Projects & Finance

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.

Austria's most efficient thermal power plant has started operations after Siemens Energy officially handed over the Mellach combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) to the Austrian utility Verbund Thermal Power on Friday. The plant's record district heating output of 400 MWth facilitates that more than 80 percent of the energy in the fuel is put to effective use, according to Siemens Energy.

Braden, an operating division of Global Power Equipment Group, has won a contract worth 8 million Euros to provide gas turbine exhaust systems to Siemens Energy for the Khormala phase I Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP).

Gama Energji is in talks with two potential partners about setting up a tolling agreement to market the electricity generated at its Kirikkale CCGT project with the aim of reducing financing costs.
"We want to have a tolling accord in place - as a hedging instrument - before we close project financing for Kirikkale, as it could give us a reduction in interest of about 150 basis points," Orkun Eyilik, Commercial Manager, Gama Energji told 'Gas to Power Journal' today.

Financing for new gas-fired power plant is getting tight in Turkey and fewer projects will come to fruition. "Combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGTs)  plants with less than 50% operational efficiency will not get financed in Turkey" Emre Hatem, Manager, Project and Acquisition Finance, Garanti Bank said at a conference organised by 'Gas to Power Journal' in Istanbul today. He forecast a reduction of the share of gas in Turkey's energy mix from currently 45% to 25% by 2020.

General Electric (GE) will supply the Japanes steel producer JFE Steel Co. with a heavy duty Frame 9E gas turbine system for a steel gas-to-energy recovery project at its East Japan Iron Works in Chiba City, east of Tokyo. GE said today it will start delivering the equipment to Japan in December 2013.

Karoo Sustainable Energy (KSE) has won the 2012 Africa Competitive Strategy Leadership award after it negotiated the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) as a step towards structuring the financing of a 180 MW gas-fired power plant project.

Sasol New Energy plans to start operations of its gas engine power plant project in Sasolbury, South Africa, before the end of the year. The 140 MW plant is currently under construction and is set to run on 18 Wärtsilä 20V34SG generating units, fuelled by natural gas imported from Mozambique.

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News in Brief

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.

PowerPHASE converts gas peakers into storage engine

June 18 – U.S. emergency power provider PowerPHASE has developed an upgrade to convert 7F gas turbine-based peaking plants (350 MW each) to a so-called Storage Engine (400 MW). The unit would be able to store 3500 MWh daily and discharge 4800 MWh daily. CEO Bob Kraft claims utility customers could dispatch the Storage Engine, despite its lower heat rate (4000), ahead of higher heat rate options (9000 for gas peakers) in a competitive market like ERCOT in Texas.

Cummins names Davis head of New Power unit

June 17 – Cummins has appointed Amy Davis as Vice President and President of the company’s New Power Segment, effective July 1. The new unit includes Cummins’ electrified powertrains, battery design and assembly, battery management, fuel cell and hydrogen generation.

GE powers USS Zumwalt

June 16 – The US Navy has taken delivery of the USS Zumwalt, its first full-electric power and propulsion ship, equipped by GE’s Power Conversion. The ship features a high-voltage system, propulsion drive trains with multi-phase VDM25000 power converters and advanced induction motors. Kevin Byrne, head of GE’s North America marine segment said “the full-electric power and propulsion ship has the flexibility to direct energy where it is needed on the platform.”

New England power prices down 40%

June 15 – Spot electricity prices in New England (NE) has fallen since winter 2019/20 when it stood at an average $28/MWh, down 40% from an average $47/MWh in the previous winter. Low natural gas prices, warmer-than-normal temperatures, lower loads, and reduced needs to run expensive peakload generators were the cause for the substantial drop in NE’s winter electricity prices, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) finds.