MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG has completed the acquisition of Swiss-based magnetic bearing specialist Mecos Traxler AG, based in Winterthur (Switzerland). A further step towards a close partnership has been taken following several years of joint research and development and successful compressor train installation with Mecos' magnetic bearing technology.
The acquisition by MAN Diesel & Turbo's Oil & Gas Business Unit in Zurich (Switzerland) will further push the joint growth, especially in the Oil & Gas business.
GE has recently announced a wind farm contract with German project developer Energiekontor AG for four wind power generating projects comprised of 41 2.75-103 wind turbines. Using a proprietary 50.2-meter blade with a proven aerodynamic shape, GE’s 2.75-103 wind turbine provides a larger blade swept area giving wind developers greater energy capture and improved project economics.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently unveiled a six-year, $180 million initiative for the development of offshore wind energy. An initial $20 million will be available in 2012 as the first step in supporting up to four innovative offshore wind energy installations across the U.S. According to DOE, offshore wind is an enormous potential resource for the U.S., with an estimated 4,000 GW or more in potential power generation.
GE has recently supplied three natural-gas fired ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher cogeneration units to Teplichnoe, one of the main suppliers of vegetables as well as canned and dried food in the Mordovia Republic. The units will be installed at its greenhouse production facilities in Saransk, 650 km east of Moscow.
Siemens to supply pre-engineered air compressors to China
March 3 2012 -
Siemens Energy will supply, with its Chinese joint venture SITHCO (Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Huludao Co. Ltd.), the first two large size, pre-engineered integrally geared compressors for an air separation plant in China. The new unit will supply gas for a nonferrous metal smelting plant in Fangchenggang in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region in Southern China, which is expected to go online early next year.
Orlando firm offers gas turbine solutions for enhanced safety
March 3 2012 -
Turbine Technology Services Corporation (TTS), a gas turbine engineering services firm based in Orlando, FL, has designed a solution to offer triple modular redundancy (TMR) for gas turbine control applications. This solution leverages control technology from Rockwell Automation, a provider of automation controls and information solutions based in Milwaukee, WI.
Capstone Turbine Corporation, manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has recently announced that it has received an order for the first C1000 microturbine system from an oil & gas producer in Southern California. The C1000 Power Package, a megawatt microturbine power system, can be configured into smaller 800KW and 600KW solutions – all within a single ISO-type container. Models are available that operate on: natural gas, propane, landfill gas, digester gas, diesel, aviation and kerosene fuels.
GE, JP Morgan invest $225 million in NextEra Energy wind farm
February 28 2012 -
Expanding its renewable energy portfolio in Texas, GE Energy Financial Services has joined JP Morgan to jointly invest $225 million in a partnership that owns the 662.5-megawatt Capricorn Ridge wind farm in West Texas. The Capricorn Ridge wind farm has been in operation since 2007 and employs 342 of GE Energy’s 1.5-megawatt machines, and 65 of Siemens’ 2.3-megawatt machines.
GE Oil & Gas wins $1 billion Ichthys LNG project in Australia
February 28 2012 -
GE Oil & Gas has received contracts totaling more than $1 billion to supply equipment and services for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia recently. GE will provide rotating equipment, including gas turbines and compressors, for a new Ichthys LNG plant at Blaydin Point, near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, and associated floating production storage and offloading and a central processing facility (CPF) located in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia.
In the previous partof this series, the author set a new benchmark for combined cycle energy efficiency at 65 %. Direct use of natural gas, and a national energy policy with new regulations, coupled with efforts to save crude oil with the help of shale gas and the efficient combined cycle is the need of the hour.