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Gastech, the leading and longest running exhibition and conference for the international gas, LNG (liquefied natural gas) and energy industries, has been discussing predictions for a rise and onset of upstream and technical advances in the marketplace – enhancing projects and bolstering efficiencies at this year’s OTC.

Taking place in Barcelona, Spain from 17-20 September 2018, Gastech attracted in excess of 1,000 extremely high quality abstracts in its recent call for papers campaign. The Gastech Governing Body met on 23 and 24 May in Barcelona to review and select the abstracts where 200 were finally agreed upon to be presented at this year’s conference.

The selection of the abstracts for the Gastech 2018 conference also coincided with the second edition of the Gastech Roadshow at which market diversification, monetisation and growth potentials were discussed.

Conversations from the Gastech roadshow and Governing Body meeting have placed strong emphasis on the need for industry collaboration, new strategies and technological advancements.” Said Director of the Gastech Governing Body, Gavin Sutcliffe.

“From these conversations and the abstracts selected for the Gastech 2018 conference, we are seeing strong developments across the upstream industry especially in leading innovation and efficiency as the energy industry moves to lower carbon strategies.”

The full strategic and technical conference programme for Gastech 2018 is hence expected to be released this week.

With such strong emphasis on the upstream sector and technologies being discussed at the Governing Body meeting and the Gastech Roadshow, the Gastech team has continued these discussions at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas from 30 April to 3 May.

After a successful two days, Gastech is continuing to exhibit on stand #1255. The team has already enjoyed meeting with key upstream industry partners and associates to learn more about their on-going developments and strategies and how these will impact the global gas, LNG and energy industries.

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Rolls-Royce will deliver two MTU Onsite Energy natural gas-fueled combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) trigeneration systems to Richmond University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in Staten Island, New York (USA).

The trigeneration project is being managed by Innovative Energy Strategies (IES) and is part of a multi-million dollar facility expansion adding a substantial increase in the center  capacity. As one of two Level I trauma centers on Staten Island, Richmond University Medical Center recognized the importance of alternative power supply solutions, especially after experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Stewart & Stevenson Power Products – Atlantic Division, an authorized MTU Onsite Energy distributor (part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) , won a competitive bid to customize, supply, and deliver the two-natural gasfueled CCHP trigeneration systems.

“After we evaluated the equipment, installation and maintenance requirements for the project, IES selected MTU because of the fuel conversion efficiency and the extended maintenance periods that significantly reduce the total cost of ownership,” said Marty

Borruso, principal at IES. “Another major factor was the ability of the MTU engines to operate on low pressure gas, this feature is desirable in densely populated urban areas like New York City.”

Rated at 1,500 kWe each and guaranteeing performance under high ambient conditions, the CCHP units will provide clean and efficient continuous power to the 114-year-old trauma center. The two 50,000-pound units will be housed in a former laundry facility adjacent to the hospital, which has been renovated to comply with sound attenuation rules and regulations. The units will quietly blend into the background sounds of what is a highly concentrated residential area and will be protected inside the structure from external conditions.

“MTU Onsite Energy is a long-time partner to critical care facilities like the Richmond University Medical Center,” said Christian Mueller, senior sales engineer at MTU Onsite Energy. “These kinds of facilities have a year-round, 24/7 uptime obligation to patients, and we keep that top-of-mind when developing cogeneration solutions. MTU Onsite Energy is proud to offer peace of mind with the promise of cooling, heating and power to trauma centers when they need it most.”

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Gastech the global exhibition and conference at the forefront of the international gas, LNG and energy industries, has announced its preliminary programme ahead of the conference taking place in Barcelona this September, 17-20.

Gastech was delighted to have received the Presidency of Honour from His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain that was further complemented by an official endorsement from the Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Daniel Navia Simon.

The conference and exhibition, which will be opened by senior representatives from the host consortia, will include four days of panel discussions and presentations from the industry’s key global leaders, addressing the most current gas and LNG issues, whilst also looking into 2019 and beyond.

The multi streamed programme features ministerial and global business dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions alongside 28 strategic sessions. The newly expanded technical conference, which includes 82 technical sessions, will address the complete value chain from exploration and production through to distribution. It will also highlight new technologies and industry developments.

Gastech conference director Jenny Kelly said: “Gastech has been held around the globe for the past 45 years and this is one of the strongest and most informative programmes to date. Speaking at the event will be some of the industry’s leading influencers and CEOs including Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, CEO, Qatar Petroleum, Luca de Meo, president, SEAT, Maarten Wetselaar, integrated gas and new energies director and member of the executive committee, Royal Dutch Shell, Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom, Lazlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency and Steven L Edwards, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Black & Veatch.”

