Nuclear power?s share of worldwide electricity generation grew from 22 percent in 1992 to 26 percent in 1993, according to the U.S. Department of Energy?s Energy Information Administration?s (EIA) World Nuclear Outlook 1994. According to the report, growth is projected to continue in the near term.
Business news and new business: GE Power Systems has won a $30.5 million contract from Colakoglu Metalurji A.S., Istanbul, Turkey, to provide turnkey plant engineering, design and power generation equipment and services for the first independent combined-cycle power plant in Turkey.
I heard an interesting comment from the audience at a recent nuclear power meeting. The session topic was improving the performance of operating nuclear plants. The audience member said that his firm was taking advantage of design conservatism built into the type of reactor his plant used by increasing output with relatively low-cost modifications. His plant would be able to generate an extra 50 MW at a cost of only $25 million.
PECO Energy Co.?s Peach Bottom atomic power station is using advanced fiber optic and video display technology to enhance its predictive maintenance program. The technology, first used at PECO?s nuclear power station in York County, Pa., to cross-train technicians in infrared thermography, has recently been used with a fiber optic borescope to inspect the inside of various systems and components.
According to an analysis by Utility Data Institute (UDI), coal-fired power plants west of the Mississippi River burning low-sulfur coal are the least-cost producers of electricity in the United States. The U.S. Steam-Electric Plants: Five-Year Production Costs 1989-1993 confirmed the data for 707 power plants producing 85 percent of U.S. electric utility output. The report details $267 billion in expenses incurred for operations, maintenance and fuel during the last five years by 402 coal-fired
People: Ross D. Ain has been named senior vice president of Cogen Technologies Inc....Carl Zeiss Inc. appointed Rob Siemers to division manager for surveying products, headquartered in Thornwood, N.Y., and Mike Kitaif to division manager for photogrammetry products, headquartered in Engelwood, Colo....Richard E. Balzhiser, Electric Power Research Institute president and CEO, became a member of the National Academy of Engineering....Copes-Vulcan appointed Roderic B. Karpen chairman and CEO....Ro
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which brought 1,240 mile-per-hour winds into southern Florida, 1.4 million Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) customers were without electricity. Not only were the lines down, but many generating plants also suffered damage, including Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The hurricane wiped out a 100,000 gallon elevated water tower, a 500,000 gallon water storage tank, city water supply piping, three service water pumps, four raw water pumps and a fire water pump.
Gloomy. If one had to use one word to describe the recent American Nuclear Society winter meeting held in Washington, D.C., that would be it. Oh, everyone put on a brave face, and Washington was beautiful, but the topics de jour still seemed to center on what`s wrong with the nuclear industry rather than what`s right.
Thielsch Engineering Inc., under the sponsorship of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, presents a number of three-day seminars. The seminars cover equipment, systems and components in fossil fuel and nuclear power plants.
The least-cost producers of electricity in the United States over the five-year period 1989 to 1993 are coal-fired power plants west of the Mississippi River burning low-sulfur coal. These data are confirmed in a recent analysis of production expenses for 707 power plants producing 85 percent of U.S. electric utility output by the Utility Data Institute (UDI).