Projects & Finance

Siemens has laid the foundation stone for the new gas turbine plant in Dammam,  as a "step towards a massive expansion of activities in Saudi Arabia". The German engineering company said it will invest a "three-digit million US dollar figure" in the facility together with its local partner, E.A. Juffali & Brothers. The opening of the gas turbines and compressors manufacturing facility is planned for late 2013.

NAES Corporation, a service provider to the energy industry, has executed an operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for a 400 MW combined cycle power plant being constructed in Tuas, in the west of Singapore.

ABB has won several contracts in separate public tenders from Société nationale d'électricité (SNEL) to provide help in upgrading and enhancing supply security of Cogo's power grid.

Operational startup of Gigawatt Mozambique's 100 MW gas-fired power plant is scheduled for the end of next year. Costs for realising the power plant project are estimated to total US$ 230 million, the privately held energy company confirmed.

Siemens Energy said today it has received a first order to supply a SGT-750 industrial gas turbine to a buyer in North America. Energia MK KF, a subsidiary of Grupo Kaltex, purchased the 36 MW turbine to power its textile facilities in Mexico.

Vattenfall plans to start operations of three combined-cycle gas turbine plants (CCGTs) in the Netherlands by the end of the year, boosting its Dutch power generation capacity by 2,181 MW.

Øystein Løyseth, Vattenfall's president and CEO, said today the Swedish utility is reviewing the profitability of its entire European power plant fleet. He refrained, however, from revealing whether there will be any power plant closures due to adverse economics in the near future.

Shell has awarded a contract worth US$30 million to Rolls-Rocye to supply two RB211 gas turbines to increase gas output from its Malampaya deepwater natural gas project in the Philippines.

Massive energy-related infrastructure investments worth US$300 million are on the cards in Saudi Arabia with the aim of linking new economic cities to the national power grid. The Saudi Kingdom is undergoing a phase of massive industrial development with electricity demand is expected to reach up to 67,000 MW by 2020.

Operational start of the third unit (840 MW) at the McDonough-Atkinson combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant is under construction and slated to start in November this year. The addition of the third unit will bring the plant's total capacity to over 2,500 MW, the operator Georgia Power said.

Early site works to realize Oman's first gas-fired power plant (120 MW) have started at the waterfront site Tibat in Whilayat Bukha, Musandam Governorate. To fast-track the project, developers were granted permission to "forego the usual competitive tender process", Oman's ministry of information confirmed.

Mass Global Investment Company has awarded a contract worth US$16 million to ABB to build a substation and a SVC Light system that will supply electricity for industrial infrastructure in Northern Iraq. ABB said it received the order in the first quarter.

A consortium consisting of GE and a CH2M HILL-UGL joint venture has been awarded an order to provide power generation for the Ichthys LNG power station. The order is worth more than US$900 million, GE said.

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News in Brief

Italy’s power exports Montenegro surge

Jan 22 – Italian electric power exports increased by 28% in 2020, largely driven by flows to Montenegro which surged 26% to 8.6 TWh. In contrast, domestic power demand fell 6% last year to 271.6 TWh with electricity sales from conventional plants down nearly 9% to 140.5 TWh, figures by the Italian energy exchange GME show.

US considers new nuclear

Jan 21 – The new US President Joe Biden has said his country could construct new nuclear power plants and reiterated plans to “swiftly rejoin” the Paris Climate Agreement swiftly. Germany’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, called it illusionary to believe that newer, smaller reactors will be a technology of the future.

Mitsubishi produces methanol in Trinidad

Jan 20 – Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company has launched commercial operations of a methanol and dimethyl ether plant in Trinidad and Tobago. The plant has an annual production capacity of one million tons of methanol and 20,000 tons of dimethyl ether, which can be used as an alternative fuel for cars and power generation.

First 8-cylinder B36:45 engine delivered

Jan 19 – Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 8-cylinder variant of its Bergen B36:45 gas engine to a tomato producer in Belgium. The medium speed genset is planned for delivery this spring and will drive an onsite power plant that generates 4700 kW electricity and 5520 kW heat. The new engine offers a 20% increase in power per cylinder and will replace an existing Bergen 12-cylinder B35:40 genset.

