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The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in Mexico and the SENER-OHL consortium have signed the Provisional Acceptance Report for the Empalme I combined cycle plant, located in the municipality of Empalme, in the State of Sonora (Mexico).

The turnkey or EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) project consisted of building a combined-cycle plant with a guaranteed net capacity of 770 MW, and includes a cooling water intake facility for the Empalme I and II plants.

The plant has the following components:
• Two gas turbines.
• Two heat recovery steam generators.
• One steam turbine.
• Cooling water intake facility with dual 1,000 m long, 3.2 m diameter ducts and a 3.2 m diameter, 1,200 m long discharge duct.

The 445 million euro (477 million dollar) contract, awarded in 2015, was defrayed using the PIDIREGAS (Spanish acronym for Production Infrastructure Investment Project with Deferred Registration of the Expense) private financing model.

This facility features cutting-edge technology that makes it one of the most efficient in CFE’s portfolio. It uses an innovative system to produce electricity in a way that is more environmentally friendly, which will no doubt improve the quality of life in surrounding communities, and in the northwest of Mexico as a whole. It is estimated that 7.5 million man-hours of work were generated thanks to this project, much of that done by the local workforce.

Source: SENER

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NEC Energy Solutions has announced that it has signed a contract to build and operate a total of 50 MW of energy storage projects with VLC Energy, a new joint venture company created by Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, the owner of one of the largest combined heat and power plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group. The Energy Storage Facilities will be based on the lithium-ion technology.

The project, which include a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury, UK and a 10 MW installation in Cleator, UK will be the largest portfolio of battery sites connected to the UK grid once operational later this year. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator.


NEC ES will provide turnkey EPC and O&M services which includes its GSS® grid storage solution, installation and commissioning, and ten years of operations and maintenance services for each project. The facilities will be operated by NEC ES under the new EFR guidelines, will provide seasonal Triad avoidance services and will also participate in other markets. Project execution is already underway and the systems are expected to be installed and operational in November 2017.

The Triads are the three half-hour settlement periods with highest system demand and are used by National Grid to determine charges for demand customers with half-hour metering and payments to licence exempt distributed generation. They can occur in any half-hour on any day between November to February inclusive but are separated from each other by at least ten full days.

Source: NEC Energy Solutions

The massive gas-fired Futtsu Power Station, which forms a small peninsula in Tokyo Bay, is capable of generating 5,040 MW of electricity for millions of Japanese homes and businesses. Made up of four combined cycle blocks, the plant is already the most efficient of the 15 power stations operated by TEPCO Fuel & Power, the utility servicing the area around Japanese capital.

As a result, Futtsu is about to become the first power plant in Japan to go digital, specifically in its No. 4 block. TEPCO will soon start using Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet, to see if it can squeeze even more efficiency out of the plant.


GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) software analyzes real-time data—such as temperature, pressure and changes in the levels of liquids and gasses—coming from sensors embedded in machines around the plant to make it run more efficiently and predict when things need to be fixed.

Normally, maintenance happens on a specific schedule whether or not the parts actually need to be repaired or replaced, a practice called time-based maintenance. With APM, TEPCO is aiming to better understand when parts really do need to be changed. This condition-and-analytics-based maintenance limits costly downtime and minimizes upkeep during periods of high electricity demand.


Futtsu’s No.4 block is equipped with three GE gas turbines—each cable of generating 507 MW. With more than 37 million people, the Tokyo prefecture is the world’s most populous metropolitan area and TEPCO wants to keep the plant in service as much as possible. There is also the matter of stopping a high-efficiency power plant, which is extremely expensive as power companies have to rely on less efficient and more costly plants to cover electricity needs in the interim. “One of the expected major outcomes from this is improving availability, reliability and efficiency,” says GE Power’s Futtsu project leader, Makoto Seki.

TEPCO also runs 10 power plants around the world in places such as Thailand and Qatar as an independent power producer. It will use the information gleaned from the Futtsu program to improve the efficiency of its power stations abroad and provide these countries with better-quality power.

Source: GE Reports

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A consortium consisting of Wärtsilä and an Indonesian construction company PT PP (Persero) Tbk has been selected to supply a 135 MW Flexicycle (combined cycle) power plant to PT PLN, the Indonesian state utility. The consortium will deliver a full EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) project. In addition to the EPC contract, the consortium will also operate and maintain the power plant for a 5-year period.

The project includes 13 Wärtsilä 34DF engines that can operate on multiple fuels, including liquid fuels and natural gas. The project is included in Wärtsilä’s order book in the fourth quarter of 2016.


