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General Electric has secured an order to supply a 7HA.02 gas turbine with matching H65 generator for a district heating plant in South Korea. The 500 MW plant will provide both electricity and steam for district heating for the citizens of Naepo City, some 125 km south of Seoul. 

Economies of oil exporting countries in the Middle East will shrink 6.6% this year compared to 1.1% for importers, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts. But analysts urged cash-strapped utilities to make use of cheap energy from solar PV to produce hydrogen for export instead.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) has contracted Siemens to expand services for its Jebel Ali L2 station. Each of the power station’s four SGT5-4000F gas turbines will be upgraded with intelligent controllers, combined with the SPPA-T3000 system to reduce the risk of outages and enhance operational flexibility.  

Germans are embracing electric cars more quickly than initially assumed, so carmakers now calculate over 14.8 million pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids could be on the roads by 2030. This fast e-vehicle adoption would require more charging infrastructure and boosts electricity demand.

General Electric and Vietnam’s EVN Genco3 have agreed to develop an integrated LNG regas facility and 3,600 MW gas power plant near Ho Chi Minh City. GE will supply the gas turbines, associated equipment and services under a contract worth over $1 billion over the plant’s lifetime.

Russia’s Gazprom has been delivering more natural gas than contracted to China through the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline. Upon request by China’s CNPC, daily deliveries were raised by up to 25% in October and during the first twenty days of November. Further increases are planned in 2021.

Two SGT-800 gas turbines will help Stadtwerke Leipzig’s new combined heat and power (CHP) plant produce 125 MW of electrical and 163 MW of thermal output at a fuel efficiency of 93%. Commissioning of the CHP is due in late 2022, with the two turbines set to eventually run on hydrogen.

Three INNIO Jenbacher engines are powering RheinEnergie’s new combined heat and power (CHP) plant, built at a cost of €30 million. The J920 FleXtra gas engines are driving a CHP that replaces an older combined-cycle power plant with outdated boiler for district heating.

An additional MAN 12V35/44G TS gas engine will boost the output of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the southern German town of Schwäbisch Hall. With 46% electrical efficiency, the new engine will push the CHP’s overall efficiency beyond 90% once commissioned in 2022.

Build-out of India’s power interconnectors and electricity trade between regions will likely result in more power generation from solar and less from coal. Modelling varying load shapes by region, analysts expect low-cost solar PV to account for 62% of India’s power mix by 2050.

Singapore-based SpaceDC is using MTU generator sets, supplied by Rolls-Royce, to power its new ID01 25.45 MW data centre campus in Jakarta. The three gas and diesel gensets with exhaust after-treatment achieve power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3 – a new record for the industry.

US oil major ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat have expanded their joint development agreement of Direct Air Capture Technology, designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Amine-based adsorbents act like a filter to efficiently capture CO2, which can then be stored underground or used to make chemicals or construction materials.

News in Brief

Mitsubishi produces methanol in Trinidad

Jan 20 – Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company has launched commercial operations of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago. The plant has an annual production capacity of one million tons of methanol and 20,000 tons of dimethyl ether, which can be used as an alternative fuel for cars and power generation.

First 8-cylinder B36:45 engine delivered

Jan 19 – Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 8-cylinder variant of its Bergen B36:45 gas engine to a tomato producer in Belgium. The medium speed genset is planned for delivery this spring and will drive an onsite power plant that generates 4700 kW electricity and 5520 kW heat. The new engine offers a 20% increase in power per cylinder and will replace an existing Bergen 12-cylinder B35:40 genset.

Moody’s upgrades Enel to Baa1

Jan 18 – Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Enel’s long-term rating to Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade reflects Enel’s progress in reducing its risk profile, analysts said, pointing at the Italian utilities ongoing investment in networks and renewables, growing geographical diversification and focus on centralised financing.

GE sues Siemens Energy

Jan 15 – General Electric has sued its German rival Siemens Energy over the alleged use of stolen trade secrets to win gas turbine contracts worth several billion dollars. GE told the US district court in Virginia that Siemens received the secret information from a Dominion Energy employee.

