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Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States have seen a steep 11% fall in 2020 primarily because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Within the US power sector, emissions from coal declined the most, at 19%, while gas-related emission rose by 3% amid a general trend towards more gas generation.

WhiteWater Midstream is holding an open season for up to 2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of firm storage capacity at the Waha Gas Storage in Texas. The bidding process started Monday this week and will conclude at 5 pm local time on May 21. Services for the contracted gas storage capacity will start on July 1, 2022.

EDF Energy has found a buyer for its only gas-fired power plant in the UK. The US investment firm EIG agreed to acquire the 1.332 MW West Burton B unit along with an integrated 49 MW energy storage. Both parties want to close the deal as soon as possible, EFD said, pending regulatory approvals.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged policy makers to help implement “massive improvements on efficiency” in the run up to the COP26 climate conference in November. The 2015 Paris Agreement pledges to mobilise $100 billion per year in investment for developing countries, but donor nations do not fully honour their commitments.

Electricity consumption in the United States is rebounding as the economy and private households are starting to get to grips with the pandemic. Government analysts expect US electricity use will rise by 2.1% in 2021 – driven by demand from industry – after having plunged 3.8% in 2020.

Firmer prices at Henry Hub have reduced the gas use for power generation in the United States. Gas-burn is forecast to fall 0.4%, compared to 2020 levels, lowering overall gas consumption in 2021 to 82.9 Bcf per day. Meanwhile, US LNG exports are picking up as Asian economies recover.

PW Power Systems has changed its name to Mitsubishi Power Aero as of April 1 even though its headquarters will remain in Lake Mary, in the U.S. state of Florida. Adopting the Mitsubishi brand is part of a wider effort to apply synergies and better leverage resources and technologies of Mitsubishi Power Aero’s Japanese parent company.

To power their economies 100% with renewables, G20 countries would require 3,526 GW flexible generating assets. The capacity to balance the grid could come from 2,594 MW energy storage and 993 MW flexible gas power plants, Wärtsilä modelling shows. The Finish OEM just launched the 34SG Balancer engine capable to ramp to 10 MW in two minutes.

New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed to supply the Mexican state-owned power producer CFE with the equivalent of 20,000-40,000 million British thermal units (MMBtu) of LNG via an import terminal, under construction at the port of Pichilingue, Baja California Sur. NFE said the regas terminal will be commissioned and start supplying gas to CFE in May 2021.

Australia’s AGL Energy will split into two – one retail power and gas utility and one infrastructure firm that holds the company’s power plant assets. The AGL board is pursuing a spin-off strategy in what it calls a “structural separation process," targeting to confirm and execute the transaction by end of FY2021.

Significant amounts of new-built battery storage capacity is needed in the US to balance growing intermittent energy supply from renewables. According to the EIA’s 2021 Outlook, which reflects current laws and regulations, over 59 gigawatts (GW) of battery storage will serve the grid in 2050.

KARMOL, a joint venture between Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines, has taken delivery of the first LNG-to-Power floating storage and regas unit (FSRU) which is currently undergoing sea trials before being deployed in Senegal. The converted Dwiputra, now named KARMOL LNGT Powership Africa, will supply LNG-powered electricity to the West African country.

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News in Brief

CCUS market to reach nearly $3bn in 2025

Oct 25 – The global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) market will grow from $1.30 billion in 2020 to $1.46 billion in 2021, according to ResearchAndMarket estimates. The rebound comes as companies return to normal operations and sales, after a pandemic-related slowdown. Analysts expect the market will keep growing at a rate of nearly 20% annually to reach $2.97 billion by 2025.

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to Sanlorenzo

Sept 27 – Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will become one of the leading engine suppliers for Sanlorenzo, delivering MTU 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. A framework contract from 2022 through 2024 has been signed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shell exits Permian Basin

Sept 24 – Royal Dutch Shell has sold all its upstream interested in US Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash. Shell’s assets in the Permian include around 225,000 net acres with a current production of around 175,000 barrels per day equivalent.

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