Projects & Finance

Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), one of Egypt's largest corporations, has received Government approval for an EPC contract worth US$ 363 million to build 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant in Baiji, Iraq. The project is expected to be completed in 21 months, OCI said.

Direct Energie, a French electricity supplier, and Siemens Energy have won a tender to build a combined cycle gas-turbine (CCGT) power plant in Brittany. Direct Energie, the owner and operator of the plant, said today it commissioned Siemens to supply the gas turbine.

Dominion Virginia Power is proposing to spend more than $1 billion to build a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County, U.S.

Verbund, Austria's largest power company, is in the process of commissioning its 832 MW gas-fired power plant in Mellach. Full commercial operations at the plant will start in the coming weeks.

AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 global power company, is divesting power plant assets with a combined capacity of 2,700 MW in Spain and New Jersey, U.S. Aggregate proceeds from the agreed sale of its 100% interest in the Red Oak and Ironwood plants and its 80% interest in the Cartagena CCGT are estimated to total $463 million, it said.

With more Russian industries turning to on-site power technologies to reduce their operational costs and increase their energy security, GE Energy sees an increasing demand for its Jenbacher cogeneration units.

China's largest landfill gas (LFG) power generation project, the Laogang LFG facility, will be powered by ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engines. Seven of GE's Jenbacher J420 gas engines with a capacity of 10 MW each, will supply electricity to the new Laogang LFG facility located in Shanghai, GE Energy said.

Investment in new combined heat and power (CHP) projects in Spain has become uneconomic following the decision of the Spanish government to abandon the cogeneration tariff, Peter Ward, sales manager at Centrax Gas Turbines told Gas-to-Power Journal.

PREdistribuce, the Czech electricity distribution network operator, has selected Siemens to implement a Smart Grid as a network control system  to stabilise electricity supply in Prague's power grid. Siemens said it will implement the latest software version of the Spectrum Power network control system over the next three years.

GE has implemented a new maintenance strategy, including modular replacement of gas turbines, at the Qatargas liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Ras Laffan Industrial City with the aim of reducing downtime.

Toshiba Corporation, a developer of power systems, has negotiated U.S. dollar-denominated loans totaling approximately US$1 billion to counter yen appreciation. The Tokyo-based company said it will receive some $600 million from the government fund and $400 million from Japanese private banks.

Schmack Biogas, a German suppliers of biogas technologies, is close to finalising construction works of a 2.85 MW biogas-to-energy plant Tongere, Belgium. "We plan to get the plant ready to start full commercial operations in the second half of this year," Schmack Biogas sales representative, Gernot Buchta, told Gas-to-Power Journal.

Changfeng Energy Inc., a natural gas service provider in China, will launch of a Gas & Electricity Exchange Program on February 20, 2012 with the aim of getting an additional gas quota of about 5 million cubic meters until 2015 for its operation in Sanya City.

Advanced Power, a developer and project financier of independent power plants, said today it will close its Hamburg office following the decision cease the development of its 1,200 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant project in Wustermark, Germany. The development of a gas-fired power plant project in Bocholt will be managed from London.

Siemens Energy has won an order to supply a SST-400 steam turbine generator for a waste-to-energy plant equipped with combined power and heat generation (CHP) in Plymonth, England.

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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.