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Siemens to erect turnkey combined-cycle power plant in Turkey

Siemens has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Bandirma II combined-cycle (gas and steam) power plant (CCPP) in Turkey.

The purchaser is Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON. Following the Samsun project, which is currently under construction, Bandirma II will be the second power plant in Turkey to be powered by an SGT5-8000H gas turbine, marking the sale of 28 of this model of gas turbine by Siemens worldwide.
These gas turbines, which have proven themselves in commercial operation since 2011, have now clocked up approximately 50,000 equivalent operating hours at an availability of more than 97%. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, this plant will have an installed capacity of around 600 megawatts (MW) and an efficiency of over 60%.

The natural-gas-fired CCPP Bandirma II will be built on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, near the city of Bandirma in the Balikesir province.

Rainer Hauenschild, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, said: “We are very excited about working together with Enerjisa. As a manufacturer of turnkey installations, our customers profit from our expertise in ideally integrating mechanical, electrical and chemical processes optimally with our products in fossil-fired power plants. Therefore we can fulfill the needs of our customers at best.

“In this project, too, we will live up to our very high claim concerning quality and safety in project engineering and execution and during the construction and installation phase.”

The dynamic power plant market in Turkey calls for flexible and eco-friendly power generation facilities that are cost-efficient at the same time, so that they are right at the top in the merit order. The Bandirma II combined-cycle power plant is of single-shaft design. Such plants are highly flexible and can be run up to full power in only 30 minutes. With load ramping of gradients of up to 50 MW per minute, they also respond very quickly to fluctuations in power demand and so can help to stabilize the grid.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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Growth in global energy consumption underlines the need for unconventional gas

With worldwide energy consumption projected to surge by approximately 50% in just two decades, there has been growing urgency for unconventional solutions in the gas sector – particularly in Gulf countries like Oman, where hydrocarbons make up 86% of government revenues and fuel economic growth.

While the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA region) holds 40% of the world’s proven gas reserves, it only accounts for 15% of global gas production, indicating the massive untapped potential. In order to tackle the evolving challenges, opportunities and trends in the global gas sector, Knowledge Expansion – a leading regional oil and gas knowledge transfer consultancy – is organising the International Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition (IUGCE), from 20-22 January 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace, Muscat in Oman. Oman is an ideal host, being the Middle East’s largest oil and gas producer that is not a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The high profile event will be chaired by His Excellency Salim bin Said Al Aufi, undersecretary for Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas. As a platform for futuristic ideas that will shape gas exploration and production, the event will attract influential decision makers, thought leaders and stakeholders in the global industry to maximise the potential of unconventional gas. This refers to gas that requires higher than industry-standard levels of technology or investment to extract.

The high-powered line-up of international speakers includes Mr Raoul Restucci – Managing Director of PDO; Mr Jerome Ferrier – President of the International Gas Union (IGU); Mr Menahi Al Anzi – Deputy CEO: Exploration & Gas for KOC; and Mr David Dalton – Middle East Regional President for BP.

Considering the growing demand for gas – driven by the recovering global economy and population growth – the Middle East is seeking to strengthen its position at the forefront of the gas sector by diversifying from conventional gas reserves to its largely untapped unconventional gas reserves. However the major challenge is that unconventional gas types like tight gas and shale gas require much more advanced technologies and expertise.

While the region’s existing conventional gas fields remain highly productive, Gulf governments have opted for a proactive approach by exploring alternative solutions rather than waiting for conventional gas production to peak or dwindle. Tight gas exploration and appraisals in countries like the Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt and Libya have increased and are expected to gain momentum with time. This will ultimately strengthen energy security, unlocking new economical energy sources.

Commenting on the upcoming conference, Mr Rafeeq Kunhi, Director at Knowledge Expansion elaborated: “On one hand the region has enormous potential in unconventional gas, but on the other hand we have pinpointed a technological and knowledge gap in this field. Therefore we have organised this high profile platform where some of the world’s most respected experts will converge to empower regional experts through knowledge transfer. This will greatly enrich the region’s knowledge reservoir, boosting long-term sustainability and positioning the region at the forefront of the world’s unconventional gas sector.”

Among other highlights at this year’s conference, international experts will share emerging findings from groundbreaking research, success stories and lessons learned from international developments.

The event will identify, explore and showcase untapped opportunities for oil and gas companies to transfer skills and knowledge, thereby taking advantage of developments planned in the Middle East and further afield. Key discussion areas include the elements of success for an Unconventional Gas Development; Sustainability and Technology in this sector.

