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Rolls-Royce Trent for Australia

Two Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines have successfully entered service at Power and Water Corporation’s Channel Island Power Station in Australia’s Northern Territory. The turbines are each capable of providing up to 58 MW of electrical power, when operating with water injection, and combined have boosted electricity generation capacity of the Darwin-Katherine power system by nearly 25%. The units, which will be maintained under a Rolls-Royce Long-Term Services Agreement, entered into commercial operation November 2011.

Mitsubishi compressor order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO) has received an order from Braskem Idesa, S.A.P.I. of Mexico for five compressors and three steam turbines to be used in a large-scale ethylene production facility which that company is to build locally. The compressors and turbines will be applied to the core process of ethylene production. MCO has a track record in the delivery of this type of equipment to mega ethylene plants having production capacities exceeding 1 million tons per year.

The equipment involves three compressor trains: A charge gas compressor train to compress cracked gas produced by thermally cracking natural gas (the feedstock); and two trains of ethylene and propylene refrigeration compressors, which use ethylene and propylene as refrigerant, respectively. Together the three trains consist of five compressors, three steam turbines to drive the compressors, and auxiliary devices including control systems and condensers. MCO is slated to deliver the compressors and turbines in the spring of 2013. Braskem Idesa’s ethylene production facility will be located within the Coatzacoalcos Petrochemical Complex, in the state of Veracruz, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

GE’s low-carbon milestone . . .

GE’s fleet of 47 heavy duty gas turbines operating on low-BTU fuels has accumulated more than 2 million fired hours. Low- BTU, or low calorific value fuels, have lower heating values than natural gas. Examples include syngas, steel mill gases and dilute natural gas. These fuels are lighter than natural gas and have less energy per unit volume. GE’s B, E and F-class turbines operate on low-BTU fuels in a variety of applications, including integrated gasification combined- cycle (IGCC), refinery-based IGCC and steel mills. To achieve the same heat input as natural gas-fired units, low-BTU fuels need increased fuel flow. This flow rate requires the fleet to use GE’s Multi Nozzle Quiet Combustion (MNQC) and standard (single nozzle) syngas combustors.

The hours accumulated by the fleet include projects totaling more than 4 GW of installed power generation capacity at 21 plants. One million of those hours have been achieved on GE’s E-class turbines. Roughly 600,000 hours have been accumulated on GE’s B-class, while the remaining 400,000 hours were amassed on the F-class. Some of the turbines have been running on syngas or other fuels for more than a decade including a large coal-based IGCC facility in Florida and an Italian refinery. Others are newer installations operating at locations in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, China, Middle East and Singapore.

. . . and Saudi steam turbines

GE has received a contract for nearly $200 million to supply steam turbines, power generation services and distributed control systems for the conversion of Saudi Electricity Company’s PP10 power plant from simple to combined-cycle operation. The project will add 1,300 MW to the plant’s capacity to support Saudi Arabia’s central region and meet summer peak demands. GE will provide 10 of its SC series steam turbines for PP10. The company previously supplied 40 7EAs for the PP10 site. The combined-cycle conversion enables the plant to increase output without any increase in fuel.

In addition to the SC series steam turbines, GE will supply balance-ofplant mechanical and electrical equipment. An existing simple-cycle Mark Vle integrated control system will be expanded to incorporate the combinedcycle plant. GE power generation services will include installation, testing, commissioning and completing the combined-cycle conversion. Shipment is scheduled to begin in 2013, with services to start in the second quarter of that year. The first two combined-cycle blocks are scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2014, while the full plant will be online by 2015.

LNG plant construction

UGL Limited announced that in a 50:50 joint venture with EPC firm CH2M HILL it has been awarded a $550 million contract by JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd for the construction of a combined cycle power plant for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Northern Territory. As part of the agreement, GE will engineer and supply gas turbines, steam turbines and heat recovery steam generators for the $34 billion Ichthys project. The CH2M HILLUGL Joint Venture will design and supply the balance of plant as well as complete construction. The onshore facility based at Blaydin Point, Darwin will produce more than 8 million tons of LNG each year.


Siemens Nigerian pact

Siemens and Scanpower (Lagos, Nigeria) signed a partnership agreement for construction of a 1,600 MW gas turbine power station at Lekki in Lagos state. Siemens also penned an agreement with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power to consider financing future power plants in the African nation. At the same time, the company revealed plans to build a service workshop for heavy duty gas turbines in the country and will support Nigeria with a study on the integration of renewables in the country’s energy mix. Siemens has already delivered gas turbines for Afam V and Geregu I in Nigeria. Geregu Phase II is currently under construction and expected to deliver electricity to the grid before the end of the year. These power plants, with a total capacity of 1,200 MW, were built by Siemens on EPCturnkey basis.

Ingersoll Rand expands pump capacity

Ingersoll Rand has completed an expansion of its pump production capacity at its manufacturing facility in Sahibabad, India, to include ARO Pro and EXP Series air-operated diaphragm pumps.

ARO’s air-operated diaphragm pumps feature Simul-Shift and Quick Dump air valve technology. EXP pumps reduce air consumption, eliminate pump stalling and prevent ice accumulation. These features reduce downtime, improve process efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.

Kingsbury centennial

One hundred years ago, Albert Kingsbury contributed to the invention of the Kingsbury thrust bearing that enabled power generation turbines and generators to achieve faster speeds and higher loads; and compressors, pumps and other critical rotating equipment to achieve their production goals. Kingsbury’s invention of the thrust bearing, which solved existing friction problems, turned the fledgling company into a manufacturer of standard and fluid-film thrust and journal bearings for rotating equipment applications.


