Projects & Finance

South Korea’s Samsung C&T has bagged a $977 million order to act as EPC contractor for the construction of the 2,400 MW Fujairah F3 combined-cycle power plant at Qidfa, some 300km northeast of Abu Dhabi. The CCGT, developed together with Marubeni, is due completed by April 2023.

Belarus’ state-run energy provider RUE Minskenergo has contracted Siemens to supply six SGT-800 industrial gas turbines and related equipment for a peak load power plant in Minsk. The 300 MW unit is scheduled to be commissioned in December 2021.

Developers of the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana have contracted Siemens to add another mixed refrigeration compressor and associated Siemens SGT-750 gas turbine. The aim is to increase refrigeration power and boost liquefaction capability.

New Fortress Energy (NFE), the owner of gas liquefaction facilities in Florida, has agreed to supply LNG to Nicaragua as part of a power plant venture. Under the deal, NFE will build a floating LNG import unit and a 300 MW gas-fired power plant by the second half of 2021.

Japan-based Marubeni, together with Engie of France, have formed a consortium with Abu Dhabi Power Corp (ADPower) to develop the Fujairah F3 independent power project. Construction is due to start “swiftly” for the plant to generate “early power” by summer 2022, and reach full operation by summer 2023.

Belgium-based greenhouse growing company Varegro has chosen to install a Cummins HSK78G gas generator to power its facility in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders. On site, the generator provides thermal and electrical energy by recovering CO2 for a greenhouse premises spanning 40,000 square metres.

Jamuna Group, one of Bangladesh’s largest industrial conglomerates, has placed an order with Wärtsilä to supply and install a 78 MW engine power plant to electrify an industrial park in the northeast of the country. The plant will operate on eight 34SG engines fuelled by gas.

New Fortress Energy (NFE) has signed an LNG supply deal for eight cargoes a year from its liquefaction units in Miami, Florida, for 10 years through January 2030. Most cargoes will head to Puerto Rico, where NFEnergía supplies regasified natural gas to two converted units at the San Juan power plant.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has secured a grant worth nearly $1.1 million from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to evaluate the technicality and economics of developing a 1,350 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Abuja. The CCGT would run on domestic gas.

Ships at the Port of Kiel will soon benefit from Germany’s largest shore power system to date. With 16 megavolt amperes (MVA), Siemens’ Siharbor solution will supply two ships simultaneously with certified eco-power. Test operation will start in the 2020 cruise ship season.

Quadra’s 233 MW Voronezh CHP plant has successfully run its first week of commercial operation since February 1, using four of GE’s Sprint LM6000 gas turbines. The additional aeroderivative gas turbines enhance flexibility reliability of the Voronezh combined-cycle unit.

Eager to avert power shortages in Yangon, the government of Myanmar has asked Wärtsilä to deliver eight 50SG engines for two power plants with 292 MW combined capacity. The two LNG-fuelled gensets are meant to be installed and operational within a matter of months.

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News in Brief

Zhonghua’s profits halve

April 1 – Hong Kong-listed Zhonghua Gas Holdings has recorded a staggering 46.7% fall in profit, citing a lower margin for LNG supplies and reduced subsidies, although full-year revenue rose by 7.3%. In December, Zhonghua partnered with Shanghai Shenergy to supply LNG in the Yangtze River Delta region, and also has strong business relationships with Tractebel Engineering and Tianjin Jinre Heat-Supply Group.

Endesa donates $28m to fight coronavirus

March 31 – Endesa has created a 25 million euros ($27.8 million) fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in Spain. The Spanish utility, subsidiary of Enel, said the fund will be designated for purchases of protective equipment for health-care workers.

 

MAN develops liquid methane terminal in Swedish port

March 30 – OxGas has commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to act as ‘owners engineer’ to develop and build a liquefied methane-based fuels terminal in the Swedish Port of Oxelösund. The terminal will feed both LNG and green methane derived from bio gas to SSAB ’s local steel production, and to re-distribute it via train and trailers to other parts of Sweden for use in the steel industry and decentralized power generation.

