The order includes more than 50 separate turbine and process steam bypass valves, spray water control valves, pressure reducing valves and silencers. According to GE, Masoneilan bypass valves “facilitate the start-up, shut-down and trip cycles of steam turbines and provide process steam to and from the gasifier and are necessary for the flexible operation of the plant in response to fluctuating power demand.”
Nathan Brunell of GE’s Masoneilan product line says, “The Masoneilan product line—part of Dresser, Inc., which was recently acquired by GE—has long been a trusted supplier of highly engineered solutions for the power industry and is one of few companies worldwide with experience delivering systems of this size. Southern Company’s decision to select our Masoneilan bypass and steam conditioning valves for the Kemper County project underscores their confidence in our technology, our people and our ability to execute on a project of this complexity and magnitude.”
The valve and auxiliary systems are expected to be delivered in 2011 and the power plant is expected to be operational in 2014. The Masoneilan team also will offer continuing service and parts support for the bypass systems.
The Masoneilan LincolnLog product line provides a long-term solution for a wide range of high pressure, anti-cavitation valve applications. The Masoneilan SteamForm product line combines more than 125 years of pressure reduction expertise with the latest in desuperheating technology.
The February acquisition of Dresser was the latest in a series of acquisitions for GE’s global energy portfolio. On January 13, 2011, the company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Lineage Power Holdings, Inc., from The Gores Group. On December 13, 2010, GE announced its intention to make an offer for 100 percent of Wellstream Holdings plc, a leading engineer and manufacturer of high-quality flexible pipeline products for oil and gas transportation in the subsea production industry. And on October 1, 2010, GE purchased the assets of Calnetix Power Solutions.
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