The 135 MW Flexicycle power plant will be built in Lombok Island in Indonesia. Lombok Island is located east of Bali and is home to more than 3 million inhabitants. When operational this will be the first engine based combined cycle power plant in the country.

Wärtsilä and PT PLN have long and healthy relationship. The two parties recently signed a MoU to build power generation in Indonesia. When the Lombok plant is operational Wärtsilä’s installed capacity in Indonesia will exceed 3.1 GW.

Source: Wärtsilä

The municipality of Pesquería (Nuevo León) in the north of Mexico, has been undergoing fundamental change for years. The arrival of a range of industries, above all steelmaking, has turned it into an area of rapid industrial growth, primarily driven by the Ternium Industrial Centre which is attracting more professionals and technicians from different industries. And one element that is making Pesquería a still more attractive option is about to kick off: the Pesquería Power Plant will come on line in the next weeks, a 900 MW combined-cycle plant that will generate enough energy to supply different industrial factories. The plant incorporates efficient gas turbines from GE, however one of its distinguishing features lies in its water treatment system.

Located in the vicinity of the Ternium Industrial Centre, the Pesquería Power Plant project is one of the drivers behind the development of the municipal district after which it is named and benefits from a roads and services infrastructure essential for industry. Pesquería is in Mexico’s top ten power plants in terms of capacity. As regards its configuration, Pesquería is a combined-cycle power generation plant with three gas turbines and one steam turbine that supply power to the industrial premises of the Grupo Techint in Mexico, as well as to nearby industries, thereby supporting the region’s growth.

Present in Mexico since 1954, Grupo Techint comprises TenarisTamsa, Ternium, Techint Ingeniería y Construcción, Tecpetrol, Tenova and Exiros, leading companies at global and regional level in the steelmaking, energy, construction and technology sectors. Some of these companies have taken part in the development of this project, including Tecpetrol, TenarisTamsa and Techint Ingenería y Construcción, the latter being responsible for its construction. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

Iberdrola has inaugurated Dulces Nombres II, a 300-MW combined cycle power plant (CCGT) next to the city of Monterrey, in the State of Nuevo León, designed to cover the power demand of the region’s flourishing industrial sector.

The dedication event was attended by the Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán; the Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Codwell; Secretary of the Economy Idelfonso Guajardo and the General Director of the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Jaime Hernández.


This state-of-the-art gas combined cycle plant, which required an investment of $250 million, will cover the increased electricity demand of the industrial sector in Nuevo León, one of Mexico’s largest and fastest growing industrial areas. Dulces Nombres II incorporates the industry’s latest technology advances, enabling it to run more efficiently, with greater availability, reduced maintenance needs and improved environmental performance.

With this project, Iberdrola consolidates its position as the country’s largest private power producer with an installed capacity of nearly 6,000 MW and US$ 4 billion in cumulative investment. Also, the company is building 10 new power generation plants in Mexico, between gas-fired units and renewable energy projects, which total an additional 4,000 MW and represent an investment effort of US$ 3 billion, with the aim of bringing installed capacity to 10,000 MW by 2020. As a result of this strong commitment, Mexico will become Iberdrola’s largest electricity generation hub in 2019, overtaking its energy production in Spain.

This new facility ratchets up Iberdrola’s installed capacity in the State of Nuevo León which has become the company’s main electricity generation centre for private customers. To the existing 1,350 MW in the area, the company expects to incorporate an additional 850 MW by 2018 with the commissioning of the Noreste combined cycle plant.

Source: Iberdrola

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La turbina de gas SGT-800 de Siemens en el edificio de fabricación del taller de turbina de gas en Finspong, Suecia / The Siemens SGT-800 gas turbine in the manufacturing building of the gas turbine workshop in Finspong, Sweden

Siemens has received an order from Israel for the first time for the turnkey construction of two industrial combined cycle power plants. The two natural gas-fired power plants, Alon Tavor and Ramat Gabriel, are to be built in northern Israel. Alon Tavor will supply a creamery with electricity and process steam, while Ramat Gabriel will supply a fiber factory. The Israeli energy provider, RD Energy, is the customer for both power plants. Commissioning of the plants is scheduled for mid-2018.

Siemens will handle the turnkey construction of both plants and will supply one SGT-800 industrial gas turbine, one SST-300 industrial steam turbine as well as the SPPA-T3000 control system for each project. The industrial plants will each have an electrical capacity of 70 megawatts and feature steam extraction. Electricity will be fed into the Israeli power grid. The turbines will be manufactured in Finspong, Sweden and Brno, Czech Republic.