Orbital Energy launches Eclipse

Jan 14 – Nasdaq-listed Orbital Energy Group has launched a new subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation, a drilled shaft construction company. The new company specialises in providing services for power transmission and substations, communication tower and a disaster restoration through emergency power.

S’Korean coal and LNG imports slide

Jan 13 – South Korea’s imports of thermal coal and LNG have fallen 12% and 11%, respectively, as the government cracks down on fossil fuel usage to curb air pollution. Customs data shows that coal imports amounted to 10.2 million tons in December, down 1.4 million tons from the same month last year but up from November’s imports of 9.5 million tons.

SMC builds 1.7 GW CCGT in Batangas

Jan 13 – Excellent Energy Resources, part of SMC Global Power Holdings, is building a 1,700 MW combined cycle gas power plant in Barangay Dela Paz and Ilijan in Batangas City with investments of about 67.863 billion Philippine Pesos ($1.41bn). The project is estimated to be completed in 36 to 40 months.

UK’s National Grid issues supply warning

Jan 12 – Natural gas prices in the UK surged as National Grid issued warnings on supply deficit as LNG cargoes are being diverted to North Asia. Prices at the British NBP gas trading hub soared to the equivalent of $8.95 per MMBtu, while the JKM price for North Asian spot LNG cargoes for February 2021 was last at $19.700 per MMBt.

Fortistar invests in hydrogen

Jan 11 – Fortistar, a privately-held fund, has joined an equity investment of up to $157 million in hydrogen producer BayoTech. Cottonwood Technology Funds and the New Mexico State Investment Council also participated in the latest financing round. BayoTech’s systems produce local hydrogen close to the application, serving end users in the industrial gas and petrochemical segment as well as those who use of hydrogen to power fuel cells.

Ashtead appoints new CFO

Jan 5 - Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team. The appointments are meant to cement the company’s position in the offshore energy market, including offshore wind and decommissioning of thermal power plants

NFE secures LNG for Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua

Dec 23 – New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed to purchase Henry-Hub-indexed LNG for its integrated gas and power businesses in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua. The New York-based project developer said it now has covered 80% of its expected needs throughout Latin America, thus reducing its need for spot purchases and its exposure to changes in the market price for LNG.

China and Korea mandate coal-to-gas switch

Dec 22 – The Chinese government has launched a coal-to-gas boiler switching programme, targeting 7.1 million homes, which makes gas demand more weather-sensitive this winter. Similarly, South Korea mandated the closure of 15 coal-fired plants since the start of December in an effort to reduce air pollution. Analysts expect this will accelerate the drawdown of LNG terminal inventories going into Q1-2021.

GE repowers oil field in Brazil

Dec 21 – GE Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by Sulzer Pumps UK to supply motors for four water injection pumps of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The 8,000 kW, two pole motors will run at 3,600 rpm with a limitation of the starting current at 300%, enabling the oil and gas field operator to optimise the generator which supplies electricity on the FPSO.

VELO distributes Sapphire Metal 3D-Printers in the US

Dec 18 – California-based VELO3D has formed a distribution partnership with GoEngineer for Flow pre-print software, Sapphire metal AM printer, and Assure quality assurance and controls. GoEngineer will be VELO’s only distributor in the United States.

Indian electric boats to achieve zero emissions

Dec 17 – Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest shipbuilder, has asked Siemens Energy to equip India’s first fleet of 23 boats with electric propulsion drive train, integrated with batteries and vessel automation. Combining the electric propulsion drive trains, energy storage, and automation systems is expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption.

Terna BESS auction six times oversubscribed

Dec 16 – A pilot auction, held by the Italian TSO Terna, for battery energy storage systems (BESS) to provide reserve grid services has been six times oversubscribed. The auction was held with an expectation that around 230 MW would be on offer, but Terna received 1,327 MW worth of bids and eventually awarded contracts for 249.9 MW.

New £150m link to UK’s Easington terminal

Dec 15 – National Grid has completed a gas pipeline under the River Humber, build in 18 months and at a cost £150 million, as new link to the import terminal at Easington. Following commissioning, the pipeline is now operational and can now transport between 70 to 100 million cubic metres - around a quarter of Britain's gas needs.

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