TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline network operator, has agreed to sell its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona, U.S., to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating for US$623 million (C$623m). The Coolidge plant is a 575-MW gas-fired power facility that is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
By 2030, more than 45% of EU industrial (grey) hydrogen demand, or 10% of Europe’s natural gas consumption, could be substituted by green hydrogen which would help decarbonise the “hard-to-abate” sectors like industry and heavy transport. But not all clean hydrogen will need to be produced within the EU.
Korea Zinc, a manufacturer in Onsan near Ulsan City, has contracted GE to deploy two flexible 6F.03 gas turbines at its LNG-fuelled combined-cycle power plant. All electricity produced by the 270 MW combined-cycle gas power plant will be used for Korea Zinc’s metal production.
Switching from coal to cleaner-burning gas for power generation has led to a 28% decline in carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. power sector. Slower growth of electricity demand also contributed to the decline, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) calculating that power generation-related CO2 emission fell to a near 30-year low at 1,744 million metric tons (MMmt).
General Electric is preparing the launch of a new company, focussed on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software. The spin-off will have a new brand identity and its own equity structure, starting with $1.2 billion in annual software revenue and an existing global industrial customer base.
Norway’s gas system operator Gassco has announced the start-up of the Polarled pipeline, opening up a new supply route for supplying Norwegian gas to Europe. Spanning 482 kilometres, Polarled carries output from the Aasta Hansteen field via the Nyhamna processing plant to the UK and continental Europe.
The Chinese government is watering down its pledges to reign in climate change and focuses on stepping up energy imports instead. Over the past year, China’s has demand surged 15% and a big part of these additional needs will soon be met through the Russian ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline project as well as more LNG.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D metal printing, is planned to “go systematic” across Wärtsilä Group a based on plans to create a dedicated research centre in Vaasa, on the west coast of Finland. Researchers from ABB, Wärtsilä and two universities will collaborate, with construction for the R&D centre planned to start in 2019 or 2020.
Russia’s ability to meet Europe’s growing gas demand seems hampered by infrastructure bottlenecks across the continent, creating room for LNG exporters to grab market share. Gazprom targets to deliver 200 Bcm of piped gas to Europe this year but Wood Mackenzie forecasts the continent will need a further 77 Bcm/y by 2025.
Material Solutions – a Siemens business – has been opened in Worcester, UK, following a £27 million investment. On a 4,700 square metre site, experimental laboratory processes in Selective Laser Melting (SLM), or 3D printing, are turned into industrial practice in the production of gas turbine components, saving time and money.
Steep decline in coal use in the American power sector has drastically reduced emissions. Coal-fired generation peaked at 2,026 million MWh in 2007 and dropped to less than 1,200 million MWh today, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). As a consequence, energy-related emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) fell by 88% and 76%, respectively.
Indonesia and the Philippines, archipelagos within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are in focus of MAN’s new integrated LNG-to-Power solutions. “We have new projects under development mainly in Asia and western- and northern Africa. But this is a business we are still building,” said Carsten Dommermuth, business development manager at MAN Energy Solutions. In Gibraltar, meanwhile, an 80 MW project is already under commissioning.
Strong, sustained growth in U.S. gas production is putting downward pressure on Henry Hub spot and futures prices. Dry gas production increased to 83.3 Bcf/d in 2018, according to figures by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which forecasts a subsequent fall in Henry Hub spot gas prices to $3.11 per MMBtu on average in 2019.
CAPEX for new-build offshore wind parks in Asia will soon be competitive with thermal power, with investors gearing up to participate in first-mover projects. According to Wood Mackenzie, “together with South Korea and Japan, East Asia needs around US$37 billion in investments to meet the mammoth growth in offshore wind capacity over the next five years.”
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA will also become the nation’s biggest power producer as of April 2019 when it will take control of TECPO and Chubu Electric’s domestic power business. Rated ‘A-minus by Standard & Poor’s, analysts caution that over the next three years JERA plans to invest in high-risk upstream LNG concessions and unregulated power projects overseas.