Projects & Finance

Metaenergia Group has contracted Wärtsilä to supply six gas-fired power plants with 380 MW combined capacity to different locations throughout Italy to help balance the grid. The plants are due operational by June 2022, just in time for the start of Italy’s new capacity market.

YPF Luz, part of the Argentinean oil and gas company YPF, is running the Central Térmica Manantiales Behr on associated gas from its oil production operations. The 58 MW peaking unit is powered by five Wärtsilä 31SG engines and was built by the Finish manufacturer under a full EPC contract.

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has stepped up its hydrogen production target in the UK to 1.8 GW, following a visit of Britain’s Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to Oslo. The aim is to add 1.2 GW capacity to fuel Keadby Hydrogen, the world’s first 100% hydrogen-fired power plant under development together with SSE.

Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has received an order for a 180 MW combined-cycle power plant fired by blast furnace gas (BFG). Driven by a M701SDAX gas turbine, the CCGT will be built on behalf of the Chinese steelmaker Jiangsu Shagang and is due operational in 2023.

One M501JAC gas turbine has been shipped from Mitsubishi Power Americas to Marlim Azul Energia's power project in Macae, Rio de Janeiro. The fuel-efficient 565 MW unit, due operational in January 2023, will enable Marlim to backup intermittent renewable power supply and turn pre-salt gas into attractively-priced electricity.

Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric have developed a reference design aimed at powering lithium mine operations where there is no access to a grid supply of electricity. The end-to-end design ensures total process expenses are economically viable, notably costs for consulting, project design, the power infrastructure, equipment delivery, installation and commissioning.

Green energy company EI-H2 has appointed Worley to develop the concept design for Ireland’s first green hydrogen production facility. To be built at a cost of €120 million, the 50 MW plant in County Cork will supply over 20 tonnes of green hydrogen per day for industrial use and power generation, once operational in 2023.

GE gas turbine technology will power Australia’s first natural gas and hydrogen-fired power unit at the Tallawarra B station in New South Wales. The 316 MW Tallawarra B unit, driven by a 9F.05 gas turbine, helps to stabilize the grid in the face of the closure of the 1,680 MW Liddell coal power plant in 2023.

Finnish utility Vantaa Energy has engaged Wärtsilä to pre-engineer and develop a Power-to-Gas (P2G) plant. Due commissioned in early 2025, it would be the first P2G plant in Finland to produce carbon-neutral, synthetic methane on a commercial scale with a fuel capacity of 10 MW.

Norwegian transmission system operator Lyse Elnett has contracted Siemens Energy to build new substations and modernise existing ones in the Sør-Rogaland region. Under an 8-year framework agreement, worth up to €200 million, the TSO will eliminate fluorinated gases in their substations by adopting Siemens’ clean air insulated switchgear.

Siemens Energy will build a remote-controlled, gas power plant in Leipheim, in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria. Owned by LEAG, the 300 MW plant will only be dispatched on request of the TSO Amprion to ensure grid stability in an emergency.

Energy investment rebounded 10% worldwide so far in 2021, making up most of what it lost last year due to the pandemic, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. By the end of the 2020s, however, capital spending on clean energy projects needs to surge sevenfold to above $1 trillion to reach Net-Zero emissions by 2050.

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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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