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The latest news, project announcements, reports, policy, legislation concerning electricity generation across global power and energy sectors, focusing on renewable energy news, fossil fuel, natural gas, hydrogen, clean energy, nuclear power and energy storage. This news will include digitalisation projects and smart grid developments in the power generation space.

Tanzianian project under construction

TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. and Ocelot Energy Inc. are working on their (US)$300 million Songo Songo gas-to-electricity project in Tanzania, with full project agreement and finalized financing expected in the first half of this year. Commercial operation should begin in early 1998. The government of Tanzania, TransCanada and Ocelot have signed an agreement to invest (US)$50 million to own and operate the project for the first 20 years. The World Bank and the European Investment Bank have stated i

Interlocks

Interlocks integrate with all makes and sizes of manually operated valves without modification. With minor modification, they operate with hydraulic or electrical actuators. Interlocks are tamperproof, weatherproof, maintenance-free and require no hot work or drilling for installation. They are manufactured from grade 316L stainless steel to ISO 9001 standards. Available in single- and dual-key configurations for rising and non-rising handwheel and quarter-turn lever-operated valves. The Prosafe

Indicator

Combining a phase sequence indicator and a motor rotation indicator into a single pocket-size unit, the Fastphaser quickly and easily connects any three-phase motor or generator. It eliminates the risk of personal injury or damage to machinery incurred by "bumping" a motor in the wrong direction, and its wide frequency range covers not only 50-Hz and 60-Hz supplies, but everything from low-frequency traction supplies to aircraft servo systems at 400 Hz and above. Because of its high sensitivity,

Solar costs more, but can be worth it

Elektrizitatswek der Stadt Zurich (EWZ) is offering its customers the chance to pay 10 times as much for their electricity, and two-thirds of them are excited about it. EWZ mailed a circular to 3,500 customers, giving them the option of using solar power for at least part of their electricity needs. In an early tally of responses, two-thirds indicated they would like to participate in a solar program, even if it meant higher electric bills.

Predictive maintenance system

EMONITOR system contains a data collector, Dataline, which allows the system to be used for extended periods in the field without a carrying case and a battery which lasts more than 6 hours. Pathfinder technology enables Dataline`s internal memory storage of up to 800 points with overall spectrum measurements, and the use of PCMCIA memory cards removes any restriction on storage capacity. In addition, EMONITOR system offers data links to most commercially available data collectors, as well as Da

ACAA issues call for papers

The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) has issued a call for papers for its 12th international symposium on Management and Use of Coal Combustion Byproducts. The symposium, with the theme "Innovation for a Sustainable Future," will be held Jan. 26-30, 1997 in Orlando, Fla., USA. Approximately 100 papers will be accepted for presentation and publication from abstracts of 200 words or less. More information on the conference is available from the ACAA at (703) 317-2400 or by fax at (703) 317-240

Taking out the hydrocarbons for a cleaner, greener facility

Klargester Environmental Engineering Ltd. of Aylesbury, Bucks, UK, installed a 50,000-liter Bypass Petrol Interceptor as the main system to prevent oil spills along the River Severn from National Power`s Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire. The coal-fired facility receives fuel by truck and rail so the accumulation of engine oil and other hydrocarbons on road surfaces is a potential high-water-pollution risk, especially during rainy weather when stormwater can drain through the plant drainage

Daya Bay awaits new guide tubes

China`s Daya Bay nuclear power station, which closed down in April due to design problems, is back on line and operating at full power. Framatome, the manufacturer of the troublesome guide tubes, fitted both units at the site with extra guide tubes. The next step in correcting the problem calls for Framatome to replace all the guide tubes in both reactors.

UK electricity group warns against possible windfall tax

The UK Electricity Association is warning that a windfall tax on the industry could damage both the industry and economy. The association said increased profits since privatization resulted from efficiency gains, technology upgrades and competition; therefore, profits have been earned and should not be considered a "windfall."

Wartsila contracts for Punta Cana 12-MW extension

Wartsila Diesel Inc. has signed a (US)$12 million turnkey contract with Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao S.A. for a 12-MW extension to its existing power plant at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The new plant will contain three Wartsila12V32 diesel generator sets and is scheduled for completion around the middle of next year.

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