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@theBVAA is the place for up to the second Valve and Actuator news! Follow our official twitter feed to get all our latest news the second it breaks. Including developments and plans for our Spring Conference using the #BVAASpringCon13 hashtag*. *The above all Greek to you? Do not miss our Spring Conference where Zoedale’s Tim Guest will throw light on the benefits of social media marketing ...

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NOF Conference Provides Vital Energy Sector Information

Industry experts provide sector outlook and highlight some landmark future projects Delegates who attended NOF’s national conference and exhibition were privy to insight provided by industry leaders on the future of the energy industry. The audience, which included the BVAA and a number of our members, heard from EC Harris that while the world’s energy mix is expected to change ov...

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South Korea: ultra-deepwater drillship

Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited (AOPL), has executed a turnkey construction contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) to construct an ultra-deepwater drillship, to be named the Atwood Advantage, at the DSME yard in South Korea. Delivery is expected for September 30, 2013 at a total cost, including project management, drilling and handling tools and spares, of approxi...

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Developing geothermal power technology

Verdicorp is collaborating with The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia to develop next-generation geothermal turbine and power plant technology. The partners plan to develop supercritical turbines; heat exchangers and air-cooled condensers for geothermal, solar thermal and waste heat power generation applications.  They will also develop and test new cycle fluids and fluid mixtures suitabl...

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Pöyry wins pulp mill contract

Pöyry's Industry Business Group has been awarded a EUR 8.4 million basic and detailed engineering contract by Eldorado Celulose e Papel Ltda for the Balance of Plant of the 1.5 million tns/yr bleached eucalyptus market pulp mill to be built in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil. The contract is a continuation of the pre-engineering and preparatory work for the mill infrastructure that Pöyry was awar...

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The Energy sector in Switzerland

The Swiss Energy sector faces a major shift. Switzerland will phase out its nuclear energy whilst reducing its carbon footprint. There is a major opportunity for companies that can address this 40% gap in its power supply. More detailed information, including a range of events is available from: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/item/242940.html...

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Underwater nuclear power plant proposed

DCNS, the French state-owned submarine-building and nuclear engineering firm, plans to conduct a validation study on its designs for a small subsea power plant for supplying coastal regions with electricity. The power plant, called Flexblue, would sit on the seafloor at a depth of 60m to 100m, a few kilometres off shore, and have an electrical output of between 50MW and 250MW. According to designe...

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Cameron scores contract in South China Sea

Cameron is supplying subsea production systems for a deepwater and offshore gas processing and pipeline project in the South China Sea. The project includes providing the subsea equipment as well as additional services across the life of the field. Deliveries at water depths of nearly 5000 ft are scheduled to begin in late 2011 and continue through 2012. In order to support the project after compl...

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Argentine-Brazilian hydro complex planned

A hydro complex is being considered between the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and the Argentine province of Corrientes.  Called the Garabi-Panambi, it is to include two damns, the 1.15GW Garabi, and the 1.05GW Panambi, to be built on the Uruguay River.  A feasibility study is being conducted and is expected to be complete in the first half of 2011.  The presidents of both countries...

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AkzoNobel invests EUR 90 million in Brazilian plant

Dutch chemical group Akzo Nobel has said it will invest EUR 90 million in a new Brazilian plant to supply what is said to be the worlds largest pulp mill, to be operated by Eldorado Celulose e Papel.  In a fifteen year agreement, AkzoNobels new facility will supply, store and handle all chemicals for the 1.5 million tns/yr greenfield mill.  ...

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