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Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up to Bring Automotive Battery Innovation to the U.S. Residential Solar Market.

Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the United States. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems.

For Vivint Solar, which has a proven track record of installing solar energy systems in more than 100,000 homes across the United States, this is the first collaboration to integrate batteries with its offering. This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider, bringing its premium, high-performance, road-tested technology for home use to the residential battery market. These storage systems are made to Mercedes-Benz quality standards and based on the same automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles. With energy storage to complement rooftop solar, Vivint Solar customers will be able to have more control over the renewable energy they generate. In addition to providing a backup power source if the grid goes down, the new combined solution may help customers reduce energy costs. Each energy storage system will consist of modular 2.5 kWh batteries that can be combined to create a system as large as 20 kWh, making it easy to scale and tailor energy storage systems to individual customer profiles.

World's Largest Floating PV Power Plant of 40MW Connected to Grid Using Sungrow Inverters

Sungrow, the global leading PV inverter system solution supplier, announced that the world's largest floating PV power plant of 40MW with Sungrow's PV inverters utilized has been successfully connected to the grid in Huainan, China.

The power plant is based in a subsided area of mining which is flooded due to the rainy weather with depth of water ranging from 4 to 10 meters in Huainan, a coal-rich city in south Anhui province. And the seriously mineralized water makes this area valueless. "The plant not only makes full use of this area, reducing the demand for lands, but also improves generation due to the cooling effects of the surface," explained a professional from the local government.

Sungrow's central inverter SG2500-MV employed in this plant features its integration of the inverter, the transformer and the switchgear, as a turnkey station with lower transportation cost due to its 20-foot containerized design. In addition, the combiner box SunBox PVS-8M/16M-W supplied by Sungrow as well is customized for floating power plants, enabling it to work stably in such environment with high level of humidity and salt spray.

Drillinginfo Breaks-Down Barriers to Investing in Global Energy Markets

Drillinginfo has expanded its international platform and state-of-the-art data analytics tools used to identify and tap lucrative oil and natural gas plays outside U.S. markets. The DI International platform follows the same principles as its U.S. model which has earned Drillinginfo a reputation as the oil and gas industry's leading SaaS and data analytics company. It integrates all of its international datasets into one platform creating a whole that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. The result is the most relevant and actionable opportunities across the globe for energy professionals and companies to focus on closing deals and delivering value to their bottom line.

"The world's oil and natural gas is at our fingertips," remarked Allen Gilmer, Chairman of Drillinginfo. "While the logistics may be different in other countries, the data and understanding the geology can be normalised."

DI International delivers the who, what, where, when, and why of the oil and gas industry with a complete view of global asset transactions and unique forward-looking datasets such as potential and planned farm-ins, bid blocks, and wells. Whether exploring events, operations, or production in a specific country, gathering competitive intelligence, or deciding to invest in specific blocks, the Drillinginfo platform was designed to support companies seeking to minimize risk and maximize business performance.

Bruno Pina, Geoscientist at Galp Energia said, "One of the most important advantages is the ability to create easy-to-use digital maps that enable our staff to see what data is available to them, reducing drastically the amount of time looking for the information they need to do their work."

Honeywell UOP Signs Agreement To Provide Technology And Equipment For Expansion Of Jordanian Refinery

Honeywell UOP has signed an agreement with the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC) to facilitate a $1.6 billion expansion of its refinery in Zarqa, Jordan. This expansion will increase the capacity of the facility to 120,000 barrels per day and will allow JPRC to upgrade the quality of its product to meet Euro V emissions specifications. The ceremony was attended by Jordanian Prime Minister H.E. Hani Al-Mulki, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Saif, JPRC Board Chairman Walid Asfour, Vice Chairman Omar Al-Kurdi, JPRC CEO Abdul Karim Alaween and Honeywell UOP President and CEO Rebecca Liebert.

As part of the project, which is the fourth such expansion of the JPRC refinery, Honeywell UOP will provide manager licensing services, technology licensing, front-end engineering design consultancy services, and basic engineering design. It also will provide catalysts and process equipment, and training and start-up services. Technologies provided by Honeywell UOP will include crude and vacuum distillation units -- designed by Houston-based Process Consulting Services, Inc. -- for distilling crude oil into various fractions. Honeywell UOP also will provide Unicrackingao and hydrotreating units to create clean distillate, as well as CCR Platformingao, Penexao, MinAlkao, Meroxao and Selectfiningao units for producing cleaner-burning high-octane motor fuels, and a Polybedao PSA unit for purifying hydrogen.

Schlumberger Launches New Fluid Mapping-While-Drilling Service

Schlumberger launched the new SpectraSphere fluid mapping-while-drilling service at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference. The service is the industry's first to deliver downhole fluid composition during drilling with real-time pressure measurements-while-drilling. Applicable in a variety of environments, from exploration wells to highly deviated development wells, SpectraSphere lowers risks associated with fluid analysis and sampling operations while enhancing well placement, maximising reservoir contact and ultimately boosting future production.

"Understanding the parameters of the reservoir in real time is critical for all our customers during all stages of field development," said Richard Brown, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. "The SpectraSphere service enables customers to obtain laboratory-quality fluid analysis while drilling, which reduces the overall cost of operations and risks associated with conventional fluid analysis."

The SpectraSphere service is the industry's only service to enable real-time fluid mapping by providing critical fluid properties, including fluid composition, fluid typing, fluid fractions and gas/oil ratio while drilling. The reliable characterisation of these properties is essential for estimating reserves, optimising completions, designing surface facilities and meeting production goals. The service has been field tested in the Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, Africa, the North Sea and offshore Malaysia. While developing a field offshore Malaysia, a customer used the new service to acquire formation fluid samples and pressure measurements in a highly deviated wellbore that intersected pressure-depleted zones with increased risk of differential sticking. The customer obtained all fluid samples and pressure measurements in one run, with fluid samples showing less than 1% contamination. The customer completed sampling in two hours per station and eliminated the need to conduct further formation testing in two additional wells, saving three operating days.

Deep water production begins at newest FPSO in Brazil Santos Basin

Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary BG E&P Brasil Ltda. (Shell) and consortium partners in Lula South, announced that their deep-water production has started at the FPSO P-66, which is located in the Brazilian pre-salt of the Santos Basin.

Positioned in 2,150-metre water depth, the P-66 can process up to 150,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. The unit is the first in a series of standardized vessels operated by Petrobras to begin production within the BM-S-11 block consortium and the seventh to produce within the consortium overall.

"Achieving production at Lula South is an important accomplishment in the Santos Basin, and we recognize Petrobras' delivery of this critical milestone," said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Shell. "The consortium has additional FPSOs in this series planned over the next three years. Across Shell's deep water business in Brazil, we're investing in projects with competitive break-even prices, and our presence as Brazil's second largest oil producer continues to grow."

Shell has a 25% stake in the consortium developing the Lula field in the BM-S-11 block. Petrobras operates the field with a 65% interest, and Galp, through its subsidiary Petrogal Brasil, holds the remaining 10% interest. The P-66 is the tenth deep-water FPSO in operation across Shell's working interest in the pre-salt areas of Santos Basin. Shell operates two additional FPSOs offshore Brazil.

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