To meet growing electricity demands in the western portion of its service area and to enhance overall power system reliability, El Paso Electric Company will expand its Rio Grande power plant in Sunland Park, N.M., with a simple cycle GE LM100PA. This aeroderivative gas turbine is rated 88 MW at site conditions and promising 43% efficiency.
KGRA Energy LP, a U.S.-based waste heat recovery developer, has announced that civil engineering has begun and equipment delivery continues on an innovative clean energy system being installed at a Greenville, NC area mill owned by Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest product company. The project, developed by KGRA Energy, in partnership with Turbine Air Systems Inc., will capture waste heat from the mill and covert the captured thermal energy into clean electricity.
GE Oil & Gas has entered into an agreement with Bechtel International, Inc. for the supply of compression technology for two customized LNG refrigeration trains for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. A final investment decision on the Wheatstone Project is expected in the second half of 2011.
Stellar, a construction, design, engineering and mechanical services firm, has appointed Kurt Peninger as Division Vice President of Stellar Energy Systems (SES). Peninger brings 25 years of experience in the power-generation industry, including 13 years at General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt in both the DMAIC and DFSS methodologies.
The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota announced today that a major corporate partner, Midwest Energy Emissions Corporation, a research-oriented mercury emission capture company based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is launching a new mercury control system. The sorbent enhancement additive (SEA) injection technology originally developed by the EERC is being installed at a major power utility on the West Coast and will be commissioned this fall.
Already the nation's largest municipally owned user of wind energy, San Antonio's CPS Energy last week signaled its intent to build what would be the largest solar installation in the U.S., if not the world, notifying bidders that an originally proposed 50-megawatt project has been expanded to potentially 400-megawatts.
The project would be four times larger than what is currently the largest solar installation in the world, a 97-megawatt project in Ontario, Canada.
Duke Energy Ohio anticipates it will retire all six coal-fired generation units at its W.C. Beckjord Station, southwest of Cincinnati, by Jan. 1, 2015, as a result of a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule.
Kobelco Compressors Manufacturing (Shanghai) has increased production capacity at its compressor plant in Shanghai, China. A new 600 million yen ($756,000) manufacturing line has been completed and has started commercial operations.