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GES has been awarded the installation of turbines for a 90MW wind farm in the region of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) by the top-5 worldwide turbine manufacturer Envision Energy. The project consists of a total of 36 machines of 2.5MW and a 120 meter high tower. The installation works include both labor and cranes and will be developed in two parallel lines of work that will employ about 50 people simultaneously. The planned completion period is five months.

 

This is the second time that Envision has entrusted GES with the turbine installation of its projects in the country. The great work carried out by GES in the Dzilam project has been decisive in the awarding of this second project.

In words of the Director of the Installation Business Unit of GES, Alberto de Alfonso “This is the recognition of the successful work done by the Business Unit of GES in Mexico, an experienced team able to earn the trust of the customer every day”.

With these new 90MW, GES far exceeds the 2.5 GW installed in Mexico. In 2018 alone, GES added 470 MW to its installation activity in the country, a record number that supports its position as a reference in a market in which the company works side by side with the main actors of the sector, contributing with the knowledge acquired along more than ten years of continuous activity in the country.

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has achieved a new milestone in its positioning in Asia Pacific having secured its largest-ever contract in Thailand, a market in which it is the leading OEM, responsible for more than 50% of the country’s total installed capacity.

Specifically, Siemens Gamesa has reached an agreement with local developer for the supply of 103 of its G126-2.5 MW turbines (260 MW) at the Hanuman wind complex, being built in the province of Chaiyaphum, in northeast Thailand.

This order also marks a new technical feat as it will entail the installation of Asia’s highest wind turbines: with a tower height of 153 metres and a blade length of 62 metres, the turbines will stretch 215 metres tall. This marks a new record for Siemens Gamesa, which last summer completed the installation of 33 210-metre tall turbines, the previous record holders.

“We are very proud to have secured this order which highlights our commercial strength and positions us as the leading OEM in Thailand”, said Álvaro Bilbao, Siemens Gamesa’s CEO in the Asia-Pacific region, before going on to add that “it also endorses the versatility of our wind turbines and the company’s R&D capabilities”.

The turbines will be delivered in May 2018 and commissioned towards the end of that year. The company will also operate and maintain the facility.

This agreement marks the company’s fourth order in Thailand, where it has already installed 310 MW. In addition to Thailand, Siemens Gamesa’s Asian footprint extends to China, South Korea, the Philippines, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam, having installed nearly 6.5 GW in these markets.

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The global market for boilers, turbines, and generators is set to decrease from a cumulative $318 billion during the period 2010-2015, to $241 billion during 2016-2020, as capacity installation from thermal fuels continues to decline due to an increased focus on renewable energy sources and environmental issues associated with fossil fuel-fired power plants, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report states that to meet growing demand for electricity, countries worldwide have focused on increasing installed capacity, primarily in the nuclear and renewables sectors. Aside from a transition towards cleaner sources of power generation, the other factors affecting this market are environmental concerns, tough economic conditions, and fluctuations in fossil fuel prices.

 

Swati Gupta, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Power, explains: “China will be the leader in this market, although its market is forecast to decline from around $17.7 billion in 2015 to $14.9 billion by 2020. Indeed, the gas power equipment market, although small when compared to the coal market, will register considerable growth over the forecast period, as China moves towards cleaner sources of power generation. As a means to achieve this, in its 12th Five-Year-Plan (FYP), China has set a target to increase the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 10% by 2020. The government also plans to replace conventional coal power plants with advanced technology large capacity power plants, which will represent new opportunities for market players.

Although this market will continue to be dominated by China, with an expected 31% share of this $47.8 billion market in 2020, challenges will remain. The market’s poor outlook in other regions, however, will ensure China remains dominant. In Europe, for example, declining electricity consumption coupled with increased emphasis on green energies will drive the market down.

Source: GlobalData

Two Siemens SST-800 steam turbines are supplying electricity and process steam to a pulp factory in Brazil. The SST-800 has a capacity of 190 MW, making it among the largest steam turbines in use in the pulp and paper industry worldwide. The plant has a total capacity of 270 MW. The customer is Klabin, a leading manufacturer and exporter of paper and packaging.

An extraction backpressure steam turbine and a condensing steam turbine supply electricity and process steam for the pulp factory in Ortigueira, in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná.

The new plant is uniquely flexible, because it has two production lines and can produce two types of fiber simultaneously. The factory has an annual production capacity of 1.5 million metric tons of pulp. 1.1 million metric tons of bleached hardwood pulp (eucalyptus) and 400,000 metric tons of bleached softwood pulp (pine), a portion of which is converted into fluff pulp for products like baby diapers.

Approximately 150 MW of electricity, or more than half of the total of 270 MW produced, is fed into the national power grid. That’s enough to supply electricity to a city of a half-million people.

