Projects & Finance

NRG Energy is to acquire the 560MW equivalent Gregory Cogeneration Plant in Corpus Christi, Texas after entering into a $244 million agreement with a consortium of affiliates of Atlantic Power Corporation, John Hancock Life Insurance Company and Rockland Capital. The plant has a nominal generation capacity of about 400MW and steam capacity of more than a million pounds per hour – an amount equivalent to 160MW of electrical power.

GE is ready to invest $110 million to build a new Global Research Center in Oklahoma, creating 125 high-tech jobs with the aim of driving technological advancements in the oil and gas sector and bringing products to market faster.

Malta's energy ministry and state utility Enemalta will invite bidders to express interest for a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) and a gas supply agreement (GSA) on 11 April. The winning bidder of a tender process will be required to supply about 200MW of electricity from a new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant and corresponding LNG regas facilities.

Alstom has been awarded a €125 million contract by Lake Road Generating Company, L.P. to service its 844MW gas-fired combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) located in Dayville, Connecticut. The scope of the agreement covers the plant's three Alstom GT24 gas turbines.

Siemens has received a $300 million order from Panda Power Funds for the turnkey supply of the natural gas-fired 758MW Panda Temple II Power Project in Texas. The multi-shaft combined-cycle project is due to be completed at the end of 2015 and will be able to supply the needs of about 750 000 homes. It will utilise Siemens' Flex-Plant 30 technology and is being built in consortium with Bechtel.

Wood Group GTS has been awarded a $1.6 million contract by CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd (CSPC), a joint venture between CNOOC Petrochemicals Investment Ltd and Shell Nanhai B.V., to supply new hot gas path components for a GE Frame 6B gas turbine in China.

Business expansion in Brazil is high on the agenda of E.ON, Germany's largest' power supplier, so the latest accord to increase its share in Brazil's electricity producer MPX to just over 36 percent is seen as a strategic move to counterbalance the company's ailing power generation business in Europe.

SPX Corporation's Thermal Equipment and Services sector has won a contract worth $35 million to supply an air-cooled condenser (ACC) for Dalia Power Energies' new 835MW gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) which will be built in the Tel Tzafit region in Israel. The contract was awarded by Alstom - the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order worth €270 million to supply 14 18V48/60 diesel engines for the 194MW Zouk and 78 MW Jiyeh power plants located near Beirut, Lebanon. The scope of supply includes kits for converting the engines from diesel to gas-fired operation in the medium term. They are expected to be converted to run on liquid and gaseous dual-fuel capacity once the region's gas infrastructure is up and running.

Construction of Calpine Corporation's new 309MW gas-fired Garrison Energy Center in Dover, Delaware has begun, according to local media reports. The combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) is expected to become operational by June 1, 2015 and is designed to accommodate a further 309MW expansion, should market conditions be favourable.

Alstom has renewed a maintenance contract worth €90 million with Petrobas for seven years to service power generation equipment at their Governador Leonel Brizola (Termorio), Fernando Gasparian (Piratininga) and Celso Furtado (Termobahia) gas-fired combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) in Brazil.

AltaGas Ltd. has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with affiliates of LS Power Equity Advisors to buy Blythe Energy, LLC through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary AltaGas Power Holdings (U.S.) Inc. for $515 million. Blythe Energy owns the Blythe Energy Center, a 507MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP), associated major spare parts and a related 230 kV 67-mile electric transmission line in Southern California.

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News in Brief

Statkraft, GE enhance GB grid stability

July 10 – Statkraft and GE Power Conversion are working together to stabilise Britain’s power grid. To that end, GE will manufacture and install two Rotating Stabiliser synchronous machines at Statkraft’s site in Keith, Moray. Statkraft was awarded four stability contracts (two at Keith and two at Lister Drive) by National Grid ESO (NGESO) earlier this year.

Siemens Energy spin-off approved

July 9 – A large majority of Siemens shareholders have voted to approve the spin-off of the company’s energy business. The spin-off was approved by 99.36 percent of capital stock represented at today’s extraordinary shareholders’ meeting.

Central Hudson links solar farms to VPP

July 9 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp has established its distributed generation program within the broader context of New York State’s energy plan. Together with Sensus and their Remote Telemetry Module (RTM-III), the Central Hudson will monitor decentralized solar PV backed up by flexible gas gensets.

Siemens and GREEN Solar turn German town CO2-free

July 8 – GREEN Solar and Siemens Energy are jointly developing a concept for making Herzogenrath CO2-free. The plan is to provide an energy-efficient and economical combination of solar power plants, wind turbines, batteries, CHP and combined cycle power plants, as well as heat and hydrogen storage. The hybrid system will be built on the grounds of Nivelsteiner Sandwerke and will be large enough to cover the city’s entire energy demand with zero CO2 emissions by 2030.

