Projects & Finance

Electricite de France (EdF) is close to entering a deal with the Cambodian government to build a gas-fired power plant at the country's coast, adjacent to Total's offshore hydrocarbon block in disputed waters.

Wärtsilä has won an order to supply generating sets and auxiliary equipment for new gas-fired power plant being build on behalf of the Portland General Electric Company, an investor owned utility.

Singapore's Senoko Energy today inaugurated the Stage 2 Repowering Project (420MW x 2) of Senoko Power Station, following the conversion of three oil-fired units (250 MW each) into two combined-cycle units with a combined capacity of 862 MW.

In a drive to replace small, ageing coal-fired power plants, Duke Energy has invested around $1.5 billion to build and commission two gas-fired plants in North Carolina, with a third plant worth $600 million due to start-up later this year.

Alstom, in consortium with Japan's Sumitomo Corp., has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to supply equipment and build the 850-megawatt North Bangkok combined-cycle power plant block 2.

The Saudi energy company ACWA is venturing to invest in Turkey in partnership with Eser Holding to build a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant on a green field site in Kirikkale, central Anatolia. Realising the 800 MW plant project comes at a cost of up to US$ 930 million.

Tensaka Energy, an US-based power plant developer and energy marketer, has joined forces with the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) to build an 800 MW gas-fired combined-cycle power station in Brownsville, Texas. "With increased scarcity pricing and decreased operating reserves in ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas], the project is well positioned for success," Tensaka Energy said.

Energy services giant Wood Group GTS has signed a four-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with Entegra Power Group and Sundevil Power Holdings for the 2,200 MW Gila River gas-fired power plant in Arizona, U.S.

Thailand's Eastern Power and Electric Co. Ltd (EPEC) has signed a 10-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract worth €90 million with Alstom to service and upgrade its Bang Bo power plant with MXL2 turbine blade and components.

UK renewable energy company, ENER-G, has won further business in Mexico. The Salford company was appointed by the Municipality of Durango to design, finance, build and operate a £2.3 million biogas power generation facility.

The removal of state subsidies in late 2018 could trigger the closure of the majority of Denmark's 250 small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants, most of which run on gas, John Tang technical consultant at the Danish District Heating Association (Dansk Fjernvarme) told Gas to Power Journal.

Burns & McDonnell and contracting company Casey Industrial have won an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract from Mid-Kansas Electric Company to build the US$130 million Rubart Power Station project in Grant County, Kansas.

Global power systems company Rolls Royce has completed the installation of the first MT30 gas turbine (36 MW) at the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcock's Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. At 36 megawatts or around 50,000 horsepower, the MT30, is "the world's most powerful marine gas turbine," Rolls Royce said on Friday.

The South Korean government is supporting plans to build an additional six gas-fired power plants by the end of 2017, expanding the role of natural gas to dent the country's rising energy demand amid nuclear safety concerns.

Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft aims to start power production at the Knapsack II combined cycle power plant (430 MW) by this summer. "Operations of Knapsack II - a modern CCPP with a highly state of the art efficiency - will benefit from synergy effects with the already existing plant Knapsack I plant," Torsten Amelung, Managing Director and Senior Vice President Trading, Origination & Business Development, Statkraft Markets GmbH.

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News in Brief

Brookfield invest $2bn in Cove Point LNG

Oct 22 – Brookfield Asset Management, an investor in energy infrastructure and power storage, has agreed to take a 25% stake in Cove Point LNG for just over $2 billion in cash. The alternative investor also owns assets in hydro (7.9 GW), wind (4.9 GW), solar (1.7 GW), distributed generation (400 MW) and energy storage (2.7 GW).

Ansaldo appoints new CEO

Oct 21 – Ansaldo Energia’s board of directors has appointed Giuseppe Marino as new CEO. Together with the chairman, Giuseppe Zampini, he will decide on the company’s strategy particularly relating to the new Chinese joint ventures.

Slow start of STT pipeline

Oct 18 – U.S. gas exports to Mexico have not picked up substantially despite the start of the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan (STT) pipeline. Exports are still below 6.0 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), although there no current postings regarding maintenance on the Sistrangas pipeline that feeds from NET Mexico.

EIB defers ban on fossil projects

Oct 17 – Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) has bowed to pressure from Germany and the European Commission and deferred its decision to ban loans to fossil-fuel projects until mid-November. Germany wants the bank to keep financing gas-fired power projects as it views the cleaner-burning fossil fuel as a vital backup for renewable energy sources.

