Projects & Finance

Gazprom has commissioned the Svobodny power plant, supplying process steam and electricity to the Amur Gas Processing Plant which is being ramped up to process up to 42 Bcm per year for export to China. Installed capacity of the Svobodny plant is 160 MW electric and 249 Gcal/h thermal.

German transmission system operator Amprion has asked Siemens Energy to build two SVC PLUS series static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) systems in Polsum, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and Rheingau, Baden-Württemberg. Both systems have a reactive power range of +/- 600 Mvar, making them some of the most powerful systems in the world.

A consortium led by Mitsubishi Power has completed construction of the world’s largest integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in Iwaki, Fukushima, and handed it over to the customer Nakoso IGCC Power. Operational since April 16, the high efficiency plant has roughly twice the scale of the Nakoso Unit 10, a former demonstration plant.

Clarke Energy has supplied four INNIO Jenbacher J620 gas engines to a peaking power project, under construction in Campia Turzii, Romania. Operated by Nova Power & Gas, part of E-INFRA Group, the plant will be used for grid balancing and baseload power supply to Reif Industrial Park.

Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I) has won a contract to build storage tanks for the Philippines LNG project at Batangas on the island of Luzon. The project developer, Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company (AG&P) said completion of Philippines LNG was expected in the third quarter of 2023.

Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has won an order for two M701JAC gas turbines to be installed at the 1,500 MW combined-cycle gas power station, under construction in the Uzbek town of Sirdarya. The order is based on an equipment supply deal with the project’s lead developer AWCA Power and ECP contractor China Gezhouba Group.

McDermott’s CB&I Storage Solution and New Energy Development have completed engineering works for two modular plants, capable to produce nearly 24,000 kilograms per day of hydrogen. Each 50 MW unit uses renewable power for a series of electrolysers that split water into green hydrogen and oxygen.

Senelec, Senegal’s state utility, has awarded an EPC contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Bel-Air power plant in Dakar to operate on LNG. Currently, the 90 MW fast-start plant is running on heavy fuel oil (HFO).The project will be the first ever power plant gas conversion in Senegal.

Sky Global's Power One peaking plant, run by six Jenbacher gas engines, has helped San Bernard Cooperative (SBEC) reestablish grid stability during a historic cold freeze in February. The engines ran in grid parallel mode, supplying localised power for several hours during a prolonged grid outage.

SSE, one of the UK’s Big Five energy companies, and Equinor of Norway are accelerating works on the world's first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power plant in Britain. Keadby Hydrogen will use up to 1,800 MW of green hydrogen to generate 900 MW of carbon-neutral electricity. Developers aim to commission the plant in 2029.

Marubeni and Tokyo Gas have sealed an agreement for Phase-1 development of an industrial park Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province that will include an LNG regas terminal and integrated power plant. Situated some 200km from Hanoi, the project will cost around 200 billion yen ($1.92 billion) and the LNG-fuelled power station will have a capacity of 1,500 MW.

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement for three power plants operated by Paras Energy, a privately-owned Nigerian utility. Driven by 34SG gas-fuelled engines, the three plants have a combined electricity output of 132 MW.

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News in Brief

Howden powers methanol plant

July 29 – Howden will deliver a hydrogen compressor to Johnson Matthey to serve the world’s first methanol plant that harnesses energy from the wind, in Patagonia, Chile. The Haru Oni project will deliver around 900,000 litres per year of e-methanol as early as 2022 and will be scaled up to 550 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2026.

Bloom SOFCs to power micro plant in South Korea

July 28 – California-based Bloom Energy, in cooperation with SK ecoplant, will install solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Donghae City, South Korea. The CHP will provide heat and warm water for the nearby Bukpyung sports center. Construction on the project is slated to start this autumn.

Shanghai Electric to digitalise factories

July 27 – Shanghai Electric has entered a partnership with AI Investment Fund at the WAIC 2021 conference to provide digital solutions to industrial parks and medical institutions. Yang Hong, Vice President of Shanghai Electric said the aim is to help industries to minimise emissions and waste while maintaining low unit costs.

