Projects & Finance

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $55 million from the Canadian utility BC Hydro to supply flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) solutions to help increase grid transmission capacity.

Siemens together with the local contractor Alfanar has commissioned the first two of its SGT6-2000E gas turbine units at the Hail-2 Extension-III power plant on behalf of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

"The Hail-2 Extension-III project is expected to contribute significantly to the infrastructure development of the Hail region," said Siemens CEO of Saudi Arabia, Arja Talakar.

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $120 million from KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd. to design and build a gas-fired power plant and construct two 400/132 kilovolts (kV) high-voltage substations that will supply electricity to the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.

Huaneng Power International (HPI) today announced it has received the regulatory green light for its Huaneng Tongxiang gas-fired cogeneration project. Construction of the plant, in which it owns a 95% interest, was approved by Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission.

Wärtsilä, a leading supplier of diesel and natural gas engines, has won an order to supply a combustion gas engine baseload power plant to power the proposed PLTMG Duri plant in Indonesia.

Siemens Energy will design and built a gas-fired power plant in Düsseldorf as a turnkey project in on behalf of the municipal utility. The worth of the order, including a turnkey construction and a long-term maintenance contract, is between 400 and 500 million euros, Siemens said today.

Israel Chemicals (ICS) announced on Sunday it will invest $320 to build a new dual-fuel cogeneration plant in Sodom, southern Israel.

Japan's Tohoku Electric Power Inc. has commenced operations of its newly built No.5 gas turbine at the Higashi-Niigata power plant ahead of schedule. The 339 MW gas turbine is the third unit to start operations at the plant and the only one of five emergency units fuelled by regasified LNG.

Abu Dhabi has given the green light for the construction of a new 1,5000 gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Mirfa on a 'build own and operate basis.

ABB, the world's largest producer of power-distribution equipment, has won an order worth around $75 million from Iraq's Ministry of Electricity to connect a new 500 MW gas-fired power plant to the 400/132 kV (kilovolt) Amara substation.

U.K.-based Diageo plc has once again tapped Clarke Energy, a distributor of GE's Jenbacher gas engines, to install turnkey combined heat and power (CHP) plants at its Guinness breweries in Nigeria. GE said the ecomagination-approved Jenbacher J620 CHP units are scheduled to be fully installed, tested and in operation by the first quarter of 2013.

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), one of the largest utility worldwide in terms of installed power generation capacity, has contracted Shaw Group to implement a fleetwide services program for its oil and gas-fired power plants. Shaw did not disclose the contract value but said it will be included in the orderbook for Q4 2012.

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won a contract to supply two industrial Trent 60 gas turbines to power Lukoil's Stavrolen Power Plant in Budennovsk, Russia. The equipment will be manufactured at Rolls-Royce facilities in Montreal, Canada, and Mount Vernon, U.S., ready for shipment from 3Q 2012 and entry into commercial service in 4Q 2013.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has been selected to build an 88 megawatt diesel power plant in Thika City, near Kenya's capital Nairobi. Construction works at the site have started and MAN Diesel & Turbo said it expects the plant to start operations in 2013.

Black & Veatch has won several contracts from Harbin Electric Company Ltd to deliver three combined cycle power plants in China. "We are entering a golden age for natural gas powered plants and we're seeing accelerated advances in China," Dr Suqing Wang, senior project manager for Black & Veatch's global energy business commented on the deal.

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News in Brief

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.

Gazprom tackles issue of ownerless gas grid

Sept 27 – Gazprom, the main supplier of pipeline gas to Europe, is trying to settle the issue of ownerless gas pipelines – a relic of the former Soviet Union. Abandoned gas transmission pipeline spanned 6,651 kilometers as of March 1, with the issue seen as “especially acute” in the North Caucasus region where half of this infrastructure is located. If no owner registers these facilities within three months, Gazprom will take over to ensure reliability and safety.

Investors flock to Myanmar

Sept 26 – Fitch Ratings has singled out Myanmar’s power sector as one of the largest beneficiaries of foreign direct investments (FDI) worldwide. Nearly $21.2 billion was poured into power generation and energy infrastructure projects thus far in 2019, which is 27% of total FDI under the Myanmar Investment Law.