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Gas turbines and decarbonisation
18 January, 2023
The view from Finspång

Net electricity production down – IEA
17 January, 2023
The latest International Energy Agency ‘Monthly Electricity Statistics’ report, which includes October 2022 data, shows that for all OECD members total net electricity production amounted to 819.5 TWh in October 2022, down by 4.2% y-o-y compared to October 2021.

CO2 producers “must be forced to ‘take back’ carbon”
17 January, 2023
UK newspaper The Guardian reports that a group of leading scientists has published a paper insisting that fossil fuel companies should be forced to ‘take back’ the carbon dioxide emitted from their products, which would give them the direct responsibility for cleaning up the climate.

‘Vibrations’ delay start up of Vogtle 3 NPP
17 January, 2023
Georgia Power has delayed the start up of Vogtle Unit 3, the only nuclear unit presently under construction in the USA, after detecting vibrations related to cooling system piping, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Deepening rift between Green Party and climate movement in Germany
17 January, 2023
Online news agency Clean Energy Wire reports that the leadership of Germany’s Green Party has faced broad criticism from the climate movement for agreeing to the demolition of the village of Lützerath to expand a neighbouring mine, as part of a larger deal to exit coal in western Germany by 2030. Green politicians argue that bringing forward the coal phase-out in North Rhine-Westphalia to 2030 is a major climate success, but activists say that the village could have been saved, even when considering supply security in the energy crisis. Many are threatening to abandon support for the party, applying pressure on Green Party politicians to more seriously account for the demands of those who have backed the party until now.

Fontus and Verano to build a solar pipeline in Chile
17 January, 2023
Verano Energy, a prominent renewable energy developer in Latin America, has commenced construction of eight solar PV projects in Chile with a total capacity of 76 MWdc (59 MWac). Verano was selected by EnfraGen subsidiary, Fontus Renewables to carry out the EPC and O&M contracts, which is the largest third-party EPC contract for Verano.

MHI signs MoU to collaborate in ammonia co-firing studies
17 January, 2023
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in a feasibility study for the introduction of ammonia co-firing at a coal-fired thermal power plant operated by BLCP Power, an independent power producer in Thailand and a joint-venture (50:50) between Banpu Power Public Company and Electricity Generating Public Company (EGCO Group). The project aims to decarbonise the existing power plant, supporting Thailand in achieving its climate ambitions.

Major T&D order to transmit 4 GW of wind power
17 January, 2023
The German transmission system operator Amprion has awarded the contract to Siemens for two converter systems, each forming a grid connection capable of carrying 2GW, in what will be the world's first order for a 2 GW grid connection at sea. In total, up to four GW of green electricity from several offshore wind farms in the German North Sea could be transported to shore. The contract is worth a total of more than €4 billion including maintenance for ten years. The converter systems are being provided by Siemens Energy and Spanish company Dragados Offshore. For Siemens Energy it is the largest offshore grid connection order the company has received to date.

Adding CCS to CCGT
11 January, 2023
GE Gas Power has signed an MoU with Korea’s DL E&C and its subsidiary, CARBONCO, to jointly develop a roadmap for integrating post combustion carbon capture technology in GE-supplied natural gas fuelled combined cycle power plants in Asia and Oceania.

World coal consumption reached a new high in 2022
10 January, 2023
Global coal demand increased only marginally in 2022 but enough to push it to an all-time high amid the energy crisis, according to a new International Energy Agency report, which forecasts that the world’s coal consumption will remain at similar levels in the following years in the absence of stronger efforts to accelerate the transition to clean energy. Increase in coal use in Europe is expected to be temporary, with demand falling in advanced economies in the coming years but remaining robust in emerging Asian economies.

Vestas 15 MW prototype WTG produces first kWh
10 January, 2023
Vestas has finalised installation of its V236-15.0 MW offshore WTG prototype at the Østerild National test centre for large wind turbines in Western Jutland, Denmark. On 30 December the prototype produced its first kWh of power and will now undergo an extensive test and verification programme to ensure reliability before full type certification and serial production begins.

First LNG cargo arrives at Germany’s LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven
10 January, 2023
‪On 3 January Germany’s first full cargo of liquefied natural gas for the new Uniper-operated LNG terminal arrived in Wilhelmshaven. The LNG ship Maria Energy, owned by Tsakos Energy Navigation, was loaded in Calcasieu Pass, USA, at the liquefaction facility of the LNG supplier Venture Global Calcasieu Pass on 19 December.‬‬‬

South Dakota PUC issues permit for North Bend Wind Farm
10 January, 2023
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a siting and construction permit for the 200 MW North Bend Wind Project. North Bend Wind and PUC staff had filed a settlement stipulation with the commission on December 13 last year. The agreement specified 45 conditions that must be adhered to during the construction and operation of the project. Land and road restoration, shadow flicker, noise levels, ice detection and ice throw, decommissioning, and monitoring of grouse lek (the annual courting display by a huge gathering of male grouse) are all among the issues the conditions address.

Jacobs to plan dismantling of Soviet-era nuclear reactors
10 January, 2023
A consortium comprising Westinghouse Electric Spain, Jacobs, and the Lithuanian Energy Institute has been selected to plan dismantling and waste management at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Lithuania.

200 MWh BESS to support New Zealand’s energy transition
10 January, 2023
Saft, a subsidiary of French company TotalEnergies, has been awarded the contract by Meridian Energy to construct New Zealand’s first large-scale grid-connected battery energy storage system. Located at Ruakākā in the country’s North Island, the 100 MW, 200 MWh BESS is intended to improve the stability of the national grid, as renewable power generation increases in New Zealand. The BESS is the first stage of a project that will include the construction of a co-located 130 MW solar farm by Meridian Energy.

Germany’s power supply will survive coal and nuclear exit
10 January, 2023
Germany will not experience an electricity shortage as a result of an exit from coal and nuclear power generation if it rolls out renewables as planned, even if the country’s power consumption rises due to heat pumps, electric cars, and hydrogen electrolysers, says the country’s grid agency (BNetzA) in a preview of the period 2025 to 2031, according to a summary provided by the economy and climate ministry (BMWK).

Simply Blue and Marine Power Systems launch PelaFlex floating wind project
05 January, 2023
Marine Power Systems (MPS) is partnering with Simply Blue Group to develop a project proposal for the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round run by Crown Estate Scotland.

Energinet and Gasunie put backbone into H2 collaboration
04 January, 2023
European Hydrogen Backbone, what it might look like, illustrating the potential hydrogen connection between Denmark and Germany.

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