MAN B&W is a major supplier of diesel engines for stationary power generation. Its diesel generating sets range from 500-kW emergency power generating units used for small-scale factory applications up to 150-MW turnkey diesel power stations serving regions not covered by a national grid system. The world?s first large-scale diesel power station was built in the city of Kiev, Ukraine. This station had six MAN four-cylinder, four-stroke engines.
Ringhals 1 nuclear power plant in Sweden set a new production record in January, an accomplishment which is being attributed to the six new custom advanced-design LP rotors installed at the plant late last year. The unit is reported to be producing more than 40 additional MW.
Southern Co. of the United States has completed a (US)1.7 billion takeover of South Western Electricity (Sweb). Sweb is the first UK electricity company taken over by a foreign entity. The agreement came only after a six-week fight.
Of 16 countries included in a recent survey, Germany reported the highest electricity prices, although a recent court ruling against the country`s coal tax is expected to drop prices there in early 1996. The coal tax in Germany adds approximately 8.5 percent to the price of electricity. There is, however, speculation that the tax reduction will not be passed on to consumers, as the government may introduce a new energy tax.
Final agreements have been signed by General Atomics of San Diego, Calif., USA, and Russia`s Ministry of Atomic Energy (MINATOM), authorizing a joint program to design and develop a gas turbine-modular helium reactor (GT-MHR) for use in Russia.
The dissolving of Great Britain`s national electric utility, the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), brought many changes to the power generation industry in that country. This new industry landscape was the setting for the emergence of a new private generating company, PowerGen. No longer bound to ways from the past, the utility was free to try new ideas in producing electricity.
Distribution automation (DA) and demand-side management (DSM) are evolving, blurring the lines that once separated these technologies from traditional customer service and marketing. DA was initially concerned with technology to assist engineers and technicians in the field, and to eliminate manhours in outages and routine tasks. DSM grew from the need to shave peaks and fill valleys, eliminating or reducing the need for additional capacity, saving capital costs.
China`s electrical power industry is growing rapidly; older SCADA/EMS systems have to be expanded and improved and new ones added; vendors must be aware of Chinese requirements
Interview by Helmut Sendner, Contributing Editor, with Dr. Fritz P. Ruess, Siemens Power Ventures Inc., Managing Director, Erlangen, Germany
For the best opportunities in electricity today, all roads lead to China, and in April, industry leaders from around the globe traveled to Shenzen for a panoramic view of the many business avenues and challenges. The Second Power Engineering International China Electric Power Industry Forum, focusing on the nation`s growing electric power generation industry, surveyed both the present and future profiles of the local electrical industries.