Projects & Finance

Siemens has started construction on a new energy center in Bolivia, designed to provide traditional and digital services to electric utilities in South America. Equipment from Siemens is being deployed to expand three combined-cycle gas power stations in Bolivia: Termoeléctrica del Sur, de Warnes and Entre Ríos.

MAN Energy Solutions has been contracted to provide a new combined-heat-and-power (CHP) solution for Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. A dual-fuel engine MAN 9L51/60DF will be vital to power the airport, with plant handover scheduled for the end of 2019.

Sinolam Smarter Energy (SSE), part of Shanghai Gorgeous Group, has awarded a long-term service agreement to Siemens for the SGT-800 gas turbines at the Gas to Power Panama project by Martano. The power plant will operate with LNG and is scheduled for commission in the autumn of 2020.

Taiwan Power Company has awarded a full-turnkey order to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System (MHPS) to refurbish and upgrade its Nanpu and Datan gas-fired power plants. The contract stipulates low-NOx enhancements of seven M501F gas turbines, and the roll-out of the digital service MHPS-TOMONI. Works are due to be completed in August 2019.

MAN Energy Solutions has been contracted to supply an LNG regasification terminal to Forchem in Rauma, Finland. The chemical company wants to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery process to natural gas, or bio-gas, and asked MAN to deliver a tailor-made solution with an offloading skid for LNG trailors.

An online auction will be held for the sale of an almost complete gas-fired power station that was originally built as an energy-from-waste project at Teeside, in northeast England. The auction will be staged between November 15 and 29, accompanied by a separate private treaty sale process.

Construction works have started for SEE’s new 850-MW Keadby-2 combined-cycle gas power plant in North Lincolnshire. The £350 million project, built by Siemens as a full turnkey solution, will be Britain’s most fuel-efficient CCGT with an efficiency level of 63%.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to give a $227.7 million loan to Gulf SRC Company to finance the construction and operation of a 2,500 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Chonburi Province of Thailand. The technology of the CCGT is meant to achieve over 63% thermal efficiency.

Chevron’s gas aggregation company in Nigeria has agreed to extend gas deliveries to Egbin Power. Under the deal, Chevron will supply 145 million standard cubic feet per day (MMBtu/d) through the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) to Egbin’s 1,320-MW power plant in Ikorodu. Kola Adesina, chairman of Egbin Power, said the additional gas supply should help boost Ikorodu's capacity to 5,000 MW over the coming five years. 

General Electric has signed a multiyear service agreement with GEL Utility to support the power generation unit at Nigerian National Petroleum Corps’s refinery in Port Harcourt. The aim is to achieve uninterrupted power supply at Nigeria’s largest refinery, which currently produces up to 210,000 barrels per day (bbl/d).

The Italian turbine manufacturer Ansaldo Energia has signed a contract worth about €60 million, stipulating the supply of its first H-class GT36 gas turbine to the Minhang combined-cycle gas power plant (CCGT) in China. The 800-MW is being built in Minhang District, a suburban area of Shanghai.

Germany utility RWE has decided to freeze the development of Tilbury Energy Centre in the UK, which included proposals for a 2.5 GW combined-cycle gas power plant and energy storage. The project is no longer economically viable, RWE said, considering current market conditions and costs.

A consortium led by ACWA Power, the Saudi power plant developer and investor, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with for a 2,300-MW project to be built in Luxor, southern Egypt, at an estimated cost of $2.3 billion. Phase-1 of the project will start up in summer 2022, and the entire plant is due to be operational in summer 2023.

Duke Energy has stepped up efforts to finalize and commission the second 820-MW unit of its 1,640 MW Citrus County Power Plant by the end of December. In April, the utility first announced plans to have the entire new CCGT fully operational by the end of 2018.

State regulators have narrowly approved Minnesota Power’s strategic move to take a stake in a $700 million gas-fired power project, rebuking concerns from ratepayers and a state law judge. The 525-MW combined-cycle plant will now be built in the town of in Superior, Wisconsin, by Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Coop. Start-up is slated for 2025.

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News in Brief

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.

