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Entergy Nuclear’s Herron to retire, Forbes named as replacement

Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) appointed Jeff S. Forbes  as executive vice president, nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear effective Jan 2.Forbes will be replacing John Herron, who has spent 33 years in the nuclear industry and announced his retirement effective March 31.

Forbes has been the senior vice president of nuclear operations for Entergy Nuclear since August 2011, overseeing the daily operations of Entergy’s 11 nuclear units.

Forbes has served as senior vice president of nuclear operations at Entergy Nuclear since August 2011, overseeing the daily operations of Entergy’s 11 nuclear units. He previously directed regional operations for Entergy’s nuclear plants in the South and served as vice president of operations at Arkansas Nuclear One and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Prior to joining Entergy in 2003, Forbes was a senior vice president with the Nuclear Management Co., overseeing operations at Duane Arnold Energy Center and Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. He began his nuclear career as an operations engineer at Oconee Nuclear Station in 1978.

Forbes holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He also completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in October 2007.

Herron has spent 12 of those 33 years at Entergy. He became president, CEO and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear in 2009.


ABB upgrades control system for natural gas-fired turbine

ABB, located in booth #2000, has successfully commissioned a Symphony control system upgrade for the Pratt & Whitney FT8 TWINPAC natural gas-fired turbines at Iberdrola’s 500 MW Klamath Cogeneration Facility in Oregon.

ABB designed an implemented enhanced control logic and graphics, developed the advanced surge protection module, start-up and commissioning as part of the scope of the project.


ABB launches Clean Air Initiative

ABB, located in booth #2000, has launched The Clean Air Initiative to ensure that the company’s power plant and utility customers are aligned and protected against the many challenges to the power generation industry.

ABB says the combination of an aging coal-fired fleet, increasingly stringent EPA regulations and an abundance of natural gas are driving change in the power industry that will result in a future landscape that looks much different from today's version. In response to this changing landscape, ABB decided to launch its new Clean Air Initiative. The initiative is led by a cross-functional team that aims to make it easier for customers to access the full value of ABB expertise in products and services.

In addition to the obvious needs in power generation, the retirement of generating assets in certain areas will create pockets of grid instability that must be addressed, ABB says. Drawing on years of experience, ABB and its Grid Systems business in North America will consult with its customers on the best possible courses to remedy grid instability and to take responsibility for turnkey installation of solutions, including static VAR compensators, static synchronous compensators and capacitor banks.


MAN Diesel & Turbo introduces new gas turbine and engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo is unveiling models of the new gas turbine GT6 and the new gas engine 20V35/44G, in booth #2230.

The GT6 was developed for industrial use and expands on the existing gas turbine portfolio to include the 6 to 8 MW output class. The packages include 50- and 60-Hz complete power generation units that can be used in CHP, trigeneration, decentralized power applications, pump and compressor drives.

The medium-speed, four-stroke gas engine 20V35/44G was developed for stationary use in power plants. The fast ramping, single-stage turbocharged engine can reach an output of 10.6 MW.


NAES wins gas turbine inspection work

NAES Corp., exhibiting in booth #5415, said that its Turbine Services Division was awarded a significant contract to provide on-site support services for a major inspection of Unit 6 at GenOn’s Chalk Point Generating Station in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Unit 6 is a 4-stage combustion gas turbine rated at 100 MW.

NAES received the order from Florida-based Precision Gas Turbine (PGT) to supply supervision, millwrights, welders and both standard & metric tooling trailers as a subcontractor to PGT. The customer supplied scope includes complete disassembly and reassembly of the turbine, including upending and de-stacking the turbine rotor (at site).  The planned five-month long project is scheduled to start in January 2013.

NAES is owned by ITOCHU International Inc., the U.S. affiliate of ITOCHU Corp.


MET joins with Termokimik to offer SCR technology worldwide

Marsulex Environmental Technologies Corp. (MET) and Termokimik Corporation Impianti e Procedimenti Industriali SPA (TKC) of Italy announced that they have entered into a business alliance to offer TKC’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and worldwide experience in North America.

Termokimik’s SCR technology, which has 23,000 MW installed worldwide of which 4,000 MW are in the United States, reduces more than 90 percent of nitrogen oxides from flue gas emissions in utility and industrial plants and provides low installation outage time, integrated process approach and optimized ammonia to Nitrogen Oxide distribution.

Termokimik Corporation is an Italian engineering and contracting company that specializes in the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, turnkey erection and management of a wide range of processes, while MET is a full service air quality control company providing systems and services including OEM and upgrades to electric utilities, petrochemical and general industrial customers.


Noise and emissions control manufacturing facility to expand in 2013

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies will expand its new manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisc. early in 2013.

The Stoughton, Wisc.-based company, which produces custom-engineered products to control noise and emissions pollution in industrial processes, moved into the Beloit Ironworks complex just nine months ago. It currently leases 60,000 square feet and is looking to add 40,000 more square feet to keep up with product demand.

The Beloit facility, which currently employs 17 individuals, could see as many as 100 workers added in the near future depending on the rate of growth.

Universal AET also expanded its manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, by 10,000 square feet along with adding in new cranes and a second paint booth.  The existing sand blast booth was expanded and refurbished. The plant manufactures large inlet and exhaust systems for gas turbines.

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