Projects & Finance

Elering, Estonia’s national TSO, has contracted Siemens Energy to build three synchronous condensers, based on the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS). The units, set to stabilise the grid and integrate intermittent renewable power supply, are due to be commissioned successively between April 2023 and May 2024.

Myanmar’s Thanlyin LNG-to-Power venture has reached its full capacity in December, having ramped up fuel supplies and electricity output to an equivalent of 350 MW since June. The scale-up was helped by the arrival of its permanent floating storage unit (FSU), called CNTIC VPower Energy.

Doosan Heavy Industries has contracted Air Liquide to provide engineering and procurement of a hydrogen liquefier for a H2 plant under construction in Changwon, South Korea. The plant is intended to produce 5 tons of liquid hydrogen per day starting from early 2023.

General Electric has synchronised two GT13E2 gas turbines to Iraq’s national grid at the Zubair power plant that support Basra Oil Company’s upstream operations at the Zubair oil field. The two new turbines take the plant’s total generation capacity up to 700 MW.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has selected Emerson to install digital technologies across its power plant fleet. The Magnolia project is part of TVA’s five-year, $110 million investment that will enhance the 980 MW combined-cycle unit to generate up to 50% more electricity from the same fuel, once upgraded in 2022.

Korea Southern Power Co (KOSPO) will use the first GE 7HA.03 gas turbine in South Korea in its Shinsejong combined-cycle power plant in Sejong, developed as a ‘smart city’ by 2030. GE will install the flexible 60 Hertz gas turbine at the CCGT with its consortium partner Daewoo E&C.

General Electric has completed a major overhaul of a 9E.03 gas turbine at the Al Qudus power plant in Iraq on behalf of the country’s energy ministry. The revamped plant now generates an additional 125 MW of electricity on top of its existing 1,125 MW capacity.

Installation of the first 750 MW gas turbine at the 3,200 MW Bac Lieu power plant in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta will start in early 2021. The Singapore-based investor Delta Offshore Energy will sell all electricity from the LNG-to-Power project to Vietnam Electricity starting from 2023.

Europe’s largest power producer Uniper has contracted Siemens Energy to upgrade two grid stabilisation plants in the UK. Synchronous condensers will be installed, or retrofitted, at the Grain power plant in Kent and at the Killingholme plant in Lincolnshire, both due operational in 2021.

RWE Generation will install 11 units of GE’sLM2500XPRESS technology, based on aeroderivative gas turbines, to deliver 300 MW of reserve power at Biblis to help stabilise the grid in southern Germany. The novel power plant is 95% factory-assembled for fast and easy site installation.

Argentina’s largest energy company YPF has started up the La Plata Cogeneration II plant, powered by a GE 6F gas turbine. The new block adds 90 MW to the existing 128 MW capacity, providing electricity and steam for an industrial complex in the city of Ensenada, near Buenos Aires.

Pakistan’s Lucky Cement has ordered an additional three Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines to power new cement lines at its factory in Pezu. The onsite power plant is currently running with ten engines but that has not been enough for the enlarged cement production.

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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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