Aggreko beats big freeze to power US football’s big game

The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers American football teams were not the only power on display at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas during last month’s Super Bowl.

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As the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced some of the coldest winter temperatures in decades, Aggreko provided large-scale power generation and heating for the entire event, including the half-time show.

Following months of planning and preparation, Aggreko’s major events division powered everything from lighting and video during The Black Eyed Peas’ half-time performance to stadium security. Aggreko also provided power and temperature control for the international media compounds broadcasting the event to a worldwide television, internet and radio audience.

“This is Aggreko’s 21st year supporting the big game and its many festivities, and each event brings a unique experience,” said Gordy Broussard, vice president, National Sales and Marketing, Aggreko North America. “As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and the sheer size of the new stadium makes this one of Aggreko’s largest supply of uninterrupted power and heating for a single event.”

Aggreko also powered both teams’ practice facilities and several celebration sites and VIP areas. Services included 13 MW of generator power ” enough for approximately 3000 medium-sized homes ” as well as 4600 kW of heating and about 80 km of cable distributed in and around the stadium

“This job required finding creative ways to distribute 50 miles of cable in and around the building and installing temporary utilities while keeping the area safe and not detracting from the beauty of this amazing facility,” said Broussard.

Aggreko had the support of its national network of more than 50 service centres and a team of 12 dedicated employees, who began installing the complex array of equipment weeks prior to the game. Dismantling required an additional two weeks after the final whistle blew.

Wärtsilä receives 170 MW engine and equipment orders from Timor-Leste

Wärtsilä has received an order to supply engines and other equipment for a power plant project in Hera in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, formerly known as East Timor.

In addition to this order, Wärtsilä has also signed a contract for another power plant project in Betano, also in Timor-Leste, for which the notice to proceed is expected in the first half of 2011.

The power plant order for Hera in the northern part of the country has been placed by Puri Akraya Engineering Ltd, a company contracted by the Timor-Leste government for the project.

Wärtsilä’s scope of supply includes seven Wärtsilä 18V46 generating sets with a gross output of some 120 MW, as well as generators, auxiliaries, control systems and various related equipment. The Betano site project, to be delivered to the same contractor, includes eight Wärtsilä 18V46 generating sets with a gross output of more than 135 MW, as well as other related equipment. The Hera Power Plant is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2012, with 50 MW operational by the end of 2011.

The Betano Power Plant is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2012. While initially the power plants will run on heavy fuel oil (HFO), it is expected that they will be later converted to natural gas operation.

These power plant projects are an important part of the Timor-Leste government’s modernization programme. The aim is to improve the country’s infrastructure and to achieve national electrification.

This includes the construction of power stations and the development of a national grid. Timor-Leste, with a population of 1 million, is rich in natural resources and the development of oil and gas production in its offshore waters has enabled the modernization programme to be initiated.

Rolls-Royce diesel gensets to supply power to Tanzania, Madagascar

Rolls-Royce has been awarded contracts to provide 11 Bergen B32:40 diesel gensets to the electrical authorities of Tanzania and Madagascar.

Their role will be to help both countries meet their increasing demand for electricity to support economic and industrial growth from late 2011 onwards.

Working with its consortium partner, Semco Maritime, Rolls-Royce will install ten B32:40V16 sets, each rated at 6.29 MW, in Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania. The 60 MW power plant is scheduled to be completed within 12 months from the contract date.

The flexibility of the engines to burn heavy fuel oil was one of the key reasons the country’s electrical supply company, Tanesco, selected the Rolls-Royce Bergen B32:40 engines for the new station.

This repowering project will replace a number of older diesel generating sets that are scheduled for disposal due to the high cost of maintenance.

The contract for the 11th Bergen B32:40 powered generating set was awarded by Broadcrown, an independent manufacturer of power generation systems with group headquarters in England.

This generating set will use a nine-cylinder engine, also burning heavy fuel oil, and will be installed at the Mahajanga power station operated by Jirama, the Madagascar Electric Utility. The contract awarded to Rolls-Royce by Broadcrown includes the supply of strategic spare parts and the labour required to commission the installation, which will be sited on the northwest coast of the Indian Ocean island, the fourth biggest island in the world.

“We are extremely pleased to be helping the people of Tanzania and Madagascar by providing a much needed supply of electricity,” said Charlie Athanasia, executive vice president of power generation.

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