The Crown Estate, which manages business and housing properties, agricultural and forestry land as well as much of the seabed surrounding the UK for the monarchy, has agreed to allow Shell and SSE to permanently store carbon dioxide in the North Sea. The Crown Estate will lease an area in the depleted Goldeneye gas field in the North Sea, 65 miles offshore of northeast Scotland, to Shell and SSE for a proposed CCS project that will capture CO2 from the Peterhead power plant and then store it offshore.
Siemens has been awarded a $300 million order to supply a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant, in consortium with its partner Bechel, to Panda Temple Power. The Siemens Flex-Plant 30, which has a gross installed electrical capacity of 758 MW, will supply power needs of 750,000 homes in the central and north Texas regions. The power station, which will generate carbon monoxide emissions of less than 10 parts-per-million and nitrogen oxide emissions less than 2.0 ppm, is slated to come online in 2014.
Specialty chemical company Buckman has selected PE International’s sustainability data management software, SoFi. The system will give Buckman access to performance analysis tools, forecasting, benchmarking and content, and will help streamline Buckman’s GRI reporting process. PE International has provided similar tools to other chemical companies including Dow Chemical, DuPont and BASF.
Israeli drugstore company Super-Pharm selected Panoramic Power to supply an energy management system in seven of the chain’s 180 locations. The P3E energy management system, which Super-Pharm tested for seven months, is designed to help companies reduce their operational and energy expenses through real-time alerts and reports that evaluate consumption.
Duke University has purchased carbon credits from a ClimeCo America Corp. nitrous oxide abatement project at a fertilizer plant. This is Duke’s first purchase of carbon credits from a third-party developer. ClimeCo plans to use the funds from Duke’s purchase to finance its long-term goal of developing carbon offset opportunities within the agricultural sector. Terms of the Duke purchase were not disclosed.
Wärtsilä Corp. will supply duel-fuel engines for the first two tugs in a series of liquefied natural gas-fueled vessels being built for state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. These will be the first tugs in China ever to be operated on gas, Wärtsilä said. The vessels, which will operate along China’s coastline, will be powered by two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF in line dual-fuel engines. Delivery is scheduled at the beginning of 2013.