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Update: Business Briefs

Issue 2 and Volume 107.

ALSTOM reports that 19 of the nation’s 20 lowest emitters of nitrogen oxide, according to the latest EPA data, are equipped with ALSTOM boilers. All 19 ALSTOM units are tangentially fired boilers retrofitted with low NOx firing systems that burn Powder River Basin coals. ALSTOM says the EPA findings demonstrate that tangentially fired units equipped with its low NOx firing systems and burning PRB coals can achieve industry-leading NOx emissions.

Exelon Nuclear has asked the NRC to extend operating licenses for its Dresden and Quad Cities reactors in Illinois by 20 years. The original 40-year plant licenses expire in 2012 for the twin reactor Quad Cities plant, in 2009 for Dresden Unit 2, and in 2011 for Dresden Unit 3. The NRC is expected to take about two years before deciding on the request.

Wood Group Gas Turbine Services has formed Wood Group Turbine Control Services, Inc. to provide turbine control upgrades and services for gas, steam, and hydro turbomachinery, including turnkey installations. Formation of the new group follows recent acquisitions of Thomason Mechanical Corporation, Bender Machine Inc., Industrial Repair Service Inc., and Rotary Electrical Company.

Enerfab and Croll-Reynolds Clean Air Technologies have entered into a licensing agreement allowing Enerfab to market, sell, manufacture and install Croll- Reynolds’ WESP technology for fossil fuel power applications. Croll-Reynolds will provide technical and process engineering support to Enerfab.

ANDEROL and Royal Lubricants have been consolidated under the ANDEROL name to bring its full line of specialty lubricants under one, global product line offered to the power generation sector.

Black & Veatch’s energy engineering & construction division’s newly restructured focused nuclear group will be responsible for overseeing all nuclear-related work in the division’s newly-created geographic regions: Europe, Asia and the Americas. The nuclear group will focus on services for existing nuclear plants and design/build opportunities for new nuclear plants.

Illinois has issued a construction permit for the state’s first new mine-mouth coal-fired electric plant in more than three decades – a 91 MW project by Corn Belt Energy. The plant’s U-fired boiler system, supplied by Babcock Borsig will be one of the most advanced clean-coal boiler systems in the nation, designed to maintain high thermal efficiency while minimizing emissions and producing a vitrified saleable ash.

GE’s 100th LM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines sold was one of five machines supplied to a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, for use on the Erha Project Floating Production Storage and Off-loading vessel off the shore of Nigeria. GE Oil & Gas will supply two high-pressure centrifugal compressor packages for gas lift and re-injection and three main power generation packages for use on vessel.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a 1.66 percent power uprate for Unit 1 at D.C. Cook nuclear plant owned by AEP subsidiary Indiana Michigan Power Company.