Mar 10, 2020

GE R.E. chosen to deliver wind power to Turkey

William Girling
2 min
GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Turkish company Sanko Enerji to contribute to the 70MW Güney wind farm in the province of Denizli
GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Turkish company

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Turkish company Sanko Enerji to contribute to the 70MW Güney wind farm in the province of Denizli. 

According to a press release on GE’s website, the French renewable energy specialist will be providing 12 Cypress units (4-5MW) and two 3MW units.

Once operational, the project is expected to provide clean, renewable energy to around 71,000 homes and will mitigate 200,000 tonnes of CO2. 

The Güney farm is part of an ongoing effort by the Turkish government to use 66% renewable energy across the country; it is currently aiming to achieve 20,000MW capacity by 2023.

Making sustainable energy a priority

This latest project is actually the second collaboration between GE and Sanko, and will add to the 500 wind turbines already installed by GE in Turkey. 

“There is a tremendous potential in Turkey to reach ambitious wind energy targets,” said Manar Al-Moneef, President and CEO of GE.

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 “We are delighted to be partnering once again with Sanko Enerji to generate more renewable energy for the country but also to help driving the cost of wind energy down through innovative technologies.” 

The company has revealed that its two-piece turbine blades will be manufactured at its local site in Izmir. The facility currently employs 550 people, but GE has announced its intention to invest a further US$30mn to expand its capabilities and hire 300 new staff. 

Leading the global solution

In addition to its project in Turkey, GE also recently gave details of an order for 112 2.7MW turbines for a farm in Gujarat, India.

Adding to India’s already blossoming wind power capacity, these new units are expected to provide energy to 1.3mn people in the area. 

“We are extremely honoured to have been selected by EDF-Sitac for this project. Together, we are aiming at growing Gujarat’s and India’s renewable energy capacity,” commented Gilan Sabatier, Regional Leader for GE in APAC. 

“With one of the largest rotors available in India to date, these turbines are perfectly suited for the country’s wind conditions.”

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May 14, 2021

Mirico Cloud identifies emission changes

Emissions
Decarbonisation
Climatechange
Dominic Ellis
4 min
The platform allows customers to quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites - and comes amid more scrutiny over Paris-aligned targets

Mirico is extending its gas measurement services with the launch of Mirico Cloud for the oil and gas industry.

The platform lets customers detect and quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites, and quickly fix issues causing changes in emissions. Customers can be contacted by SMS or email for alerts if a new emission is above a certain size, or about an existing known emission that has started to grow.

Customisable dashboards can show average emissions over the last 24 hours or how emissions vary by asset type.

"It's great to be able to broaden the service we provide our customers," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Mirico. "We really feel this is a big step forward in helping the oil & gas industry to quickly identify emission issues at scale and ultimately help them in their goals to reach net zero."

The industry remains under intense pressure to deliver on emission targets. Achieving 50% lower emissions by 2030 will require either full electrification of the West of Shetland and Central North Sea or earlier-than-expected field cessations, according to Wood Mackenzie.

In 2018 the UK produced 451 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions. Around 3% of this total is direct emissions from oil and gas activity on the UK Continental Shelf. Energy generation, mainly from fossil fuels,  produced 23% of emissions, and the transport industry accounted for a further 28%, mostly from the use of oil-based products.

The North Sea Transition deal has four key pillars:

  • Supply decarbonisation reduce emissions from oil and gas production by 50% by 2030
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) target 10 Mtpa of carbon capture by 2030
  • Hydrogen deliver 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen capacity by 2030
  • Supply chain/people deliver investment of £14-16 billion into low-carbon technology by 2030

Methane in the spotlight, a busy 48 hours for bp and JPMorgan releases carbon reduction targets

Institutional investors with a collective $5.35 trillion in assets are calling on the Biden administration to get tougher about methane emissions as it seeks to address climate change. "Any credible pathway for the use of natural gas in a Paris-aligned future must address methane emissions," it states.

Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep warming beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to the UN Environment Programme. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal, to limit global temperature rises to 1.5˚C, within reach.

bp and CEMEX will work together on accelerating the ‎progress of the latter's 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. Around 70% of global emissions come from transport, ‎industry and energy and cement making is energy intensive. Last week bp and renewable energy supplier Pure Planet forged a partnership to launch a new digital energy service that will support households, EV drivers and energy consumers in the UK.

Hot on the heels of the CEMEX announcement, bp shareholders rejected a plan that would have forced the company to strengthen its climate commitments in an AGM poll, with only 20.65% pledging support. "We will continue to engage with shareholders on our strategy, targets and aims so as to ensure their views are fully understood," it stated. One of the challenges is that there is no single metric that measures Paris consistency, according to chief executive Bernard Looney.

JPMorgan Chase yesterday released comprehensive steps it is taking in its efforts to align its financing activities with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, publishing 2030 carbon intensity targets for the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Auto Manufacturing sectors. It also released its new Carbon Compass methodology that describes how the firm set its targets and how it will monitor progress over time, and unveiled a Center for Carbon Transition

“There must be collective ambition and cooperation by business and government to tackle climate change,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "Setting our Paris-aligned targets is an important step toward accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. JPMorgan Chase is committed to doing its part by working with clients around the world to reduce emissions and by ensuring our own operations remain carbon neutral."

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