Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:57

BHEL teams up with Shell to supply gas turbine generators

Nov 6 – Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) said today has signed a five-year Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) with Royal Dutch Shell for the supply of gas turbine generator packages.

Under the accord, BHEL will provide gas turbine generator packages to select locations of Shell in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

The agreement covers supply of Frame-5 (26 MW), Frame-6B (42 MW) and Frame-9E (126 MW) GTG packages by BHEL for power generation application and includes installation and commissioning services.

EFA is consistent with Shell's approach of collaborating with fewer suppliers and "work with high-potential suppliers from emerging countries who can bring long-term value to the company," BHEL said in a statement.

News in Brief

Siemens opens new headquarters in Munich

Jun 24 – New Siemens headquarters have opened in the Bavarian capital Munich today. Completed in only about three years, the new building provides space for 1,200 employees. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said the new headquarters is meant to establish a “symbol that stands for working together in the spirit of global entrepreneurship, for integration into society and for taking action in accordance with the principles of sustainability.”

Enemalta pays Shanghai Electric to use the BWSC plant

Jun 24 – Enemalta is paying an undisclosed sum of money, “possibly running into tens of thousands of euros a day,” to Shanghai Electric to operate the BWSC power plant in Delimara, local media reported. An Enemalta stated it is buying electricity from different entities, including Shanghai Electric, for supplying its offtakers in Malta. 
The cash-strapped Maltese utility divested the BWSC plant to the Chinese operator for €100 million in December 2014, but claimed earlier this month it had retaken possession of the facility until the conversion of the turbines into gas was completed.

ABB supports smart meter roll-out in Memphis

Jun 24 – Zurich-headquartered ABB has been selected to provide wireless network products and services for the deployment of nearly 1 million smart meters across the city of Memphis, Tennessee, US. The roll-out of smart meters is expected to improve efficiency of electricity, water and gas supplies and mitigate loss and theft.

Wärtsilä snaps up Weir American Hydro

Jun 23 – Finnish Wärtsilä has acquired Weir American Hydro from its parent company Weir Group. Ownership of the company will be transferred to Wärtsilä, with effect from 30 June 2016 and is seen to complement its industrial services business. With its headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and a service center in Montreal, Weir American Hydro currently employs 241 people, with net sales of $45.6 million in 2015.

Rolls-Royce, SKF seal shaft bearings contracts

Jun 23 – Sweden’s SKF has signed contracts worth over 1 billion Swedish krona ($120m) with Rolls-Royce to supply main shaft bearings for their new gas turbine engine programmes. Among others, the SKF bearings will be uses in industrial gas turbines but also in the well-known Trent XWB, designed for Airbus A350. Deliveries have started and are expected to reach their full rate by 2018.

Italy’s AB orders 115 GE Jenbacher biogas engines

Jun 23 – AB, a biogas CHP project developer based in Italy, has bought 115 of GE’s Jenbacher Type 3 and Type 4 biogas engines. Following a 2012 biogas boom spurred by government incentives, demand faltered but GE claims its latest engine order “illustrates AB’s new service strategy to give agricultural customers a cost-effective option to repower their existing biogas energy facilities.”

Heat wave propels up US gas futures

Jun 22 – US natural gas futures have reached a 9-month high – with the July frontmonth on NYMEX hovering around $2.75/mmBtu – as record temperatures, particularly in the Southwest, saw gas demand from electric utilities surge. Government projections anticipate an all-time high of gas-burn for power generation, while gas deliveries at the start of this week already surpassed 34.3 Bcf, according to PointLogic Energy data.

Egypt: Military & civil sector eyes Himoinsa gensets

Jun 22 – Representatives of Egypt’s defence ministry, the Suez Canal Authority and national telecommunications companies such as Etisalat have expressed interest in Himoinsa generator sets and the lighting towers that were presented during a recent event organised by Otrac Heavy Equipment, Himoinsa’s distributor in Egypt. The Spanish OEM already supplied twelve HDW-525 T5 gensets that provided energy during work on the second phase of the Suez Canal.

Tasmania forced to rely on diesel generators

Jun 21 – Severe drought combined with an extended outage of the Basslink undersea cable has forced Hydro Tasmania to fire up diesel generators to avert blackouts. Total costs for shipping in more than 100 diesel generators, foregone gas generation and lost electricity sales are estimated to total between $140 million and $180 million, according to Hydro chairman Grant Every-Burns. He warned most of these costs will be reflected in the utilities 2016 financial year, causing a $90 million loss.

Modular gas engine CHP in the limelight

Jun 21 – Modular concepts for combined heat and power – scalable from 7 MW up to any size – are at heart of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s offering at Power-Gen Europe 2016. Gas engine power plants in CHP operation, based on the proven MAN 35/44G, can reach up to 95% efficiency – yet, this concept is not yet widely established in Europe. Capable to power up in less than two minutes and respond to rapid load changes, these gas engines open up an additional revenue source to plant operators via provision of balancing services.

Supreme Court upholds EPA’s mercury rule

Jun 20 – State-led legal challenges against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rule on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants will not be reviewed further by the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the US decided. Consequently, all power plants in Texas as well as in other complainant states will ultimately have to meet the more stringent pollution standards.

MHPS J-series turbines reach 1/4 million operating hours

Jun 20 – Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ installed base of J-Series gas turbines (exceeding 10 GW) has accumulated more than a quarter million actual operating hours. “No other gas turbine in this size range has even a single hour of commercial operating experience,” the Japanese company said when announcing their landmark achievement.

APR Energy wins 350 MW mobile turbine project in Argentina

Jun 17 – Fast-track power provider APR Energy has been awarded two 5-year projects valued at more than $450 million by the Argentinian energy ministry. The contracted 350 MW of generating capacity will be split between two sites, using 14 of dual-fuel mobile gas turbines. 
This latest order is “the largest single award in the history of APR Energy,” according to CEO John Campion. With the latest order from Argentina, and including current projects in Egypt and Tasmania, APR Energy has been awarded more than 750 MW of new business for 2016.

Remote CHP monitoring for tomato growers

Jun 17 – Dutch tomato greenhouse growers collective ‘Prominent’ says it has achieved operational benefits by installing GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) software to remotely monitor 50 cogeneration plants, which supplies heat and power  to the collective’s 40 greenhouses.

Construction starts on Sewaren-7

Jun 16 – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has singled out the start of construction works at PSEG’s Sewaren-7 gas combined-cycle power plant as “one of the many ways how New Jersey became stronger after [super storm] Sandy.” The 540 MW dual-fuel CCGT – scheduled to start operation by 2018 – will replace four units that have been in use for nearly 70 years.

Hanwha Techwin, GE to jointly manufacture gas turbines

Jun 16 – South Korean manufacturer Hanwha Techwin has signed a memorandum with GE to collaborate on industrial gas turbine and compressors; a separate deal was sealed with GE Italy earlier to secure sales rights on gas turbines for small-sized generators. The Korean group manufactures industrial air and gas compressors on the back of its experience in aircraft engine production.

Scotland advances UK smart grid initiative

Jun 15 – Scottish Power Energy Networks has selected GE to help roll out the Future Intelligent NEtwork SubStation (FITNESS) project, part of a UK-wide scheme. GE will deliver a digital substation, a control system and interoperable solutions. 
The UK government sees a smarter electricity grid as “a critical enabler” to help reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 80% in 2050. Through the RIIO Network Innovation Scheme, the UK is investing over £500 million to support smart grid trials.