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Wales & West Utilities has brought together key industry players from across the UK to share its insights into the future of gas-fired power generation.
Southern California Gas Co. announced grant funding has been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford School of Engineering's Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research.
Fluor Corporation announced that Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, was awarded a five-year contract renewal by Ecopetrol S.A. to operate and maintain its surface facilities on the Cusiana and Cupiagua gas fields in Colombia.
Piedmont Natural Gas announced plans to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, N.C.
GE Power (www.GEPower.com) announced the new MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance (AMP) the world’s first upgrade solution for GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines that uses key components manufactured using additive technology.
Africa Oil Week ( www.Africa-OilWeek.com) and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Congo today announce the promotion of the Congo-Brazzaville Licence Round Phase 2 2018/19 at Africa Oil Week, 5th – 9th November 2018.
Duke Energy celebrated the opening of the new 750-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at the W.S. Lee Station in Anderson County, S.C., with community leaders, elected officials and top company leaders on hand.
NextEra Energy, Inc. announced it has entered into definitive agreements with Southern Company to acquire Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and its ownership interests in the Oleander and Stanton natural-gas generating plants located in Florida in transactions valued at approximately $6.475 billion, including the assumption of approximately $1.4 billion of Gulf Power debt.
Expanding its commitment to service cross-fleet power generation equipment, GE’s Power Services business unveiled a range of capabilities to advance the performance and reliability of other OEM gas turbine fleets, including Siemens’ and Mitsubishi’s SGT-800 and 501F units.
Siemens has received its first order from Panama for six SGT-800 gas turbines. The industrial gas turbines, along with a steam turbine, will provide approximately 440 megawatts of electrical power as part of a flexible combined cycle power plant.
Duke Energy Florida will commission both units of its new 1,640-MW Citrus gas-fired combined cycle power plant by the end of 2018.
Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity – the first application of the technology from in-state farms.
The global gas insulated switchgear market is estimated at USD 18.48 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.73% to reach USD 28.09 billion by 2023.
CNX Resources Corporation and CNX Midstream Partners LP jointly announced that CNXM has completed its previously announced acquisition of a 95% interest in the Shirley-Pennsboro gathering system ("Shirley-Pennsboro System") from CNX.
Total is one of the authors of a new report entitled “Speeding Up to <2°C: Actionable Clean Mobility Solutions”. Nearly 200 major transportation stakeholders decided to pool their efforts in the Open Lab Mobility think tank.
In accordance with the document, ChelPipe will adopt the technology to produce pipes from the 25Cr Super Duplex steel and the UNS N06625 nickel alloy.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director Matt Lepore’s move, confirmed by state officials Tuesday, raises concerns about a “revolving door” between a high-profile state agency and a powerful industry.
Piedmont Natural Gas has been designated a 2017 Utility Customer Champion, according to a report based on surveys of more than 50,000 customers of the nation's 130 largest utilities.
Piedmont's score on the index was high enough to place it fourth among all utilities – natural gas and electric – nationwide.
Piedmont earned the honor based on a strong third-place ranking among all natural gas utilities included in Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™: Residential study, a Cogent Reports™ study by Market Strategies International, conducted in December 2017.
Piedmont was recognized last year as one of the utility industry's most trusted brands.
"Piedmont Natural Gas is honored to be included among the nation's top natural gas utilities as a Utility Customer Champion," said Frank Yoho, executive vice president and president of natural gas operations for Duke Energy. "Piedmont continuously strives to provide the best experience for all of our customers, and we are pleased to know our efforts are being recognized."
The core factors measured in the study are operational satisfaction, product experience and brand trust. To qualify as a Utility Customer Champion, utilities needed to achieve high scores not only in each of these three areas but on the survey's Engaged Customer Relationship (ECR) index as well.
Leading energy distributor, Jemena is driving change – literally – in the New South Wales natural gas industry.
Jericho Oil Corporation announces that it has fully exercised its option to increase its ownership in its Oklahoma STACK Joint Venture to 31% for US$6 million.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Dongguan Jianhui Paper to install three FibreFlow drum pulping systems at the mill in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China.Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.
The Board of Directors, Regi U.S., Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, RadMax Technologies, Inc., are pleased to announce continued progress in the development of the RadMax prototype, proofof-concept gas expander with integrated electricity generation capability.
The following is a statement by Lynn Good, Duke Energy's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval today of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:
Trelleborg’s offshore operation, along with its partner SDH Integrated Services, hosted its first local content event in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
DTE Energy has filed a Certificate of Necessity with the MPSC seeking to build a state-of-the-art natural gas-fired power plant of about 1,100 MW on existing company property in East China Township, Mich., that will provide affordable and reliable power for 850,000 homes beginning in 2022.
