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GasLog has confirmed that one of its subsidiaries has signed a 10-year timecharter with Sinolam LNG Terminal to provide an FSU for a gas-fired power plant being developed in Panama. The vessel to be used is expected to be the 155,000 cu m ‘GasLog Singapore’, a tri-fuel diesel-electric (TFDE) LNGC built in 2010.

Japan’s Tokyo Gas and Kyushu Electric Power (Kepco) have formed a company aimed at building a gas-fired power station at Sodegaura in Chiba, near Tokyo. This move comes after the two companies and Idemitsu Kosan ditched a plan in January to build a 2 GW coal-fired power station on the same site, saying it was not economically feasible.

Novatek is evaluating projects aimed at introducing LNG as a fuel for distributed power generation, as well as motor fuel for maritime, automotive transport and mining equipment in Chukotka, situated in the Russian Far East. To this end, the Russian gas company signed an agreement with the government of the Chukotka autonomous area during this week’s Vladivostok Eastern Economic Forum.

Siemens has been awarded an order worth approximately €450 million to build a combined cycle power plant as a turnkey project at Landivisiau, western France, and operate the plant for 20 years. With an installed capacity of 446 MW, the power plant will help to cover Brittany’s growing demand for electricity.

Philippine-based engineering concern, First Gen Corp. has chosen Japan’s JGC Corp. to handle the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for its LNG terminal project in Batangas City.

China's private-owned gas distributor and terminal operator, ENN Energy has started construction of a subsea natural gas pipeline connecting the mainland with its Zhoushan LNG receiving terminal.

UK gas supplier, Flogas Britain has added liquid biomethane (Bio-LNG) to its off-grid energy supply. The new Bio-LNG, which is now available, is being marketed to businesses running continuous, energy-intensive manufacturing or industrial processes, as well as the transportation industry.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Dutch-based Karpower International BV, a subsidiary of Turkey’s Karadeniz Holdings, have signed an agreement to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project in Mozambique. Named KARMOL, the joint owners will operate an FSRU and a patented Powership.

The No 1 unit of the new Moka gas-fired power station located in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, will start trials on 12th September, Kobe Steel told newswires. However, the start up of commercial operations has not been determined thus far.

Construction engineering company Argan’s subsidiary, Gemma Power System, has received permission to proceed with a 1.8 GW natural gas-fired power plant to be located in Guernsey County, Ohio, US.

The ‘Maria Gleta’ power plant near Cotonou, a large port city at the south coast of Benin, has been commissioned by MAN Energy Solutions and the BWSC. Powered by seven MAN 18V51/60DF gensets, the plant is now fully operational and supplies 127 MW of electrical output to the grid.

Speculative orders for Floating Storage and Regas Units (FSRU) are on the rise as developers want to have the vessels ready for quick deployment once local regulators issue a permit for an LNG-to-Power project. There is a trend towards owing FSRUs rather than chartering the units, says Tor-Ivar Guttulsrød, director FSRU & FLNG at ABS Global Gas Solutions.

On-site power provider Cummins and researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego are looking into how to reuse and repurpose electric vehicle (EV) batteries for energy storage. The focus lies on lithium-ion batteries, which are currently recycled at a rate of less than 5% in the U.S. market.

The Polish refinery Orlen has selected GE Steam Power to carry out a life-cycle upgrade of its onsite refinery power plant. Płock CHP, the largest of its kind in Poland, supplies 414 MW of electric power to the refinery and 2149 MWt of heat to the neighboring city.

Headline numbers of India’s 350 MW gross installed capacity versus 180 GW in maximum load are misleading. The Brookings Institute finds that power plant outages due to fuel shortages or technical faults as well as grid-level power losses reduce the actual “recoverable surplus” to just 30 GW, sometimes less.

News in Brief

Bonny Train-7 to cost $6.5bn

Sept 16 – Nigeria LNG is preparing to add a seventh processing train to Bonny LNG, bringing total capacity from 22 million tons per annum (mtpa) to 30 mtpa. Estimated to cost $6.5 billion, Bonny Train-6 will include a new liquefaction unit, a storage and a condensate tank as well as three gas turbine generators.

Schneider to complete L&T takeover by early 2020

Sept 13 – Venturing into India, Schneider Electric hopes to finalise the Rs 14,000 crore acquisition of Larsen & Toubro's electrical and automation business by early 2020. After the transaction is completed, Schneider will have a 65% stake in L&T, while the remainder will be held by Temasek.