“The programme will allow us to hear from government officials and industry bodies as well as looking into the financial aspects of gas and LNG. It will also look to answer some of the key questions raised around the future of gas.”

Gastech 2018 will be the most predominant global gas and LNG event, bringing together upstream, midstream and downstream professionals to convene and do business.

For the first time this year, Gastech will collaborate with the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), running an upstream/E&P zone in the exhibition as well as contributing to the technical conference stream.

The global professional organisation for geoscientists and engineers will share key insights into various topics including ‘reservoir surveillance technologies applied to gas field production, CO2 sequestration and underground gas storage’, ‘acoustic measurements and laboratory experiments’ and the ‘role of gas in the current energy transition and future energy landscape’.

Jenny added: “We are delighted to be collaborating with EAGE. The new partnership allows us to further strengthen our strategic and technical offering – providing a wealth of knowledge from EAGE’s expert members who are professionally involved in a range of engineering disciplines.”

“Alongside our co-location with GPEX 2018, we believe this collaboration will heighten Gastech’s reputation as the world’s leading gas, LNG and energy event and we look forward to a continued relationship with the professional body, EAGE.”

The event spans over 50,000sqm of exhibition space, showcasing over 700 international, regional and local exhibitors while gathering over 30,000 international professionals from across the global gas, LNG and energy industries. Over 3,500 delegates and 1,200 Ministers, government officials, presidents, managing directors, CEOs and chairmen will hear from 350 senior speakers from across all sectors of the industry.

Headline speakers have been released in the preliminary programme and organisers are currently seeking speakers for the strategic and technical conference. Industry professionals who are interested in presenting at the 2018 conference should submit their abstracts before 16 March 2018.

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Following its first roadshow in Madrid last year, Gastech 2018 is preparing to hit the road once again, this time gathering regional and international business leaders, government representatives and renowned influencers at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, April 24, to discuss the continued evolution of the growing gas and LNG market.

The one-day free to attend event, to be held at the same venue as the upcoming Gastech Exhibition and Conference, will allow global delegates to hear insights from major Spanish energy company Repsol, leading energy industry consultancy Wood Mackenzie, as well as key stakeholders and supporters KBR, Baker Botts LLP, Gaztransport & Technigaz -GTT Pte Ltd and Macquarie Bank.

This second roadshow event will also be held in conjunction with the Gastech Governing Body’s conference programme voting meeting, at which it is expected that the full conference programme for Gastech 2018 will be confirmed and released.

The roadshow will attract 150 attendees ahead of the Gastech Exhibition and Conference, which will be held in September 2018. The industry leading conference, which this year will share the same location with GPEX (Global Power & Energy Exhibition), the new hub for the international power and energy community, will see more than 1,200 ministers, government officials, presidents, CEOs, chairmen and managing directors among 3,500 global conference delegates.

Gastech governing body and programme director Gavin Sutcliffe explained: “The Gastech roadshow in Madrid was a fantastic introduction to the key issues, topics and trends that we will be discussing at Gastech in September, and our Barcelona roadshow on April 24 will build on that success.”

“We’re especially excited that this second roadshow will be in the same venue where Gastech 2018 will be held in September. It will enable delegates, exhibitors and speakers to become familiar with the site and give them a real buzz for what is to come. The roadshow will also allow them to network in a focussed and productive environment while benefitting from expert insight into growth opportunities”.

“Not only that, but we are delighted to be announcing the full Gastech conference programme and share the presentations that will be featured at the conference next September.”

Presenters at Gastech 2018 will discuss topics at the forefront of the evolving gas industry, including new market opportunities for traditional and non-traditional gas market players, the largest consumers of gas and LNG by 2040, and the impact of energy landscape fragments and new ‘disruptors’ (in the form of renewables and innovative technologies) on the future of gas and LNG.

The Gastech 2018 conference will include four days of panel discussions and presentations from the industry’s key global leaders, which will address the key challenges facing the industry and discuss the most important topics that will shape the future of the world’s gas, LNG and energy industries for decades to come.

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Sugimat makes progresses in its international expansion by developing an HTF boiler for Agua Prieta CSP plant in the state of Sonora, Mexico. It is one of the most important power plants in Latin America. Sugimat’s installation, is part of the combined cycle plant Agua Prieta II, a combined cycle with increased performance and operating in conjunction with a solar field. The plant is a pioneering project in the country promoted by Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

The installation, which uses DowTherm A heat transfer fluids and is capable of working up to 390 ºC, is integrated into the solar field production block and has been designed, manufactured and commissioned on a turnkey basis by Sugimat. It is a 6 MW HTF boiler that increases the performance of the combined cycle by 10 points and uses a natural gas burner with low NOx emissions. The CSP plant has a solar field of parabolic trough collectors of 14 MW and a natural gas combined cycle capable of producing up to 464,4 MW. Both are interconnected and form the first hybrid concentration solar power plant in Mexico, which provides an installed generation capacity of 394 MW to the country’s National Electric System.

