Projects & Finance

Four pipelines – currently in planning or under construction – will significantly step up gas deliverability into New England, in the northeastern United States. Once operational, these interconnectors will gradually add more than 350 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of pipeline capacity into the region by 2023.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has begun work on a full turnkey contract to build Unit 1-3 at the Anegasaki Power Station, operated by JERA in Japan. Three 650 MW combined-cycle gas power units will replace four ageing units at the plant, and are due to start operations successively from early 2023.

Golar Power, together with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, has agreed to develop an integrated LNG import and power generation project at Port of Suape in northeastern Brazil, its second such project in the region. The venture is due operational in the second half of 2020.

Canada-based Demand Power, a behind-the-meter energy storage company, has secured $71 million (€63.9m) in equity and project finance from a group of investors, led by Star America. The funds will be used to deploy industrial-grade batteries and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) on customer sites, with the first project due onstream by the end of 2020.

Brest Republican Unitary Enterprise of Electricity Industry (Brestenergo) has placed the third order in three month for Siemens turbines. The latest order is for five SGT-800 gas turbines, as well as auxiliary equipment, for a peakload power plant in Beloozersk, Brest region. The 245 MW power unit is due for commissioning in December 2021.

Gemma Power Systems has been awarded two Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts from two U.S. power plant developers. For NTE Connecticut, Gemma will build the 650 MW Killingly Energy Center and the second contract is for a 920 MW gas-fired project in West Virginia.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been contracted to supply two M501JAC power trains to the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) in Delta, Utah, to enable a fuel switch from coal, to natural gas and to renewable hydrogen. The aim is run the 840 MW plant entirely on hydrogen by 2045.

Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has awarded Wärtsilä an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for a dual-fuel power plant at the Garden of Eden Generating Complex. The Wärtsilä 34DF engines will initially run on liquid fuel, and on natural gas when that fuel becomes available.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has arranged a debt financing package worth €303 million ($346m) to develop and operate the 390 MW combined-cycle gas power plant near Abidjan. The total cost of the Atinkou CCGT project is €404 million, developers disclosed.

Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power has signed a $1.2 billion contract to realize a 1,500 MW power project in Uzbekistan’s Syrdarya region under a Build, Own, Operate, Transfer (BOOT) model. All electricity from the combined-cycle gas plant will be sold to JSC National Electric Grids under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has signed a 15-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement with Energía del Pacífico for a 378 MW power plant in El Salvador. The deal takes effect once the gas-fired plant starts operations at the end of 2021.

Manila-listed First Gen Corp. is fast-tracking a floating storage and regas unit (FSRU) to ensure continuous fuel supply for 3.2 Gigawatt (GW) gas-fired power gen capacity near Batangas City. Construction of the FSRU is slated to start in May with the aim of receiving the first LNG cargo in the autumn of 2022.

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News in Brief

New York body rejects William’s plans for gas pipeline expansion

May 21 – New York’s and New Jersey’s state bodies for environmental conservation have rejected Williams’ plans for the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, designed to transport 400 million cubic feet per day of gas from Pennsylvania to New York. The state bodies had already denied wetland permits in 2019, but Williams pipeline subsidiary Transco filed another application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), arguing firm services under the project were agreed with UK’s National Grid for customers in New York City districts of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

UK inflation at 4-year low amid falling energy costs

May 20 – The rate of inflation in the UK has fallen to a four-year low as the pandemic pushed down global oil and fuel prices which translate into lower wholesale power prices. The consumer price index fell to an annual rate of 0.8% in April, down from 1.5% in March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Deficit grows in German green energy fund

May 19 – German regional grid operator TransnetBW has warned of a growing shortfall in the country’s fund for green energy sources, financed under the so-called renewable energy (EEG) levy. TransnetBW, the TSO in southwest Germany, said “due to the EEG cost allocations defined for 2020, we anticipate there will be a negative year end bank account balance in the high three-digit million euro range for 2020.”

Spanish gas companies ‘resilient’

May 18 – Spain’s regulated gas companies “should prove to be resilient” to external shocks arising from coronavirus containment measures, Standard & Poor’s analysis finds, calculating with an average drop in EBITBA at less than 3% in 2020. A new remuneration framework for 2021-2026, recently enacted by the Spanish government, provides enhanced visibility rated grid operators amid the pandemic.

