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Siemens new 3D printing center in Finspång
Additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) has gained greater acceptance since we ran a cover story on it last year (Turbomachinery International, May/June 2015). Siemens is the latest to occupy the headlines with the unveiling of its expanded Finspång AM center in Sweden for the prototyping, manufacture and repair of metal parts for gas turbines (GTs).
“With this investment, we can develop new and improved components and repairs to serve our SGT-800 GT much faster, shorten repair times from months to weeks, and respond to the needs of our customers,” said Hans Holmström, CEO of Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery.
3D printing is the process of making workpieces and products by welding, sintering, or bonding layer upon layer of specific materials. Siemens has been active in 3D printing since 1989 and now it is seeking to industrialize the technology.
Integrating 3D printing
Siemens is integrating 3D printing with computer-aided design (CAD) software, controls technology, automation, and drive systems to be able to digitally model all processes.
As well as the new facility in Sweden, Siemens recently acquired an 85% stake in Materials Solutions, a pioneer in the use of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology for the manufacture of high-performance metal parts. A specialty of the company was the making of turbomachinery parts, particularly high temperature applications for GTs.
At Finspång, therefore, Siemens can now take advantage of the latest SLM machinery capable of producing physical parts directly from digital models. First, a 3D CAD model of the desired object is created; then the SLM system produces the 3D object by building it up, one layer at a time, from a powder material. The powder is placed in the defined areas and melted by a laser beam, which hardens the product.
These SLM machines can be used to manufacture tailor-made products, refine conventionally mass-produced articles through the addition of personalized components, enable spare parts to be produced on demand and create structures that cannot be achieved with conventional methods.
For example, components currently manufactured in solid form can be produced in an additive manufacturing process with the required cavities already integrated. They are said to be as strong as their current counterparts, lighter and require less material.
Due to high temperatures and pressures, high rotation speeds, and the large parts involved, turbomachinery is one of the most difficult application fields for AM. The Finspång facility will provide a way to heighten reliability by creating links to production simulations in the design phase.
The benefits are said to be bringing products to market up to 90% faster, reducing R&D and prototyping loops by 75%, and performing repairs in one-tenth of the usual time. Metal powder from the process can be recycled and used again, which leads to a reduction in scrapped material.
“As a result of a redesign of the SGT-700/800 nozzle and its lattice structure, which was not possible with conventional production methods, these turbine types can now handle up to 60% hydrogen, and we are aiming for 100%,” said Holmström. “Our 3D printed burner nozzle allows co-firing at higher combustion temperatures thanks to an improved burner tip design, or can can operate together with natural gas to reduce emission levels.”
SGT-700/800 burner fronts were traditionally manufactured with 13 components and 18 welds, whereas the new SLM-manufactured front consists of one component and two welds. With the burner tip for the SGT-700/SGT-800 3D printed, it is now ten times faster to produce. And spare parts are being made on demand such as the burner heads for the SGT-1000F.
Sulzer has recently expanded via two facility upgrades. In Perth, Australia, new repair and test equipment offers improved capacity and efficiency. The new test bay uses the latest Siemens drive and control technology that allows variable frequency and voltage to 11 kV and full load testing to 1.2 MW.
The test bay can accommodate motors and generators up to 40 m.t. on a free-floating bedplate that allows simultaneous vibration readings during the testing phase. Rotating equipment that is designed for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres can be repaired by certified personnel either in the workshop or in situ.
Sulzer has also expanded a repair facility in Piedmont, South Carolina to provide refurbishment of small steam turbines (up to 750 hp). This additional service complements the existing range of repairs for electric motors, pumps, compressors and generators. In addition to mechanical repairs and welding services, it can also deal with balancing, as well as overhaul of the governor and trip unit.
TransDigm Group is acquiring Young & Franklin (YF) and its subsidiaries, including Tactair Fluid Controls. YF manufactures valves and actuators. Revenues are anticipated to be about $75 million for the fiscal year ending December 2016 with aftermarket comprising about 70% of that revenue. Its products are used in various GE, Solar and other industrial turbines. TransDigm Group is a designer, producer and supplier of aircraft components.