MAN, Daewoo, HSD partner on engine digitalization

July 16 – MAN Energy Solutions, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and HSD Engine (HSD) have signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the field of marine engine systems digitization. The three companies also work together on auxiliary systems and data analysis, aiming to apply part of their know-how to power generation and related sectors.

Canada launches first utility-scale smart microgid

July 15 – The Ontario-based municipal utility North Bay Hydro Services is cooperating with the smart grid solutions firm S&C Electric to launch Canada’s first utility-scale microgrid system. Among some solar power, the 789KW microgrid system will be powered by two 265kW natural gas generators.

Macquarie funds Mexican power plant

July 12 – 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.

B&V launches distributed energy group

July 11 – Black & Veatch has launched a dedicated distributed energy group to place its conventional power business in the context of the global energy transition. The distribute energy group will look into new fuel sources such as hydrogen and aspires to “re-power the more-than-century-old power industry.”

Funding secured for Kazah CHP project

July 10 – Kazinform Erg has committed to spend $500 million on a gas cogeneration station that will provide heat and electricity to the south of Kazakhstan. Over 87% of Kazakhstan’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels, and in 2018 the country produced 107,060 billion kWh of electricity, a 3.8% increase over the previous year and enough to cover total power use of 103,228 kWh.

Bitcoin mining uses much energy

July 9 – Estimates of bitcoin’s electricity consumption are wide-ranging, on the order of 20‑80 TWh annually. According to George Kamiya, digital energy analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), bitcoin mining consumed around 45 TWh in 2018 although this has risen significantly this year. Through the first six months of 2019, bitcoin mining has already consumed an estimated 29 TWh.

Coal exit doesn’t impact Germany's supply security

July 8 – Electricity supply security in Germany is set to stay “very high” even as the country begins to phase out coal-fired power generation, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said in a monitoring report. “Energy supply is adequately ensured”, the ministry said, in all scenarios examined up to 2030. Thereafter, things are less clear but the German Coal Commission is adamant that its proposal to exit coal power by 2038 is feasible and won’t seriously impact reserve margins.

Hydrogen demo plant starts in Adelaide

July 5 – The Australian Gas Networks (AGN), part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), has received A$4.9 million in government funding for an A$11.4m hydrogen electrolyser demonstration project at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. At the test site, AGN plans to blend 5% renewable hydrogen with natural gas for supply to customers using its existing gas distribution networks. The project is based on a Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, running based on wind and solar power.

Wärtsilä forms biogas solution

July 4 – Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions, specialists in biogas upgrading technology, has merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team to create a one-stop-shop service for biofuel production. Having installed the world’s largest bioLNG facility in Skogn, Norway, Wärtsilä will deliver two more bio-LNG plants to customers in Scandinavia. The company’s Puregas CA process recovers more than 99.9% of the biomethane present in raw biogas.

PNM to close San Juan Generating Station

July 3 — New Mexico's largest energy holding, PNM Resources, has filed an application to the Public Regulation Commission to close the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station. For replacement power, PNM said the preferred option was a mix of gas power plants, solar and wind farms and new battery storage facilities. The utility strives to be ‘emissions-free’ by 2040.

ADB opens office in Singapore

July 2 — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to open an office in Singapore. The lean office with twelve staff will focus on the expansion of its private sector operations, e.g. through Public-Private Partnerships. “We estimate that developing Asia will need $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure investments until 2030 to maintain the region’s growth momentum,” commented Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat.

Testing starts at Haliade-X

July 1 – Technology testing has started at GE’s Haliade-X, the world’s biggest offshore wind turbine. The 12 MW nacelle and 107-metre long blade was shipped to the UK as part of an advanced technology testing program, focused on enhancing the platform before it enters into serial production in 2021.

Tata to build UK’s first CCUS plant

June 28 – Tata Chemicals has announced plans to build the UK’s first industrial-scale Carbon Capture, Usage and Demonstration plant at its Northwich industrial site. The CCUD unit will be built at an estimated cost of£16.7 million and is planned to start operation in 2021. It will make use of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and turn it into sodium bicarbonate, which can then be sold to pharmaceutical industries.