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US engine manufacturer Cummins has secured its first project win for its new gas-fuelled C25G generator in China, offering 500kW of continuous power as well as heat and cooling for an 18 floor office block in Shandong Province.

Indonesia-based Risco Energy Solutions has contracted Chart Industries to provide LNG storage tanks, ISO containers, trailers, mobile equipment and fuelling stations. The accord comes in response to plans by state oil company PT Pertamina and electric utility PLN (Persero) to expand the power and gas infrastructure across the island nation.

Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T India) and Siemens Energy have applied a new method to successfully conduct a remote steam blowing of the gas turbine at the 400 MW Bibiyana South power plant in Bangladesh. The steam blowing was carried out from Erlangen, Germany, owing to the Covid-19 situation.

Carbon emissions will remain “stubbornly high” for another 15 years, the Norwegian classification society DNV GL says, though global emissions from energy use are forecast to fall 15% in the years through 2035. The oil & gas industry will still account for over 80% of energy-related emissions in 2050.

U.S. liquefaction plant developer Venture Global sees LNG-fuelled power generation as “a counter” to China’s building spree of new coal power units. By turning to LNG, utilities can “regain control of the energy transition in the post-Covid-19 era," Venture Global co-founder Michael Sabel told the Gastech Virtual Summit.

Energy storage markets in the United States staged a staggering 72% growth in the second quarter, with 168 MW new-built capacity. That's the highest quarterly total on record, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), falling just behind Q4-2019 when 186.4 MW were added.

Taiwan’s CTCI Corp and consortium partner GE have won a multi-billion dollar EPC contract to add five combined-cycle power units at two power stations by 2024. The new-builds are in line with government targets to increase the ratio of gas-fired power to 50% by 2025.

Angela Merkel is under growing pressure to end her support for the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Leading CDU party members and the Green party want the German Chancellor to halt construction after the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, especially because economists say the pipeline is “unnecessary” for ensuring supply security.

Coal is losing out against natural gas in the U.S. on fuel cost; hence utilities have started to use their under-utilized coal power units to cover seasonal demand peaks. This became evident during the latest heat wave that gripped most of the United States during July and August 2020.

Global regasification capacity under construction is forecast to reach a 10-year high at 144 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2020, with China accounting for over a third of the new-built capacity. Wood Mackenzie warned, however, the expansion of the Caofeidian and Rudong LNG terminals could be delayed to 2021.

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to supply three 40-foot MTU-brand battery containers for a microgrid on the Pacific island of Rarotonga. The customer, Vector Powersmart of New Zealand, will integrate the batteries into an existing power plant run by the local utility Te Aponga Uira.

Project developers Vietnam and Myanmar have taken more risk to complete LNG import terminals in record time to help stave off looming power shortages. Hải Linh Company has built a terminal in Vũng Tàu, southeast Vietnam with a planned start-up in Q2-2021, while the small-scale Thanlyin regas terminal in Myanmar is already operational.

News in Brief

Energy storage for LNG-powered vessels

Oct 21 – Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf has asked Wärtsilä to retrofit its energy storage system (ESS) on four LNG-fuelled platform support vessels. Once upgraded in early 2022, all vessels will be of full tri-fuel operation.

Mott McDonald starts construction on ALCP6

Oct 20 – US construction firm Mott McDonald has started building the ALCP6 waste to energy project in Krabi province, southern Thailand. The plant will incinerate 144,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste, and the heat obtained will be converted into 6 MW of electricity to be exported to the Thai national grid.

Brace for EU sustainable finance rules

Oct 19 – Sustainable finance practices, drawn up by the European Commission, could create a "bureaucratic monster" that smaller companies and energy investors would find overbearing, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (ifo) warned. The regulation should hence prioritise closer scrutiny of large and listed companies.

UK could become net power exporter

Oct 16 – Increased interconnection could provide a route for excess offshore wind power in Britain to be consumed elsewhere in Europe. National Grid Interconnector Register shows up to 16 GW of interconnection could be operational by 2025 and up to 25.4 GW by 2030.