American ISOs to delay grid investments

March 27 – North America’s independent system operators (ISO) are considering delaying investments in grid upgrades and enhancement as electricity demand weakens due to industry shutdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic. PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. bulk power market which spans 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, revised its daily forecast of about 100,000 MW of load but actual demand came in at 95,500 MW.

Wärtsilä starts combustion trials using ammonia

March 26 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia in an effort to reduce emissions. Based on initial results, the tests will be continued on both dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas engines, followed by field tests in collaboration with ship owners from 2022, and potentially also with energy customers.

Xodus sees growth in cable services

March 25 – Xodus Group has stepped up services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. The number of new consulting assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams that are handled by more 30 permanent staff.

Electricity “more indispensible than ever”

March 24 – Disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis lay bare how much modern societies rely on electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IAE). Millions of people are mandated to stay home, causing a surge in teleworking, e-commerce and video streaming which pushes up domestic electricity use.

U.S. frackers cut Capex

March 23 – Sharp cuts in capital spending among Appalachian gas producers are now being replicated in other U.S. basis, with Energy Aspects anticipating the deepest impact on production and earnings to take place starting from the second half of 2020. So far, E&P companies just hedged 52% of this year’s expected production even though some Appalachian producers are seen “lock in some pure gas volumes at prices above the curve.”

EV makers face bankrupcy

March 20 – Electric vehicles (EVs) remain particularly exposed to the corona effect of supply-side constraints and demand erosion. Gigafactory facilities are likely to be delayed and fledging EV manufacturers could face bankruptcy, Wood Mackenzie warns. On the flip side, declines in EV sector demand may be gains for the stationary energy storage segment.

Manufacturing rebounds in Asia

March 19 – Asian-dominant supply chains for solar and energy storage are gradually rebounding after contractions in February. Moving forward, Wood Mackenzie expects near-term development activity and local logistics in leading European and North American markets will outweigh lingering supply issues.

Italy’s gas demand plunges

March 18 – Corona-struck Italy has seen demand for natural gas plunge 8% from the previous week, with similar declines likely in other EU countries as national governments impose lockdowns to contain the virus. Industrial demand is “particularly volatile,” while gas generators will bear the brunt of demand loss, Wood Mackenzie says, as a carbon price decline is bolstering thermal coal.

Nexif raises funds for Rayong CHP

March 17 – Nexif Energy, a joint venture between Singapore-based Nexif and Denham Capital, has raised project financing for the Rayong gas-fired cogeneration project in Thailand. The 92 MW plant is being developed project with Ratch Group, based on 25-year power purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

ADB provides $10m loan for Afghan IPP

March 16 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $10 million in debt financing for a gas-fired power unit in Mazari Sharif with a capacity of nearly 60 MW. Phase-1 of the Independent Power Project (IPP) will get another $10 million loan from the Leading Asia's Private Sector Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

IEA models 50% Carbon-Free Generation

March 13 – Analysts at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) have drawn up the 50% Carbon-Free Generation case - assuming a stark shift in state-level policies. In this event, the U.S. would have 19% more nuclear power generation, 10% more wind power and 17% more solar PV contribution than in its Annual Energy Outlook 2020 (AEO2020) reference case.

E-charging market to top $15bn by 2030

March 12 – By 2030, the U.S. market for energy-optimisation in support of charging electric-vehicles could be worth $15 billion per year, McKinsey finds. The consultancy expects high demand for home-charging appliances as residential power tariffs are comparatively cheap and most charging can happen overnight when off-peak electricity prices are lower.

Oversupply builds up

March 10 – Energy Aspects’ end-March forecast has added on another 100+ billion cubic feet of natural gas supply while demand remains subdued. In the U.S., the seasonal decline in heating degree days nearly halved the natural gas withdrawal rate. Gas-burn in the power sector and residential/commercial demand are forecast to fall by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) and 4.0 bcf/d, respectively.

Small-scale LNG cuts cost for power plants

March 10 – Decentralized gas power plants in remote locations can source cheaper fuel from small-scale LNG regas terminals than from trucking the super-chilled gas across long distances. “Trucking LNG further inland would entail additional costs as well as logistical challenges,” IEA analysts noted. For example, a 100 MW baseload power plant would require, on average, around 20 daily deliveries from tanker trucks.