South Korea’s STX Engine to package Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine gensets for Asia-Pacific region

STX Engine, based in South Korea, has signed an agreement to become a packager of Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine generating sets in the Asia-Pacific region.

The agreement provides an enhanced route to market for the latest Rolls-Royce industrial gas turbine, the RB211-H63, as well as the most powerful engine in its range, the Trent 60 gas turbine.

Charles Athanasia, Rolls-Royce executive vice president of power generation – energy and Dong-Hak Chung, president and CEO of STX Engine sign the deal

Charles Athanasia, Rolls-Royce executive vice president of power generation said: “This agreement will enable Rolls-Royce to better serve the growing demand for electrical power generation technology and will further strengthen our position in important Asian markets.”

In addition to providing increased exposure in Asia, under the agreement, STX will also join with Rolls-Royce in the development of the package design. Rolls-Royce will supply the RB211-H63 gas generator, its RT63 power turbine and the Trent gas generator from its facilities in the USA and Canada, and will also be responsible for supporting the engines in the field.

Both types of packages will be assembled by STX at their Changwon engine facility in South Korea. The RB211-H63 integrates the reliability and ruggedness of current RB211 gas turbines with the proven technology from Trent aeroderivative engines to create the next evolution in the industrial RB211 gas turbine family.

At 44 MW, the RB211-H63 will deliver at least 30 per cent more power, more efficiently than earlier RB211 models. STX Engine is a diesel manufacturer achieving 70″80 per cent of its sales overseas.

“With this agreement STX will have the capability to market, package and install two of the world’s most efficient industrial gas turbines in a power range from 27 MW to 64 MW in countries such as Bangladesh, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and also Korea”.

Mr. Dong-Hak Chung, president and chief executive officer of STX Engine added, “This is a further strengthening of an already strong relationship between our two companies. We have had a customer/supplier relationship with Rolls-Royce for over ten years and in that time the resulting sales of marine equipment have been in excess of à‚£1bn [$1.6bn]”.à‚ 

Turkish 232 MW ‘power ship’ arrives in Pakistan

A 232 MW ‘power ship’ has arrived in Pakistan to provide electricity to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).

The Karadeniz Power Ship Kaya Bey, owned by Tukey’s Karakey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim, arrived in Karachi on 20 November. After successfully installing its grid connection, the ship will depart for its final destination Korangi, and begin generating electricity.

The 241m-long Kaya Bey is currently the world’s biggest energy ship. The project will meet 20 per cent of electricity need of Karachi, which has a 12m population, for the next five years. Kaya Bey, which is the third ship of Karadeniz Holding Powership Project, has the advantage to generate electricity without being influenced by natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.

The plant, with 93 per cent availability for the next five years, was recruited by Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) in the beginning of 2009, and was given Rs6bn ($80m) as advance payment on May 12, 2009.

Initially it was supposed to come on line in September 2009, but missed the deadline. Its commercial operation date (COD) was extended twice, and should have been operational in May 2010.à‚ 

Wärtsilä awarded three O&M contracts in Brazil

Wärtsilä has been awarded three operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for power plants in Brazil.

Borborema Energética has contracted Wärtsilä to operate, maintain and supply all labour and spare parts for its Campina Grande power plant in Paraiba, Brazil. The plant runs on heavy fuel oil and generates 164 MW of electrical output from 20 Wärtsilä 20V32 engines to the national grid.

The Borborema power plant will be operated in hot stand-by mode with short notice switchover capability to feed the national grid with baseload power. A second O&M contract was awarded by Maracanaàƒº Geradora de Energia for its power plant located in Cearàƒ¡, Brazil.

The plant’s 168 MW output is generated from eight Wärtsilä 20V46F engines running on heavy fuel oil, and also provides flexible power to the national grid. Both contracts are for five years with an option to extend for a further five years.

A third O&M agreement was signed with Linhares Geraàƒ§àƒ£o SA for running and maintaining their 204 MW gas power plant at optimal efficiency. This power plant, located in Linhares, Espirito Santo, is the biggest in Brazil operating on natural gas engines.

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