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Siemens has been awarded a 25-year long-term service agreement for the planned Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant in Qatar. The customer is Umm Al Houl Power Q.S.C., a company established through a partnership among Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QWEC), Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar Foundation (QF) and K1 Energy (joint venture established by Mitsubishi Corporation and TEPCO Fuel & Power, Incorporated).

The service agreement covers the plant’s six SGT5-4000F gas turbines, four SST5-4000 steam turbines, 10 SGen5-1200A generators including instrumentation and controls service for a period of 25 years. It also provides for an electrical and a resident engineer to be located on-site.

The long-term service agreement is designed to improve the operating capabilities, flexibility and profitability of the Umm Al Houl power plant by boosting efficiency, reliability and availability throughout its entire lifecycle. The agreement will enable implementation of innovative service solutions through preventative maintenance, shortened lead times and on-site technical field assistance.siemens2

The new power plant will be located 15km south of the capital Doha, adjacent to Qatar Economic Zone. The plant will consist of two power blocks, each in a 3+2 configuration. Each block will consist of three gas turbines which will be used to generate the steam to drive two downstream steam turbines. With a total electrical output of 2.5 GW, and up to 618 million liters of drinking water per day, the plant will deliver almost one quarter of the nation’s installed power generating capacity. It will ensure adequate power and water supply to accommodate seasonal fluctuations and major events. Commissioning of the first phase is scheduled for 2017, with commissioning of the entire complex scheduled for mid-2018.

 

Source: Siemens

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Gamesa has secured a new order from Elecnor for the expansion of the Maan wind farm with the addition of seven new G97-2.0 MW wind turbines (14 MW).

This project, which Elecnor is building on a turnkey basis for the Jordan Ministry of Energy (MEMR), is located in southern Jordan. The first phase of the wind farm, for which Gamesa supplied 33 G97-2.0 MW wind turbines (66 MW), was commissioned two months ago.

Now, Gamesa and Elecnor have reached a new agreement to extend the original facility by installing another seven G97-2.0 MW turbines which will be delivered towards the end of this year and commissioned during the second quarter of 2017. After this expansion, the Maan wind farm will have installed capacity of 80 MW.

This is the second wind farm being developed by Gamesa in Jordan, a country which is highly dependent on imported oil and gas. According to recent estimates by Make Consultancy, installed wind capacity is set to exceed 1,300 MW in Jordan by 2025, buoyed by the government’s stated policy of reducing its energy dependence.

This second contract in Jordan evidences Gamesa’s commitment to the Middle East, a region in which its presence dates back to 2004, when it penetrated the Egyptian market, and in which it has installed over 800 MW.

 

Source: Gamesa

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Minesto has together with German tidal turbine manufacturer Schottel Hydro completed the turbine design of Minesto’s tidal power plant Deep Green. The Swedish marine energy company has now placed an order for a prototype of the turbine, with delivery in early 2017.

The order of the so-called Power Take Off system is the first result of the strategic technology partnership between Minesto and Schottel Hydro, which began in December 2015. During 2016 and 2017, Schottel Hydro will deliver a customised turbine solution which will optimally fit the requirements of Deep Green, Minesto’s tidal power plant.

Compared with the first generation Deep Green, the turbine’s performance has been improved by about 10 percent. The development of the turbine has, among other things, resulted in a larger rotor diameter. The rotor now has five blades instead of three. The design has been established anddeepgreenpartswi1 verified through model tests by German Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt in Potsdam.

The model scale tests prove the turbines performance and cavitation behavior to be advantageous compared to previous designs.

The development of Deep Green now enters the next phase where the design of the full-scale system will be completed. At Schottel Hydro the manufacturing of the prototype and the factory acceptance test will be tackled.

In parallel with the final design Minesto will procure subsystems and components which will be assembled into a first full-scale demonstrator. It will then undergo final functionality testing. After that, Deep Green will be implemented in full scale on the offshore facility in Wales during 2017.

 

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Turkish company Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş. (AKSA), the worlds biggest manufacturer of acrylic fibers, has placed an order with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the supply of a 99 MW steam turbine generator set. At the company’s main site in Yalova (Turkey), this Genset will replace an existing installation, to provide the production plant with efficiently produced electrical power and process steam from year 2017 on.

Energy supply of the plant close to Istanbul, being one of the largest production sites for acrylic fibers worldwide, will hereby reach a new level. Beside auxiliaries like condenser or lube oil system, MAN also provides a comprehensive service package consisting of operator training modules, spare part supply as well as long-term support by MAN PrimeServ as service provider of the OEM.

Abdullah Ocak, Energy Sales & Planning Manager at AKSA: “AKSA is interested in exploring opportunities aimed at decreasing production costs while meeting an internally growing steam demand.

