Global nuclear generation capacity falls to 366.5 GW
December 8 2011 -
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Siemens opens Energy Service Training Centre in Newcastle
December 1 2011 -
Siemens recently celebrated the official opening of its Energy Service Training Centre in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Lord Willis of Knaresborough opened the facility on November 22, 2011. This £8 million investment by Siemens provides a unique in-house training environment and experience for service technicians working on conventional and renewable power plants. This move has also helped put the North East firmly on the map as a centre of excellence for skills and training.
GE supplies combined-cycle system for Russia's flare gas project
December 1 2011 -
GE is supplying a 109FA combined-cycle system and long-term services for an expansion of Russia’s Nizhnevartovsk State Regional Power Plant that will help meet its growing electricity demands. This will also demonstrate how flare gas can be effectively used to generate affordable electricity in Russia.
The GE equipment, including a Frame 9FA Gas Turbine, a 109D-12 Steam Turbine and associated generators, has been recently shipped to the project site and installation has started. Commercial operation is planned by December 2012.
Flexible disc and diaphragm couplings offer great performance
November 28 2011 -
With the ever-increasing demand in turbomachinery applications of couplings that connect various pieces of equipment, greater performance is required of them. Traditionally, gear couplings were used in these applications but required constant lubrication to extend their life. They would eventually wear out and need replacement. For many years, new turbomachinery applications have been using metallic flexible element couplings which are designed for infinite life and have much lower maintenance requirements.
This year's Turbomachinery Symposium in Houston included a parallel Pumps Symposium and Exhibit. Turbomachinery International took the opportunity to interview pumps manufacturers about the latest trends and technologies. 3MPumps discussed multistage centrifugal pumps while Ebara International Corporation called attention to the problems that eddy currents cause centrifugal pumps and expanders, and how these could be resolved.