Reaching Net Zero emission means reducing fossil fuel use, but gas-burn is still forecast rise through 2040 – amid a lack of alternatives. The phase-out of coal and nuclear power in Germany requires gas generation to change from providing baseload to backup power and meeting residual loads.

India’s spike in Covid19 cases has made utility buyers sell LNG cargoes heading to the country as energy demand dropped amid calls for another nationwide lockdown. Six to seven LNG cargoes are already diverted, Kpler ship tracking data shows, and four tankers switched to floating storage.

Rebounding spot prices at Henry Hub have prompted US utilities to switch from natural gas-fuelled power plants to renewables and thermal coal units. The Henry Hub spot price averaged $2.66 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in April and is forecast to rise to $3.05/MMBtu later this year.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has captured the top gas turbine market share (29%) by megawatt in the first quarter of 2021, according to McCoy data. It also secured 40.8% of the heavy-duty gas turbine segment, amid strong order intake for Series Air-Cooled (JAC) turbines.

Japan’s largest power producer JERA will be working with Yara to upgrade its Pilbara fertilizer plant in Australia to produce blue ammonia – a promising, emission-free fuel. Blue and green ammonia from Pilbara will be shipped to Japan, for co-firing JERA’s gas power plants.

US natural gas production has slowly recovered from a plunge in February when a record-breaking cold snap caused production freeze-offs at US oil and gas wells, sending wholesale electricity prices soaring. Texas suffered blackouts and fuel supply shortages, as the state’s gas production fell 4.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), or 15%, to 21.5 Bcf/d.

Anatol Feygin, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Cheniere Energy, is bullish on forward margins for LNG shipments this spring. Asian buyers are expanding regas terminals and pipelines, he noted, with gas-fired power generation set to become the second-highest growth segment in China, India and Southeast Asia after renewables in terms of capacity additions.

Trucking LNG to remote demand centres has surged in China amid a policy push to switch from coal to natural gas in power generation. Pipeline networks take years to develop, hence LNG trucking increased to 8.8 million tons in the first quarter of 2021, up 45.2% year-on-year.

South Korea, the world’s third-largest LNG importer, will likely see natural gas demand rise 15% over the next 12 years as the country transitions from coal to gas generation and renewables. The energy ministry forecasts gas demand will amount to 41.7 million this year, and grow to 47.9 mt by 2034.

If the world takes decisive actions to limit global warming to 2°C by 2050, the scale of change is likely to unravel the energy industry. “Progressive electrification will squeeze the most polluting hydrocarbons out of the energy mix,” Wood Mackenzie says, forecasting oil demand will take a hit while gas demand remains resilient.

The rapid build-out of Philippine LNG import and power project puts many assets at risk of becoming stranded. The total investment in ports, LNG regas facilities, pipelines and power plants is estimated at over $13.6 billion (PHP 653.5bn), but much might be underutilized, analysts warned, as renewables become cheaper.

Siemens Energy today posted a substantial rise in second quarter orders, up 39% to €10.5 billion, driven by the wind turbine segment. However, the German OEM lowered the upper end of its revenue growth forecast for fiscal 2021 to 3-8%, amid weaker-than-expected demand and project delays.

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News in Brief

Howden powers methanol plant

July 29 – Howden will deliver a hydrogen compressor to Johnson Matthey to serve the world’s first methanol plant that harnesses energy from the wind, in Patagonia, Chile. The Haru Oni project will deliver around 900,000 litres per year of e-methanol as early as 2022 and will be scaled up to 550 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2026.

Bloom SOFCs to power micro plant in South Korea

July 28 – California-based Bloom Energy, in cooperation with SK ecoplant, will install solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Donghae City, South Korea. The CHP will provide heat and warm water for the nearby Bukpyung sports center. Construction on the project is slated to start this autumn.

Shanghai Electric to digitalise factories

July 27 – Shanghai Electric has entered a partnership with AI Investment Fund at the WAIC 2021 conference to provide digital solutions to industrial parks and medical institutions. Yang Hong, Vice President of Shanghai Electric said the aim is to help industries to minimise emissions and waste while maintaining low unit costs.

Slow LNG uptake in Africa

July 26 – In Africa, the uptake of LNG imports to new markets has been slow. Both Ghana’s 1.7 million tons per annum (mtpa) Tema LNG and Senegal’s 1.0 mtpa Dakar Powership are still awaiting their first LNG deliveries, though their respective FSRUs Vasant and Karmol LNGt Powership Africa have been in place since June.

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.

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