OPRA’s German order

Opra Turbines B.V. will supply an OP16 gas turbine powered genset operating in CHP mode to Crespel & Deiters, a German wheat starch producer with focus on the corrugatedboard and paper industries. Keen to meet German air regulations requirements in addition to the need for heat and power, Crespel & Deiters chose an OP16 genset to replace an existing system. The OP16 genset will provide power for its factory in Ibbenbüren, Germany, and the exhaust heat will be used for direct drying for starch production. The turbine’s qualities include low emissions, fuel flexibility, and high-temperature exhaust heat.

Siemens powers drilling units

Siemens won an order for two power packages for Statoil’s two new semisubmersible drilling units. The purchaser is Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME), headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The end customer is Songa Rig AS, the Norwegian branch of the drilling contractor Songa Offshore SE. These drilling units for Songa Rig, which will begin operation in 2014, are specially designed for the operator, Statoil, for production and development drilling in fields with water depths between 100 and 500 meters, and are capable of drilling to depths of 8,500 meters below the sea floor.

The Siemens scope of supply for these semi-submersible units consists of electric generators, medium- and low-voltage switchgear and MCC (motor control center), distribution transformers as well as complete drilling drive line-up with cooling and braking resistor skids, thruster drives and motors and uninterruptible power systems. The system will be designed according to the latest rules and regulations for operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Biomass heat recovery power plant

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) has been awarded a contract to deliver a 13 MW biomass heat recovery power plant for West Fraser Timber Company in British Columbia, Canada. It will provide power to the company’s Chetwynd Forest Industries plant utilizing two Turboden 65 HRS Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators. ORC technology utilizes heat fromseveral sources including biomass, geothermal, concentrated solar power, and by recovering heat from industrial processes, engines and gas turbines. It uses an organic fluid instead of steam to drive a turbo-generator, which can range in nominal output from about 1 to 10 MW and up for a single ORC module. The system employs a closed-cycle process that uses relatively low- tomoderate-temperature heat sources to generate electricity. These ORC systems are driven by an evaporation process. Two Turboden 65 HRS systems will be delivered toWest Fraser by the end of 2013, with installation and commissioning expected in 2014.

Centrax German package

Centrax Limited has scored a repeat success in the German district heating market. The company has supplied its latest CX501-KB7 generator package to StadtwerkeOerlinghausen GmbH, south-west of Hannover, where it replaces a Centrax CX571 package installed in 1989. This new installation rated at 5.2 MW makes the Stadtwerke more flexible and opens up the possibility of it becoming active in the by-the-minute and shortterm reserve market.

The Centrax gas turbine ensures more than 85% of district heating demand can be met by this cogeneration installation when operating in conjunction with a biomass plant with its thermal power output of 4 MW. Half the electricity demand of Oerlinghausen can be met by the CX501-KB7 package. When it operates with the plant’s gas engine, biomass- fired power station and gas-fired boilers, the town’s heating requirements can be provided, as well.

First SGT-750 order

Siemens Energy has received a first order from North America for the supply of its SGT-750 gas turbine. The purchaser is Energia MK KF, S.A. de C.V. When commercially operational in October 2013, the 36 MW facility will supply electricity to the textile facilities operated by Grupo Kaltex in Mexico. The plant will be located in Altamira, in Tamaulipas State, Mexico. One-third of the electrical capacity will be used on site and twothirds fed into the grid. The SGT-750 turbine will also generate all the process steam needed for producing synthetic fibers. The Siemens scope of supply encompasses supply, installation and commissioning of the SGT- 750 gas turbine together with the electrical generator, heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with supplementary firing system and auxiliary systems

Rolls-Royce Philippines contract

Rolls-Royce has won a $30 million order from Shell to supply two industrial RB211 gas turbines to boost output from the Malampaya deepwater natural gas project in the Philippines. Shell has used Rolls-Royce technology as the mechanical driver for gas compression trains since start-up in 2001. The additional two RB211 units will each produce 27 MW to drive gas compressors, enabling gas production to be boosted as natural pressure within the gas field reduces with extraction.

Sulzer Pumps’ Russian center

Sulzer Pumps is opening its second service center in Russia. Located in the city of Oktyabrsky, Republic Bashkortostan, it is a fully-fledged service center after the first in Khimki, Moscow which opened in 2011. It has a 24-hour hotline staffed with field service engineers. The Oktyabrsky service center is 1,500 m2 and is equipped to overhaul and repair all types of rotating equipment. It is in close proximity to Ufa, Samara, Orenberg and other industrial cities in the area of oil production fields and refineries.

Mitsubishi M501 GAC order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from TransAlta Generation Partnership to supply two M501GAC gas turbines for installation at the Sundance 7 Power Generation Facility now under construction by TransAlta in Alberta, Canada. The gas turbines will be core components of the natural gas-fired 800 MW combined cycle power generation plant. The plant will consist mainly of two M501GAC gas turbines, a steam turbine and generators, with MHI to manufacture and supply the gas turbines and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation responsible for the generators. TransAlta currently operates 53 power plants in Canada, 17 in the U.S. and five in Australia, collectively producing 10,000 MW. TransAlta and Mitsubishi have agreed to collaborate on future units in TransAlta’s growth plans. Those units may also incorporate MHI’s latest M501J gas turbine.