Americas

Engie breaks into Peru

Siemens Gamesa has been selected by Engie to supply turbines at Peru’s largest windfarm. The 50-turbine, 260MW Punta Lomitas windfarm in the southern region of Ica will be Engie’s first venture into Peru, a project almost twice the size of the current largest windfarm, Enel Green Power’s 42-turbine,..

First Ever Commercial Scale Alkylation Unit Starts Up in Utah

Honeywell announced on the 13th of April that that the commissioning and start-up procedures for the ISOALKY process unit at Chevron’s Salt Lake City refinery have been completed. This process unit is the first of its kind in the world on a commercial scale and is being touted as a major innovation in this type of technology.

US targets 30 by 30

The Biden Administration has revealed new offshore wind aims, with the Commerce, Energy and Interior departments establishing a target of 30GW of offshore wind capacity in the US by 2030. This is the latest step in its comprehensive effort toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The Department..

Hydrogen – data telling a story

The Global Energy Infrastructure (GEI) team held a webcast earlier in March which looked at trends in traditional and new energy markets which reveals major trends in global energy markets.

Ørsted commences construction of largest onshore project to date

Ørsted announces final investment decision on the combined wind and solar PV project Helena Energy Center in South Texas and integrates the US trading team into the Onshore business.

On the road to net zero

The Global Wind Energy Council has released the 16th edition of its <i>Global Wind Report 2021</i>.

Brownsville loses some lustre

The Port of Brownsville in Texas has lost one of its three LNG export projects with the withdrawal of Annova LNG.

We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service announce another large-scale renewable energy project

We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group, are advancing plans for a new 325-megawatt (MW) solar and battery storage project. The Darien Solar Energy Center is the company's second proposed large-scale solar and battery project announced this year.

Annova LNG has chosen to cease development for its project in Brownsville, Texas

Annova LNG of Texas announced on March 22nd that it has immediately discontinued the development of its LNG export facility project in Brownsville, Texas. The company had been working towards a 6.5 million tons per annum facility in the Port of Brownsville.

Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex Charges Ahead

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex under construction near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta appears to be continuing towards its planned startup in 2022. Project operator Inter Pipeline recently rejected what it called a hostile takeover bid from Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP of Toronto.

Canadian Solar completes 61MWp solar portfolio sale in Japan and deepens partnership with Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar Inc. announced today that it has completed the sale of two operational projects totaling 61 MWp to Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund for JPY 30.6 billion (approximately US$283 million). To finance the acquisition of the 53 MWp Oita Hiji-machi and 8 MWp Miyagi Ogawara projects, CSIF recently completed an international public offering and raised over JPY 18 billion (US$166 million) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Canadian Solar participated in this transaction and continues to own approximately 15% of CSIF. Additionally, CSIF issued over JPY 19 billion (US$175 million) of long-term debt to maintain its capital structure. These transactions affirmed CSIF as one of the largest listed infrastructure funds in Japan with over JPY 80 billion (US$740 million) of operational solar assets under management.

YPFB to set up a $250 million Renewable Diesel Unit in Bolivia

The Bolivian government recently announced that it plans to invest in a $250 million renewable diesel to be placed at the state-owned Yacimiento Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) Guillermo Elder Bell refinery in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Calcasieu Pass LNG Ahead of Schedule in Louisiana

Venture Global LNG CEO Michael Sabel stated in early March that the 7th and 8th of a planned 18 liquefaction trains for its upcoming Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana are to be installed during the next few weeks. The 5th and 6th trains were installed just recently at the $4.5 billion site.

What technology is shaping the solar markets?

The Global Energy Infrastructure solar database is dominated by two types of technology: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV).

