Projects & Finance

European-led Delta Offshore Energy is finalizing plans to develop an LNG import terminal and a 3,200 MW power station in Vietnam’s Bac Lieu Province. The integrated project is due to start up in 2023, underpinned by LNG cargoes from the Magnolia liquefaction project in the U.S. state of Louisiana.

Mass Energy Group Holding (MGH) and GE Power have won a contract to develop the third phase of Iraq’s largest power plant. Expansion of the Bismaya combined-cycle gas power station will add up to 1.5 GW by 2021, bringing its total capacity to 4.5 GW.

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has awarded a $1.3 billion contract to Siemens and Orascom Construction to rebuild Baiji 1 and 2 power units with a combined capacity of 1.6 GW. Works are meant to be completed 28 months after financial close.

Kogas and Energy Capital Vietnam (ECV) are forging ahead with a privately-funded LNG regas terminal, storage and gas supply system to underpin their 3,200 MW gas-fired power project near Mui Ke Ga, some 150 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. KBR will provide a feasibility study by the end of September.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), the utility catering for Abu Dhabi, is about to launch tenders for a 2,400 MW combined-cycle power project at Fujairah as well as a 1,500 MW solar project. Up for grabs are development contracts worth some 4.4 Emirati dirham, or $1.2 billion.

Malay property and industrial developer Tadmax Resources has received government approval to develop a 1,200 MW integrated gasification combined-cycle power plant (IGCC) on the island of Pulau Indah. Posco is building the plant, with a planned in-service date in January 2023.

The Palestinian Energy Authority and Massader are about to agree on terms to start construction of a much-needed power plant in Jenin. The 450 MW combined-cycle gas power plant will be the largest of its kind in the conflict-ridden country, fuelled by gas from the Gaza Marine field.

Hungary’s CHP Erömü, a subsidiary of Veolia, has awarded Wärtsilä a 5-year extension to a power plant service agreement for the combined heat and power station. High plant availability of more than 95% had led to the deal.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order from Hongkong Electric to supply power generation equipment for Lamma Power Station's Unit 12. The 380 MW combined-cycle gas power unit will be built with a view to start full commercial operations in early 2023.

Caithness Energy, a privately-held American Independent Power Producer, is preparing to start construction of the 1,864 MW Guernsey Power Station in Ohio in 2022. The CCGT project, to be powered by GE 7HA.02 gas turbines, is moving to the next phase after having just secured $1.6 billion in financing.

MAN Energy Solutions has commissioned three power plants in Indonesia, equipped with dual fuel engines that can be operated with low-emission LNG. Ten gensets with a combined capacity of 140 MW were installed in the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara and on Flores island.

New Fortress Energy (NFE), the sole gas supplier to Jamaica, has completed the first phase of its $180 million bond issue to finance the completion of its LNG-fuelled cogeneration project in Carendon. The bond issue was fully subscribed, according to NCB Capital Markets.

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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.