Permanent magnet vs. induction motors

The low cost of induction or switched reluctance machines is attracting more and more companies to consider using them for high-speed, high-temperature generating applications. However, their use in such environments will bring about unique challenges and system level disadvantages that will keep permanent magnetic machines the overwhelming preferred choice in the industry. 

Mitsubishi to supply H-25 gas turbines and generator for Myanmar SEZ

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has received an order for two sets of Hitachi H-25 gas turbine and a generator for two islands of thermal power generation facilities, with a combined output of 50 MW, being newly established by Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE), a state-owned power provider in Myanmar, Burma.

Dresser-Rand opens new facility in Saudi Arabia

To establish its permanent presence in the Middle East, Dresser-Rand has set up a new service center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company also formally committed to a new multi-purpose facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Alstom wins $65m turbine order for Uganda’s hydropower plant

Alstom has received a $65m (€58 million) order from the Chinese company Sinohydro to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Uganda’s Karuma Hydropower Project. After the successful cooperation of Bui hydropower project in Ghana and Soubre project in Côte d'lvoire, this is Alstom’s third contract from Sinohydro.

GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines to power Nigeria’s Port Harcourt refinery

General Electric (GE) has completed the supply and installation of three 25 MW, trailer-mounted, TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines to generate uninterrupted power at the Port Harcourt refinery in Nigeria. The supply was made through Genesis Electricity Limited, an independent power producer.

The installation of the mobile gas turbines is expected to help Nigeria to overcome grid outages and return to full capacity for refining. The present outages have reduced the refinery’s output to 30 percent of its total maximum capacity of 210,000 barrels per day.

Siemens to upgrade I&C system for GE steam turbines in South Korea

Siemens has received an order for upgrading the I&C system for GE steam turbines in units 5 and 6 at the Samcheonpo Thermal Power Station, South Korea. The upgrade is aimed at enhancing the availability of the plant and the plant's reliability during operation, as well as to reduce the operating and maintenance costs for the plant.

The customer is Korea South East Power Co. Ltd (KOSEP), the operator of the power plant. Unit 5 was upgraded in November 2014 during a scheduled outage. Work on Unit 6 is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.

Panda Power to jointly develop 1,000MW combined cycle plant in Pennsylvania

Panda Power Funds has entered into a joint venture with Sunbury Generation LP to develop, finance, construct and operate a 1,000 MW natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power project near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The plant, expected to start commercial operation in the second half of 2017, is likely to supply power markets including Philadelphia and New York City.

Siemens turbines to power combined cycle plant in Michigan

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan, USA. The plant is likely to generate approximately 125 MW in summer and 145 MW in winter. Siemens is providing two SGT-800 gas turbines and one SST-400 steam turbine. Siemens will also provide a long-term service contract for the SGT-800 gas turbines.

Siemens commissions test center for gas turbine burners in Germany

Siemens has initiated operations at its Clean Energy Center, located in Ludwigsfelde, Germany. Developing the new burner test centre involved an investment of €100m, Siemens said.

Black & Veatch to install two 1,000MW combined cycle natural gas units in Texas

Exelon Generation has selected Black & Veatch as owner’s engineer for the installation of two 1,000MW combined cycle natural gas units in Texas. The units are likely to meet the growing electricity demand in Texas while reducing the amount of water used to produce power in the drought-prone state.


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