Equipment, Equipment & Technology, Latin America

Genset Focus

Issue 5 and Volume 17.

Gensets help to modernize Peruvian seaport

Rolls-Royce has provided three MTU Onsite Energy 20V 4000 gensets to be installed at the Port of Callao, Peru’s chief seaport and the largest port on South America’s West Coast.

The port is owned by APM Terminals, a transnational company that manages ports worldwide. The firm is currently implementing an extensive modernization to increase the port’s capacity, ability to handle large vessels, and capability to support Peru’s growing agriculture sector.

JJC General Contractors South America is handling the port’s modernization project and also managed the genset installation.

The Series 4000 genset delivers a power output of 3250 kWe through the 20-cylinder configuration of the MTU Series 4000 engine. If power to the seaport is lost, an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) will transfer the electrical load to MTU Onsite Energy’s backup power solution within seconds, Rolls-Royce said.

Authorized distributor Detroit Diesel MTU Peru commissioned the project, developed the engineering, delivered and installed the system and performed final performance tests with the systems.

Centrax launches new gas turbine genset

Centrax Gas Turbines has announced the first two sales of the Siemens SGT-300 2S gas turbine to the industrial power generation market.

The latest generation of the Siemens SGT-300 is a twin shaft variant which Centrax said exceeds 34% efficiency, making the CX300-2S the most efficient 8 MW gas turbine on the market. The company added that, with its steam raising capability, the CX300-2S is an excellent choice for cogeneration.

The first order is with Ahlstrom, a world leader in the production of sulphurized paper for cooking based in Saint Séverin, near Bordeaux, France. The CX300-2S installation will be managed by Engie and the gas turbine will produce steam and electricity for the plant and its processes. Handover is due in January 2017.

The second order is for Mayr-Melnhof Karton, a board mill in Eerbeek, Holland. The large carton board producing company approached Centrax for possible solutions to update their Netherlands-based mill; the CX300-2S was selected because of its fit for both performance and thermal output. Handover is planned for June 2017.

Circor Energy’s RTK announces new actuator line

RTK, a Circor Energy brand, has launched the next generation of its REact electric actuator product family.

The company says the React actuator is 60% more energy-efficient than previous versions and other market-available products.

The next-generation REact actuators offer a number of new technological advantages, such as an optimized positioner; applied Brushless DC motor technology; a compact, modular structure; variable actuator speeds and versatile electric plug-in connectors.

A patented adaptive spindle system reduces the structural height of the REact 60E and 100E. The new REpos positioner offers data logging functions, a micro USB interface, and a graphic display.

New alternator range from Cummins

Cummins Generator Technologies has announced the launch of a standardized range of low, medium and high voltage alternators under its AvK product brand.

The firm said its AvK alternators, including the new standardized option, are the first in the world to achieve wide-ranging safety certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc). It added that the range, from 600 kVA to 11,000 kVA, is UL-approved, enabling OEMs to integrate AvK alternators pre-approved into their gensets.

The range has also been engineered to meet global grid code regulations. Standard options include: machine type, core length, number of poles, voltage and frequency; bearing type; centre height; footprint; shaft ending; terminal box and auxiliary terminal box arrangement; ingress protection to IP23, and cooling method to IC01.

Trevor French, General Manager of AvK Sales & Marketing, said: ‘Our focus has traditionally been to develop bespoke products for our customers and while this remains a key option in the AvK brand portfolio, we also recognize the need for a cost-effective, rapid response approach in a challenging and dynamic market. Reduced variability in specification fosters efficient production cycles, improved common component stock availability, and an ability to leverage suppliers through multi-item purchasing. The standard machines are listed in our catalogues and include optional features to meet specific needs.’

Aggreko partners with Bowman Power Group

Aggreko has announced a strategic partnership with UK-based Bowman Power Group.

In 2014 the two firms began a technology evaluation project to assess the effectiveness of combining Bowman’s Electric Turbo Compounding (ETC) system with the Cummins KTA50-G3, the core engine in Aggreko’s fleet of rental gensets.

The ETC system recovers waste heat energy from engine exhaust, converting it to useful power. Initial trials demonstrated a 4% additional power output and 5% improved fuel consumption, and subsequently the firms agreed to a formal programme to further explore the collaboration.

Dr Toby King, CEO of Bowman Power Group, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this partnership, which is a major milestone for Bowman, and further validation of our technology.

‘Our companies are working together to develop the highest-efficiency power generation package in the industry, which could offer a significant benefit to Aggreko customers.’

Chris Weston, CEO of Aggreko, said: ‘This partnership demonstrates Aggreko’s pursuit of innovation in our product strategy, and ongoing commitment to provide world-leading power solutions to our customers.

‘We are looking forward to partnering with Bowman to further evaluate and develop a high-efficiency rental solution.’

RWG in UAE genset maintenance contract win

Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA OPCO) has awarded RWG a three-year support agreement, with the option for a one-year extension, to maintain their operational fleet of Siemens Industrial RB211 gas-fired gensets. The contract was awarded through local partner Al Ahlia Oilfields Development Company, and the scope includes scheduled overhaul of the gensets as well as field service support and maintenance.

RWG said it has made a long-term commitment to the UAE, with an established workshop and resident field service presence for over 18 years. This latest award demonstrates the importance of continued investment in the region, enabling RWG to ensure the availability and reliability of critical equipment used in the processing of hydrocarbons.

Mark Forsyth, RWG Industrial and Marine Business Director, said: ‘We are delighted to secure this latest contract from ADMA OPCO. We recognize the many challenges faced by operators in the oil and gas market, so RWG is focused on delivering high quality, OEM-approved maintenance services to meet the financial and operational objectives of our customers.’

RWG has completed over 800 Industrial RB211 engine overhauls over the last 26 years, including advanced technology ‘GT’ (aero Trent) equipment operated by ADMA OPCO.

Himoinsa supplies emergency power for French hospital

Himoinsa has supplied two HTW1550 T5 gensets with Mitsubishi engines for backup power to the University Hospital Institute (UHI) in Strasbourg, France. The UHI is the new part of Strasbourg Civil Hospital, a leading centre in image-guided and minimally invasive surgery. The new building that houses the Institute, which is equipped with cutting-edge surgical technology, is connected to two separate power grids. The power supply is distributed with separate loads that are combined in a common busbar.

The project required emergency gensets that are capable of synchronizing with two separate power grids and that, in the event of an outage on either grid, can supply 1550 kVA of power in 10 seconds. The installation must comply with French environmental and noise emissions regulations, and ensure a secure power supply during transformer maintenance on the main grids.

Himoinsa said it guaranteed continuous power supply with a synchronized startup system. Up to 2.4 MW of power can be supplied, double the current needs of this new part of the hospital. By installing load demand-based management or wattmetric management, Himoinsa explained, the control units detect existing demand. If this exceeds a set threshold, both gensets work in parallel to supply up to 3100 kVA of power at specific times to cover demand peaks.

The control systems are redundant with two control units in each genset, so that the gensets can continue to function if either of them breaks down.