How to combat performance degradation in turbines

At the 2013 Turbo Expo on turbine degradation, Rainer Kurz, Manager of Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines (and a Myth Buster columnist for Turbomachinery International), delivered an opening lecture outlining the various environmental conditions that can lead to fouling, corrosion and performance degradation. This includes viscous hydrocarbons from flares and exhausts, dust, sand, cement dust, shot blast, iron oxides, salt crystals as well as cyclic wet/dry conditions.

PowerGen meet underscores the need for cooperation among European nations

In June 2013, keynote speakers at PowerGen Europe in Vienna urged European governments to cooperate on a framework that would invigorate the sluggish power market.

MAN Diesel & Turbo receives 10th anniversary order from China

MAN Diesel & Turbo recently received an order to build four turbomachinery trains for an air separation plant in China. It is of particular significance for the company as it received the first order for a compact AIRTRAIN for an air separation plant ten years ago.

Siemens to supply CCGT for new 60 MW plant in Germany

Siemens, Evonik and E.ON recently signed contracts to build a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant for energy supply to Marl Chemical Park, Evonik’s largest production facility. For this joint project, Siemens has agreed to supply the CCGT. Siemens has also been awarded a multi-year service contract to maintain the gas turbine and ensure that it meets high standards for performance, availability and reliability.

Siemens bags order for H-class gas turbine power plant solution in Turkey

Siemens has won the order for supply of a single-shaft power island with H-Class technology for the Samsun Cengiz Enerji combined-cycle power plant in Turkey. The customer, Cengiz Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., is an independent power production (IPP) company which will build and operate the plant.

Alstom to access Chinese turbine market with GT13E2 license agreement

Alstom has recently signed a long-term agreement with Harbin Turbine (HTC) to license its GT13E2 gas turbine for manufacture, assembly and sales in China. As per the agreement, HTC will manufacture and assemble the GT13E2 gas turbine in China, while Alstom will supply some of the critical components.

Through the deal Alstom is expecting to gain better access in the Chinese market and supply its GT13E2 E-class turbine through HTC. The two companies are also expected to set up a service joint venture to serve the Chinese GT13E2 customers.

Monitoring shaft end seals in condensing turbines

Most steam turbine vendors use a vacuum gland condenser system to ensure that air enters the last section of the steam seal, thus preventing steam from entering the bearing bracket and contaminating the oil system.

Siemens F-class turbines begin commercial operation in California

Siemens recently supplied four power 180 MW Siemens simple cycle SGT6-5000F gas turbine units to power American operator NRG Energy's gas-fired Marsh Landing Generating Station (720 MW), located in Antioch, California, 40 miles from San Francisco. The 720 MW gas-fired plant, a Brownfield development, began commercial operation supplying the California grid on May 1.

Flexible generation source

Ansaldo wins 600MW gas plant deal in Egypt

Italy’s Ansaldo Energia has recently won a contract for a 600MW gas plant in Egypt which the company says it will complete in 14 months. The plant will be built for the Cairo Electricity Production Company near the existing 6th October power station – also built by Ansaldo – in the suburbs of Cairo.

GE’s LM2500+G4 turbines to power new floating production platform offshore Brazil

GE will soon provide four LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine packages for a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform offshore Brazil. The equipment will be supplied to Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co., Ltd. (MODEC), a general contractor specializing in engineering, procurement, construction and installation of floating production systems. The FPSO, owned and operated by MODEC, will be installed in 2,240 meters of water depth in the pre-salt fields offshore Brazil.

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