Southern Company subsidiary drives economic growth
December 6 2012 -
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, recently began commercial operation of Plant Cleveland, a 720 MW natural gas facility located in Cleveland County, N.C. The plant has expanded the company's natural gas portfolio and is the third generating facility that Southern Power owns and operates in North Carolina.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne clinches $5m project from US
December 4 2012 -
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. company, to receive more than $5 million for three cost-sharing projects designed to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of gas turbines in commercial-scale power plants.
NET Power receives £4.9 m grant for carbon capture program
November 30 2012 -
NET Power recently announced the receipt of a £4.9 million grant from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of the Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Innovation Program £20 Million Competition. The grant will fund further R&D and manufacturing of both developing and proven high-performance materials that enable NET Power's novel, clean, low-cost power generation technology to reach extremely high efficiencies.
Gazprom commissions new CCGT-450 unit in St. Petersburg
November 30 2012 -
Gazprom recently commissioned a new CCGT-450 combined-cycle gas turbine unit at the Pravoberezhnaya combined heat and power plant (CHPP). This is the third large-scale project for building state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas turbine units implemented by Gazprom over the recent years in Saint Petersburg, after the commissioning of CCGT-450 at the Yuzhnaya CHPP and two CCGT-180s at the Pervomaiskaya CHPP.
Centrax Gas Turbines will install and commission 17 generating set packages in three major Russian fields gearing this year. Twelve of the packages, each comprising a single 5.2MW Rolls-Royce 501 unit, are being installed for the Ust Teguss field in the Tyumen region, on the West Siberian Plain some 1600km east of Moscow.
Not so long ago users tended to order turbines, compressors and auxiliary equipment from OEMs and a cast of thousands. Equipment often arrived piecemeal and had to be cobbled together on site – an inefficient, time-consuming and expensive proposition. Understandably, a better mode of operation was desirable. OEMs and partners, such as Kawasaki, Pratt & Whitney, Centrax, Elliott Group, Solar Turbines and GE Oil & Gas, began to take on the role of packager. They provided end users with an integrated system – ready to ship and rapidly implemented.
Alstom signed two orders worth about $96 million with Metka S.A., an international contractor for large scale energy projects to deliver power generation equipment for key projects that Metka is executing for the Samra Electric Power Co. in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Gas turbine OEMs are targeting the renewable energy market with machines that can respond quickly to match the total load demand of fluctuating renewable power while maintaining grid stability. GE Energy’s LMS100, in particular, is finding broad application in areas such as California, which boast high renewable portfolio standards.