Longroad Energy acquires Arizona solar and storage portfolio

Longroad Energy Holdings (Longroad), a US-based renewable energy developer, owner, and operator, announced today the signing of the acquisition of Sun Streams 2, 4, and 5, which total approximately 900 MWdc in total solar capacity plus the potential for 1-2 GWh of battery storage. Longroad also closed the acquisition of Sun Streams 2. The closing of Sun Streams 4 and 5 is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The projects were purchased from First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR). Longroad will also power its Sun Streams portfolio with First Solar’s responsibly-produced solar technology and has exe-cuted purchase agreements for 900 MWdc of Series 6 modules, of which 700 MWdc represent new bookings for First Solar.

Texas Freeze Could Bolster a Growing Recovery with New Demand

A historic arctic freeze that quickly spread over the state of Texas has caused short-term ceases in production for several refineries.

Are all oil and gas majors onboard with the energy transition?

In recent months we have seen an interesting trend, it has become clear that the oil and gas majors have started to present themselves as Integrated Energy Company’s (IECs) rather than International Oil Company’s (IOCs).

Agreement Between Maire Tecnimont Group and Essential Energy USA Corp for a new renewable diesel biorefinery in South America

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its subsidiary NextChem and Essential Energy USA Corp. today have executed a Front-End Engineering Design contract as well as a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a new biorefinery in South America for the production of Renewable Diesel. Essential Energy USA Corp is one of the leading biofuels producers in South America.

ExxonMobil Plans to Complete its Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project by Year’s End

ExxonMobil recently reduced its capex figures for this year, but despite an expected reduction down to $16 billion to $19 billion it is pushing some projects forward. The company’s venture with SABIC for a large ethane cracker and its derivate units are now anticipated for a 2021 startup, rather than the previous expectations for 2022.

Two Total and Borealis led Petrochemical Ventures in Texas Expected for Startup in 2021 and 2022

Two planned petrochemical units led by a Total and OMV-owned Borealis joint venture have updated their expected start times in Texas.

Alaska Seeks to Build Natgas Pipeline from North Slope to Fairbanks

(Reuters) — Alaska wants to start on the first phase of the state's liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant and pipeline project by working with a private firm seeking to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Fairbanks.

Canada’s Come-by-Chance Refinery Seeing New Bids to Return as a Renewable Facility

According to recent reports, private firm Cresta Fund Management has placed an offer to purchase a majority stake in North Atlantic Refining LTD, who owns the presently idle 135,000 barrel per day Come-by-Chance refinery in Newfoundland. This refinery was one of the first sites in North America to shut in after the COVID-19 pandemic began to weaken demand.

U.S. Refiners Look Towards Renewable New Hopes

After seeing demand devastation in 2020 refiners in the United States are starting this year with new talk around the growth of renewable fuels to bolster their future in this ever-changing fuel scenario.

Limetree Bay Ventures Commences Refinery Startup Operations

Limetree Bay Ventures, LLC, a world-class refinery, terminal and logistics hub controlled by EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”), today announced that Limetree Bay Refining (“the Refinery”) has successfully resumed operations and begun production and commercial sales of refined products.

NextDecade Completes Evaluation of Galveston Bay LNG Site

NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade or the Company) (NASDAQ: NEXT) today announced that the Company has completed an evaluation of the Galveston Bay LNG site and determined that the site in Texas City is not suitable for development of an LNG facility and related infrastructure and utilities.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

(AP) — Michigan's environmental agency said it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Darling and Valero’s Diamond Green Diesel Set to Begin Construction in Texas

Valero recently stated that it has approved construction at its 50/50 joint venture project with Darling known as the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) renewable diesel project to be built onsite at Valero’s Port Arthur, Texas refinery complex.

CVR Energy Chooses Haldor Topsoe Technology for its Wynnewood Refinery Conversion

CVR Energy recently announced that it will convert its traditional refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma over to a renewable diesel facility with Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology in place. Haldor Topsoe has been contracted to provide basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment and catalysts.

Agua Blanca Pipeline Expansion in Service Ahead of Schedule

WhiteWater Midstream announced that the Agua Blanca pipeline system expansion has entered commercial service.

Gas Projects in the U.S. Face Increasing Opposition in 2021

As 2021 began, a few projects in the United States quickly faced delays and challenges to their progress.