Projects & Finance

Northern German utility HanseWerk Natur has chosen INNIO, the Jenbacher engines maker, to install and commission a new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) unit at its district heating power plant near Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein. Efficiency of the revamped CHP now exceeds 92%.

Britain’s prime manufacturer Rolls-Royce and VPower Group have signed a large deal for delivery of MTU gas gensets to China. Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will supply over 200 MTU Series-4000 gensets with a total power output of 430 MW, starting from October 2019.

C-Energy, an independent Czech power producer, has become the first user of Roll-Royce’s new medium-speed B36:45V20 gas engine at a cogeneration plant in Tabor, some 100km southeast of Prague. Both B36:45V20 engines were manufactured at Bergen Engines' facilities in Norway.

Austria-based INNIO, formerly part of GE Power, has supplied another four Jenbacher J320 gas engines to China Water Industry Group in Guangdong province, bringing the total number of installed engines to 104 units. China Water uses the J320 engines in landfills to generate energy from waste.

Hungarian utility Tatabanya Erömu has contracted Wärtsilä to upgrade the automation and UNIC engine control system of utility’s 18 MW grid balancing power plant, running on three 34SG gas engines. The extended maintenance accord includes performance guarantees of 95% plant availability, and the ability to run at 10% load.

Siemens has been contracted to supply the complete electrification for a new paper production line at Palm’s paper mill in Aalen, southwest Germany. The order includes three SGT-800 gas turbines – at the latest 62 MW rating – and a SST-300 steam turbine for the client's new-built cogeneration plant.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $180 million loan to Gulf PD, a joint venture of Gulf Energy Development and Mitsui, to build and operate a combined-cycle gas power plant in Rayong, Thailand. Total development costs for the 2,500 MW power project are estimated at $1.6 billion.

SRP, a large community-based utility in greater Phoenix metropolitan area, has decided go ahead with the Sonoran Energy Center – a 250 MW / 1,000 MWh battery project to be built south of Buckeye by 2025. Tapping Arizona’s abundant solar resources, the hybrid project will help SRP meet peak summer demand while saving fuel costs.

Siemens has completed an extensive overhaul of the 794 MW Dunamenti combined-cycle power station in Százhalombatta, Hungary, in 51 days – “a short time for such a big project,” according to Vinod Philip, CEO of Siemens Service Power Generation. Works included a rotor exchange of the gas turbine and a control system upgrade to SPPA-T3000.

Saudi Aramco has been selected to source and supply LNG for a future 3,600-megawatt LNG-based power plant, under development in Bangladesh. Aramco and Acwa Power are building the integrated $3 billion project on behalf of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

German transmission grid operator TransnetBW has commissioned Siemens to build new switchgear in the 380 kilovolt (kV) Daxlanden substation in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. The order is priced in the low triple-digit millions range, and the commissioning of the turnkey solution will be completed by 2029.

South Korea’s construction conglomerate HDC Group has teamed up with Hanwha Energy to develop an LNG-fuelled power station in Tongyeong, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul. Under the deal, Hanwha will guarantee the LNG supply for the 1,012 MW combined-cycle power plant that is due operational in 2024.

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News in Brief

Zhonghua’s profits halve

April 1 – Hong Kong-listed Zhonghua Gas Holdings has recorded a staggering 46.7% fall in profit, citing a lower margin for LNG supplies and reduced subsidies, although full-year revenue rose by 7.3%. In December, Zhonghua partnered with Shanghai Shenergy to supply LNG in the Yangtze River Delta region, and also has strong business relationships with Tractebel Engineering and Tianjin Jinre Heat-Supply Group.

Endesa donates $28m to fight coronavirus

March 31 – Endesa has created a 25 million euros ($27.8 million) fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in Spain. The Spanish utility, subsidiary of Enel, said the fund will be designated for purchases of protective equipment for health-care workers.

 

MAN develops liquid methane terminal in Swedish port

March 30 – OxGas has commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to act as ‘owners engineer’ to develop and build a liquefied methane-based fuels terminal in the Swedish Port of Oxelösund. The terminal will feed both LNG and green methane derived from bio gas to SSAB ’s local steel production, and to re-distribute it via train and trailers to other parts of Sweden for use in the steel industry and decentralized power generation.

