Topolobampo and Mazatlán pipeline operations is set to start operations in July, while GES announces the beginning of construction activities for a 244MW wind farm in Sept. Mexico also made a big leap to position 12 in the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Meanwhile, Gas Natural Fenosa changes name to Naturgy, GE focuses on aviation and power and renewable energy and Equinor and Siemens aim at new technologies. Veolia also makes news with the first PV recycling plant in Europe.
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Pedro Joaquín Coldwell announced that 982km pipeline that beings at the Waha gas hub will start operations in the second half of July. The investment for its creation was of US$1.413 billion, and its 670 MMcf capacity will be used to import natural gas to Topolobampo and Mazatlán.
GES will start constructing, in September, a 244MW wind farm in Nuevo Leon. The company will be in charge of the civil works, including the 83 foundations and platforms, 52km of roads, supply and construction of the met masts and the medium voltage grid.
Mexico went from place 19 to 12 in the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard edition of 2018. This leap makes it the country that has improved the most in terms of energy efficiency.
Gas Natural Fenosa has adopted Naturgy as new name. The aim of the change is to provide the company with a more international profile, symbolize its status as a global energy company and reflect its commitment with the environment.
GE announced that it will focus on aviation and power and renewable energy to create a simpler, stronger, high-tech industrial company. This change includes the separation of GE Healthcare and Baker Hughes GE over the next two to three years to become leaner and substantially reduce debt.
BP bought Chargemaster, which owns UK’s biggest electric car charger network, for £130 million. The acquisition includes its 6,500 charging points, and with it there are plans to install 1,200 more over the next year.
Siemens opened a novel facility to study the efficiency of converting electricity to first hydrogen and then ammonia, and vice-versa, as a form of storage for renewables. The new facility represents an investment of US$2 million.
Veolia has opened the first recycling plant for solar panels in Europe. The plant has a contract with the solar industry recycling organization PV Cycle France to recycle 1,300 tons of solar panels in 2018 and aims to ramp up to 4,000 tons by 2022.
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