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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.
German producers of electric power plant equipment are looking more at the international markets. After the modernization of 4,000-MW power plants in the eastern part of Germany and the construction of approximately 10,000 MW of new capacity, there is a foreseeable slack period for the order books. In addition, Western Germany had no need for the additional capacity of new coal-fired plants. However, there is still a need for building small cogeneration units with gas engines and gas turbines
Coal-fired power plants with efficiencies of 45 percent or greater, and low CO2, are now being offered by the German companies such as ABB, Siemens, Babcock, EVT, MAN Energie and Steinm?ller in capacities of 500, 600 and 700 MW. According to the companies, the high efficiency is possible through the use of new materials that allow higher temperatures in the boilers and turbines of up to 580 C and pressures up to 285 bar.
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.
Shanghai Electric Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Corp. have agreed to form several joint-venture companies in China. The new companies will design and manufacture power generation equipment. They are expected to begin operations by the end of the year, pending government approvals.
POWER-GEN Asia `95 is coming to the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center on Sept. 27-29, 1995. One highlight of this year`s event will be the launch of Singapore Power, the company that will take over the electricity and gas operations of Singapore`s Public Utilities Board (PUB), a state-owned utility that is to be privatized soon.
Combined-cycle efficiencies of up to 60 percent are now possible when advanced gas turbine technology is utilized