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.

Little Barford power station gets greener after £100m upgrade

The Little Barford Power Station at Gallow Hill, south of St. Neots in Bedfordshire, has recently been given a £100million upgrade to be more environmentally friendly. The power station is part of RWE Generation and was opened in 1996. At full capacity could generate 680MW of electricity – enough to power half a million homes.

Six Siemens F-class gas turbines to power two Algerian plants

Siemens has recently been awarded a contract to supply power plant components, including six F-class gas turbines, for the Ras Djinet and Ain Arnat combined cycle power plants in Algeria. The clients are Daewoo E&C Co., Ltd and Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd, Korean companies that are building the two power plants for Sociéte Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité (SPE), the state-run energy provider in Algeria.

Abengoa to develop 440MW combined cycle plant in Oregon at $364m

Abengoa, a Spanish technology company that offers solutions in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by U.S. power company, Portland General Electric (PGE) to develop a 440 MW combined cycle power plant, to supply electrical energy to half the population of Portland, Oregon. The project is valued at USD 364 million and is expected to be completed in 36 months.

Denizli combined cycle plant to power Turkey with 775MW electricity

Start-up of the delayed 775 MW Denizli power plant, developed at a cost of €600 million under a joint venture between RWE and Turcas, is expected to take place soon, according to RWE. The combined cycle gas turbine plant was initially planned to commence full commercial operation at the end of 2012.


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