Users of aeroderivative gas turbines converge at California meet

The annual Western Turbine Users Inc. (WTUI) conference took place recently in Pasadena, California. There were about 900 participants, mostly users of GE LM2500, LM500, LM6000 and LMS100 aeroderivative gas turbines. Such events allow users to hear from their peers and quiz the OEM on issues concerning their facilities.

Co-generation plant in Australia to be powered by J612 gas engine

One of GE’s natural gas-fired Jenbacher J612 gas engines will be powering a co-generation plant that will provide reliable electricity and thermal energy for a major urban revitalization initiative in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Built by Cogent Energy, the plant will play a pivotal role in the VicUrban-lead Revitalising Central Dandenong (RCD) initiative that is rejuvenating the south-east region of Melbourne.

Saudi Arabia’s PP10 combined cycle expansion to boost output

GE has received a contract for nearly $200 million to supply steam turbine technology, power generation services and distributed control systems for the conversion of Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) PP10 power plant from simple to combined-cycle operation. The project will add 1,300 megawatts to the plant’s capacity, to support the growing power requirements of Saudi Arabia’s central region and help the Kingdom meet summer peak demands.

550 MW gas-fired plant at Ninemile to save $ 53 million per year

The Shaw Group Inc. recently announced it received full notice to proceed on a new dual fuel combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant at Entergy’s Ninemile Point Steam Electric Station near New Orleans, La. The 550-megawatt unit at Ninemile is scheduled to begin commercial operations by the first part of 2015. The cost to construct the unit is currently estimated at $721 million and is expected to provide significant economic benefits to Jefferson Parish and its adjoining communities.

MHI wins orders for ten M501J gas turbines from Korea

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The M501J gas turbine.

Co-generation plant saves college $ 1 million a year

At Pacific Union College (PUC) in Napa County, facilities managers installed a $12 million gas turbine power plant that went into 24/7 continuous operations on Feb. 18, 2006. This plant saves the college approximately $1 million a year in energy costs.

Designed to last longer

LNG back in the spotlight

If the presentations at this year's event held in Florence, Italy are anything to go by, LNG is right back in the spotlight. In particular, floating oil production, storage and offloading (FPSO) technology was showcased. GE has just gained an order for an FPSO platform being built to develop the Guará Norte section of the Tupi oilfield in Brazil's Santos oil basin.

BP plans to add three deepwater rigs in the Gulf this year

By 2030, there will be a 40% increase in global energy demand. Not all that will be provided by oil, but the industry will have to expand from 85 million barrels per day to over 100 by 2030, said Kevin Kennelley, Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the Global Projects Organization (GPO), BP, at the recent GE Oil and Gas meeting held in Florence, Italy.

Siemens installs energy storage unit in Italy

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities put an energy storage solution into operation in Italy recently, which belongs to the Siestorage series. Installed in the medium voltage distribution network of Enel, Italy, headquartered in Rome, it is a pilot plant with an output of one megavolt ampere and a capacity of 500 kilowatt-hours. With a compact battery and converter cabinet as the smallest unit, the capacity of the Siestorage energy storage system can be expanded to up to two megawatt hours and its output up to eight megawatts.

Modular energy storage system

Shale gas bonanza triggers new projects in the U.S.

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Four LNG trains are being built across the U.S. 

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