Archive: International

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Records Analysis Complete at Le Creusot Forge, Nuclear Parts Production Ramped Up

Framatome reached a major milestone in its review of Le Creusot Forge’s manufacturing records, finishing the task of identifying and characterizing deviations in all of the records for forgings installed on nuclear reactors in France. A total of 1,925 records were analyzed. At this stage of the process, no serviceability issues have been identified in […]

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New Damage Mechanism Identified in HRSG T-91

For a decade or more, heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) users have heard that Grade-91 tubing (T-91) is susceptible to microstructure damage from improper heat treatment. Now, a new damage mechanism in T-91 tubing has been identified, which HRSG users heard about at the February 2018 HRSG User’s Group Conference. During the discussion on heat […]

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A new method for corrosion prevention

Corrosion monitoring, control and prevention is an ongoing battle in today’s power plants. Two of the strongest indicators of how well that battle is being waged is to monitor the corrosive salts of chloride and sulfate.

Yangjiang Nuclear Power Plant in China’s Guangdong province  has six units. Courtesy: CGN

First ACPR-1000 Nuclear Unit Begins Commercial Operation in China

China’s first reactor adopting its domestically developed evolutionary third-generation ACPR-1000 design has wrapped up trial operation and begun commercial operation. CGN Power, a subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corp., announced that the 1000-MW Unit 5 of the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province completed a 168-hour period of trial operation on July 12. […]

AFC's fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen directly into electricity, water and heat Courtesy: AFC Energy.

Refinery Hydrogen Power Pilot Takes Shape in Australia

An industrial-scale pilot plant that will use surplus hydrogen from refinery operations to produce power is taking shape in Australia. Industrial alkaline fuel cell power company AFC Energy on July 12 said it received its first commercial order for a hydrogen power generation unit in Australia from Southern Oil Refining, a subsidiary of Northern Oil. […]

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GE Part of $5.8 Billion Investment in Bangladesh

GE Power and the government of Bangladesh on July 11 announced two major power generation deals, with GE part of joint ventures involving power plants along with oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. Bangladesh is investing in energy infrastructure to reduce its reliance on imported LNG for energy production. About 30% of the country’s […]

Point Lepreau Nuclear Station, New Brunswick, Canada Courtesy: NB Power

Small Modular Reactor Project Advances in Canada

A Maryland-based company and its Canadian subsidiary have joined with a Canada utility in a project to develop, license, and build an advanced small modular reactor (SMR). Advanced Reactor Concepts of Chevy Chase, Maryland, along with ARC Nuclear Canada—operating collectively as ARC Nuclear (ARC)—and New Brunswick Power (NB Power) on July 9 said their SMR […]

Die kompakte SGT-A45 TR-Gasturbine ausgestattet mit aeroderivativer Gasturbinentechnologie zeichnet sich durch hervorragende Leistungsmerkmale bei hoher Wirtschaftlichkeit und flexiblen Einsatzmöglichkeiten aus. Siemens hat die mobile Kraftwerkslösung mit einer außergewöhnlichen Leistungsdichte entwickelt, um den wachsenden Markt für schnelle Lösungen zur Stromerzeugung zu adressieren. 

The compact SGT-A45 TR gas turbine utilizes proven aeroderivative technology to deliver excellent performance, high efficiency and operational flexibility. 
Based on this core engine, Siemens has developed a mobile power solution with outstanding power density to address the growing market for fast power.

China Tabs Siemens as Partner on Gas Turbines

Siemens on July 9 said it has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work with China’s State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) on heavy-duty gas turbines. Siemens said it will support SPIC’s research and development of the turbines and provide training and technical consultation. “The signing today will expedite finalization of a technology cooperation agreement in […]

The Fuqing nuclear station in the Fujian Province of China will have six reactors when complete. The first four units are CPR-1000s, while Units 5 and 6 are HPR1000s. This image shows the first concrete being poured for Unit 6’s conventional island on August 24, 2016. Courtesy: CNNC

First Commercial AP1000, EPR Reactors Connected to Grid

Two nuclear energy milestones were reached in the past week, as the world’s first commercial AP1000 and EPR reactors were connected to China’s power grid. Westinghouse announced Sanmen 1, the first AP1000 unit, was connected to the grid June 30, one day after Électricité de France (EDF) connected the first EPR reactor—Taishan 1—to the system. […]

Nuclear power plant. (Ohi, Japan)
 
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Japan’s New Energy Plan Commits to Renewables—And Nuclear and Coal, Too

Japan’s government on July 3 approved a new Basic Energy Plan for the country, saying it is committed to increasing the role of renewable resources for power generation while also confirming it wants nuclear power to remain a vital part of the nation’s energy strategy. Japan issues a revised Basic Energy Plan, which outlines the […]

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Using Drones to Increase Net Safety in the Utility Sector

Across the country, energy and utility companies are adopting and using drone technology to increase their business operations and improve overall safety of their workforces. Many companies are also discussing the risks and rewards of implementing new safety technology on job sites. With workplace fatalities in the transportation, warehousing, and utilities sectors comprising 17.3% of […]