Projects & Finance

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has signed a preliminary deal with Uzbekistan’s energy ministry to expedite a Comprehensive Service and Maintenance Program (CSMP) for the country’s thermal power plants.

MAN Energy Solutions and China National Heavy Machinery Corporation (CHMC) have jointly won a contract to build a 200 MW power station in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. While CHMC will carry out engineering, procurement and construction, MAN will deliver and commission the plant’s eleven 18V51/60DF engines.

Two new steam turbine units have been commissioned at the Shirvan Combined Cycle Power Plant in North Khorasan Province, Iran. The two 320 MW units were built at a cost of $260 million, according Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) has connected of the fourth unit of its Ubari Gas Power Station  (640 MW) to the public electricity grid. Unit-4 used to operate on crude oil but has been revamped to run on cleaner-burning natural gas instead.

Some 43 MAN gas engines – installed at EDF-run power plants on the French islands of Reunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Corsica – have surpassed the symbolic mark of one million hours’ running time. The record was reached at four power plants built by MAN between June 2012 and April 2015 on behalf of EDF Production Électrique Insulaire.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is getting ready to deploy a floating storage and regas unit (FSRU) offshore Hong Kong to supply regasified LNG for the 2.5 GW Black Point and 3.7 GW Lamma Island Power Stations from 2021. The LNG cargoes will be delivered by Shell Eastern Trading.

MODEC’s latest floating production, storage, and offloading vessel – the ‘Eni Mexico Area 1 FPSO’ – will be powered by three Siemens  SGT-A35 gas turbine power generation packages. Due operational in 2021, the FPSO will operate some 6 miles off the coast of Mexico in a field owned by Eni and Qatar Petroleum.

The Iraqi developer Maisan Power Company (MPC) and CITIC Construction have selected Siemens to supply the entire power generation equipment for the 840 MW Maisan combined-cycle power plant in southern Iraq. According to Siemens, the contract is worth more than 284 million Euros and the Maisan CCGT is due fully operational in early 2022.

Australian-listed Energy World Corp (EWC) has added two gas compressors at its LNG regas plant at Kampung Baru to boost gas flows to its 315 MW power station at Sengkang, South Sulawesi. By ensuring flexible supply, EWC seeks to extend its power purchase agreement with the Indonesian national utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara beyond September 2022.

Chicago-based J-Power USA, part of Electric Power Development Co. of Japan, has started construction of the 1,200 MW Jackson Generation Project in Will County, Illinois. Once operational, the Jackson CCGT will feed all electricity into the PJM market zone.

Dubai-based Lloyds Energy has proposed to realize a 1,200 MW merchant power plant, fuelled by regasified LNG, in the Philippines. The integrated LNG-to-Power project is meant to be built in partnership with the Japanese turbine manufacturer Mitsubishi.

Volkswagen AG has tasked Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPS Europe) to replace two coal-fired blocks at its ‘Heizkraftwerk West’ CHP plant, with a gas-fired double power block. The new units will be built on a turnkey basis on VW’s automotive factory grounds in Wolfsburg, northern Germany.

GE Power was awarded the tender for supplying a variable speed drive system to Oman LNG as part of its debottlenecking project. Installation of new 18 MW two-pole motors and variable speed drives is set to increase Oman LNG’s overall production at project completion across three liquefaction trains.

J-Power USA Development has ordered two M501JAC power trains from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) for the 1,298 MW Jackson Generation Project in Elwood, Illinois. The new combined-cycle gas power plant will also feature MHPS-TOMONI Very Low Load (VLL) technology which helps to balance intermittent renewable generation.

MAN Energy Solutions has commissioned three 14V51/60 gas and another three dual-fuel engines in a newly-built power plant on the North Mole in Gibraltar Harbor. Part of the waste heat from the engines will be used for regasifying liquified natural gas in the connected LNG terminal.

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News in Brief

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.

Fuel switch could abate 1.2bn tons of CO2

July 19 – Some 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 could be abated by switching to gas using existing infrastructure, if prices and regulation are supportive. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this would be enough to bring global CO2 emissions back down to where they were in 2013.

IEA launches methane tracker

July 18 – A new ‘methane tracker’, launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA), provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions by drawing on the best available data. Analysts stressed methane emissions could be reduced by nearly half at no net cost.

