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PE Volume 103 Issue 8
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KMR Power Corp. recently announced financial close for the 314 MW, gas-fired TermoCandelaria Project, its third in Colombia. The plant will be a merchant facility, selling its electricity into the Bolsa, or spot market. The facility will be sited in Cartegena, near KMR's Mamonal Plant. The project is estimated to cost approximately $175 million.
With very little hoopla or fanfare, Mexico is quietly building a baseload of natural gas-fired IPPs to help stabilize its floundering electricity industry. Although this year's much-discussed proposal from President Ernesto Zedillo to liberalize the industry is likely to fall prey to private concerns, the IPPs are pouring into Mexico under the 1992 electricity reforms that opened the doors to private companies in the electricity generating sector. Mexico is powered primarily by state-owned u
Alstom Engines Mirrlees Blackstone recently completed assembly of the most powerful 600 rpm diesel engine to be designed and built in the United Kingdom. Mirrlees Blackstone has achieved many firsts in the industry since it built the first British diesel engine in 1897. This new engine, designated the MB430M, has been built in 18-cylinder form with an output of 15 MWe. It weighs 154 tons.
FPL Energy Inc. dedicated the largest wind energy facility in Texas in July, along with participants Central and South West Corp. and NEG Micon USA Inc. The 197 wind turbines at the Southwest Mesa Wind Project generate 75 MW of electricity, which is being supplied to three CSW subsidiaries: West Texas Utilities Co., Central Power and Light Co. and Southwestern Electric Power Co., under a 20-year agreement.
GE's fleet of F technology gas turbines has passed 2 million hours of commercial operation in power plants around the world, according to GE Power Systems records. To date, 133 GE F machines are operating in 15 countries and the company has received more than 400 orders and commitments for the turbines since they were introduced in 1986. GE picked up orders for 84 F turbines in 1998, many for the booming United States market.
Arthur D. Little is conducting a comprehensive study of distributed generation (DG) sponsored by a group of equipment suppliers, including gas turbine, reciprocating engine, microturbine, switchgear and controls manufacturers. The study is intended to provide fact-based information to regulators, legislators and policymakers to allow them to reach informed decisions on DG.
CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels rose only 0.4 percent in 1998 - the smallest increase since 1991 - despite economic growth of 3.9 percent, according to preliminary numbers from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).