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Last 13 October, the conclusions of “The role of gas in decarbonising the economy” were presented in Madrid, a report drawn up by KPMG which can be downloaded from the Sedigas website. In the report, Sedigas and KPMG analyse the contribution of natural gas to emissions reduction and its role in the energy mix. The report confirms the need to use gas as a source of clean energy to achieve a low carbon economy at minimum cost; the 33% participation of gas in the primary energy mix that would help achieve a 4% additional reduction in GHG emissions, representing an annual saving of over €220m in the residential and tertiary sectors and improving the energy efficiency target by 22%.

In addition to enjoying efficient technologies, gas guarantees a secure supply in both Spain and in Europe, given its existing infrastructures. The high level of development of Spain’s gas infrastructure favours an increased presence of natural gas without compromising compliance with 2030 targets. As a result, natural gas plays a leading role in achieving a low carbon economy, in line with the EU’s 2030 objectives – targets that are in accordance with the agreements reached at the COP 21 in Paris.

In a baseline scenario, Spain’s forecasts for 2030 indicate the participation of natural gas in primary energy that in 2014 stood at 20%, increasing by seven points to achieve a share of 27%. Taking into account the characteristics of the Spanish gas system as regards the development of its infrastructures, this share could rise to almost 33%, achieving additional benefits (lower emissions and economic saving) without compromising 2030 objectives.Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

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The 29th edition of the Gas Forum which took place in Madrid last 6 and 7 October at the CNMC’s premises as part of the presidency of the European Union, discussed the need to assess the future of natural gas in Europe (up until 2030 and as from that date). Specifically, participants highlighted the need to start strategic discussions in the gas sector that address aspects including the impact of decarbonisation policies, developments in the electricity sector, the benefits of energy saving and the use of new technologies. Below is a summary of the main conclusions of this edition as contained in a document available on the European Commission website.

The Forum saw intensive debate on the issues regarding the foundations of natural gas supply and demand in the EU, both for the pre- and the post-2030 periods. Despite differences in modelling and assessments, the Forum agreed on the need to start strategic discussions on this matter. This discussion should be based on an in-depth assessment of the possible drivers and consequences of the respective scenarios on all levels of the EU gas sector value chain. These include the evolution of decarbonisation policies, developments in the electricity sector, improvements in energy efficiency, new technologies for example in the field of gas-to-power or green gas, and market developments.

 

The Forum welcomed the overall improvements in the EU market operation – as reflected in the ACER Market Monitoring Report 2015 which includes a health check on the wholesale gas market – but noted that in certain markets, this remains unsatisfactory. The Forum also took note of initiatives, such as CESEC and the implementation of the general Network Code, to address these shortcomings. The Forum confirmed the potential of LNG and storage in the context of diversification and the security of the supply, urging further scrutiny on a case-by-case basis to ensure the most efficient use of such an infrastructure.
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Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

Enagás, through its subsidiary Enagás Chile, has finalised the acquisition of 20% of the GNL Quintero regasification plant from the company Aprovisionadora Global de Energía (company spun off from Metrogas, the majority shareholder being Gas Natural Fenosa), for a total of 197 million dollars (approximately 175 million euros).

After the closure of this acquisition, Enagás Chile now has a direct holding in GNL Quintero of 40% and a 20.4% indirect stake through the company Terminal de Valparaíso. The share ownership of GNL Quintero is as follows: Enagás Chile, 40%; Terminal de Valparaíso, 40% (Enagás Chile, 51%, and Oman Oil Company, 49%); and the Chilean company ENAP, 20%.

 

With this increased stake for Enagás in the terminal, the company has reinforced its long term commitment towards Chile. For Enagás, the development and future growth of GNL Quintero is a priority, as it is a fundamental infrastructure for the security of energy supply in the country. The GNL Quintero regasification plant, situated in Quintero Bay, was the first LNG terminal in the southern hemisphere. It opened in 2009 and has been operating at full capacity since January 2011. It has a tanker docking facility, three storage tanks, three evaporators and a truck loading station. It is also planned to build a new 160,000 m3 LNG storage tank and to increase regasification capacity to 833,000 m3 (n)/h.

Source: Enagás

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Himoinsa has supplied generator sets to Transgaz, the national company responsible for gas transportation in Romania, through its distributor All Generating. The generator sets provide emergency power to the control centres in the handling stations, thereby preventing malfunctions in the electrical network from interrupting gas supply throughout the country.

