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Lister Petter launches two major customer initiatives

Lister Petter, a leading manufacturer of diesel and gas powered engines and generating sets, has announced the launch of two major initiatives to benefit new and existing customers worldwide.

The first is the new Sigma series of water-cooled diesel engines, ranging in power between 18 kW and 34 kW.

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The second is the launch of the Lister Petter Long Run system, which will enable engines to operate continuously for as long as 2000 hours à‚— and deliver considerable savings in servicing costs.

The new Sigma series of naturally-aspirated, heavy-duty G-Build engines for generating sets are designed for continuous operation in ambient temperatures as high as 50 à‚ºC. With service intervals at 250 hours, the three- and four-cylinder Sigma range features water-cooling, direct injection, mechanical governing and the designed-in durability for which Lister Petter power is well known for worldwide.

Meanwhile, operators of Lister Petter LLD and HSL water- and air-cooled gensets can now take advantage of the Long Run system, which greatly reduces the need for costly service visits.

“The system works by increasing the capacity and filtration of the engine oil to avoid the need for frequent service visits,” explains Brian Fuller, group managing director of Lister Petter.

“Depending on the location of the genset this cost can be very high. For example, gensets that operate as main or standby power for mobile telephone base stations are often located in inaccessible or hostile places and may even require a helicopter to gain access.

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“Across the industry an average service visit cost of $500 is a realistic estimate. Increasing the service intervals will dramatically reduce the total servicing cost over the lifetime of a genset.”

For a standby genset on duty for eight hours each day the Lister Petter Long Run system will mean no service visits for 250 days à‚— more than eight months.

And, because the Long Run system is designed as an integral part of the engine manufacturing process, rather than relying on a top-up system to add engine oil, both the operating temperature and the degradation of oil is reduced, prolonging the life of the genset.

Mitsui engineering unit wins medium-speed diesel generator order from Electricity Authority of Cyprus

A Danish subsidiary of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding has clinched an order from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus to build a medium-speed diesel generator facility.

Valued at around 6bn yen ($66.9m), the order is for a 50 MW facility comprising three medium-speed diesel engines and desulfurization equipment.

Mitsui Engineering unit Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S will handle all aspects of the deal, from equipment procurement to installation, construction and testing its operation. The facility is slated to be completed in late June 2010.

Cyprus is adding the new generating capacity in order to alleviate electricity shortages during the summer tourism season. The Mitsui unit has a long history of building, operating and maintaining diesel generating systems. Since its founding, it has built more than 150 generator facilities in 50 countries.

Last October, it clinched a 10bn yen order from a Kenyan power company. The Danish firm was acquired by Mitsui Engineering in 1990.

MAN Diesel to construct largest power plant in Costa Rica

German-based engine builder MAN Diesel has been awarded a contract from Fideicomiso Garabito, a trust created by Costa Rica’s state-owned electric power utility Grupo ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) and Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) for the design and construction of a diesel power plant at Garabito near the city of Puntarenas.

From December 2010, eleven of MAN Diesel’s most powerful medium-speed engines, the eighteen cylinder, vee-configuration type 18V48/60 operating on heavy fuel oil are scheduled to feed 200 MW of electrical power into Costa Rica’s national grid.

When completed the power plant will be the biggest in Costa Rica, supplying approximately 10 per cent of the nation’s total installed electrical capacity. The value of the contract for MAN Diesel is more than €190m ($246m).

Costa Rica is counted among the stable and fast growing economies of Central and South America. At 4 per cent to 8 per cent per year, growth in energy demand has been correspondingly high. To date, Costa Rica has been in a position to cover around 80 per cent of its electrical power from hydroelectric plants.

This is, however, becoming increasingly difficult and the country is dependent on alternative sources of energy, especially during the dry season, which lasts from November to May.

To bridge the shortfall, in future Grupo ICE will rely on diesel power stations.

Accordingly, MAN Diesel will equip the new power station at Garabito with state-of-the-art exhaust gas treatment systems. An electrostatic particle precipitator (ESP) will use electrostatic separation to remove particles from the engine exhaust gases.

With this measure and the intrinsically clean combustion of the advanced 48/60 four-stroke engine, the emissions of the Garabito plant will comply with Costa Rica’s local emissions limits and those of the World Bank.

MAN Diesel’s ability to offer low emissions, fuel efficient power stations from a single source was the decisive factor in the award of the contract. In both the development of tourism à‚— one of the country’s largest sources of income à‚— and its major national investments, Costa Rica insists on sustainable solutions and environmental compatibility. For this reason, it is the only Latin American country unwilling to build coal fired stations.

For MAN Diesel the construction of the Garabito power station is an important step in expanding its business activities in Central and South America. Following the record order from French energy supplier Electricité de France PEI SAS in October 2008, the Grupo ICE contract is MAN Diesel’s second major contract from a national energy utility.

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