Rolls-Royce to power Asia’s largest shopping and entertainment centre

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has announced that it will provide a 40 MW power solution for the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Asia, now under development in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

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Jamuna Builders Ltd has ordered six Rolls-Royce Bergen B35:40 gas engines to provide power for its Jamuna Future Park, a large-scale seven-floor project combining leisure, retail and exhibition facilities.

The six 16-cylinder gas fuelled engines will generate electricity cleanly and efficiently in power stations designed around a proven Rolls-Royce modular design concept that is highly efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Commenting on the selection of Rolls-Royce for this project, Nurul Islam, Chairman of Jamuna said: “My vision and mission was to build a shopping mall in Bangladesh which would be the largest and most prestigious commercial-cum-amusement centre in Asia. To help make my dream come true I selected Rolls-Royce to provide our energy as I feel their gas engines offer the best economic solution.”

The Rolls-Royce plant will provide power for facilities including 118 escalators, 26 large lifts, three mobile walkways, hundreds of small shops, two swimming pools, entertainment centres and a children’s indoor theme park. Future expansion is set to incorporate a five-star hotel, a new hospital, offices, mosque and media headquarters.

“We are delighted to win the competition to deliver electrical power for the Jamuna Future Park. The Park’s success and profitability depends on reliable power and this contract highlights the quality, reliability and efficiency of Rolls-Royce products and services”, explained: Premangshu Sanyal, Managing Director, Energy à‚— Rolls-Royce India. “The presence of Energypac, and the proximity of our technical support base in India will ensure high standards and consistent delivery.”

The power plants will be supplied in two phases. In the first phase, three engines will be delivered by the end of 2009, each driving an electrical generator to supply 6.81 MW of uninterrupted power, independent of the region’s grid.

Three sets in the second phase will be delivered in 2010, which will take the total power supplied by Rolls-Royce at Jamuna to over 40 MW.

GE Energy’s Jenbacher onsite biogas solution helps US dairy farmers reduce emissions

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate new federal climate change legislation, Wisconsin’s dairy industry is leading the way in demonstrating the benefits of using cow manure methane digester biogas.

In the last several years, a growing number of dairy farms in Wisconsin have installed GE Energy’s Jenbacher biogas engines to generate needed renewable electricity for onsite power and the local grid. GE’s newly installed, advanced Jenbacher biogas engine technology is generating 6.33 MW in renewable energy at the Crave Brothers Farm, LLC in Waterloo, Wisc..

“Installing GE Energy’s Jenbacher biogas technology is playing an important role in our ongoing initiatives to reduce the operational costs as well as the environmental impacts of our dairy operations,” said Charles Crave, one of the farm’s co-owners. “We hope that other dairy farms around the country adopt similar technologies in recognition of the agricultural community’s increasingly important role in addressing the country’s energy and climate-change concerns.”

Crave Brothers is a 29-year-old, family run dairy farm and on-site cheese plant that is nationally known for its progressive use of technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations. The 1700-acre farm currently has nearly 1000 milk cows and 700 heifers.

By converting the manure to methane biogas and using it to generate electricity in GE’s Jenbacher unit, less greenhouse gas is able to escape into the atmosphere. The system also is helping Crave Brothers lower its operational costs, including through the sale of energy to the regional grid and more cost-effective manure management.

Crave Brothers originally had operated an older, less powerful biogas system to support some of the farm’s electricity requirements. However, the owners later installed GE’s Jenbacher technology after deciding they could be generating even more electricity with a more powerful Jenbacher engine, Crave said.

In May 2009, one of GE’s ecomagination-certified Jenbacher J312 biogas engines was commissioned at the Crave Brothers site and is generating 633 kW of electricity to support the site’s dairy operations. Surplus power from the engine is being sold to the regional grid in Wisconsin, which is aggressively supporting the expansion of renewable energy production.

Renewable energy developer Clear Horizons, which built and owns the digester biogas plant at the Crave Brothers site, is supplying the engine’s electricity to regional grid operator WE Energies, the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

Widely accepted in Europe, the use of biogas digester systems with GE’s Jenbacher engines is a fairly new US agri-business trend. In the past, some U.S. farmers had used old diesel motors and smaller gas engines until they began installing more durable, robust gas engines in recent years.

“Agricultural waste is one of the country’s leading sources of methane gas emissions and GE is pleased to help supply its proven gas engine technology to Crave Brothers as the U.S. farming community embraces this renewable energy technology,” said Roger George, general manager for GE’s Jenbacher gas engine business in North America.