Four HGP-100 T5 NG models have been supplied, equipped with PSI motors and powered by the natural gas that Transgaz transports through the gas pipelines to Romania and other nearby countries. The fact that the generator sets are powered with the same gas that they transport entails significant advantages for the Romanian company: it uses the resources that are already available in the installation and avoids having to store and provide an additional supply of diesel fuel.

The weather conditions in Romania have been essential for the choice of generator sets, which have to be prepared to work at temperatures below zero. In winter, the snowstorms sometimes interrupt electricity supply to the control centres of the gas stations. These centres are responsible for proper operation of the entire national transportation system. They regulate gas flow and control the compression stations to enable the gas to flow through the pipelines while compensating the pressure losses that are generated during transportation.

Source: Himoinsa

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Wärtsilä will supply a 23 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to PT. Berkah Kawasan Manyar Sejahtera (BKMS), the developer of an integrated industrial and port estate project in Java, Indonesia. The turn-key order includes three Wärtsilä 34DF multi-fuel engines running primarily on natural gas, with heavy fuel oil as the backup fuel. The plant is expected to be operational in summer 2017.

The power station will feed baseload energy to both industrial and residential consumers in one of the largest industrial parks in Gresik, located in East Java, Indonesia. The Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate (JIIPE), currently under construction, is expected to become attractive to foreign investors due to its enticing strategic location, deep sea port, infrastructure, and reliable energy supply. BKMS is a joint venture project between PT AKR Corporindo TBK., Indonesia’s leading logistics and supply chain provider for basic chemicals and energy, and Pelindo III, state owned port operator.

A recent governmental decision allows companies such as BKMS to construct power plants to supply energy independently to their consumers. As these plants are not connected to the national grid, reliability of supply is extremely important. The requisite for the customer is to guarantee an uninterrupted 24/7 supply of electricity to the estate tenants, which is the key to attracting new investors to the country.

The plant will contribute to Indonesia’s growing energy demand allowing many domestic companies to become globally competitive. The availability of reliable, flexible and cost-efficient source of energy, will help their production and logistic costs to be reduced.

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Through RIGSA, its local distributor, HIMOINSA has delivered six model HMW-510 T6 generator sets and five model HFW-340 T6 generator sets to Gas Natural Fenosa Servicios in Panama. These sets are needed to guarantee the supply of energy in the event of incidents in the distribution grid. The electricity company distributes electricity to more than six hundred thousand customers in 4 different regions of the Republic of Panama.

The eleven generator sets feature a DSE 8610 control unit and have been set up to work in parallel if necessary and to supply up to 5 MW of power. In addition, to meet the needs of the energy market in Panama, these sets can be reconfigured in different voltages in order to be able to run with different voltages depending on their location and the demand.

In many cases, these generator sets will be operating in urban areas, close to residential areas, so the high levels of soundproofing guaranteed by HIMOINSA were very much appreciated. The canopy of each unit is coated on the inside with class M0 volcanic rock wool, with a density of 145 kg/m3.

 

Source: HIMOINSA

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Reganosa´s terminal in Ferrol´s Port received today the ship Sestao Knutsen, with 138 000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG). This is the first shipment of fuel that comes to Spain from United States, and the second in Europe.

The new route open between Spain and the United States with the Sestao Knutsen´s arrival shows Ferrol Port´s Atlantic and energy vocation, and the change in the energy sector after the large US natural gas reserves exploitation. Ferrol is called to play an important role in the increasing flow of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will come to Europe from North America.

The Sestao Knutsen comes from the Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal (Louisiana), in operation since February 2016 managed by Cheniere Energy.

Cheniere estimates that the United States will become the third largest LNG supplier in 2020 with a production capacity of 60 million tons per year. Spain will be one of the main recipients of US fuel because is the European country with the best regasification network. The Atlantic orientation of Ferrol makes Reganosa´s terminal the ideal place to receive that flow.

Navantia and Reganosa, with Gas Natural, have an agreement to share their skills and serve together vessels requiring gassing up, cool down operations and reparation.

 

Source: Reganosa

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La turbina de gas SGT-800 de Siemens en el edificio de fabricación del taller de turbina de gas en Finspong, Suecia / The Siemens SGT-800 gas turbine in the manufacturing building of the gas turbine workshop in Finspong, Sweden

Siemens has received an order from Israel for the first time for the turnkey construction of two industrial combined cycle power plants. The two natural gas-fired power plants, Alon Tavor and Ramat Gabriel, are to be built in northern Israel. Alon Tavor will supply a creamery with electricity and process steam, while Ramat Gabriel will supply a fiber factory. The Israeli energy provider, RD Energy, is the customer for both power plants. Commissioning of the plants is scheduled for mid-2018.

