Projects & Finance

PJSC Kazanorgsintez, one of Russia's largest chemical companies, has awarded Siemens a contract worth 290 million Euros to build 250 MW combined-cycle power plant at its manufacturing site in Tatarstan. Start of commercial operation is planned for 2023.

Regulators in Vietnam have approved the Son My 2 combined-cycle power plant, proposed by AES and PetroVietnam affiliate PV Gas. Built in Binh Thuan, south-central Vietnam, the 2,250 MW project is meant to reach financial close in 2021 and start up in 2024.

Kobelco Power Moka, part of Kobe Steel, has commissioned and started up the first unit of its 1.25 GW Moka combined-cycle gas power project in Japan. The first of two 624 MW units is now supplying electricity to Tokyo Gas which said it set a target of procuring 5 million kW of electric power in the 2020s.

South Korea’s Samsung C&T has secured a $630 million order from Reliance Bangladesh LNG & Power to build a combined-cycle gas power plant in Meghnaghat. Construction will start in October with a view to get the 718 MW plant commissioned in July 2022.

Terna, the Italian power grid operator, has awarded Ansaldo Energy and ABB a €70 million order to design, supply and maintain of three asynchronous compensator sets to help enhance grid inertia. Commissioning will be completed in 2020.

Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) will start selling half of its shares in the 1,500 MW Az-Zour North One Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) to the public today. With this move, Kuwait is seeking to attract private investors to reduce the burden on state budgets.

Vietnam has asked Japan to help fund several LNG import terminals, trying to maximise its share from Japan’s committed $10 billion investment across Asia. Vietnam needs to import LNG from 2022 and annual demand is seen rise to 15 million tons by 2035, mainly spurred by the power sector.

US-based Excelerate Energy will proceed with developing a floating LNG import terminal in the Bay of Batangas, Luzon, having received the go-ahead from the Philippines. The FSRU will supply gas to power stations in the region, ensuring stable electricity for metropolitan Manila.

Specialty chemical group Evonik Industries has contracted Siemens to build a combined-cycle power plant as a turnkey project at the Marl Chemical Park in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The two-unit CCGT will replace Evonik’s onsite coal power plant by 2022.

French power company EDF has admitted today that works for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant are running 15 months late and will cost nearly £3 billion more than the planned £22 billion. Critics dismiss new nuclear as expensive, compared with cheaper cost for gas gensets and offshore wind.

GE will carry out a GT26 HE gas turbine upgrade at Drax’s 420 MW Shoreham power station near Brighton. The upgrade will increase combined-cycle efficiency by about 2.5 % and add 44 MW of power at baseload operation, once implemented in 2021.

Britain’s energy giant Drax has been given the green light for a 299 MW open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) at Abergelli in southern Wales. Developed at a cost of £90 million, the rapid-response power unit will run an average of 1,500 hours a year to help balance the grid.

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News in Brief

Zhonghua’s profits halve

April 1 – Hong Kong-listed Zhonghua Gas Holdings has recorded a staggering 46.7% fall in profit, citing a lower margin for LNG supplies and reduced subsidies, although full-year revenue rose by 7.3%. In December, Zhonghua partnered with Shanghai Shenergy to supply LNG in the Yangtze River Delta region, and also has strong business relationships with Tractebel Engineering and Tianjin Jinre Heat-Supply Group.

Endesa donates $28m to fight coronavirus

March 31 – Endesa has created a 25 million euros ($27.8 million) fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in Spain. The Spanish utility, subsidiary of Enel, said the fund will be designated for purchases of protective equipment for health-care workers.

 

MAN develops liquid methane terminal in Swedish port

March 30 – OxGas has commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to act as ‘owners engineer’ to develop and build a liquefied methane-based fuels terminal in the Swedish Port of Oxelösund. The terminal will feed both LNG and green methane derived from bio gas to SSAB ’s local steel production, and to re-distribute it via train and trailers to other parts of Sweden for use in the steel industry and decentralized power generation.

American ISOs to delay grid investments

March 27 – North America’s independent system operators (ISO) are considering delaying investments in grid upgrades and enhancement as electricity demand weakens due to industry shutdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic. PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. bulk power market which spans 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, revised its daily forecast of about 100,000 MW of load but actual demand came in at 95,500 MW.