In addition to generous support from Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas and PDO, the event is supported by OPAL (Oman Society for Petroleum Services). The sponsors include Baker Hughes, Weatherford, BP, Shell, STS, Packers Plus, CC Energy and Petrogas E&P.



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Siemens new order for H-class power plant

• Two power islands with H-class gas turbines for Patriot power plant in Pennsylvania
• Installed electrical generating capacity of 829 MW
• Order volume, including long-term maintenance amounts to USD 400 million
• Total of 27 H-class gas turbines sold worldwide

Siemens Energy has received an order to supply two integrated power islands fitted with H-class gas turbines for the Patriot combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in Pennsylvania. It will have a generating capacity of 829 megawatts (MW) in combined-cycle duty. This is the second project awarded by Panda Power Funds in Pennsylvania following the Liberty order announced in August of 2013. The complete power plant is to be erected by Gemma-Lane Patriot Partners, a leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor in the U.S.A. The order volume for Siemens, including a long-term maintenance and service contract, is approximately USD 400 million. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for 2016. This order marks the 27th H-class gas turbines sold by Siemens worldwide.

Patriot CCPP, which will fire local shale gas, is to be erected in Clinton Township in Lycoming County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Like its sister plant Liberty CCPP, Patriot will also be comprised of two power islands, both designed as single-shaft configurations, meaning that the gas turbine and steam turbine are arranged on one shaft and drive the same generator. Single-shaft units offer economic advantages thanks to their low investment costs, excellent efficiency and a high degree of flexibility during operation. Patriot and Liberty power stations will be able to supply up to two million homes with clean power.

Siemens will supply two integrated power islands for the plant, each consisting of one SGT6-8000H gas turbine, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, one hydrogen-cooled SGen6-2000H generator, and one heat recovery steam generator, along with the complete electrical system and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system. In addition, Siemens will provide maintenance and service for the main components associated with the gas turbine under a long term service program. Parts, inspections, and scheduled service/maintenance, along with Siemens’ Power Diagnostics™ remote monitoring and diagnostics, are included in the comprehensive service agreement.

“When they are completed, the Patriot and Liberty power plants will be two of the most technologically advanced modern power plants on the East Coast,” said Martin Tartibi, Head of the Business Unit Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions Americas at Siemens Energy’s Power Generation Division. “Our H-class gas turbines mean that Pennsylvanians will have a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly electric power supply for many years to come.”

“This is the fifth time in 17 months that Panda has chosen to use Siemens’ advanced technology for our power projects,” said Todd Carter, senior partner and president of Panda Power Funds. “We continue to be impressed with their market solutions, technological capabilities and service.”

The gas turbines and generators will be fabricated at Siemens manufacturing plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. As with other recently closed Panda projects, the US affiliate of Siemens Financial Services (SFS) is funding a loan of USD 75 million for the Patriot power plant project. SFS’s involvement demonstrates confidence in both Panda Power Funds and the Siemens technology utilized for the project.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

It was also announced on Friday that Siemens Energy has been awarded a long-term agreement to perform service and maintenance at the 450 MW Sino Iron power station located at Cape Preston in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The service contract signed is Siemens’ largest service order ever for the company’s SGT-800 gas turbine. The customer is CITIC Pacific Mining Management Pty Ltd, which operates the power station within the Sino Iron project.

The 10-year contract includes preventative maintenance, remote monitoring, parts supply, and field service and will help to ensure predictable reliability and maintenance costs for the seven SGT-800 units operating at the Sino Iron power station. The power station provides the electricity needed to power the largest magnetite iron ore mining and processing operation in Australia.

Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy Service Division said, “As Siemens’ largest service contract ever for our SGT-800 gas turbine business, this 10-year LTP agreement furthers our growth as a major service provider for oil and gas applications. Australia is a key market for Siemens and we are proud to have been selected to provide service for this unique and important facility.”

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BGreen Award winner signs new green gas deal

Interface, named BGreen Award  Most Sustainable Large Company 2013 last month has revealed details of its latest move to cut greenhouse emissions.

Interface, which won for its work making carpet tiles from recycled fishing nets, has announced it will be  using 100% sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands, from January 1.

The carpet tile manufacturer has signed a contract with sustainable energy supplier Eneco to supply gas produced using certified ‘green’ waste from the food industry, provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.

Interface is already using green energy across its European manufacturing sites and the decision to use sustainable gas forms part of the company’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal.  As a result of this contract, Interface will receive all of its gas via Eneco.

Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations at Interface Europe, said: “We are excited about our partnership with A. van de Groep and Eneco.  The transition to sustainable gas is the next logical step on our journey towards ‘Mission Zero’ – our goal to become a truly sustainable company and have zero impact on the environment by 2020.

