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Monthly Issue | September 1, 2015

NV Energy: Warren Buffett’s Plan for a Structural Power Shift

Warren Buffett bought Nevada’s NV Energy two years ago, a move widely seen as a play for solar and renewable generation. That’s working out. But as the company transitions away…


THE BIG PICTURE: Powering China and India


Power Industry Wins with Final Clean Power Plan

Though most power generators and states might have preferred to not deal at all with a new rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), released August…


South Korea Begins Burying Nuclear Waste

The Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) on July 13 disposed its first waste in a newly completed low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste disposal facility underground at Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang…


France Adopts Nuclear Cap, Carbon Tax Increase, and More

The French Parliament on July 22 finally adopted a law that caps nuclear power generation capacity at its current 63.2 GW. The measure will force utility EDF to shutter nuclear…


South Korea’s 24th Reactor Starts Commercial Operation

South Korea on July 24 put online its 24th nuclear power plant. Shin Wolsong Unit 2 (Figure 3) will be the last to use the domestically developed OPR-1000 reactor design.…


Putting a 650-MW Gas Plant Online in Egypt Within Five Months

Power-strapped Egypt’s first fast-track natural gas–fired project was completed in a record 159 days from groundbreaking to commissioning this July. The 650-MW Attaqa Simple Cycle Power Plant near Suez City…


New Nickel Alloy Material Could Extend Reactor Lives to 120 Years, Say Russian Researchers

A subsidiary of Rosatom’s nuclear engineering division, Atomenergomash, says a new nickel-alloy steel grade developed for the VVER-TOI core shell will extend the service life of the reactor vessel up…


POWER Digest (September 2015)

ABB Snags $450M Contract for Norway-UK Undersea Link. ABB on July 14 won a $450 million contract to supply high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations at both ends of the…


Fugitive Dust Mitigation Solutions for Coal Stockpiles

Many coal-fired power plants maintain fuel stockpiles for use when the normal delivery of coal to the plant is disrupted. It is not uncommon for a 30-day supply to be…


New Digital Meters Replace Old Analog Meters

Power plants use indicators to monitor process parameters such as pressure, flow, temperature, voltage, current, and vibration. Unless a facility is relatively new, it likely has analog panel meters; some…


Get Ready for MATS 2.0

On June 29, much of the power sector rejoiced when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule, finding that…


TOP PLANTS: Cengiz Enerji Samsun Combined Cycle Plant, Samsun, Turkey

Courtesy: Siemens Owner/operator: Cengiz Enerji Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. The 600-MW Cengiz Enerji Samsun Combined Cycle Plant was constructed in only 23 months and produces electricity at a thermal efficiency…


TOP PLANTS: IPP3, Amman, Jordan

Courtesy: Wärtsilä Corp. Owner/operator: Amman Asia Electric Power Co. For many people, when the topic of peaking power plants arises, gas turbines come to mind. But as this world record–holding…


TOP PLANTS: Kyaukse Power Plant, Kyaukse, Myanmar

Courtesy: APR Energy Owner/operator: Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise/APR Energy The 102-MW gas-fired Kyaukse Power Plant was built in a mere two months to meet Myanmar’s critical power needs.   Emerging…


TOP PLANTS: Panda Temple I and Panda Sherman Combined Cycle Plants, Texas

Courtesy: Siemens Owner/operator: Panda Power Funds A market desperate for new capacity. A highly challenging financing environment. A grid with rapidly expanding intermittent wind generation. ERCOT needed solutions. Panda Power…


TOP PLANTS: Qurayyah Combined Cycle Power Plant, Qurayyah, Saudi Arabia

Courtesy: Hajr Electricity Production Co. Owner/operator: Hajr Electricity Production Co. Take one of the largest gas-fired plants in the world. Add 50C (122F)–degree heat and frequent heavy sand storms. Then…


TOP PLANTS: Shepard Energy Centre, Calgary, Alberta

Courtesy: ENMAX Owners/operator: ENMAX and Capital Power/ENMAX Faced with an impending wave of coal plant retirements, Calgary utility ENMAX set out to build the largest, most efficient, most environmentally friendly…


Winning the Cooling Tower Trifecta: Controlling Corrosion, Scale, and Microbiological Fouling

In cooling water chemistry for power plants, it is not enough to control one or two of the major chemistry issues. Successful treatment requires simultaneous control of corrosion, scale, and…


Leveraging Fuel Flexibility for Coal Power Plant Survival

Improving fuel flexibility at coal power plants is typically considered a way to reduce generating costs and increase reliability. But in the uncertain regulatory and economic future of power generation,…


Four Stealthy Cyber Attacks Targeting Energy Companies

Newer types of cyber attacks are harder to identify and protect against than previous types because they can bypass traditional cybersecurity defenses.  It’s certainly no secret that for many years,…


Optimize Power Plant Operations with Industrial Data Management and Predictive Analytics

Power companies that leverage existing data generation and collection tools for input into predictive analytics software are achieving early warning notification of potential equipment problems days, weeks, or months before…


A Hydropower Renaissance?

For decades, hydropower plants were mainly built and operated as a cost-efficient source of clean electricity. But despite more than a century of development, there is still scope for expanding…


Controlling Schedule, Quality, and Costs for New Gas-Fired Plants

Gas-fired power is hot, at least in North America, and quite a few smaller utilities and generators that have never owned a gas turbine plant have begun looking at building…


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