Projects & Finance

Ansaldo Energia has been contracted by steelmaker Arvedi to supply an AE64.3A gas turbine to refurbish a combined-cycle power plant in Servola, near Trieste. The 120 MW plant will deliver flexible power to balance non-dispatchable renewable energy and is due operational by the end of 2021.

El Paso Electric (EPE) has selected Mitsubishi Power’s Smart M501GAC gas turbine to replace three ageing units and balance renewable energy supply. EPE is adding 200 MW of solar power and 50 MW of battery storage, counting on the 288 MW turbine’s rapid dispatch capability to mitigate intermittency issues.

General Electric has been contracted to deliver more than 1 GW of power gen equipment for the Tongyeong combined cycle power plant in South Korea. Construction is set to begin in 2021 by Hanwha E&C with a view to starting commercial operations in 2024.

New Fortress Energy (NFE) has signed a memorandum with Petrobras Distribuidora and CCETC Brasil Holding to acquire 288 MW of 15-year power purchase agreements for an LNG-to-Power project, under development at Suape Port in Brazil. The regas terminal and the power plant are slated to start operation by the end of 2022.

McDermott, an integrated EPC contractor, has announced the commissioning and operational start of the Montgomery County Power Station. The Entergy-owned 993 MW combined-cycle plant in Willis, Texas, is driven by Mitsubishi gas turbines and a Toshiba steam turbine.

Israel-based GenCell has won a tender to deploy its hydrogen-based DC backup solutions for substations built on behalf of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned utility. The $6 million contract covers delivery and two years maintenance of the 37 fuel cells.

Danish utility Nature Energy has ordered two biogas upgrading plants from Wärtsilä, each capable to turn over 40 million cubic meters of biogas into biomethane. The plants are scheduled to start injecting green methane into the local gas grid by 2022.

Ansaldo Energia has won a €50 million contract from the Polish chemical company Synthos to supply an 80 MW AE64.3 gas turbine for a combined-cycle unit. The CCGT will replace a coal-fired boiler and provide electricity and process steam for Synthos' chemical manufacturing in Oswiecim.

Entrade, part of the Turkish construction firm ENKA, has contracted Atlas Copco to supply three fuel gas booster compressors for a combined-cycle power plant that is used for cogeneration in Kazan, Russia. Construction is underway and the 250 MW plant is due operational in March 2023.

GERA Amazonas has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to convert the UTE Ponta Negra power plant, situated in Manaus, to operate on natural gas instead of diesel. The fuel switch will increase the plant’s performance and lower operating costs once completed in spring 2022.

Elering, Estonia’s national TSO, has contracted Siemens Energy to build three synchronous condensers, based on the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS). The units, set to stabilise the grid and integrate intermittent renewable power supply, are due to be commissioned successively between April 2023 and May 2024.

Myanmar’s Thanlyin LNG-to-Power venture has reached its full capacity in December, having ramped up fuel supplies and electricity output to an equivalent of 350 MW since June. The scale-up was helped by the arrival of its permanent floating storage unit (FSU), called CNTIC VPower Energy.

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News in Brief

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.

Gazprom evaluates cost of grey hydrogen

June 30 – Scientific studies by Gazprom and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) seek to solve technical challenges in producing grey hydrogen through steam reforming in the most cost-efficient way, as well as transporting the fuel to end-users. The findings of the studies will be factored into Gazprom's sustainable development scenarios up to 2050.

Redox about to overtake Li-ion batteries

June 28 – Li-ion batteries have dominated the energy storage field, but are expected to lose their leading role in stationary applications. According to IDTechEx findings, Redox flow batteries are gaining traction and are likely to overtake the installed Li-ion battery energy capacity before the end of 2030.

B&W proceeds with waste-to-energy projects

June 25 – Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) renewable segment has received limited notice to proceed for a waste-to-energy project in Europe as it finalizes terms for a $24 million contract with the customer. Ohio-based B&W said it looks to capitalize on an estimated addressable market of more than $7 billion in Europe over the next three years.

Japan’s gas-burn on the rise

June 24 – LNG imports for power generation in Japan have rebounded with steady volumes from the Middle East and Australia and higher cargo numbers from Russia and the US, though LNG deliveries were outpaced by thermal coal shipments. The May 2021 LNG shipments amounted to 4.95 million tonnes, or around 73 cargoes, a 8.2% rise on volumes received in May 2020, according to trade figures by the Japanese finance ministry.

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