiple long-term energy storage orders with SMC Global Power Holding.
Infrastructure developer Cerulean Winds is accelerating plans for a wind and hydrogen development west of Shetland. Proposed are 200 floating turbines with 3 GW per hour capacity, out of which 1.5 GW per hour is being used to produce green hydrogen that can be used for energy storage.