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Spanish nuclear plant sets record

CN Cofrentes station in Spain recently set a new world record for the shortest refueling outage for a modern General Electric (GE)-supplied boiling water reactor (BWR). The refueling was accomplished in 19 days and 15 hours, according to GE Nuclear Energy. The record was almost half the time plant owner Iberdrola normally took for refueling and maintenance outages.

Runcorn facility passes financing

International Generating Co. has completed financing for a 750 MW power station at Rocksavage, near Runcorn, England. The greenfield project was negotiated, permitted and financed in less than a year. The facility will be the first major gas-fired combined-cycle plant in the UK developed specifically for mid-merit service. Two ABB gas turbine units with heat-recovery steam generators will be coupled to a single steam turbine. Compared with a similar capacity coal-fired station, the new plant wil

Westinghouse plans SPDS installations

Westinghouse Electric Corp. has signed a (US)$20 million contract to supply 10 safety parameter display systems (SPDS) for Soviet-design nuclear reactors. The contract is with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the Department of Energy via Parsons Power Group. The systems will be installed in RBMK reactors in Russia and the Ukraine, including one at Chernobyl Unit 3.

Nuclear power generation should be part of the mix

Today 437 nuclear power plants in 31 countries generate 17 percent of the world`s electricity. With worldwide electricity estimated to grow between 58 to 86 percent by 2015, it is essential that nuclear power be part of the solution to supply the increasing need for new electric capacity in the 21st century. Kevin Dodman`s cover feature in this issue of Power Engineering International magazine discusses nuclear power and the development of a new European nuclear reactor that will utilize passive

Bechtel, PG&E share experience in tackling IPP market in Asia

The People`s Republic of China (PRC) plans to boost electrical capacity to 300 GW by the year 2000--a 50 percent increase in only a very few years. Yet that ambitious goal is only a stop-gap measure. Shortages will dog the nation for decades to come as its economy rises to the level of other developed countries. No wonder China seeks more direct foreign investment for its power sector. To roughly similar degrees, this privatization scenario is being played out across Asia to sustain many of the

Call for papers

The VDI Society for Energy Technology has issued a call for papers for its "Prevention of Damages in Power Plants" meeting, to be held Oct. 8-9, 1997, in Braunschweig, Germany. Recent research work in the field of damage prevention in central and industrial power plants and utilities will be presented. Papers are invited regarding damage analysis; monitoring and diagnostics of plants and components; behavior of materials and plant components; and maintenance, along with economic, legal and insur

Java-Bali towers to stand 295 m tall

Merz and McLellan, consulting engineers, are designing two "record-breaking" towers to bring power from Java to Bali. The structures will be 295 m tall, nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and will weigh 920 metric tons each. They will take power to Bali over a 2.5-km-wide shipping lane and are thought to be the largest free-standing transmission line towers in the world.

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rom the Bechtel Corp., in cooperation with the US Department of Energy and three industrial participants. F-T technology was developed in the early 1920s by two German scientists, Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch, who succeeded in converting coal to synthetic liquid fuels. The process was further improved in Germany during WWII. Most recently, F-T research by the industrial participants in the areas of syngas production, catalysis, and reactor design has significantly improved the quality of F-T f

POWER-GEN Europe brings spotlight to the Hungarianelectric power sector

The power generators of Europe converged on Budapest for several days during POWER-GEN Europe `96 in June, and the Hungarian electric system came under close scrutiny. In the keynote session of the technical conference, György Hatvani, member of the board of MVM Rt., gave a sketch of the system.

Power stays on as fuel supply facilities change

BPA of Herts, England, has contracted to design and install new heavy-fuel supply facilities to the on-site power generation plants at British Steel`s Port Talbot, South Wales, works. The facilities will rationalize and replace the existing fuel systems while the plant continues operations. The current fuel lines will be de-commissioned.

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