Americas

Vineyard Wind 1 Becomes the First Commercial Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the US to Achieve Financial Close

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), today announced that the company’s first project has achieved financial close.

Calumet Awards EPC Contract to Burns & McDonnell for Renewable Diesel Project

Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana has brought on Burns & McDonnell to serve as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor for an upcoming renewable diesel reconfiguration project at the Great Falls facility in Montana. This project is being fast tracked with the intention of starting up new production in the first half of 2022.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 1

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database. Forty-one new projects were added to our database in the last four weeks across green, turquoise, blue and transportation hydrogen all are currently planned or proposed.

U.S. Offshore Enjoys Growth Spurt

According to the Department of Energy (DoE), the orderbook for US offshore wind capacity has increased 24% in the last 12 months to a potential generating capacity of 35GW.

LNG Projects Aim to Shrug Off Challenging Year

Progress has been slow on both the liquefaction and regasification sides over the past 12 months, but numerous new developments are planned.

ExxonMobil and SABIC’s GCGV Complex Due to Start by the end of 2021

ExxonMobil and SABIC’s joint venture project named the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures complex is currently going through its commissioning phase for a planned startup in the final quarter of 2021, according to the plant’s manager, Paul Fritsch. The $7.3 billion dollar project has been working to reach this updated pace throughout much of the year, after having been previously expected in 2023.

Texas Refinery Turns to Blue Hydrogen

The Javelina Refinery operated by Howard Midstream Energy Partners (HEP) in Corpus Christi is set to become the first carbon-neutral hydrogen production site in south Texas.

Sunshine Petrochemical Project in Louisiana Faces Further Delays

The United States Army has ordered a full environmental review of the already delayed Sunshine Project in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The $9.4 billion-dollar petrochemical facility has designs for multiple phases and has faced environmental group pressures for some time.

Shut in Wyoming Refinery to Return as Renewables Plant

Slate Refining LLC of Wyoming and Starwood Energy of Connecticut have announced their partnership agreement for the purpose of reconfiguring Slate’s dormant refinery in Douglas, Wyoming into a renewable fuel facility.

PBF Energy Progresses Renewable Project in Louisiana

PBF Energy recently announced that it was in preliminary discussions with Honeywell UOP for licensing technology at its proposed renewable diesel project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana. PBF is hoping to make a final investment decision on the potential project over the next few months.

Avangrid Sees Hydrogen Future

Avangrid, Inc. the sustainable energy company that is part of Iberdola, released some details on how it intends to expand into the hydrogen sector.

CVR Energy Delays Renewable Diesel Project Due to Feedstock Price Hike

CVR Energy of Texas recently announced that it was delaying the completion of a renewable diesel unit under construction at the company’s Wynnewood, Oklahoma facility. High feedstock prices were given as the reason for the project pause.

Tellurian and Shell Sign Agreements for 3 mtpa

Tellurian Inc. announced today it has finalized liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) with Shell NA LNG.

Inter Pipeline and Pembina Terminates Takeover Offer, Heartland Petrochemical Complex Continues Pace

Inter Pipeline of Calgary announced in late July that its board of directors would not be reconfirming an $6.7 billion takeover offer from Pembina Pipeline Corporation. This arrangement agreement has indeed been terminated.

Sempra LNG And PGNiG Sign MOU For LNG Capacity From North American LNG Portfolio

Companies to collaborate to transition prior 2 Mtpa LNG SPA with Port Arthur LNG to Sempra LNG's portfolio of projects Sempra LNG and PGNiG to work toward development of GHG reporting and mitigation agreements for LNG cargoes

ExxonMobil and SABIC Mechanically Completes Gulf Coast Petrochemical Project

ExxonMobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, also known as SABIC, jointly announced this week that their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) project near Corpus Christi, Texas has officially reached mechanical completion status. The partners stated that this success will put startup ahead of schedule and intended by the end of the year.

Shell has Eyes on More Hydrogen and CCS projects

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has set a goal to cut the carbon intensity of its emissions by 20 percent by 2030 and 45 percent in 2035 before reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

A First Nation First?

The Nisga’a Nation, Rockies LNG Partners and Western LNG have announced the filing of the Initial Project Description for the Ksi Lisims LNG project with the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada.

Motiva Ceases Plans for Multibillion Dollar Petrochemical Expansion in Texas

Saudi Aramco owned Motiva Enterprises LLC has reportedly suspended its plans to implement petrochemical operations at its 630,000 barrel per day refinery complex in Port Arthur, Texas. Saudi Aramco has been reviewing this plan since last September as the company has been deliberating on increasing its oil and natural gas production instead.

AVANGRID Poised to Build Green Hydrogen Future

AVANGRID, Inc., a leading sustainable energy company, announced today that it has submitted multiple responses as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Request for Information (RFI) on ways to enable low-cost clean hydrogen at scale, outlining green hydrogen concepts for Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon and the Gulf Coast.

The World in Review

BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy was launched virtually by Chief Economist Spencer Dale on 8 July.

PBF Energy’s Renewable Diesel Project Wins Local Support in Louisiana

The developing renewable diesel unit at PBF Energy’s long-running refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana was recently bolstered by a tax exemption approval.

First Garbage to Zero Carbon Fuels Plant Completes Construction

Fulcrum BioEnergy of California announced on July 7th that it has indeed completed the construction work on its Sierra Biofuels Plant in Nevada. The company stated that this is the world’s first commercial scale plant that allows conversion of garbage into low-cost, zero-carbon transportation fuels.

BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore Virginia

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to creating nearly 80,000 jobs through the development 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Senator Tim Kaine today to announce that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be conducting an environmental review for a potential wind project offshore Virginia Beach.

Ørsted awarded 1,148 MW offshore wind contract in New Jersey, fully utilizing its Ocean Wind lease area

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has issued an order awarding Ocean Wind 2 a 20-year OREC (Offshore Renewable Energy Certificate) for its proposed offshore wind farm with a capacity of 1,148 MW.

Petrobras Starts Bidding Plans for New Diesel Hydrotreatment Unit

In late June 2021, Petrobras announced that it has begun an international bidding process regarding engineering, procurement, and construction duties required for a planned newbuild diesel hydrotreatment unit and associated required systems at the company’s long standing and Paulinia refinery (also known as REPLAN) near Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Renewable Diesel Project Picks up Support in Louisiana

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and PBF Chalmette Refinery Manager Steven Krynski recently jointly announced that the concept of a renewable refinery conversion from an idled refinery unit at the Chalmette complex has begun the study process of progressing this renewable project.

ACCIONA begins construction on first Solar PV Farm in US

ACCIONA has begun construction of the 317MWp Fort Bend Solar Farm outside Houston (Texas), its first photovoltaic plant in the United States. The project aims to kick off a period of rapid growth for ACCIONA, which plans to double its renewable energy capacity in the US with the addition of more than 1.2GW MW of solar photovoltaic energy by the end of 2023.

Navigator Plans for 1,200-Mile Carbon Capture Pipeline System

Navigator CO2 Ventures’ planned 1,200-mile carbon capture pipeline system across the U.S. Midwest should prevent up to 12 million metric tons of hydrocarbon from being released into the atmosphere each year.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Greengate Power announce construction of Travers Solar

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Greengate Power Corporation (Greengate) are pleased to announce that construction has begun on Travers Solar, the largest solar photovoltaic project ever constructed in Canada. Travers Solar represents CIP’s first investment in Canada and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.