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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece

The first LEED Platinum certified office building in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated yesterday (Jan 22).

Electrical engineering giant Siemens’ new Middle East headquarters, which will accommodate 800 employees, is at Masdar City adjacent to the Masdar Institute.

Architect David Ardill, of Sheppard Robson, won a competition 30 month before to design the building, which uses 50 per cent less energy than a similar sized conventional building. The distinctive façade is dominated by aluminium shades over the windows, each individually designed to provide 100% shading to 95% of glazed surfaces.

Ardill explained how the original design brief has been met to redue energy demand by 65% and water by 50%.

Inside Herald Waiti, Siemens ME head of SRE, explained how there are ‘practically no internatl light switches’ and that everything is controlled through movement sensors. “Desk lamps are light sensitive and dim according to the amount of external light coming through the windows,” he explained.

Waiti even joked how at night time someone could run through an empty office and be followed in a trail of light. ‘I have tried it,’ he joked with assembled journalists.

The opening ceremony was attended by board membrs from Siemans AG – including Michael Suess and Roland Busch – Dr Al Jaber and shareholders of Siemens in the UAE and dignitaries from Abu Dhabi.

In a statement Siemans said: “The company’s strategic partnership with Masdar extends far beyond the opening of a new office and is in line with Abu Dhabi’s National Vision 2030.”


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Siemens to erect turnkey combined-cycle power plant in Turkey

Siemens has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Bandirma II combined-cycle (gas and steam) power plant (CCPP) in Turkey.

The purchaser is Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON. Following the Samsun project, which is currently under construction, Bandirma II will be the second power plant in Turkey to be powered by an SGT5-8000H gas turbine, marking the sale of 28 of this model of gas turbine by Siemens worldwide.
These gas turbines, which have proven themselves in commercial operation since 2011, have now clocked up approximately 50,000 equivalent operating hours at an availability of more than 97%. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, this plant will have an installed capacity of around 600 megawatts (MW) and an efficiency of over 60%.

The natural-gas-fired CCPP Bandirma II will be built on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, near the city of Bandirma in the Balikesir province.

Rainer Hauenschild, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, said: “We are very excited about working together with Enerjisa. As a manufacturer of turnkey installations, our customers profit from our expertise in ideally integrating mechanical, electrical and chemical processes optimally with our products in fossil-fired power plants. Therefore we can fulfill the needs of our customers at best.

“In this project, too, we will live up to our very high claim concerning quality and safety in project engineering and execution and during the construction and installation phase.”

The dynamic power plant market in Turkey calls for flexible and eco-friendly power generation facilities that are cost-efficient at the same time, so that they are right at the top in the merit order. The Bandirma II combined-cycle power plant is of single-shaft design. Such plants are highly flexible and can be run up to full power in only 30 minutes. With load ramping of gradients of up to 50 MW per minute, they also respond very quickly to fluctuations in power demand and so can help to stabilize the grid.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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Siemens new order for H-class power plant

• Two power islands with H-class gas turbines for Patriot power plant in Pennsylvania
• Installed electrical generating capacity of 829 MW
• Order volume, including long-term maintenance amounts to USD 400 million
• Total of 27 H-class gas turbines sold worldwide

Siemens Energy has received an order to supply two integrated power islands fitted with H-class gas turbines for the Patriot combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in Pennsylvania. It will have a generating capacity of 829 megawatts (MW) in combined-cycle duty. This is the second project awarded by Panda Power Funds in Pennsylvania following the Liberty order announced in August of 2013. The complete power plant is to be erected by Gemma-Lane Patriot Partners, a leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor in the U.S.A. The order volume for Siemens, including a long-term maintenance and service contract, is approximately USD 400 million. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for 2016. This order marks the 27th H-class gas turbines sold by Siemens worldwide.

Patriot CCPP, which will fire local shale gas, is to be erected in Clinton Township in Lycoming County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Like its sister plant Liberty CCPP, Patriot will also be comprised of two power islands, both designed as single-shaft configurations, meaning that the gas turbine and steam turbine are arranged on one shaft and drive the same generator. Single-shaft units offer economic advantages thanks to their low investment costs, excellent efficiency and a high degree of flexibility during operation. Patriot and Liberty power stations will be able to supply up to two million homes with clean power.

