Projects & Finance

MAN Energy Solutions is providing multiple MAN 18V48/60TS engines for two power plant projects, being built in stages in two remote districts in Bangladesh. Upon entering full operation, the two plants will feed a total of 170 MW into the national grid, helping to stabilize supply.

The Finish technology group Wärtsilä will supply an engine-based power plant, set to run primarily on regasified LNG, to a remote location in Nigeria. The plant will operated off-grid and was ordered by the BUA Group, following its decision to build a new cement line in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria.

State-owned Israel Electric has announced it will pay GE about 1 billion shekels ($280 million) to convert the Orot Rabin power station from coal to natural gas, which includes a 9HA.01 gas turbine retrofit. The same turbine was selected for another unit, and GE expects a contract by the end of 2019.

The U.S. private equity firm Starwood Energy Group has acquired the 309-MW combined cycle Garrison Energy Center in Delaware and the 503-MW RockGen Energy Center peaker facility in Wisconsin. Starwood Energy is part of Starwood Capital, funded by the American investor Barry Sternlicht.

Hokkaido Electric Power Co (HEPCO) has put its first LNG-fuelled power plant into full commercial operation. The 569-MW Ishikariwan-Shinko Unit 1, a combined-cycle plant, is powered by a GE 9HA gas turbine and a Toshiba steam turbine.

A Texan industrial gas company has contracted Siemens to supply three Dresser-Rand 5HHE-VL-3NL reciprocating compressors for a large steam methane reformer (SMR). Once operational as planned in 2021, the unit will be the largest high-purity hydrogen production unit in the United States.

Envision, whose AIoT Operating System EnOS manages 100 GW of energy assets globally, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) help Thailand’s integrated energy company PTT with its digital transformation to make better use of distributed new energy sources.

India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has awarded a Rs142crore contract to GE Power to supply and install low-NOx combustion system upgrades for 10 GW of thermal power plant capacity across the country. The combustor retrofits will cut up to 40% of NOx emissions, helping India meet its national emissions reduction goals.

Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Latin America, has contracted Siemens to upgrade a cogeneration power and steam plant at its ABC Petrochemical Complex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The two SGT-600 turbines, deployed at the project, will feature third-generation dry low emissions (DLE) technology and run on residue gas with high concentrations of hydrogen. Completion of the project due in early 2021.

Stadtwerke Frankfurt (Oder), the municipal utility of the German-Polish border town, has tasked MAN Energy Solutions to plan and deliver a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant. Powered by five MAN 20V35/44G gas engines, the CHP will produce 51 MW electrical energy and 50 MW district heating.

The UK Planning Inspectorate has granted permission to Sembcorp Utilities, part of the Singapore-based energy infrastructure developer Sembcorp Industries, to build a 1,700 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power station at Wilton in Teeside, northeast England.

General Electric’s energy grid solutions business has been awarded two contracts from the Governments of Benin and Cote d’Ivoire to upgrade the distribution grid and improve the power capacity of substations to reduce energy losses. Electrification rates lie below 45% in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, making grid-development a key issue energy security of households and businesses.

Entergy Corp.’s affiliated utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi are in the final stages of building and about to acquire a total of 4 GW gas-fired generation capacity by the end of 2020, the utility said in its Integrated Resources Report. The first new CCGT to start operating will be the 980 MW St. Charles Power Station in Montz, slated for commissioning this summer.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a multilateral development agency and part of the World Bank Group, has said it provided a 15-year loan over $228 million to fund LNG-to Power project in Porto do Açu, Brazil. GNA also received BRL1.76 billion ($457 million) in financing from the development banks of Brazil and Germany, BNDES and KfW Ipex-Bank.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), in consortium with Elsewedy Electric, has won two major orders from Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA): a $550 million EPC contract to expand the 2,850 MW Al-Layyah power plant as well as a turnkey construction contract for 1,026.3 MW combined-cycle gas power plant, due to start up in mid-2021.

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News in Brief

$500m Birdsboro plant gets powered up

April 17 – Birdsboro Power, a subsidiary of EmberClear of Canada, is in the process of commissioning the $500 million Birdsboro open-cycle gas power plant. Built on a site of the former Amourcast steel foundry, and driven by a GE 7H02 turbine, the new power unit will generate about $500,000 in revenue for the Reading Area Water Authority and another $125,000 city of Reading, Pennsylvania. All electricity will be supplied into PJM Interconnection, the power grid operator in the U.S. Northeast.

Gas now dominant fossil fuel in Europe

April 17 – Rising cost of carbon emissions and closures of coal power stations throughout Europe have led to gas-fired generation overtaking the output of other fossil fuels for the first time. According to EnAppSys figures, gas power plants in the EU produced 117 TWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2019, compared with a combined 110.9 TWh from coal, lignite and gas-to-coal plants.

