Projects & Finance

Colorado Springs Utilities has ordered six of GE’s LM2500XPRESS aero-derivative gas turbines to bridge the supply gap as the Martin Drake coal-fired power plant needs to be retired by 2023. A new transmission line to power the downtown area of Colorado is due completed in 2025.

Germany’s chemical company BASF and Siemens Energy have teamed up to accelerate the industrial use of low-carbon technologies. Several projects at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site are planned, e.g. adding a proton exchange membrane electrolyser (50 MW) to produce hydrogen and a heat pump (50 MW) to generate process steam from waste heat.

Finish technology group Wärtsilä is installing project-critical energy storage to balance the output of the 50 MW Eolica Coromuel wind farm in La Paz, Mexico. The GridSolv Max system will deliver a power output of 10 MW to help ensure stable project operations and meet grid requirements.

Turboden and Mitsubishi Power will provide equipment for a 29 MW binary-cycle power generation unit to be installed at a geothermal plant in Palayan on Luzon Island in the Philippines, owned by the local utility Energy Development Corporation (EDC). The order calls for project completion by the end of 2022.

McDermott’s CB&I Storage Solutions unit has bagged an EPC contract from New Jersey Natural Gas for a power-to-gas facility in Howell. The plant will produce green hydrogen from solar power and feed it into the local gas network. Works are underway and due completed in late 2021.

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has completed the first firing of a Siemens H-class turbine on a new block of its Jebel Ali power complex, developed by JA Power and Water, a joint venture of Mubadala and Dubal Holding. All blocks of the 600 MW plant are due commissioned by summer 2021.

General Electric has commissioned the Junliangcheng combined heat and power (CHP) plant that covers the electricity and district heating needs of over 100,000 citizens in Tianjin, China's third largest city. The 650 MW cogeneration plant, powered by GE equipment, was built in replacement of a coal-fired unit to help achieve the government's emission targets.

Siemens Energy is installing a battery energy storage system at Marsh Landing Generating Station, due operational in early summer 2021. The system can support up to three attempts to restart the 720 MW plant’s auxiliary system without the need of external power supply in the event of an outage or blackout.

General Electric has secured an order to supply gas generation equipment for the 300 MW combined-cycle power project in Cap des Biches, near the Senegalese capital Dakar. Once completed, the CCGT will be the largest power plant in the country, supplying 25% of its electricity needs.

Canada’s Pipestone processing facility, owned by Keyera Corp, has been enhanced by Siemens’ commissioning of one feed and sales gas train and one refrigeration compression train. The compressors and gearbox of these gas refrigeration trains are driven by a 40 MW SGT-750 industrial gas turbine that achieves single-digit NOₓ emissions to a 20% load.

WhiteWater Midstream, an Austin-based infrastructure operator, has put the expanded Agua Blanca pipeline in service ahead of schedule. The 1.8 billion cubic-feet-per-day (Bcf/d) expansion delivers gas from across the Delaware Basin to the Waha hub, bringing the system’s total capacity to over 3 Bcf/d.

Norway’s Odfjell Drilling has decided to retrofit its deepwater, semi-submersible rigs in the North Sea with Siemens Energy BlueDrive DC-grid system to minimize rig emissions. The upgrades will be carried out first on Deepsea Atlantic and Deepsea Nordkapp, and may extend to rigs off Stavanger and Aberdeen at a later stage.

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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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