Projects & Finance

Hungarian utility Tatabanya Erömu has contracted Wärtsilä to upgrade the automation and UNIC engine control system of utility’s 18 MW grid balancing power plant, running on three 34SG gas engines. The extended maintenance accord includes performance guarantees of 95% plant availability, and the ability to run at 10% load.

Siemens has been contracted to supply the complete electrification for a new paper production line at Palm’s paper mill in Aalen, southwest Germany. The order includes three SGT-800 gas turbines – at the latest 62 MW rating – and a SST-300 steam turbine for the client's new-built cogeneration plant.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $180 million loan to Gulf PD, a joint venture of Gulf Energy Development and Mitsui, to build and operate a combined-cycle gas power plant in Rayong, Thailand. Total development costs for the 2,500 MW power project are estimated at $1.6 billion.

SRP, a large community-based utility in greater Phoenix metropolitan area, has decided go ahead with the Sonoran Energy Center – a 250 MW / 1,000 MWh battery project to be built south of Buckeye by 2025. Tapping Arizona’s abundant solar resources, the hybrid project will help SRP meet peak summer demand while saving fuel costs.

Siemens has completed an extensive overhaul of the 794 MW Dunamenti combined-cycle power station in Százhalombatta, Hungary, in 51 days – “a short time for such a big project,” according to Vinod Philip, CEO of Siemens Service Power Generation. Works included a rotor exchange of the gas turbine and a control system upgrade to SPPA-T3000.

Saudi Aramco has been selected to source and supply LNG for a future 3,600-megawatt LNG-based power plant, under development in Bangladesh. Aramco and Acwa Power are building the integrated $3 billion project on behalf of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

German transmission grid operator TransnetBW has commissioned Siemens to build new switchgear in the 380 kilovolt (kV) Daxlanden substation in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. The order is priced in the low triple-digit millions range, and the commissioning of the turnkey solution will be completed by 2029.

South Korea’s construction conglomerate HDC Group has teamed up with Hanwha Energy to develop an LNG-fuelled power station in Tongyeong, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul. Under the deal, Hanwha will guarantee the LNG supply for the 1,012 MW combined-cycle power plant that is due operational in 2024.

Siemens has been contracted by Vietnam’s Hiep Phuoc Power Co. to convert the customer’s steam power unit in Ho Chi Minh City to combined-cycle mode. The upgraded plant will run on regasified LNG, instead of oil, and see its capacity boosted from 780 MW to nearly 1,200 MW.

MAN Energy Solutions is providing a drink can factory of the Royal Can Making Company in Iraq with six MAN 18V32/40 CD engines, with a total capacity of 53 MW. The recently build power plant in Baghdad will supply power to the factory’s manufacturing site and other nearby industrial plants.

American power plant developer AES Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnamese government to build the Son My-2 combined-cycle gas power plant at an estimated cost of $1.7-billion. Set to be fuelled by imported LNG, the 2.2 Gigawatt (GW) is due operational by 2024.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and KfW, the German state-owned development bank, have agreed to expand their cofinancing partnership in Asia-Pacific with an additional $2 billion over the next 4 years. The funds will be used to promote sustainable economic development, a cleaner environment, and renewable energy.

The first two Siemens HL-class turbines ordered from a customer in Asia will be supplied for a new combined-cycle power plant in Yeoju, South Korea. Running on regasified LNG, the projected CCGT will have a generating capacity of more than 1 Gigawatt (GW).

Evol is investing to expand its Kiwinana liquefaction plant south of Perth to meet rising demand from small-scale, decentralized power producers in Western Australia. The Kwinana LNG plant, built in 2008 and designed to produce 175 tons of LNG per day from North West Shelf gas, will be expanded to 250 tonnes per day from April 2020.

GE Power has signed a 5-year maintenance contract with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). The deal includes procurement of spares and services of the two GE 6F.03 gas turbines installed at the 225 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in the Bhola island district of Bangladesh.

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News in Brief

ExxonMobil enhances turbine oils

Jan 17 – New high performance turbine oils, developed by ExxonMobil Lubricants, are  entering the market which are formulated to prevent build-up of lacquer, varnish and deposits. The oils are designed to protect against thermal and oxidative degradation, one of the root causes of deposit build-up.

Wärtsilä signs O&M deals in the Bahamas

Jan 16 – Following the commissioning of a Wärtsilä-built 132 MW power plant in Bahamas in December, the Finish manufacturer now signed a two-year operation and maintenance (O&M) accord with the plant owner, the Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL). Wärtsilä will transition, train, and develop the owner’s Bahamian work force and provide key performance guarantees.

China, S'Korea curtail coal to tackle air pollution

Jan 15 – Beijing city government’s aggressive approach to tackling air pollution is working and South Korea’s spring coal-fired curtailments show some success in cutting seasonal emissions. According to Wood Mackenzie, this should benefit LNG, particularly while spot prices remain low.

Sri Lanka at brink of power shortages

Jan 14 – Sri Lanka could face power cuts by March, after plans for a large-scale coal power plant were been cancelled just prior to start of construction, and a tender for a 300 MW diesel plants ended up in court. On the demand side, pressure is building up as the region is moving into the dry season in February and March. Weather warnings say the island is likely to receive lower than average rainfall in the first quarter of 2020.

