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Floating along nicely

According to research by trade association RenewableUK, the orderbook for global offshore floating wind projects currently stands at 54GW. The orderbook includes all possible projects, including those in early-stage development through to operational. Over half of the 54GW total is to be found in E..

Shell Moves Forward with Large Netherlands Biofuels Facility

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced that it has made a final investment decision regarding the construction of an 820,000 tons per year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which was previously referred to as the Pernis Refinery site. Once operational in 2024, this biofuels facility will one of the largest European facilities producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from a waste product feedstock.

Lukoil to Add Catalytic Cracking Unit to its Perm Refinery

Lukoil recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation to start the process of implementing a grassroots catalytic cracking project at the company’s existing Perm refinery site in the North Urals region of Russia. Lukoil is planning to move to a construction phase next with a planned startup in 2026.

Ust-Luga Gas Complex Picks Linde and RHI for EPC Duties

Gazprom recently announced that it had signed an EPC contract with a consortium comprised of Linde Engineering and Renaissance Heavy Industries (RHI) for work to be performed for a natural gas liquefaction plant at an upcoming gas processing complex developing near Ust-Luga. This significant venture will be operated by a joint venture of Gazprom and RusGazDobycha named RusKhimAlyans.

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.

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.

Axpo signs landmark PPA for Europe’s largest operational onshore wind farm in Romania

Axpo’s leading position in the Eastern European energy services market has been reinforced by the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with CEZ’s Fântânele-Cogealac-Gradina wind farm, part of Macquarie Asset Management’s energy portfolio in Romania.

Oil majors pile into Scottish offshore wind tender

Scotwind tender draws 74 bids amid strong competition for North Sea project rights

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

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.

Highfield Energy joint venture secrures E160m financing for Irish Solar PV duo

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Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the offshore production of green hydrogen

Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the production of green hydrogen thus confirming its commitment to support its clients in the energy transition. SUISO combines various renewable energy sources such as floating wind, floating solar and marine energy in a single system. The aim is to power, together or individually, electrolyzes installed on existing offshore platforms for the production of green hydrogen.

Shell Joins Aukra Hydrogen Hub

Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AS Norske Shell to explore opportunities to develop the Aukra Hydrogen Hub to a large-scale production facility for clean hydrogen using natural gas from the local gas processing plant at Nyhamna.

The World in Review

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

Masdar wins tender for 200 MW solar power project in Armenia

The Government of Armenia has officially selected Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, as the winning bidder for the tender for a utility-scale solar project. The Armenian Government had implemented an international tender following Masdar’s initial offer of $0,0299/kWh in December 2019. After a competitive process, Masdar submitted a final price of $0,0290/kWh.

Shell Starts up Europe’s Largest Electrolyser in Germany

Royal Dutch Shell announced on July 2nd that it has begun operations at the 10 megawatt polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) hydrogen electrolyser at the company’s Energy and Chemicals Park in Rheinland, Germany. Construction took approximately two years to complete and cost nearly 24 million dollars USD to complete.

Green Investment Group and Enso Energy form joint venture to develop large UK solar and battery portfolio

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Enso Energy have announced they are working together in a UK solar development joint venture. The partnership was established with the aim to create one of the UK’s largest subsidy-free solar and battery storage portfolios, which will deliver clean energy to communities and businesses across the country. GIG and Enso have identified an ambitious pipeline of projects which are currently in development and represent an initial 1 GW of capacity.

Upcoming Massive Amur Gas Plant Adds Second Train

Progress at the massive Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) continues its march towards full startup.

Consortium launches first green H2 project in Lithuania

Lithuanian gas transmission system operator Amber Grid, energy distribution operator ESO and company SG dujos Auto signed a cooperation agreement on development of hydrogen production via power-to-gas (P2G) technology.

Lightsource bp expands Spanish portfolio

Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, continues its rapid expansion across Europe with another project pipeline acquisition in Spain from Grupo Jorge’s energy arm totalling 703MW.

Iberdrola commissions the Ceclavín solar plant and reaches 1,000 MW operational photovoltaic capacity in Spain

To mark International Sun Day, which is observed to raise awareness of solar energy as a renewable energy source to drive the energy transition, in coexistence with biodiversity and the environment, Iberdrola has commissioned the 328-MW Ceclavín photovoltaic plant in Extremadura. The project is being commissioned following an investment of 250 million euros, which has given a significant boost to local employment. At peak times during the construction stage, more than 1,140 workers were employed on the project, 60 % of them from nearby towns and other places in Extremadura.

Repsol unveils Kappa, its first PV solar farm

Repsol's first PV solar farm, Kappa, has been officially opened today. Located in the town of Manzanares, in the central Spanish province of Ciudad Real, the farm represents an investment of €100 million and boasts a total installed capacity of 126.6 MW distributed across three plants. Two of these, Perseo Fotón I and Perseo Fotón II, are already operational, with a combined capacity of 90.5 MW. The third plant, Perseo Fotón III, is still under development. It will add another 36.1 MW when it comes online.

Construction starts on Sofia

RWE Renewables has started construction works on its large offshore North Sea windfarm.

Worley appointed for concept design of Ireland's first green H2 production facility

Worley has been appointed by energy company EI-H2 to help develop Ireland’s first commercial scale green hydrogen production facility.

Mocean Energy unveils Blue X wave energy prototype

Mocean Energy unveiled their Blue X wave energy prototype which will take to the seas in Orkney next month. The 20-metre long, 38-tonne wave machine has been fabricated wholly in Scotland and will be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Scapa Flow test site for sea trials initially, and then later deployed at EMEC’s large scale Billia Croo test site this summer. Next year, the wave pioneers plan to connect the device to a subsea battery which will be used to power a remotely operated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

Macquarie closes €90 million debt investment in Spanish CSP portfolio

Macquarie Asset Management has today announced a €90 million debt investment in a portfolio of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in southern Spain. The 120 MW capacity portfolio is comprised of the 20 MW Gemasolar tower plant, the world’s first solar plant to achieve 24-hour operations, and two 50 MW parabolic trough solar parks, Valle 1 and Valle 2. The portfolio, located in Andalusia, produces enough green energy to power the equivalent of more than 84,000 Spanish households and avoids 126,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

dCarbonx to expand subsurface H2 storage solution in Belfast

dCarbonX Ltd said its plans are advancing rapidly for the development of large and secure underground hydrogen storage in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a target to reduce carbon intensive natural gas usage.

Blue Elephant Energy and EnBW sign long-term power purchase agreements for PV projects in Spain

The Hamburg-based operator of solar and wind power plants Blue Elephant Energy AG (BEE) and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a 150-megawatt solar park project in the Spanish region of Andalusia. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any details about the economic terms of the electricity price, which has been fixed for 10 years.

First Train at Amur GPP Begins Operations

The ambitious Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) in the town of Svobodny in Amur Oblast, Russia has seen the commissioning of its first train on June 9th, 2021. This plant will have six trains in total when it sees full completion and operation in 2025.

Nord Stream 2 to Start Work on Filling Pipeline on Friday

Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas project will start preparations on Friday to fill the first of two pipelines with natural gas, the Gazprom-led project said on Thursday.