Daily Archives: December 12, 2016

APR Energy attribuée projet chauffé au GPL dans les îles Vierges américaines

L’usine innovante dispose de la première turbine TM2500+ en exploitation commerciale à fonctionner au GPL

JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 12 décembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, un leader mondial des solutions d’électricité rapide, annonce aujourd’hui avoir signé un contrat de 12 mois avec la Water and Power Authority (WAPA) des îles Vierges américaines pour fournir 25 MW de production d’énergie électrique à l’aide de gaz de pétrole liquéfié (GPL). Le projet dispose d’une turbine à gaz mobile GE TM2500+ adaptée, la toute première à être exploité commercialement au GPL – une étape importante qui offrira aux clients un accès à une alternative moins chère et plus propre aux autres combustibles à base de pétrole conventionnels.

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Le projet est le plus récent d’une série de victoires commerciales pour APR Energy depuis sa privatisation au début de l’année, portant le total des nouvelles attributions, extensions et expansions en 2016 à plus de 1 GW. Le projet est également la sixième attribution de la société au cours de l’année écoulée qui utilise des turbines à gaz mobiles.

« Le premier projet de ce type permettra aux îles Vierges américaines (USVI) de tirer parti de ses importants investissements dans l’infrastructure du GPL en réduisant considérablement le coût et l’impact environnemental de la production d’énergie électrique », a déclaré John Campion, le président exécutif d’APR Energy. « Les experts prévoient une hausse de 15 % du prix du gazole au cours des deux prochaines années, tandis que les prix du GPL devraient rester stables. L’utilisation du GPL devrait fournir la WAPA avec des économies importantes par rapport aux moteurs alternatifs alimentés au diesel, qui sont courants dans les Caraïbes ».

« La substitution au GPL moins coûteux et plus propre comme source principale de carburant dans la production d’électricité dans les îles Vierges a été le seul plus grand projet d’immobilisation que la WAPA ait entrepris dans son histoire récente », a déclaré Julio Rhymer, Sr., le directeur et PDG de la WAPA. « Nous sommes enthousiastes de pouvoir offrir des tarifs réduits à nos clients et nous sommes heureux que, grâce à la signature aujourd’hui du contrat, APR Energy va faire partie de notre solution énergétique dans les îles Vierges. Depuis des années maintenant, la WAPA a eu une relation positive auprès d’APR Energy et nous sommes heureux de collaborer avec eux en devenant le premier service public d’électricité au monde à mettre en service commerciale une TM2500+ chauffée au LPG ».

Campion s’attend à ce que ce projet serve de modèle pour les autres services publics qui cherchent à bénéficier rapidement du GPL comme source de carburant alternatif meilleur marché. « L’intérêt porté sur le GPL se développe dans de nombreux marchés dans le monde entier, en particulier dans les Caraïbes et dans certaines régions d’Afrique et d’Asie, où la disponibilité du carburant a augmenté sensiblement au cours des dernières années », Campion a déclaré. « La turbine TM2500+ est l’une des rares technologies en mouvement accéléré capable de fonctionner au GPL et celle-ci offre aux clients la flexibilité supplémentaire de passer, rapidement et en toute transparence, d’un carburant à l’autre selon le prix et la disponibilité ».

Le nouveau projet s’ajoute à l’usine existante d’Energy APR en turbines à carburant diesel de 25 MW installée en 2012 pour la WAPA, ce qui porte sa production totale sur le site à 50 MW.

À propos d’PR Energy

APR Energy est le premier fournisseur mondial d’électricité rapide par turbines mobiles. Nous fournissons de l’électricité rapide à grande échelle, offrant à nos clients un accès rapide à une source d’électricité fiable quand et où ils en ont besoin, et pour aussi longtemps qu’ils en ont besoin. Combinant une technologie de pointe, économe en carburant, à une expertise sans égal, nous fournissons des usines électriques clés en main au service des villes, des pays et des industries à travers le monde, tant sur les marchés développés que sur les marchés en voie de développement. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez le site internet de la société : www.aprenergy.com.

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APR Energy Awarded LPG-Fired Project in U.S. Virgin Islands

Innovative plant features first TM2500+ turbine in commercial operation to run on LPG

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that it has signed a 12-month contract with U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) to provide 25MW of power generation using liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The project features a retrofitted GE TM2500+ mobile gas turbine, the first ever to be commercially operated on LPG – a significant milestone that will provide customers access to a cheaper and cleaner-burning alternative to other conventional petroleum-based fuels.

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The project is the latest in a string of business wins for APR Energy since being privatized at the beginning of the year, bringing the total of new awards, extensions and expansions in 2016 to more than 1GW. The project also is the company’s sixth award in the past year using mobile gas turbines.

“This first-of-its-kind project will enable the USVI to leverage its significant investment in LPG infrastructure by greatly reducing the cost and environmental impact of power generation,” said APR Energy Executive Chairman John Campion. “Experts are forecasting a 15-percent increase in the price of diesel fuel during the next two years, while LPG prices are expected to remain stable. Using LPG should provide WAPA with significant savings compared with diesel-powered reciprocating engines, which are common in the Caribbean.”

