Total to convert crude refinery to produce biofuels

French energy major Total announced on Thursday it will convert its Grandpuits crude oil refinery to produce renewable diesel and bioplastics, Kallanish Energy reports. Killing two birds with one stone, Total will shut down its crude refinery after a structural problem with a key pipeline reduced its operational rate to 70% of capacity. To resume

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Iberdrola to create green hydrogen business unit

Spanish utilities Iberdrola will create a dedicated green hydrogen business unit, as it aims to become a global leader in the technology, Kallanish Energy reports. CEO Ignacio Galán said in a speech during the New York Climate Week, which took place alongside the UN General Assembly, that the company will produce hydrogen from 100% renewable

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German, Scottish wind associations ink cooperation deal

German wind power association WAB and Scottish wind consortium DeepWind have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to develop a market for green hydrogen from wind power. The parties said in a joint statement on Wednesday that the aim is to promote the offshore wind industry and the production of green hydrogen at sea transnationally. The

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Biomethane may be route for decarbonizing Europe’s gas markets

Biomethane can help decarbonize Europe’s gas markets, but continued growth depends on policy support, Wood Mackenzie said this week. According to analysts Graham Freedman and Nnenna Amobi, the carbon-neutral renewable gas can be directly injected into existing natural gas infrastructure and decarbonize the heating and transport sectors. That’s because biomethane is a purified form of

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Nordex tapped for 312MW US wind farm

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has secured a contract to supply turbines to a wind farm located in Texas, U.S., Kallanish Energy reports. Under the terms of the agreement, announced on Friday, will see Nordex deliver and install 65 N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbines in the 4.8 megawatt (MW) operating mode, for a total capacity of 312

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UK renewable use soars during Q2: Drax

The use of renewables for electricity generation rose 32% year-on-year during second quarter according to a new report, Kallanish Energy reports. The Drax Electrical Insights Q2 report, published on Monday by UK power generator Drax and compiled from analysis by Imperial Consultants, found that the share of renewables in the UK energy mix increased to

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PGNiG partners with Toyota on hydrogen initiative

Polish oil and gas company PGNiG has expanded its hydrogen development project through a new partnership with Toyota Motor Poland, Kallanish Energy reports. The two companies will cooperate on the advancement of hydrogen technologies in Poland, including the construction of a new pilot hydrogen refuelling station. PGNiG’s hydrogen research programme, which was launched in May

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Eneco, Shell win Dutch tender for innovative offshore wind farm

The Netherlands awarded the tender for the subsidy-free offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord) to CrossWind – a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, Kallanish Energy reports. The ministry of economic affairs and climate policy said the companies won the bid thanks to their proposal to apply five innovative technologies to the country’s third offshore

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BP sells petchem unit to Ineos for $5B

British giants BP and Ineos announced on Monday a $5 billion global petrochemical deal, covering 14 manufacturing plants across Europe, Asia, and the U.S., Kallanish Energy reports. BP’s departing chief financial officer Brian Gilvary stroke the sale of BP’s petrochemical unit to Ineos – an achievement that concludes BP’s $15 billion divestment target a year

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TechnipFMC bags two new contracts from Equinor

UK’s oilfield services company, TechnipFMC, has bagged two new contracts from Norway energy major Equinor, Kallanish Energy reports. The deals are worth up to $189.7 billion and comprise pipelaying and subsea installation for projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Equinor said on Tuesday. It covers the Breidablikk project and a gas import system for the

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BP invests in geospatial analytic firm to monitor methane emissions

BP said on Tuesday it has invested in a geospatial analytics software company, as part of its plan to monitor and reduce methane emissions, Kallanish Energy reports. Through subsidiary BP Ventures, the company injected $5 million in the cloud-based Geospatial Analytics. The investment will enable Geospatial to develop its technology further and scale its application

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EU discusses clean energy in €750B post-pandemic recovery fund

EU’s commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, told the bloc’s energy ministers on Monday that there is a strong link between technology, recovery, and climate-neutral ambition. Simson discussed Europe’s €750 ($846.3) billion coronavirus recovery fund and the role of clean energy technologies for the future low carbon economy. She described it as a “sizeable, balanced plan,

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Denmark should ditch O&G exploration: report

Denmark’s energy ministry has been advised to cancel the country’s 8th oil and gas licensing round, in order to maintain its position as a climate-leading country, Kallanish Energy reports. Independent adviser to the government, the Danish Council on Climate Change, said on Thursday that the bidding round that took place in 2018 and received interest

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Gazprom takes FID on new gas project in Western Siberia

Gazprom and RusGazDobycha have reached a final investment decision (FID) on the development of the giant Semakovskoye gas field in Western Siberia, Kallanish Energy reports. The partially offshore/onshore field in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous region has recoverable gas reserves of over 320 billion cubic meters (Bcm). The project is slated to enter commercial production in 2022

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Germany to invest $10.2B in hydrogen expansion

Germany announced it will invest €9 billion ($10.2 billion) to boost its hydrogen strategy, aimed at becoming a global supplier of “state-of-the-art” hydrogen technology, Kallanish Energy reports. The coalition government agreed late on Wednesday a €130 billion ($147.3 billion) coronavirus recovery stimulus package. The program is geared to climate change mitigation and promoting the technologies

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