Thursday, September 20, 2018

Energy Mix News

Acciona Gets DNV GL Certification

Image: DNV GL

Acciona Energia, the biggest global operator exclusively in renewable energies,  received the first ever prototype certificate for a grid-scale energy storage solution by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body. The handover of the certificate took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Windpower Conference in Chicago. To explore the possibilities of grid-scale storage…

Offshore Wind Market in Aberdeen

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The sight of offshore wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen symbolises a change in direction for the city, its energy mix and its offshore industry, says a press release by  UK Chamber of Shipping. Looking out to sea from Aberdeen, a gaggle of offshore wind turbines floats among the usual scattering of offshore support vessels waiting at anchor. Beside them waits an enormous wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), recognisable by its four upright jack-up legs, which are raised above the water while the ship is not in service.

Pope Warns Energy Bosses of Global Destruction without Fuel Shift

© andiz275 / Adobe Stock

Pope Francis warned that climate change risked destroying humanity on Saturday and called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe."Civilisation requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilisation," the pope told top oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican.Climate change was a challenge of "epochal proportions", he said, adding that the world needed an energy mix that combated pollution…

LNG to Benefit Philippines, Says ADB Energy Expert

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: PNA

The Philippines stands to benefit from introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to support power generation and making it part of its energy mix, the government's Philippine News Agency reported quoting  an energy sector expert for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Right now and the foreseeable future, natural gas and LNG is much cheaper today compared to two to three years ago, so there is a chance for the Philippines and for the countries in Asia to benefit from LNG and this is window of opportunity I think…

Serbia's First Large-scale Wind Farm to Start in October

Photo: Elicio NV

Belgian renewable energy firm Elicio NV said on Friday its 42 megawatt (MW) Alibunar wind farm in northern Serbia will start operating in October and help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The wind farm, which has 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is the first large-scale farm to connect on Serbia's grid.

Gas to Overtake Oil as Primary Energy Source by Mid-2030s

Photo: DNV GL

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of oil and gas sector leaders expect to increase or sustain spending on gas projects in 2018, as the sector prepares for gas to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in the mid-2030s. Confidence in the case for gas is growing, according to a survey by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the industry. The vast majority (86%) of the 813 senior industry professionals surveyed agree that gas - the…

REDEN Solar Enters the Portuguese Solar Market

Photo: Reden Solar

REDEN Solar, a solar IPP from France, has acquired several existing photovoltaic power plants in Portugal, representing a total capacity of 50 MW. The French Solar project developer also announced plans to develop new projects in the country in the coming years.The company, which already has a strong presence in France and Latin America, said it has chosen to continue its European development in Portugal, due to favorable economic prospects and the country's strong commitment to renewable energies.

Gas to Become World's Primary Energy Source by 2035

Image: DNV GL

Oil and gas will be crucial components of the world’s energy future, according to DNV GL’s forecast of the energy transition. While renewable energy will grow its share of the energy mix, oil and gas will account for 44% of world energy supply in 2050, compared to 53% today.Gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2034.DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook (ETO), a forecast that spans the global energy mix to 2050…

Bosnia Adopts Long-Term Energy Strategy Key to Unlocking EU Funds

Bosnia's central government adopted a long-term energy strategy on Wednesday after years of political wrangling between its two regions, paving the way for major funding from the European Union and other investors."With this act, we completed the adoption of a package of four most important strategies for economic reforms," said Bosnia's Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic."We stopped a negative trend that meant we could not apply for energy projects and lost hundreds of millions of euros of investments and grants…

In British Virgin Islands, Hurricane Whips up Green Energy Transition

© robert lerich / Adobe Stock

Nearly a year after Hurricane Irma knocked out power across the British Virgin Islands, electricity boss Leroy Abraham will be among the last residents to have their homes reconnected.But Abraham, general manager of the British overseas territory's electricity corporation (BVIEC), has barely had time to notice his own domestic outage."I was far too exhausted from giving everybody else electricity," said the 48-year-old, gazing at his two-storey house…

India's GAIL Turns to Spot and Short-term LNG Deals

© Igor Groshev / Adobe Stock

Indian gas utility GAIL (India) has switched its focus to short-term and spot deals for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet rising demand and hedge against price volatility, its chairman said.The move from longer-term deals comes as India builds infrastructure, including pipelines and import facilities, to raise the share of gas in its energy mix to 15 percent by 2030 from the current level of about 6.5 percent."Today the market is moving from long-term (deals) to short term and spot.

