Europe

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.

NextChem wins FEED Contract for TotalEnergies’ Renewable Project

Maire Tecnimont SPA recently announced that its subsidiary NextChem has won a contract from TotalEnergies for the purpose of completing Front-End Engineering Design duties for the developing renewable production activities at TotalEnergies’ Grandpuit complex in France.

Novatek looks east to China

Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, Novatek, has signed a long-term supply deal with Zhejiang Energy.

Shell selects Worley for green H2 hub in the Netherlands

Shell Nederland Verkoopmaatschappij BV (Shell) has awarded Worley a services contract to support the development of a new 200 MW electrolysis-based hydrogen plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

AlpinSolar: construction starts on largest alpine solar plant in Switzerland

Over the next four months, Axpo and IWB will build the largest alpine solar plant in Switzerland at the Muttsee dam. Following construction approval from the local municipality of Glarus Süd, the first components were transported to the dam yesterday. AlpinSolar will generate 3.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, half of which will be in the winter months. Supermarket chain Denner has concluded a 20-year power purchase agreement for the electricity produced by the plant.

Cummins, Iberdrola to develop H2 gigafactory in Spain

Cummins Inc. and Iberdrola unveiled their plans for one of the world’s largest electrolyzer plants for the production of green hydrogen to be located in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

Construction begins on complex for processing ethane-containing gas near Ust-Luga

Today, construction began on the Complex for processing ethane-containing gas (CPECG) near the settlement of Ust-Luga in the Leningrad Region. The CPECG is the only cluster of this kind in the world, combining capacities for gas processing, gas chemistry, and natural gas liquefaction.

Ørsted breaks ground on first renewable H2 project

Dan Jørgensen, the Danish minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities, led the groundbreaking ceremony of the H2RES project, marking the onsite construction start of Ørsted’s first renewable hydrogen project.

Amazon renewables drive

Amazon the America multinational technology company, most popular as an online retailer, has been in recent years driving to a more sustainable carbon footprint. In 2019 the enterprise-wide carbon footprint from direct and in-direct operational activities was 51.17 MMT CO2e according to the business’s website.

BP and EnBW target Scotland

BP and EnBW hope to cement their partnership further by taking part in the upcoming ScotWind offshore wind leasing round 4 in Scotland, scheduled for July. The companies have already launched an online portal for the Scottish engineering and supply sector, foreseeing future opportunities for contra..

Equinor acquires Polish renewables company Wento, and its 1.6-gigawatt solar project pipeline

Equinor has completed an agreement to buy 100% of the shares in Polish onshore renewables developer Wento from the private equity firm Enterprise Investors for EUR 91 million in enterprise value, before customary net cash adjustments. The acquisition supports Equinor’s effort to be a leading com..

Iberdrola starts up its first photovoltaic plant in Teruel

Iberdrola is making progress in its plans to lead the energy transition and the recovery of the economy and employment in Spain. After the construction phase, the company has started up its first photovoltaic plant in the province of Teruel.

Uzbekistan gets Saudi push

ACWA Power, a Saudi developer of power generation, signed an implementation agreement with the Ministry of Investments & Foreign Trade, and the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan for the development of a 1,500MW windfarm. The proposed 1,500MW windfarm in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic situate..

Lightsource bp in Italy continues to boost its utility scale solar portfolio

Press release - 6th May, Milan – Lightsource bp Lightsource bp and Horizon Firm’s deal brings new solar projects to Sicily and Apulia.   Pollinator protection and Agri-PV initiatives demonstrate the multiple land use capability of solar developments  These projects support the sustainable devel..

Neste to Add SAF Production to Rotterdam Refinery

Neste of Finland recently announced its plans to modify its already producing renewable fuels complex in Rotterdam to include production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF.

bp, Iberdrola and Enagas plan to develop green H2 facility in Valencia region

bp, Iberdrola and Enagas have reached an agreement to study the feasibility of building the first phase of the largest green hydrogen production facility at bp's Castellón plant in the Valencia region.

Gazprom Pondering LNG Facility at Amur GPP

Gazprom of Russia recently stated that it was considering the construction of a new LNG facility at the site of the upcoming Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP). This facility is under construction near the Power of Siberia pipeline by the border of China.

FIDs set to soar

New analysis from Westwood Global Energy Group, the specialist energy market research & consultancy firm, reveals that Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) outside mainland China will grow by 57% in the next 18 months, compared to the 2019-20 period. The growth represents an additional 20.4GW of new c..

Hywind Tampen on its way

Aker Solutions has completed the first phase of construction for the Hywind Tampen project.

Future Uncertain for Long Running Stanlow Refinery in the UK

The future around the long running Stanlow refinery in the Ellesmere Port in Northwest England has been thrust into uncertainty lately due to reports of financial instability from lower fuel demand. Multiple reports have indicated that investment firm Apollo Global Management of New York has been in talks on some level for a potential £400 million refinancing agreement for the complex.

200 MW solar power plant in Uzbekistan

Phanes Group, an international solar energy developer, headquartered in Dubai, signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Investment Agreement (IA) for a 200 MWАС grid-connected solar PV plant in Nurata, Navoi Region.

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.

On the road to net zero

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

bp plans UK’s largest hydrogen project

bp announced that it is developing plans for the UK’s largest blue hydrogen production facility, targeting 1GW of hydrogen production by 2030. The project would capture and send for storage up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per year, equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of one million UK households

EnBW building two more large-scale photovoltaic projects in Brandenburg

EnBW is building two more subsidy-free large-scale photovoltaic projects in Brandenburg with a capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) each. These follow on from Germany’s largest solar park, Weesow-Willmersdorf, which EnBW has already completed in Werneuchen, Brandenburg. The two new projects each occupy roughly 125 hectares and are located just under 40 kilometres away in the Märkisch-Oderland district, in Alttrebbin and Gottesgabe.

18 Companies Quit Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project

Baker Hughes Co and AXA Group and 16 other companies recently quit work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

Europe's first carbon-neutral LNG

Shell Global LNG recently took delivery of the first ever carbon-neutral LNG cargo in Europe from Gazprom.

Dutch nearshore nears completion

The installation of turbines has begun in the Frisian part of Ijsselmeer lake, near Breezanddijk in the Netherlands.

Enel Green Power buys eleven photovoltaic projects from Arena Power, totalling 519 MW, to help decarbonise the industrial community of Huelva

Enel Green Power España (EGPE) has acquired a photovoltaic portfolio of 519 MW from the Spanish developer Arena Power. The portfolio includes eleven projects being developed in the province of Huelva. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and operations in 2024. (EGPE has also recently begun work on its first solar park in San Antonio, in the city of Huelva, with 30 MW of capacity and investment of 18 million euros, creating 100 jobs during the construction period.)

Iberdrola launches a green hydrogen scheme to produce sustainable Scotch whisky in the Highlands

Iberdrola launches a green hydrogen scheme to produce sustainable Scotch whisky in the Highlands. Iberdrola, though its subsidiary ScottishPower, has teamed up with some of the UK's main distilleries and spirits companies and the Port of Cromarty Firth to launch a green hydrogen project in the Highlands. The result will allow the whisky and spirit production industry in Scotland to develop this technology and fight climate change.