Archive for January, 2012


GE performs gas turbine upgrade at Spanish cogeneration plant

Friday, January 6th, 2012

GE has performed a major repowering upgrade of its LM2500-PE gas turbine at Cogen España’s Tortosa Energía cogeneration plant in Tarragona, Spain.

The $12.5m Tortosa Energia project altered the existing natural-gas-fueled GE LM2500-PE gas turbine to the more efficient, cleaner and powerful GE LM2500+ DLE model, the company has said.

As a result of the upgrade, GE customers now operates a gas turbine offering higher power output, fewer emissions and greater energy efficiency. The company has also increased the power output from 26 MW to 29 at 37% efficiency.

The plant’s control system, which GE upgraded last year, had no changes to main structural items and the existing foundations were reused.

As a result, the outage minimised power-supply disruptions to Cogen España’s customer Ercros, Spain’s leading domestic non-petrochemical chemical company.

The project, known as ‘repowering-in-place’, enables Tortosa Energia to qualify for ten years of cogeneration feed-in tariff, while following with the latest environmental requirements and positioning the plant for future growth as well.

Cogen energia operations director Jaime Igea said the company aims to modernise the plant while minimising service disruptions to its very important customers.

“GE’s advanced technology and engineering expertise was essential to the speed and success of this project,” said Igea. “We are now better positioned to provide clean, efficient power to support the Tarragona region’s energy needs in the coming years.”

Darryl Wilson, GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines president and CEO, said the Tortosa Energy repowering is an example of how GE’s technology and service experience ean help Spain modernize power generation equipment efficiently and cost-efficiently, even in the current economic climate.


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EDF purchases EnBW stakes in Poland

Friday, January 6th, 2012

French utility EDF has entered into an agreement with German utility EnBW to repurchase stakes in EnBW’s two subsidiaries, ERSA and KOGENERACJA in Poland.

32.45% and 15.59%, respectively, of the polish companies have been purchased by EDF.

This transaction had already been planned for in the contract of 6 December 2010 regarding the sale of EDF’s stake in EnBW to the Land of Baden-Württemberg.

Following this transaction, EDF Group will now hold 97.34% of ERSA (the 2.66% remaining stake being owned by the company’s employees) and 50% plus one share in KOGENERACJA.

Furthermore, the indirect acquisition of KOGENERACJA’s shares will not result in a public tender offer for the company.

The transaction with a total amount of €301m and an implied multiple of around five times is in line with the financial guidance announced by the group at the end of July 2011.

ERSA owns the Rybnik power plant, which includes eight coal-fired units producing 220 MW of electricity expected to be in service in 2018.

This power plant will be in line to the future 900 MW high-yield super critical coal-fired power station announced by the EDF Group on 5 December 2011.

KOGENERACJA owns the electricity and heat production power stations at Wroclaw and Siechnice with 363MW electricity and 1,060MW of thermal production.

It also includes the Zielona Gora combined gas cycle with its 190 MW of electricity and 95 MW of thermal production.

This acquisition will allow EDF to pursue its strategy of development and integration in Poland, generating turnover in excess of €1bn and with an installed electricity capacity of more than 3 GW.

In addition, it will also allow the EDF Group to exploit new operational synergies estimated at between €3m and €5m every year.

Completion of this transaction is conditional on approval by the relevant competition authorities.


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Alstom Grid secures utility contract from Svenska Kraftnät in Sweden

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Alstom Grid has secured a €240m utility contract from Svenska Kraftnät for the 1,440 MW south-west link in Sweden.

The project will link through Barkeryd in central Sweden to Hurva and use high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will supply HVDC converter stations at both ends, as well as control and protection, converter transformers, switch-yard equipment, construction and project management.

In addition, the transmission project will also use Alstom Grid’s HVDC MaxSine voltage source converter (VSC) technology.

Work on the link project is expected to be completed at the end of 2014.

Alstom Grid president Grégoire Poux-Guillaume said the HVDC VSC project represents a major step forward in Alstom’s long-term ambitions.

“It reinforces our position as a major manufacturer in the HVDC market and supports our commitment to provide turnkey solutions to our customers, based on the latest technologies” said Poux-Guillaume.

Svenska Kraftnät is one of the most advanced utilities around the world in terms of HVDC integration.

The main Alstom units involved in the project will be the HVDC Center of Excellence in Stafford in the UK, Västerås unit in Sweden for sites activities; and the French unit in Paris for overall project management and engineering.

Recently, Alstom has secured a contract worth €400m to construct a 728 MW gas-fired power plant in Iraq.

The group’s high voltage valve and control technology have been used for HVDC transmission schemes worldwide, from Ningdong-Shandong, the highest rated 660kV scheme in China, to the Rio Madeira project in Brazil, which has the world’s longest HVDC link.

Alstom is a prominent global provider of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure.


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Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power to build coal-fired plant in Vietnam

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Chinese power producer Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power has entered into a co-operation agreement with Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power Engineering to build a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

The 2×300 MW Thang Long thermal power plant is located in Quang Ninh province of Vietnam and will adopt coal-fired circulating fluidized bed (CFB) combustion technology.

The scope of work includes engineering design, equipment production and manufacturing, supplies, transportation, installation, testing and training, and construction of the facility.

Currently, Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power Engineering has completed the preparatory work for the project’s construction.

Construction work on the two power generating units is expected to be completed by 2015.


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Foster Wheeler to supply steam generators for Vietnamese power plant

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Foster Wheeler has secured a contract from Hyundai Engineering and Construction for the design and supply of four circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generators for the Mong Duong 1 thermal power plant in Vietnam.

The company will be responsible for the design and supply of the 4×250 MWe (net megawatt electric) clean burning CFB steam generators and it will also provide site advisory services for the power project.

The power project is owned and developed by Vietnam Electricity and is financed by the Asian Development Bank and the Korean Exim Bank.

Commercial operations of the new generators will begin in 2015 and the steam generators will be designed to burn Vietnamese anthracite coal.

Foster Wheeler is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier.


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Foster Wheeler secures contract for steam generators in Hungary

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Foster Wheeler has secured a contract for the design and supply of two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) to Tecnicas Reunidas in Hungary.

The HRSGs will be installed in a combined-cycle power plant which will be built near Budapest by Tecnicas Reunidas.

The facility will be owned by CM European Power International, a JV between Czech Republic utility company CEZ and Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL.

Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the design and supply of the HRSGs and it will also provide advisory services for erection and start-up of the steam generators.

The HRSGs will be coupled to two Siemens combustion turbines model SGT5-4000F, with a total installed capacity of 860 MWe.

According to Foster Wheeler, delivery of the HRSGs is scheduled for mid-2013.


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