Wärtsilä to deploy GridSolv in US city

Oct 15 – AEP OnSite Partners has contracted Wärtsilä to deploy its GridSolv Quantum energy storage in the city of Martinsville, Virginia. The system includes an UL9540A limiting 2-hour battery firewall and will help lower the city’s energy costs.

Rolls-Royce spends $13.9m in Mankato

Oct 14 – Britain’s engine maker Rolls-Royce has decided to invest nearly $14 million in its Power System business to build a new R&D centre at its MTU manufacturing plant in Mankato, Minnesota, US. The expansion will see 28,000 square foot added to the facility’s existing hall, making room for the production of high-power MTU gas gensets, enhanced product testing and the creation of 20 new manufacturing positions.

Clarke commissions Vitalait power unit in Tunisia

Oct 13 – Clarke Energy and INNIO Jenbacher have completed the commissioning of an onsite power plant of a milk producer in Tunisia. The installation of another Jenbacher gas engine has increased the plant’s output to 4 MW of electricity as well as 1,100 kW of hot water and 800 kW of steam.

Secondary battery market to top $55bn

Oct 12 – Technavio expects the secondary battery market to grow by $55.62 billion through 2024, rising at an 11% rate over the forecast period. Falling costs for lithium-ion batteries as well as growing demand in Asia Pacific allowed the market to grow 2.01% this year, despite adverse effects of the pandemic. Top battery suppliers are Tesla, Clarious, Exide, LG Chem, GS Yuasa and Samsung.

Shift to sustainable tech

Oct 9 – Three quarters of utilities, surveyed by EIT InnoEnergy, are considering adopting sustainable technology over the next 12-18 months. However, over one third of the respondents found it hard to recruit the skills they need.

Generator rentals slow

Oct 8 – The rental market for power generators has slowed down due to the pandemic, with genset rentals from the oil and gas industry forecast to grow by just $153.87 million this year. However, Technavio expects the market will return to a 3% annual growth rate by 2024.

GE upgrades Italian CHP

Oct 7 – GE has completed an axial fuel staging upgrade on its 9E gas turbine at an onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Milazzo refinery in Sicily. The entire electricity needs of the refinery, over 780 GWh in 2019, will soon be supplied by the upgraded and more flexible gas turbine.

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 6 – GE Digital’s latest software gives electric utilities remote and mobile control over their power stations for remote start-up, external monitoring and operational fine-tuning. The goal is to safe cost through autonomous operation from any location.

Chart wins order from New Fortress Energy

Oct 5 – Chart Industries has secured a second leasing order, worth $7.7 million, for ISO containers for LNG applications from New Fortress Energy for a project in the Caribbean. The US equipment maker sees double digit near-term growth in its repair, service and leasing business, notably from growing demand for LNG equipment for infrastructure.

Siemens energises Togo

Oct 2 – Siemens Energy has delivered a SGT-800 gas turbine and other components for the Kékéli Efficient Power plant project. Located in the Togolese capital Lomé, the 65 MW plant will cover almost 40% of country’s expected electricity demand.

Batteries get cheaper

Oct 1 – Cost for battery production is falling rapidly as manufacturers bring large Gigafactories on-line. By 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance anticipates battery pack prices to drop to $73 per kilowatt-hour, down from a current volume-weighted average of below $270/kWh.

Barclays may help fund Rolls-Royce

Sept 30 – UK’s prime engine maker Rolls-Royce is understood to be close to getting fresh financing from Barclays Bank. The Derby-based company, however, insists no final decision has been taken on the precise amount that may be raised or any allotment of shares to any investor.

Petronas to truck LNG to off-grid users

Sept 29 – Petronas Dagangan Group is gearing up to build a LNG truck delivery service for off-grid customers in Peninsular Malaysia. Trucks fitted with cryogenic tanks will bring the super-chilled fuel to remote industries and small-scale power generators with no access to the natural gas grid. Malaysia’s Peninsular Gas Utilisation (PGU) pipeline is only 2,500 kilometers in length and was initially built to export gas to Singapore.

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