The Israeli power plant market offers enormous potential, and Siemens has a strong presence in the country,” says Shmuel Fledel, CEO of Siemens Israel and country division lead of the Power and Gas Division. “We are now supplying our first entirely combined cycle plants to an Israeli independent power producer. This is a good opportunity to establish ourselves in the country as a supplier of turnkey power plant solutions and services. The order will also make an important contribution toward Siemens’ targeted growth for industrial power plants.” Approximately 40 percent of Israel’s power generation capacity is already based on Siemens technology.

Source: Siemens

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GE and EDF today officially began operation of the first ever combined-cycle power plant equipped with GE’s HA turbine in Bouchain, France, launching a new era of power generation technology and digital integration. GE also announced that the company has been recognized by Guinness World Records for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant based on an achieved efficiency rate of up to 62.22% at the Bouchain plant.

In addition to achieving unprecedented levels of efficiency, GE’s HA gas turbine delivers more flexibility than ever before, capable of reaching full power in less than 30 minutes. This helps pave the way for greater use of renewable energy by allowing partners to respond quickly to fluctuations in grid demand, integrate renewables onto the grid and adapt quickly to weather changes.  These advances support the recent Paris COP21 agreement, where 195 countries pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, placing more emphasis on cleaner electric power opportunities.

The Bouchain plant is also an important demonstration of GE’s Digital Power Plant capabilities, which have helped drive the record-breaking levels of efficiency by unlocking power that was previously inaccessible. Capabilities, including the digital control system, use real-time data to deliver better plant outcomes with stable and efficient operations, while providing valuable predictive insights for higher reliability and optimization.

With a generating capability of more than 605 MW, the Bouchain plant will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than 680,000 homes. In addition, the HA compressor flows air at a rate that could pump up the Goodyear blimp in 10 seconds, and the tip of the last blade in the 9HA.01 moves at 1200 mph/1931 kph — 1.5 times the speed of sound.


Source: General Electric

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Wärtsilä has signed a major contract to supply a 161 MW Flexicycle (combined cycle) power plant to Yamama Cement Company in Saudi Arabia. Wärtsilä will deliver a full EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) project. In addition to the EPC contract, a 5-year operation and maintenance management agreement and a 10-year spare parts supply agreement have also been signed.

The power plant includes ten 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and a steam turbine. The value of the order is approximately EUR 115 million. The contract was included in Wärtsilä’s order book in the first quarter of 2016. The contract announcement was delayed until June 2016 due to the finalisation of techno-commercial details and the operation and maintenance management agreement. The power plant will be delivered in four phases. The first part is estimated to be delivered by the end of 2017 and the complete plant is scheduled to be handed over during the second quarter of 2019. The delivery is aligned with the construction schedule of a new Yamama cement plant.

This is a dual-fuel power plant operating primarily on natural gas with light fuel oil and crude oil as back up fuels. This will be Wärtsilä’s first gas fired Flexicycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant will provide power to run the Yamama facility, which has a daily production capacity of 20,000 tonnes of cement. Because of the plants’ remote locations, most of the cement industry in Saudi Arabia is powered by captive power plants such as this one.


Source: Wärtsilä

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The new Cap des Biches power plant was inaugurated in Senegal on 13 June. The 53 MW Flexicycle plant comprises three Wärtsilä 46 internal combustion engines and a combined cycle heat recovery system. The ceremony was hosted by the owner of the plant, ContourGlobal, and the official inauguration of the plant was performed by the President of Senegal, Mr. Macky Sall.

“The Cap des Biches power plant proceeded from concept to the live generation of electricity in just 14 months – twice as fast as similar projects. ”

The power plant will feed electricity to the national grid under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) between ContourGlobal and Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal. The project is financed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank Group, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The project is part of the U.S. Government’s Power for Africa initiative, which aims to add 30 000 MW of new power generation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wärtsilä and ContourGlobal have already signed a contract to expand the power plant with two additional Wärtsilä 46 engines having a combined capacity of 34 MW. Once completed, the 87 MW power plant will provide a 10 percent increase to Senegal’s current total generation capacity of 860 MW, making it critical covering the growing electricity demand in Senegal. The parties have also signed a five-year maintenance and spare part agreement.

The project is designed so that the plant can quickly be converted to natural gas as soon as it becomes available. Senelec has announced plans to invest in a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal. This will improve Senegal’s fuel security, reduce carbon emissions, and lower the cost of electricity to the consumer.

With the Cap des Biches extension project completed, Wärtsilä’s installed capacity in Senegal will reach 465 MW, some 55 percent of the country’s total capacity. In all of Africa, Wärtsilä has delivered approximately 6500 MW of power plant capacity in 46 countries. Globally, Wärtsilä’s installed base is 58 GW in 175 countries.


Source: Wärtsilä

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