Toshiba is supplying hydroelectric generating equipment for the Malea Hydro Power Plant Project in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The orders were received from PT Malea Energy, the subsidiary of Kalla Group that generates and distributes hydropower energy in Indonesia. Deliveries will start in 2018 and the plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in 2020.
Toshiba has also shipped its first 800 MW supercritical steam turbine generator made in India at its Chennai facility. The unit is intended for the Kudgi Supercritical Thermal Power Station in Karnataka state. The generation system is manufactured and assembled with locally procured parts and systems, and tested in India. In support of this, Toshiba JSW has established a manufacturing plant with a production capacity of 3,000 MW, that can be scaled up to 6,000 MW.
An oxy-fired, pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) facility has been commissioned for pilot testing at CanmetEnergy in Ottawa, Canada. Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is involved in the development of a process that can generate electricity and heat with zero emissions by capturing greenhouse gases created by biomass and fossil fuel combustion.
Linde, EPRI, GE, Penn State U., U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Canadian Clean Power Coalition (CCPC), and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) are providing support and technology.
The pressurized combustion in oxygen and recycling of carbon dioxide gas eliminates the presence of nitrogen and other constituents of air, minimizing the generation of pollutants and enabling CO2 capture. GTI is also designing, fabricating, and testing a supercritical CO2 (sCO2) power cycle heat exchanger for the Oxy-PFBC pilot plant to achieve even greater efficiencies.
Capstone Turbine’s new fuel injector meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 requirements for power generation. Under the latest EPA mandate, exhaust emissions from these engines will be required to decrease by more than 90%.
Preheated combustion air from the microturbine’s recuperator is used by the fuel injector to finely vaporize liquid fuel, and the multistage design optimizes the fuel and air mixture for a cleaner burn. The fuel injector system is reverse compatible with older units and is said to be easily integrated in the field with the addition of new updated software.
BPC Engineering, Capstone’s distributor in Belarus and Russia, secured an order for a C1000 microturbine that is expected to ship in the second quarter. The natural gas-fueled C1000S microturbine will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application for a commercial customer in Belarus.
Clean syngas project
Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power has generated electricity using clean syngas produced from Mississippi lignite at the company’s Kemper County energy facility. This was accomplished using a combination of clean syngas and natural gas.
The generation of electricity with syngas requires the integrated operation of the plant’s gas cleanup system and associated gasifier, which has been operating since the middle of September. Clean syngas is sent to one of the plant’s combustion turbine electric generators.
The next milestones are expected to include the production of electricity by the project’s second gasifier, operating both combustion turbines using all syngas, followed by complete integration of the project’s systems leading to full commercial operation. Mississippi Power currently expects the remainder of the project to be placed in service by Nov. 30, 2016.
Research and Markets’ Global Aeroderivative Gas Turbine Market 2016-2020 report said that aeroderivatives find wide application in segments, such as mobility power generation (primarily marine and aeronautical); oil and gas, food processing, paper and pulp, and chemical industries.
One of the key drivers for growth will be increased power-to-weight ratio of aeroderivatives, which has been constantly improving for the last five decades. A 4,000% increase in the power-to-weight ratio has been registered since 1941 when the U.S. Navy designed Iowa class battleships using steam turbines weighing 4,443 tons. In the current day, four GE LM2500s or Rolls-Royce MT-30 GTs with a weight of 118 tons can generate the same power output.
EthosEnergy has been awarded a contract by Capex of Argentina for the overhaul of Agua del Cajon’s MHI 701 GT, including the provision of a new compressor and turbine rotor. It encompasses a new rotor, blades, diaphragms, IGVs, ring segments and blade ring, repaired blades and a shipping canister.
Three years after the launch of its Refinery Train Package (ReTPac), MAN Diesel & Turbo has orders for 20 units. Tailored to the requirements of refinery operators, ReTPac combines a centrifugal compressor and prime mover to a single-lift unit, serving refinery applications such as hydrotreating and hydrocracking.
The latest order comprises several trains that will be delivered to a refinery in the Middle East. Commissioned by a European EPC company, the ReTPacs will be deployed for hydrotreating to produce ultra-low-sulfur fuels.
Additionally, Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo expect to cut the size and weight of subsea compression systems by at least 50% just a year after the first such system successfully went on stream at Statoil’s Åsgard field. The Åsgard system, which has been running with practically no stops or interruptions in its first year, will help recover an additional 306 million barrels of oil equivalents more cost-effectively, safely and with a smaller environmental footprint than a traditional platform (p.27).