ABB, Porsche co-develop electric vehicle chargers

April 16 – ABB and Porsche have agreed to develop electric vehicle chargers for Porsche Japan’s new electric vehicles, including Tayan – the carmakers’ first fully electric car due to be launched in 2020. Under the deal, Porsche will install ABB chargers at its public facilities across Japan, creating a network of fast-charging stations for its electric vehicles. The first installation is set to go live in mid-2020.

Power gen from biomass flatlines

April 15 – Increases of U.S. electricity generation from biomass have stopped after a decade of growth. Power produced from biomass totaled 70.6 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2018, or about 2% of total U.S. electricity generation, according to EIA figures. Having grown from 2004 through 2014, and the 2018 output was 2% below its peak generation of 71.7 million MWh.

Aeroderivative GT market to top $3.5bn by 2024

April 12 – The global market for aeroderivative gas turbines is seen grow at a 7% rate to surpass $3.5 billion by 2024. A main growth driver, according to Global Markets Insight, will be the rising adoption of small-scale turbine-driven cogeneration plant and the trend towards decentralized energy supply.

Lumenaza creates regional green power grids

April 11 – Utility-in-a-box software, developed by Lumenaza, creates a regional green power grid by connecting producers and consumers of locally produced wind and solar energy. The system monitors renewable power output, balances supply and demand, and can help organize the billing process. Pilot projects have been implemented with two of Germany’s big utilities, E.ON and EnBW as well as with various smaller players.

MHPS licenses H-25 turbine production to Chinese manufacturer

April 10 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has agreed to license production technology for its H-25 series gas turbines to the Chinese manufacturer CSIC Longjiang GH Gas Turbine Co. The agreement will establish a small local supply chain which helps expands MHPS’ share in the Chinese market, the Japan-based company stated. So far, MHPS received five orders for H-25 Series gas turbines, or nine units in total, from Chinese power plant developers.

SIEW 2019 to focus on energy transformation

April 9 – “Accelerating Energy Transformation” will be the theme for the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2019. This theme has been chosen by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore to address mounting challenges in Asia over meeting climate change commitments against a backdrop of continuously rising energy demand.

ENGIE launches 1st mini-grid in Zambia

April 8 – The French utility ENGIE has inaugurated its first PowerCorner – an off-grid renewable energy solution – in the Zambian village of Chitandika. Located in the East of Zambia, Chitandika counts 1500 inhabitants who previously had no access to electricity.

Global gas engine market to reach $4.4 billion by 2020

April 5 – Over the next five years, the global gas turbine market is forecast to grow 11.1% annually in terms of revenue, reaching a market size of $24,100 million by 2024, up from $14,300 million in 2019. Market-leading companies include: GE, Siemens, Ansaldo Energia, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Shanghai Electric Group.

EDAC, Siemens seek ‘industrial app’ for 3D-printing

April 4 – Siemens is intensifying its cooperation with the EDAG Group, an independent engineering company for the automotive industry, to promote industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. The companies’ joint "NextGenerationSpaceframe 2.0" project is on show at the Hannover Messe this week.

ABB electrifies Lodi campus of Milan University

April 3 – The Swiss manufacturer ABB will ensure smarter, safer and more reliable electricity supply for students at the Milan University’s new campus in Lodi. Covering an area of 20,000 square meters, the campus has installed ABB’s UniSec switchgear and main distribution switchboard solution, System pro E power.

Chevron launches $90m Fund VII

April 2 – Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) has set up Fund VII, a new $90 million fund focused on venture capital investment across the energy industry. Investments target early- to mid-stage companies as well as limited partnership funds with the aim of supporting breakthrough technologies that have the potential to improve Chevron’s oil and gas business performance.

Siemens to implement VW Industrial Cloud

April 1 – The German carmaker Volkswagen has chosen Siemens as integration partner for the VW Industrial Cloud. Based on Siemens’ MindSphere system, the VW Industrial Cloud will link production systems, machinery and equipment of various manufacturers at the 122 Volkswagen manufacturing plants worldwide. The resulting data transparency and analysis is meant to enhance productivity at the sites.

Marubeni, 4R Energy to deploy large refurbished batteries

March 29 – Marubeni Corp and 4R Energy, along with SIGNET EV have achieved a Proof of Concept (PoC) using 4RE’slarge refurbished batteries for the development of the world’s first mass-productional EV charger in Namie-machi, Fukushima-Prefecture. The installation, with an output of more than 50kW, helps the community reduce electricity demand from the central power grid, which saves costs.

Regulators approve £300m Belfast power project

March 28 – Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has approved plans for a £300 million gas-fired power project in Belfast. The 480 MW power station, developed by Belfast Power Holdings, will be situated in the city's Harbour Estate and provide energy to about 500,000 homes and businesses.

Capstone wins two orders in Mexico

March 27 – California-based Capstone Turbine has secured orders for two C200 and two C65 microturbine systems to be installed in industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plant projects in Mexico. An energy drink manufacturer ordered C200 turbine-based gensets mainly to use their thermal energy to create steam for its manufacturing process. The two C65s turbines, meanwhile, will be installed at a produce packager where thermal energy will be used to create chilled water used for vegetable packaging.