MAN Energy Solutions is targeting ASEAN and Africa with integrated LNG-to-Power solutions, with new projects under development in the Philippines as well as in North and West Africa. Business development manager Carsten Dommermuth said, “for the entire project cycle – until commercial start-up – we allocate a time frame of 3 to 5 years.”
MethanQuest, Rolls-Royce’ flagship R&D venture, has gathered 29 research and industry partners to look into novel ways for producing hydrogen and methane from renewables. Interim results relate to new electrolysis systems near to wind parks, and the use of green gas in car engines.
Joe M. Kang, President of the International Gas Union (IGU), has highlighted the role of natural gas as an enabler of the energy transition. Speaking at the 50th GECF Gas Lecture Series, he criticised the “lack of a global approach” on how to ensure clean, secure and affordable energy given that “renewables cannot yet replace hydrocarbons.”
London-based Lloyd’s Register, classification society for ships as well as oil and gas infrastructure, has created a new tool for its users to track non-conforming oil and gas assets through to resolution. The tool not only identifies events but ensures that action is taken before issues become a tangible environmental, economic or safety threat.
Raising the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is seen as a tool for US Democrats to obstruct upstream gas projects, notably fracking leases. Energy Aspects believes the bar for federal approval of new fossil fuel infrastructure will rise once the Democrats gain majority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in July.
The UK government has committed to invest £3 million to kick-start the development of a hydrogen transport hub in Tees Valley – a process that could create up to 5,000 new jobs in the North East. If all goes to plan, the hub could be fully operational by 2025.
Shenzhen Energy has contracted Siemens Energy to supply two 460 MW F-class turbines for the Phase-2 expansion of the Fengda combined-cycle gas power plant. Located in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, the CCGT is scheduled to go into full operation in 2023.
Japan’s largest LNG importer and power producer JERA has submitted the environmental impact assessment and scoping document for Units 7&8 at its Chita Thermal Power Station. The plan involves the decommissioning of the ageing coal-fired Units 1 through 5, and replacing them with two LNG-fuelled combined-cycle power units with 63.2% thermal efficiency.
New Fortress Energy (NFE) has reached a final investment decision (FID) on its first ‘Fast LNG’ modular liquefaction plant. With a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), the plant will provide low-cost gas supply to NFE’s growing customer base. CEO Wes Edens said: “Fast LNG liquefiers should allow us to produce LNG between an expected $3-4 MMBtu.”
India’s first high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link has been commissioned by Siemens and Sumitomo Electric to counter the electricity deficit in India’s southern region and improve the grid stability. The 2,000 MW interconnector allows the TSO to optimise energy flows between Pugalur in the southern state Tamil Nadu and Trichur in Kerala on India’s south-western coast.
Israel-based GenCell has designed a non-metal based catalyst, following 6 years of research to reduce cost. In the process, GenCell removed the noble metal platinum from its nickel-based catalyst compound, CEO Rami Reshef explained. Instead, it developed a cracker that extracts hydrogen from liquid ammonia to generate electricity by means of alkaline fuel cells.
Two smart charging technologies – Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and Vehicle to Building (V2B) – have been launched by Virta and Marubeni in the UK. With V2G, the charged electricity from a car battery can be pushed back into the grid, giving National Grid a tool for on-demand power supply to balance rising volumes of intermittent renewable energy.