Projects & Finance

The retired C.P. Crane coal-fired power station in Maryland is likely to be revived and converted to natural gas. Avenue Capital Group, the owners of the plant, has started the planning application process related to the fuel conversion, and a judge at Maryland’s state utility commission already signed off these plans.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has broken the world record in inspection outages by re-engineering a Siemens SGT-4000F gas turbine at K-Station, part of its Jebel Ali Power & Desalination Complex, in record time. Works were completed in 11 working days, compared to 30 days earlier – a 63% reduction in outage duration and major cost savings.

Operational test runs are being carried out at the 640-MW Ubari gas-fired power plant, operated by the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL). GE is working towards getting the plant ready for service by early July to help rein in Libya’s persistent shortfall in electricity supply.

Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is spending some $1.2billion to purchase two of GE’s H-class gas turbines for Tatan Power Plant unit 8 and 9. The turbines, each with 1,100 MW capacity, are meant to be put into service in 2021, and 2023.

Cypriot Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has extended a tender deadline to September for the supply of LNG cargoes to a floating regas terminal and a gas power project, under development near the town of Vasilikos. The European Union agreed to fund 40% of overall project costs.

Construction of Connecticut’s largest power project in a decade will start this autumn. NTE, developer of the Killingly Energy Center, a 650-MW dual-fuel, combined-cycle plant, has been given regulatory approval for the $700 project. All electricity from the plant will be fed into the grid of ISO New England.

Phoenix Petroleum of the Philippines seeking to develop $2.0-billion integrated LNG-to-power project together with China’s CNOOC and the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC). The Tanglawan LNG project consists of a 2.3 mtpa regas and a 1,000 MW power plant. It is meant to start commercial operations in 2023, although construction has not yet started.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has shipped a M701F gas turbine to Indonesia where it will form the core of a combined-cycle power plant, built on behalf of PT PLN (Persero). The 500 MW Muara Karang Power Plant, situated in western Java, is due for commission in October 2020.

Mission Rock Energy Center, part of Calpine Corp, has withdrawn its application to build a new gas-fired power plant in Ventura Country, California. Developers claim the project is no longer economic after a change in state regulations, restricting the use of ocean water for cooling.

Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) broke ground on a new $500 million power plant in Delta Township, Michigan, this week. The utility has vowed to complete the 250 MW unit by June 2021.

Unit-2 of the Mankato Energy Center has been completed and is now ready for start up, operator Southern Power announced. With a capacity of 345 MW, the second unit brings the plants’ overall capacity to 760 MW. Southern Power is selling the Mankato CCGT to Xcel Energy for $650 million.

Construction has commenced at the £350 million Keadby-2 combined-cycle gas power project, build by Siemens as a full turnkey solution on behalf of SSE. The CCGT will be one of Britain’s most efficient power units (63%) and is slated to start operations in 2022.

Oman-based Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has announced the completion of commissioning and the start of test operations and at the 1,710-MW Sohar Power Phase-3 unit. The CCGT unit had been built based on an investment of $ 1 billion (384bn Omani Rial) by a consortium of Japan’s Mitsui, Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power, and Oman’s Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding (Didic).

German chemical company BASF has awarded a contract to Siemens to modernize its industrial power plant in Schwarzheide, as part of the so-called Brownfield Exchange project. Works include replacing a gas turbine from another original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with a high-efficiency SGT-800 turbine and installing a SIESTART battery storage.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Sidi Krir and El Atf combined-cycle gas power plants in Egypt. Both CCGTs operate with a rated output of 750 MW, based on two M701F gas turbines. Upgrade works are slated to start in the first half of fiscal 2021.

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News in Brief

BOL finances entire 220 MW plant in Nassau

Dec 6 – Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has agreed to cover the entire costs to build a 220 MW power plant at the Clifton Pier site in Nassau, and transfer the assets to Shell North America. BPL and Shell had agreed to jointly develop a 220 MW power plant plus LNG regas terminal, but the Bahamas state utility later signed a $95 million contract with Wärtsilä to install a 132 MW engine-driven power plant at the same site.

Kepco to operate CCGT in Uruguay

Dec 5 – Kepco KPS has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain the recently commissioned combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Punta del Tigre, Uruguay. Under the O&M contract, Kepco said it expects to earn 17 billion Won in sales every year, for a maximum eight years.

Siemens to create thermal twin for Bajaj Energy plant

Dec 4 – Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd (LPGCL), part of Bajaj Group, has contracted Siemens to create a complete twin for its fossil power plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. The thermal twin, powered by thermodynamic analysis and machine learning, allows power plant operators to diagnose performance gaps for every asset in the cycle in real time.

Talks between Gazprom and Naftogaz continue

Dec 3 – Russia’s Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy have continued difficult negotiations about an extension of Russian gas supplies and transit after the current contract expires on December 31, 2019. The two state-run companies are embroiled in a legal dispute that still needs resolving, however, they confirmed talks are underway and focus on the technical aspects of transiting Russian gas to Europe from 2020 onwards.