Slow LNG uptake in Africa

July 26 – In Africa, the uptake of LNG imports to new markets has been slow. Both Ghana’s 1.7 million tons per annum (mtpa) Tema LNG and Senegal’s 1.0 mtpa Dakar Powership are still awaiting their first LNG deliveries, though their respective FSRUs Vasant and Karmol LNGt Powership Africa have been in place since June.

Growth in turbine air filtration tops 3%

July 22 – The turbine air filtration market is expected to grow 3.27% annually from $1.92 billion in 2020 to reach $2.29 billion in 2026. Demand from the oil & gas industry and electric utilities had plunged during the corona crisis and subsequent economic downturn, but the latest trend towards clean energy is driving robust growth for turbine air filtration which can be widely and easily applied in the power sector.

US oil exports stay high

July 21 – Despite volatile prices, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020 and remained strong this year, averaging 3.51 million barrels per day (b/d). Expanded ports at Houston and Corpus Christi allow for oil to be exported from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Basin.

CVEC to be converted to hydrogen

July 20 – Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is taking steps to run the  combined-cycle plants on hydrogen. Works to convert the plant will be carried out by GE and are scheduled to start in late 2022. One of three GE 7F.05 gas turbines at CVEC will be introduced to a 5% hydrogen blend with natural gas.

MAN ETES labelled solar impulse efficient

July 16 – MAN Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label by independent auditors. In January, the German manufacturer supplied to ETES heat pumps to DIN Forsyning for a heat and power plant in the Danish port city Esbjerg.

Electricity sales to US industry rebounds

July 14 – Economic recovery has caused a 5.1% rise electricity sales to US industry this year, dwarfing 2.8% more retail sales and a 2.1% rise in the commercial sector as many office workers continue working from home. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) acting administrator, Steve Nalley, called the rebound in electricity sales to industry a “strong sign of rising levels of economic output as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.”

Solar PV to triple in Asia by 2030

July 13 – Asia Pacific solar photovoltaic capacity could triple to 1,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, China will add 619 GW of mainly utility-scale capacity while most other nations in Asia prefers distributed solar due to land constraints. Solar PV tends to be backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage, forming hybrid power units.

Kinder Morgan closes on Stagecoach assets

July 12 – US energy infrastructure major Kinder Morgan has closed its acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services. The deal include 4 gas storage facilities with a 41 bcf working gas capacity and a transmission network with multiple interconnects to major interstate pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Stagecoach assets add to Kinder Morgan’s approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Dortmund cancels electrotechnik fair

July 9 – The elektrotechnik fair, planned for 29 September to 1 October 2021, will now not be taking place in Dortmund due to requests from the industry. The next trade fair for building, industrial, energy and lighting technology will now open its doors again in spring 2023.

Hitachi to change name of ABB Power Grids

July 7 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids will become Hitachi Energy in October. The Japanese manufacturer bought a controlling stake in ABB’s grid business a year ago and is about to fully take the name of the merged company while expanding its direction towards e-mobility and data centres.

Tapping wind energy for hydrogen

July 6 – Spanish utility Naturgy and the gas grid operator Enagás are evaluating the use of 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity to produce green hydrogen. The fuel will be used to decarbonise the steel industry and shipyard in northwest Spain.

EU seeks to expand Green Deal to Africa

July 5 – The European Green Deal should be expanded to also include African states as partners, the German development minister Gerd Müller said. Green hydrogen production in Africa, in his view, should be a “cornerstone for economic cooperation with the Europe.”

Decom Engineering updates PCR

July 2 – Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has invested more than £700,000 to develop tools for repurposing and clean decommissioning of energy infrastructure. Through updated Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) equipment, decommissioned or surplus pipelines can be cleaned of multiple coatings, so they can be repurposed for used on other projects.

Cummins buys half of Momentum Fuels

July 1 – Cummins has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. The transaction is expected to close before year-end, and the combined venture will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

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