Inland Power Group, GE’s Jenbacher gas engine distributor for the midwestern U.S., supplied the biogas engine to system operator/owner Clear Horizons

Finning Power back up for UK’s biggest pumping station

Finning Power Systems, the sole UK supplier of Caterpillar equipment, has won a contract from Birse Water to supply the complete critical back up power for the main pumps at the UK’s largest pumping station as part of the Fens flood protection.

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Due to come on stream in 2010, the à‚£38m (€41m) new plant on the Middle level drain at St Germans, near Kings Lynn, will help protect 70 000 hectares of land and 25 000 homes from the North Sea. This land is all close to, or below, sea level.

Finning is supplying six CAT 3500 series generators to power the six pumps. Three of these generator sets provide emergency power for three pumps, which would normally be mains powered. The other three generators are the sole source of power for the remaining three pumps. The generator sets provide a total of 8160 kWe power, generating at 690 V with non-standard alternators specifically designed and manufactured for the project.

The company is responsible for delivery to site, offloading, installation, commissioning and site testing of the complete solution prior to handover. Each generator set will have a day fuel tank with a larger fuel storage tank providing back up. This would enable all six pumps to work continuously for ten days in the event of a complete mains power failure and serious flooding.

An additional auxiliary generator, supplied by Finning, provides a black start for the main generators plus power for the station’s other needs. Each generator sits in its own plant room with Finning also supplying the plant room ventilation, sound attenuation system, complete exhaust systems and the day fuel storage tanks. The ventilation and sound attenuation system includes roof-mounted, penthouse inlet weather louvres and attenuators and wall-mounted, vertical discharge attenuators and weather louvres complete with automatic motorised weather dampers.

The project is the responsibility of the Middle Level Commissioners, a Cambridgeshire Local Authority responsible for Land Drainage and Navigation. When operational, the new pumping station will be able to pump 100 tonnes of water per second, a 40 per cent increase on the existing station. That equates to an Olympic sized swimming pool every 30 seconds.

The existing station, built in 1934, is at the end of its working life and experts fear that its pumps are not powerful enough to cope with rising sea levels and the increasing need to pump water “uphill” against the tide as our climate changes.

David Thomas, chief engineer for Middle Level Commissioners, said: “Three pumps should be enough to cope with a typical annual flood, four would be needed for a serious one in ten years flood, while all six would only need to operate for catastrophic flooding, the sort of event that we would expect once in a hundred years.

“Climate change is a major threat for the Fens so we had to act. This project has been designed to provide protection up to 2050 and takes this threat into account.”

Alstom to supply new diesel generators for China’s first EPR nuclear power plant

Alstom has won an order to supply eight new emergency diesel generators (EDGs) to the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong, China – the country’s first EPR-based plant.

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The contract was signed between a consortium regrouping Alstom Power Turbomachines, Alstom Wuhan Engineering & Technology Co. Ltd. and MAN Diesel SAS, and an Areva-led consortium with the China Nuclear Power Engineering Co, Ltd. and the owner TSNPC. With a scope of €40m ($58.3m) in the contract, Alstom, as the leader of the consortium will supply the design, manufacturing and procurement for eight 9.1 MW EDGs, and provide the on-site support service. These EDGs, the highest unit-output models for similar applications in the world, will be due for commissioning in 2013.

The Taishan project is part of China’s plan to increase its total installed nuclear power generating capacity from about 1.2 per cent to five per cent by 2020. China is planning to dramatically increase its installed nuclear power capacity by 2020, implying the construction of 30 or more new nuclear units, in which the Taishan plant will play a major role.

Alstom’s commitment to the project dates back to February 2008, with the supply of two 1750 MW Arabelle turbine-generator packages for the Taishan plant. This was followed in July 2008 by a €200 million contract with CGNPC for the engineering and procurement of the complete turbine island.

“This contract marks a new step in Alstom’s commitment to the Taishan project and the development of China’s nuclear power generation” declares Guy Chardon, Senior Vice-President, Alstom Power Thermal Products. “As the leading provider to power generation in China, we intend to devote our full range of technologies and know-how.”

The Alstom / MAN (Pielstick) consortium has been the world’s first supplier in integrated EDG packages for nuclear reactors for the last 10 years, and 40 per cent of nuclear plants worldwide now use their equipment.

Analysts have predicted that China’s nuclear power equipment market may grow to the scale of RMB 400bn (€40.7bn) by 2020.The Taishan EDG contract is the second biggest contract, according to contract value, awarded to Alstom-Man in China after the Hongyanhe project in 2007.

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