Denmark paves the way for Nord Stream 2

July 7– Denmark on late Monday gave the Nord Stream 2 consortium permission to utilize pipe-laying vessels with anchors in Danish waters, paving the way for the Gazprom-led consortium to complete the interconnector. Construction of the 1,230-kilometre pipeline is nearly complete, except for a final stretch of about 120-kilometers in Danish waters. The project was halted in December when the Swiss-Dutch pipe-laying company Allseas suspended works over threats of U.S. sanctions.

EPRI tests early warning system

July 6– The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is conducting trial tests with multiple utilities across the United States of an early warning system. It can detect an off-gassing event as a precursor to thermal runaway up to 30 minutes prior to a cascading failure. This gives plant operators time to mitigate the problem or shut down the system.

KKR buys stake in First Gen

July 3 – Valorous Asia Holdings, owned by KKR investment funds, has bought a 11.9% stake in First Gen through a voluntary tender offer. First Gen, one of the Philippines’ largest independent power producers with 3,492 MW installed capacity, is owned by First Philippine Holdings which is controlled by the Lopez family. KKR’s acquisition of the First Gen stake is worth nearly $192.3 million.

Gazprom’s ‘BBB’ rating affirmed

July 2 – S&P Global Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have affirmed Gazprom's long-term credit ratings as part of their annual reviews. The ‘BBB’ ratings for Gazprom from S&P and Fitch are in line with the sovereign credit rating of the Russian Federation, while Moody's ‘Baa2’ rating is a notch higher.

MHIEC to refurbish WtE plant in Kushiro

July 1 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co (MHIEC) has received an order from the Kushiro Wide-Area Federation to repair and improve the core equipment at the local Waste-to-Energy plant in Takayama. The WtE plant has a capacity of 240 tonnes per day (tpd). Renovation will increase the energy efficiency of the fluidized bed type gasification and ash melting furnace facility, reducing emissions by around 15% annually. Works are due completed in September 2023.

Nigeria: Only two of six power projects on target

June 30 – Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises has disclosed that only two out of six privatized power plants were delivered on target. Only Transcorp Power Ltd and Geregu Power Ltd out of the six privatised electricity generation companies (GENCOs) were said to have met their performance targets since taking over.

German investors prefer solar over wind

June 29 – Energy infrastructure investors are keen to build solar power projects in Germany, but shun wind parks. In the latest solar power auction, investors offered to build almost 450 MW of capacity – more than four times the 96 MW of volume on offer– with the average successful bid at 5.27 cents per kilowatt-hour (ct/kWh). The wind auction, in contrast, was undersubscribed: The German network agency  (BNetzA) tendered around 826 MW, but successful bids only totalled 464 MW, at an average price of 6.14 ct/KWh.

MAN ventures into synthetic fuels

June 26 – MAN Energy Solutions has entered the hydrogen economy with the recent pro rata acquisition of H-TEC SYSTEMS, an electrolysis tech firm. The German OEM also committed itself to upgrading its gas turbines to run on 100% hydrogen by 2030.

Varegro starts using Cummins gas genset

June 25 – Belgian-based horticultural company Varegro, has started to use a Cummins HSK78G gas generator to power its greenhouses in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders. Varegro said it selected the Cummins HSK78G genset to produce combined heat and power (CHP) on its premises at a competitive cost for use in energy-intensive greenhouse facilities.

GE names Deloitte as independent auditor

June 24 – GE’s audit committee has selected Deloitte as the company’s independent auditor for the 2021 fiscal year, replacing KPMG. The selection of Deloitte concludes GE’s latest audit tender process.

Northern German states push for hydrogen pilot cluster

June 23 – Northern German states are pushing for greater hydrogen use with a pilot project cluster. Some 12 large demonstration plants for the production and use of green hydrogen are meant to be realised in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The aim is to demonstrate how 75% of CO2 emissions can be saved in the region by 2035.

Wärtsilä to design and equip battery-powered ferries

June 22– The Finish engine maker Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to design and equip two new zero-emissions ferries on behalf of the Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö. For each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up generators, and various electrical systems. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in early 2021 for the ships to start commercial operations in autumn 2021.

Subsidy cut slashes Chinese wind turbine margins

June 19 – China’s wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) could have their gross profit margins halved due to subsidy cuts, Wood Mackenzie forecasts. Commissioned onshore wind power capacity is expected to drop by more than 16% to 19 gigawatts (GW) from 2020 to 2021 as government subsidies were terminated. This could also lead to a 27% drop in turbine prices over the next five years, slashing OEMs’ gross profit margins by half.

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