Aker Solutions delivered the system in collaboration with partners, including MAN and the operator Statoil. Compressors are used to maintain output as reservoir pressure at gas-producing fields drops over time. They are typically installed on platforms above sea level. The two 11.5 MW HOFIM motor-compressor units at Åsgard are the first subsea compressors in operation.
MAN has also delivered an AR-MAX1 140 main compressor driven by a 64 MW electric motor to an Air Liquide air separation plant in Secunda, South Africa. AirMax has already been ordered for 19 trains, including a first running customer machine in Yulin, China, and 11 trains for what will be the largest air separation plant in total, currently erected and commissioned at Yichuan, China.
On the heels of that, MAN signed a five-year agreement with Sensor Coating Systems, a UK-based provider of a luminescence-based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on previously inaccessible components. Temperature measurement capability is 200°C to 1,400°C.
This technology is applicable to the evaluation and design of blades and vanes. The system uses automated readout methods to deliver high-resolution temperature maps across larger surface areas.
In Bangladesh, MAN is supplying three 18V 48/60TS engines to a power station in the Munshiganj district. The planned power station will have a capacity of 56.7 MW. The engines will be commissioned in 2017 and run on heavy fuel oil.
Atlas acquires Leybold
Atlas Copco now owns the former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum. Leybold becomes part of the Vacuum Solutions Division, belonging to the Compressor Technique Business Area, with about 6,500 employees represented in over 35 countries. With this acquisition, Atlas Copco will retain the Leybold brand. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, Leybold provides vacuum pumps, systems, standardized and customized vacuum solutions and services for various industries.
Sempra Energy has announced that Cameron LNG has received authorization from the U.S. DOE to export an additional 1.41 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcfd) from its proposed Louisiana liquefaction expansion project to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the U.S.
With this order, Cameron LNG’s export capacity will be 24.92 million tons per year or 3.53 Bcfd. Earlier this year, Cameron LNG received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to site, construct and operate the proposed expansion project, which will include up to two additional liquefaction trains and one additional full containment LNG storage tank.Construction on the first phase is underway. The facility is expected to begin operations during 2018, with the first full year of operations in 2019.
A consortium of Ansaldo Energia and Fata has completed the construction of the second electric power plant in South Africa located in Avon, near Durban. Power is generated by two and four Ansaldo Energia GTs, at the Dedisa and Avon plants, respectively, fired using fuel oil.
Both plants are prepared for a future conversion to combined cycle and natural gas. The 342 MW Dedisa plant in Port Elizabeth entered commercial service last year while the 685 MW Avon plant has just come online. The maintenance contract is for 15 years.
In addition, a new combined cooling heat and power plant (CCHP) has been commissioned in the Czech Republic. Two natural gas-fired Ansaldo Energia AE-T100NG micro-GTs, an exhaust gas and hot water heat exchanger, and a hot water-fed absorption chiller, coupled with a water storage tank system, provide flexibility of thermal power response regardless of thermal load variations.
The system provides 200 kWe of electrical power from the GTs and more than 200 kWth of cooling thermal power from the absorber. It serves an industrial facility, cooling die-casting machinery and providing power for the air conditioning system.
Chinese GT production
China has several joint ventures for the production of industrial GTs. One of its companies recently acquired a minority stake in Ansaldo Energia. But the nation has targeted development of GTs of its own.
China’s President Xi Jinping has called for acceleration of independent research, development and manufacturing of aircraft engines and GTs to make China an aviation industry power. Both types of engines were listed among the top 10 of 100 priority projects. This has been jump-started by the establishment of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) in Beijing. The firm has 96,000 employees and has received $7.5 billion in capital investment.
Johnson takes Tyco
Johnson Controls has completed its merger with Tyco, a provider of fire and security products. The new company aims to provide integrated solutions for buildings and energy sectors. With $30 billion in revenue and 117,000 employees, this combination brings together capabilities across controls, fire, security, HVAC and energy storage. Johnson Controls’ automotive business has been spun off to Adient.
