Projects & Finance

Anadarko’s recent FID on the $20 billion Mozambique LNG project will sweep substantial revenue into state coffers. From the early 2030s, royalties from Mozambique LNG alone will reach an estimated $3 billion per annum, doubling today’s state revenue and freeing up funds for integrated power projects.

Russia’s Gazprom is preparing to feed first gas into the Power of Siberia pipeline for export to China. Production drilling is in full swing at the Irkutsk Region-based Kovyktinskoye field, which will start pumping gas into the 38 bcm/y gas interconnector with China in early 2023.

Australian-listed LNG Ltd, developer of the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana, is striving to sign a full sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Delta Offshore Energy. The first LNG cargo could set sail to the Mekong Delta in May, or early June 2020, for use in an integrated 3.2 GW combined-cycle power plant.

Siemens has expanded Bolivia’s three largest thermal power plants to efficient combined-cycle mode, adding a total of 1 gigawatt (GW) of electric power output to the Bolivian grid. The three CCGTs, operated by Ende Andina, were commissioned within a few weeks in August and September.

MAN Energy Solutions is supplying two 9L51/60 engines for a new power plant in Gambia, build on behalf of the local utility NAWEC. Situated in Brikama, the plant will produce 18 MW of electrical output, adding 20% to the installed capacity of the West African country.

Hong Kong-listed VPower Group, together with Myanmar’s Zeya Associates, has been awarded four of the five emergency power projects tendered by the energy ministry. Three power projects, with a combined capacity of 900 MW, will run on imported LNG.

Harnessing methane-laden waters from Lake Kivu, the government of Rwanda has entered a public-private partnership (PPP) with Shema Power Lake Kivu Ltd (SPLK), formerly Symbion Energy, to develop a 55 MW power plant. Ultimately, the government aims to fuel over 500 MW capacity with methane from the lake by 2024.

Nigeria’s Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd (IEPL) is benefitting from an upgrade of the first two out of six GE 6B gas turbines at its onsite power plant in Rivers State. The upgrade increased the electricity output of Indorama's plant by 15% per gas turbine.

Japan’s energy giant JERA has agreed to pay $300 million to buy a 22% stake in Summit Power International with the aim of getting involved in major energy infrastructure projects in Bangladesh.The deal follows an agreement between Summit Corp and JERA to jointly develop a $500 million project in Cox’s Bazar, which will include various terminals for cargo and LNG.

First oil from Johan Sverdrup – Norway’s sixth-largest discovery, with 2.7 billion barrels reserves – is a red-letter day for the operator Equinor and partners Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total. The field started two months ahead of schedule and 40 billion Norwegian Krone ($4.38 bn) below budget.

Nigeria’s BelemaOil Producing Ltd has contracted MAN Energy Solution to supply three MGT gas turbine heat and power systems for installation at BPL’s upstream operation, some 30 miles southwest of Port Harcourt.

PJSC Kazanorgsintez, one of Russia's largest chemical companies, has awarded Siemens a contract worth 290 million Euros to build 250 MW combined-cycle power plant at its manufacturing site in Tatarstan. Start of commercial operation is planned for 2023.

Regulators in Vietnam have approved the Son My 2 combined-cycle power plant, proposed by AES and PetroVietnam affiliate PV Gas. Built in Binh Thuan, south-central Vietnam, the 2,250 MW project is meant to reach financial close in 2021 and start up in 2024.

Kobelco Power Moka, part of Kobe Steel, has commissioned and started up the first unit of its 1.25 GW Moka combined-cycle gas power project in Japan. The first of two 624 MW units is now supplying electricity to Tokyo Gas which said it set a target of procuring 5 million kW of electric power in the 2020s.

South Korea’s Samsung C&T has secured a $630 million order from Reliance Bangladesh LNG & Power to build a combined-cycle gas power plant in Meghnaghat. Construction will start in October with a view to get the 718 MW plant commissioned in July 2022.

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News in Brief

Norway’s oil fund starts investing in renewables

Dec 11 – The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), traditionally heavily exposed to the oil and gas industry, has been permitted to shift its strategy. Acknowledging heavy losses of the world’s largest pension fund, worth an estimated $1 trillion, the government in Oslo has allowed GPFG fund managers to also invest in unlisted infrastructure, notably renewable energy sources and alternative fuels, including hydrogen.

ENGIE invests in wind energy in Italy and France

Dec 10 – France’s largest energy company ENGIE has completed the acquisition of Renvico from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and KRR. The move contributes to utility’s ambition of boosting its renewable energy assets to 3 GW in Europe and 9 GW worldwide by 2021. The Renvico takeover comprises 329 MW of operating wind farms of which 142 MW in Italy and 187 MW in France. It also includes a 300 MW greenfield portfolio of various fossil power assets.

Dominion issues Scammer Alert

Dec 9 – Dominion Energy Ohio has reminded customers they will begin receiving the next U.S tax credits automatically, beginning in April 2020, in their monthly bills. Customers were warned not to provide banking details to scammers who claim such data is required to receive the federal tax credits.

