General Electric’s energy grid solutions business has been awarded two contracts from the Governments of Benin and Cote d’Ivoire to upgrade the distribution grid and improve the power capacity of substations to reduce energy losses. Electrification rates lie below 45% in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, making grid-development a key issue energy security of households and businesses.
Entergy Corp.’s affiliated utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi are in the final stages of building and about to acquire a total of 4 GW gas-fired generation capacity by the end of 2020, the utility said in its Integrated Resources Report. The first new CCGT to start operating will be the 980 MW St. Charles Power Station in Montz, slated for commissioning this summer.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a multilateral development agency and part of the World Bank Group, has said it provided a 15-year loan over $228 million to fund LNG-to Power project in Porto do Açu, Brazil. GNA also received BRL1.76 billion ($457 million) in financing from the development banks of Brazil and Germany, BNDES and KfW Ipex-Bank.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), in consortium with Elsewedy Electric, has won two major orders from Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA): a $550 million EPC contract to expand the 2,850 MW Al-Layyah power plant as well as a turnkey construction contract for 1,026.3 MW combined-cycle gas power plant, due to start up in mid-2021.
ARGE Netz, a German green energy provider, is cooperating with MAN Energy Solution and the Swedish utility Vattenfall to realize the first industrial-scale Power-to-Gas project in Brunsbüttel, northern Germany. Called HySynGas, the project will turn renewable energy from nearby wind parks into hydrogen and syngas, usable as a vehicle fuel or for power generation.
Gás Natural Açu (GNA) has selected Siemens for the turnkey construction of the ‘GNA 1’ integrated LNG-to-Power project (1.3 GW), situated at Port of Açu northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is substantial scope for expansion, Siemens said, as developers already won licences to implement a second CCGT unit, ‘GNA 2’, which will bring the overall capacity to 3 GW.
Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) and Siemens have entered the first power services agreement for an H-class gas turbine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The AED1 billion ($272 million) power unit is being realized by a joint venture between Mubadala and Dubai Holding adjacent the smelter of EGA, which pledge to buy all electricity from the plant for 25 years.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has signed an agreement to deliver equipment for Eni's and ExxonMobil’s Rovuma LNG export joint venture in Mozambique. Subject to FID on the project, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp (MCO) will supply the main liquefaction compressors and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) will provide dual-shaft, H-100 gas turbines (120 MW) as mechanical drivers.
GE has helped China Power Hub Generation Company’s (CPHGC) to grid-synchronize two steam turbines at a 1,320 MW power plant in Pakistan in only 27 months after notice to proceed. The plant is a joint-venture project between China Power International Holding (CPIH) and Pakistan’s Hub Power Company (HUBCO).
INNIO, a carve-out from GE following Advent International’s takeover of GE’s Distributed Power, won an order to supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the LEMENE microgrid project in Finland. LEMENE will be the largest energy self-sufficient business district, using renewable energy and J416 and J420 gas engines for backup. The entire system is due commissioned by summer 2019.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have entered the first-ever cofinancing of an infrastructure project in Indonesia by granting loans of $70 million and $50 million, respectively, for a 275-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power project in Riau, central Sumatra. Another $82 million will come from the commercial lenders Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and MUFG Bank.