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.

Lower stiffness ratio can improve seal life in centrifugal pumps

Conventional centrifugal pumps, those with mechanical seals, need to provide a stable environment for the seal to obtain the maximum life from the seal. Part of this stability comes from keeping the seal faces parallel to each other with minimum vibration. In single stage overhung pumps, the shaft is a cantilevered beam with a circular cross section supported by the bearings with a concentrated load, the impeller, at the end.

APR Energy’s Libyan power contract wins 200MW expansion

APR Energy has recently been awarded the single largest contract by Libyan government in the fast-track power industry following a 200MW expansion of its original 250MW contract. The expansion, which brings the contracted total generation capacity to 450MW, supplements the 250MW of mobile gas turbines originally contracted, said a statement from the Florida-based company.

GE's LM6000 achieves over 26 million operating hours

GE is celebrating "20 years of powering progress around the world" as its LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine that achieved more than 26 million operating hours. The technology of the LM6000 is based on GE's CF6-80C2 aircraft engine; and GE said it has shipped more than 1,000 LM6000 units to customers globally, gaining "four times more experience than all other competing gas turbines in its class combined".

Siemens completes 430 MW Knapsack II combined cycle plant ahead of schedule

Siemens Energy has completed the Knapsack II combined cycle power plant with a capacity of 430 MW on behalf of Statkraft Markets six weeks ahead of schedule. Siemens built the entire power plant, located in Hürth near Cologne, Germany, as a turnkey project and delivered the main components, including an F-Class gas turbine as well as a steam turbine, generator, and heat recovery steam generator.

Gas turbine operators can learn from wind gearbox problems

The incursion of renewables into the mainstream was the main topic of discussion at the recent Turbo Expo 2013 that took place in San Antonio, Texas. The subject invoked many comments during the conference which was sponsored by ASME's International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI).

Alstom GT26 gas turbine proves to be effective with shale gas

Alstom’s GT26 gas turbine can already handle shale gas and other variable fuels as internal calculations show that shale gas and LNG will be within the company’s hydrogen gas experience range. In Algeria, Alstom could prove the C2+ variation tolerance of its turbine by running the combustion chambers with 15 percent C2+. At the VGB Congress in Friedrichshafen, Germany held recently, Dr. Klaus Knapp, group head, combustor operations and emissions with Alstom, said a hydrogen content of up to 15 percent volume can be handled by the company’s GT26 turbines.

APR Energy starts up new 200MW gas turbine project in Uruguay

APR Energy has recently started commercial operation of its 200MW temporary power generation project in Uruguay, divided across two sites in La Tablada and Punta del Tigre. The two revamped plants, together with the additional 100MW of turbines installed by APR Energy last July, now help increase Uruguay's power production capacity by a total of 300MW.

Dresser-Rand and Honeywell to create integrated control platform

Dresser-Rand, a supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and process industries, recently reached an agreement with Honeywell to grant plant managers control of not only turbomachinery, but all plant equipment using a single completely integrated control platform.

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