Projects & Finance

The French utility ENGIE has signed a deal to divest its entire coal-fired power generation assets in Germany and the Netherlands to Riverstone Holdings, a global energy-focused investment firm. The sale of the four units, with a combined capacity 2,345 MW, will reduce ENGIE’s net debt by approximately €200 million.

GE Power has completed the installation of Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrades on four 9E gas turbines at the West Damietta Power Plant (4x125MW), operated by the East Delta Electricity Production Company. The upgrades help enhance the turbines' fuel efficiency by 2.2% and generate up to 18 MW of additional output at the site.

Power Grid Corporation of India has chosen Siemens to modernize the country's 30-year old high voltage direct current (HVDC) link, the 550 MW Vindhyachal power line. By installing its latest HVDC components and replace the thyristor valves, Siemens will extend the useful life of the interconnector. The upgrade is due to be completed in 2021.

An Iraqi cement producer has awarded a repeat order to Wärtsilä to supply dual-fuel engines and related equipment for a 20 MW power plant that will serve the Najmat Al-Samawa factory. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in late 2019, for the plant to become fully operational in Q3-2020.

Bangladesh is getting ready to commission its second floating storage and regas unit (FSRU) in an effort to import more LNG for use in the power sector. Moored offshore the port of Cox’s Bazar, the FSRU vessel ‘Summit LNG’ has been chartered from Excelerate Energy in a project involving Summit Power.

MAN Energy Solutions is providing multiple MAN 18V48/60TS engines for two power plant projects, being built in stages in two remote districts in Bangladesh. Upon entering full operation, the two plants will feed a total of 170 MW into the national grid, helping to stabilize supply.

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä will supply an engine-based power plant, set to run primarily on regasified LNG, to a remote location in Nigeria. The plant will operated off-grid and was ordered by the BUA Group, following its decision to build a new cement line in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria.

State-owned Israel Electric has announced it will pay GE about 1 billion shekels ($280 million) to convert the Orot Rabin power station from coal to natural gas, which includes a 9HA.01 gas turbine retrofit. The same turbine was selected for another unit, and GE expects a contract by the end of 2019.

The U.S. private equity firm Starwood Energy Group has acquired the 309-MW combined cycle Garrison Energy Center in Delaware and the 503-MW RockGen Energy Center peaker facility in Wisconsin. Starwood Energy is part of Starwood Capital, funded by the American investor Barry Sternlicht.

Hokkaido Electric Power Co (HEPCO) has put its first LNG-fuelled power plant into full commercial operation. The 569-MW Ishikariwan-Shinko Unit 1, a combined-cycle plant, is powered by a GE 9HA gas turbine and a Toshiba steam turbine.

A Texan industrial gas company has contracted Siemens to supply three Dresser-Rand 5HHE-VL-3NL reciprocating compressors for a large steam methane reformer (SMR). Once operational as planned in 2021, the unit will be the largest high-purity hydrogen production unit in the United States.

Envision, whose AIoT Operating System EnOS manages 100 GW of energy assets globally, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) help Thailand’s integrated energy company PTT with its digital transformation to make better use of distributed new energy sources.

India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has awarded a Rs142crore contract to GE Power to supply and install low-NOx combustion system upgrades for 10 GW of thermal power plant capacity across the country. The combustor retrofits will cut up to 40% of NOx emissions, helping India meet its national emissions reduction goals.

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Latin America, has contracted Siemens to upgrade a cogeneration power and steam plant at its ABC Petrochemical Complex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The two SGT-600 turbines, deployed at the project, will feature third-generation dry low emissions (DLE) technology and run on residue gas with high concentrations of hydrogen. Completion of the project due in early 2021.

Stadtwerke Frankfurt (Oder), the municipal utility of the German-Polish border town, has tasked MAN Energy Solutions to plan and deliver a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant. Powered by five MAN 20V35/44G gas engines, the CHP will produce 51 MW electrical energy and 50 MW district heating.

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News in Brief

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.

Cost for decarbonizing industry tops $21tr

Aug 16 – Total costs to fully decarbonize the four most polluting industries – cement, steel, ammonia and ethylene – are estimated to amount to $21 trillion between today and 2050. McKinsey said this could be lowered to about $11 trillion if zero-carbon electricity prices come down further compared to fossil fuel prices. In this event, industry could switch to using electricity for heating processes.

Co-firing Braskem plant with hydrogen

Aug 15 – Siemens is making fossil energy greener at the Braskem onsite power plant in Brazil. In this modernization project two SGT-600 gas turbines are co-fired up to 60% with hydrogen, enhancing efficiency for the production process of the adjacent the petrochemical complex.

Canada's CO2 tax to hit CCGTs

Aug 5 – Change in Canada’s carbon emissions tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could significantly lower the profitability of gas generation and could prompt SaskPower reconsider its planned Moose Jaw gas power station.

GE CFO steps down

Aug 2 – Jamie S. Miller, General Electric’s chief financial officer, has decided to quit after two years in the job and 11 years with the company. Having overseen GE’s fiscal activities during a period of intense restructuring, Miller will remain in office while the GE board is looking for a successor.

Siemens HR boss quits

Aug 1 – Janina Kugel, Siemens chief HR officer, is leaving the company amid an apparently scattered working relationship and stark personal differences with CEO Joe Kaeser. Her contract will expire by mutual agreement on January 31, 2020.

ABB standardizes eBus chargers

July 31 – Zurich-based ABB, a member of the ASSURED consortium, is working on standardizing the specifications for automatic charging of heavy vehicles. The aim is to drive down the total cost of ownership for electric fleet operators, helping increase adoption of eBuses and eTrucks. Conformance and interoperability tests will be carried out in Q4-2019.

U.S. Senate helps fund EV charging stations

July 30 – The need for expanded electric vehicle charging infrastructure is greater than expected given that there had been over 1.75 million electric vehicles (EV) in North America at the end of 2018, a nearly 60% increase from the previous year. To help fund additional charging stations, among other things, the U.S. Senate approved the $287 billion America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).

PNOC, Lloyds to develop merchant LNG-to-Power projects

July 29 – Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyds Energy to develop a 1,200 MW LNG-fuelled power plant in partnership with Mitsubishi. Dubai-based Lloyds Energy is looking at ways to develop integrated LNG import facilities and gas power plants on a merchant basis in Bataan and Batangas provinces.

Macquarie finances CCGT in Mexico

July 26 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

Naturgy cashes in on gas network

July 25 – Spanish gas utility Naturgy has posted a 7% rise in core earnings for the first half of the year due to strong gains from its gas network business that helped offset falling revenues from power generation and slimmer LNG margins.

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.

Fuel switch could abate 1.2bn tons of CO2

July 19 – Some 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 could be abated by switching to gas using existing infrastructure, if prices and regulation are supportive. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this would be enough to bring global CO2 emissions back down to where they were in 2013.

IEA launches methane tracker

July 18 – A new ‘methane tracker’, launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA), provides up-to-date estimates of current oil and gas methane emissions by drawing on the best available data. Analysts stressed methane emissions could be reduced by nearly half at no net cost.

Canada’s CO2 tax also affects gas power

July 17 – Change in Canada’s carbon tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could cause SaskPower to reconsider its planned upcoming Moose Jaw gas power station.