Caterpillar’s new genset comply with UK & German grid codes

Jan 13 – Caterpillar Inc. has launched a series of new generator sets that comply with the new G99 United Kingdom, VDE-AR-N 4110 German and Belgium C10/C11 grid codes. The following gensets – G3500H, CG132B, CG170, and CG260 (rated from 280-4,500kVA) – have been verified to be able to accommodate different reactive power modes, active power functions, and connection conditions for normal operation or reconnection after mains decoupling.

Transneft launches battery-based power supply for ILI tools

Jan 10 – Transneft Diascan, the largest Russian inspection service provider for pipelines, has developed and put into operation a power supply system for in-line inspection (ILI) tools based on rechargeable batteries. Flaw detectors performing inspections of trunk oil pipelines, gas pipelines and oil product pipelines can now use the energy from rechargeable batteries, which helps save time and reduces the cost of in-line inspection.

Pavilion starts trading LNG out of Madrid

Jan 9 – Singapore-based Pavilion Energy has completed the acquisition of all gas and LNG assets of the Spanish utility Iberdrola. From its new European headquarters in Madrid, Pavilion said has launched 2020 LNG trading operations with supplies focusing on Spain and the UK market.

Gazprom extends gas transits via Belarus until 2021

Jan 8 – Gazprom and Gazprom Transgaz Belarus have sealed additional agreements to extend the contracts for gas supplies to and gas transportation across Belarus until 2021. According to the newly-signed documents, the contractual supply and transit volumes in 2020 will remain at the level of 2019.

EastMed pipeline to take FID by 2022

Jan 7 – Greece, Cyprus and Israel have signed an agreement to build the 1,900-kilometre EastMed pipeline at an estimated cost of 6 billion Euros. The subsea pipeline, spanning over 1,900-kilometres would initially carry 10 Bcm of gas per annum from Israeli and Cypriot waters to Crete and then on to the Greek mainland and into the European gas network via Italy. A final investment decision (FID) is meant to be reached in 2022, given that the pipeline is scheduled for completion by 2025.

U.S. energy-related emissions drop over 2%

Jan 6 – Fewer emissions from coal consumption, combined with lower energy demand, have helped to significantly reduce the overall energy-related carbon emissions in the United States. According to government statistics, energy-related CO2 emissions fell 2.2 percent last year, and the downward trend is forecast to continue into 2020.

Brent crude prices surge

Jan 3 – North Sea Brent crude prices have risen to their highest level since September 2019, up nearly $3 per barrel because of Middle East tensions coupled with improved Chinese economic forecasts. Brent crude futures for March 2020 delivery were last seen trading at 69.21 per barrel the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). This bullish price sentiment will feed through to oil-indexed natural gas contracts and LNG deliveries, linked to the Japanese crude cocktail (JCC) basket price.

IEA says coal’s fate tied to Asia

Dec 23 – Rapid rise of wind and solar power in many parts of the world has pushed coal-fired power generation into steep decline in most developed countries. "But this is not the end of coal, since demand continues to expand in Asia," analysts at the International Energy Agency commented: "The region’s share of global coal power generation has climbed from just over 20 percent in 1990 to almost 80 percent in 2019, meaning coal’s fate is increasingly tied to decisions made in Asian capitals."

Drop in coal-burn makes Germany edge closer to climate targets

Dec 20 – In 2019, Germany managed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions for the second year in a row, mainly due to a 20 percent drop of coal use for power generation and a growing contribution from renewables. Energy savings and efficiency increases also helped. According to calculations by energy research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB), Germany’s primary energy consumption declined by 2.3 percent this year, overall energy use fell more than 2 percent, and energy-related CO2 emissions fell by as much as 7 percent.

Glencore buys Orsted’s lgas business unit

Dec 19 – UK-listed mining company Glencore has agreed to take over a loss-making natural gas business from Orsted, including long-term import capacity at the Gate regas terminal in Rotterdam and five other LNG purchase agreements. “The transaction entails a payment from Orsted to Glencore and will result in a loss that exceeds our current provision related to the LNG activities,” stated Copenhagen-based Orsted without disclosing the value of the transaction.

Carbon-intensive firms may shed over 40% in value

Dec 18 – Energy- and carbon-emissions intensive companies could lose up to 43% of their value if national governments enact more stringent policies to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change. Companies using green energy, in contrast, could gain up to 33% in value, research by the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) finds.

COP25 – a “lost opportunity”

Dec 17 – UN Secretary António Gutierrez has dismissed the outcome of the COP25 climate talks in Madrid as “disappointing” and “lost opportunity“. Some of the world’s largest emitters, including Australia, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia had joined the U.S. in pushing for accounting loopholes to weaken commitments to reduce emissions in the transport and power generation sector.

Industry produces over 13% of Germany’s electricity

Dec 16 – Decentralized power generation at industrial sites keeps rising in Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), industry produced 55 Terawatt-hours (TWh) of in 2018, meaning local units of mining and manufacturing generated 12.6 percent of the country's gross electricity output, mostly from gas-fired power units. The use of gas as a fuel for industrial power plants has consequently risen from around 35 percent to almost 50 percent over the last ten years.