METS today, ATPS tomorrow

Qatar, one of the world’s leading suppliers of LNG, is home to some of the largest operating corporate chains in the Middle East, and possibly the world, proclaimed His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, at The third Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium (METS), which opened February 15th in Doha, Qatar. This symposium comes at a time when the entire industry is alert to the role of technology in making the energy sector more reliable, more efficient and safer, he said.

National Grid and RWG sign contract for Industrial Avon gas generator overhaul

RWG has recently been awarded a new contract for Industrial Avon gas generator overhaul following a recent National Grid Sourcing Event. Tendered under the five-year ‘Framework Agreement’ established between RWG and National Grid in 2012, the scope of this award is for immediate inspection and overhaul of two Industrial Avon gas generators, as well as field service, on-site inspection, commissioning and troubleshooting services.

Serving the steam turbine market beyond the Indian sub-continent

Arun Mote, Executive Director of Triveni Turbine Limited, discusses his company and its steam turbine manufacturing capabilities in this Q&A

How would you summarize Triveni?

Dominion proposes 1600MW natural gas-fired station for Virginia

Dominion Virginia Power recently announced that the company is proposing to build a 1600MW, natural gas-fueled power station in Greensville County at a cost of more than $1 billion. The station, a combined-cycle facility comprising three gas-fired combustion turbines and a steam turbine, will be designed to generate power for 400,000 homes during peak hours.

Ferrostaal and Haldor Topsoe announce joint venture

Ferrostaal GmbH, a global project developer for industrial plants, and Haldor Topsoe A/S, a leader in catalysis and related process technologies, recently announced the establishment of a new joint venture, Ferrostaal Topsoe Projects GmbH. It is likely to be based in Essen, and will be owned with equal shares by the two companies. The joint venture is subject to approval from the regulatory authorities.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Setpoint’s condition monitoring solution

In a market where the online condition monitoring trend is gaining prominence, and diagnostics and predictive maintenance strategies are becoming more important in understanding the causes for machine failure, Frost & Sullivan has awarded Setpoint with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Companies that are able to effectively deliver and communicate the value and cost benefits of such hardware and software condition monitoring solutions are expected to be highly successful in this market.

GE gas turbine LVDTs vs. conventional LVDTs

The Alliance Sensors Group model S1A module, an advanced single channel LVDT signal conditioner, is capable of operating any LVDT currently available. But occasionally, users are confused by unusual LVDT configurations, particularly with regard to the LVDTs used by GE with their gas turbines. This article focuses on how those LVDTs differ from ordinary LVDTs and how to operate them with an S1A module.

Sulzer bags LM5000 repair license

Sulzer has been selected by GE as the exclusive licensed repair provider for the LM5000 gas turbine. The two companies recently signed an agreement, and repairs will be completed at Sulzer’s Houston service center. Along with technical assistance on site, GE will make available LM5000 parts, drawings, manuals and service bulletins to Sulzer.

Petramina to build 250MW combined cycle plant in North Sumatra

State oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) and the Medan-based state-owned plantation company, PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III, will build a steam- and gas- fueled power plant (PLTGU) with a capacity of 250MW in Sei Mangkei, North Sumatra, an official said recently.

Toshiba to supply steam turbine and generator for Allen combined cycle plant

Toshiba Corporation recently announced that it has received an order to supply a 472MW steam turbine and generator (STG) for the Allen combined cycle power plant being constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the power utility owned by the US government. The STG is scheduled to be delivered in October 2016, and the plant is expected to come on line in June 2018.

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