ASME Turbo Expo 2010 To Feature Tours of Leading Energy and Turbomachinery Facilities in Scotland

Mar 31, 2010

by Alan S. Brown Associate Editor, Mechanical Engineering Magazine

NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 – The ASME International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) has announced seven tours of leading energy and turbomachinery facilities in Scotland, to be held in conjunction with ASME Turbo Expo, June 14-18, 2010, in Glasgow, Scotland. All facility tours will take place on Friday, June 18, and space will be limited. Some facility tours will require pre-screening; additional details can be found online at Facility tours will include: •Alstom – Torness Power Station Torness nuclear power station was the last of the UK’s second generation nuclear power plants to be commissioned. The station consists of two Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGR) capable of producing a peak rating of 1364 MWe. Torness nuclear power station is located approximately 30 miles east of the city of Edinburgh at Torness Point near Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland. •BAE Systems Surface Ships Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems Surface Ships will host a tour at their shipyard in Scotstoun. Delegates will tour the 3rd in class Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyer, HMS Diamond. The Type 45 Destroyer is the most advanced ship of its type in the world to date and will provide the backbone of the Royal Navy’s air defenses for much of the first half of the 21st century. •CLYDEUNION CLYDEUNION Pumps provides pumping solutions through pump technology, hydraulic design and engineering as well as global aftermarket support. The tour will be at the company’s largest facility in Glasgow that has been manufacturing there for over 120 years. The Glasgow site provides centrifugal pumps for all six of its business sectors, including conventional power, and specializes in products for the upstream oil and nuclear power industries. •Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd. Doosan Babock is offering a tour at its headquarters near Glasgow, focusing on the Research and Development Centre. Individuals will have the opportunity to see work on the development of advanced clean energy technologies and to visit the combustion test facilities, where Doosan Babcock is currently carrying out work on carbon dioxide capture and, in particular, is running the world’s largest demonstration of Oxyfuel combustion. •GSE Systems Power Station Simulation Training Centre at Strathclyde University the University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is home to the only academic, fully flexible GSE Power Station simulator suite designed for training in Europe. This $4 million simulation training and education centre offers a unique facility that provides the basis for research and education in the areas of real-time simulation, power station control and advanced diagnostics. The simulator replicates actual control rooms with instrumentation and controls driven by computer models that replicate a plant’s actual response to normal operating conditions. •Inchinnan Manufacturing Facilities Rolls-Royce plc is hosting a combined tour to both the Rolls-Royce Inchinnan Centre of Excellence for Compression System Component Manufacture and the adjacent Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), which is due to open in spring of 2010. AFRC is a partnership between the University of Strathclyde and global industrial manufacturing companies including Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Mettis Aerospace and specialist suppliers such as GKN, Bodycote, EKES and Fanuc. •Whitelee Windfarm Whitelee Windfarm is Europe’s largest windfarm and is located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. Over the past ten years Whitelee has been carefully planned and designed to work in harmony with the existing environment and after three years of construction the windfarm is fully operational and producing clean, green energy. The windfarm has 140 turbines which can generate 322MW of electricity, enough to power 180,000 homes.

Registration for facility tours without pre-conference screening will begin when the ASME Turbo Expo Exposition opens at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre on Tuesday, June 15. Each host company is conducting registration for its own tour in the Facility Tour Registration booth, #125. All tours are conducted at the discretion of the host company and under the conditions the company establishes. All tours are subject to cancellation. The International Gas Turbine Institute, based in Atlanta, Ga., promotes technical information exchange in the worldwide gas turbine community and is the organizer of ASME Turbo Expo, a global conference encompassing a technical program, keynote session, and exposition of products and services.

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