MHI to advice China on energy conservation

Sept 12 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, part of MHI, has set up a joint venture withan affiliate of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) to perform technical consulting for energy conservation projects in China. The focus of SGCC lies on building new decentralized power stations, biomass-derived power gensets and energy saving solutions.

Tender extended

Sept 11 – Turkmengas has extended a tender for the overhaul of the gas turbine engines of the NK-12ST and NK-14ST brands. Bidders need to pay to receive the tender documents, and then submit a written application to Turkmenistan’s state gas company.

Gas power units to buffer Germany’s coal exit

Sept 10 – Electricity output of Germany’s fleet of gas-fired power plants has risen to a over 13,5 billion kilowatt-hours in the three months from June to August, Fraunhofer ISE figures show. These productivity gains put CCGTs in pole position to balance supply swings in connection with the German coal exit.

Power of Siberia gas flows to start on Dec 1

Sept 9 – Russian gas supplies to China via the eastern route are going to start on December 1, 2019, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller told his counterpart at CNPC in Beijing. The huge Chayandinskoye field, containing some 1.2 trillion cbm of gas, had already been connected to the 38 Bcm per year ‘Power of Siberia’ gas pipeline in August.

Hurricane Dorian causes havoc in the Bahamas

Sept 6 – In the aftermath of Hurricane Doran, a Category 5 storm, Bahamas Power and Light has said there is a total blackout in New Providence, the most populous island of the archipelago. Dorian made landfall twice on Sunday, ripping off roofs and electricity lines. In most parts, electricity has not been restored.

LNG cargoes via Bab-el Mandeb decrease

Aug 30 – Northbound LNG shipments via Bab el-Mandeb, a sea route chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, have fallen over the past three years as Egypt imports less natural gas from the Persian Gulf. In 2015 and 2016, both Jordan and Egypt imported up to 1.4 Bcf/d of LNG into Red Sea ports but these shipments fell sharply following the development of large gas finds in the Mediterranean.

Hokuriku Electric buys LNG cargo

Aug 29 – Japanese utility Hokuriku Electric has purchased an LNG cargo for delivery in November as soaring temperatures drew down gas in storage for the autumn. The cargo is understood to be scheduled for delivery in the second half of November from Malaysia’s Petronas and may well be destined for Hokuriku Electric’s first LNG-fired power generation unit,  the Toyama Shinko plant.

Technip spins off LNG activities

Aug 28 – TechnipFMC, has decided to spin off its European-based engineering and construction operations into a separate business, leaving the American half of the firm as an equipment supplier to the oil and gas sector. The split is due to be completed in the first half of 2020.

FLNG power market to top $930m by 2023

Aug 27 – The global market for floating LNG power vessel is projected to reach $ 931.6 million by 2023, up from $ 860.1 million seen last year, according to ReportsnReports. Major vendors of FLNG power vessels are Siemens, MAN, Wärtsilä, Caterpilar and GE which are targeting to use the technology to supply decentralized power to island nations in Southeast Asia and along the coast of sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

EIA monitors grid hourly

Aug 26 – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has launched a beta release of its hourly electric grid monitor. The enhanced version analyses hourly generation by energy source and hourly sub-regional demand for certain balancing authorities in the Lower 48 states.

Hiroshima waste-to-energy plant gets upgrade

Aug 23 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been chosen to upgrade and refurbish the combustion facilities at a waste to energy plant in Hiroshima. The Naka plant in Minamiyoshijima, Naka-ku, has a total waste treatment capacity of 600 tonnes per day and generates 15.2 MW of electricity to power the equipment in the factory, while selling the remainder to the grid.

China eases ban on coal power

Aug 22 – The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) has allowed 11 provinces to resume building coal power plants in a move that lies bare the country’s dependency on thermal coal even after several hundred billion dollars were invested cleaner energy sources, notable wind, solar and natural gas. Areas earmarked by NEA for new coal power plants include Qinghai, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guangdong, Yunnan, Guizhou and Henan.

Blackout after Didcot demolition

Aug 21 – Yet another blackout hit thousands of British households early Sunday after the demolition of cooling towers at the disused Didcot-A power station in Oxfordshire. Moments after the explosion at 7am to bring down the cooling towers some nearby electricity poles and overhead transmission lines caught fire, causing a sudden loss of electricity that lasted for one hour and twenty minutes.

Fuel cell vehicle market gathers speed

Aug 20 – Sales revenue from fuel cell vehicles will soar to $255.2 billion in 2032, up from just $400 million last year, driven by fast growth in China and wider Asia. Hydrogen fuel cells achieve an energy conversion efficiency of 50% to 60% amid zero emissions and a low maintenance cost thanks to the engine’s modular design.

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.