Siemens Energy wins major service agreement in Middle East
Kuwait’s Minister of Electricity and Water (MEW) has awarded Siemens Energy a five-year service contract for the maintenance of 116 high-voltage substations, the energy giant says.
It represents Siemens Energy’s largest transmission service order in the country and is one of the biggest service agreements in the Middle East’s power transmission sector.
The project aims to ensure reliable power supply throughout Kuwait, with the service stations set to undergo maintenance to enhance their reliability and safety while providing power to both residential and commercial areas, Siemens Energy says.
A substation is key to power supply as it is used for transmitting and distributing electricity to distant locations. It is for that reason that safety, security, reliability, and efficiency are essential.
Through preventative maintenance Siemens Energy aims to ensure that the people of Kuwait have a stable and reliable source of energy, the statement adds.
Ananthnarayan Iyer, VP (Transmission Service), Siemens Energy Middle East, said: "It covers preventive maintenance and emergency repair of the substations, including various voltage levels switchgears, power transformers and various assets in each substation."
"We are looking forward to contributing further to Kuwait’s long-term energy demands in a sustainable manner. The services to these substations will help maximise performance, lower operating costs and deliver better network operations for the ministry," he adds.
“This agreement builds on our strong legacy of successful projects in Kuwait,” says Herbert Klausner, managing director of Siemens Energy Kuwait.
“We remain committed to driving power sector efficiency across Kuwait and helping the Ministry of Electricity meet the increasing demand for power for domestic, industrial and municipal use,” he adds, highlight that around a quarter of the power transmitted in the country utilises Siemens Energy’s technology.
The awarding of the contract is the second major coup for the energy giant in the GCC, following news that Siemens Energy has been appointed to upgrade and expand services at Jebal Ali L2 power and water station in Dubai.
The integrated 20-year long-term service agreement for that project includes an intelligent gas turbine controller, which has been jointly developed by DEWA and Siemens Energy.
As per that agreement Siemens Energy will supply an intelligent controller for each of the four SGT5-4000F gas turbines, the latest SPPA-T3000 control system, services for generators, as well as added upgrades for outage reduction and operational flexibility.
The intelligent controller was co-developed by DEWA and Siemens Energy in 2019 and is the world’s first thermodynamic Digital Twin Gas Turbine (GT) Intelligent Controller. The controller uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to systematically give power plant operators a complete and continuous overview and scenario-based assessment of power plant operations.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.