Europe

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.

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.

First floating solar plant in Albania starts commercial operations

Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy generator, in cooperation with Norwegian supplier Ocean Sun has started commercial operations at the first unit of its floating solar project in Albania, further contributing to the country’s renewable energy journey.

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.

National Grid Studying UK Hydrogen Pipeline Network Potential

National Grid is exploring the potential of a 2,000-km (1,243-mi) hydrogen pipeline network across the UK. Reaching a goal of getting hydrogen power to consumers by 2030 will take “huge amounts of planning and work.”

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.