Wärtsilä starts combustion trials using ammonia

March 26 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia in an effort to reduce emissions. Based on initial results, the tests will be continued on both dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas engines, followed by field tests in collaboration with ship owners from 2022, and potentially also with energy customers.

Xodus sees growth in cable services

March 25 – Xodus Group has stepped up services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. The number of new consulting assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams that are handled by more 30 permanent staff.

Electricity “more indispensible than ever”

March 24 – Disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis lay bare how much modern societies rely on electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IAE). Millions of people are mandated to stay home, causing a surge in teleworking, e-commerce and video streaming which pushes up domestic electricity use.

U.S. frackers cut Capex

March 23 – Sharp cuts in capital spending among Appalachian gas producers are now being replicated in other U.S. basis, with Energy Aspects anticipating the deepest impact on production and earnings to take place starting from the second half of 2020. So far, E&P companies just hedged 52% of this year’s expected production even though some Appalachian producers are seen “lock in some pure gas volumes at prices above the curve.”

EV makers face bankrupcy

March 20 – Electric vehicles (EVs) remain particularly exposed to the corona effect of supply-side constraints and demand erosion. Gigafactory facilities are likely to be delayed and fledging EV manufacturers could face bankruptcy, Wood Mackenzie warns. On the flip side, declines in EV sector demand may be gains for the stationary energy storage segment.

Manufacturing rebounds in Asia

March 19 – Asian-dominant supply chains for solar and energy storage are gradually rebounding after contractions in February. Moving forward, Wood Mackenzie expects near-term development activity and local logistics in leading European and North American markets will outweigh lingering supply issues.

Italy’s gas demand plunges

March 18 – Corona-struck Italy has seen demand for natural gas plunge 8% from the previous week, with similar declines likely in other EU countries as national governments impose lockdowns to contain the virus. Industrial demand is “particularly volatile,” while gas generators will bear the brunt of demand loss, Wood Mackenzie says, as a carbon price decline is bolstering thermal coal.

Nexif raises funds for Rayong CHP

March 17 – Nexif Energy, a joint venture between Singapore-based Nexif and Denham Capital, has raised project financing for the Rayong gas-fired cogeneration project in Thailand. The 92 MW plant is being developed project with Ratch Group, based on 25-year power purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

ADB provides $10m loan for Afghan IPP

March 16 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $10 million in debt financing for a gas-fired power unit in Mazari Sharif with a capacity of nearly 60 MW. Phase-1 of the Independent Power Project (IPP) will get another $10 million loan from the Leading Asia's Private Sector Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

IEA models 50% Carbon-Free Generation

March 13 – Analysts at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) have drawn up the 50% Carbon-Free Generation case - assuming a stark shift in state-level policies. In this event, the U.S. would have 19% more nuclear power generation, 10% more wind power and 17% more solar PV contribution than in its Annual Energy Outlook 2020 (AEO2020) reference case.

E-charging market to top $15bn by 2030

March 12 – By 2030, the U.S. market for energy-optimisation in support of charging electric-vehicles could be worth $15 billion per year, McKinsey finds. The consultancy expects high demand for home-charging appliances as residential power tariffs are comparatively cheap and most charging can happen overnight when off-peak electricity prices are lower.

Oversupply builds up

March 10 – Energy Aspects’ end-March forecast has added on another 100+ billion cubic feet of natural gas supply while demand remains subdued. In the U.S., the seasonal decline in heating degree days nearly halved the natural gas withdrawal rate. Gas-burn in the power sector and residential/commercial demand are forecast to fall by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) and 4.0 bcf/d, respectively.

Small-scale LNG cuts cost for power plants

March 10 – Decentralized gas power plants in remote locations can source cheaper fuel from small-scale LNG regas terminals than from trucking the super-chilled gas across long distances. “Trucking LNG further inland would entail additional costs as well as logistical challenges,” IEA analysts noted. For example, a 100 MW baseload power plant would require, on average, around 20 daily deliveries from tanker trucks.