Projects & Finance

The first of 14 industrial gas turbines have been shipped to Bolivia to expand the capacity of the Entre Rios combined-cycle plant. The Bolivian government has tasked Siemens, and its Spanish consortium partner TSK, to increase the country’s power generation capacity by more than 1 Gigawatt.

Royal Dutch Shell has made its first foray into the Australian electricity sector by launching a A$617 million (£345.4 million) takeover offer for the retailer ERM Power. The offer is understood to be a 43% premium on the ERM’s market value. Trevor St Baker, the founder of ERM, already endorsed the offer.

Kahraba, a part of the Egypt Kuwait Holdings (EKH) Group has contracted Wärtsilä to supply gas engines to boost the capacity of a power plant in Borg El Arab, an industrial city some 45km southwest of Alexandria.

MAN Energy Solutions has been commissioned to build two combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Chemnitz on behalf of the municipal utility eins energie in sachsen. The two CHPs will be driven by a total of 12 MAN 20V35/44G TS gas engines, each with an output of 12.6 MWe.

To raise electrification levels in Asian island nations, utilities are looking at small-scale LNG receiving terminals with integrated gas generators. Collocating LNG regas and power projects can curb Capex significantly, Black & Veatch finds, but operators need to ensure a steady stream of LNG shipments.

Japan’s JERA; the country’s largest LNG importer and power generator, has completed works to replace 13 gas turbine units at the 5,040 MW Futtsu Power Station. The revamped CCGT has already resumed commercial operation.

Ansaldo Energia has been selected by the German utility Uniper to build an open-cycle power plant on a turnkey basis. The 300 MW plant, driven by an AE94.3A gas turbine, will be installed in Irsching, southern Bavaria for grid balancing purposes.

General Electric has secured two orders for 6F.03 gas turbines in China with Guangdong Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd (Lee & Man) and China Huadian Corp (CHD) Xiangyang. These order wins come as the 6F turbine achieved 25 years of successful operations.

Siemens Gas and Power has carried out the first Brownfield Engine Exchange (BEX), replacing a the gas turbine section (V84.2) at PowerSouth’s McWilliams power plant in Covington County, Alabama with a newer, more efficient SGT6-2000E.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is to more than double its fleet of LNG regasification ships to tap into a construction boom for gas-fired power stations in developing regions, such as Southeast Asia. According to Reuters, the Japanese giant will add six FSRUs, bringing its total to 10, by 2025.

Spanish regulator CNMC has proposed to cut gas grid access fees for gas-fired power plants by 6.7%. According to traders, this could put pressure on wholesale power prices.

TC Energy Corp, formerly Trans Canada, has entered into an agreement through its wholly-owned subsidiary, TransCanada Energy, to sell interests in three Ontario natural gas-fired power plants for about C$2.97 billion.

The Mozambican government has approved a 30-year concession for Beluluane Gas Company to build, own and operate the 2,000 MW Beluluane gas power near the capital of Maputo. The developer is also required to build a feeder pipeline to supply the power plant with regasified LNG form Mantola Port.

International Finance Corp (IFC), part of the World Bank, has made a $2 million cost-sharing commitment to South Africa’s Transnet to develop a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at the Port of Richards Bay by 2024. The aim is import LNG to fuel independent power projects.

Egypt’s National Electricity Technology company Kahraba has handed an engineering and equipment (EEQ) contract to Wärtsilä to install two 34SG engines at a power plant in Borg El Arab, an industrial city some 45km southwest of Alexandria. The upgrade will increase the plant’s capacity by two thirds.

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News in Brief

Slow start of STT pipeline

Oct 18 – U.S. gas exports to Mexico have not picked up substantially despite the start of the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan (STT) pipeline. Exports are still below 6.0 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), although there no current postings regarding maintenance on the Sistrangas pipeline that feeds from NET Mexico.

EIB defers ban on fossil projects

Oct 17 – Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) has bowed to pressure from Germany and the European Commission and deferred its decision to ban loans to fossil-fuel projects until mid-November. Germany wants the bank to keep financing gas-fired power projects as it views the cleaner-burning fossil fuel as a vital backup for renewable energy sources.

Brexit will not impact UK gas supply

Oct 16 – Security of power and gas supply in the UK will not be jeopardized this winter by the country’s imminent departure from the European Union, even in the event of a hard Brexit, National Grid said. In its assessment, the TSO factored in a halt to flows via the Belgium and Dutch gas interconnectors “from EU exit day one”, but said ongoing deliveries from Norway, the UK Continental Shelf and storage will continue as usual.

