2013 Western Turbine Users Conference and Exhibition (WTUI): Issue #1

SPS data show operating hours for aeros, 
frames up sharply with KPIs holding steady

Continual advancements in gas-turbine technology enable electric utilities and independent power producers to meet the demands of an ever-changing and challenging market reliably and efficiently and with minimal emissions. Today's drivers influencing operations and maintenance, as well as new product design, include the following:


* Fast start-up times.


* Impact of cyclic duty on parts life and maintenance schedules.


* Load-following and -shedding to the lower and lower outputs required to accommodate swings associated with intermittent renewables, all while continuing to meet rigorous emissions standards.


* The value of reserve or "sitting" capacity. more  
Expanded Western Turbine meeting, San 
Diego, March 10-13; register now
There are several especially good reasons to register today for the 23rd Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Western Turbine Users Inc (WTUI) at the San Diego Convention Center, March 10-13. Most importantly, perhaps, is that with North American gas turbines running longer because of favorable gas prices, intervals between inspections and overhauls are being compressed and the time is now to come up to speed on current issues, the latest repair techniques, shop availability, etc, to assure the engines in your care will continue to meet expectations. more
Thermal generating units 20 MW and above 
now required to report data to NERC
Perhaps you haven't heard, or perhaps you've chosen to ignore the fact that as of Jan 1, 2013 all thermal generating units rated 20 MW must report certain operating information to the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC), which is responsible for improving the reliability and security of the bulk power system in North America. In 2012, generating units rated less than 50 MW did not have to report data.
Your plant's information will be deposited in NERC's Generating Availability Data System (GADS) with the expectation that analysis of reliability and availability data can be used to improve the performance of generating equipment. more
Safety best practice: Sharing knowhow 
contributes to the success of WTUI
One of many best practices that will be shared among participants at the upcoming Western Turbine Users annual meeting is the natural-gas blowdown system recently installed at Lincoln Electric System's Terry Bundy Generating Station to assure a safer working environment. TBGS is a 170-MW, LM6000-powered facility that connects to a main interstate gas pipeline via a 6.5-mile, 20-in.-diam feeder. more

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