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JCB generates power at the UK’s major music festivals

Leading international temporary power provider, Power Logistics Ltd, has purchased eight new JCB generators to power some of the most prestigious events in the UK’s sporting and entertainment calendars.

The four JCB G380Q and four JCB G550Q models, which deliver 380 kVA and 550 kVA respectively, are powered by Scania engines with Newage Stamford alternators and are fitted with zinc-coated, sound-attenuated canopies. Already this summer they have been responsible for bringing electricity to Silverstone, Epsom Racecourse and a Bon Jovi concert.

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Their latest high-profile roles came at the Big Chill and V Festivals. The Big Chill featured music and comedy artists, including Leonard Cohen and the Mighty Boosh, while acts such as Amy Winehouse, The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs and The Feeling took to the V Festival stage.

All eight of the new generators were in action at the festivals, providing lighting, video and PA system services during the different acts, as part of Power Logistics’ role of delivering power flow across the sites.

Mike Whitehouse, Power Logistics sales manager, said: “We have selected JCB for our latest batch of high-capacity generators based on several key criteria. As part of our significant expansion plans, we are looking to extend our services internationally, and the recognition of the JCB brand worldwide will help us break into new markets. The combination of our logistical experience and JCB’s manufacturing expertise and worldwide network gives a unique package and competitive edge.

“For major projects such as V and The Big Chill, our generator sets are synchronized to ensure against power failure. This means that, in the unlikely event of a generator failing, the other takes the full load à‚— ensuring a constant power supply and peace of mind for the event organizers. One of the major attractions of the JCB product is their effective performance in this type of load sharing configuration.

“We have been extremely impressed with the models, which offer great benefits for our line of work. The build quality is excellent, the components are of the highest standard and, being able to operate on bio-fuel, we can offer our customers an eco-friendly solution. Visually they look great à‚— which is also a key consideration now at live and televised events.

“Finally, the service we have received from JCB and our dealer Holt JCB, has been first class at every stage of the process à‚— from specification to after sales support. They are knowledgeable, offer a well-designed and thought-out product, and the access to worldwide backup is unrivalled. We are looking forward to a long and successful working partnership”

Power Logistics has built an international reputation as one of the leading temporary power providers for concerts, festivals, corporate hospitality and sporting events. The company has supplied power all around the globe, from the largest international events to private occasions, offering generators from 10 kW up to multi-megawatt power provision packages.

The company was founded in 2001 by owners Beverly and Pete Wills, who have operated in the sector since the late 1970s and have handled shows for artists such as Queen, Bob Dylan, U2 and Pink Floyd in addition to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

JCB Power Products, the JCB business unit responsible for generators, has made great strides in the industry since the inception of the division in late 2006, with sales into the waste and recycling, quarrying and construction sectors and for use as back-up supply for commercial applications.

MAN Diesel to build EDF power plants

MAN Diesel, a provider of large-bore diesel engines for marine propulsion systems and power plant applications, has been awarded an order from the French energy company EDF for the construction of three diesel powered stations in its overseas departments of Reunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as one in French Guyana and two in Corsica.

The contract means that all French departments that are not on the European mainland will be supplied with electricity from MAN Diesel engines. The total order volume is around €1.3bn ($1.8bn), with MAN Diesel supplying a share worth more than €750m.

The order includes the delivery of 54 large, 18V48/60 diesel engines with a total power output of 1025 MW. All of the power stations are designed as baseload power plants, which mean that they are the primary source of electrical energy to the local power grid.

The 54 engines will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France, sustainably strengthening MAN Diesel’s French production facility. The six turnkey diesel power plants will go on grid between 2010 and 2012.

Georg Pachta-Reyhofen, chairman of the executive board of MAN Diesel, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have succeeded in winning this order. Due to its exceptionally high volume, it of course has particular significance indeed, it is the largest order in the company’s history.”

Gensets to tackle Indian state power crisis

The Indian state government of Tamil Nadu is exploring various options to tide it over a power crisis and plans to hold talks with the owners of generator sets to purchase electricity.

After a consultative meeting with industry representatives at the Secretariat, electricity minister Arcot N Veeraswami said that it had been suggested that the state buy power from generators, which had the capacity to produce 3000 MW.

The state has been facing an unprecedented power crisis since July, mainly caused by the lack of any significant addition to the installed power capacity in the last decade. This led to the announcement of power cuts in July, extended to August.

“We will hold talks with genset owners. We will work out the cost at the meeting,” the minister said. The government would issue an order preventing the authorities from harassing industries buying diesel to power factories, he added.

The state did not resort to the scheduled power cuts, as wind generation was about 1500 MW, he said, and he hoped power would be available from this source until October end. Veeraswami ruled out buying power from other states for now as they were also suffering a crisis.

