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Sun-soaked Australia is seen as a future giant producer of hydrogen that could be exported to places like Germany for use in power generation and transport. The German industry is expected to import renewable hydrogen from Down Under in large quantities as early as 2025 to decarbonise their activities.

Gazprom has completed feeding natural gas from the Chayandinskoye field in Yakutia into the Power of Siberia interconnector to China. Once fully operational, the 38 billion cubic meters per year pipeline will deliver Russian gas to CNPC under a 30 year offtake agreement starting from 2023.

Striving to meet China’s hunger for gas, the government in Beijing is stepping up subsidies to boost domestic production and reduce the country’s dependency on imported pipeline gas and LNG. New incentives are set for producing gas from tight formation through to 2023.

Tokyo Gas, Japan's largest natural gas utility, has posted a 9.4% rise in fiscal half-year net sales in the face of tough competition in the country’s liberalized energy market. The effects of a 1.7% drop in city-gas sales were compensated by a stark rise in Tokyo Gas’ customer base for electricity sales.

Taking action against air pollution, South Korea has decided to suspend some of the county’s most polluting power stations in the upcoming winter. Up to 27 coal-fired power station will be taken offline from December 2019 until March 2020, and diesel cars could also be banned from the streets.

Statera Energy, developer of fast-ramp power plants and energy storage, has contracted MAN Energy Solutions to deliver 24 reciprocating gas engines that will supply a total of 300 MW backup power to the UK grid. The recip engines will power six 50 MW plants to be built in the coming 18 months.

Ghana National Gas Company (GNCC) will start feeding first gas from the Atuabo Gas Processing to a Karpowership later today. The 470 MW Karendeniz Powership ‘Osman Khan’ is scheduled to commence full operation on October 31.

Manufacturing capacity of all types of lithium-ion sub chemistries is expected to grow to just over 770 GWh by 2026. More than half of this manufacturing resides in China today but other key markets like Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland will ramp up production starting from 2021.

2019 will be a record year for investment in advanced lithium-ion batteries with over $350 million already spent in the first half of the year, notably by automotive giants and oil companies. This figure indicates that full-year 2019 investment will be higher than the last year’s $600 million.

Transforming India to a “gas-based economy” has been President Narendra Modi’s vision for years but the country can ill afford subsidizing LNG imports to reduce fuel costs for power plants. Banks invested some Rs50,000 crores ($7.18bn) in these projects – many unable to repay their debt, leaving Indian public money at risk.

Critical power distribution, designed by ABB, allows GIGA’s data center in North Carolina reduce customers’ operating costs by 31% compared to rival facilities. ABB’s aim was to maximize scalability while achieving an ultra-low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating.

Siemens AG has today presented the new management team of Siemens Energy – a spin-off combining its conventional and renewable energy units. CEO-designate Michael Sen stressed he will focus on “pure-play energy business” and strive to get the spin-off listed as a separate entity by September 2020.

Highview Power is about to switch on the world’s first cryogenic, or liquid air, energy storage at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England. Provided developers can secure a stable, contracted return, the 50 MW/250 MWh CRYOBattery will start operation by 2022.

Dangote Cement has asked GE to modernize seven LM6000PC aeroderivative gas turbines and install its Asset Performance Management (APM) at Dangote’s cement plants in Obajana and Ibese, Nigeria. The upgrade will enhance performance of the onsite power station and help reduce unplanned downtime.

Pakistan’s K-Electric has contracted Siemens and Harbin Electric to build a new 900 MW combined-cycle power unit within 24 months at the Bin Qasim power complex in Karachi. Works on the CCGT, to be powered by two F-class gas turbines, will start before the end of this year.

News in Brief

Rolls-Royce, 2G Energy cooperate on gas gensets

Nov 12 – British engine maker Rolls-Royce and the German power plant manufacturer 2G Energy have signed a cooperation deal to mutually purchase and promote each other’s gas generators. Rolly-Royce will buy gas gensets in the 250 - 550 kilowatt range from 2G Energy and re-sell them under its MTU brand, replacing the previously used MTU Series 400 engine. In return, 2G Energy agreed to buy MTU Series 4000 gas generators in the 776 - 2,535 kilowatt range from Rolls-Royce and market it to its German customer base.

Global gas glut may clear in 2021

Nov 11 – Economics of exporting American liquefied natural gas to Europe no longer add up. With Henry Hub spot prices around $2.7/MMBtu, moving LNG cargoes from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe is “not workable,” BP analysts said, indicating that production shut-ins could help clear the massive supply overhang towards the end of 2021.

Gazprom reassures Germany of Ukraine gas transits

Nov 8 – Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, has been trying to reassure the German government commissioner Georg Graf Waldersee that Russia was ready to signing a new transit contract with Naftogaz if both companies mutually waive claims. Before gas flows can proceed, however, Ukraine will have to create an independent gas transmission operator by January 1, 2020.