MTU Maintenance has extended its exclusive contract with Thai electricity producer Rojana Power for its LM-series GTs. The ten-year service agreement is valued at upwards of $100 million. According to the contract, MTU Maintenance will be responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of five LM6000-PCs and four LM6000-PDs. The service agreement will cover both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events, and provide on-site services.
Supercritical CO2 pilot plant
The U.S. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has awarded GTI, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and GE Global Research an $80 million grant to design, build, and operate a 10 MW sCO2 pilot power plant to advance the technology development of sCO2 Brayton power cycles.
Historically, Brayton power cycles have only been used in spacecraft applications where compact, lightweight, high-energy-density power conversion is required. These advantages are now being applied to terrestrial power generation for the step-change in efficiency and emissions reduction. GTI will design, construct, commission and operate the plant test facility located at SwRI’s San Antonio, TX campus. The project will operate at a turbine inlet temperature of at least 7000C.
Puerto Rican power
FlexEnergy has received an order for two GT333S microturbine generators to power an industrial facility in Puerto Rico. Tetrad Energy, FlexEnergy’s distributor for Puerto Rico will own and operate the system as part of a power purchase agreement with the industrial customer. The two propane-fueled turbines will be installed in a CHP system designed to provide electric power to the facilities while using the exhaust energy to generate steam.
Kobelco in Houston
Kobelco Compressors America has opened a 6,000 square feet service facility in La Porte, Texas. It will be able to handle multiple compressor overhauls simultaneously with rapid turnaround.
RWG and Chevon
Chevron Thailand has awarded RWG a contract for the overhaul of two Siemens Industrial Avon gas generators. All work will be undertaken at RWG’s service centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The scope of work includes complete disassembly, detailed inspection, component repair and reassembly, followed by performance testing. Both Industrial Avon engines have operated in gas compression duty for over 30,000 hours since their last overhaul by RWG.
Oil and Gas survey
The two-year downturn in the oil and gas industry may be coming to a close, according to a survey by Deloitte. It shows 59% of oil and gas professionals believe the recovery already has begun or will begin in 2017. While the current state of the market still leaves cost-containment initiatives a priority, executives showed renewed confidence in recovery. They pointed to expectations of rising prices, a return to increasing capital expenditures and headcount as drivers of optimism.
“If last year was the year of hard decisions, 2017 will be the slow road back,” said John England, Vice Chairman of Deloitte. “However, companies understand that even if we see an uptick in price, the industry likely won’t fully recover until 2018 or beyond.”
Deloitte’s survey reveals that from upstream to downstream, most respondents expect to see an increase in capital expenditures next year. The upstream sector, which took the hardest hit in this downturn, is the most optimistic about a recovery, followed by the midstream sector.
Most executives believe that $60 per barrel oil is an important threshold for a revival in U.S. oil and gas exploration and production activity. Almost half of respondents believe that prices will reach $60-80 by 2017 (44%) or by 2020 (46%).
On the natural gas side, 70% expect prices to range between $2.50-3.50 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) between now and 2020, with a third anticipating this price band in 2017. They expect Asian natural gas prices to be much higher than Henry Hub to the end of 2016-2020, which creates opportunity for U.S. LNG exporters.
Some 81% believe international prices will range from $5-10 per MMBtu. When asked which policy or geopolitical issue would most affect their company, survey respondents cited OPEC production decision as having the most impact on the upstream sector, but U.S. tax and policy decisions are next.
Meanwhile, the midstream sector has opportunities for growth in the U.S. LNG export industry, and the U.S. Gulf Coast region is seen as the area that will present the most opportunity, according to 63% of respondents.
GE buys Baker Hughes
GE’s purchase of Nuovo Pignone of Italy in 1994 signaled the company’s intent to sell more turbomachinery to the oil and gas market. Since that time, however, GE Oil & Gas has expanded its reach far beyond the sale of turbines and compressors. It has steadily expanded its portfolio to span blowout preventers, drilling equipment, pumps, turbines and compressors.
Now it has taken things a step further by announcing a merger with Baker Hughes, the third largest oil-field services provider. GE will own 62.5% of the new publicly traded company, which will have combined revenue of $32 billion. Baker Hughes shareholders will own 37.5%. This follows an abortive attempt by Baker Hughes to combine with Halliburton. The combined GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes entity creates the second-largest oil-field services player behind Schlumberger.
