INDUSTRY BRIEFS: June 2017

AGTSI, Eaton team-up to distribute aero parts globally

AGTSI President Alan Mibab called to say Eaton had selected his company, Aeroderivative Gas Turbine Support Inc, as its global distributor for aeroderivative industrial and commercial marine gas-turbine components and services. The two companies signed a five-year agreement after partnering for several years to expand Eaton’s worldwide distribution network of aero products—including dynamic and static seals, hoses and fittings, and specialty lube-system sensors and components.

AGTSI, established in 2004, maintains an extensive inventory of parts and assemblies for aero engines at is Boca Raton (Fla) headquarters to meet customer “just-in-time” delivery expectations. The company also facilitates overhauls and maintains rotable exchanges for many components.

Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions to help customers manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power efficiently, safely, and sustainably. It has customers in more than 175 countries and had 2016 sales of nearly $20 billion.

PWPS introduces its 7FA.03+ upgrade to owner/operators

PW Power Systems Inc (PWPS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, announced its 7FA.03+ upgrade to owner/operators at the 7F Users Group’s annual meeting in San Antonio, May 15-19. It offers a power increase of 8 MW and a 32,000-hr operating interval.

Company representatives said the second- and third-stage components previously re-engineered and improved by PWPS for the 7F frame were combined with a new first-stage design to achieve the upgrade package. Flexibility options are available to customize service interval and/or power increase to benefit the owner/operator.

Siemens update

Panda Power Funds’ 778-MW, 2 × 1, F-class Stonewall Power Project began commercial operation. A long-term service agreement is in place for the combined cycle—including parts, inspections, scheduled service/maintenance, and Siemens Power Diagnostics®.

SGT-A35 RB, a 38-MW aero gas turbine for the oil and gas industry recently introduced by the OEM, was designed jointly by Siemens’ Dresser-Rand and Rolls-Royce businesses. It is said to have a 30% smaller footprint and be lighter in weight than its predecessor, the RB211.

Argentina’s Pampa Energia SA selects the OEM to provide service and maintenance for its Genelba 21 simple-cycle plant (10 years) and Genelba combined cycle (eight years). The agreements cover spare parts, repairs, logistics support, field services, and Siemens Power Diagnostics®. Also included are upgraded replacement blades for the peaker and upgraded IGVs for the two gas turbines in the combined-cycle unit.

The first industrial gas turbines for the expansion of three Bolivian powerplants are on their way from Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery’s Finspong (Sweden) manufacturing plant. After ocean transport to Chile, the engines will be trucked more than 1100 miles to the plant site. The second leg includes crossing the Andes at more than 14,000 ft.

Markus Tacke is appointed CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, succeeding Ignacio Martin, who engineered the merger of Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa. The management change was planned.

Siemens and Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp form Advanced Airfoil Components, a joint venture. The new company’s mission is the manufacture of turbine blade and vane cast components for power generation. Possible sites for the new production facility are under evaluation.

Vattenfall Europe Warme AG orders a combined-cycle cogeneration plant for commercial operation in 2020. The 260-MWe/230-MWt plant will connect to the heating/cooling network in the Marzahn district of Berlin.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water orders a steam turbine to convert the two-unit Az Zour South 3 simple-cycle plant to combined cycle. The gas turbines went commercial in 2015; the combined cycle is planned for mid-2019 operation. Plant capacity will increase by about 263 MW without using any additional gas.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Siemens agree to collaborate on an advanced data-driven project designed to help DEWA achieve its vision of becoming a sustainable, innovative world-class utility, and to ensure the highest levels of performance, efficiency, and reliability of its power generation assets.

Briefs

MHPS Americas President Paul Browning opened Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ technical conference in Buenos Aires in mid-April making mention of the following:

      • Alexandre Aoki is appointed president/CEO of MHPS South America.

      • Record order year in the Americas for advanced-class gas turbines and other equipment.

      • Air-cooled J-series gas turbine introduced for the South American market.

      • M701JAC was said to have a world-record rating of 717 MW and a combined-cycle efficiency of 63%.

      • Continued support from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to provide funding options for project developers across the region.

Allied Power Group appoints David Theis president/COO. He was the founder of Leading Edge Turbine Technologies, which was acquired by Dresser-Rand in 2010. Most recently, Theis was a senior VP at PAS Technologies Inc.

Maxim Power Corp announces its intent to sell the following US assets:

      • Basin Creek Equity Partners LLC.

      • Capitol District Energy Center Cogeneration Associates.

      • Pawtucket Power Associates LP.

      • Forked River Power LLC.

      • Pittsfield Generating Co LP.

Asia Gulf Power Service Co awards Ansaldo Energia a service contract for the Taweelah Initial B (IB) and Initial B Extension (IBE) powerplants, both located in Abu Dhabi’s Taweelah Power & Water Complex. The facility supplies 2000 MW of power and 190 million gal/day of water. Contract includes a permanent AE maintenance staff onsite and covers all scheduled overhauls, plus preventive and corrective maintenance activities, for IB’s and IBE’s principal rotating equipment.

Structural Integrity Associates Inc acquires Tobolski Watkins Engineering and TRU Compliance, its product certification company.

Turbine Technics Inc, a global distributor of parts and components for industrial and marine gas turbines, earns ISO 9001:2015 certification. President David Simon also announced the launch of a new website at www.turbinetechnics.com.

Mee Industries Inc announces the ready availability of high-purity water systems. The dual-pass RO skids with EDI polishing produce 50 gpm of product water with a conductivity of 0.5 µS/cm. Listed benefits of the system include the following: compact footprint, consolidated controls, single pump.

Indonesia’s state-owned power company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, signs a memorandum of understanding with Powerphase on a phased implementation plan of Turbophase® dry air injection, beginning with a feasibility study for two 50-MW projects.

Day-Ray Products Inc acquires the assets of CEC Vibration Products Inc. The manufacture of CEC sensors, electronics, and transducers will continue as CEC Vibration Products.

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