American ISOs to delay grid investments

March 27 – North America’s independent system operators (ISO) are considering delaying investments in grid upgrades and enhancement as electricity demand weakens due to industry shutdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic. PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. bulk power market which spans 13 Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, revised its daily forecast of about 100,000 MW of load but actual demand came in at 95,500 MW.

Wärtsilä starts combustion trials using ammonia

March 26 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia in an effort to reduce emissions. Based on initial results, the tests will be continued on both dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas engines, followed by field tests in collaboration with ship owners from 2022, and potentially also with energy customers.

Xodus sees growth in cable services

March 25 – Xodus Group has stepped up services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. The number of new consulting assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams that are handled by more 30 permanent staff.

Electricity “more indispensible than ever”

March 24 – Disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis lay bare how much modern societies rely on electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IAE). Millions of people are mandated to stay home, causing a surge in teleworking, e-commerce and video streaming which pushes up domestic electricity use.

U.S. frackers cut Capex

March 23 – Sharp cuts in capital spending among Appalachian gas producers are now being replicated in other U.S. basis, with Energy Aspects anticipating the deepest impact on production and earnings to take place starting from the second half of 2020. So far, E&P companies just hedged 52% of this year’s expected production even though some Appalachian producers are seen “lock in some pure gas volumes at prices above the curve.”

EV makers face bankrupcy

March 20 – Electric vehicles (EVs) remain particularly exposed to the corona effect of supply-side constraints and demand erosion. Gigafactory facilities are likely to be delayed and fledging EV manufacturers could face bankruptcy, Wood Mackenzie warns. On the flip side, declines in EV sector demand may be gains for the stationary energy storage segment.

Manufacturing rebounds in Asia

March 19 – Asian-dominant supply chains for solar and energy storage are gradually rebounding after contractions in February. Moving forward, Wood Mackenzie expects near-term development activity and local logistics in leading European and North American markets will outweigh lingering supply issues.

Italy’s gas demand plunges

March 18 – Corona-struck Italy has seen demand for natural gas plunge 8% from the previous week, with similar declines likely in other EU countries as national governments impose lockdowns to contain the virus. Industrial demand is “particularly volatile,” while gas generators will bear the brunt of demand loss, Wood Mackenzie says, as a carbon price decline is bolstering thermal coal.

Nexif raises funds for Rayong CHP

March 17 – Nexif Energy, a joint venture between Singapore-based Nexif and Denham Capital, has raised project financing for the Rayong gas-fired cogeneration project in Thailand. The 92 MW plant is being developed project with Ratch Group, based on 25-year power purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

ADB provides $10m loan for Afghan IPP

March 16 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $10 million in debt financing for a gas-fired power unit in Mazari Sharif with a capacity of nearly 60 MW. Phase-1 of the Independent Power Project (IPP) will get another $10 million loan from the Leading Asia's Private Sector Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

IEA models 50% Carbon-Free Generation

March 13 – Analysts at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) have drawn up the 50% Carbon-Free Generation case - assuming a stark shift in state-level policies. In this event, the U.S. would have 19% more nuclear power generation, 10% more wind power and 17% more solar PV contribution than in its Annual Energy Outlook 2020 (AEO2020) reference case.

E-charging market to top $15bn by 2030

March 12 – By 2030, the U.S. market for energy-optimisation in support of charging electric-vehicles could be worth $15 billion per year, McKinsey finds. The consultancy expects high demand for home-charging appliances as residential power tariffs are comparatively cheap and most charging can happen overnight when off-peak electricity prices are lower.

Oversupply builds up

March 10 – Energy Aspects’ end-March forecast has added on another 100+ billion cubic feet of natural gas supply while demand remains subdued. In the U.S., the seasonal decline in heating degree days nearly halved the natural gas withdrawal rate. Gas-burn in the power sector and residential/commercial demand are forecast to fall by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) and 4.0 bcf/d, respectively.

Small-scale LNG cuts cost for power plants

March 10 – Decentralized gas power plants in remote locations can source cheaper fuel from small-scale LNG regas terminals than from trucking the super-chilled gas across long distances. “Trucking LNG further inland would entail additional costs as well as logistical challenges,” IEA analysts noted. For example, a 100 MW baseload power plant would require, on average, around 20 daily deliveries from tanker trucks.