The timing of the deal signifies a period when North American oil and gas producers are sending rigs back into operation after a couple of years of relative inactivity following the oil price collapse. GE’s is gambling that the oil market has bottomed, and that oil & gas equipment sales will pick up in 2017.
But the merger could also be seen as an attempt to provide lower costs and streamlined services to exploration and drilling companies. GE Oil & Gas CEO and President Lorenzo Simonelli, will be CEO of the new company with Jeff Immelt as Chairman, and Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead as vice chairman.
GE has opened phase II of its GE Manufacturing & Technology Center (Gemtec), in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Its expanded capabilities include the manufacture of HA and F-class turbines. The opening coincides with the completion and delivery of Gemtec’s first 7F turbine to Saudi Electricity Company’s Waad Al Shamal combined-cycle power plant.
Phase II of Gemtec will continue to develop an integrated industrial ecosystem in the Kingdom through Saudi-driven manufacturing, services and R&D. The expansion takes the total area to 26,000 m2. It offers services and repairs for GTs, as well as the first balance of plant (BOP) test and inspection services in the region. In addition, it has a dedicated Monitoring & Diagnostics Center for GTs and steam turbines.
GE’s Automation & Controls introduced a new Industrial Internet Control System (IICS) that integrates controls with Industrial Internet analytics. IICS allows GE customers to connect assets to the Predix industrial operating system. Early IICS adopters are said to report a 7% gain in asset performance and 22% increase in efficiency.
GE’s Power Services business has completed its first fast stator rewind in Thailand at Sahacogen’s natural gas-fired cogeneration plant in Chonburi province. The job took 17 days to complete, nearly half the time it usually takes to finish a conventional rewind project. This entailed upgrading the generator’s stator bars, stator wedges and reusing existing components, as well as a stator winding insulation system.
GE Power has completed the acquisition of the HRSG business of Korea’s Doosan Engineering & Construction for $250 million. This will help GE Power meet the demand for CCPPs.
GE has received approval to the $1.9 billion contract for EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project. Steam Power Systems, part of GE Power, will supply two power islands, which include an Arabelle ST, generator and other critical equipment acquired from Alstom acquisition.
GE has signed a service deal with an Israeli utility for GTs at three power plants. It covers three 9FA GTs at the Eshkol, Tzafit and Alon Tavor power stations, covering parts, repair and technical advisory services for planned outages.
GE Oil & Gas digest
GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract to supply GT-driven compressors for a third natural gas liquefaction train for the Tangguh expansion, having provided the equipment for Trains 1 and 2. The Tangguh facility in the Papua Barat Province of Indonesia is being expanded to increase LNG production by a further 3.8 million metric tons per year (mtpa), bringing total plant capacity to 11.4 mtpa.
The low pressure and medium pressure mixed refrigerant (MR) string will include one horizontally split centrifugal compressor for low-pressure MR and one barrel-type centrifugal compressor for medium pressure MR, driven by a GE MS7001EA GT and a helper and starter ST.
The propane, high-pressure MR string will include one horizontally split centrifugal compressor with side streams for propane and one barrel centrifugal compressor for high pressure MR, driven by a GE MS7001EA GT and a helper and starter ST. GE Oil & Gas will also supply heat recovery steam generator for each of the two strings.
SKF and GE Oil & Gas have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at further developing the use of active magnetic bearing technologies within the oil & gas sector. GE Oil & Gas will make use of SKF’s leading magnetic bearing technologies from front-end engineering design to installation, testing and service to customers. The partnership also provides the basis for future collaboration, to widen the scope of applications of active magnetic bearings into other GE Oil & Gas turbomachinery, such as steam and gas turbines.
Following a multi-year test program of Shell’s Ormen Lange Pilot, A/S Norske Shell has completed system testing of a GE subsea gas compression system with a full subsea power supply, transmission and distribution system. GE’s Blue-C is a 12.5MW, marinized, vertically orientated centrifugal compressor at the heart of the system
The Dresser-Rand (D-R) business of Siemens has won a contract to supply two compressor trains to an onshore receiving facility in Ghana, Africa. This marks the first time it has sold a Datum compressor driven by a Siemens GT.