Coal to Become a Scarce Commodity?

file Image: An Asian coal berth (CREDIT: BMT)

The idea of coal as a scarce commodity seems somewhat preposterous given it remains one of the most abundant mineral resources on the planet, but the coming years may see a deficit in seaborne markets for the polluting fuel. The current debate surrounding coal is generally one of how long it will continue to play a role in the world's energy mix before it is replaced by cleaner alternatives, mainly renewables such as wind and solar.

Indian Oil Aims for LNG Import Capacity of 13.5 Mln T in 5 Years

State-owned Indian Oil Corp Ltd aims to have capacity to import about 13.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in five years, its head of business development said on Friday, helping India to gradually move to a gas-based economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government wants to raise the share of natural gas in India's energy mix to 15 percent in the next few years from about 6.5 percent now. "We hope to have 13-13.5 million tonnes in a phased manner in about five years," G.K. Satish said.

As China Faces Winter Gas Crunch, LNG Prices Soar

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: MISC)

In unusual move, LNG spot prices jump above oil-linked prices. China is hoovering up liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes worldwide, pushing spot prices for the fuel above those for oil-indexed cargoes, as energy providers scramble to avoid a looming winter supply crunch. China has moved millions of households from burning dirty coal to natural gas this year, pushing up import demand amid an already tightening overall Asian market. Most Asian LNG supplies are delivered under long-term contracts with prices linked to crude oil.

India's LNG Play Risks Eventual Shortages

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Fotmart)

India is planning to join the Asian rush to boost the use of natural gas over coal, a further sign that the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market will tighten faster than previously expected. India's state oil refiners Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum aim to raise the contribution of natural gas to between 5 percent and 15 percent of their incomes over the coming years, up from virtually zero currently. This…

GAIL Renegotiating U.S. LNG Supply Deals

File Image: An LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

Indian gas firm GAIL (India) Ltd is renegotiating its liquefied natural gas purchase deals with U.S.-based Cheniere Energy and Dominion Cove Point, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told lawmakers on Monday. GAIL has signed contracts for sourcing up to 5.8 million tonnes of LNG from the United States. "GAIL has held number of discussions with Cheniere Energy (Sabine Terminal) and Dominion Cove Point LNG LP (DCP Terminal), for re-negotiation of the contracts," Pradhan said, adding the latest discussions took place in November.

DNV GL Taps Oudman as Regional Manager

Ben Oudman (Photo: DNV GL)

As the global energy transition in the oil and gas industry marks significant changes to come, regional adaptions will pose a broad variation of challenges and opportunities. DNV GL – Oil & Gas has appointed Ben Oudman as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa to further strengthen the company’s efforts to help the industry overcome barriers to progress. DNV GL’s 2017 Energy Transition Outlook report shows that while the energy transition is well underway…

Vattenfall Wins Dutch 700 MW Offshore Wind Tender

© Dawid S Swierczek / Adobe Stock

Swedish utility Vattenfall has won the right to build a 700 megawatt (MW) subsidy-free wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday. The Netherlands' government is among the first to offer a so-called zero subsidy tender for wind power, in which only bids that required no government support could compete for the two 350 MW slots known as Hollandse Kust I and II. Vattenfall beat Norway's Statoil and Germany's Innogy in the tender.

Statoil's 2017 Renewables Spending in Line with Plans

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Norway's Statoil said on Friday its 2017 capital spending on new energy solutions, which include renewables, was between $500 million and $750 million, in line with its plans. Statoil began preparations for the construction of an offshore wind park off New York, but it will not start until 2023 at the earliest. At the end of 2017, Statoil had a net 290 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity, and around 190 MW under development.

LR to Class India’s First FSRU

Logo: Lloyd's Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) said it signed a contract to class the first ever floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) to be ordered for Indian waters.Due for delivery in December 2019, the new 180,000m³ FSRU will be built to LR’s Rules for the Classification of Offshore Units by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for SWAN LNG Pvt. Ltd. (SLPL). It will be stationed at Jafrabad port for 24h-hours-a-day operations…