Brexit will not impact UK gas supply

Oct 16 – Security of power and gas supply in the UK will not be jeopardized this winter by the country’s imminent departure from the European Union, even in the event of a hard Brexit, National Grid said. In its assessment, the TSO factored in a halt to flows via the Belgium and Dutch gas interconnectors “from EU exit day one”, but said ongoing deliveries from Norway, the UK Continental Shelf and storage will continue as usual.

Ferrybridge C gets demolished

Oct 15 – Four cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station have been taken down as the coal-fired power station will make way to a new, high-efficiency gas power station. Operator SSE shut down the 500 MW Ferrybridge C unit in March 2016 and now started to tear it down.

Global energy storage tops 10 GW by 2025

Oct 14 – The global market for grid-connected energy storage will grow by 6,900 MW, or 16.6% to reach over 10,500 MW by the end of 2025, according to Reportlinker.com. Germany will add over 267 MW energy storage installations over the next five to six years, while 330 MW will come from other European markets. These numbers are dwarfed by China, where up to 1,200 MW energy storage units could be connected to the grid by 2025.

Wärtsilä services EDL plant

Oct 11 – Energy Developments Ltd (EDL) of Australia has awarded Wärtsilä a service contract for gas engine-based baseload power plant at the McArthur River zinc mine in Northern Territory. The maintenance approach for the 53 MW onsite power plant is no longer pre-planned and scheduled but has been changed to condition-based and predictive maintenance, with an advisory contract.

EPH buys CCGT in Galway

Oct 10 – The Czech energy company EPH has received regulatory approval to purchase an 80% stake in the 400 MW Tynagh Energy combined-cycle gas power plant in Galway, Ireland. Mountainside Partners will continue to own the remaining stake in the CCGT, which operates based on a security-of-supply contract from the Irish TSO based on guaranteed power prices.

ITM gets £38m boost from Linde

Oct 9 – Sheffield-based ITM Power, maker of electrolysers for hydrogen production, has been boosted by a £38 million cash injection, as Linde acquired a 20% stake in ITM at 40 pence per share. Looking ahead, ITM said it is seeking to raise £14 million from new and existing institutional investors.

Drax to convert two power units

Oct 8 – Drax Group has received government approval to convert up to two coal-fired generating units at its power station in North Yorkshire to run on natural gas. With this ruling, the UK regulator overturned objections by ClientEarth, stressing some fossil power is vital for the UK to backup intermittent renewable power source.

Storage use tops 80% in key U.S. regions

Oct 7 – Gas storage utilization in the United States is rising in the autumn, with net injections topping 112 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in the first week of October. According to EIA figures, underground storages are at least 80% full in the East, Midwest, and South Central non-salt regions, allowing for seasonal withdrawals to help meet peak-day gas demand throughout the upcoming winter.

Maine, NY aspire to 100% clean energy

Oct 4 – Three U.S. states—Maine, New York, and Ohio—have updated their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), since May 2019. As a result, Maine and New York joined California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia in requiring 100% clean electricity by 2050.

TransAlta to built CHP in Alberta

Oct 3 – Canada-based Transalta and SemCAMS Midstream have agreed to develop, construct and operate a new cogeneration facility at the Kaybob South No. 3 sour gas processing plant in Alberta. To be built at a cost of some 105 million, the CHP will have an installed capacity of 40 MW. Start of commercial operation is targeted for late 2021.

GE’s 100th HA turbine sold in Greece

Oct 2 – Greek industrial firm Mytilineos has ordered a GE 9HA.02 gas turbine to be the heart of the 826 MW Agios Nikolaos combined-cycle gas power plant. This deal also marks the 100th unit of GE’s HA gas turbine sold. Construction of the CCGT is due to start before the end of the year.

ABB launches M4M analyzer

Oct 1 – Swiss technology firm ABB has launches its first Bluetooth-equipped network analyzers, called M4M. The system gathers data from distribution grids and connects them to a cloud-based control system, allowing users to react on energy consumption and on-site power generation trends.

Microsoft invests in wind power

Sept 30 – Microsoft and ENGIE have entered a long-term solar and wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in the United States. The deal will see Microsoft purchase a total of 230 MW from two ENGIE projects in Texas, bringing Microsoft’s renewable energy portfolio to more than 1,900 MW.