Tuesday, 06 November 2012

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

Iran increases share of gas power in energy mix by 40% y-o-y

Jul 30 - Iran has increased the share of gas power in its energy mix with a rise of 40% year on year during the four-month period from March 21 to July 22.

The Iranian deputy oil minister Hamid Reza Araqi stated that a total of 160 million cubic meters of natural gas per day was supplied to Iran's fleet of power plants during the period.

Alstom launches next generation IDMS

Jul 30 - French technology developer Alstom has launched its next generation Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS) to provide upgraded data capabilities for distribution grids.

The new technology leverages service-oriented architecture across the utility enterprise and is based on Alstom's e-terradistribution platform. The system features modular applications to actively monitor and optimize the performance of the electric distribution grid and integrates SCADA, Distribution Management and Outage Management functions on a common platform and distribution network model.

Siemens to provide EnergyIP smart grid platform for E.ON

Jul 29 - German technology developer Siemens is to provide its EnergyIP smart grid platform to support energy provider E.ON’s EniM intelligent metering programme.

The EnergyIP system will enable E.ON to assume the role of distribution system operator, metering service operator and metering service provider in the German market when intelligent metering systems are installed nationwide starting in 2016.

ABB to upgrade Oklaunion HVDC

Jul 29 - Swiss power and automation specialist ABB is to upgrade the Oklaunion high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line in Texas to enhance grid reliability.

The upgrade will replace Oklaunion HVDC back-to-back converter station in Texas, and provide an asynchronous interconnection between the Texas (ERCOT) and Oklahoma (SPP) power grids.

Landfill gas plant to double capacity

Jul 28 - U.S. power producer Columbia Ridge Landfill and Recycling is to double the capacity of its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, Oregon.

The expansion will see the plant increase from 6.4 MW to 12.8 MW through the addition of four new engines.



Siemens to supply vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer

Jul 28  - German manufacturer Siemens  is to supply a 150-ton, twin RH vacuum degassing plant for Mexican steel producer Altos Hornos de Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. (AHMSA).

The system will feature mechanical vacuum pumps and be located at the converter Steel Works # 2 in Monclova.

GE selected to provide power upgrades at Raigarh Steel Plant

Jul 25 - GE Power Conversion is to provide AC motors and drives to upgrade the steckel mill at Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)  Raigarh Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, India.

Production at the facility is expected to more than triple  from three million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 10mpta by 2020 due to increased  machine output and improved thequality of  finished steel through a more effective hot-rolling process.

GE Marine and LR to partner on gas turbine power systems

Jul 25 - U.S. equipment manufacturer GE Marine is to work with Lloyd's Register (LR) to market gas turbine-power systems for commercial ships.

The systems will include Dry Low NOx emissions (DLE) combustion systems operating in combined cycle mode, designed to meet Tier III IMO/Tier IV US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Pakistan Petroleum to build 50 MW gas plant

Jul 24 - State-owned oil and gas explorer Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), plans to move into power production with the construction of a 50 MW gas plant in Pakistan.


The proposed plant will be generate electricity for the Shahdadpur grid, about 10 km from the Gambat South block in Sanghar district, Sindh.

Exelon Generation breaks ground on 120 MW Perryman station

Jul 24 - U.S. power plant developer Exelon Generation has started construction of it new 120 MW Perryman natural gas power generating unit.

The plant will feature two Pratt & Whitney simple cycle, aero-derivative combustion turbines that will increase the facility's capacity to 465 MW in total when it is complete in 2015.




SDG&E requests power purchase deal with NRG Energy

Jul 23 - U.S. utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked for approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to buy 633 MW of power from a gas-fired plant owned by NRG Energy in Southern California.

The request comes as a result of shortfall faced by SDG&E following the shutdown of its 2,150 MW San Onofre nuclear plant.

Scuderi files patent for dual-output power generation system

Jul 23 - Engine development company Scuderi Group has filed a patent application for a dual-output power generation system.

The new method utilizes a generator to simultaneously feed electricity to both an end user and the local grid and works with both conventional or Scuderi Split-Cycle internal combustion engine technology.

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