The biogas plant in Vettin, located in the municipality of Groß Pankow, went into regular operation in April 2017.
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth.
The Wasatch Resource Recovery (WRR) project in North Salt Lake City, Utah, has selected GE's Monsal* advanced anaerobic digestion technologies to convert food waste into biogas to generate renewable energy and fertilizer.
The SGT-A45 TR mobile unit addresses the growing market for fast power.With an electrical generating capacity of up to 44 megawatts, this aeroderivative gas turbine is packaged for rapid deployment and can be installed in less than two weeks.
GE (www.GE.com) the world’s premier digital industrial company announced the order of a 200MW combined-cycle power plant to be operated by Amandi Energy Ltd in Aboadze, Ghana.
Noble Energy, Inc. announced that it has sanctioned the first phase of the Leviathan natural gas project offshore Israel, with first gas targeted for the end of 2019.
Wärtsilä will supply a 30 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant to CGGC UN Power in China. This will be the first gas-fired medium-speed engine power plant in China, marking the entry of a new technology in the market.
MHPS has received an order for natural-gas-fired gas turbine combined cycle power generation system equipment for Lamma Power Station Extension Unit 11 (output: 350 MW ) to be built in Hong Kong by The Hongkong Electric.
GE announced that it has been awarded contracts for the provision of eight Integrated Compressor Line (ICL) units up to 14MW to two European energy operators.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd has established a specialized Oil & Gas Division within Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), its Houston-based U.S. subsidiary.
FirstEnergy Corp announced it has entered into an agreement to sell four competitive natural gas generating plants in Pennsylvania and its competitive portion of a Virginia hydroelectric power station to a subsidiary of LS Power Equity Partners III, LP, of New York.
Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to a natural gas plant in the Middle East.
BP has sanctioned the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the United States, highlighting its long-term commitment to the country despite the current low oil price environment.
WBI Energy Midstream, LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc announced that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to sell its 50 percent non-operating ownership interest in the Pronghorn natural gas processing plant near Belfield, North Dakota.
Natural Chem Group (NCG) has acquired the ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico via a bidding process. The new owner has plans to re-purpose the facility into an Eco-Fuels Blend Terminal with the ability to produce 4.5 million gallons of B20 biodiesel each month.
In Nigeria, the government has released the guidelines for the $246 million in Green Bonds that it will invest in a wide range of renewable energy and agriculture including jatropha for both reforestation and for biofuel production.
Cielo Waste Solutions Corp is pleased to announce that it has signed a Commercial Purchase Agreement with XR Resources Inc. to purchase a property (the "Property") located in High River, Alberta, on which there is an existing bio-diesel refinery.
GE Oil & Gas has announced the expansion of its services facility in Egypt with an additional 2,000 square meter in the industrial free zone to now reach a total of 5,000 square meter.
DTE Energy announced it will purchase midstream natural gas assets in support of the company's strategy to continue to grow and earn competitive returns for shareholders.
Duke Energy has completed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas, closing the transaction effective today.Piedmont will retain its name and operate as a business unit of Duke Energy. Both companies are headquartered in Charlotte.
ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line have launched Gas4Sea, a new brand for their joint marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel around the world. Gas4Sea aims to lead innovation through the ship-to-ship supply of LNG for the maritime sector.
A Strong Partnership to Serve Clients Worldwide
In 2014, ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NYK concluded a framework agreement for a partnership to develop LNG bunkering services. By combining NYK's shipping expertise with ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corporation's LNG supply portfolio and terminal access under the brand Gas4Sea, the partners will offer a cleaner, reliable, safe, and cost-effective service to shipping customers worldwide. Through their proven experience in their respective businesses, they will be able to tailor their LNG supply chains to the customers' needs.
The partners will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, using a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) with a 5,000cm LNG capacity, the first of its kind in the market. Designed to adapt to the largest range of customers, it will be able to bunker vessels at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, as well as other nearby ports.
The partners will expand their LNG bunkering services under Gas4Sea to meet more customers' needs into other regions, in collaboration with stakeholders including shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, regional suppliers, and local governments and regulators.
Philip Olivier, CEO of ENGIE Global LNG, commented, "Continuing ENGIE's long history of innovation, we are proud to launch this first global LNG bunkering service together with our longstanding partners. In the general framework of energy transition, we believe LNG has a key role to play in developing a more sustainable shipping activity. In the coming months, we will start supplying United European Car Carriers' new dual fuel car carriers operating in the North Sea and Baltic Sea."