The client, Eni Ghana, is a subsidiary of Italian oil company Eni, the operator of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project in Ghana. The first compressor unit is scheduled for delivery in September 2017, the second in October 2017 and Eni Ghana expects to have the plant fully operational in February 2018.
The two Datum centrifugal compressors, model D10R8B, will each be driven by a Siemens SGT-400 GT. The Ghanaian compressors will be manufactured in Le Havre, France. The twin-shaft SGT-400 GT will be manufactured in Lincoln, UK.
The equipment will be installed in Eni Ghana’s onshore gas receiving facility (ORF) located in the western region of Ghana near the village of Sanzule. The ORF will receive the non-associated gas delivered from offshore for further compression and injection into the gas pipeline national network for delivery.
Siemens will deliver the main components for installation at SaskPower’s planned Chinook Power Station, a 350 MW natural gas-fired power plant being built near Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company will supply one SGT6-5000F GT, a SST-900 ST, a SGen6-1000A generator, and a SGen6-100A generator.
It will supply six model STC-GV nitrogen compressors, seven model STC-GV main air compressors, and six STC-GV booster air compressors to a Saudi Aramco industrial gas complex in Jazan Economic City, Saudi Arabia. The first compressor units have been successfully tested at the Siemens Mega Test Center in Duisburg, Germany. According to Siemens, the first-stage impeller, with a diameter of 6 ft., is the largest installed on an integrally geared compressor rotor.
Siemens and Hangzhou Steam Turbine have secured a long-term service order from Kunshan GCL Blue Sky Distributed Energy to provide service and maintenance for two Siemens SGT-800 GTs located in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China. The contract covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, spare parts, technical support, remote diagnosis, project management and performance guarantees for the GT generator sets.
Siemens is supplying an F-class GT to Iran’s MAPNA Group. The GT will be used in a 600 MW power station being built in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, Siemens said.
Siemens delivered power generation equipment for a CCPP for the Shell Appomattox deep-water oil and gas floating production platform located 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The 150 MW CCPP will feature four 27 MW GTs equipped with heat recovery systems and a 40 MW ST.
Siemens has received an order to provide long-term service and maintenance at four power plants in Mexico. This covers eight gas turbines and related auxiliaries to be delivered to the Valle de México (two SGT6-8000H units), Empalme I (two SGT6-8000H units), Empalme II (two SGT6-8000H units) and Tula (two SGT6-5000F units) combined cycle power plants in Mexico for a period of 16 years. The customer is the state-owned power provider Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).
Egyptian mega project
The modules for the first HRSG for the Siemens Mega project in Egypt have begun their journey from South Korea to the Beni Suef power plant. The boiler is scheduled to be installed at the plant in mid-September. NEM, as part of Siemens, is delivering a total of 24 HRSGs for this Mega project, which includes three 4.8 gigawatt turnkey combined cycle power plants in Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital. In total In total eight boilers will be installed in each plant.
Further Siemens news: Siemens Plant Data Services completed the installation of an online monitoring solution to assess the status of critical assets at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center situated on Edwards Airforce base in California. The data-based subscription service provides analysis and actionable recommendations to support predictive maintenance.
Siemens has received an order to supply an H-class GT, one SST-800 ST and two associated generators as well as four switchgear units for the Altamira CCPP in Mexico. The plant will have a capacity of 350 MW and provide process steam.
New Way grabs Bently bearings
New Way Air Bearings has acquired the assets of Bentley Pressurized Bearings. That company’s founder Don Bentley saw the potential for externally pressurized gas bearings to replace hydrodynamic oil bearings. New Way believes its porous media technology can make that dream a reality. As part of the deal, New Way acquired Don Bentley’s personal engineering library.
MCO upgrades U.S. facility
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor (MCO) will strengthen its compressor and steam turbine after-sale services by improving and expanding its repair and machining facilities at its Pearland Works plant in Texas.
Planned LNG plant enhancement offerings include medium-scale, high-efficiency H-100 gas turbines manufactured by MHPS, which will drive MCO-manufactured compressors. Adoption of this configuration enables space savings, a broader and variable operating range, and start-up at full pressure. MCO has installed large-scale lathes, machining centers and 5-face machining centers, as well as rotor balancing machines and rotor repair equipment.