Projects & Finance

Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. (MIC) has entered negotiations with potential buyers of the 644-MW Bayonne Energy Center in New Jersey as it seeks to divest the asset before the end of this year. MIC only bought the CCGT three years ago, but now seeks to sell it for about $900 million to reduce debt.

Pakistan has just added the second LNG-fuelled power plant to the grid: Commissioning of the 1,223 MW Balloki CCGT follows just weeks after the start-up of the Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) power plant which entered full commercial operations in May. During commissioning, the HBS and Balloki plant already added over 5.5 billion kilowatt hours of power to the grid.

Enagás and the regional government of Aragon have agreed to collaborate on the projects for the use of renewable gases such as hydrogen, biogas and biomethane. The aim is to save energy and enhance efficient use of renewables, while fostering the coherent and effective development of energy infrastructure.

MAN Energy Solutions in consortium with the Danish power-plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor, has won a $ 100 million contract to build a 56 MW power plant in Bermuda. The customer, Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO), is the sole electricity supplier on the island. Construction and commissioning is slated to be completed within 18 months.

Russia’s natural gas giant Gazprom, the largest supplier to the EU, is accelerating efforts to export gas to China. Construction of the ‘Power or Siberia’ pipeline to northern China via the Altai pass is now 90.5% complete. In pre-developing the huge Chayandinskoye field, Gazprom said it is “acting in strict compliance” with the start of Russian gas deliveries to China, due on December 20, 2019.

The ‘Egypt Megaproject’ – three power stations at Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital with a total capacity of 14.4 GW – have been completed and commissioned in record time. With this milestone, Egypt and Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, have set a new world record for execution of modern, fast-track power projects.

General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) is gearing up to adding 500 MW of gas power generation capacity to the national power grid. The additional supply comes from the start-up of unit-1 at the Gulf Power Plant in Sirte and Unit-2 of the Al-Sareer Power Plant.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and the Peruvian power developer Gaz Energie have signed an agreement to develop the Humay PS Project, a 515-MW power plant driven by a JAC gas turbine. The deal was sealed at the sidelines of the “Change in Power” conference in Peru, and the future power plant operator aim to have the facility enter commercial operation in 2021.

A consortium comprising EPC contractor TSK and Rolls-Royce has been contracted by Prime Energía to build five power plants across Chile based on 265 MTU Onsite Energy 16V 4000 gensets. With a combined capacity of 475 MW, the five plants will provide backup capacity to Chile’s national power grid.

Tabling plans for a 700-MW peaking plant at Marulan, EnergyAustralia is adamant it will only realize the proposed simple-cycle gas power plant if the ageing coal-fired Liddell power plant will get retired. The Marulan OCGT has development approval until 2019, so time is running out to get the plant off the ground.

TransCanada, a major North American pipeline operator, has placed into service the Topolobampo Pipeline at a cost of $1.2 billion. Spanning over a distance of 348 miles (560km), the pipeline will provide export capacity of 670 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcbf/d) from Texas to the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Mexico is importing U.S. shale gas to cover rising demand from its power sector.

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has commenced full commercial operation of hybrid gas and solar plant at the Waad Al Shamal mining city in the northern part of Saud Arabia. Of the plant’s total 1,390-MW capacity, 50 MW will come from a solar power component while the majority will be provided by a combined-cycle gas power station, built by GE under a $988 million full turnkey EPC contract.

Summit Power, GE and Mitsubishi are planning to jointly develop an integrated LNG-to-power project in Bangladesh by 2023. The project, due to be launched early next year, will include four gas power units of 600 MW each, an LNG import terminal of 380,000 cbm and an oil terminal with 100,000 metric tons capacity.

The first GE 7HA turbine installed in South Korea has commenced full commercial operation at GS Power’s Anyang combined heat and power plant unit 2-1 eight weeks earlier than initially scheduled. The quick installation process and commissioning was achieved mainly thanks to the turbine’s modular architecture and constructability.

Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC has ordered nine MAN 51/60 engines that will provide 120 MW of power to the existing LNG facility of Oman LNG, replacing a gas turbine-driven plant. MAN Energy Solutions specifically designed the engines to adapt to different gas qualities which enhances Oman LNG’s fuel flexibility and reduces costs.

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