An explosion of orders for gas turbines in the U.S.


A LMS 100 aeroderivative gas turbine.

Ireland's ESB plans to invest $1.2 billion in British gas plant

Irish utility ESB plans to invest 750 million pounds to build a new 1,500 MW gas-fired power plant in Britain which could start operating in 2018.

Alstom to rehabilitate gas-fired power plant in Iraq

Alstom has signed a contract worth about $65 million with the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq for the rehabilitation of two units at Khor Al Zubair gas-fired power station, located in Basrah district, south of Iraq. Each unit is based on Alstom's GT13 gas turbine technology, originally commissioned in 1977. The first rehabilitated unit will be reconnected to the Iraqi electricity network in 2012 and the second unit will be connected before the summer peak of 2013.

Heat exchanger expertise to help produce power from waste heat

HRS Heat Exchangers S.L.U., the Spanish arm of HRS Heat Exchangers Limited which serves the process industry, will be part of a selected companies' consortium working on ICARUS. ICARUS is an innovative, environmentally friendly CO2/lubricant absorption system for power generation from low temperature sources including industrial waste heat and solar thermal to reduce emissions and costs.

2 GW combined cycle plant to come up in Oman


Phoenix Power's IPP will account for roughly 30% of Oman's electricity generation capacity.


Phoenix Power Company recently showcased at an event its 2,000 MW Independent Power Project (IPP) which will account for roughly 30% of Oman’s total electricity generation capacity. When fully operational in 2014, the station will account for roughly 30% of Oman’s total electricity generation capacity.

APR Energy wins 100MW gas turbine contract in Mexico

APR Energy PLC, a London-listed temporary power solutions provider, recently said it has been awarded a 100 megawatt contract from a unit of IPR-GDF Suez, an electrical utility with operations in Mexico. The company said the contract with Tractebel Energia de Monterrey, S. de R.L. de C.V., is for the deployment of gas turbines and technical support at the Monterrey Cogeneration facility in Nuevo Leon.

Alstom to invest $16.4m in Portugal turbine manufacturing facility

Alstom plans to invest $16.4 million in expanding and upgrading the technical capabilities of the company's Setubal, Portugal natural gas-fired turbine manufacturing facility, which will create 130 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Alstom's Setubal unit manufactures heat recovery steam generators for gas-fired power plants condensers and other pressure parts for conventional power plants.

Typical troubles in lube oil and dry gas seal systems


A dry gas seal.

Typical problems encountered in lube oil and dry gas seal systems are given below:

Lube oil system

Reservoir: heater damage, insufficient heating for cold starts or poor thermostat control

High water content in reservoir

Collapsed filter cartridges during low ambient temperature start-ups

Steam turbine main pump driver – poor reliability (frequent trips, H20 in oil)

Medical School wins $5.6m power grant for campus plant upgrade


The new 7.5 MW turbine at the UMass Medical School power plant.

University of Massachusetts Medical School has won a $5.6 million energy efficiency grant from National Grid to make upgrades to its campus power plant. The cash will go toward helping the medical school add capacity to its power plant while reducing emissions. UMass Medical School is spending $50 million to expand and improve its power plant.

Capstone receives 10MW order from Eagle Ford shale play

Manufacturer of microturbine energy systems Capstone Turbine Corporation announced recently that it received two large orders totaling approximately 10 megawatts from two oil and gas producers in the Eagle Ford shale play. Capstone distributor Horizon Power Systems secured the orders in the first week of April for 13 Power Packages, which will supply prime power at each central gathering site.


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