Projects & Finance

Glasgow-based Aggreko has completed commissioning of the largest flare-gas-to-power project in the Middle East to date, at 165 MW capacity. Situated nearby the Saqala field, Garmain block in Kurdistan, the modular power plant has run at full capacity for 72 hours in its final site acceptance test, marking on-time, on-budget delivery. 

Plans for H2H Saltend, Equinor’s 600 MW hydrogen production with carbon capture, have been submitted into the UK government’s cluster sequencing process. Six industrial operators back the project: Centria Storage, INEOS Acetyls, Pensana, Triton Power, Vital Energi and Vivergo Fuels. Application for H2H Saltend is now in phase-2, with results expected around May 2022.

Gencogas, the company managing power plants for the Italian utility A2A, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply a 110 MW gas-fuelled power plant to Cassano d’Adda near Milan. Powered by six Wärtsilä 50SG engines, it is meant to receive capacity payments upon operational start in early 2023.

Mitsubishi Power is working to install, test and commission three M701 JAC-class gas turbines at the Fujairah F3 combined-cycle power plant by early 2023. The 2.4 GW unit under development at Ras Al Qidfa will be the United Arab Emirate's largest power station, capable to supply 380,000 households with electricity.

Tapping the power of the sun, Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

GE’s Mistral 14 MVA power transformers have been ordered to grid-integrate Dogger Bank – Europe’s largest offshore wind farm – built in three 1.2 GW phases off the coast of northeast England. In addition, the German TSO Amprion bought two 340 MVA transformers for a synchronous condenser to deliver reactive power and grid inertia.

INNIO Waukesha Gas Engines has been selected to receive more than $2.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for new technology to reduce methane emissions. The funding will be spread over three years, whereby lab-based tests will be followed by testing and ideally field tests.

Osaka Gas of Japan has invested in AGP&D HoldCo SPV3 to become the first Japanese utility active in the City Gas Distribution business in India. AG&P City Gas holds exclusive gas sales rights for its 12 concessions in southern India and Radjasthan, and boosting the availability of city gas is hoped to accelerate the uptake of CNG [compressed natural gas] vehicles.

New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed with the Republic of Mauretania to deploy its ‘Fast LNG’ liquefaction technology to make better use of the country’s offshore gas reserves. NFE will supply gas to the existing 180 MW Somolec power plant and a new 120 MW combined-cycle unit, under development, but it will also produce LNG and green ammonia for export.

Suspension of the ambitious Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant project has amplified concerns over the prospects of this technology, though IEA chief economist Lazlo Varro said “more promising projects can be found in Japan.” In fact, Osaki CoolGen project took a “more measured approach” to scaling-up IGCCs – their new-built 166 MW oxygen-blown IGCC has been running since March.

Conrad Energy and Teledata have agreed to install 1.2 MW of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) from Bloom Energy at Teledata’s 1,500 squaremetre data centre in Manchester. Conrad will fully fund the installation of Bloom’s hydrogen-ready energy servers that help Teledata increase the operational resilience of its data centres.

Rolls-Royce will ensure a climate-neutral energy supply at the container terminal currently under construction at the port of Duisburg, Germany. The company’s power system unit MTU will supply fuel cells to cover peakload demand and a hydrogen-based combined heat and power (CHP) station.

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News in Brief

Oman inaugurates 500 MW solar plant

Jan 26 – ACWA Power has inaugurated Ibri 2, an $417 million solar power plant with a capacity of 500 MW. The large IPP will sell solar power to Oman’s national grid over a 15-year period, backed up by flexible gas power plants.

GenCell raises funds

Jan 24 – Israel-based fuel cell maker GenCell Energy has raised $35.9 million in its latest funding round. CEO Rami Reshef said the fresh capital will accelerate developments in the field of green ammonia, pursued with TDK, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.