Moody’s upgrades Enel to Baa1

Jan 18 – Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Enel’s long-term rating to Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade reflects Enel’s progress in reducing its risk profile, analysts said, pointing at the Italian utilities ongoing investment in networks and renewables, growing geographical diversification and focus on centralised financing.

GE sues Siemens Energy

Jan 15 – General Electric has sued its German rival Siemens Energy over the alleged use of stolen trade secrets to win gas turbine contracts worth several billion dollars. GE told the US district court in Virginia that Siemens received the secret information from a Dominion Energy employee.

Orbital Energy launches Eclipse

Jan 14 – Nasdaq-listed Orbital Energy Group has launched a new subsidiary, Eclipse Foundation, a drilled shaft construction company. The new company specialises in providing services for power transmission and substations, communication tower and a disaster restoration through emergency power.

S’Korean coal and LNG imports slide

Jan 13 – South Korea’s imports of thermal coal and LNG have fallen 12% and 11%, respectively, as the government cracks down on fossil fuel usage to curb air pollution. Customs data shows that coal imports amounted to 10.2 million tons in December, down 1.4 million tons from the same month last year but up from November’s imports of 9.5 million tons.

SMC builds 1.7 GW CCGT in Batangas

Jan 13 – Excellent Energy Resources, part of SMC Global Power Holdings, is building a 1,700 MW combined cycle gas power plant in Barangay Dela Paz and Ilijan in Batangas City with investments of about 67.863 billion Philippine Pesos ($1.41bn). The project is estimated to be completed in 36 to 40 months.

UK’s National Grid issues supply warning

Jan 12 – Natural gas prices in the UK surged as National Grid issued warnings on supply deficit as LNG cargoes are being diverted to North Asia. Prices at the British NBP gas trading hub soared to the equivalent of $8.95 per MMBtu, while the JKM price for North Asian spot LNG cargoes for February 2021 was last at $19.700 per MMBt.

Fortistar invests in hydrogen

Jan 11 – Fortistar, a privately-held fund, has joined an equity investment of up to $157 million in hydrogen producer BayoTech. Cottonwood Technology Funds and the New Mexico State Investment Council also participated in the latest financing round. BayoTech’s systems produce local hydrogen close to the application, serving end users in the industrial gas and petrochemical segment as well as those who use of hydrogen to power fuel cells.

Ashtead appoints new CFO

Jan 5 - Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team. The appointments are meant to cement the company’s position in the offshore energy market, including offshore wind and decommissioning of thermal power plants

NFE secures LNG for Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua

Dec 23 – New Fortress Energy (NFE) has agreed to purchase Henry-Hub-indexed LNG for its integrated gas and power businesses in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Nicaragua. The New York-based project developer said it now has covered 80% of its expected needs throughout Latin America, thus reducing its need for spot purchases and its exposure to changes in the market price for LNG.

China and Korea mandate coal-to-gas switch

Dec 22 – The Chinese government has launched a coal-to-gas boiler switching programme, targeting 7.1 million homes, which makes gas demand more weather-sensitive this winter. Similarly, South Korea mandated the closure of 15 coal-fired plants since the start of December in an effort to reduce air pollution. Analysts expect this will accelerate the drawdown of LNG terminal inventories going into Q1-2021.

GE repowers oil field in Brazil

Dec 21 – GE Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by Sulzer Pumps UK to supply motors for four water injection pumps of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The 8,000 kW, two pole motors will run at 3,600 rpm with a limitation of the starting current at 300%, enabling the oil and gas field operator to optimise the generator which supplies electricity on the FPSO.

VELO distributes Sapphire Metal 3D-Printers in the US

Dec 18 – California-based VELO3D has formed a distribution partnership with GoEngineer for Flow pre-print software, Sapphire metal AM printer, and Assure quality assurance and controls. GoEngineer will be VELO’s only distributor in the United States.

Indian electric boats to achieve zero emissions

Dec 17 – Cochin Shipyard, India’s largest shipbuilder, has asked Siemens Energy to equip India’s first fleet of 23 boats with electric propulsion drive train, integrated with batteries and vessel automation. Combining the electric propulsion drive trains, energy storage, and automation systems is expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption.

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