Golar Power revolutionises energy for Brazil
The venture - called ‘Golar Power’ - has received its Commercial Operation Date (COD) for the 1.5GW Porto de Sergipe I Power Project, meaning its has been green-lighted to start generating energy.
A combined-cycle gas-fired power plant, it represents the first such facility in Brazil and the largest of its kind in South America. Estimated to have cost US$1.4bn to construct, the power plant will feature a dedicated LNG import and regasification terminal.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is advantageous as a bridge fuel between renewables and fossil fuels because of its cleaner emissions and stable method of transportation.
Some estimates have placed LNG as 50% less polluting than coal, with minimal CO2, SO2, NOx and Mg. As such, the Golar Power plant could revolutionise Brazil’s energy sector, which is still highly reliant on petroleum and other fossil fuels for energy.
This potential to lead an energy shift has been noticed by Golar LNG, which stated in its press release that the project could be the starting point for cleaner, more reliable energy for millions of Brazilian citizens.
“This important achievement will facilitate Brazil’s transition to lower-carbon energy generation sources whilst also promoting the use of LNG to balance and diversify its supply of energy,” it said.
Pioneers in alternative fuel
Far from being a niche interest, LNG has captured the attention of leading energy companies for several decades. Many are currently engaged in exciting projects across the world which seek to fully make use of the resource:
ExxonMobil: With more than 40 years working within LNG, ExxonMobil is as a world leader in this important bridge fuel.
The company continues to grow its portfolio of LNG operations to meet the growing global demand, including one in Papua New Guinea, which had a recorded production volume of 9mn tonnes in 2018, and Mozambique: ‘Area 4’, estimated to hold 85trn cubic feet of gas.
Chevron: Believing that global LNG demand will increase 130% by 2035, Chevron’s ‘Angola Liquefied Natural Gas Project’ is one of the most impressive energy projects operating in Africa today.
With a processing capability of 1.1bn cubic feet of gas per day, Chevron’s ALNG venture is making a substantial dent in the rising demand for LNG, producing an average of 23,000 barrels of LNG per day in 2018.
Protium Green Solutions targets Scotland hydrogen potential
Protium Green Solutions (Protium), a leading UK-based green hydrogen energy services company, has expanded its UK footprint with the opening of Protium Scotland, led by newly appointed Jon Clipsham as Chief Commercial Officer.
Following a year of "significant growth" for the London-based firm, Protium’s activity across the green hydrogen space continues to demonstrate the viability of green hydrogen for businesses accelerating their net zero strategies and its CAPEX totals more than £1 billion for projects across aviation, road transport, alcoholic manufacturing and food & beverage sectors.
Protium’s Scotland presence has been established to support its growing projects in the region, with three clients currently based in Scotland and additional projects in the pipeline. Clipsham will lead Protium’s client engagement team across all UK regions, further supporting existing clients’ decarbonisation efforts across its accelerating projects.
Clipsham has been hired to spearhead the Scotland-based office, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience having spent more than 25 years in the chemicals industry and more than five years in the green hydrogen space.
Previously he developed and led many of the projects which have driven the growth of the green hydrogen eco-system in Orkney, and he also plays an influential role in shaping Scotland’s hydrogen policies and regulation, as a Board member of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA). He also holds various lecturing positions at notable Scottish universities and educational institutes (covering hydrogen and renewable energy).
Clipsham said he is fully aligned with Protium’s mission of taking action and delivering change while policy and industry catches up. "I look forward to working with the team and its clients in supporting the national energy transition and am proud to be joining forces with other experts in the field who share the same vision," he said.
Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said: “We can see first-hand how the appetite for green hydrogen is increasing so leveraging Jon’s expertise and technical capabilities will be instrumental in delivering the best result for our clients - I am confident we’ll be able to demonstrate how green hydrogen is an exciting solution for these organisations overhauling their decarbonisation efforts.
“As we approach the second year of the business this milestone marks an important step for Protium as our client portfolio continues to grow, government support steadily increases and as UK-brands explore sustainable energy alternatives.”
With Protium’s senior leadership team holding external decision-making roles in relevant hydrogen Associations and Institutions, together Clipsham with Jackson, and Head of Policy and Innovation, Jen Baxter, the team will play an influential role in championing hydrogen and its place in the green economy. Jackson is currently the Chairman of the UK’s Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association and Baxter is on the Board of Industry Wales.
The Hydrogen Map lists the following projects in Scotland: Big Hit (phase 2); Acorn Aberdeenshire (Blue Hydrogen); Hydrogen Bus Project (Aberdeen); Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre; and Levenmouth Community Energy project.