Techint’s Norte III combined cycle power plant in Mexico has started commercial operation, driven by four GE 7F.04 gas turbines, four GE H33 generators and two steam turbines from Toshiba. GE will operate and maintain the 907 MW plant, located in Ciudad Juárez, for the next 25 years.
Devaluation of the Egyptian pound and cuts in fuel subsidies have opened space for investment in the energy sector, though analysts say “a great deal more structural reform is needed.” According to ResearchandMarket projections, Egypt’s electricity supply surplus could reach 74 GW by 2035.
The 2020 US gas storage refill season (April 1 - Oct 31) has started out strong, exceeding 100 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in four out of the past six weeks. “No other refill season recorded more than three triple-digit net injections at this point in time,” analysts said, pointing at slow domestic demand and exports.
Finish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has been awarded type certification for its 31SG gas fuelled generating set, testifying the synchronous genset is in full compliance with the German grid code. The 31SG engine is available from 7.5 to 12 MWe, all models tested and certified by DNV GL.
Coronavirus lockdowns keep pushing down U.S. energy demand over the summer. Overall electricity demand will total 998 billion kWh from June through August – a 5% drop year-on-year, according to EIA projections. Sales to commercial and industry customers are seen fall by 12% and 9%, respectively.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has re-configured its 163 MW Humboldt Bay Generating Station to provide electricity for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. Part of HBGS’ capacity hereby gets separated from regular grid dispatch for use exclusively to re-energise towns in northern California in the event of a blackout.
Energy markets across Europe have largely recovered from the demand shock and drop in power price, caused by coronavirus lockdowns. After 2023 demand will be “hardly affected by the pandemic,” analyst say, except for coal which stays uneconomic due to a massive gas supply overhang.
Edge Gathering Virtual Pipelines 2, better known as Edge LNG, has been selected by EXCO Resources to capture and liquefy gas from a stranded well in the Marcellus Shale. The gas is being trucked to electric utility customers in the Northeast (NE) of the United States.
Austrom is developping a utility-scale green hydrogen project near the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. Named ‘Pacific Solar Hydrogen,’ it includes a 3.6 Gigawatt solar PV park and large battery storage to power the huge electrolyser that may turn Queensland into a hydrogen exporter.
The public regulator in Massachusetts investigates whether the Boston Everett LNG import terminal might have to close, given that the U.S. northeastern state wants to phase out all fossil power stations. Burning imported LNG so far helps keep the lights on in Boston during the winter season.
Texas-based SparkCognition is working with Siemens on a cybersecurity system that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to protect endpoint, or remotely operating assets in the power generation and oil and gas sector. Digitalization of control systems helps link and protect distributed genset fleets.
China’s southern province of Guandong is considering cutting electricity rates that gas-fired generators can charge from their customers by 5-12%. If enacted, this rate cut risks derailing a wider policy target of boosting gas generation to 35 GW installed capacity.