Siemens, Bechtel win turnkey order for 778 MW gas-fired plant

Siemens, in consortium with Bechtel, has recently been awarded the order for a turnkey supply of Panda Power Funds' Stonewall Energy Project in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the sixth order awarded to Siemens by Panda Power Funds, following the power projects Temple I and Temple II, Sherman, Liberty and Patriot. The natural-gas-fired Leesburg combined cycle power plant (CCPP) will have a gross installed electrical capacity of 778 MW. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for spring 2017.

Siemens delivers 286MW gas turbine to Florida plant

Trying to catch up to GE in the U.S. turbine market as power companies are demanding that their manufacturers link high power capacity with high efficiency, Siemens recently delivered a third 637,000-pound unit to a power plant in Florida. Siemens has agreed to pay $7.6 billion, including an assumption of debt, for Houston’s Dresser-Rand, a firm that makes such turbines.

Petronas Floating LNG to have aeroderivative-driven compressors

GE Oil & Gas recently said it will supply its gas turbine-driven compressor train and mechanical drive technology to Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), for a second floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit being built off the coast of Sabah and Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Compression trains are used in the liquefaction process, which cools natural gas to a liquid state. GE will supply four of its PGT25+G4 gas turbine generator systems and two nitrogen trains featuring two LM6000-PF+ 2BCL907 aeroderivative gas turbines in mechanical-drive mode.

Alstom to provide four HRSGs for two combined-cycle plants in Texas

Alstom recently signed a contract worth approximately €90 million (over $100m) with Exelon Generation to supply four Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) for two new combined-cycle gas power plants in Texas. Each of these will be equipped with two General Electric H-class gas turbines (Exelon Generation's Colorado Bend Generating Station in Wharton County and Wolf Hollow plant in Granbury), and is expected to generate approximately 1,000MW on the Texas grid. Construction of the new gas units is likely to begin in 2015, with commercial operation targeted for 2017.

Rolls Wood Group secures maintenance contract from Fingrid

Rolls Wood Group (RWG) has won a contract for shop inspection, repair and engine testing services, for two Rolls-Royce Avon gas generators operated by Fingrid Oyj (Fingrid). The deal was signed after a comprehensive tendering process, a strict pre-qualification process and submission of a detailed commercial and technical proposal.

France approves $13.5 bn GE-Alstom deal

The French government recently gave formal approval to General Electric’s $13.5 billion deal for the energy business of Alstom, the French power and transportation company. The approval was announced in a statement from the economy minister, Emmanuel Macron.

The latest approval has come less than seven months after the announcement of a deal that rocked the world of French business. The government’s clearance was required because of a law enacted under Mr. Macron’s predecessor, Arnaud Montebourg, which required all foreign investments in strategic sectors to be reviewed.

Siemens H-class turbines en route to FPL's Port Everglades plant

The third of three Siemens H-class gas turbines is en route to FPL's Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Florida.

Three LNG trains to use 12 Trent packages in Lake Charles plant

Rolls-Royce recently announced that BG Group has selected the Trent 60 DLE industrial gas turbine as the driver for the main refrigeration compressors in the proposed Lake Charles LNG Export project in Louisiana, USA. The two companies have also signed a Long Term Service Agreement covering the support and maintenance of the equipment for up to 25 years.

Flow batteries could substitute gas turbine peakers, says firm

ViZn Energy Systems, Inc., a pioneer in large-scale energy storage technology, has announced that its zinc redox flow battery technology has been highlighted as a viable substitute for many simple cycle peaking power plants in a white paper by Energy Strategies Group (ESG), a specialist consultancy in grid-scale energy storage technologies.

Siemens H-class fleet attains a cumulative 100,000 EOH

The fleet of Siemens H-class gas turbines achieved a cumulative 100,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH) at the end of September 2014. Forty of the H-class gas turbines have been sold worldwide to date and eleven of these machines are currently in successful commercial operation.

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