The V Users Group serves owner/operators of both 50- and 60-Hz engines, as noted alongside the logo above. However, at meetings in the US, the focus is on the 60-Hz models of Siemens Energy’s 4000F and 2000E gas turbines. The V fleets here number about five dozen 2000Es and three dozen 4000Fs. Worldwide, the total is about 1000 engines—roughly 80% made by Siemens Energy, the balance by Siemens Energy licensee Ansaldo (50 Hz only).
Siemens Energy has hosted annual in-person conferences here for almost two decades, except for 2020 and 2021 because of Covid-19 concerns. Web meetings filled the void in information transfer until the 2022 meeting at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, August 1 to 4.
This report summarizes content shared with the nearly 50 users participating in the NOLA conference. It is based on notes taken by the editors, Mike Herman, combustion turbine supervisor, Great River Energy (4000F and general sessions), and Scott Wright, technical superintendent, PowerSouth Energy Co-op (2000E), and from presentations by Siemens Energy engineers led by Service Engineering Manager Jonathan Swasey.
Wright is a member of the US steering committee, which also includes Preston Walsh, combustion turbine supervisor at Great River Energy, and J R McKinney, site supervisor, Arkansas Electric Co-op Corp. Communication among V users is facilitated by the organization’s forum, hosted at www.PowerUsers.org.
Dig deeper into the Siemens Energy presentations by accessing the slide decks posted on the OEM’s customer extranet portal at https://cep.siemens-energy.com (users only).