Asia seen add 400 GW by 2030

Dec 2 – Asian nations are expected to add more than 400 gigawatts (GW) of electrical capacity to the grid over the next decade — equaling about twice the installed capacity of Germany. Much of the new capacity will be renewables, backed up by some 140 GW of dependable gas-fired capacity, according to GE Energy findings. Hence, the U.S. turbine manufacturer decided to invest up to US$60 million to convert its Singapore repair center into a HA engineering and development center.

Total starts up hybrid plant with energy storage

Nov 29 – Total Quadran has started up the largest hybrid power plant combined with energy storage to harness the ample solar power potential of New Caledonia, a French overseas territory. With an installed capacity of 16 MW-peak, the plant also features a 10 MW lithium-ion energy storage system. Combining of hybrid solar PV units and possibly gas-powered generator sets with energy storage balance out supply swings and enhances the reliability of the electricity grid.

Rolls-Royce, AVK partner on standby gensets

Nov 28 – AVK, Britain’s largest supplier of critical power solutions for data centres and the financial sector, has partnered with Rolls-Royce’s MTU brand for standby gensets in UK and Ireland. The deal covers MTU Series 2000 and 4000 diesel systems in a range from 825 to 4,000 kVA. In the past 30 years, AVK has developed into the largest solutions provider in the UK’s critical power market and has to date supplied gensets equipped with MTU engines with a total capacity of more than 3.5 GW.

Golar suffers setback amid restructuring

Nov 27 – Golar LNG, owner of a fleet of 27 vessels, has seen operating revenues plunge 20% to $98.67 million, in the first nine month of this year, while net losses amounted to over $236 million. Bermuda-registered Golar in May 2019 announced plans to spin off its LNG carrier fleet with the aim of becoming a gas project developer. It recently won a contract for the Barcarena power project (605 MW) in northeastern Brazil.

Burckhardt buys remaining share of Arkos

Nov 26 – Burckhardt Compression’s subsidiary in North America has purchased the remaining 60% of Arkos Group. The US has the world’s largest installed base of reciprocating compressors, and the integration of Burckhardt and Arkos Field Services, will turn the company into the only independent one-stop provider for equipment and service in the upstream, midstream and downstream business.

Gazprom’s exports to Austria reach fresh record

Nov 25 – Supplies of Russian gas to Austria and transits to Western Europe have already exceeded record levels set last year. From January 1 through November 21, 2019, Gazprom delivered over 12.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas – 33.5% more than in the same period in 2018. Austria’s OMV imports Russian gas under a long-term contract that was recently extended until 2040.

OGUK responds to Labour Party Manifesto

Nov 21 – The UK North Sea industry association Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) has warned of an investment hiatus in reaction to Labour’s pledge to introduce a windfall tax on oil and gas companies, if it wins the General Election on December 12. Responding to this, OGUK said any increase in tax rates would drive investors away, damage the competitiveness of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, and could potentially increase the country’s reliance on imports. OGUK underlined it has put in place a ‘Roadmap 2035 a blueprint for net zero emission’ and is investing in technology to achieve this goal.

France, Germany and UK led on demand-side flexibility

Nov 21 – France, Germany and the UK are leading on demand-side flexibility (DSF) and grid-integration of decentralized energy sources while Sweden, Spain and Portugal are lagging behind the rest of Europe, the consultancy Delta-EE and SmartEN finds. Areas covered by their new DSF monitoring tool include availability and accessibility of demand-side response, and its monetization across the gas value chain.

AI predicts peak in power use

Nov 20 – ABB and Verdigris Technologies have developed machine-learning algorithms to predict unplanned peaks in electricity consumption and help avoid them. The Energy Forecasting app will enable users to reduce their electricity bills by reducing peak demand charges.

India’s first UHVDC link commissioned

Nov 19 – GE Grid Solutions has commissioned Pole-3 - the ultra high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission line in India, capable to transmit 4,500 MW of electricity. Once completed the Champa-Kurukshetra UHVDC project will be expanded to transmit 6,000 MW of electricity at 800 kV, serving customers in the areas of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh.

COP25 urged to step up climate efforts

Nov 18 – The COP25 UN climate conference in Madrid is urged to enshrine greater commitments from the world's industrialised nations to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. “Europe will have to play a key role in this regard,“ environment minister Svenja Schulze said, adding Germany's recently announced climate package marks a "restart" in the country's climate policy.

Wärtsilä launches ‘Expertise Centre’ in Singapore

Nov 15 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has chosen Singapore as the location for its latest Expertise Centre (EC) that provides operational support and dynamic maintenance planning, both for marine and energy business customers. All of Wärtsilä’s Expertise Centres combined currently monitor some 900 installations with more than 2,000 engines around the world.

U.S. storage injection hits record high

Nov 14 – Near-record volumes of natural gas have been placed into storage in the United States in the current injection season. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the amount of gas held in storage in 2019 surged from a relatively low value of 1,155 billion cubic feet (Bcf) at the beginning of April to 3,724 Bcf at the end of October.