“By using a combination of green energy and biogas, our European headquarters and our factory in Scherpenzeel will become almost CO2 neutral and waste, in this case from the food and fish industries, will be used in a way that benefits business.”

Barth de Klerk, Director at Eneco Business, said: “Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ goal fits seamlessly with our mission at Eneco, to provide everyone in the Netherlands with sustainably produced energy.

“By feeding the biogas that is being produced by A. van de Groep to our grid, we can supply Interface with sustainable gas.  It is wonderful that through this project all businesses involved can fulfill aspects of their corporate social responsibility.”

BGreen Awards 2013 Most Sustainable Large Corporation: Interface

BGreen Awards 2013 All the winners


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New greenhouse gas 7,000 times worse than carbon dioxide

Canadian scientists have discovered a new greenhouse gas than warms the earth more than 7,000 times faster than carbon dioxide.

The  gas is called perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), which has been has beenused by the electrical industry for more than 60 years and major electrical producers are expected to be examining the fine detail of the report in an effort to understand its impact on their businesses.

Researchers at the University of Toronto say the man-made chemical “breaks all records for potential impacts on the climate” in a new report.

The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, describes how the compound’s long lifespan could affect global warming.

“PFTBA is extremely long-lived in the atmosphere and it has a very high radiative efficiency. The result of this is a very high global warming potential. Calculated over a 100-year timeframe, a single molecule of PFTBA has the equivalent climate impact as 7,100 molecules of CO2,”  said Angela Hong, one of the co-authors.

The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found PFTBA was 7,100 times more powerful at warming the Earth over a 100-year time span than CO2.

Concentrations of PFTBA in the atmosphere are low – 0.18 parts per trillion in the Toronto area – compared to 400 parts per million for carbon dioxide. So PFTBA does not in any way displace the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal as the main drivers of climate change.

“PFTBA is just one example of an industrial chemical that is produced, but there are no policies that control its production, use or emission,” Hong said. “It is not being regulated by any type of climate policy.

“From a climate change perspective, individually, PFTBA’s atmospheric concentration does not significantly alert the phenomenon of climate change,” Hong said. “Still the biggest culprit is CO2 from fossil fuel emissions.”

Toronot researchers estimated PFTBA remains in the atmosphere for about 500 years, and unlike carbon dioxide, that is taken up by forests and oceans, there are no known way for the earth to absorb it.

“It is so much less than carbon dioxide, but the important thing is on a per molecule basis, it is very, very effective in interacting with heat from the Earth,” she said. “Individually each molecule is able to affect the climate potentially and because its lifetime is so long it also has a long-lasting effect.”

Hong said the discovery of PFTBA and its warming potential raises questions about the climate impacts of other chemicals used in industrial processes.

PFTBA is used in electrical equipment, such as transistors and capacitors though researchers said it was unclear how widespread its use was today.

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Telecom operator reveals its official carbon emissions

Emirates telecom giant du has revealed details of its first ever Green House Gas (GHG) in collaboration with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). The report is an effort by du to formalise and document its carbon footprint by an independent third party. This has allowed du, to measure its environmental impacts and drive their environmental strategy towards carbon abatement activities that supports the UAE’s “Green Economy Strategy”.

“We are committed to achieving a greener future for our company, community and country, in line with the vision of our leadership for a green economy,” said Abdulhadi Alalyak, Vice President – Asset Management and Corporate Administration, du. “Our current carbon abatement strategies already in place such as our solar panels and hybrid power systems have significantly contributed in the reduction efforts. Going ahead, we intend to make this an annual exercise. The report will act as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to inform, educate and encourage proactive actions and promote our sustainability efforts.

The evaluation and analysis of du’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions throughout 2012 was reported on the three parameters as defined by Green House Gas Protocol, with a total emission baseline for the year calculated as 248,553 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This represents approximately 0.5% of Dubai’s emissions and 0.12% of the UAE’s total emissions.

The detailed analysis had reviewed the different activities and their emissions across du’s technology and commercial controlled assets located within the 7 emiratesAs per the report, Scope 2 emission such as electricity, used in du’s base transceiver station shelters and data centres represent the majority of du’s total emissions of 89%.  Scope 1 emissions, such as those from internal combustion from du’s fleet, diesel generators and emissions of refrigerants, contribute to 11% of the total emissions.

More details about du’s sustainability efforts can be found in the company’s 2012 Sustainable Development report: http://www.du.ae/en/about/sustainability

du opened for business in 2006 offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. It also provides carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters and has 6.8 million customers. du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.


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