BOL finances entire 220 MW plant in Nassau

Dec 6 – Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has agreed to cover the entire costs to build a 220 MW power plant at the Clifton Pier site in Nassau, and transfer the assets to Shell North America. BPL and Shell had agreed to jointly develop a 220 MW power plant plus LNG regas terminal, but the Bahamas state utility later signed a $95 million contract with Wärtsilä to install a 132 MW engine-driven power plant at the same site.

Kepco to operate CCGT in Uruguay

Dec 5 – Kepco KPS has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain the recently commissioned combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Punta del Tigre, Uruguay. Under the O&M contract, Kepco said it expects to earn 17 billion Won in sales every year, for a maximum eight years.

Siemens to create thermal twin for Bajaj Energy plant

Dec 4 – Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd (LPGCL), part of Bajaj Group, has contracted Siemens to create a complete twin for its fossil power plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. The thermal twin, powered by thermodynamic analysis and machine learning, allows power plant operators to diagnose performance gaps for every asset in the cycle in real time.

Talks between Gazprom and Naftogaz continue

Dec 3 – Russia’s Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy have continued difficult negotiations about an extension of Russian gas supplies and transit after the current contract expires on December 31, 2019. The two state-run companies are embroiled in a legal dispute that still needs resolving, however, they confirmed talks are underway and focus on the technical aspects of transiting Russian gas to Europe from 2020 onwards.

Asia seen add 400 GW by 2030

Dec 2 – Asian nations are expected to add more than 400 gigawatts (GW) of electrical capacity to the grid over the next decade — equaling about twice the installed capacity of Germany. Much of the new capacity will be renewables, backed up by some 140 GW of dependable gas-fired capacity, according to GE Energy findings. Hence, the U.S. turbine manufacturer decided to invest up to US$60 million to convert its Singapore repair center into a HA engineering and development center.

Total starts up hybrid plant with energy storage

Nov 29 – Total Quadran has started up the largest hybrid power plant combined with energy storage to harness the ample solar power potential of New Caledonia, a French overseas territory. With an installed capacity of 16 MW-peak, the plant also features a 10 MW lithium-ion energy storage system. Combining of hybrid solar PV units and possibly gas-powered generator sets with energy storage balance out supply swings and enhances the reliability of the electricity grid.

Rolls-Royce, AVK partner on standby gensets

Nov 28 – AVK, Britain’s largest supplier of critical power solutions for data centres and the financial sector, has partnered with Rolls-Royce’s MTU brand for standby gensets in UK and Ireland. The deal covers MTU Series 2000 and 4000 diesel systems in a range from 825 to 4,000 kVA. In the past 30 years, AVK has developed into the largest solutions provider in the UK’s critical power market and has to date supplied gensets equipped with MTU engines with a total capacity of more than 3.5 GW.

Golar suffers setback amid restructuring

Nov 27 – Golar LNG, owner of a fleet of 27 vessels, has seen operating revenues plunge 20% to $98.67 million, in the first nine month of this year, while net losses amounted to over $236 million. Bermuda-registered Golar in May 2019 announced plans to spin off its LNG carrier fleet with the aim of becoming a gas project developer. It recently won a contract for the Barcarena power project (605 MW) in northeastern Brazil.

Burckhardt buys remaining share of Arkos

Nov 26 – Burckhardt Compression’s subsidiary in North America has purchased the remaining 60% of Arkos Group. The US has the world’s largest installed base of reciprocating compressors, and the integration of Burckhardt and Arkos Field Services, will turn the company into the only independent one-stop provider for equipment and service in the upstream, midstream and downstream business.

Gazprom’s exports to Austria reach fresh record

Nov 25 – Supplies of Russian gas to Austria and transits to Western Europe have already exceeded record levels set last year. From January 1 through November 21, 2019, Gazprom delivered over 12.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas – 33.5% more than in the same period in 2018. Austria’s OMV imports Russian gas under a long-term contract that was recently extended until 2040.

OGUK responds to Labour Party Manifesto

Nov 21 – The UK North Sea industry association Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) has warned of an investment hiatus in reaction to Labour’s pledge to introduce a windfall tax on oil and gas companies, if it wins the General Election on December 12. Responding to this, OGUK said any increase in tax rates would drive investors away, damage the competitiveness of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, and could potentially increase the country’s reliance on imports. OGUK underlined it has put in place a ‘Roadmap 2035 a blueprint for net zero emission’ and is investing in technology to achieve this goal.

France, Germany and UK led on demand-side flexibility

Nov 21 – France, Germany and the UK are leading on demand-side flexibility (DSF) and grid-integration of decentralized energy sources while Sweden, Spain and Portugal are lagging behind the rest of Europe, the consultancy Delta-EE and SmartEN finds. Areas covered by their new DSF monitoring tool include availability and accessibility of demand-side response, and its monetization across the gas value chain.

AI predicts peak in power use

Nov 20 – ABB and Verdigris Technologies have developed machine-learning algorithms to predict unplanned peaks in electricity consumption and help avoid them. The Energy Forecasting app will enable users to reduce their electricity bills by reducing peak demand charges.

India’s first UHVDC link commissioned

Nov 19 – GE Grid Solutions has commissioned Pole-3 - the ultra high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission line in India, capable to transmit 4,500 MW of electricity. Once completed the Champa-Kurukshetra UHVDC project will be expanded to transmit 6,000 MW of electricity at 800 kV, serving customers in the areas of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh.