Improve Turbine Flexibility & Reliability with Fuel-System Modifications

With the instability of oil prices, it is mission critical to control operating costs. Put your power generation needs in the hands of power generation experts, make sure you have 100% fuel availability.

Gas turbines are one of the leading sources of power generation in the United States, making their ability to produce consistent power crucial at all times. While natural gas is the most popular fuel due to its overall abundance, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly status with modern advanced combustion systems, it shouldn’t be the only fuel source. Unpredictable global political and economic conditions, extreme weather conditions, as well as new discoveries in oil and gas exploration, can skew any forecast on fuel pricing and availability. By adding the capability to burn multiple fuel sources, gas turbine users can be prepared to handle these unexpected changes that arise. Not only can this increase their value in terms of improved versatility, but it will also ensure their availability to produce power under any economic circumstance.

A recent case where the importance of fuel flexibility has been needed are severe winters that have caught gas turbine users in gas curtailments. The winter of 2013-14 caused record snowfall, ice storms and arctic temperatures throughout the country and gas curtailment was commonplace for gas turbine operators.  One of the largest situations in recent years occurred in February 2011, where an arctic cold front descended on the Southwest region and brought temperatures below freezing and sustained wind gusts up to 30 mph. The area hit was extensive, complicating efforts to obtain power and natural gas from neighboring regions. Local distribution companies passed extensive curtailments of service during the event, where they interrupted gas service to more than 50,000 customers in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. During this time the surrounding gas production basins had decreased production due to low market prices and according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an estimated 14.8 BCF of natural gas production was lost, further complicating the effects of the extreme winter.

In any situation when natural gas costs are high or supply is hard to obtain, users that have the capability to burn alternative fuels, such as distillate liquid fuel, are able to continue to generate uninterrupted power.  And as in any economic situation when the supply of power is low (as during gas curtailments) the price of power rises. The importance of adding another fuel source to gas turbines has been proven to be vital to increasing reliability of power. Now, several utilities are making fuel flexibility a contractual requirement for their non-utility generators desiring contracts within the utility operating area.

With over 30 years of experience, Turbine Technology Services Corporation (TTS) has performed numerous fuel conversions to many different types of gas turbines and can provide the fuel flexibility that most power systems need.

For a consultation to discuss how TTS can improve your single-fuel gas turbine by converting it to a dual-fuel system, call Frank Hoegler at (407) 826-1800 or email fhoegler@ttsenergyservices.com


About TTS
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

TTS Announces New Sales Presence In Houston

Frere Brings to TTS Midstream 25 Years of Solution Selling Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry

[Orlando, FL, July, 2020] TTS is pleased to welcome Amy Frere to the TTS team as Sales Manager of TTS Midstream.  Frere will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, develop customer partnerships, as well as general management responsibilities.

Frere has twenty-five years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, specializing in solution selling.  She has worked for major OEMs such as Emerson, Rockwell, Siemens and GE.  Additionally, Amy received an engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

Head shot of Amy FrereAs part of the TTS team, Frere will develop client relationships for TTS in the midstream market, and will be based in Houston, TX.  TTS Midstream is focused on engineered mechanical, electrical and automation and controls solutions for the Natural Gas Compression and Storage sector as well as other oil, gas and petrochemical clients.  In addition, TTS Midstream offers a wide range of field services from programming to total plant commissioning.

Frank Hoegler, President of TTS stated, “Amy is a seasoned veteran of the midstream and power generation industry.  We are pleased to have a continued presence in the Houston area and are always happy to add an “Aggie” to the team.”

TTS Midstream is part of the TTS Energy Services group of companies which also includes TTS Power.

For more information, visit www.ttsenergyservices.com


About TTS

TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

To learn more about TTS, please visit https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Frank Hoegler at 407.902.1344 or email fhoegler@ttsenergyservices.com.

TTS COVID-19 Announcement

To Our Valued Customers, Vendors and Partners,

With the increased concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, TTS has been closely monitoring the situation. We have taken every precaution to ensure the safety and health of our employees, subcontractors and our customers while in the midst of this global pandemic. This is a dynamic situation and as of today, TTS is open for business in accordance with the most up to date guidelines of state, federal and international guidelines. In addition, TTS has implemented its own Pandemic Response Plan and is in compliance with all government and customer-specific guidelines, pertaining to COVID 19, while on essential infrastructure and utility projects.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as things develop. Information on the COVID-19 virus and measures the State, Federal and International bodies are taking can be found in the links below.

State of Florida Website: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Frank Hoegler

President
TTS
www.ttsenergyservices.com

 

TTS Takes Energy Services From “Molecule to Megawatt”

TTS, formerly Turbine Technology Services, a full-service energy services engineering firm serving the power generation and gas compression industry, has launched a new website and brand identity showcasing the company’s knowledge, experience and breadth of services for clients in the energy industry.

A new, simplified company logo leads the way to a series of branding improvements to emphasize TTS two market-focused companies, TTS Power and TTS Midstream. The websites showcase customized engineering solutions, automation and control solutions, field services, as well as greenfield and brownfield power and gas compression projects worldwide. In a move to market the spectrum of services offered for the Power and the Midstream markets, the company will focus its business on services for fuel supply and power production.

Frank Hoegler, President of TTS says, “With our two operating units, TTS Power and TTS Midstream, nothing captures our commitment to the energy segment better than ‘Molecule to Megawatt’.”

The new logo and website recognizes the market demand for diverse and efficient options for energy operators looking for upgrades and modernization options. With their breadth of experience and specialty engineering solutions, TTS addresses the distinct challenges of today’s energy market.

Reinforced by Tony Thornton, company CEO, “TTS is a company driven by changes in the fuel market. Whether it be newly discovered gas in Africa, or new LNG destinations in the USA, TTS is committed to finding and providing customer-focused engineering solutions.”

Users should look for the latest industry news, trainings, seminars and company announcements. As TTS broadens the landscape of energy services, their goal remains the same: to provide operating simplicity, cost-efficiency, reliability, visibility and smart decision support to the global energy market.

Explore the in-depth capabilities of TTS by visiting https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

About TTS
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.

To learn more about TTS, please visit https://ttsenergyservices.com/.

Reciprocating Technology Services is Acquired

Reciprocating Technology Services is acquired by the Cooper Machinery Services family of distinguished brands.

Cooper Machinery Services (“Cooper”), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, recently completed the acquisition of RTS, a TTS Energy Services company. Previously, Arcline had acquired Cooper from BHGE. The combined companies were rolled out at the GMRC in San Antonio in October.

“It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the RTS management team, mechanics, field technicians, and support personnel. We all worked hard to start this company and to build a successful brand. Our efforts were clearly recognized by others in the industry.” Said Frank Hoegler, Former President of RTS and Vice President at TTS Energy Services.

RTS operated as an entirely separate division of TTS Energy Services since 2014, and for the past five years, Frank has split his time and energies between RTS and Turbine Technology Services, the sister organization of RTS. “With the separation of RTS, my focus is now squarely on growth for TTS and a smooth transition for RTS.”

“It is high praise indeed that Frank and his team built, in a very short time, an organization chosen to join such an exciting new venture in the gas compression industry. TTS Energy Services management saw this as an opportunity for the RTS operation to grow dramatically and succeed at a scale that would otherwise have taken years to achieve,” said TTS Energy Services CEO, Tony Thornton.

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Since 1983, Turbine Technology Services has provided innovative technologies and engineering, high-value solutions and gas turbine expertise to over 400 clients worldwide. Our offerings to the global power generation and midstream industries include Controls and Control Panels, Gas Turbine Parts Supply, Conversions, Modifications and Upgrades, Asset Performance Technologies, Engineering, and OnSite Services, Power Plant Services, and DynaFlex Performance Services.

When It’s Hot Outside, Make More MW

Your Gas Turbine Can Increase Output and Revenue with Adjustable Peak Firing

The reports say that June was the hottest month ever in Texas, however, August may have blown that record away. As an example, ERCOT reported that on Tuesday, August 13, over 73,000 MWh were generated largely in support of every air conditioner in the state running full out. For a short period that day, Reuters reported real-time prices briefly soared to $9,000 per megawatt-hour as consumers cranked up air conditioners to escape the brutal heatwave.

Turbine Technology Services offers DynaFlex Performance™ tools that take advantage of this situation and help gas turbine operators produce more MWh and revenue.

Extra Power When You Need It

Depending on their power purchase agreement, gas turbine operators may receive payment based on their maximum generation capacity, or they may need to hold a certain amount of generation in reserve as a percentage of their maximum capacity. For these reasons, adding peak firing capability to both simple and combined cycle units can bring economic benefits without a substantial impact on maintenance costs when the peak fire capability is used strategically at times of high demand.

Traditional peak firing is commonly a fixed, incremental amount of firing temperature above the rated baseload firing temperature. This increase can equate to at least a 2.5 percent increase in the output above baseload for newer GE units and potentially more for vintage GE units.  Increasing firing temperature also increases NOx emissions – which means operators must take into account NOx emission limits as they incrementally increase firing.

Adjustable Peak Firing Keeps NOx Emissions in Check

Adjustable peak firing is a valuable tool in cases where emission values exceed allowable limits before the unit reaches its standard peak firing limit. It allows the operator to increase the load to take advantage of periods of high electricity prices while staying within the maximum allowable NOx emissions dictated by their emissions permit. This mode is especially useful for merchant plants with simple cycle units or with combined cycle units with SCRs.

With TTS’s adjustable peak option, operators slowly and incrementally increase output in steps of 0.1-0.2 MW, monitoring NOx emissions as load increases.

Operators continue increasing the load until they reach a NOx value that they decide provides an acceptable degree of margin in their situation. The adjustable peak option maintains an upper firing temperature limit equal to the standard unit peak firing temperature.

Implementation of adjustable peak firing requires control system logic modifications, HMI modifications (to select adjustable peak fire) and combustion tuning necessary to install peak firing capability.  Take advantage of this hot weather, keep your air conditioner running and make more MWh and revenue in the process.

How Can We Help You?

Contact TTS and speak with a gas turbine engineer for a custom-tailored solution that addresses your unit’s operating parameters, plant requirements, and business objectives explicitly.

Leave us a message or call (407) 677-0813 to speak with an expert today.

Modernizing Vintage Gas Turbines in the Natural Gas Pipeline

Efficiently manage your assets to improve the bottom line

Modernization involves more than migrating from an old vintage system to its modern equivalent. It requires rethinking applications and upgrading multiple technologies. But in the end, it can transform a compression station’s processes and help reposition its operations for the next 20 to 30 years.

To demonstrate, in 2012, TTS was involved in the conversion project of a legacy GE Frame 5001 gas turbine.  The PLC-based turbine control system had become obsolete due to mechanical wear and outdated manual calibrations in the field.  TTS simplified the gas turbine fuel control system by eliminating the unnecessary pre-control valve pressure regulation.  The upgrade allowed for a more efficient, innovative fuel control system by reducing preventative maintenance costs from $5,000 to $10,000 per year to under $1,000 per year.  Furthermore, updating critical gas turbine instrumentation allows production machines to adapt to modern demands and ensures a reliable, productive service life.

The full benefit of a system upgrade is achieved if you do the upgrade in conjunction with a rewire and some device upgrades to support the new control systems and optimize its available features.  The primary benefit of a system upgrade is the availability of information that can be gathered, logged, and stored.  This information is paramount for operations and maintenance performance trending, predictive maintenance programs and troubling shooting problems.

There are, essentially, two types of system upgrades – drop-in and retrofit.  Read on to find out more about these system upgrades and their benefits:

Drop-in Upgrade

In a drop-in upgrade, there is no need for wiring changes, drawing changes, or engineering beyond specifying the equipment.  Examples would be:

  • Battery Systems – Charger and Battery
  • Motor Control Centers – where the control circuits are maintained

Retrofits

Complete retrofits, on the other hand, require detailed design engineering and the provision of new design documentation – specifications/drawings/software, etc. These include those above and the following:

  • Turbine Control Systems
  • Station Control Panels
  • Emergency Shutdown Systems
  • Compressor Controls
  • Motor Control Centers: Intelligent centers with control over Ethernet or DeviceNet
  • Electronic Valves applied to Fuel systems or replacing hydraulic actuators of any sort – IGV, for example.

By restoring old or obsolete automation systems that make up only a fraction of plant capital costs, pipeline operators can more efficiently manage their assets to help improve their bottom line.  Furthermore, they can leverage advanced analytics to monitor and optimize multiple stations across their pipeline fleet.

Making Obsolete Systems Operational Again

Gas turbines have recently become the technology of choice for new U.S. compressor stations, but a lot of Frame 3 and Frame 5 gas turbine units have been in service for decades and are still in operation. Modernization presents an opportunity to mitigate the risks of vintage systems and help improve business performance long term.

The need for station and unit control reliability is critical in these decades-old facilities. But their aging or obsolete systems, combined with the lack of operational and diagnostic information available in those vintage systems, can make reliability elusive.

As a result, these compression stations experience a greater risk of production stoppages and downtime. They are more likely to face support challenges and difficulty with maintaining regulatory compliance. Likewise, they spend valuable time and resources performing manual data collection and reporting.

Modernizing to a contemporary balance of plant control systems can alleviate these challenges and facilitate tighter integration between unit control and associated subsystems.

TTS: We Know Gas Turbines

Turbine Technology Systems (TTS) is an alternative to the OEMs with 36 years of experience and gas turbine expertise. We currently serve six out of the top ten largest pipeline operators in North America with services including commissioning, fuel system upgrades, the balance of plant controls, control upgrades and control panels.

Learn more by visiting our website or contact Frank Hoegler, 407-902-1344

Turbine Technology Services Partners with Voith Establishing Actuator Test Stand

New Workshop at TTS Houston Facility Provides Greater Convenience to Voith’s Local Oil & Gas Clients

Houston, TX (09/04/2018) – Turbine Technology Services (TTS) and Voith recently joined forces to add an actuator, governor and turbomachinery (AGT) test stand at the TTS Houston facility. This development brings a support network of trained technicians to the Houston area, offering greater convenience for Voith’s local oil & gas clients.

TTS opened its facility in Houston in 2016 in conjunction with its sister company Reciprocating Technology Services (RTS). RTS has been working closely with Voith in a joint development effort to provide a new starting technology for large reciprocating engines that provide zero emissions and many other benefits.

“We loved the idea of bringing Voith into our shop,” said Frank Hoegler, TTS Vice President. “This partnership provides us the opportunity for a closer relationship with Voith and its Houston-area customers. What’s great is that TTS doesn’t compete with Voith, but we share a lot of mutual clients, so it’s a win-win situation for us and our customers.”

The AGT test stand has been up-and-running for over a month, explained Thad Berry, sales account manager at Voith Digital Solutions, Inc.

“We’ve had people knocking on our door since day one,” Berry said. “Having a local, certified team of trained technicians means a lot to our Houston customers. They want a local support network that understands the actuators and their applications with the proper equipment, tools, and expertise to perform critical maintenance and emergency repairs.”

Berry continued, “Actuators can be delivered directly from the field to Voith and its trained technicians – reducing the workload and time involved with shipping. That, in turn, means that repairs and maintenance can be completed faster, allowing for shorter outages.”

About TTS

TTS is an OEM alternative that offers agility, innovation and experience delivering industry leading aftermarket parts, modernization, optimization, upgrading and custom services for our power generation clients. With over 35 years of experience providing technical solutions in the power generation and gas compression industry, TTS has managed hundreds of gas turbine installations and modernization projects. Based in Orlando, Florida, our team of 40+ engineering professionals has traveled millions of miles to over 90 countries serving more than 400 clients.

About Voith

Voith is a global technology group. With its wide range of plants, products, services, and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees and earns $4.7 billion in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. For more information, visit www.voith.com.

