Pipe-laying works for Nord Stream-2 continue until the end of September for the final stretch from Bornholm Island up to the German border. The Danish maritime authority confirmed works are being carried out by the Russian-flagged Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel and fellow ship Fortuna. Sea-trials will follow to scrutinize the pipeline before start-up.
Terna, the Italian transmission system operator, has ordered two static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) systems for grid stabilisation from Siemens Energy. The containerized 125 Mvar units will be added in Villanova, Abruzzo region, and Latina in Lazio in order to facilitate electricity flows to Montenegro and Sardinia.
New York-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) today has posted first-quarter net loss of $39.5 million as it strives to complete LNG import projects for the local power sector in Mexico and Nicaragua in the next two months. “Developments are advancing on budget and schedule,” the company said, adding the terminals are due operational in Q2-2021.
Energias de Portugal (EDP) is preparing to install a Power-to-Hydrogen system at its Ribatejo combined-cycle gas power plant (3 x 392 MW) northeast of Lisbon. The three units, powered by V94.3A gas turbines in single shaft configuration, have a combined capacity of 1.176 MW. Trial runs are expected to start in March 2023.
Electricity Supply Board‘s (ESB), Ireland’s largest utility, has ordered a grid stabilizing system from Siemens Energy for Moneypoint power station where ESB launched a ‘Green Atlantic’ project. The coal power site in County Clare will be transformed into a green energy hub, based on renewables and hydrogen with a view to powering 1.6 million homes.
Energy Australia, part of Hong Kong-listed CLP Holdings, has decided to invest A$300 million ($232m) to expand its Tallawara power plant after having received A$83 million in state funding. The plant will be upgraded to hydrogen co-firing and help balance a looming capacity deficit when AGL retires its large Liddell coal power unit in 2023.
Siemens Energy, together with the Spanish EPC contractor TSK, will supply and install an F-class gas turbine at Atinkou’s new combined-cycle power plant, under construction in Jacqueville, Ivory Coast. Owned by Atinkou, part of Eranove Group, the CCGT will have an installed capacity of 390 MW and is due operational in late 2022.
Finland’s transmission system operator Fingrid has contracted Siemens Energy to deploy ten bays of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-free gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) at a substation near Helsinki. The novel system will replace the potent greenhouse gas SF6 with „clean air”, a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2022.