On unbundling TNEB operations, he said the government would set up a separate corporation for transmission, but would not privatize power in the state.

New alliance heralds next generation of power series diesel generators

Massey Ferguson has entered into an important stategic partnership with a Northern Ireland company, AJ Power, encompassing the development, production and distribution of diesel-powered generating sets to be supplied worldwide under Massey Ferguson’s Power Series brand, first established in 1988.

Operating to ISO 9001 quality management system standards within large modern facilities at Craigavon, near Belfast, AJ Power brings extensive specialist knowledge, expertize and understanding of the power generation market to its new partnership with Massey Ferguson, which commenced formally in late August 2008.

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AJ Power’s directors and senior managers share between them more than 40 years’ experience in the international power generation market and, in 2007, the company was judged by The Times newspaper, London, to be the UK’s fourth fastest-growing company.

At the heart of the Massey Ferguson Power Series generating sets now being manufactured by AJ Power are Sisu Diesel’s latest three-, four- and six-cylinder constant speed engines, giving power outputs from 15 kVA to 600 kVA 50 HZ at 1500 rpm.

The choice of Sisu engines as the principal power source for the new generation Power Series builds on AJ Power’s previous long experience utilising engines from Sisu Diesel, a sister company to Massey Ferguson within the AGCO Corporation.

Sisu engines have also been used successfully for the past 20 years in the Massey Ferguson famous range of tractors. Initially, around 20 different Power Series models will be offered by Massey Ferguson through its worldwide dealer network.

Suitable for back-up or principal power source applications, all are available in open or enclosed configuration, the latter being housed within a low-noise, sound-attenuated, corrosion-resistant enclosure giving full protection against the weather. All enclosed units are equipped with wide lockable doors, external radiator fill and an internal exhaust system. Open, or non-enclosed, Power Series generating sets come mounted on a heavy-duty frame to allow positioning and fixing on any sound, level surface within or outside a building or beneath a protective roof.

Irrespective of model type, all Massey Ferguson Power Series generating sets come complete and ready-to-run equipped with a state-of-the-art iLogic digital control system for optimum ease of set-up and operation. Key standard features include integral vibration-isolation mountings, heavy-duty intake air filtration, a Newage Stamford alternator with severe-environment insulation, a main circuit breaker with enhanced cable access, an inhibited cooling system and an integral fuel tank.

Massey Ferguson technical staff and dealers are able to provide customers with extensive information and assistance on generator selection, positioning and installation to comply fully with local regulations and safety standards worldwide.

Mexican president applauds Monterrey’s landfill gas plant as model renewable energy project

Mexican president Felipe Calderàƒ³n has toured Monterrey’s newly expanded landfill gas-to-energy project, where he praised GE Energy’s Jenbacher gas engine power plant as “a model renewable energy project” for Latin America.

The 12 MW project converts the Simeprode landfill’s gas into electricity, which is used to support the solid waste facility’s operations as well as Monterrey’s light-rail system during the day and city street lights at night. The electricity is also being sold at a discount rate to seven municipalities in the greater Monterrey region.

The landfill, operated by Bioelectrica de Monterrey, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary company from SEISA and Gentor, is located in Salinas Victoria just north of Monterrey, Mexico’s third largest city and capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leàƒ³n. The landfill gas plant is one of the most powerful of its kind in Latin America.

The renewable, on-site power plant is part of an ongoing solid waste modernization effort well-suited for developing regions where there is little or no access to transmission grids. The power plant, which was recognised as a model alternative energy project, qualified for funding from the World Bank’s Global Environment Fund to help reduce the region’s methane gas emissions.

“The financial viability of this project underscores our belief that Monterrey’s landfill gas plant will serve as a model renewable energy project for other countries throughout Central and South America,” President Calderàƒ³n said at today’s ceremony to mark the landfill project’s expansion.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and primary constituent of landfill gas. Reducing Simeprode’s annual site emissions by about 420 000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents by capturing and using the waste gas for power generation offers significant benefits to the region and additional revenues for the project owner through the sale of carbon credits.

“This landmark project is supporting the state of Nuevo Leàƒ³n’s à‚— and Mexico’s à‚— goals of expanding the use of landfill gas and other renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels to help reduce our industrial emissions,” said Nuevo Leàƒ³n governor José Natividad Gonzàƒ¡lez. The landfill plant’s expansion features five of GE Energy’s containerized J320 GS Jenbacher engines capable of generating a combined 5 MW of electricity.

The units were installed next to the existing 7 MW first phase of the plant, powered by seven J320 GS Jenbacher engines, bringing the total to 12 engines. GE Energy’s gas engine distributor for Mexico, Smith Power Products, Inc. of Salt Lake City, secured the engine order for the plant expansion. The development of such landfill gas projects is an important alternative energy priority for the region.

