Power demand is not restricted to safe and stable locations. Power plants also operate in locations where there is a high risk, be it man-made or natural hazards. Carrying out operation and maintenance on large, static power plants under such circumstances can be challenging, and dealing with these challenges requires planning and preparation one wouldn’t consider in secure locations. How does one deal with such challenges? GTW has been examining the issue.
NET Power has successfully achieved first fire of its supercritical CO2 demonstration power plant and test facility in La Porte, Texas, USA. This included firing of the 50 MW Toshiba commercial scale combustor, which involved integrated operation of the full NET Power process. NET Power said that it is targeting global deployment of 300 MW commercial scale plants beginning in 2022. GTW gets an update on the key developments that have been made.
A mechanical efficiency of 34.5% coupled with extremely low emissions makes the MGT 6000 gas turbine among the most modern designs in the 6 MW category. Combined heat and power plants equipped with this turbine achieve efficiency of up to 90%.
Tampa Electric to reuse 1970s- vintage steam turbine in highly efficient HA-class combined cycle repowering project to boost site power, improve efficiency, cut emissions.
With close to 100 units already in service since its launch 15 years ago, the Siemens SGT-700 industrial gas turbine is now set to finally make its mark on the Chinese CHP sector with a new project in Guangdong province.
With validation of the first GT36 gas turbine completed in 2017 and new manufacturing ramped up in Genoa, Italy, during 2018, Ansaldo Energia is set to roll out its first commercial use of the new turbine at the H-class Minhang combined cycle power plant in China. It marks a new chapter in the drive for flexibility in thermal power.
Egypt has completed construction of three combined cycle gas turbine projects in just 27.5 months. GTW was part of a press visit to Beni Suef, one of the massive 4800 MW plants, which all use Siemens’ advanced H-class technology.
GE’s 6B gas turbine fleet has reached 40 years of operation, with the first unit starting up in 1978 and still running. Now, GE has reached its first agreement to repower three 6B gas turbines at a site in Asia.
Europe’s first GE 9EMax gas turbine upgrade has been carried out at an IPP project in the Czech Republic. The upgrade will not only boost plant performance but will also lower running costs and extend plant life.
GE has introduced its Cross-Fleet Solutions portfolio – a range of capabilities to service and advance the performance and reliability of other original equipment manufacturers’ gas turbines. The first units to be targeted are the SGT-800 and 501F machines.