With biogas becoming increasingly popular, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed novel polymer membrane material that can dramatically improve the efficiency of gas purification. Contaminants, such as CO2, are inherent in both natural gas and biogas to various degrees, so it needs to be purified before it can be burnt as fuel.
Gemma Power Systems, part of Argan Inc., has won a contract by ESC Harrison County Power LLC for engineering, procurement and construction services at a 652-MW combined-cycle gas power project in West Virginia. Construction is slated to start this summer, with completion due in 2022.
Con Edison, the largest utility in the New York City area, has imposed a moratorium on new natural gas connections in most of Westchester County, claiming it it cannot guarantee uninterrupted service to new connections. Despite rising shale gas production in the Northeast, the rise in demand and infrastructure bottlenecks in the NYC area is now jeopardizing supply security.
GE’s Grid Solutions has been awarded a $25-million contract by Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (Enppi) to provide the Assiut Oil Refinery with gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) enabled substation for its new naphtha complex. The project set to be executed within 12 months. The average consumption of natural gas in Egypt expected to reach around 9 Bcf/d by 2021.
Siemens and Chronicle, an Alphabet company, have partnered to monitor the energy industry’s critical infrastructure and protect it from cyber threats. The offering will leverage Chronicle’s Backstory platform and Siemens’ strength in analytics and artificial intelligence to give customers operational insights on malware targeting industrial and power plants.
Infigen Energy, an Australian listed renewable energy developer, has surprised market observers by announcing it will buy a 159 MW gas peaking power plant in New South Wales. The utility claims the Smithfield gas peaking plant will serve as a backstop, and allow it to invest in “up to 400 MW more cheap renewables.”
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. has agreed to cooperate with the American private energy firm Midland Cogen Venture (MCV) on gas turbines, renewables and hybrid combined-cycle gas power and energy storage solutions. The aim is strengthen Doosan’s position in the U.S. market for gas turbine aftermarket services.
Japanese LNG imports notched up 0.3% in April, after dropping for five straight months over slowing demand for thermal energy as the restart of nuclear reactors progresses and coal outcompetes regasified LNG on price. Nine of Japan's 54 nuclear power stations were re-started last month, although only seven are currently operating.
U.S. micro-turbine manufacturer Capstone has been awarded two patents to expand its use of high-fame speed fuels, such as hydrogen. CEO Darren Jamison said the patents will help Capstone develop new fuel types for its C65 Signature Series product line.
Indian imports of LNG increased 9.75% in April, spurred by a drop in the costs of shipment and tepid demand from the power sector. Demand is bound to rise further if the Government will allow power plants running on regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) to sell electricity into the higher-priced spot market.
Russia’s Federal Agency for Mineral Resources has approved Gazprom’s latest gas discoveries on the Yamal Peninsular, the Dinkov and Nyarmeyskoye fields, containing over 500 Bcm of proven reserves combined. The finds underpin Gazprom’s plans to produce up 360 Bcm/y from its 32 fields in the region, with most of the volume designated for export through the Nord Stream pipeline.
Accelerating its green energy transition, Xcel Energy has announced plans to retire its last coal power plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. Instead, the utility will expand renewables and operate its Monticello nuclear plant until at least 2040.
GE Power has been awarded a contract from Kiewit Power Constructors, the EPC contractor for the Indeck Niles Energy Center in Michigan, to supply and integrate two 7HA.02 gas turbines into the 1 GW project. Indeck Energy Services, the developer of the project, seeks to get the CCGT into full commercial operation in 2022.
Singapore’s big three banks – DBS Group Holdings (DBS), United Overseas Bank (UOB) and the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) have each announced they are ceasing financing for new coal-fired power plants. With this move, the banks accelerate the region’s fuel switch to natural gas. Echoing an initially largely European phenomenon, the latest Asian financial exodus highlights growing regional concerns with stranded coal power asset and air pollution.
Philippine’s state utility FirstGen, together with Tokyo Gas, is developing a LNG import terminal in Batangas at a cost of over $1.2 billion. The imported regasified LNG will substitute depleting domestic gas supply for the nearby 1,000 MW Santa Rita Power Plant, the 500-MW San Lorenzo Power Plant, the 414-MW San Gabriel Power Plant and the 97 MW Avion Power Plant. Finalizing the EPC tender process, FirstGen is choosing between Fluor and JGC of Japan.