MTU Onsite Energy has supplied six black start diesel gensets for a gas turbine power plant being built around 100 km north of Kuwait City.

The 500 MWe plant, owned by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water, will expand the existing Sabiya power and water distillation plant.

MTU says gensets based on its 20-cylinder Series 4000 units, each delivering 2700 kVA, have been containerised to meet the hot, humid and dusty ambient desert conditions in Kuwait.

The six gensets will be used for emergency power to ensure that the firing system and control electronics of the plant’s two gas turbines are fed electrical power within 15 seconds, enabling them to ramp up reliably, the company said.

MTU distributor AR Albisher & Z Alkazemi was responsible for the design, engineering, procurement and installation.

Kuwait’s reliance on domestic petroleum production means diesel fuel is cheaper there than in other countries, while a surge in new construction projects means rising demand for diesel gensets.

Himoinsa launches 13 genset models

Himoinsa has announced the launch of 13 genset models with new Doosan engines, extending the power range by up to 750 kVA in prime power and 823 kVA in standby.

The new models include six at 50 Hz (HDW460 T5, HDW535 T5, HDW580 T5, HDW645 T5, HDW675 T5 and HDW750 T5) and seven at 60 Hz (HDW460 T6, HDW510 T6, HDW555 T6, HDW605 T6, HDW660 T6, HDW710 T6, HDW745 T6).

The new models incorporate engines that provide an increase in power of up to 21% and an ATB improvement of up to 16%, Himoinsa said. The previous power range for industrial gensets with Doosan engines was 118 kVA to 657 kVA in prime power.

Himoinsa says it now offers a complete range of industrial generator sets powered with Yanmar, Himoinsa, Iveco, Scania, MTU, Doosan, Hatz and Lombardini engines and ranging from 10 to 750 kVA.

The gensets with Doosan engines offer one of the broadest ranges in terms of generated power, the company said.

Yanmar to acquire 70% stake in Himoinsa

Himoinsa has signed a consolidated operation agreement with Japanese diesel engine firm Yanmar, which will give the latter a 70% stake in its business.

Himoinsa said the agreement will strengthen the market positions of both companies and enable Himoinsa to add generator engines to its product line.

Himoinsa president Francisco Gracia said the relationship with Yanmar has been excellent since the beginning of their collaboration in the genset business in 2006, and that this step is a logical evolution of the relationship.

No changes in company names, branding or employee structure is expected to occur at either firm.

‘We believe the bond created between the two companies will be stronger than if we were operating separately,’ said Gracia.

‘It will also give us a more prominent position in the global market.’

Sterling Generators to focus on Indian market

Indian genset company Sterling Generators has announced its aim to expand its domestic market share with a focus on the sub-500 kVA market segment.

The firm’s president, Sanjay Jadhav, said it will produce gensets in the range of 10 kVA to 500 kVA for small and medium enterprises such as commercial buildings, offices, and small and medium engineering facilities.

‘For the last two to three years, the genset market of India remained flat,’ Jadhav said. ‘But now the conditions are improving from the last one year. There is a sign of recovery. The demand will grow on account of power shortages and growth across other sectors such as industries, infrastructure, telecommunication and information technology (IT), and IT-enabled services. Now, our focus is to target the small and medium domestic genset market.’

To this end, the firm aims to expand its Indian dealer network from 60 to 120. It will be competing in the domestic market with genset players such as Kirloskar, Cummins, APR Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Currently, domestic genset sales make up 15% of Sterling’s revenue.

Diesel gensets keep the lights on in US capital

During a power outage this month in the US state of Maryland and neighbouring Washington DC, emergency diesel generators provided power to hospitals, office buildings, emergency response centres, rail stations and other critical facilities, the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) reports.

‘With their self-contained fuel supply, rapid response time and strength in electrical load-carrying capacity, diesel generators are the technology of choice for emergency backup power,’ said Allen Schaeffer, the DTF’s executive director.

‘Today’s power outage in Maryland and Washington DC reinforces the growing reliance we have on continuous electrical power, and the importance of planning to ensure continuity of service,’ he added. ‘Fortunately, most key government facilities, communications and transportation networks have emergency backup generators and the majority of those are powered by diesel engines.’

Following 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, state governments implemented emergency backup power programmes at government facilities and key businesses such as petrol service stations and fire departments. Among these was Maryland’s Emergency Resilience Grant Program and New Jersey’s Energy Development grant programme, which help businesses to fund the installation of switchgear or purchase a backup generator.

In almost all instances, diesel generators are the only source of power generation that meets US federal and state requirements for 10-second startup and electrical load-carrying capacity, Schaeffer noted.

Gas genset market poised for rapid growth

The natural gas-fired genset segment is poised for rapid growth according to new analysis, with annual installations expected to reach 27.2 GW by 2024 (up from 12.9 GW in 2015) and to generate $146.8 billion in revenue by that year.

A new report from Navigant Research shows that the expected growth will be focused on markets where inexpensive gas is widely available, such as North America. And, according to the report, the increasing popularity of dual-fuel gensets is blurring the line between diesel- and gas-fired installations, offering ‘an interesting middle ground’ in developing regions where there is currently no adequate gas infrastructure but it is expected in future, such as Latin America and Africa.

New programme to train technicians on gensets

A new training programme for the genset industry is now underway, the Association of Manufacturers of Power Generating Systems (AMPS) has announced.

The programme, unveiled in late March, offers modular courses giving technicians the skills to test, commission and service diesel engine-based gensets to a standardised level of competency, AMPS said. The trade body’s member companies will deliver the courses at their own facilities, with a curriculum designed by AMPS. The companies currently offering the training include MTU Onsite Energy, Cummins, Scania, Volvo Penta, Mecc Alte, DSE, IPU Group and ABB.

The course modules will focus on engine, generator, control, switchgear, installation and commissioning, design and practice, basic electricity, and health and safety. The course will be offered at two levels, with Level 2 candidates required to attend sessions from two different engine, generator and control manufacturers.

AMPS director general Paul Blything said: ‘It’s early days, but we aspire to make the AMPS training accreditation a pre-requisite of credibility in the marketplace and within the industry.’