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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:

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

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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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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

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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.



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