GE opens maintenance facility for gas turbines in Turkey

US-based industrial multinational General Electric (GE) has opened a maintenance facility in Turkey to service gas turbines used in power generation and mechanical drive applications. The GE Aeroderivative Gas Turbine Service Center in Istanbul is likely to serve as a maintenance hub for installed GE turbines in the entire Middle East region, comprising 10 other markets.
 

Alstom hands over GKM coal-fired power station

Alstom recently handed over a part of the newly constructed Block 9 of the GKM coal-fired power station to Grosskraftwerk Mannheim AG (GKM), after successful completion of the trial operation. The trial served as the proof of performance for reliable operation of the new block, which has been in commercial operation in Europe since May 2015.
 

$700 million gas-fired plant to come up in Rhode Island

Chicago-based Invenergy has proposed a $700-million natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, dubbed the Clear River Energy Center and said to be an efficient generator of electricity that burns fossil fuels in New England. 
 
If the project receives approval from the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board, construction of the 900-MW combined-cycle generator in the northwest corner of the state would start next year and the facility would be up and running by 2019 when it would start selling power to the New England electric grid.
 

RWG bags inspection contract for Siemens Avon machines

AES UK & Ireland has awarded RWG a contract for inspection of eight Siemens Industrial Avon gas generators installed at Ballylumford Power Station in County Antrim, considered Northern Ireland’s largest power station. The scope of work involves a comprehensive inspection of each gas generator including video borescope of the engine compressor, combustion system and turbine section.

NRG Energy to start up Texas carbon capture plant by 2016

NRG Energy is planning to start operations at a new carbon capture project at its WA Parish Texas coal facility late next year, according to a Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Installed on a U.S. coal plant, the project is being developed jointly by NRG and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration. The carbon capture facility is expected to trap about 90% of carbon dioxide from a 240 MW slipstream of flue gas, and will use or sequester 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gasses each year.

Panda Power Funds breaks ground for clean energy plant in Virginia

US-based equity firm Panda Power Funds recently broke ground for its 778MW Stonewall power station in Loudoun County, Virginia, US. The turnkey consortium of Bechtel and Siemens Energy has been selected as the project developer, which involves construction of a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant. Commercial operations at the plant are likely to begin on 1 June 2017.

Once commissioned, the power generating facility will be able to meet the energy requirements of up to 778,000 US households across Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Korea's Samsung C&T wins $1.8 billion power plant deal from Qatar

Korean construction company Samsung C&T has won a 2,500MW combined cycle power plant deal from Umm Al Houl Power, a company set up to develop the project. The facility will include a 130 MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) desalination plant and will be built 15km south of Doha. It is likely to be completed in June 2018.

GE steam turbines to boost capacity of Egyptian power plants

To boost Egypt’s power generation capacity with no extra fuel consumption, GE is providing its advanced D200 steam turbines to upgrade the West Damietta and Assiut power plants to generate an additional 750 MW through combined-cycle operation. This will take the total capacity of the two plants from 1.5 GW to 2.25 GW, and help meet the increasing demand for power in the country.

APR Energy extends power contracts for 108MW In Africa

APR Energy plc, a provider of power solutions, has extended and expanded its interim power solution for Société Nationale d'Éléctricité du Sénégal (Senelec), Senegal’s national electric utility. The requirements include installation and operation of an additional 48 MW of mobile diesel-powered generation, and the redeployment of assets from Libya, to supplement an existing 20 MW block of power at APR Energy’s Kounoune site. The contract term for the combined 68 MW extends into the fourth quarter of 2015.

Alstom to provide services for Thailand’s Kaeng Khoi II combined-cycle plant

France’s Alstom recently signed a long-term service agreement (LTSA) with Gulf Power Generation Company (Gulf Power) for the Kaeng Khoi II combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Thailand. The agreement is an extension of the long-term parts agreement (LTPA) signed by the companies, and has a combined value of more than €160m.

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