Rolls-Royce wins first Central Europe contracts for Industrial Trent

Two of Central Europe’s leading electrical power providers are the first customers in the region for Rolls-Royce Trent 60 generating sets, which will provide peak-time electrical power to Bratislava in Slovakia and Prostejov in the Czech Republic.

PPC Energy, of Slovakia, and Moravia Energo in the Czech Republic have selected the Wet Low Emissions (WLE) version of the industrial Trent 60 engine to provide cleaner energy at a lower cost as part of their modernisation programmes.

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Charlie Athanasia, vice-president of Power Generation for the Rolls-Royce energy business said: “The industrial Trent has now been selected as the recommended gas turbine for power generation projects around the world.

“Project developers continue to express a high level of interest in the Trent with its high simple cycle efficiency and industry-leading power density in its class. This translates into lower operating and installation costs as well as enhanced total life cycle value for our customers.”

The Moravia Energo installation, at a greenfield site southeast of Prague, will operate at times of peak demand, in addition to providing grid support.

The Trent 60 for PPC will be installed at an existing power station to provide 58 000 kWe to Slovakia at times of peak demand, when electrical power is required quickly for three or four hours.

The Trent 60 engines will be manufactured at the Rolls-Royce plant in Montreal, Canada.

A-Power Energy to build two distributed power generation stations in China

A-Power Energy Generation Systems has signed a $195m contract with the Jilin Glad Group to build two distributed power generation stations in Shulan City, in the Jilin province of China.

The two-phase project is expected to begin in September 2008, with the installation of a 24 MW power station valued at $54m.

The second phase of the project includes a 100 MW distributed power generation system valued at $141m. The project will begin in January 2009. The completion date is yet to be determined.

Jinxiang Lu, chairman and CEO of A-Power, said: “The signing of this contract is a testament to the market’s continued recognition of A-Power’s ability to design, construct and deliver local cost-effective power generation systems with the highest quality. With this contract, A-Power’s distributed power generation backlog has grown to exceed $800m, up from approximately $650m as of August, 2008.”

Wärtsilä to deliver €131m power plant to Pakistan

Wärtsilä, a leading provider of power plants for distributed and flexible power generation, has received another major order from Pakistan.

This latest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), worth €131m ($180m), has been placed by Nishat Chunian Power Ltd, an independent power producer (IPP). It will supply electricity to the country’s national grid.

The combined-cycle plant will have a total gross electrical power output of 200 MW. This order follows one signed by Wärtsilä earlier this year, and together these two projects, in combination with other Wärtsilä power plants already under construction or in operation in Pakistan, will produce a total generating capacity of more than 1500 MW.

The Nishat Chunian combined-cycle plant is due to be commissioned in March 2010. It will be located on the same site as the Nishat power plant in Jambar Kalan, Kasur District, near Lahore.

“Wärtsilä and the Nishat Group have worked together as a team throughout the development of both our IPP projects. Our first IPP project, developed by Nishat Power Ltd, is under construction, and we are very happy with the level of support that we have received from Wärtsilä. We were, therefore, pleased to award our second IPP project, developed by Nishat Chunian Ltd, also to Wärtsilä,” says Mian Mohammad Mansha, chairman of the Nishat Group.

The Nishat Chunian combined-cycle solution will comprise 11 Wärtsilä 18V46 generating sets, with exhaust recovery boilers supplying steam to a single steam turbine. The efficiency of Wärtsilä’s reciprocating engines is enhanced even further with the combined cycle concept. The Nishat Chunian power plant will have a notably high overall efficiency of 45 per cent for the lifetime of the plant when running on heavy fuel oil at site conditions. This level of efficiency on low-cost fuel oil will enable the generating costs to be very competitive.

Wärtsilä will not only supply the plant equipment, but it will also erect, test and commission the plant and provide local construction supervision. An operation and maintenance contract for the power plant is also under negotiation.

Nomi Ahmad, regional director, Middle East, for Wärtsilä Power Plants, said: “As the leading supplier of power plants for their captive use, and now for their IPP business, Wärtsilä has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Nishat Group. In fact, with the Nishat Power and Nishat Chunian installations, they will become our largest customer in Pakistan, with over 490 MW of installed capacity by 2010.

“We are especially pleased to have been awarded this project contract, and look forward to serving the Nishat Group throughout the life cycle of both projects. This order endorses not only the reputation of Wärtsilä, but also the support service capability that we are able to provide from our regional office in Lahore.”

Both Nishat Chunian Power Ltd. and Nishat Power Ltd are IPPs and members of the Nishat Group.