New Black Hills electric utility

Black Hills Corp. announced recently that its new generation facilities commenced commercial operations from Jan. 1, 2012. Black Hills Energy-Colorado Electric owns the $227 million, 180-megawatt facility, and Black Hills Colorado IPP owns the $260 million, 200-MW facility. The electricity from both facilities is a replacement for a purchase power agreement with Xcel Energy that expired on Dec. 31, 2011. Black Hills Energy will purchase 200 MW of natural-gas-fired generation from Black Hills Colorado IPP under a 20-year agreement.

MHI receives order for 1,600 MW power plant in Thailand

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has recently secured a full-turnkey order from Gulf JP NS Company (GNS) to construct a 1,600MW gas turbine combined-cycle power plant in Thailand. The power plant in Nong Saeng district, Saraburi Province, is being built based on the Thai government's electric power development plan.

Repowering LM2500 plant with in-place upgrade

It took five weeks for GE to perform a major repowering upgrade of its LM2500-PE gas turbine at Cogen España's Tortosa Energía cogeneration plant in Tarragona. As a result of the upgrade, GE's customer now operates a gas turbine offering higher power output, fewer emissions and greater energy efficiency.

Capstone receives another order for C1000 power packages

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced recently that it received a three-megawatt order from another Oil & Gas producer in the Eagle Ford shale play.

Capstone continues its penetration of the North American shale gas market with another multiple megawatt order from a different Independent Oil & Gas producer in Eagle Ford. This marks the fourth major Independent Oil & Gas producer to turn to the Capstone technology in the U.S. shale market.

Cutsforth introduces new shaft grounding system

Building on the success of its EASYchange Online Removable Brush Holder, Cutsforth Inc. has recently introduced an innovative dual Shaft Grounding System that maintains lower voltage than OEM solutions and offers universal mounting capability and system redundancy. The system is designed to work in dirty and non-filtered air environments, and can be used in a wide variety of power plant and industrial settings.

Highest ever crowd visits PowerGen

The recent Annual PowerGen conference in Las Vegas drew over 20,000 attendees – the highest number ever – indicating that market recovery is becoming a reality. The keynote featured David Walsh, Senior Vice President, Service & Manufacturing, at Mitsubishi Power Systems, America.

Siemens invests 66 million Euros in test center for gas turbines

Siemens is building a new combustion test center for gas turbines near Berlin. The test center is to commence operation in 2014 on a 36,000 square meter site recently purchased by Siemens Real Estate in Ludwigsfelde, about 15 kilometers south of Berlin. It will play an important role in the design and ongoing development of Siemens gas turbines.

Wood Group bags AECI contract

Wood Group GTS has secured a multi-million dollar facility operations, maintenance and long-term gas turbine maintenance contract from Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc (AECI) for the Dell Power Plant in Arkansas recently. The Dell Power Plant is a 580MW natural gas-fired 2 x GE Frame 7FA combined-cycle facility, providing power generation to support the six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives.

ANSYS 14.0 offers new benefits

ANSYS has launched the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS 14.0, recently. Designed to optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost needed to foster product innovations.

ANSYS 14.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas:

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.

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