German electricity prices second highest in EU

May 15 – Taxes and the renewable energy surcharge have pushed up Germany’s household electricity prices to the second highest level in Europe, topped only by prices in Denmark. While Danish households paid 29.2 Euros per 100 kWh on average in the second half of 2019, prices in Germany averaged 28.7 Euros, according to the EU statistics office Eurostat.

Calpine’s Q1 earnings fall

May 14 – Calpine, America’s largest generator of electricity from gas and geothermal, has reported a net income of $128 million for the first quarter of 2020, down from $175 million in the prior year period. Lower commodity margins and unfavourable change in income taxes were partially offset by earnings from hedge positions for the three month ending March 31.

Siemens to supply hybrid plant in the Philippines

May 13 – Berkley Energy has contracted Siemens Energy to build a hybrid power project on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. The project links 16 MW wind power with battery storage, stabilizing energy supply in a remote location with a weak link to the grid and reducing its dependence on diesel.

U.S. energy emissions fall

May 12 – Energy-related carbon emissions in the United States have fallen more than energy consumption, down 2.8% over the course of last year to 5,130 million metric tons (MMmt). Power sector emissions were down 145 MMmt, due to a switch from coal to gas and renewables. In April 2020, emissions experienced another unprecedented fall in due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

MAN expands Omincare concept

March 11 – MAN Energy Solutions’ service brand has extended its ‘PrimeServ Omnicare’ concept from turbomachinery to the marine and power segments. The one-stop service solution is now also applicable for maintenance of third-party machinery, including engines, turbochargers and related auxiliaries.

MIVOLT launches cooling fluid

May 7 – MIVOLT, part of the British company M&I Materials, has launched two specialist fluids to improve cooling efficiency at data centres. The electricity demand of data centres is forecast to rise to 20% of global supply to accommodate lifestyle changes like 5G internet network, autonomous vehicles and bitcoin mining.

Germany adds 1,300 km to power grid

May 6 – Germany has made progress in expanding its strained power grid. According to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), over 1,300 kilometres of new power transmission lines have been built and another 830km approved. A further 3,600km are planned to be built by 2030 to alleviate grid bottlenecks and allow transporting rising volumes of offshore wind southbound.




Oman nationalizes first IPP

May 5 – Manah Power, the first privately-run Independent Power Project (IPP) in Oman, has been transferred to state ownership, following the expiry of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between United Power Company and state-owned OPWP. Manah IPP was developed under Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) model, which stipulates an eventual nationalization of the assets – a feature absent in subsequent IPPs.

U.S inventories at record highs

May 4 – Inventories for crude oil and natural gas have reached a new record high in the United States, as fuel demand declines both for transport and the electric power sector. From March 13 – when a national emergency was declared due to the Covid-19 pandemic – to April 24, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories increased by 74 million barrels, or 16%, according to government figures. The acute scarcity of crude storage on April 20 led to a sell-off of future contracts at negative prices.

Wärtsilä to service Argentinean power plant

May 1 – Wärtsilä has signed a 10-year maintenance and service agreement with one of Argentina’s upstream companies. Under the deal, Wärtsilä provides a guaranteed performance for a 57.6 MW onsite power plant in the southern part of Argentina, with excess power sold to the national grid.

Zink-Air batteries for NY

April 30 – Zinc8 Energy Solutions has entered a cooperation with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install a zinc-air battery energy storage, backed by $2.55 million in state funding over a three year period. The Zinc8 ESS units can deliver power in the range 20-50 MW, with capacity of 8 hours of storage duration. The project will help New York State achieve its goal of installing 3 GW of energy storage by 2030.

UK again ‘coal-free’

April 29 – The UK continues to break its coal-free record as thermal coal-fired power plants currently remain off the system, according to National Grid data. Faltering demand due to the pandemic and high renewable energy supply radically altered the energy mix in many developed countries, with power in-feed from solar PV reaching 10 GW in Britain at the start of this week. “Coal is due off the system by 2025 and renewables have shown they are cost competitive with a viable route to market,” Delta-EE director Andy Bradley commented.

China’s fuel demand to rebound in Q2

April 28 – China’s demand for refined fuel is forecast to rebound in the second quarter, nearly reaching year-ago levels, as lockdowns to contain the coronavirus get lifted. Analysts at SIA Energy in Beijing expect second quarter demand for the three main transportation fuels to increase by 1.1 million barrels per day compared with the first quarter of 2020.