Energy reform in Mexico creates opportunities for foreign firms

A recent meeting of the Manhattan Institute in New York, a distinguished panel of experts discussed efforts by Mexican legislators to re-write their country’s energy laws.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling will make it harder for coal plants

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 majority, upheld U.S. EPA rules to control coal-fired power plant emissions. This will affect coal-fired power plants in 28 states. The ruling effectively overrides the state’s initial responsibility in controlling air pollution as set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Sundyne expands compressor line

Sundyne announces the addition of the Pressure Products Industries (PPI) brand portfolio to its line of compressor technologies. PPI is a manufacturer of sealless reciprocating diaphragm compressors for the refining, petrochemical, chemical, LNG and semiconductor markets.PPI was formerly a member of the Milton Roy family of pump products. Both Sundyne and Milton Roy are part of the Accudyne Industries family of companies. 

Toshiba steam turbines for Mexico

Toshiba will supply thermal power generation equipment for the retrofit and modernization of the Altamira Thermal Power Plant in Tamaulipas State, northeastern Mexico. Under the terms of the contract, Toshiba will supply Isolux Corsán a major constructor of EPC generation plants, with two high-efficiency 165MW steam turbines and related equipment. Altamira is currently equipped with two 158MW steam turbines and generators that Toshiba shipped to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state-owned electricity utility, in the early 1970’s.

9FAs start up in Pakistan

Some 747 MW of combined cycle capacity started up at Guddu Thermal Power Complex in Sindh, Pakistan on Friday. GE supplied and installed two GE 9FA gas turbines and associated auxiliary equipment at the plant.

Located in Kashmore, Sindh, the complex has a capacity of 1,655MW and the new addition will take the total production capacity to 2,402MW, it said.

Iran says it will unveil 25 MW gas turbines

Iran's deputy energy minister Houshang Falahatian is reported to have said the country is manufacturing 25-megawatt gas turbines for the first time. Iran's Mapna Group boasts of an installed base of hundreds of units for its light and heavy gas turbines based on Siemens designs. Falahatian also said Iran is joining the group of ten countries possessing the technology for such turbines, an Iranian news agency reported.

New combined cycle plant planned in New York state

A natural gas combined-cycle power plant with a nameplate capacity of 549 megawatts at a cost of $615 million will be built on a 37-acre site in Marshall County approximately four miles south of Moundsville, upstate New York, with construction planned to begin in mid 2015, officials at Moundsville Power LLC announced today.  Moundsville Power LLC is a Buffalo, New York-based independent power plant developer.  

Crude oil-gas fired turbines for Saudi Arabia

Siemens Energy has received an order to supply six gas turbines, three steam turbines and nine generators for Rabigh 2 IPP combined-cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. The customer is the Korean construction company Samsung C&T, which is erecting the facility for Al-Mourjan Project Company, a consortium under the direction of the independent power producer ACWA Power. Following project completion in mid-2017, Rabigh 2 IPP will have an installed electrical generating capacity of 2,060 megawatt to supply Makkah Province with electric power.

GT13E2 starts up in China

The latest GT13E2 gas turbine has been successfully synchronized to the grid in open cycle mode at the Shenzhen Nantian Electric Power Company’s combined cycle power plant in Guangdong Province, China. The new unit will run alongside a GT13E2 installed at Nantian in 1995. As part of the deal Alstom also has a long term service agreement with Nantian covering three maintenance cycles for both GT13E2 units. The plant in combined-cycle mode is scheduled to enter commercial operation in April 2014.

Pilot project for carbon capture starts up at Tampa IGCC plant

A pilot project has started up to demonstrate a warm gas cleanup carbon capture technology in a coal gasification unit at the Polk Power Plant Unit-1 in Tampa, Florida. The project, which is approximately $3 million under budget, included $168 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.


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