Rolls-Royce China contract

Rolls-Royce recently got a contract from PetroChina, the largest oil and gas producer in China.

The West-East Pipeline Project (WEPP) is the world’s longest natural gas pipeline and this order will take the number of Rolls-Royce RB211 gas turbine compressor packages installed on this pipeline and associated feed and branch lines to 45. This order follows contract awards over the past five years for other major gas pipelines in India, Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, North America and Algeria.


Chromalloy announced today that it is developing a new Technology Center of Excellence in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, dedicated to the research and development of services for gas turbine engine including repairs, parts and coatings. As part of the new facility, the company also intends to move its corporate headquarters to the new technology center in Palm BeachGardens, from the current headquarters operation in


Eco Power Solutions’ COMPLY 2000 multi-pollutant removal system has been named by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to a short-list of technologies that “offer(s) the potential of reduced compliance costs and improved overall environmental performance”, according to the reference stated on pages 517-18 of the March 16, 2011, EPA proposed new source performance standards and MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technologies) standards for fossil fuel-fired Electric Generating Units (EGUs).


LNG aeroderivatives

The Darwin LNG Facility is the world’s first liquefaction facility to use aeroderivative gas turbines for its refrigeration compressors. The application of aeroderivative engines allows a significantly lower CO2 footprint of 20-30% compared to the use of simple cycle industrial (heavy duty) gas turbines.

Kobelco plant

Kobe Steel, Ltd. has announced that subsidiary Kobelco Compressors America, Inc. (or KCA) is opening a new $20 million factory complex that will double its manufacturing capacity of compressor systems.  KCA has also moved its headquarters to the new facility.


LNG seal

John Crane GmbH has announced today it has been awarded a significant new contract to supply engineered sealing technology solutions to a major Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production project in AustraliaJohn Crane will supply 96 of its Type 28 gas seals for first fit applications to Siemens AG, which will provide compressors for the upstream section of the AP-LNG project in Queensland.

The market

A year ago, Axford Turbine Consultants ( predicted that GT orders for U.S. job sites would be down 9 percent and worldwide orders would rise by 7 percent.


In waterwashing, the water pressure and temperature are controlled and chemicals added to maintain water quality, which is crucial to the cleaning action. Recent waterwash skids, however, incorporate Moisture Recovery Units (MRU) that generate pure water. The conductivity of water is a good measure of its purity. The less conductive the water is, the more pure. An MRU can provide the required megaohm level needed to assure foreign film deposition extraction during the 10 to 20 minute (turbine size) wash sequence.


Mega utility

Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy, Inc. have filed applications seeking regulatory approval of the merger the companies announced Jan. 10. An application to the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) filed today outlines numerous customer benefits that will occur as a result of the merger. They include:


Bog-down control

Gas turbines are commonly used to drive large compressor systems that are used, for example, in the refrigeration cycles of processes for liquefying natural gas. In order to maximize the efficiency of such turbine/compressor systems, the gas turbines are typically operated at or near their maximum rated speed and load. Various changes in the operating parameters of a turbine/compressor system may cause the turbine to slow down.


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