Jun Nishizawa, SVP and deputy COO of Mitsubishi Corporation's Natural Gas Business Division, commented, "At Mitsubishi Corporation, we continue to strive as a responsible energy supplier to contribute to the reduction of environmental impact leveraging on our half an century experience in LNG. We are at the juncture of achieving substantial emissions reductions in the maritime sector. Through our partnership with ENGIE and NYK, we hope to expedite shipping companies' transition to LNG by placing ourselves as a key piece in the global marine LNG supply chain."
Hitoshi Nagasawa, Senior Managing Corporate Officer of NYK Line, commented, "As a leading global shipping company, NYK is also striving to find reliable and environmentally sustainable solutions to help address society's need to reduce emissions. We believe that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is a key innovation in this search and through Gas4Sea, using the world's first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, we and our partners ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corporation will offer ship owners and operators the opportunity to participate in this innovation and further enhance our industry's ability to operate in a more environmentally responsible way."
LNG as a Marine Fuel
Compared with conventional oil-based fuels, the use of LNG significantly reduces emissions from engine exhaust, thus enabling ship operators to comply with increasingly stringent maritime emissions regulations.
The development of LNG bunkering is steadily progressing. LNG's proven safety record and widespread availability position LNG as a key alternative marine fuel.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy's transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of Euro69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).
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Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2016, the NYK Group was operating 821 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes and trucks.
The company's shipping fleet includes 377 bulk carriers, 119 car carriers, 99 containerships (including semi-containerships), 68 LNG carriers (including those owned by equity method affiliates), 68 tankers, 47 wood-chip carriers, one cruise ship, and 42 other ships (including multipurpose and project cargo vessels).
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Mitsubishi Corporation's Energy group aspires to make a valuable contribution to society through the provision of stable supplies of energy. Our business model seeks to cover areas ranging from upstream to downstream in the energy value chain. We explore for, develop and produce oil and gas, and have investments in 14 LNG projects worldwide and related businesses including LNG shipping (24 LNG carriers) and marketing.
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In summer 2016, a biogas plant of the German plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER went live in Varazdin, northern Croatia. The 250-kW plant of the pig farmer Dalibor Vrček perfectly suits the farm's cycle of food production, liquid manure utilisation and energy production in the form of power, heat and fertiliser. The slurry from a newly erected pigsty with 130 sows and 2800 porkers forms the basis for the energy production.
Even before joining the EU in 2013, Croatia had committed itself to the EU climate protection goals in order to establish the preconditions for obtaining subsidies for decentralised energy projects in rural areas. With these grants and fixed feed-in tariffs for green power, the Croatian government intends to increase the share of renewable energy by about 30 percent by 2030. The framework conditions for this are excellent, as Croatia has a generous supply of biomass. Biomass is one of the country's most important renewable energy sources. Thus, biogas plants can effectively contribute, not only to the utilisation of agricultural products, but also to the digestion of leftovers and waste from the food industry.
Pig Farm Uses Synergies to Generate Energy
Pig breeder Dalibor Vrček's family-managed farm also had ideal conditions for establishing a synergy of animal husbandry and biogas generation. In addition to the subsidy for the construction, the operator was able to base his investment decision on a fixed feed-in tariff of € 0.19 per kilowatt-hour of power fed in over the next 14 years. This income forms a solid basis for diversifying his business. "We expect a feed-in of two million kilowatt-hours a year. Thus, we have created a third solid pillar besides agriculture and feed production as well as pig fattening and direct marketing", says Vrček, commenting on the further economic and ecological development of his farm, which had been founded back in 1990.
The farm's infrastructure is highly suitable for the new business field. Before the pig slurry is pumped into the 1,716-m³ stainless-steel digester, it can be stored in an existing upstream slurry store. In view of the liquid manure share, a small 35-m³ input system is sufficient for transferring the solid substances, such as maize silage. The entire digestate is used as fertiliser on the farm's fields, which amount to more than 300 ha. The smart heat utilisation of the 250-kW CHP unit serves as an additional source of income, thereby contributing to the efficiency of the plant operation.
Tihomir Pajtak, who supervises the project on site as WELTEC BIOPOWER's sales partner, considers the development of the family operation as a trend-setting concept in Croatia, as the focus on biogas for heat and power production is on the rise throughout the country. "Currently, about 20 biomass and biogas plants with a total capacity of more than 21 MW are online – two figures that are bound to grow. Additional plants with a planned capacity of 67 MW have already been approved. The plant capacity is to be doubled within four years", explains Pajtak. Using reliable plant technology such as the solutions offered by WELTEC BIOPOWER, the southeast European country will easily reach the EU climate protection goals.
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EDF Energy Renewables has won a contract from National Grid to provide 49 MW of battery storage at its West Burton Combined Cycle Gas power station in Nottinghamshire. It will form part of a new [200 MW] enhanced frequency response system which will be deployed across the UK to balance the UK grid.