Contact Information:

Scott Muster, Marketing Director, TTS Energy Services
9848 Windfern Rd Houston, TX 77064
TTSEnergyServices.com
832-341-9341
smuster@TTSEnergyServices.com

35 Years in the Gas Turbine Industry
Where our renowned history meets a promising future

March of 1983, Turbine Technology Services (TTS) was founded. Our first project was in Saudi Arabia and involved taking over the operations of a 7EA power plant. This was a high-pressure project; it was not wise to disappoint the Sheik. The project lasted 2 ½ years, it was a fabulous way to begin our journey.

But this announcement isn’t so much about our history and what we were, but more about what we have become and where we are going. Our team of 40+ engineering professionals has traveled millions of miles to over 90 countries serving more than 400 clients managing hundreds of gas turbine installations and modernization projects and providing innovative and integrated engineering solutions – our hallmark.

We are part of the TTS Energy Services portfolio of companies, and, with our sister company Reciprocating Technology Services, we are positioned for growth. As an alternative to the OEMs, both organizations offer agility, innovation and experience delivering industry leading aftermarket parts, modernization, optimization, upgrading and custom services for our power generation and gas compression and transmission clients.

“This is an exciting time to be connected to such a great team of engineers and professionals who live and breathe customer centric values, power generation and technology innovation.” George Gramatikas, Founder, TTS.

Today the power generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed. OEMs are laying off employees and struggling to restructure their organizations.

TTS Energy Services is not down-sizing, but rather up-sizing. We have focused our strengths on growing the business, meeting new challenges and exploring a future that is filled with opportunities and promise.

Black Start – The Driver is Reliability

The solution is TTS’ Operational Excellence



The United States would face severe economic consequences if there was a serious disruption to the electricity supply. The cost could easily run into billions of dollars. While the likelihood of such an outage is low, the concerns regarding the possibility and impact of electricity blackouts is increasing. The leading concerns? Weather, aging infrastructure and cyber-attacks.Regardless of the cause, there are no yardsticks available to compare the cost of infrastructure investment to the cost of power outages. Just know, that it is all expensive. Add the potential for physical harm and injury to people effected by the blackout and there is no calculation that applies.

What is a “Black Start”?

A “black start” is the process of restoring an electric power station or a part of an electric grid to operation without relying on the external electric power transmission network. Needless to say, it’s a very complicated process. The controls and instrumentation used during a black start must operate dependably and with the utmost precision and speed.

A black start unit is one that can start its own power without support from the grid in the event of a major system collapse or a system-wide blackout. In the U.S., every region within the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) has its own black start plan and procedures. Each region also designates certain plants as black start units.

TTS Answers the Call

One of these plants recently contracted Turbine Technology Services (TTS) to work with them and other contractors to upgrade the plant’s controls and systems to meet the current technology and reliability standards. Black start operations are conducted in compliance with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards. Black start resources are linked to the CIP EOP-005-2 standard, and any cyber asset that is essential to the operation of a black start resource is a “Critical Cyber Asset” by definition, according to NERC.

 

The Scope of the Project

TTS is very proud to be awarded this prestigious project based on TTS’ wide collection of skills and experience. The project’s gas turbine reliability improvement scope description included a detailed engineering design package for all materials to be provided for this project.

Those materials include:

  • Complete Control Building (PEECC) for two (2) units including installation of EPWS equipment and FAT testing.
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Air-Start Compressor Skid
  • Fuel Oil Forwarding Skid
  • Transmitter Panels
  • Cable Tray
  • Conduit and Cable
  • Installation engineering
  • Test packages
  • Connection drawings

In addition, the scope entails the following site installation and commissioning activities:

  • Demolition of Complete Control Room Equipment
  • Equipment Installation
  • Complete project installation and commissioning
  • PEECC
  • Fuel Skid
  • Compressors
  • Fuel Valves
  • Cable Tray
  • Conduit and Cable

TTS is excited to announce that the project is well under way. We’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening both here and on LinkedIn, so be sure to follow us online. You’ll be the first to hear all the latest details from TTS. To Be Continued…

Do you have a project that needs a TTS technical solution?
Contact us to see how we can help you meet your goals for operational excellence.