2013 Western Turbine Users Conference (WTUI): Issue #4

HOT TOPICS at Western Turbine breakout sessions for the LM2500, LM5000, LM6000

Hundreds of LM2500, LM5000, LM6000, and LMS100 owner/operators are compelled to attend annual meetings of the Western Turbine Users Inc for the updates they receive on fleet issues from the OEM and its licensed repair depots-TransCanada Turbines (TCT), Air New Zealand Gas Turbines (ANZGT), Avio SpA, IHI Corp, and MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH. The comprehensive technical presentations and open discussion periods conducted during the breakout sessions for each engine are critical to maintaining top performance; they offer guidance on how to identify potential issues early and what proactive steps can be taken to prevent unplanned outages. more 

LM2500 assessment: Control systems, components leading contributors to forced outages

It's unanimous. Control systems and their components-including controllers, cards, and gas- fuel modulating valves-were the major contributors to forced outages in 2012 for each of the fleets supported by the Western Turbine Users Inc: LM2500, LM5000, LM6000, and LMS100. Details on the Top Ten contributors to forced-outage incidents involving the LM2500 were presented to the breakout session chaired by John Baker, plant manager, Riverside Public Utilities, by Cindy Alicea and Karl Maier of Charlotte-based Strategic Power Systems Inc (SPS), during WTUI's 2013 annual meeting in San Diego, recently concluded. more

Special sessions at WTUI focus on HRSGs, emissions reduction, inlet cooling

An important part of the technical program at all annual meetings of the Western Turbine Users Inc are the six special presentations on the afternoon of the second day covering topics of importance to attendees not addressed in the engine breakout sessions. Summaries of three presentations made available to the editors follow. Users can access the full presentations by registering at www.wtui.com. 


  • Dealing effectively with HRSG inlet-duct challenges
  • Integrating SCR and CO oxidation catalysts
  • Ammonia absorption conditioning                   more

Have ORAP®? If yes, then NERC reporting just got easy

Some things you can't say too many times. One of them: As of 2013, all thermal generating units having a gross nameplate rating above 20 MVA, as well as a direct connection to the bulk power system at more than 100 kV, must report certain operating information to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. NERC is responsible to FERC for improving the reliability and security of the bulk power system. Other generating facilities subject to NERC reporting include black-start resources material to, and designated a part of, a transmission operator's restoration plan; plus, generating units material to the reliability of the bulk power system. more
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