The three largest thermoelectric
power plants in Bolivia are now upgraded to efficient combined cycle mode and have
been officially inaugurated. Together the expanded power plants Termoeléctrica
del Sur, de Warnes, and Entre Ríos are adding more than one gigawatt of
electrical power to the Bolivian national grid.The expansion of the three power
plants is an important milestone in the Bolivia 2025 vision, which aims to expand
the country’s energy sector. By the year 2025 the country’s power generation
capacity will be increased to 6,000 megawatts (MW), of which 3,000 MW will be
designated for export.
New research from Siemens Financial services explains how manufacturers are in a race against time to gain competitive advantage from Industry 4.0 investment, before the “tipping point” of majority adoption. A must-read for future focused manufacturing financial managers, the Whitepaper explains how Finance 4.0 solutions are providing practical methods of helping companies to urgently invest in Industry 4.0 and gain early mover advantage.
- Real-time data analysis from 29 gas turbines across multiple locations will increase availability, reduce forced outages and enable proactive, prescriptive maintenance
- Digitalization to improve availability, efficiency, productivity and flexibility
Siemens will install state-of-the-art Remote Diagnostic Services (RDS) for GAIL (India) Limited covering 29 gas turbines operating across the Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur (HVJ) pipeline and the Vijaipur C2/C3 Plant. The scope includes the supply of RDS hardware, site installation and commissioning including remote Operational Service Desk (OSD) and helpdesk services. The OSD will be accessible 24/7, equipped with machine learning tools and manned by technical experts to provide faster, high quality troubleshooting and guidance for problem resolution.
- Designed to optimize customers' asset value and performance for coal and steam-based power plants
- Siemens experts will work alongside customers to co-create solutions that help deliver higher efficiency, reliability and flexibility in operations
Siemens experts will work alongside customers to co-create solutions that help deliver higher efficiency, reliability and flexibility in operationsSiemens has officially opened its new MindSphere Application Center in India. The facility is a state-of-the-art digitalized technology center, supported by Siemens’ MindSphere, an open, cloud-based IoT operating system that lets customers connect machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world and their thermodynamic digital twins.
• Agreement is Siemens' largest O&M deal in terms of power generated• Sites to serve as model for other utilities in reliability and efficiency• Digital services and data analytics to optimize plants and ensure reliabilityIn a new milestone agreement, Siemens announced today that it has been selected by the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) to provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services (O&M) for the Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus power plants, for the next eight years. The agreement, which is the largest ever for the Siemens Power Generation Services in terms of power generated, includes the implementation of the company's Omnivise digital service solutions.Each of the three 4.8GW power plants is considered to be the largest gas-fired combined-cycle plant ever built and operated. Together the plants represent approximately 40 percent of Egypt's power capacity, at the time of signing contracts, generating 14.4GW – enough to supply 40 million Egyptians with electricity."The new agreement aligns with our energy production goals to ensure sustainable growth and maximum reliability and efficiency of new and existing combined-cycle generating facilities," said Eng. Gaber El Desouki, Chairman of the EEHC. "Strategically, it makes sense for us to enlist a single trusted and credible service provider to help operate and manage our large-scale power assets."The multi-year agreement covers all on-site equipment including 24 gas turbines, twelve steam turbines, 36 generators, 24 heat recovery steam generators and three 500 kV gas-insulated switchgear systems."The new agreement reconfirms our focus to work with Egypt on developing the right mix of solutions to support the country's dynamic needs. It also underscores the tangible cost benefits that digital technologies can bring to the power industry," said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East and North Africa. "As a key development partner to the country we are committed to contributing to the sustainable growth, diversification and efficiency of the Egyptian energy industry."Siemens will also implement its services portfolio to improve asset visibility, reliability and availability of the three power plants. Data from the plant operation will be collected, analyzed and transformed into actionable insights such as accurate diagnostics, troubleshooting and condition forecasting, improving plant reliability and reducing downtime. Additionally, the data processed can help to balance maintenance costs, optimize inspection intervals and provide valuable insights into operational risks.Building on more than 30 years of experience in power plant operation and maintenance, Siemens currently manages more than 35 GW in 17 countries. The company's global resources and fleet expertise enable it to provide complement plant services and management, along with sharing best practices and technical knowledge with power plant owners.
