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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).
About NYK Line
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).
About Mitsubishi Corporation and its Energy Business
Mitsubishi Corporation currently has seven Business Groups which develop operations in the diverse fields of Global Environment & Infrastructure Business Development; Industrial Finance, Logistics & Development; Energy; Metals; Machinery; Chemicals; and Living Essentials. In addition to these Business Groups, MC has also established its Business Service Group.
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.
About Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC; TSE: 8058) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, foods, and environmental business. MC's current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods. With over 200 bases of operations in approximately 80 countries worldwide and a network of over 500 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of nearly 60,000 people. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishicorp.com.
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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.
Innovative solution that improves the feasibility of land-fill gas and other CHPs.
ETW Energietechnik GmbH developed a new equipment that blends two gas streams of different qualities to fuel CHPs. This equipment precisely blends the two gases to a homogeneous fuel mixture and is indicated for landfills that struggle with shrinking heating values and volumes of biogas along their lifetime.
This shrinking heating value can be compensated by gradually enriching biogas with natural gas (NG). The blending is completely automatized and designed to consume the lowest possible amounts of NG. Almost any CHP can easily be upgraded.
There are several advantages for the operator. At startups the CHP receives the perfectly balanced fuel, preventing startup problems caused by low CH4 concentration.
That enables the operation of CHPs even with CH4 concentration lower than 30%,increasing its lifetime and availability, thus its economic feasibility. The CHP can beoperated independently from the land-fill gas supply.
- Petrofac Training Services has the reach to assist customers in developing their ability to respond to any disruption to their business operations.
As part of our Process Safety Management program, Nexen Energy ULC initiated an internal audit of our corporate pipeline integrity management system in early July 2015. This audit identified a number of non-compliances primarily related to documentation of maintenance activities.
Ray Riddoch, Nexen’s UK Managing Director (MD) and senior vice president Europe, has been appointed to the prestigious Board of Directors at Oil & Gas UK.
On Sunday, September 06, 2015, Nexen Energy ULC received an Amendment Order from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), which lifts the application of the Suspension Order to a portion of the pipelines at our Long Lake facility. As a result, Nexen is able to maintain approximately 75% of our Long Lake oil sands production and upgrader operations.
Nexen supports the educational achievement of youth in the communities where we operate. Since 2012, Nexen has offered a scholarship program to eligible high school graduates from Anzac and surrounding communities near our Long Lake oil sands facility.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Nexen Energy ULC received a second Amendment Order from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), which lifts the application of the Suspension Order to 10 additional pipelines at our Long Lake integrated oil sands and upgrader facility. On Sunday, September 6, Nexen received the first Amendment Order to the original Suspension Order from the AER, which allowed us to maintain approximately 75% of our Long Lake oil sands production and upgrader operations. With the second Amendment Order, Nexen is able to resume 100% of our operations.
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for August 2015 was 1,137, up 19 from the 1,118 counted in July 2015, and down 202 from the 1,339 counted in August 2014. The international offshore rig count for August 2015 was 270, up 6 from the 264 counted in July 2015, and down 45 from the 315 counted in August 2014.
Four talented engineers who are about to start their postgraduate studies have each received a prestigious Petrofac/Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship.
“David Clark is a true oil and gas professional with extensive experience in some of our most important markets”
José Formigli is extremely capable and knowledgeable and will provide invaluable advice in guiding our technological and strategic direction”
The world's first subsea gas compression system went on stream yesterday at the Statoil-operated Åsgard field. Aker Solutions has delivered the subsea compression system for this field development.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical), owner of the broadest portfolio of PPS products and compounds worldwide, has announced that its Xtel® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) alloy products will now be marketed under the Ryton® PPS brand name as XE or XK PPS alloys.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP’s (Chevron Phillips Chemical) Borger Plant in Borger, Texas is proud to announce it has been recertified as a Star Designation through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), a program launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1982 to promote effective worksite-based safety and health and to recognize sites for exemplary occupational safety and health performance.
Several Marathon Petroleum Corporation organizations took advantage of the warmer weather this year to do their part to support environmental stewardship within their local footprint and educate community members on environmental topics. This is the second in a four-part series highlighting ways MPC demonstrates its commitment to the world around us.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems, Ltd. (MHI-MS) and Hitachi Plant Construction, Ltd. (HPC) today announced that they have decided to integrate the precipitator businesses of MHI-MS and HPC and launch a new MHPS group company, which will be named as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Environmental Solutions, Ltd. (MHPS-ES). The preparatory company of the new enterprise has concluded agreements with each of MHI-MS and HPC, delineating the details of the new undertakings. MHPS-ES is to launch on October 1, with MHI-MS Director ShoichiOnishi assuming the post of president. The addition of precipitator systems to the MHPS group's current offerings of air quality control systems (AQCS) will complete theproduct lineup, thereby further strengthening the group's AQCS business.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Toho Gas Co., Ltd. have jointly developed a new 450-kilowatt (kW) gas cogeneration system. The new product will be launched into the Japanese market by both companies on April 1.
The company that raised the scuppered cruise-liner Costa Concordia, which was twice the weight of the Titanic when it hit rocks and foundered off the Italian coast in 2012, will explain how it was done at the 2015 Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 17-19 March in Houston.
Susan Green, deputy regional supervisor for field operations at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 17 - 19 March in Houston.