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The spin-off Siemens Energy has decided to locate is corporate headquarters in Berlin, where the mother company was founded in 1847. CEO Christian Bruch was quick to point out the choice of Berlin will not distract from the important functions of other locations across Germany – notably Mühlheim and Erlangen.

Investment in U.S. generating capacity is dominated by gas power units due to its cheap capacity costs. Though construction costs for solar PV more than halved to $1,848 and costs for onshore wind fell to $1,382, both lose out on gas-fired units which cost just $837 per capacity added.

US engineering giant GE has decided to exit the market for new-build coal power plants in a bid to transform the structure of the company. “We are focused on power generation businesses that have attractive economics and a growth trajectory,” said Russel Stokes, CEO of GE Power Portfolio.

Gazprom Export’s electronic sales platform is offering new trade tools, enabling buyers to choose from several delivery points and allowing volumes to vary on a daily basis. The pricing of these new contracts can now be linked to different energy carriers and gas indexes.

A cold start to winter across Northeast Asia could boost demand and widen spreads between the Japan Korea Marker (JKM) and the Dutch TTF trading hub for Nov-20 and Dec-20 contracts. If JKM-TTF spreads widen to $0.71 per MMBtu, Asian buyers will rush to snap up US spot LNG cargoes.

The U.S. economy still runs largely of fossil fuels, with petroleum, gas and coal accounting for 80% of both domestic energy production and consumption. Renewables account for just over 12% of the energy mix and nuclear for the remaining 8%, with little drive towards green energy sources except for California.

To reach net-zero emissions globally by 2070, the industry needs to “dramatically scale up clean energy technologies” particularly in areas beyond the power sector. The International Energy Agency (IEA) hence compiled over 800 options to curb emissions, e.g. shuttering inefficient coal power plants, steel mills and cement kilns.

Gas-fired power plants in China a struggling to stay afloat as profits are squeezed by Beijing’s reduction in regulated power tariffs. Since June, tariffs for electricity generated from gas have been cut by 16% to 28% in key coastal provinces to bolster energy-intensive industries amid trade tensions with the U.S.

Global gas demand is recovering from the Covid-19-related “dip” and grows robustly over the next 15 years, spurred by coal-to-gas switching in China, India and Southeast Asia, the Rapid Scenario of BP’s Global Energy Outlook shows. From 2035, however the impetus from Asia fades and gas demand falls back to 2018-levels.

Gas prices at the Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) are set to fall in the near term as the rebound in global LNG prices is encouraging more pipeline gas deliveries to Europe. Analysts at Energy Aspects see supply coming back from the Troll field in Norway, as well as from Algeria to Spain.

Rising use of coal bed methane (CBM) for power generation could make the global CBM market reach $25.2 billion by 2027, growing at an annual rate of 5.9%. CBM, a pure form of natural gas, is often supported by tax incentives and carbon offsets which increases the attractiveness of the fuel.

Spot price differentials between regional U.S. gas trading hub and the benchmark Henry Hub have narrowed in the first half of 2020 amid lower production and a Covid-19-related plunge in demand. Basis prices are set to stay narrow at most hubs, with Winter 2020/21 forward basis swaps for SoCal Citygate and Waha Hub averaging $1.11/MMBtu and -$0.47/MMBtu.

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News in Brief

Growth in turbine air filtration tops 3%

July 22 – The turbine air filtration market is expected to grow 3.27% annually from $1.92 billion in 2020 to reach $2.29 billion in 2026. Demand from the oil & gas industry and electric utilities had plunged during the corona crisis and subsequent economic downturn, but the latest trend towards clean energy is driving robust growth for turbine air filtration which can be widely and easily applied in the power sector.

US oil exports stay high

July 21 – Despite volatile prices, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020 and remained strong this year, averaging 3.51 million barrels per day (b/d). Expanded ports at Houston and Corpus Christi allow for oil to be exported from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Basin.

CVEC to be converted to hydrogen

July 20 – Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is taking steps to run the  combined-cycle plants on hydrogen. Works to convert the plant will be carried out by GE and are scheduled to start in late 2022. One of three GE 7F.05 gas turbines at CVEC will be introduced to a 5% hydrogen blend with natural gas.