Ferrybridge C gets demolished

Oct 15 – Four cooling towers at the Ferrybridge Power Station have been taken down as the coal-fired power station will make way to a new, high-efficiency gas power station. Operator SSE shut down the 500 MW Ferrybridge C unit in March 2016 and now started to tear it down.

Global energy storage tops 10 GW by 2025

Oct 14 – The global market for grid-connected energy storage will grow by 6,900 MW, or 16.6% to reach over 10,500 MW by the end of 2025, according to Reportlinker.com. Germany will add over 267 MW energy storage installations over the next five to six years, while 330 MW will come from other European markets. These numbers are dwarfed by China, where up to 1,200 MW energy storage units could be connected to the grid by 2025.

Wärtsilä services EDL plant

Oct 11 – Energy Developments Ltd (EDL) of Australia has awarded Wärtsilä a service contract for gas engine-based baseload power plant at the McArthur River zinc mine in Northern Territory. The maintenance approach for the 53 MW onsite power plant is no longer pre-planned and scheduled but has been changed to condition-based and predictive maintenance, with an advisory contract.

EPH buys CCGT in Galway

Oct 10 – The Czech energy company EPH has received regulatory approval to purchase an 80% stake in the 400 MW Tynagh Energy combined-cycle gas power plant in Galway, Ireland. Mountainside Partners will continue to own the remaining stake in the CCGT, which operates based on a security-of-supply contract from the Irish TSO based on guaranteed power prices.

ITM gets £38m boost from Linde

Oct 9 – Sheffield-based ITM Power, maker of electrolysers for hydrogen production, has been boosted by a £38 million cash injection, as Linde acquired a 20% stake in ITM at 40 pence per share. Looking ahead, ITM said it is seeking to raise £14 million from new and existing institutional investors.

Drax to convert two power units

Oct 8 – Drax Group has received government approval to convert up to two coal-fired generating units at its power station in North Yorkshire to run on natural gas. With this ruling, the UK regulator overturned objections by ClientEarth, stressing some fossil power is vital for the UK to backup intermittent renewable power source.

Storage use tops 80% in key U.S. regions

Oct 7 – Gas storage utilization in the United States is rising in the autumn, with net injections topping 112 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in the first week of October. According to EIA figures, underground storages are at least 80% full in the East, Midwest, and South Central non-salt regions, allowing for seasonal withdrawals to help meet peak-day gas demand throughout the upcoming winter.

Maine, NY aspire to 100% clean energy

Oct 4 – Three U.S. states—Maine, New York, and Ohio—have updated their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), since May 2019. As a result, Maine and New York joined California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia in requiring 100% clean electricity by 2050.

TransAlta to built CHP in Alberta

Oct 3 – Canada-based Transalta and SemCAMS Midstream have agreed to develop, construct and operate a new cogeneration facility at the Kaybob South No. 3 sour gas processing plant in Alberta. To be built at a cost of some 105 million, the CHP will have an installed capacity of 40 MW. Start of commercial operation is targeted for late 2021.

GE’s 100th HA turbine sold in Greece

Oct 2 – Greek industrial firm Mytilineos has ordered a GE 9HA.02 gas turbine to be the heart of the 826 MW Agios Nikolaos combined-cycle gas power plant. This deal also marks the 100th unit of GE’s HA gas turbine sold. Construction of the CCGT is due to start before the end of the year.

ABB launches M4M analyzer

Oct 1 – Swiss technology firm ABB has launches its first Bluetooth-equipped network analyzers, called M4M. The system gathers data from distribution grids and connects them to a cloud-based control system, allowing users to react on energy consumption and on-site power generation trends.

Microsoft invests in wind power

Sept 30 – Microsoft and ENGIE have entered a long-term solar and wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in the United States. The deal will see Microsoft purchase a total of 230 MW from two ENGIE projects in Texas, bringing Microsoft’s renewable energy portfolio to more than 1,900 MW.

Gazprom tackles issue of ownerless gas grid

Sept 27 – Gazprom, the main supplier of pipeline gas to Europe, is trying to settle the issue of ownerless gas pipelines – a relic of the former Soviet Union. Abandoned gas transmission pipeline spanned 6,651 kilometers as of March 1, with the issue seen as “especially acute” in the North Caucasus region where half of this infrastructure is located. If no owner registers these facilities within three months, Gazprom will take over to ensure reliability and safety.

Investors flock to Myanmar

Sept 26 – Fitch Ratings has singled out Myanmar’s power sector as one of the largest beneficiaries of foreign direct investments (FDI) worldwide. Nearly $21.2 billion was poured into power generation and energy infrastructure projects thus far in 2019, which is 27% of total FDI under the Myanmar Investment Law.