Electrification of the transport sector can help curb emissions substantially, Wood Mackenzie finds. A typical mid-size electric vehicle (EV) generates up to 67% fewer emissions than a gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) car. But the crucial factor is the location where they are driven and the regional power generation mix.
This year, for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, more of Britain’s electricity production will come from zero carbon energy sources, than fossil fuels. The landmark tipping point will be reached after National Grid invested £1.3 billion over the past decade in the clean energy transition, as well as £2 billion in new interconnectors such as the 1,400 MW North Sea Link to Norway.
Australian-owned liquefied natural gas trading platform GLX is now allowing European gas buyers and sellers to access its digital bid-offer system for global spot LNG cargo dealings. U.S. and Russian cargoes are increasingly traded at UK National Balancing Point (NBP) and Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF).
Malaysia offers some of the most material and attractive upstream investment opportunities in Southeast Asia, as the country needs additional gas supply for power generation. Time is of the essence, hence WoodMackenzie expects Petronas to ramp up its exploration efforts in deepwater Sarawak to prove up easier-to-develop resources.
The German government has been urged to keep the coal exit roadmap as flexible as possible. Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena) said rather than rigidly implementing the Coal Commissions’ proposals, there needed to be some leeway for key sectors – notably transport, buildings and industry.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to mobilize $7 billion worth of investment for energy projects in Asia and the Pacific. The explicit aim is to boost the capacity of clean energy systems by 6 Gigawatts (GW), and increase regional energy trade by 10% over the next five years.
French oil and gas giant Total and Germany’s Siemens have proposed to scale back the size of the 1,230 MW integrated Kanbauk LNG-to-Power project after unresolved talks with the Government of Myanmar over financial terms. Downsizing is hoped to save the project which is at risk to be suspended, or outright cancelled.
General Electric (GE) could potentially win a substantial share of multi-billion dollar contracts to rebuild Iraq’s electricity system, after the U.S. government intervened on behalf of the company. In April, the Iraqi Prime Minister had said Siemens was “well-placed to win the bulk of future deals.”
Japan’s power generation mix is changing, as the world’s largest LNG importer prefers cheaper thermal coal over regasified natural gas. By 2030, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) projects coal will have a 26% share of Japan’s energy mix, just behind natural gas with 27%. Nuclear is seen account for 20% to 22% and renewables will cater for about a quarter of overall electricity supply.
Edesur, one of Argentina’s leading TSOs, has been struggling to restore electricity after a “massive failure” left nearly 50 million inhabitants in mainland Argentina and Uruguay in the dark since early Sunday. The blackout was described by Edesur as “totally unpredicted” and its exact cause is still unclear.
Aggreko, a UK-based provider of mobile power solutions, has agreed to support Wärtsilä with the launch of its new Modular Block solution. This pre-fabricated, modular enclosure – based on medium-speed W32 and 34 engines – is mobile and can be re-deployed at various sites which enables operators new financing models, such as power as a service or rentals.
Wells drilled horizontally into shale formations - in contrast to vertical wells - have surged in number over the past few years and now account for nearly all of U.S. tight oil and gas production. Horizontal wells in 2004 still made up about 15% of shale oil and 14% of gas production, but this share has risen to well over 97% for both.
Tight oil and gas production in the United States could soon become less sensitive to price as super-majors like Chevron and ExxonMobil increase their shale acreage and commit to development spending. BP’s chief economist Spencer Dale said “cash-rich supermajors can smooth through price variations” and just keep fracking regardless.