Hundreds of microturbines used in Australian coal seam gas project

Capstone Turbine Corporation has received another follow-on order for a large Australian coal seam gas company. The initial order in July 2008 was for the supply of 110 C30 packages, which was later increased to 154 C30s in 2009. The first follow-on contract was for 44 C30 microturbines in October 2012, and in early January 2013 they ordered 36 additional units. The latest order is for 14 units, bringing the total number of units sold to date to 248 C30 microturbines. These orders are part of a periodical supply contract for the life of the project, at least five years.

Kemper County IGCC plant to be delayed

Southern Company  has said it will not be able to finish constructing its Kemper County, Miss., IGCC facility by May of 2014. Mississippi Power, the smallest utility unit of Southern Co., is building the plant.

"The expected extension of the schedule beyond May 2014 reflects Southern Company's and Mississippi Power's current analysis of the time needed to complete the construction and start-up activities of the Kemper IGCC," the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Siemens lays foundation stone for new combustion test center for gas turbines in Berlin

Siemens is building a combustion test center for gas turbines in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin. The company is investing a total of about EUR 66 million in the new research and development facility.

Gas-fired combined cycle plant to power Siberia with 1,250 MW

Fortum Oyj’s Nyagan GRES natural gas-fired power plant was recently opened in western Siberia.

Morched Medhioub is Managing Director of Kingsbury GmbH

Kingsbury, Inc. has appointed Dr. Morched Medhioub as Managing Director of Kingsbury GmbH, with immediate effect. Dr. Medhioub joined Kingsbury as manager of the European office at its inception in 2011; Kingsbury GmbH was subsequently incorporated in 2012.

Panda Power acquires 750MW combined cycle plant in Virginia

Panda Power Funds has purchased a majority stake in the proposed 750MW natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power plant located in an industrial-zoned area of Loudoun County, Virginia, U.S. The Stonewall generating station, when commissioned, is expected to address the power requirements of 750,000 homes in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

EPA sets emission standards for new combined cycle plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a long-awaited revised proposal for Clean Air Act standards to curb carbon pollution from new power plants. The rule sets separate standards for new gas-fired and coal-fired plants.

MHI operates pressurized SOFC-MGT hybrid system for an uninterrupted 4,000 hours

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has achieved 4,000 hours of uninterrupted operation of a 200 kW class pressurized hybrid (combined-cycle) power generation system incorporating solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and a micro gas turbine (MGT). The company has been operating the hybrid system since March at Senju Techno Station, a facility in Tokyo operated by Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., and it has now confirmed its stable power generation performance: generating-end output of 206 kW AC (alternating current) and 50.2 percent thermal efficiency.

GE to supply natural gas-fired systems worth $1.9 billion to Algeria

GE recently signed three contracts totaling $2.7 billion with SPE, a unit of Sonelgaz to supply heavy-duty combined-cycle gas turbine and aeroderivative gas turbine technology for nine power plants totaling 9 GW in Algeria.

Wood Group GTS wins GE LM6000 controls system contract in Arizona

Arizona Electric Power Co-Operative (AEPCO) has recently awarded Wood Group GTS a contract to replace a turbine control panel at AEPCO's 615 MW Apache Power Station in Benson, Arizona. The proprietary and aging Mark VI Millennium control panel will be replaced with an open-architecture Rockwell ControlLogix platform fitted to a GE LM6000PC dual-fuel enhanced Sprint gas turbine.

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