Siemens Gamesa to provide Spanish wind farms with 92 turbines
Siemens Gamesa, the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, will be provided Spain with 92 wind turbines to be installed at 10 farms across the country.
The combined capacity of all the turbines reaches 298MW, separated into three different models.
The company will offer 58 of its SG 3.4-132 models, 28 units of the SG 2.6-114 turbine, and six SG 2.1-114 turbines.
The turbines will be distributed between five different developers, all of which were awarded new capacity in recent auctions.
As part of the renewable energy deal, Siemens Gamesa will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the new farms.
The firm will begin distributing the turbines in October this year, supplying to Grupo Jorge, Viesgo, the Communidad General de Riegos del Alto Aragó scheme, and two unnamed companies – the firm will operate and maintain the farms for 10 years.
23 of the SG 3.4-132 turbines, making a combined capacity of 82MW, will go to Grup Jorge for the Coscojar II and El Aguila II wind farms in Pedrola and Plasencia de Jalón in the Zaragoza province.
Siemens Gamesa will provide Viesgo with seven of its SG 3.4-132 turbines, creating 24MW, for the El Marquesado project in Puerto Real in the southwest province of Cadiz, with the contract agreeing the company to service the farm for 15 years.
The company will build the 31MW El Balsón wind farm for the Communidad General de Riegos del Alto Aragón scheme. The farm in Gurrea de Gállego in the province of Huesca will feature nine SG 3.4-132 turbines.
19 of the SG 3.4-132 units and six of the SG 2.1-114 models will be used for wind farms in Lugo, Malaga, and Guadalajara.
28 SG 2.6-114 turbines will be used by an energy company developing three farms, two of which are located in La Coruña in northern Spain.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.