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The complex control of the steam supply to our acrylic fiber production is very important for highest quality of our products. MAN offered the best flexible solution for the process steam supply and best efficiency of generating electricity with a preferable maintenance contract.”
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An opening ceremony on January 19, 2016, saw a new gas-fired combined heat and power plant being put into operation at SAIC VOLKSWAGEN AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY LIMITED— a joint venture between Chinese SAIC and German Volkswagen Group. The plant contains four sets of MGT 6200, the latest range of gas turbines by MAN Diesel & Turbo.

Attending the ceremony were Prof. Jochen Heizmann, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, and Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo.

“The inauguration of this combined heat and power system is a landmark for our car production in China. The new plant not only provides steam and electricity for our Car Plant 3 here at SAIC Volkswagen, it also means we no longer use coal boilers so CO2 emissions will be reduced by 59,000 tons each year,” explained Prof. Heizmann during the ceremony.

The plant also marks the premiere of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s latest gas turbine series in China, with the order dating back to December 2014. Each of the four turbine sets delivers electrical power by driving a generator. Additional use of the waste heat for producing process steam increases the plant’s overall efficiency to more than 80 percent. The steam is used at the production works of the Volkswagen Joint Venture in China.Antin-Plant-Turbine-House-01_prev-baja

“We are elated to be involved in this project,” said Dr. Lauber after the ceremony. “Today, we have inaugurated a gas-fired power plant that covers almost 25 percent of the energy needs of one of the biggest car production sites in the country, which is low in greenhouse gas emissions and utilises more than 80 percent of the invested fuel energy. MAN and the Chinese industry look back at a decades-long tradition of partnership in many technological fields. Now that the Chinese government has set ambitious goals to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, our gas turbines and engine technology can help to reach these goals and reduce CO2 emissions.”

With awareness of air pollution in China increasing, the government is pursuing an active program to lower emission levels and increase energy efficiency. The new CHP plant fulfills this objective by producing electricity to cover 100 percent of the annual demand in Car Plant 3 and the neighbouring gearbox plant in Anting, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 23 percent.

According to the National Energy Administration, the gas supply in China is expected to reach 400 billion cubic metres in 2020, and natural gas will increase to represent 10 percent of primary energy consumption. Natural gas as a clean, efficient energy source is receiving increasing attention from the government and will gradually become one of the backbones of China’s energy supply.

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Cape Sharp Tidal, a joint venture between Emera and OpenHydro, has completed two significant milestone operations in preparation for the next phase of the tidal energy demonstration project – the installation of its subsea power cable and the launch of its deployment barge.

The operation to lay the Cape Sharp Tidal interconnection cable is the first project component to be deployed, and the only system of its kind in the world. The operation was completed during a single tidal cycle, while holding position over Cape Sharp Tidal’s berth site at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

With support from its marine operations partner, Atlantic Towing Ltd., Cape Sharp Tidal deployed 300 metres of power and fibre-optic data cable from a specially-outfitted barge. Teams also recovered and lifted the existing 16MW subsea export cable installed by FORCE , and using an on-deck mating table, linked it to the Cape Sharp’s interconnection hub. The whole system was placed back on the sea floor, where the cables will remain until Spring 2016, when the turbines are scheduled for deployment.

The Scotia Tide barge, designed by OpenHydro, a DCNS Company, built by Aecon Group in Pictou, took its maiden test voyage around the Pictou Harbour on the weekend. The unique, catamaran style vessel is the largest heavy lift capacity barge in Atlantic Canada. The 64-metre long, 37-metre wide, 650-tonne barge has a 1,150-tonne carrying capacity. Purpose-built for deployment and recovery operations, The Scotia Tide is equipped with three heavy-lift winches that give it a unique capacity to lower and raise turbines from the sea floor. Cape Sharp Tidal’s 1,000-tonne turbines will be towed from Pictou Harbour to the FORCE test site in Parrsboro next spring.Cable-Installation-2-baja

Cape Sharp Tidal’s other significant project milestones include:

  • Manufacturing and assembly of turbine #1 expected to be complete by the end of the year
  • Established a robust Environmental Effects Monitoring Program to demonstrate tidal is a safe and sustainable energy source
  • Engaging local communities around the Bay of Fundy to earn public support for the project
  • Collaborating with local and international research partnerships to track, monitor and analyse post-deployment data

Cape Sharp Tidal plans to install two 2-megawatt in-stream tidal turbines in 2016, North America’s first commercial scale grid-connected tidal array. It will be the first developer to demonstrate its technology at the FORCE test site. The project is the first step toward demonstrating that in-stream tidal energy development is an opportunity for Nova Scotia and Canada to establish a thriving tidal industry and be a global leader in an emerging market.

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