Projects & Finance

GE and the Sakhalin provincial government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop power generation projects with a view to improving the energy security of Sakhalin Island, Russia's largest island which relies heavily on oil and gas exports.

As part of the accord, GE will deliver and install two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbines for the 60-megawatt Nogliki project which is currently under development.

GE has supplied two Frame 6B 3-series gas turbine generators for the currently under construction UBE Batam Power Plant, owned by PT Medco Power Indonesia, a subsidiary of PT Saratoga Power and PT Medco Energi Internasional. Once operational, the gas-fired plant, located on Indonesia's Batam Island, will reduce the company's dependency on burning oil to generate electricity by adding about 80MW of gas-fired capacity.

In an interview, Mete Maltepe, General Manager at GE Power & Water – Turkey, told Gas to Power Journal that the company has invested approximately $500 million in Turkey to date, with a further $900 million planned over the next three years. This includes the provision of turbines to various gas to power projects such as the new plant in the Erzin district operated by Akenerji, the Egemer Elektrik Uretim A.S. (Egemer), and the cogeneration plant at Bursa, operated by Bis Enerji Elektrik Uretim AS.

PG&E Corporation posted a slight year-on-year rise in the total cost of electricity generation from 4,016 million to 4,162 million in the annual 2012 report, while the costs of natural gas fell from 1,317 million to 861 million.

Following completion of its S$1 billion ($860 million) second stage repowering project, Singapore's Senoko Energy believes it is now in an advantageous position for selling power to consumers at competitive prices.

Drax Group said it is on track with works to convert half its power generating capacity from coal to wood pellets and other environment-friendly fuels such as natural gas, as new EU levies on burning coal threaten operational profits at Britain's largest coal fired plant.

Genalta Power and Shell Canada have agreed to build a produced-gas-to-power plant that will make use of the gas associated with Shell's bitumen production in an effort to reduce gas flaring at its Peace River oil sands leases.

Siemens Energy expands gas turbine sales to the US market with the latest contract win to install an SGT6-2000E gas turbine at a simple-cycle power plant owned by Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA).

Power group Ipsa has postponed the closure of a sale agreement for its remaining two Siemens Westinghouse W701 DU gas turbines until the end of this month, after the prospective buyer – a Malaysian power development company – walked away from an $31-million offer.

The New York State Public Service Commission has given the green light to Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC, an affiliate of Advanced Power, to build a proposed 1,000 MW power plant in Dutchess County.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been commissioned to install 4 sets of a 700 MW class supercritical pressure steam turbine, generators and boiler components at a large-scale oil-fired power plant (2,800 MW) to be built by Saudi Electric Company (SEC).

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.

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News in Brief

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.

SaskPower proceeds with Moose Jaw project

Nov 13 – Canadian utility SaskPower has taken a significant step towards realizing a 350 MW gas power plant at Moose Jaw. The project was first proposed in 2017, but in the Canadian federal government June last year introduced new regulations for gas generation coming online after January 1, 2021, which stalled the plans. Having completed its regulatory review, Sask Power was now granted permission to proceed from the municipality of Moose Jaw. Major Fraser Tolmie said “this $700-million investment into the city of Moose Jaw, will ensure we have base-load power in the province of Saskatchewan and to maintain our power independence.”

Sembcorp powers up first BESS unit in the UK

Nov 12 – Sembcorp Energy UK, part of Singapore-based Sempcorp Group, has started to operate the first 60 MW unit of its battery energy storage system (BESS) fleet, supplied by GE. Combined, the three storage units in Leicestershire and Cheshire will bring Sembcorp Energy UK’s total energy portfolio to 973 MW.

Global gas glut may clear in 2021

Nov 11 – Economics of exporting American liquefied natural gas to Europe no longer add up. With Henry Hub spot prices around $2.7/MMBtu, moving LNG cargoes from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe is “not workable,” BP analysts said, indicating that production shut-ins could help clear the massive supply overhang towards the end of 2021.

Gazprom reassures Germany of Ukraine gas transits

Nov 8 – Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, has been trying to reassure the German government commissioner Georg Graf Waldersee that Russia was ready to signing a new transit contract with Naftogaz if both companies mutually waive claims. Before gas flows can proceed, however, Ukraine will have to create an independent gas transmission operator by January 1, 2020.

GE makes gains in wind power

Nov 7 – GE Power is gradually turning away from its loss-making fossil power segment to focus on the fast-growing renewable business. This week, GE struck a deal for its new Haliade-X turbines to be used at Dogger Bank Wind Farms. The three 1.2 GW Dogger Bank projects, situated offshore the UK’s Yorkshire coast, are expected to trigger approximately £9 billion of capital investment between 2020 and 2026.

PetroVietnam eyes LNG-to-Power project

Nov 6 – PetroVietnam has signed an agreement with B.Grimm Power Public Company (BGRIM) to jointly study the development of an integrated LNG import and power generation project. The aim is to build a 3,000 MW gas-fuelled power plant and an adjacent LNG import terminal. The location of the project has not been disclosed.

ABB launches ‘Smart City’

Nov 5 – Electrification specialists of the Swiss manufacturer ABB have designed an interactive ‘Smart City’ that contains smart buildings, e-mobility, energy management and data centers. The use of smart technologies and digitalization are encouraged by the United Nations as a way to help decarbonize cities around the world.

Gazprom, BASF cooperate on sulfur separation

Nov 4 – The Russian major Gazprom and the German chemical company BASF have agreed to devise a comprehensive solution for separation of sulfur from natural gas. The aim is to  enhance eco-efficiency of the Astrakhan gas processing plant and improve operational efficiency of BASF’s amine gas treatment units at the Orenburg gas-fired power plant.

Germany’s emission fall ‘markedly’

Nov 1 – Germany is headed for second consecutive year of substantial reductions in carbon emissions, amid a sharp drop in coal-burn in the power sector and an overall decline in energy use in 2019. If this trend continues, the country could get much closer to its 2020 climate target than widely anticipated.

Exmar to refinance Tango FLNG

Oct 31 – Exmar, the Belgian shipping company, is trying to refinance the Tango FLNG vessel, moored offshore Argentina on behalf of YPF. The aim is to generate around $60 million in additional capital, Exmar said, suggesting a deal will likely be struck in the first months of 2020.

Petronet doubles net profit

Oct 30 – Indian LNG importer Petronet has nearly doubled its net profits in the third quarter although revenues fell by 13%. Net profits came in at 1,089 crore rupees ($153.6m), an increase of 90% on the same period in 2018 as the company benefited from India’s lower corporate tax rates. Third-quarter revenues, in contrast, fell to 9,449 crore rupees ($1.33 billion).

Wildfires spread around LA

Oct 29 – Thousands of Los Angeles residents have been evacuated as wildfires spread fast around the metropolis and power outages brought life close to a standstill. The risk of fires caused by overland transmission lines prompted Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to prolong precautionary blackouts that could last up to three days.

Dominion embraces solar & storage

Oct 28 – Dominion Energy South Carolina has signed contracts for more than 1,000 MW of solar capacity. About half of that capacity has entered service. To complement intermittent solar energy supply, Dominion earlier announced several energy storage projects.