GE makes gains in wind power

Nov 7 – GE Power is gradually turning away from its loss-making fossil power segment to focus on the fast-growing renewable business. This week, GE struck a deal for its new Haliade-X turbines to be used at Dogger Bank Wind Farms. The three 1.2 GW Dogger Bank projects, situated offshore the UK’s Yorkshire coast, are expected to trigger approximately £9 billion of capital investment between 2020 and 2026.

PetroVietnam eyes LNG-to-Power project

Nov 6 – PetroVietnam has signed an agreement with B.Grimm Power Public Company (BGRIM) to jointly study the development of an integrated LNG import and power generation project. The aim is to build a 3,000 MW gas-fuelled power plant and an adjacent LNG import terminal. The location of the project has not been disclosed.

ABB launches ‘Smart City’

Nov 5 – Electrification specialists of the Swiss manufacturer ABB have designed an interactive ‘Smart City’ that contains smart buildings, e-mobility, energy management and data centers. The use of smart technologies and digitalization are encouraged by the United Nations as a way to help decarbonize cities around the world.

Gazprom, BASF cooperate on sulfur separation

Nov 4 – The Russian major Gazprom and the German chemical company BASF have agreed to devise a comprehensive solution for separation of sulfur from natural gas. The aim is to  enhance eco-efficiency of the Astrakhan gas processing plant and improve operational efficiency of BASF’s amine gas treatment units at the Orenburg gas-fired power plant.

Germany’s emission fall ‘markedly’

Nov 1 – Germany is headed for second consecutive year of substantial reductions in carbon emissions, amid a sharp drop in coal-burn in the power sector and an overall decline in energy use in 2019. If this trend continues, the country could get much closer to its 2020 climate target than widely anticipated.

Exmar to refinance Tango FLNG

Oct 31 – Exmar, the Belgian shipping company, is trying to refinance the Tango FLNG vessel, moored offshore Argentina on behalf of YPF. The aim is to generate around $60 million in additional capital, Exmar said, suggesting a deal will likely be struck in the first months of 2020.

Petronet doubles net profit

Oct 30 – Indian LNG importer Petronet has nearly doubled its net profits in the third quarter although revenues fell by 13%. Net profits came in at 1,089 crore rupees ($153.6m), an increase of 90% on the same period in 2018 as the company benefited from India’s lower corporate tax rates. Third-quarter revenues, in contrast, fell to 9,449 crore rupees ($1.33 billion).

Wildfires spread around LA

Oct 29 – Thousands of Los Angeles residents have been evacuated as wildfires spread fast around the metropolis and power outages brought life close to a standstill. The risk of fires caused by overland transmission lines prompted Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to prolong precautionary blackouts that could last up to three days.

Dominion embraces solar & storage

Oct 28 – Dominion Energy South Carolina has signed contracts for more than 1,000 MW of solar capacity. About half of that capacity has entered service. To complement intermittent solar energy supply, Dominion earlier announced several energy storage projects.

Wärtsilä downgrades outlook for its energy business

Oct 25 – Wärtsilä has downgraded the outlook of its Energy Business from “soft” to “weak” amid low equipment demand, although the its services activity “remains sound.” The current order book for 2019 deliveries is 1,708 million Euros, comprised mainly of equipment deliveries, Wärtsilä stated today when posting mixed Q3 results. Looking ahead, the company said its operating result for full-year 2019 will be approximately 100 million Euros lower than in the 2018 result of 577 million Euros.

Siemens names new CIO

Oct 24 – Hanna Hennig will be appointed as new Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Siemens starting from January 2020. The change at Siemens’ IT organization supports the execution of the company’s Vision 2020+.

GE to service Austrian CHP

Oct 23 – Sappi Austria, provider of sustainable woodfibre products, has handed GE Power a multi-year service agreement to for its 42 MW onsite power plant.  GE will carry out a cross-fleet turbine and combustor upgrade to help Sappi reduce costs through a maintenance interval extension and better plant performance.

Brookfield invest $2bn in Cove Point LNG

Oct 22 – Brookfield Asset Management, an investor in energy infrastructure and power storage, has agreed to take a 25% stake in Cove Point LNG for just over $2 billion in cash. The alternative investor also owns assets in hydro (7.9 GW), wind (4.9 GW), solar (1.7 GW), distributed generation (400 MW) and energy storage (2.7 GW).

Ansaldo appoints new CEO

Oct 21 – Ansaldo Energia’s board of directors has appointed Giuseppe Marino as new CEO. Together with the chairman, Giuseppe Zampini, he will decide on the company’s strategy particularly relating to the new Chinese joint ventures.