Projects & Finance

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won an order to deliver three M701 JAC gas turbine generators for use in a new 2,400 MW combined-cycle power plant in Fujairah. Once operational in 2023, the F3 Fujairah CCGT will be the largest of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Iraq's electricity ministry has awarded GE contracts worth over $1.2 billion to enhance the country’s energy infrastructure. Some $500 million will be spent on upgrading power plants with a combined capacity of 6,000 MW, while $727 million serve to reinforce interconnectors with Jordan.

Two Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) ships, deployed at the Búzios and Mero oil fields offshore Brazil, will be powered by WEG gas turbines. The manufacturer said it was selected to supply eight gas turbine generators and over 60 medium voltage motors with 13,000 kW.

Siemens Energy and China Power will provide electrolysers for a hydrogen fuelling station in Yanqing District, one of three sites of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The facility, based on Siemens’ PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer Silyzer200, is due for delivery in May 2021.

Siemens Energy has been selected to supply 20 centrifugal compressors for Saudi Aramco’s Hawiyah Unayzah Gas Reservoir Storage (HUGRS) project. With injection capacity of 1,500 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d), the storage will enable Aramco to manage its surplus gas volumes effectively.

Duke Energy, a U.S. utility servicing 7.4 million customers, has announced the operational start-up of its $817 million Asheville combined-cycle power station. The 560 MW plant consists of two blocks and replaces a 1906s-ear coal unit at the same site in Arden, North Carolina.

Chiahui Power, a Taiwanese independent power producer (IPP), and GE have won an occupational safety award, signalling out the 500 MW expansion of the Chia Hui combined-cycle power plant as a ‘model site’. GE is delivering the turnkey plant expansion, powered by a 7HA.02 gas turbine, with operations due to start in 2021.

Indonesia-based Risco Energy Solutions has contracted Chart Industries to provide LNG storage tanks, ISO containers, trailers, mobile equipment and fuelling stations. The accord comes in response to plans by state oil company PT Pertamina and electric utility PLN (Persero) to expand the power and gas infrastructure across the island nation.

EnBW, the regional utility in Baden-Württemberg, has awarded a 100 million contract to Ansaldo Energia to design, supply, install and service a 300 MW open-cycle power plant (OCGT) in the southern German city of Marbach. The peaking power plant is due operational by October 2022.

Rolls-Royce is to supply its very first series production MTU PowerPacks to the Irish national rail operator Iarnród Éireann, which ordered 41 units. Fitted with MTU 6H 1800 R86 engines, the PowerPacks each deliver 375 kW from the diesel engine as well as 150 kW from the electrical machine.

GE has installed its MXL2 upgrade on a gas turbine at ADNOC Ruwais General Utilities Plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Despite Covid-19-related challenges, the upgrade was completed within six months, resulting in a 10.7 MW increase in output using the same amount of fuel.

Wärtsilä has won an EPC contract to supply an LPG/LFO-fuelled power plant and integrated energy storage to the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA). The four 32LG engines will deliver an output of 36 MW, with energy storage adding further 9 MW for up to two-hours.

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News in Brief

Energy storage for LNG-powered vessels

Oct 21 – Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf has asked Wärtsilä to retrofit its energy storage system (ESS) on four LNG-fuelled platform support vessels. Once upgraded in early 2022, all vessels will be of full tri-fuel operation.

Mott McDonald starts construction on ALCP6

Oct 20 – US construction firm Mott McDonald has started building the ALCP6 waste to energy project in Krabi province, southern Thailand. The plant will incinerate 144,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste, and the heat obtained will be converted into 6 MW of electricity to be exported to the Thai national grid.

Brace for EU sustainable finance rules

Oct 19 – Sustainable finance practices, drawn up by the European Commission, could create a "bureaucratic monster" that smaller companies and energy investors would find overbearing, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (ifo) warned. The regulation should hence prioritise closer scrutiny of large and listed companies.

UK could become net power exporter

Oct 16 – Increased interconnection could provide a route for excess offshore wind power in Britain to be consumed elsewhere in Europe. National Grid Interconnector Register shows up to 16 GW of interconnection could be operational by 2025 and up to 25.4 GW by 2030.

