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Service Operation Vessels – one year on
13 December, 2016
It's been a little over one year since Siemens Wind Power launched what it described as the world’s first purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) committed to offshore wind farms: Esvagt Froude and her sister-ship, Esvagt Faraday (see MPS, August 2015, pp 30-31). Has the SOV concept, for far-from-shore installations, lived up to the high expectations of its developers? How has one of those SOVs, Froude, performed during its first year of operations at the Baltic II wind farm off the coast of northern Germany?

India’s new emissions rules: challenges and opportunities
12 December, 2016
The Indian power industry is now getting to grips with addressing new stringent emissions requirements for coal plants. The Indian market for air quality control equipment and supporting ancillaries is expected to enjoy explosive growth. Ravi Krishnan, Krishnan & Associates, Inc, Stamford, CT, USA ([email protected])*

Smart Region Pellworm project completes phase one
12 December, 2016
E.ON’s Pellworm Island project, which combines the study of a renewables/hybrid/storage system with smart grid technology, has confirmed technical feasibility and will now move to phase II – proving an economic model. Staff report

A new high voltage XLPE alternative from Prysmian
12 December, 2016
Prysmian is ready to launch the 600 kV version of its P-Laser conductor. At 3.5 GW in bipole configuration, it is said to be the highest capacity cable available for HVDC. Leonard Sanford

MAN D&T completes Attock
12 December, 2016
MAN Diesel & Turbo and Hyundai Engineering have completed the extension of a power plant in Pakistan for their customer Attock Refinery Ltd. The plant, located northeast of Ra ̄ walpindi, burns heavy fuel oil and supplies electricity to a refinery.

Wärtsilä and ENGIE to co-operate on LNG
12 December, 2016
Wärtsilä has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French multinational energy company ENGIE to develop solutions and services within the small scale LNG business sector.

Putting Saipan unit 5 on firm foundations
12 December, 2016
Alphatec Engineering reports successful completion of repairs to the foundations of a Mitsubishi–MAN diesel engine, type 18V52/55B, at a CUC (Commonwealth Utility Corporation) power plant on the island of Saipan, the largest of the islands that comprise the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Kemper in-service date put back to 31 December
09 December, 2016
Mississippi Power has revised the in-service date for its Kemper County IGCC power plant to 31 December, saying that a further month was needed for a maintenance outage on gasifier A to make improvements to the ash removal systems.

Dadri coal unit to get Fresnel solar boost
09 December, 2016
Thermax, an Indian energy and environment company and Frenell, a German concentrated solar power (CSP) company have been awarded a contract by IndianstateownedutilityNTPCtointegrate a solar field with the Dadri coal fired plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. The ground breaking ceremony was held on 4 November 2016. Completion is scheduled for September 2017.

Levelling intermittency with coal: counting the costs
09 December, 2016
A recent report from the IEA Clean Coal Centre, by Lesley Sloss (Levelling the intermittency of renewables with coal, CCC/268) looks at the stress that coal fired plants are put under when called upon to complement rapidly fluctuating renewables on the grid. Costs increase significantly, sometimes by orders of magnitude.

Does coal have a role in a low carbon economy?
09 December, 2016
A new report from Pöyry in its Point of View series, The Coal Conundrum, suggests that coal’s place in the energy spectrum is fixed for some decades to come, which implies an adjustment in its use, to drastically reduce climate changing emissions, that is far from being realised. Staff report

CCGT cogen plant for Uzbekistan
09 December, 2016
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), together with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS), has been awarded a full turnkey contract by Joint Stock Company Uzbekenergo for the construction of a combined cycle cogeneration plant (450 MWe plus 200 Gcal/h of district heating and process heat) next to the Navoi 1 power plant in southern Uzbekistan.

Doosan turbine for Jordan CCGT
09 December, 2016
Doosan Škoda Power is to supply a 183 MWe turbine set for expansion of the Hussein combined cycle plant (also called Zarqa), located near Amman, Jordan. The expanded plant will have a total installed capacity of 485 MWe.

Dresser-Rand delivers offshore combined cycle
09 December, 2016
Dresser-Rand, specialist in mission-critical, high-speed rotating equipment for the oil and gas business, now part of Siemens, reports delivery of equipment for a combined cycle power plant to be deployed on the Shell Appomattox deep-water oil and gas floating production platform.

Eggborough seeks owners engineer
09 December, 2016
Eggborough Power Limited of the UK (now owned by Czech energy company EPH), which is in the process of gaining planning permission to replace its coal fired plant with a 2000 MW combined cycle facility, is tendering for the services of an owners engineer to support the procurement process for the new plant. Contact: [email protected]

F class combined cycle power plant for SaskPower
09 December, 2016
Siemens has received an order to deliver the main components for SaskPower’s planned Chinook power station – a 350 MWe natural-gas-fired combined cycle plant to be located near Swift Current, Saskatchewan in Canada. Siemens has received the order from engineering and construction company Burns & McDonnell, which is main contractor for the plant, scheduled for operation in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Panda Liberty H-class plant commissioned
09 December, 2016
Siemens and Panda Power Funds have successfully commissioned the 829 MWe Panda Liberty H-class combined cycle plant in Bradford County, PA.

How to use the USA’s excess boiler talent
09 December, 2016
The US is not building new coal-fired power plants and will be shutting down nearly 70 000 MW of existing capacity, while there is uncertainty regarding the remaining 190 000 MW depending on clean power regulations, says McIlvaine Company. The result of this shrinkage is a large excess of coal-fired boiler talent in the USA. Two options for beneficial use are to channel this talent into: other types of power generation activities; coal-fired boiler power generation overseas. Easier said than done, says McIlvaine. This talent needs to gain new knowledge and to be integrated into to new organisational structures. McIlvaine believes that the best way to gain this knowledge and to create a structure is through what it calls “Wise Crowd” decisions.

E.ON increasingly committed to US renewables
09 December, 2016
E.ON says it is making “a strong commitment to the renewables market in the US and currently strengthening its position in the areas of new build projects, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and plant services.”

Turbine/battery hybrid for California
09 December, 2016
GE and Southern California Edison (SCE) have announced plans for what they are calling the “the world’s first battery storage and gas turbine hybrid”. The hybrid consists of a 10 MW battery energy storage system provided by Current (a subsidiary established last year bringing together GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle activities, and which GE brands “Current, powered by GE”) integrated with an upgraded GE LM6000 gas turbine fitted with modified controls.

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