MAN ETES labelled solar impulse efficient

July 16 – MAN Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label by independent auditors. In January, the German manufacturer supplied to ETES heat pumps to DIN Forsyning for a heat and power plant in the Danish port city Esbjerg.

Electricity sales to US industry rebounds

July 14 – Economic recovery has caused a 5.1% rise electricity sales to US industry this year, dwarfing 2.8% more retail sales and a 2.1% rise in the commercial sector as many office workers continue working from home. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) acting administrator, Steve Nalley, called the rebound in electricity sales to industry a “strong sign of rising levels of economic output as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.”

Solar PV to triple in Asia by 2030

July 13 – Asia Pacific solar photovoltaic capacity could triple to 1,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, China will add 619 GW of mainly utility-scale capacity while most other nations in Asia prefers distributed solar due to land constraints. Solar PV tends to be backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage, forming hybrid power units.

Kinder Morgan closes on Stagecoach assets

July 12 – US energy infrastructure major Kinder Morgan has closed its acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services. The deal include 4 gas storage facilities with a 41 bcf working gas capacity and a transmission network with multiple interconnects to major interstate pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Stagecoach assets add to Kinder Morgan’s approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Dortmund cancels electrotechnik fair

July 9 – The elektrotechnik fair, planned for 29 September to 1 October 2021, will now not be taking place in Dortmund due to requests from the industry. The next trade fair for building, industrial, energy and lighting technology will now open its doors again in spring 2023.

Hitachi to change name of ABB Power Grids

July 7 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids will become Hitachi Energy in October. The Japanese manufacturer bought a controlling stake in ABB’s grid business a year ago and is about to fully take the name of the merged company while expanding its direction towards e-mobility and data centres.

Tapping wind energy for hydrogen

July 6 – Spanish utility Naturgy and the gas grid operator Enagás are evaluating the use of 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity to produce green hydrogen. The fuel will be used to decarbonise the steel industry and shipyard in northwest Spain.

EU seeks to expand Green Deal to Africa

July 5 – The European Green Deal should be expanded to also include African states as partners, the German development minister Gerd Müller said. Green hydrogen production in Africa, in his view, should be a “cornerstone for economic cooperation with the Europe.”

Decom Engineering updates PCR

July 2 – Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has invested more than £700,000 to develop tools for repurposing and clean decommissioning of energy infrastructure. Through updated Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) equipment, decommissioned or surplus pipelines can be cleaned of multiple coatings, so they can be repurposed for used on other projects.

Cummins buys half of Momentum Fuels

July 1 – Cummins has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. The transaction is expected to close before year-end, and the combined venture will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

Gazprom evaluates cost of grey hydrogen

June 30 – Scientific studies by Gazprom and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) seek to solve technical challenges in producing grey hydrogen through steam reforming in the most cost-efficient way, as well as transporting the fuel to end-users. The findings of the studies will be factored into Gazprom's sustainable development scenarios up to 2050.

Redox about to overtake Li-ion batteries

June 28 – Li-ion batteries have dominated the energy storage field, but are expected to lose their leading role in stationary applications. According to IDTechEx findings, Redox flow batteries are gaining traction and are likely to overtake the installed Li-ion battery energy capacity before the end of 2030.

B&W proceeds with waste-to-energy projects

June 25 – Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) renewable segment has received limited notice to proceed for a waste-to-energy project in Europe as it finalizes terms for a $24 million contract with the customer. Ohio-based B&W said it looks to capitalize on an estimated addressable market of more than $7 billion in Europe over the next three years.

Japan’s gas-burn on the rise

June 24 – LNG imports for power generation in Japan have rebounded with steady volumes from the Middle East and Australia and higher cargo numbers from Russia and the US, though LNG deliveries were outpaced by thermal coal shipments. The May 2021 LNG shipments amounted to 4.95 million tonnes, or around 73 cargoes, a 8.2% rise on volumes received in May 2020, according to trade figures by the Japanese finance ministry.

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