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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

Draft to reform EU-ETS wins approval

Mar 2 – A draft legislation to reform the EU's European Emission Trading System (ETS) by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available to prop up the price, has been approved by the European Parliament's Environment Committee. MEPs called for introducing the surplus credits reduction mechanism "early", possibly by the end of 2018.

FERC investigates real-time and day-ahead market efficiency

Mar 2 – U.S. energy regulator FERC is further investigating how to increase real-time and day-ahead markets through planning efficiency and improved software. To that end, the commission will convene a technical conference on June 22-24 in Washington D.C. Speakers will be selected by mid-April.

First 3D printed jet engine unveiled

Feb 27 – Australian researchers presented the world's first 3D printed jet engine late Thursday at a show in Sydney. The prototypes were created by engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm Amaero Engineering for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA.
3D printing is also used for gas turbine parts and experience from printing jet engines might well be soon also be applied for industrial engines used for power generation.

China: Nedstack to supply PEM fuel cell power plant

Feb 27 – Nedstack, a Dutch fuel cell technology developer, has signed a contract to deliver what will be the world's first 2-megawatt proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant to China. The PEM plant will provide on-site electricity for Yingkou Fine Chemicals Co in China's Liaoning province.

Heatric wins heat exchanger contract from NET Power

Feb 26 – Meggitt Plc.'s Heatric subsidiary will supply recuperative heat exchangers for NET Power's gas-fired pilot plant that is meant to produce low-cost energy with zero emissions. Heatric will deliver four printed circuit heat exchangers by the end of April 2016, ready to commission the 50 MW demonstration plant in Texas later that year.

APR renews contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa

Feb 26 – Fast-track power provider APR Energy has signed 106 MW of contract extensions in Sub-Saharan Africa, including an extension on its 40 MW Morro Bento power contract in Angola, taking its term into early 2016.
The deals follows a term extension through the end of 2015 for APR's 40 MW cross-border contract supplying electricity to Mali, as well as a term extension into Q3 of 2015 for its 26 MW generator in Senegal.

GE Japan equips 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory'

Feb 25 – GE Japan has installed a gas engine for cogeneration, combined with its high capacity energy storage system, and LED lighting equipment for the 'Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan' – a project that is being undertaken by Sekisui House's Tohoku Factory.
By using the combination of a gas engine and storage battery, the factory can lower its energy contract by up to 700 kW and reduces peak power demand.

Siemens supplies steam turbine to Kazakhstan

Feb 25 – Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering Co, the EPC contractors for the Balkhash plant project in Kazakhstan, have awarded an order to Siemens to supply two steam turbine generator units.
The turbines will be used primarily for power generation, although the plant is designed for co-generation for flexible supply of district heating. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2019.

UK approves Gibraltar plant before tender

Feb 24 – Experts from the British Government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have cleared plans of the Government of Gibraltar for a gas-fired power plant. The dual-fuel plant is intended to run on LNG rather than on diesel.
"A public that the tender for the new dual-fired power station was only awarded after it was established that liquefied natural gas could be safely delivered and stored in Gibraltar," a Government official pointed out.

ExOne launches six alloys and materials

Feb 24 – Germany's ExOne, known for versatility in 3D printing, has developed and tested new alloys and materials at their eight testing centres in Europe and the U.S.
Cobalt-Chrome is now being offered for manufacturing of items requiring high-wear resistance, while Iron-Chrome-Aluminum is used in high heat circumstances. Alloy 718, meanwhile, has been used in the aerospace industry, and is now adapted to chemical and energy markets.

Sierra Leone rents Kufour power plants for $25k/month

Feb 23 – The Government of Ghana is renting 10 of the CAT's 1-megawatt capacity plants-on-wheels to Freetown at a cost of $2,500 apiece for "some time," the country's power minister has confirmed to parliament.
Before shipment, the containerised power plants were thoroughly investigated at the Volta River Authority (VRA) yard at the port of Tema.

Black & Veatch wins CCGT project in Texas

Feb 23 – Black & Veatch has been selected as owner's engineer by Exelon Generation for the installation of two 1,000W combined cycle gas power units in Texas. The units will meet growing electricity demand in Texas while reducing the amount of water used to produce electricity in the drought-prone state.

Turkey: GE to service Kirikale plant

Feb 20 – GE have been awarded a 20-year Contractual Services Agreement (CSA) with GAMA Enerji for an 840 MW combined cycle power plant in Kirikkale in central Turkey. 
Once commissioned in early 2016, GE will provide planned and unplanned plant maintenance under availability and performance guarantees for two 9F.05 gas turbines and a 209D steam turbine. GE claims CSAs help operators save costs by allowing an increase in maintenance intervals up to 32,000 hours of operation, approximately four years for typical duty plants.

Mexico: Iberdrola steps up gas, wind capacity

Feb 19 – Spain's Iberdrola announced it will grow its installed power generation capacity in Mexico to 5,700 MW in 2016, from currently 5,027 MW. The firm operates the Baja California III and Dulces Nombres plants (300MW each) and a 50 MW cogeneration plant in Mexico and has two wind farms under construction. All of the projects are due to start up in 2016.

Purdue researchers receive $40 grant

Feb 19 – The Flex Lab in Purdue's College of Engineering is one of the beneficiaries of a $40 million grant from Lilly Endowment – the biggest cash donation in the history of the university. Research into single combustion will also get support to further enhance liquid rocket or gas turbine engines at full-scale temperature, pressure and flow conditions.

APR renews Iraqi power gen contracts

Feb 18 – Extending its Iraqi contract until the end of 2015, APR Energy can continue to operate its 120 MW generator in Basra that is powered by six GE TM2500 mobile gas turbines. It provides base load power and grid stability to the nearby population and supports oil & gas, petrochemical and agricultural industries. APR bought the plant in 2013 as part of its acquisition of GE's power rental business.

UGI to build gas pipeline to new 1,000MW Hummel Station

Feb 18 – UGI Energy Services plans to construct a 35-mile pipeline to bring low-cost natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale region to a planned 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Pennsylvania.
Panda Power Funds and Sunbury Generation LP will realise the new "Hummel Station" on the site of Sunbury's retired coal-fired plant.

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