Siemens will supply two integrated power islands for the plant, each consisting of one SGT6-8000H gas turbine, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, one hydrogen-cooled SGen6-2000H generator, and one heat recovery steam generator, along with the complete electrical system and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system. In addition, Siemens will provide maintenance and service for the main components associated with the gas turbine under a long term service program. Parts, inspections, and scheduled service/maintenance, along with Siemens’ Power Diagnostics™ remote monitoring and diagnostics, are included in the comprehensive service agreement.

“When they are completed, the Patriot and Liberty power plants will be two of the most technologically advanced modern power plants on the East Coast,” said Martin Tartibi, Head of the Business Unit Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions Americas at Siemens Energy’s Power Generation Division. “Our H-class gas turbines mean that Pennsylvanians will have a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly electric power supply for many years to come.”

“This is the fifth time in 17 months that Panda has chosen to use Siemens’ advanced technology for our power projects,” said Todd Carter, senior partner and president of Panda Power Funds. “We continue to be impressed with their market solutions, technological capabilities and service.”

The gas turbines and generators will be fabricated at Siemens manufacturing plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. As with other recently closed Panda projects, the US affiliate of Siemens Financial Services (SFS) is funding a loan of USD 75 million for the Patriot power plant project. SFS’s involvement demonstrates confidence in both Panda Power Funds and the Siemens technology utilized for the project.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

It was also announced on Friday that Siemens Energy has been awarded a long-term agreement to perform service and maintenance at the 450 MW Sino Iron power station located at Cape Preston in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The service contract signed is Siemens’ largest service order ever for the company’s SGT-800 gas turbine. The customer is CITIC Pacific Mining Management Pty Ltd, which operates the power station within the Sino Iron project.

The 10-year contract includes preventative maintenance, remote monitoring, parts supply, and field service and will help to ensure predictable reliability and maintenance costs for the seven SGT-800 units operating at the Sino Iron power station. The power station provides the electricity needed to power the largest magnetite iron ore mining and processing operation in Australia.

Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy Service Division said, “As Siemens’ largest service contract ever for our SGT-800 gas turbine business, this 10-year LTP agreement furthers our growth as a major service provider for oil and gas applications. Australia is a key market for Siemens and we are proud to have been selected to provide service for this unique and important facility.”

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Siemens showcases eco-friendly energy storage solution

Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, is showcasing the breakthrough Siestorage solution at the Coliseum Summit in Doha, running for two days from November 16. Providing highly-reliable and uninterrupted power supply for the World Cup 2022 is one of the challenges Qatar is facing in the lead up to the event. Siestorage, a fully-integrated power storage solution, is an ideal option to overcoming this challenge, enabling secure energy distribution across all critical venues while eliminating pollution and noise by replacing diesel-powered generators.

“Siestorage is a game-changing technology,” said Juergen Viethen, General Manager of Siemens Low and Medium Voltage Division for the Lower Gulf area. “This is the first time Siemens puts forward the Siestorage innovation in the context of stadium technology. The energy storage system secures a stable and reliable power supply on match days, replacing diesel generators and the emissions they emit.”

Siestorage is a modular electrical energy storage system. It integrates renewable energy and optimises the usage of fossil generation as part of a modern eco-friendly grid. Siestorage combines cutting-edge power electronics for grid applications and high-performance Li-ion batteries. The power supply system acts as a ‘vital artery’, forming the basis for the reliable and efficient functioning of all electrically-operated building installations.

“Efficient and reliable electrical power distribution requires integrated solutions. This starts at the planning stage with the right software tools for the design and configuration,” said Paul Fairweather, head of the Low and Medium Voltage Division at Siemens WLL Qatar. “Our optimally-aligned product and system portfolio for integrated power distribution ranges from medium-voltage switchgear to socket outlets. Now, we can complement these with a smart energy storage solution.”

Siemens has been actively involved in all recent major events around the world during the past decades. The company established a programme office in Doha this year to coordinate all activities related to the World Cup event.

“It is exciting to witness the new possibilities in technology compared to the solutions that will be used during the World Cup in Brazil next year. With the modularity and mobility of the Siestorage solution, organisers will now have the opportunity to grant reliable power supply without pollution or noise,” Program Manager Jan Schoenig said.

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Siemens delivers 20 industrial gas turbines to Thailand

Siemens Energy has received orders for a total of 20 SGT-800 industrial gas turbines from Thailand.