Canada’s CO2 tax also affects gas power

July 17 – Change in Canada’s carbon tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could cause SaskPower to reconsider its planned upcoming Moose Jaw gas power station.

MAN, Daewoo, HSD partner on engine digitalization

July 16 – MAN Energy Solutions, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and HSD Engine (HSD) have signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the field of marine engine systems digitization. The three companies also work together on auxiliary systems and data analysis, aiming to apply part of their know-how to power generation and related sectors.

Canada launches first utility-scale smart microgid

July 15 – The Ontario-based municipal utility North Bay Hydro Services is cooperating with the smart grid solutions firm S&C Electric to launch Canada’s first utility-scale microgrid system. Among some solar power, the 789KW microgrid system will be powered by two 265kW natural gas generators.

Macquarie funds Mexican power plant

July 12 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

B&V launches distributed energy group

July 11 – Black & Veatch has launched a dedicated distributed energy group to place its conventional power business in the context of the global energy transition. The distribute energy group will look into new fuel sources such as hydrogen and aspires to “re-power the more-than-century-old power industry.”

Funding secured for Kazah CHP project

July 10 – Kazinform Erg has committed to spend $500 million on a gas cogeneration station that will provide heat and electricity to the south of Kazakhstan. Over 87% of Kazakhstan’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels, and in 2018 the country produced 107,060 billion kWh of electricity, a 3.8% increase over the previous year and enough to cover total power use of 103,228 kWh.

Bitcoin mining uses much energy

July 9 – Estimates of bitcoin’s electricity consumption are wide-ranging, on the order of 20‑80 TWh annually. According to George Kamiya, digital energy analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), bitcoin mining consumed around 45 TWh in 2018 although this has risen significantly this year. Through the first six months of 2019, bitcoin mining has already consumed an estimated 29 TWh.

Coal exit doesn’t impact Germany's supply security

July 8 – Electricity supply security in Germany is set to stay “very high” even as the country begins to phase out coal-fired power generation, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said in a monitoring report. “Energy supply is adequately ensured”, the ministry said, in all scenarios examined up to 2030. Thereafter, things are less clear but the German Coal Commission is adamant that its proposal to exit coal power by 2038 is feasible and won’t seriously impact reserve margins.

Hydrogen demo plant starts in Adelaide

July 5 – The Australian Gas Networks (AGN), part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), has received A$4.9 million in government funding for an A$11.4m hydrogen electrolyser demonstration project at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. At the test site, AGN plans to blend 5% renewable hydrogen with natural gas for supply to customers using its existing gas distribution networks. The project is based on a Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, running based on wind and solar power.

Wärtsilä forms biogas solution

July 4 – Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions, specialists in biogas upgrading technology, has merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team to create a one-stop-shop service for biofuel production. Having installed the world’s largest bioLNG facility in Skogn, Norway, Wärtsilä will deliver two more bio-LNG plants to customers in Scandinavia. The company’s Puregas CA process recovers more than 99.9% of the biomethane present in raw biogas.

PNM to close San Juan Generating Station

July 3 — New Mexico's largest energy holding, PNM Resources, has filed an application to the Public Regulation Commission to close the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. For replacement power, PNM said the preferred option was a mix of gas power plants, solar and wind farms and new battery storage facilities. The utility strives to be ‘emissions-free’ by 2040.

ADB opens office in Singapore

July 2 — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to open an office in Singapore. The lean office with twelve staff will focus on the expansion of its private sector operations, e.g. through Public-Private Partnerships. “We estimate that developing Asia will need $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure investments until 2030 to maintain the region’s growth momentum,” commented Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat.

Testing starts at Haliade-X

July 1 – Technology testing has started at GE’s Haliade-X, the world’s biggest offshore wind turbine. The 12 MW nacelle and 107-metre long blade was shipped to the UK as part of an advanced technology testing program, focused on enhancing the platform before it enters into serial production in 2021.

Tata to build UK’s first CCUS plant

June 28 – Tata Chemicals has announced plans to build the UK’s first industrial-scale Carbon Capture, Usage and Demonstration plant at its Northwich industrial site. The CCUD unit will be built at an estimated cost of£16.7 million and is planned to start operation in 2021. It will make use of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and turn it into sodium bicarbonate, which can then be sold to pharmaceutical industries.