Projects & Finance

A heavy haul truck, carrying an INNIO gas engine weighing  93 metric tons from the Austrian town of Jenbach, has reached Saarbrücken, Germany. Four further J920 FleXtra engines will follow to form the heart of a new combined heat and power plant (CHP), operated by Energy SaarLorLux. All five engines are due to reach Saarbrücken by March 16.

SOGEC, a joint venture between Sojitz Corp and Osaka Gas, has agreed to provide LNG to two onsite gas power plants at Acecook’s food processing factories in Vietnam. LNG shipping costs will be subsidized under Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and help Acecook switch its industrial power plants from coal to natural gas.

Cyprian construction company Cyfield has selected Siemens Energy to supply three SGT-800 gas turbines for the Mari combined-cycle power plant. Start-up of the upgraded CCGT is scheduled for 2023 – in time for the arrival of first LNG at Cyprus regas terminal, currently under construction.

On the Norwegian island of Senja, three Rolls-Royce mtu EnergyPacks will be used by the local utility Arva to research how to stabilize the public power grid and iron out voltage fluctuations. To that end, Rolls Royce will install three QL battery energy storage packs with an output of 4.25 MVA and 3.79 MWh in the fishing towns of Husøy and Senjahopen.

Works on the Lakdhanavi LNG-to-Power project in Kerawalapitiya, Sri Lanka, have started today, with the first construction phase due completed in 21 months. Once operational, the 350 MW combined-ccyle plant will provide cheaper electricity than diesel-fuelled gensets, saving of up to 15 Rupees (US$0.077) per unit.

Aggreko will help the Brazilian energy company EVA Energia install a 10 MW renewable power unit using landfill gas. The system will produce electricity from biogas derived from the Seropédica landfill near Rio de Janeiro and Mauá landfill near São Paulo, supplying energy to about 40,000 households.

US engineering company Black & Veatch has been selected by Long Ridge Energy Generation to retrofit its 485 MW combined-cycle power plant to run on a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen. Long Ridge has been working to reconfigure the plant’s GE H-class turbine to hydrogen co-firing right after it began commercial operations in August 2021.

German steel maker and industrial engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp will realise Canada’s first green hydrogen project under an EPC contract with Hydro-Québec. The project is based on an 88 MW water electrolysis plant and will produce 11,100 metric tons of green hydrogen annually. Commissioning is scheduled for late 2023.

Rolls-Royce’s MTU EnergyPack is at the center of a field test carried out by the German power grid operator Avacon in Niedersachsen. The project, named ‘energy platform Twistringen’, stimulates the functionality of a MTU battery with 1,000 kWh capacity and 800 kVA output in a local grid – run independently from Germany’s public utility power grid.

General Electric and CTCI Corp have commissioned Track 4A Power Plant, a 1,440 MW combined-cycle gas power plant on behalf of Southern Power Generation (SPG) in Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia. The plant was built by CTCI and features GE’s first 9HA.02 in combined-cycle operation today.

Guangdong Energy Group has commissioned Siemens Energy to supply two SGT5-4000F gas turbine units for the Zhaoqing Dinghu Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project. Situated in Zhaoqing City in China’s southern Guangdong Province, the plant is scheduled to start operation in 2023.

Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden (KMW) in Germany relies on Wärtsilä’s newly completed combined heat and power (CHP) plant to reach its green energy goals. The CHP provides 100 MW of electricity and feeds the excess heat into the local district heating network - enough for 40,000 family homes.

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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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