Thanks to the use of natural gas as fuel, this hi-tech Integrated Solar Combined Cycle – ISCC plant will avoid more than 208,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year will cease to be released into the atmosphere, reducing the environmental impact.

The location of the plant in the state of Sonora has been a strategic decision. It is integrated in the “sun belt” and covers the area with the best solar radiation in the country, which makes it ideal for the operation of thermo-solar power plants.

The project, made by Abengoa, is financed by the World Bank, which through the United Nations Development Program, Global Environmental Facility, has allocated 200 million dollars to promote  thermo-solar technology in four countries, one of which is Mexico.

Source. Sugimat

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In December, the European Union granted 101.4 million euro ($126.1 million) to support the construction of the offshore LNG terminal on Krk island. It is designated an EU Project of Common Interest. Additionally, the Croatian government has declared the project of strategic importance to the region. This is significant as it gives the project priority and pushes for early completion.

The development of the offshore LNG terminal supports the key objectives of the Energy Union as it will promote further integration of the internal energy market and enhance security of supply. The terminal is set to secure the energy needs of the region and reduce dependence on Russian gas by securing new supplies for Central and South-Eastern countries.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy stated that “this investment will not only allow for the supply of natural gas to Croatia and Hungary; it will also increase the diversification of energy sources of Central and South-Eastern Europe and give an economic lift to the region.

LNG Croatia, the company developing the import terminal on Krk island, intends to implement the project in two phases. Firstly, the construction of a floating terminal followed by a land-based terminal. Yet Gasfin, a private provider of mid-scale LNG infrastructure, has stated that it can bypass the two-phase development and immediately begin work on an onshore production site. This pause in development has left everyone asking what will happen next.

The project is critical for the whole Central & Eastern European region. The two project leads are set the clarify their positions at the CEE Gas conference in Zagreb, in March. This is a unique opportunity to get insight into these fundamental developments.

Attend the CEE Gas Conference in Zagreb this March to see the debate between the heads of both Gasfin and LNG Croatia.

Source: dmg events

Gastech, the global exhibition and conference at the forefront of the international gas, LNG and energy industries, is delighted to have received the Presidency of Honour from His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain as the event arrives in Barcelona for its 30th edition.

The Presidency of Honour is complemented by an official endorsement from the Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Daniel Navia Simon. He quoted: “This major international event will welcome thousands of energy professionals to Spain and will serve as an opportunity to create and encourage dialogues and partnerships between the leading international stakeholders.”

These two endorsements stand as testament to the value of Gastech to the energy community. The conference is regarded as the most significant meeting place for upstream, midstream and downstream natural gas and LNG professionals to convene and do business. The 2018 event in Barcelona will bring these professionals together to exchange strategies for driving forward the ever-evolving gas industry.

With global gas demand forecast to surge by as much as 41 per cent over the next two decades, LNG demand is being put at the forefront of this new global ‘dash for gas’ as governments seek cleaner energy solutions to meet national demand.

The investment required in driving such expansion of the global gas and LNG industry could reach a dizzying US$9 trillion, according to Wood Mackenzie, with most of that to be invested in major new infrastructure.

Advances in technology, efficiency and market fluidity and the competitiveness of natural gas is set to drive more customers towards this ‘future friendly’, cheap and clean energy solution.

The exhibition will bring together over 700 global exhibiting companies and 30,000 visitors from across the up, mid and downstream gas, LNG and energy industries worldwide.

The conference at Gastech 2018 will also feature extended ministerial and global business leader dialogue setting the scene for far reaching discussion along with the closed-door VIP Programme, LNG Procurement & Trading Forum, Diversity in Energy Programme and Young Gastech. Ministerial sessions include ‘The increasing importance of Gas & LNG in delivering low-carbon, low-cost energy for growth economies’ and CEO panel sessions, ‘The role of gas as a transition fuel & beyond’ and ‘How can EPCs deliver new projects in low-cost, low-margin times?’

Nick Ornstien, Vice President Energy – UK, dmg Global Energy Events explains: “Gastech 2018 and its carefully selected programme will reflect the major strategic and technological developments taking place in the industry today.” The conference plans to address many other issues including the burgeoning trading sector, project financing and the interplay between gas and renewable energy in power generation. Gastech 2018 will also address project development, managing emissions, work skills transference, diversity in the workplace and project financial risk management.”

