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Italian turbine manufacturer Ansaldo Energia and the Norwegian energy company Equinor have joined forces on validitation tests for the use of hydrogen for gas-fired power plant turbines. Equinor agreed to co-fund these full scale, full pressure combustor tests on Ansaldo’s GT36 and GT26 turbines.

Russia’s Gazprom has revised downward its investment program and budget for this year, slashing expenses by 3.142 billion Rubles ($49m) to 1,322.582 billion Rubles ($20.7bn) thanks to “project optimization”. Most capital-intensive are Gazprom’s upstream projects in the Yamal Peninsula and eastern Russia, as well as the Power of Siberia pipeline to China.

Sempra Energy affiliate IEnova anticipates to reap profits from the commercial start of a new Texas to Mexico gas pipeline. The company saw Q3 earnings slide despite the September start-up of the South Texas-Tuxpan interconnector which supplies gas to power stations in Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Biogas pioneer BENAS has enlarged its combined heat and power plant in Lower Saxony by adding two Jenbacher J620 gas engines. The new 3.05 MW engines add to the five installed J320 engines (5.24 MW each) and turn the complex into the largest biogas-based CHP in Germany.

Rail tankers will soon transport LNG to power generators across the United States, as the regulator seeks to advance the use of this cleaner-burning fuel in decentralized location like the Midwest. Trucks and ships are currently the only means of transport for liquefied natural gas.

Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a new joint venture by Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, will capture methane emissions from hog farms in North Carolina and convert them into natural gas for use in decentralized power generation. The initiative is meant to help cut the JV’s emission 25% by 2025.

Golar Power is moving ahead with an integrated LNG-to-Power project in Brazil’s northern state of Para, after securing a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) from the Brazilian authorities. The 605 MW power unit is scheduled to start operations in January 2025.

Urbanization, rising income, and greater access to electricity in emerging economies will nearly double the electricity’s share of total energy use in buildings. In non-OECD countries, the U.S. Government projects that share will increase from 21% last year to reach 38% by 2050.

New York Public Service Commission has given the green light for the Ravenswood project, a 316 MW battery-based energy storage that would replace ageing fossil-fuelled capacity in NYC. If built, the project will be the first major use of energy storage for peakload power in the U.S. Northeast.

Malaysia’s TNB Northern Energy, funding vehicle of TNB Prai, has received a triple-A rating when issuing Islamic securities (Sukuk) over 1.475 billion Malaysian Ringgit (US$0.35bn) to finance its latest power plant. The 1,072 MW Prai combined-cycle gas power plant in Penang receives only availability-based revenue.

MAN Energy Solutions has fully commissioned a combined heat and power plant on behalf of the municipal utility in Schwäbisch Hall, southern Germany. The new 12V35/44G TS gas engine increases cogeneration efficiency by 20%.

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and Saudi Aramco have contributed nearly $3 billion in funding for an integrated LNG-to-Power project in Bangladesh. The 3,600 MW power plant and an integrated LNG regas terminal will be jointly build by the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and its Saudi partners.

Bracing against the risk of wild-fires, the Californian utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in 34 California counties. The impact of these shutoffs could have been buffered by supplying electricity from energy storage facilities.

Slovenian energy solution provider NGEN has invested over 15 million Euros to install the largest Tesla Powerpack storage system in Europe. The 12.6 MW/22.2 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) is used for grid balancing and will soon be accompanied by a second, similar-sized unit.

Financing has been agreed for the $868 million Taweelah independent power and water desalination project, the world’s largest reverse osmosis facility. The Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC) and ACWA Power will build the new plant at the Taweelah complex in Abu Dhabi.

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.