Siemens will handle the turnkey construction of both plants and will supply one SGT-800 industrial gas turbine, one SST-300 industrial steam turbine as well as the SPPA-T3000 control system for each project. The industrial plants will each have an electrical capacity of 70 megawatts and feature steam extraction. Electricity will be fed into the Israeli power grid. The turbines will be manufactured in Finspong, Sweden and Brno, Czech Republic.

The Israeli power plant market offers enormous potential, and Siemens has a strong presence in the country,” says Shmuel Fledel, CEO of Siemens Israel and country division lead of the Power and Gas Division. “We are now supplying our first entirely combined cycle plants to an Israeli independent power producer. This is a good opportunity to establish ourselves in the country as a supplier of turnkey power plant solutions and services. The order will also make an important contribution toward Siemens’ targeted growth for industrial power plants.” Approximately 40 percent of Israel’s power generation capacity is already based on Siemens technology.

Source: Siemens

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The regasification plant in Dunkirk (France), a turnkey project carried out by TS LNG, a consortium comprising Techint Engineering & Construction and SENER engineering and technology group, received its first LNG carrier in the morning of July 8, thus initiating the installation’s commissioning phase. Its commercial operations are slated to begin in mid-September.

In 2011, TS LNG and Dunkerque LNG (a subsidiary of EDF) signed a turnkey contract to build the processing plant for the terminal. Since then, Techint E&C and SENER have worked together to build and launch a high-efficiency, high-performance plant. During its four and a half years of construction, the terminal achieved excellent health and safety ratios. In order to complete the construction work, TS LNG coordinated with consortia in charge of the LNG tanks and the tunnel that will collect the seawater to be used in the vaporization process.

Pablo Videla, Managing Director of Techint E&C EMEA Region, commented: “We are very satisfied to have completed such an important and strategic project for the entire gas market in Europe. It represents the consolidation of Techint’s leadership in the regasification terminals: Dunkirk, Gate in the Netherland, Polskie LNG in Poland, Costa Azul in Mexico. Our aim from day one was to make Dunkirk terminal a point of reference in the sector thanks to the use of state-of-the art technical solutions to ensure plant safety and to protect the environment. We have also won the most important challenge, that of guaranteeing very high safety standards for all the personnel working on site”.

The Dunkirk regasification plant is equipped with three 190,000 m3 storage tanks and it has an average natural gas production capacity of 13 BCMA (billion cubic meters per annum), with a maximum flow volume of 1.9 million m3 (n)/h (million cubic meters per hour). It has a berthing dock, unloading arms and pipes, storage tanks, regasification and gas emission systems, a Boil-Off Gas (BOG) recovery system, a flare stack, a seawater pump system for vaporization, auxiliary systems, and a complex with the buildings (offices, control and safety facilities, workshops, etc.) needed for operations.

Within the TS LNG consortium, Techint E&C and SENER have worked in close cooperation to develop all of the basic and detailed engineering, procurement all of the equipment, and perform the construction for the civil engineering, buildings, berthing dock, loading pipes and regasification processing plant.

The most demanding challenges TS LNG took on for this project included quality and safety criteria that were far beyond European requirements. Thus, TS LNG paid special attention to four primary aspects: safety, the environment, availability, and operational versatility.

 

Source: Sener

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Wärtsilä has signed a major contract to supply a 161 MW Flexicycle (combined cycle) power plant to Yamama Cement Company in Saudi Arabia. Wärtsilä will deliver a full EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) project. In addition to the EPC contract, a 5-year operation and maintenance management agreement and a 10-year spare parts supply agreement have also been signed.

The power plant includes ten 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and a steam turbine. The value of the order is approximately EUR 115 million. The contract was included in Wärtsilä’s order book in the first quarter of 2016. The contract announcement was delayed until June 2016 due to the finalisation of techno-commercial details and the operation and maintenance management agreement. The power plant will be delivered in four phases. The first part is estimated to be delivered by the end of 2017 and the complete plant is scheduled to be handed over during the second quarter of 2019. The delivery is aligned with the construction schedule of a new Yamama cement plant.

This is a dual-fuel power plant operating primarily on natural gas with light fuel oil and crude oil as back up fuels. This will be Wärtsilä’s first gas fired Flexicycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant will provide power to run the Yamama facility, which has a daily production capacity of 20,000 tonnes of cement. Because of the plants’ remote locations, most of the cement industry in Saudi Arabia is powered by captive power plants such as this one.

 

Source: Wärtsilä

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