Abu Dhabi, with more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves, boasts one the biggest gas basins in the world, but much of it is sour. The Shah Gas project is viewed by many as central to Abu Dhabi's ability to maintain economic growth, for unlike its vast oil reserves, which are tapped for export, the gas will be used almost exclusively for domestic power generation.
Chromalloy, an independent provider of repairs, services and solutions for aerospace and industrial gas turbine engines, has unveiled its newly renovated turbine engine repair center and service depot in San Diego, CA.
The expanded and remodeled engine center now provides turbine parts repairs and overhaul, leasing services, workscope management, and module refurbishment. The 110,000 square foot facility also has the only engine test cell on the U.S. West Coast providing monitoring and evaluation for JT8D engines.
MAN Diesel & Turbo secures order for 24 compressor units for an integrated chemical complex in Chongqing, China. The order size is about 50 million Euro. Designed as a combined plant, the chemical complex will be involved in the large-scale production of industrial gases and chemical raw materials for further processing, e.g. to produce plastics such as polyurethanes (PU) and PVC. MAN delivers the process gas screw compressor units. The total capital investment is over 4 billion Euro.
October 10 2011 -
Bill Schmalzer, Forecast International
During the last year, two major events occurred that will contribute to increased demand for gas turbines for power generation. The Fukushima nuclear reactor incident will most likely result in a worldwide decrease in new nuclear power plant construction, and resulting increase in combined cycle construction. Germany relied on nuclear power for 23 percent of its electricity, but shut down eight of its plants last March, and announced plans to phase out all civil nuclear power plants by 2020.
Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of a new compressor train for expansion of the Ibn Rushd PTA (purified terephthalic acid) plant in Saudi Arabia. Purchaser is Taiwan's CTCI Corporation, the largest engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company in Taiwan. End customer is the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world's leading producers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals.
The U.S. power business underwent dramatic changes in 2011 that will shape tens of billions of dollars of fuel, construction and maintenance work for years to come. In the U.S., Industrial Info Resources (IIR) is tracking 267 new-build generation projects with combined generating capacity of about 24.3 gigawatts (GW) that are scheduled to kick off in 2011. These projects represent $51 billion in total investment value (TIV).
RusTurboMash LLC, a joint venture of Siemens Energy and Iskra-Avigaz, inaugurated a new compressor manufacturing plant in the Russian city of Perm. Siemens holds a 51 percent stake in the joint venture and Iskra-Avigaz the rest. The combined investment of the two companies is EUR60 million. The initial plan in the upcoming months is to gradually start with the production of stator components for small compressors. By late 2012, the plant is expected to produce complete compressors. This will create as many as 250 jobs.
GE and Toshiba Corporation of Japan are bringing GE’s FlexEfficiency gas turbine technology to Japan and other key countries in Asia. The two comanies have agreed to mutually promote new combined-cycle power plants with 9FB gas turbines incorporating GE’s FlexEfficiency technology and Toshiba’s steam turbine-generators for projects in Japan and other Asian countries, as agreed upon by GE and Toshiba.
Mechanology Inc. of Attleboro, MA. is selling its steam turbine business at a sealed bid sale on November 18, 2011. Mechanology's single stage, radially split design incorporates a proprietary nozzle block and steam path designed and manufactured to the customer's specific steam conditions. This permits the designers to maximize the efficiency of the turbine in each application. The N-Series steam turbines offer numerous mechanical enhancements with an emphasis on durability, high efficiency and reliable performance.
LPP Combustion, LLC's technology for vaporizing a wide variety of liquid fuels into a natural gas-equivalent LPP Gas has logged 1000 operating hours on a commercial combustion turbine that is generating electricity while connected to the local utility grid. Fourteen different liquid fuels including bio-ethanol, naphtha, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and biodiesel were used to produce power during the 1000 hours of operation. No alterations were made to the dry, low NOx combustion system on the turbine.