The turbines will be used in various combined cycle cogeneration power plants within Thailand. The contract is part of the Thai government’s programme to support small power producers.

Each of the units sold has a capacity of 50.5 megawatts (MW), so the combined total capacity of the 20 gas turbines is over 1,000 MW. Siemens delivers also five industrial steam turbines of type SST-400 for the customer ABP. Including installation and commissioning, the order value for Siemens is over $403 million.

Thierry Toupin, CEO of the Business Unit Gas Turbines/Generators at Siemens Energy, said: “All of these turbines were able to meet or even exceed the contractually promised values in terms of capacity and efficiency. This success was a decisive factor in the Thai small power producers opting once again for Siemens’ SGT-800 gas turbines.”

“With the Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines, we are able to generate electricity very efficiently, allowing us to decrease our fuel consumption,” explained Khun Preeyanart Soontornwata, President of ABP. “As a result, we can reduce our costs per kilowatt-hour generated.”

The 20 Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbines will be used in ten different plants located in industrial parks. All of the 20 units are being manufactured at the Siemens plant in Finspong, Sweden.

The order is part of the third phase of the Thai government’s programme to support small-scale electricity producers. The amount of support provided depends on the amount of primary energy saved by the plants. A requirement to receive the subsidy is that at least 5% of the thermal energy produced in the power plants in the form of steam or hot water be made available to consumers in the industrial sector. This increases the fuel utilisation rate of the entire power plant.

The Siemens SGT-800 industrial gas turbine combines a reliable robust design with high efficiency and low emissions. The turbine offers broad flexibility in fuels, operation conditions, maintenance concepts, package solutions and ratings. The SGT-800 turbine is suitable for power generation or cogeneration in simple or combined cycle modes. It combines a reliable robust design with high efficiency and low emissions. The turbine offers broad flexibility in fuels, operation conditions, maintenance concepts, package solutions and ratings.

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2020 Olympic’s nuclear shadow

The Fukushima meltdown in 2011 left Tokyo with a tough legacy as it begins preparations for the Summer Olympics in 2020. But the city is already recognised as one which takes its green image very seriously

Last month, Mayor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, announced that his city won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games. Its biggest obstacle in convincing the Olympic Committee was to assure them that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant 240km from Tokyo posed no risk to visitors or athletes. In September, Mayor Inose said the award was a triumph for his country and would have a positive effect on those affected by the disaster. At the news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Olympic Committee made its decision he said: “I hope that the Games will bring some form of encouragement to the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

Fukushima, the aftershock
 March 2011’s earthquake and tsunami lead to a devastating nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), plant owners, has now admitted contaminated wastewater which leaked last month from a temporary storage tank may be spreading. High levels of strontium and other radioactive substances were measured in water collected from a new well 20 metres from the fourth reactor that leaked. Another sample collected from a well on the coast side, next to the first reactor showed dangerous levels of tritium. Government and TEPCO officials met for the first time in September to discuss how to stop radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese government now plans a frozen underground wall at the damaged nuclear power plant as a test, which its scientific experts say will keep radioactivity in and protect groundwater. Currently, an estimated 400 tonnes of groundwater flows into the plant’s reactor buildings every day, adding to the problems of radioactive wastewater on the site. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would mobilise the expertise of all government authorities to play a “proactive role” in managing the disaster. He said: “Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge.”

Preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics
According to Tokyo’s regular testing, radiation levels in the air, water and soil in the city are too low to be detectable and preparations are now underway for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The government pledged earlier this month to tackle the problems at Fukushima Daiichi as a separate issue aimed at protecting its people and country now.

Climate leader
Away from its radiation issues the Japanese government and Tokyo have earned a strong reputation for its green credentials in recent years. Before being announced as host city the Summer Olympics 2020, Tokyo had won an award at the first City Climate Leadership Awards for its Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Programme. The presentation took place on September 4 from Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group at a ceremony in London. The seven-member judging panel comprised former city mayors, architects and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens. There were more than 35 projects being evaluated as finalists from 29 cities across the globe. Under the Cap-and-Trade Programme, there are mandatory targets set for reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions. Large scale emitters must submit and publicly display their annual emissions reports and emissions reduction plans. Yuki Arata, director of the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Programme, Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, said at the ceremony: “The programme helped us in overcoming the post-earthquake power crisis in 2011. That year we achieved 23% CO2 reduction.”

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