Abengoa will develop a new 100 megawatt solar plant in South Africa

Abengoa has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) of South Africa to develop Xina Solar One, a 100 megawatt (MW) parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts. This project will form the largest solar complex in Africa together with Abengoa's plant KaXu Solar One that is currently under construction in the country.

Sundyne introduces no-leak, vertical !PI 685 Sealless Magnetic Drive pump

Sundyne recently unveiled its first vertical in-line sealless magnetic drive centrifugal API 685 compliant pump, boldly advancing its portfolio of highly reliable sealless, API-compliant fluid handling solutions.

100th Mobilepac bound for Algeria

PW Power Systems, Inc. (PWPS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., announced today that its one hundredth MOBILEPAC(R) unit is complete and will be delivered to Sonelgaz, the state-owned utility in charge of electricity and natural gasdistribution in Algeria.

Power augmentation of 7EA gas turbines

Wood Group GTS has completed the installation of four EcoValue power augmentation systems on four GE Frame 7EA gas turbines at a 300MW cogeneration plant in Texas. The EcoValue system increases turbine output and efficiency and the plant is experiencing significant performance improvements, yielding 11.5% increase in power output and a 2.5% decrease in heat rate on one combined cycle block (two gas turbines and one steam turbine).

Capstone offers LNG/Diesel fueled marine microturbines

Capstone Turbine is expanding its product offering in the marine market and has appointed six Capstone marine distributors. In addition, the company has launched a contest that will give away up to 130 kilowatts of marine power to three existing or new ship owners.

UK order for gas chromatograph alternative

Orbital Gas Systems Ltd., has received an order for eight (8) retail units of its GasPTi device from National Grid in the United Kingdom (UK).

U.S. Navy tests the most powerful high-speed generator ever built

U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) engineers conducted full scale testing of a 7,000 rpm, 6,600 volt, 14-megawatt high-speed generator (HSG) at the Land Based Test Site, September 19. The prototype provides six times more power than lower speed, conventionally cooled, similar sized generators currently available.

GE gas path upgrade extended to 9F-3 and 9E

GE has announced the expansion of its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) portfolio to its 9F-3 and 9E gas turbine customers operating in Asian energy markets and around the globe. More than 120 AGP systems have been sold and 37 upgrades already in operation on GE 7F-3 gas turbines around the globe.

In 9F-3, the AGP will deliver:

  • Output increase up to 6 percent
  • Fuel efficiency increase up to 2 percent
  • Maintenance intervals as long as 32,000 hours (extending outage intervals up to 33 percent)

In 9E, the AGP will deliver:

Alstom bags three LTSAs for gas-fired plants

Alstom announced it has been awarded two Long Term Service Agreements (LTSA) for three natural gas fired power plants in the US and Canada. The company will provide services for EquiPower’s, Milford combined cycle power station in Connecticut, USA and TransAlta’s Sarnia Cogeneration Power Plant in Ontario and Poplar Creek Cogeneration Power Plant in Alberta.   

These latest contracts are part of $1.2 billion in North American power plant service, support and upgrade contracts awarded to Alstom in 2013.

Nitrogen helps eliminate corrosion in idle HRSGs

Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15-20 percent of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they are not in use, eliminating corrosion.


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