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Enapter Claim Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize award ceremony took place on the 17 October 2021 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 2

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments. Issue 2 of the Hydrogen Project Playbook looks at September.

Wintershall Dea investigates conversion of north sea natural gas pipelines for CO2 transport

Wintershall Dea, Europe's leading independent gas and oil company, is working with the OTH Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to explore how existing natural gas pipelines in the southern North Sea can be used for future CO2 transport. Initial calculations paint a positive picture. Results obtained so far suggest that the offshore pipelines could be safely and efficiently repurposed for transport of liquid CO2. As the study progresses, technical feasibility will be tested, and certification will take place.

EP Infrastructure, Eustream, NAFTA and RWE sign memorandum of understanding on blue hydrogen development in Slovakia

EP Infrastructure (EPIF), Eustream, NAFTA and RWE Supply & Trading are looking to jointly explore the potential development of state-of-the art blue hydrogen production facilities in eastern Slovakia. To this end the companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding. RWE Supply & Trading could off-take and import the produced hydrogen to Germany and other RWE core markets in Western Europe.

Viscofan conducts the first green hydrogen tests in boilers

​This project is a pioneer milestone in the usage of green hydrogen as a source of energy in industrial processes. Viscofan successfully completed on Thursday the tests conducted in the production plant based in Cáseda (Navarre) to progressively substitute the natural gas used in one of their boilers, using green hydrogen instead. The goal of the test was the partial substitution of the natural gas for hydrogen. Thanks to a temporal installation of two hydrogen semitrailers, each one with an approximate capacity of 4,000 Nm3 compressed hydrogen at 200 bar, increasing hydrogen flows of 400 Nm3/h were used.

Will Hydrogen Take Off in the Aviation Sector?

As the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, business and leisure air travel will become a viable option again, the need to move people across the globe will return and the aviation industry plays a key role in this.

INEOS Grangemouth moves forward on to the next phase

INEOS Grangemouth has today announced planned further investment of over £1 billion towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its site to net zero by 2045, building on the 37% reduction in net CO2 emissions already delivered since acquiring the site in 2005.

Aquaterra Energy, Lhyfe and Borr Drilling form partnership for pioneering offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig production concept

Aquaterra Energy, a leader in global offshore engineering solutions, has signed a partnership with renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling to develop an innovative concept for offshore green hydrogen production in the North Sea. The organisations behind Project Haldane, will develop an industrial scale offshore green hydrogen production concept, through the deployment of an electrolyser system on a converted jack-up rig.

Repsol to start up the first electrolyzer at its Petronor refinery

Repsol will start up the first electrolyzer in the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country in the second half of 2022, to produce renewable hydrogen at its Petronor refinery. The facility will have a capacity of 2.5 MW and will involve an investment of €8.9 million, covering also the construction of the necessary infrastructures for the use and distribution of the renewable hydrogen produced.

Floating Along Nicely

According to research by trade association RenewableUK, the orderbook for global offshore floating wind projects currently stands at 54GW.

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

Press Release - Highfield Energy

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.