Siemens has reached yet another milestone in its journey to realize the many benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) and to lead the development of this innovative technology in the power generation industry. This time the company has successfully 3D-printed and engine tested a dry low emission (DLE) pre-mixer for the SGT-A05 aeroderivative gas turbine, with the impressive results showing a potential for significant reductions in CO emissions. This achievement further solidifies Siemens’ position as one of the world’s leading developers of innovative additive manufacturing techniques and uses in the energy industry."This is another excellent example of how additive manufacturing is revolutionizing our industry, delivering measurable benefits and real value to our customers, particularly as they look to further reduce emissions to meet environmental targets," said Vladimir Navrotsky, Chief Technology Officer for Siemens Power Generation Services, Distributed Generation. "Our achievements using AM are paving the way for greater agility in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of power generation components."The achievements resulting from using AM to manufacture this particular gas turbine component are significant. From concept to engine test, the development took only seven months, which is impressive for a component that requires such tight tolerances and works in high load and temperature. The DLE pre-mixer is highly complex with over 20 parts involved in the casting and assembly using traditional manufacturing methods. By utilizing Siemens qualified nickel super alloys as the AM printing material, the 3D-printed component requires only two parts and lead time is reduced by approximately 70 percent. 3D-printing of the DLE pre-mixer allows Siemens to simplify complexity in the production process, reduce external dependencies in the supply chain, and improves the geometry of the component, thus allowing a better fuel-air mix.First engine testing of the AM-manufactured DLE pre-mixer, which was 3-D printed in Siemens' AM center of competence in Finspang, Sweden, was recently completed and the data received is promising. It showed no start issues, all fuel transitions were accomplished successfully without any controls modifications required, there were no combustion dynamics or noise, measurable CO emissions reductions were realized and full power was achieved. These positive results reaffirm Siemens commitment to continuing to advance toward serial production of highly complex components, such as this one, using AM.Siemens' DLE solution for the SGT-A05 gas turbine reduces emissions through advanced lean burn combustion technology, eliminating the need for water injection. The DLE conversion reduces customers' operating costs associated with water treatment. Application of DLE does not compromise the high dynamic loading response of this aeroderivative engine model. More than 120 engines are successfully utilizing DLE technology to reduce NOx and CO emissions with 3.9 million operating hours accumulated (as of February 2018). ''And now, with AM technology we have an opportunity to go even further with emissions reduction for DLE combustion," said Douglas Willham, Siemens Director of Engineering for the SGT-A05.Last year, Siemens finished its first full-load engine tests for gas turbine blades completely designed and produced using AM technology. Earlier this year, the company 3D-printed and installed into customer's equipment its first replacement part for an industrial steam turbine. In early 2017, Siemens achieved the first successful commercial installation and continuing safe operation of a 3D-printed part in a nuclear power plant – an impeller for a fire protection pump that is in commercial operation. Siemens accumulated more than 30,000 hour of successful commercial operation for SGT-800 burners repaired with AM technology and for SGT-750 burner swirls manufactured by AM. All these combustor components are running in a very high load and temperature environment.
On March 2nd, 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and further high-ranking representatives witnessed the symbolic inauguration of the first phase of Siemens' megaproject in Egypt. The event marked an important milestone towards the completion of the project.In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, announced on July 24, 2018 the completion of the Egypt Megaproject in record time. The parties celebrated the combined cycle commissioning and the start of operations at the Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital power plants. The stations will add a total of 14.4 gigawatts (GW) of power generation capacity to Egypt's national grid, enough power to supply up to 40 million people with reliable electricity. With this milestone, Egypt and Siemens have set a new world record for execution of modern, fast-track power projects, delivering 14.4 GW of power in only 27.5 months. A single combined cycle power plant block with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts typically takes approximately 30 months for construction. For the Egypt Megaproject Siemens in parallel built twelve of these blocks in record time and connected them to the grid.Following the delivery of several Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbines, the first steam turbine for the Egypt Megaproject began its journey in December 2016 from the Siemens factory in Muelheim to the power plant Beni Suef in Egypt. The main components of the 670-ton cargo were lifted with a heavy-duty crane from the production hall onto a transport vessel standing by at the plant's inland harbor facilities. The vessel transported the SST-5000 steam turbine from Muelheim to the deep-water port of Antwerp where it was loaded onto a heavy cargo ship and transported to Egypt.After the steam turbines installation, the waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to produce steam that will then drive the steam turbine, thus increasing the overall power output and efficiency of the power plant. In total, Siemens will deliver twelve SST-5000 steam turbines for the Egyptian power plants Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital. All of these steam turbines will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Muelheim.
Siemens has introduced a new SGT-800 performance enhancement that is applicable to all existing SGT-800 units with 43-47.5-MW ratings. The new upgrade is designed to provide owners and operators with significant fuel savings and CO2emissions reduction for improved sustainable energy production.
Siemens has completed extensive service operations on the gas turbines at Jebel Ali K-station in a record time of only 29 working days, a notable accomplishment for a project of this scale. The power plant is located in Dubai and owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and in operation since 2002.The outage featured the application of the "rotor-swap"; a pioneering concept that has been developed by DEWA to utilize a spare rotor and other critical parts, stored at the plant's site, to maximize each unit's availability and reduce idle time while waiting for the completion of rotor assembly work.Under terms of the agreement, Siemens provided supervisory services for three of Jebel Ali K-station's gas turbines to enable further efficient and reliable operation for approximately 100,000 hours – equivalent to about 15 years. The upgrades also increased power output by 62.6 megawatts (MW) and improved power plant efficiency by about 0.5 percent."The new project is built on over 30 years of trust and partnership with Siemens. We are very pleased to work with the company again and successfully complete services of Jebel Ali K-station's power assets so quickly, which allowed the plant to reduce the length of maintenance outage and return the turbines to service as early as possible," said Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of DEWA. "With this project, we will enhance the power output and the long-term availability of our power generation assets."After a certain number of operating hours, all gas turbines need to be dismantled for maintenance services. Typically, an outage of this kind would take up to 45 working days to complete, involving over 100 personnel with different areas of technical expertise. By implementing a newer outage concept, Siemens was able to perform the services within just 29 working days, setting a new benchmark in the global power service industry."DEWA puts a great importance on the availability and sustainability of power for Dubai's population, which results in their continuous commitment to innovative ideas and proactive approach for accomplishing the best results," said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East. "This project reflects our commitment to bringing the company's latest and most-advanced technologies to the UAE to help boost the efficiency and sustainability of its energy sector."Recently, Siemens and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have signed an agreement to collaborate on an advanced data-driven project. Siemens and DEWA are working together to identify ways to improve thermal efficiency, provide cost-effective solutions for performance optimization, manage costs and reduce fuel consumption and emissions.