The Gastech Technical Conference has been significantly expanded this year to include upstream exploration and field development, through processing, pipelines and shipping to downstream petrochemicals and power generation. Spanning over 82 technical sessions, the technical conference will offer attendees the best business critical content spanning the entire value chain.

Organisers are currently seeking submissions for the strategic and technical conference. Industry professionals who are interested in presenting at the 2018 conference can now submit their abstracts online:
www.gastechevent.com/conference/speak-at-the-conference

Source: Gastech 2018

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EDP has signed a contract with General Electric (GE) to enable preventive and more optimized management of its water, natural gas and coal-based power generation assets throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

The five-year agreement supports the implementation of the Group’s digital strategy in asset management through a platform that will allow monitoring the performance of the equipment and anticipate potential events that may jeopardize the normal operation of the plants, optimizing their maintenance and operation costs.

The contract enables the use of artificial intelligence algorithms, which will evaluate in real time all energy production variables. The first phase of the project is already underway. This new agreement with GE will support the activity of a new monitoring and diagnostics centre for all these plants, currently in the process of being created.

“This agreement represents an important step in EDP’s Digital strategy, ensuring an even more efficient management of its plants in the Iberian Peninsula, at a time when technology is central to the future of companies and is transforming the energy sector,” states Rui Teixeira, EDP’s administrator.

This commitment marks a new era for the power generation business and comes at a time when EDP, despite already being heavily digitized, has clearly showed its willingness to be a leader on this front.

Recently, EDP X was launched, a cross-group-wide project aimed at speeding up digitization. Digital transformation affects the entire EDP value chain and has implications for the customer relationship, the operation of assets (such as energy production) and the way people work and interact with one another.

Although it involves technology, digitization is primarily a matter of people and most of the innovations in this new era are the result of co-operation between human and technological factors.

In July 2014, the Madrid Health Service announced a public tender for a Mixed-Purpose Contract for Supplies and Works to construct and manage a natural gas-fired thermal plant at the Hospital Universitario La Paz. The 15-year contract had a tender budget of almost €45m (ex. VAT) to supply power to cover the hospital complex’s energy demand for heating, DHW and steam. Four proposals were submitted, with the contract finally being awarded to the joint venture comprising Gas Natural Servicios SDG and Veolia Servicios Lecam.

The Hospital Universitario La Paz is one of the largest hospitals in terms of importance in the Autonomous Community of Madrid and an essential part of the public healthcare system. Consisting of four buildings that house the General Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Trauma Centre, the complex covers a surface area of 180,000 m2 and has a total of 1,328 beds.

 

Due to age (some 50 years) and the degree of wear and tear of its thermal installations, the Hospital Universitario La Paz was facing high energy and O&M costs in addition to: the risk of a lack of supply, with the resultant risk to the health and wellbeing of patients and workers., high environmental impact, due to the use of diesel. and an inability to handle increases in demand. Read more…

Mario Bonaut Prieto, Ana María Zafra, Gas Natural Fenosa
Raúl González Alcorlo, Veolia

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017

The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, inaugurated the first regasification terminal in Cartagena de Indias, executed by Sacyr Industrial, along with the president of Sacyr, Manuel Manrique. With an investment of $150 million, this terminal will help boost Colombian competitiveness and the development of the Caribbean coastal region.

The Sacyr Industrial contract, awarded by Sociedad Portuaria el Callao, which is partially formed by Colombiana Promigas, and the management companies of the Barranquilla and Candelaria power plants, will include the construction and commissioning of a liquefied natural gas import terminal with the capacity to handle 400 million cubic feet of liquefied gas per day, which, after being regasified, will be transported to Colombia’s national compressed gas distribution system, with a thermoelectric generation capacity of 2000 MW, equal to one fourth of Colombian consumption. The installation includes the LNG import terminal and the gas pipeline that will carry the imported gas from the bay of Cartagena de Indias to Colombia’s National System for Natural Gas distribution.

 

This regasification terminal, which meets sustainable development and environmental protection criteria, will provide a greater supply of natural gas, thus improving the reliability of the national electricity supply. Via a 10 kilometer pipeline, the imported gas will reach the National Distribution System at Mamonal; the liquefied gas is then received, stored and regasified in the floating vessel for subsequent shipment to thermoelectric agents.

This project, the first of its kind in Colombia, reinforces the strength of the Colombian Energy System and allows guaranteeing operational continuity at the five generation plants along the Colombian coast in order to satisfy the new energy demands of the area.

Source: Sacyr

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