Rapid industrialisation, increased power demand and resulting power supply constraints in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region put the area’s diesel genset market on track to grow by as much as 68% by 2018, according to a new report from research consultancy Frost & Sullivan (F&S).

The sales value of gensets in the GCC is predicted to grow from $564.6 million in 2011 to as much as $950.4 million in 2018, according to the report, Strategic Analysis of GCC Diesel Genset Market. Among the market drivers seen are increasing investments in infrastructure projects, especially in the UAE and Saudi Arabia; power transmission and distribution bottlenecks; and resultant power shortages.

Hemanth Nayak, a F&S research analyst, said: ‘Projected high growth in the infrastructure, commercial and retail segments is expected to drive the demand for standby and prime power gensets.’


Qatari genset market on the rise

Qatar’s rental power market is set to grow at a CAGR of 23.3% to 2020, according to new analysis.

A report from market research firm 6Wresearch found that gensets will be the prime beneficiary of a construction boom around the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which Qatar will host in 2022, involving investment of over $200 billion in public and private infrastructure, hotels and stadiums.

According to the report, Qatar Power Rental Market (2014-2020): Market Forecast By Genset Types (Diesel and Non-Diesel Gensets), By KVA Ratings, By Applications (Utilities, Oil & Gas, Industrial & Construction, Quarrying and Mining and others) and Regions (North and South), the country’s southern region is key to the market’s overall growth, with the cities of Doha, Al-Rayyan and Al-Wakrah playing significant roles. A boost in tourism and the resulting construction of hotels, airports, stadiums and hospitals, as well as expanded transport infrastructure, is expected to provide a significant boost for the rental genset market.

Among the key players in Qatar’s rental genset market are RSS, JTC, Byrne Investments, Hertz, Aggreko, Qatar Building Company, Al Reyami and Qatari Industrial Equipment


MTU Onsite Energy’s new gensets use highway engines

Rolls-Royce has announced the launch of new gensets from MTU Onsite Energy with a power output range of 80-200 kWe.

The new 4R0120 and 6R0120 gensets, containing Mercedes-Benz OM924LA and OM926LA diesel engines, represent the first time on-highway engines have been adapted for power generation applications, Rolls-Royce said.

According to the company, the gensets’ additional features include EPA Tier 3 electronic fuel systems; new rear or side-facing control panels; and a new weatherproof base and enclosure.

The 80-200 kWe product line is the result of a three-year collaboration between MTU Onsite Energy and Daimler AG. Taking an on-highway engine predominantly used in Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner medium-duty trucks and buses, the engineering team at MTU Onsite Energy converted the engine for use in an off-highway power generation application for the first time.

Following the on- to off-highway diesel engine conversion, Rolls-Royce said the complete gensets were subjected to runtime endurance tests. For nearly three months, the gensets operated 24/7 while enduring wide load ranges and weather conditions. Each genset was run on an automated load bank that incorporated strenuous load steps, including a 0-100% load demand step every hour throughout the 2000-hour runtime period. The gensets were also tested in temperatures ranging from -35°C to 24°C.


Gas-fired genset revenues expected to total nearly $147bn by 2024

The market for natural gas-fired gensets is expected to show steady growth over the next 10 years despite a short-term slowdown due to volatility in the oil and gas market, according to a recent report from analysis firm Navigant Research.

Between 2015 and 2024, the market is predicted to reach $147 billion.

‘The reciprocating engines used in natural gas gensets are used for many different types of distributed power generation, from small portable purposes to large, multi-MW installations,’ said Taylor Embury, a research analyst. ‘Natural gas gensets are also gaining ground in backup and standby application.’

According to the report, the use of dual-fuel gensets is increasing as they offer a middle ground between reliable diesel and lower-cost and lower-emission gas. Navigant noted that a lack of gas infrastructure is a barrier to adoption in emerging economies, but that dual-fuel gensets can be a bridging technology and can encourage the development of further gas infrastructure.


Himoinsa extends Scania genset power range

QaHimoinsa has announced that it has extended the power range of its generator sets using Scania engines by 150 kVA.

The firm has introduced three new models of 50 Hz gensets with Scania engines to its product range, with a power range of 700 kVA.

The new models are the HSW-610 T5, HSW-660 T5 and HSW-705 T5 gensets, with engines that the firm says offer a better cylinder capacity to power ratio.

The new HSW gensets join previous offerings with the same power range, which feature Doosan and MTU engines.

The company’s full range includes gensets equipped with Yanmar, Iveco, Scania, MTU, Doosan, Hatz and Lombardini engines with power outputs ranging from 10 kVA to 750 kVA.


Cummins gensets to power Iraq villa complex

Cummins Power Generation’s distributor in Iraq, Modern Iraq Company for Trading Agencies (MICTA), has installed an on-site power solution in a residential area of Erbil in northeastern Iraq.

The 22 MW installation will serve a 750,000 m2 site housing 2500 villas, a primary school, public gardens, a health centre, a supermarket, a mosque, an administrative centre and sewage and electrical systems.

The power solution is based on 13 enclosed 0.4 kV Cummins gensets operated in parallel. The installation includes nine C2250D5 and four C1100D5 units featuring Cummins QSK60-G4 and QST30-G4 engines.

MICTA served as mechanical and electrical contractor for the project, and also designed the genset room.

The firm said it supplied and installed 0.4/33 kV step-up transformers – nine 2000 kVA and four 1000 kVA – and a single 33/0.4 kV step-down transformer.


Altaaqa Global opens office in South Africa

Dubai-based Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power has opened a new branch in Johannesburg, South Africa aimed at serving countries including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Peter den Boogert, General Manager of Altaaqa Global, said the new branch would provide southern Africa with the most advanced power plant packaged systems, remote monitoring, and fuel-efficient gas-, diesel- or dual-fuel-fired gensets. ‘Altaaqa Global and its sister company in Saudi Arabia have a total combined fleet of 1400 MW rental power plant generation readily available to serve the southern African region,’ he said.


Cummins 250 kW genset set for retrofit

Cummins Power Generation is to ship a 250 kW industrial gas-fired genset to New Jersey for a retrofit by US-based combustion engine optimisation firm Coates International.

Coates has announced that the first Cummins genset is to be delivered to the company in New Jersey. President and CEO George Coates said: ‘This genset will be tested under full load in its original state. After testing is completed, it will be inspected and dismantled and then retrofitted with the Coates Spherical Rotary Valve System and retested to complete the A & B comparison steady state tests.

‘All 2700 parts and components that are removed from the engine will be on display. These parts will be replaced by two CSRV assembly shafts that utilise no engine oil.’