GE announces combined-cycle power plant at Bouchain

Electricite de France (EDF) and GE recently announced plans to jointly develop the first FlexEfficiency 50 plant to be connected to a national grid. The combined-cycle plant will be located at Bouchain, an existing EDF power plant site in northern France, and will produce 510 megawatts.

This EDF plant, scheduled to be GE's first operational FlexEfficiency example when it opens in 2015, is expected to achieve more than 61 percent efficiency at base load, based on GE test data. The turbine will be built at a GE manufacturing facility in Belfort, France.

Advances in turbine overspeed safety systems

The horsepower of micro-processors has grown dramatically over the past five years, enabling smaller devices such as loop controllers, transducers and auxiliary plant devices to perform more intelligent operations than their predecessors. As a result, turbine safety systems and overspeed protection devices can now monitor multiple turbine parameters simultaneously, as well as monitor and test the response times of the entire turbine shutdown system.

Colfax announces acquisition of COT-PURITECH

Colfax Corporation, a global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications, today announced the acquisition of COT-PURITECH, headquartered in Canton, Ohio. COT-PURITECH's 80 associates will be integrated into the Colfax Fluid-Handling business.

GE’s 4.1-113 technology goes commercial in Gothenburg harbor

Though most offshore wind turbines are doing quite well in the European Union, UK and in the German/Danish North Sea, still many power majors are hesitant to invest in offshore wind power. Setting the turbines out into the sea can solve land acquisition problems to an extent but accessing the turbines for maintenance, replacing key components and bringing in cranes for operations are some of the major drawbacks.

Global nuclear generation capacity falls to 366.5 GW

Due to increasing costs of production, a slowed demand for electricity, and fresh memories of disaster in Japan, production of nuclear power fell in 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs Online (VSO) report from the Worldwatch Institute. Despite reaching record levels the previous year, global installed nuclear capacity----the potential power generation from all existing plants----declined to 366.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2011 from 375.5 GW at the end of 2010.

Dresser-Rand expands technology

Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and process industries, is expanding its Turbine Technology Services facility in Houston, Texas to include a center of excellence for F-class rotor repair.

MHI bags planning order for Norwegian facility

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Gassnova SF, a Norwegian state enterprise handling carbon capture and storage (CCS) to undertake initial planning of the world’s largest class carbon dioxide capture facility. This encompasses carbon dioxide capture technology, facility performance, and construction and operation costs of the planned recovery plant.

Coriolis mass flow meters

Accurate measurement of liquids is important for all oil and gas industry production or consumption sites. This is especially true for bulk transfer devices where large volumes are being moved, and need to be monitored. In the past, mass transfer was measured in batches with weigh scales or load cells. However, installation, calibration and maintenance of a scale or load cell are expensive, time consuming and do not work when the process is continuous.

China’s move to ramp up oilfields production

With 1.3 billion people and an economy growing at a phenomenal rate of 8 to 10 percent a year, China is becoming increasingly dependent on imported oil. By 2030, China is expected to import as much oil as the U.S. does today.

China’s Ministry of Land and Resources geological exploration department head Peng Qiming said recently during a press conference that China’s combined oil and natural gas output, 280 million tons in 2010, is projected to rise to 360 million tons of oil equivalent by 2015, and to 450 million tons by 2030.

Rolls-Royce enhances role in Brazil

 

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One of the first Petrobras FPSO vessels to use Rolls-Royce gas turbines, the P-43 Barracuda, produced its first oil in December 2004 offshore in the Campos Basin. Its sister vessel the P48 Caratinga passed a similar milestone in February 2005.

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded new contracts with a potential value of $651 million by Petrobras to support its production activities offshore Brazil.

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