Siemens to supply six gas-fired turbines for Yamal LNG plant

Siemens announced recently that the company has signed a contract to supply turbines for a power plant that will feed one of Russia's most ambitious natural gas projects, Yamal LNG. Siemens said it was selling six gas-fired power generating turbines to Tekhnopromexport, a subsidiary of state corporation Rustec, which is building the power plant.

Coal covers more than half of Germany's electricity demand

The share of coal in Germany's power generation mix has risen to 52 percent in the first-half of this year amid a drop in output from gas-fired power plants and wind turbines, research organization Fraunhofer Institute (ISE) said. Coal-fired plants stepped up electricity production by about 5 percent to 130.3 TWh in the first six months of 2013 as output from gas-fired plants fell 17 percent to 21.9 TWh, said ISE in reference to data from Germany's statistical office and the EEX transparency platform.

Wood Group GTS completes maintenance services worth $2m for Frame 5 and 6B gas turbines

Wood Group GTS has completed $2 million worth of major maintenance services for Frame 6B and Frame 5 gas turbines at a US and a Costa Rican power station respectively. The combination of work included a major inspection and the repair of hot gas path parts: turbine buckets, nozzles, shrouds, transition pieces, crossfire tubes, fuel nozzles, flow sleeves and bearings.

Germany to invest € 900m in 1,200MW combined cycle plant

German municipal utility network Trianel and the refinery MiRO are planning to invest 900 million euros to jointly build a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 800 to 1,200MW in Karlsruhe to help improve security of power supply in southwest Germany. Construction works are due to start in 2017, for the plant to start full commercial operations in 2020, Trianel told Gas to Power Journal.

Three combined cycle plants and a hydro facility for Mexico this year

Mexican national power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has released a list of generation facilities to be tendered in 2013. CFE will issue calls for three combined cycle plants and one large-scale hydro by year-end, according to a press release from the state-owned utility.

Australian company adopts GE’s aeroderivative technology

Australia’s mining company Rio Tinto is installing General Electric’s aeroderivative gas turbine technology to supply power on two of its Pilbara sites in WA. The company recently installed the LM6000-PF Sprint aeroderivative gas turbine with dual-fuel dry low emissions (DLE) technology at its West Angelas iron ore mine.

Siemens appoints new CEOs for wind and oil & gas divisions

DOE-sponsored research helps improve gas turbine performance

An innovative airfoil manufacturing technology that promises to improve the performance of state-of-the-art gas turbines has been commercialized through research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The technology – which is expected to contribute to cleaner, more reliable and affordable domestic energy production as well as creating new high-tech manufacturing jobs – was licensed by Siemens Energy Inc. (Orlando, Fla.) in 2011.

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.

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