Wärtsilä to deploy GridSolv in US city

Oct 15 – AEP OnSite Partners has contracted Wärtsilä to deploy its GridSolv Quantum energy storage in the city of Martinsville, Virginia. The system includes an UL9540A limiting 2-hour battery firewall and will help lower the city’s energy costs.

Rolls-Royce spends $13.9m in Mankato

Oct 14 – Britain’s engine maker Rolls-Royce has decided to invest nearly $14 million in its Power System business to build a new R&D centre at its MTU manufacturing plant in Mankato, Minnesota, US. The expansion will see 28,000 square foot added to the facility’s existing hall, making room for the production of high-power MTU gas gensets, enhanced product testing and the creation of 20 new manufacturing positions.

Clarke commissions Vitalait power unit in Tunisia

Oct 13 – Clarke Energy and INNIO Jenbacher have completed the commissioning of an onsite power plant of a milk producer in Tunisia. The installation of another Jenbacher gas engine has increased the plant’s output to 4 MW of electricity as well as 1,100 kW of hot water and 800 kW of steam.

Secondary battery market to top $55bn

Oct 12 – Technavio expects the secondary battery market to grow by $55.62 billion through 2024, rising at an 11% rate over the forecast period. Falling costs for lithium-ion batteries as well as growing demand in Asia Pacific allowed the market to grow 2.01% this year, despite adverse effects of the pandemic. Top battery suppliers are Tesla, Clarious, Exide, LG Chem, GS Yuasa and Samsung.

Shift to sustainable tech

Oct 9 – Three quarters of utilities, surveyed by EIT InnoEnergy, are considering adopting sustainable technology over the next 12-18 months. However, over one third of the respondents found it hard to recruit the skills they need.

Generator rentals slow

Oct 8 – The rental market for power generators has slowed down due to the pandemic, with genset rentals from the oil and gas industry forecast to grow by just $153.87 million this year. However, Technavio expects the market will return to a 3% annual growth rate by 2024.

GE upgrades Italian CHP

Oct 7 – GE has completed an axial fuel staging upgrade on its 9E gas turbine at an onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Milazzo refinery in Sicily. The entire electricity needs of the refinery, over 780 GWh in 2019, will soon be supplied by the upgraded and more flexible gas turbine.

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 6 – GE Digital’s latest software gives electric utilities remote and mobile control over their power stations for remote start-up, external monitoring and operational fine-tuning. The goal is to safe cost through autonomous operation from any location.

Chart wins order from New Fortress Energy

Oct 5 – Chart Industries has secured a second leasing order, worth $7.7 million, for ISO containers for LNG applications from New Fortress Energy for a project in the Caribbean. The US equipment maker sees double digit near-term growth in its repair, service and leasing business, notably from growing demand for LNG equipment for infrastructure.

Siemens energises Togo

Oct 2 – Siemens Energy has delivered a SGT-800 gas turbine and other components for the Kékéli Efficient Power plant project. Located in the Togolese capital Lomé, the 65 MW plant will cover almost 40% of country’s expected electricity demand.

Batteries get cheaper

Oct 1 – Cost for battery production is falling rapidly as manufacturers bring large Gigafactories on-line. By 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance anticipates battery pack prices to drop to $73 per kilowatt-hour, down from a current volume-weighted average of below $270/kWh.

Barclays may help fund Rolls-Royce

Sept 30 – UK’s prime engine maker Rolls-Royce is understood to be close to getting fresh financing from Barclays Bank. The Derby-based company, however, insists no final decision has been taken on the precise amount that may be raised or any allotment of shares to any investor.

Petronas to truck LNG to off-grid users

Sept 29 – Petronas Dagangan Group is gearing up to build a LNG truck delivery service for off-grid customers in Peninsular Malaysia. Trucks fitted with cryogenic tanks will bring the super-chilled fuel to remote industries and small-scale power generators with no access to the natural gas grid. Malaysia’s Peninsular Gas Utilisation (PGU) pipeline is only 2,500 kilometers in length and was initially built to export gas to Singapore.

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