Kemper County IGCC plant to be delayed

Southern Company  has said it will not be able to finish constructing its Kemper County, Miss., IGCC facility by May of 2014. Mississippi Power, the smallest utility unit of Southern Co., is building the plant.

"The expected extension of the schedule beyond May 2014 reflects Southern Company's and Mississippi Power's current analysis of the time needed to complete the construction and start-up activities of the Kemper IGCC," the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Siemens lays foundation stone for new combustion test center for gas turbines in Berlin

Siemens is building a combustion test center for gas turbines in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin. The company is investing a total of about EUR 66 million in the new research and development facility.

Gas-fired combined cycle plant to power Siberia with 1,250 MW

Fortum Oyj’s Nyagan GRES natural gas-fired power plant was recently opened in western Siberia.

Morched Medhioub is Managing Director of Kingsbury GmbH

Kingsbury, Inc. has appointed Dr. Morched Medhioub as Managing Director of Kingsbury GmbH, with immediate effect. Dr. Medhioub joined Kingsbury as manager of the European office at its inception in 2011; Kingsbury GmbH was subsequently incorporated in 2012.

Panda Power acquires 750MW combined cycle plant in Virginia

Panda Power Funds has purchased a majority stake in the proposed 750MW natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power plant located in an industrial-zoned area of Loudoun County, Virginia, U.S. The Stonewall generating station, when commissioned, is expected to address the power requirements of 750,000 homes in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

EPA sets emission standards for new combined cycle plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a long-awaited revised proposal for Clean Air Act standards to curb carbon pollution from new power plants. The rule sets separate standards for new gas-fired and coal-fired plants.

MHI operates pressurized SOFC-MGT hybrid system for an uninterrupted 4,000 hours

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has achieved 4,000 hours of uninterrupted operation of a 200 kW class pressurized hybrid (combined-cycle) power generation system incorporating solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and a micro gas turbine (MGT). The company has been operating the hybrid system since March at Senju Techno Station, a facility in Tokyo operated by Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., and it has now confirmed its stable power generation performance: generating-end output of 206 kW AC (alternating current) and 50.2 percent thermal efficiency.

GE to supply natural gas-fired systems worth $1.9 billion to Algeria

GE recently signed three contracts totaling $2.7 billion with SPE, a unit of Sonelgaz to supply heavy-duty combined-cycle gas turbine and aeroderivative gas turbine technology for nine power plants totaling 9 GW in Algeria.

Wood Group GTS wins GE LM6000 controls system contract in Arizona

Arizona Electric Power Co-Operative (AEPCO) has recently awarded Wood Group GTS a contract to replace a turbine control panel at AEPCO's 615 MW Apache Power Station in Benson, Arizona. The proprietary and aging Mark VI Millennium control panel will be replaced with an open-architecture Rockwell ControlLogix platform fitted to a GE LM6000PC dual-fuel enhanced Sprint gas turbine.

Two Siemens Flex-Plant 10 combined cycle islands power California with 550 MW

NRG Energy Inc. and Siemens Energy Inc. recently dedicated the El Segundo Energy Center located near Los Angeles, California. This is the second Flex-Plant to open in California after the nation's first in Lodi that went into commercial operation last year. Siemens Energy has supplied and commissioned the two Flex-Plant 10 combined cycle power islands. In total, they have an installed capacity of 550 MW – enough to supply efficient and flexible electricity to approximately 450,000 Californian homes.

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