Projects & Finance

The heads of Gazprom and China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) have met in Beijing to fine-tune contractual terms and operational issues in preparations for first gas flows through the Power of Siberia interconnector. Gazprom CEO Alexey Milller said Russian pipeline gas deliveries to China "will start well in advance, as early as December 1, 2019” and would eventually challenge LNG shipments.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has started trial operation of the gas turbines at the Jawa-2 Project. The 800 MW combined-cycle plant, built on behalf of Indonesia’s PT.PLN (Persero) is now in its final stage of completion, heading for a commercial start-up this May.

MAN Energy Solutions has handed over a new solution for combined heat and power generation (CHP) that includes a heat storage unit to EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg, a regional utility in southern Germany. The 30-MW gas engine-driven plant in Gaisburg, near Stuttgart, produces electricity and district heating with an operational efficiency of up to 90%.

Global power sector engineering company Pöyry has completed its assignments for two combined-cycle power plants in Thailand. The Amata B. Grimm Power unit 4 and 5 (ABPR4 and ABPR5), with a capacity of 130 MW each, have started operation as scheduled.

Enka İnşaat, one of Turkey’s largest energy and construction firms, has halted operations of the loss-making Gebze and Adapari power plants. The two plants, with a combined capacity of 1,580 MW, were mothballed after a power sales agreement with state-run EÜAŞ came to an end.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ (MHPS) turbine, model M501 JAC, has been chosen to power what will become Virginia’s highest efficiency combined-cycle power stations. Developed by Gemma Power Systems and Balico, the Chickahominy CCGT will provide over 1,600 MW of electricity once completed in 2022.

Harrison Power is seeking to fast-tracking construction at its 1,100 MW combined-cycle power project in Cadiz, Harrison Country, Ohio. Though the groundbreaking date has been pushed back to Q1-2019, developers are seeking to get the CCGT into full commercial operation in the second quarter of 2021, providing electricity into the PJM Interconnection market.

Private equity firm Hull Street Energy has agreed to acquire the Bayswater and Jamaica Bay gas-fired power stations from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NEE) Resources. The two plants, situated in Far Rockaway, New York, provide some 110 MW of flexible, fast-start generating capacity to the region.

Paz Oil, the largest Israeli fuels company, has decided to move ahead with a plant to build a 700 MW gas-fired power plant in the port city of Ashdod. The proposed plant is estimated to cost up to $700 million, partly debt-financed, and is intended to start operating in 2023.

USC Iceberg Central Design Bureau, a Russian shipbuilding company based in St. Petersburg, has launched a tender for a 50-60 MW floating power plant. Potential bidders for the tender are asked to include both construction costs and long-term maintenance costs.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced it completed 98% of the Jebel Ali M-Station expansion project. The expansion is adding two gas-fired units with a combined 700 MW and will increase M-Stations total capacity to 2,885 MW.

The Austrian manufacturer INNIO has secured an order by Chongqing Energy Investment Group to supply eight Jenbacher J620 gas engines. The units will expand the capacity of Songzao Coal Mine’s on-site power plant, running on coal mine methane (CMM).

Delta Offshore Energy and GE are jointly developing an integrated LNG import terminal and 3,000 MW power plant in Vietnam. The project, situated in Bac Lieu province, is developed on a build, own and operate (BOO) basis and is funded by foreign direct investment.

Power traders have reserved, or firmly booked, over three-quarters of the 1,000 MW day-ahead transmission capacity at Nemo Link, the new interconnector between Belgium and the UK. The £560 million (€639m) project by National Grid and Elia was delivered on time and under budget.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has invited developers to come forward with expressions of interest (EoIs) to finance, build and operate a 2,000 MW combined-cycle gas power project at Fujairah, UEA. Bids need to be submitted by February 10.

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News in Brief

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.

Cost for decarbonizing industry tops $21tr

Aug 16 – Total costs to fully decarbonize the four most polluting industries – cement, steel, ammonia and ethylene – are estimated to amount to $21 trillion between today and 2050. McKinsey said this could be lowered to about $11 trillion if zero-carbon electricity prices come down further compared to fossil fuel prices. In this event, industry could switch to using electricity for heating processes.

Co-firing Braskem plant with hydrogen

Aug 15 – Siemens is making fossil energy greener at the Braskem onsite power plant in Brazil. In this modernization project two SGT-600 gas turbines are co-fired up to 60% with hydrogen, enhancing efficiency for the production process of the adjacent the petrochemical complex.

Canada's CO2 tax to hit CCGTs

Aug 5 – Change in Canada’s carbon emissions tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could significantly lower the profitability of gas generation and could prompt SaskPower reconsider its planned Moose Jaw gas power station.

GE CFO steps down

Aug 2 – Jamie S. Miller, General Electric’s chief financial officer, has decided to quit after two years in the job and 11 years with the company. Having overseen GE’s fiscal activities during a period of intense restructuring, Miller will remain in office while the GE board is looking for a successor.

Siemens HR boss quits

Aug 1 – Janina Kugel, Siemens chief HR officer, is leaving the company amid an apparently scattered working relationship and stark personal differences with CEO Joe Kaeser. Her contract will expire by mutual agreement on January 31, 2020.

ABB standardizes eBus chargers

July 31 – Zurich-based ABB, a member of the ASSURED consortium, is working on standardizing the specifications for automatic charging of heavy vehicles. The aim is to drive down the total cost of ownership for electric fleet operators, helping increase adoption of eBuses and eTrucks. Conformance and interoperability tests will be carried out in Q4-2019.

U.S. Senate helps fund EV charging stations

July 30 – The need for expanded electric vehicle charging infrastructure is greater than expected given that there had been over 1.75 million electric vehicles (EV) in North America at the end of 2018, a nearly 60% increase from the previous year. To help fund additional charging stations, among other things, the U.S. Senate approved the $287 billion America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).

PNOC, Lloyds to develop merchant LNG-to-Power projects

July 29 – Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyds Energy to develop a 1,200 MW LNG-fuelled power plant in partnership with Mitsubishi. Dubai-based Lloyds Energy is looking at ways to develop integrated LNG import facilities and gas power plants on a merchant basis in Bataan and Batangas provinces.

Macquarie finances CCGT in Mexico

July 26 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

Naturgy cashes in on gas network

July 25 – Spanish gas utility Naturgy has posted a 7% rise in core earnings for the first half of the year due to strong gains from its gas network business that helped offset falling revenues from power generation and slimmer LNG margins.

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.

Fuel switch could abate 1.2bn tons of CO2

July 19 – Some 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 could be abated by switching to gas using existing infrastructure, if prices and regulation are supportive. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this would be enough to bring global CO2 emissions back down to where they were in 2013.

IEA launches methane tracker

July 18 – A new ‘methane tracker’, launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA), provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions by drawing on the best available data. Analysts stressed methane emissions could be reduced by nearly half at no net cost.

Canada’s CO2 tax also affects gas power

July 17 – Change in Canada’s carbon tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could cause SaskPower to reconsider its planned upcoming Moose Jaw gas power station.