“The switch to the lower-cost and cleaner-burning LPG as the primary source of fuel in generating electricity in the Virgin Islands has been the single biggest capital project WAPA has undertaken in recent history,” said WAPA Executive Director and CEO Julio Rhymer, Sr. “We are excited about potentially providing lower rates for our customers and are pleased that with today’s contract signing APR Energy will be part of our energy solution in the Virgin Islands. For years now, WAPA has had a positive relationship with APR Energy, and we are pleased to work with them in becoming the world’s first electric utility to place an LPG-fired TM2500+ into commercial operation.”

Campion expects this project to serve as a model for other utilities looking to benefit quickly from LPG as an alternative, cheaper fuel source. “Interest in LPG is growing in many markets around the world, especially in the Caribbean and parts of Africa and Asia, where availability of the fuel has expanded significantly in the last few years,” Campion said. “The TM2500+ turbine is one of the few fast-track technologies capable of running on LPG, and it offers customers the added flexibility to switch quickly and seamlessly between fuels based on price and availability.”

The new project supplements APR Energy’s existing 25MW diesel-fuelled turbine plant installed in 2012 for WAPA, bringing its total generation at the site to 50MW.

About APR Energy

APR Energy is the world’s leading provider of fast-track mobile turbine power. Our fast, flexible and full-service power solutions provide customers with rapid access to reliable electricity when and where they need it, for as long as they need it. Combining state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient technology with industry-leading expertise, our scalable turnkey plants help run cities, countries and industries around the world, in both developed and developing markets. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.aprenergy.com.

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Police hosts Rapid Rail Safety Awareness Campaign

SAPS Rapid Rail Police embarks on Rail Safety Awareness Campaign in support of safer festive season operations

The South African Police Service (SAPS) cordially invites the media to the Rapid Rail Safety Awareness Campaign in support of the Safer Festive Season operations � Operation Back to Basics 2016/2017.

The awareness campaign forms part of the SAPS’s Back to Basics approach. It is aimed at sensitizing and raising awareness amongst rail commuters regarding crimes that are prevalent in the rail environment and furthermore to ensure a safe and secure festive season period.

Rapid Rail Police will ensure optimal police visibility in the rail environment through the deployment of police officials in line with the expectations and needs of the commuters and stakeholders.

Source: Government of South Africa

Basic Education hosts Mathematics Education Indaba in Pretoria

A three-day Mathematics Education Indaba is currently underway at the Department of Education in Pretoria where the Minister, Angie Motshekga is hosting experts and stakeholders.

The purpose of the Indaba is to place the teaching and learning of Mathematics within the public schooling system boldly on the radar. There is also a need to define the set of values for the teaching and learning of Mathematics in the South African context.

Improvements in the public schooling system especially in Mathematics and Science are vital to South Africa’s future socio-economic prospects: for the learners as well as the development of the country as a whole. We owe it to the current generation and posterity to offer cutting-edge public schooling that has vastly improved learner outcomes in gateway subjects. Ours is a historical mission to bring about fundamental change in the lives of our people. Basic Education is often considered as a catalyst for such fundamental change.

The extent and depth of the problem in Mathematics Education is often underestimated in favour of reports of ‘progress’ such as the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015. The Minister referred to the improvements we have seen in the education system in the recent TIMSS2015 results as We have moved from ICU to the General Ward. Meaning while we have seen improvements in the area of mathematics we still have a lot we need to accomplish before we can say we are where we should be.

This platform hopes to urgently start a discourse on what should characterise a typical South African teaching and learning practice in Mathematics.

In this regard the Minister said, we need to use the next three days to contextualise international and regional best practices and draw lessons for South Africa. We need to reinvigorate the teaching of Mathematics in its entirety � from classrooms learning practises, content, teaching, and assessments. We must also pay particular attention to the development of a new curriculum for initial teacher education, induction and continuing professional development. In this regard, I call for the overhaul of the South African pedagogical-content knowledge outlook. We must as matter of urgency develop a South African Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework as a starting point.

The Minister said she does not want this to be a political talk shop but rather to begin the process of shaping the future of the Mathematics Education landscape in South Africa. The Mathematics Education community in Japan has continuously and extensively developed ‘mathematical thinking’ as an educational value. Its objectives amongst others � are to enable students to understand basic concepts and principles about numbers and quantities, and geometrical figures, and let them develop more advanced mathematical thinking and how to treat it.

In Singapore, they have adopted what is termed embedding cultural values into Mathematics instruction. This is referred to as infusing National Education into school subjects including Mathematics. The Singapore Mathematics syllabus (2000) states that, National Education can be integrated into instruction by drawing examples from the prevailing national and current issues during Mathematics lessons. These examples can be expressed in the problem context during problem solving or incorporated into practical work. As a result of the customisation of Mathematics teaching taking into account cultural nuances, Singapore tops cross-national assessments of Mathematics and Science globally.

The challenge for the National Mathematics Education Indaba being hosted by the Minister of Basic Education over the next four days is to define for ourselves the values of a South African Mathematics, and to apply these to both learning and teaching.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Donald Grant launches Integrated Provincial Traffic Operational Plan for festive season

Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, will launch the Integrated Provincial Traffic Operational Plan for the Festive Season 2016/17.

An overview of the operational plan will be provided by Mr Kenny Africa, Chief of Provincial Traffic Services, with attendees including various road safety partners and public transport stakeholders.

Prior to the launch, Minister Grant will make an early morning stop at the Joe Gqabi Transport interchange in Philippi East, before heading to the official launch event at the Huguenot Tunnel.

Free inspections for public transport vehicles will be taking place at the Joe Gqabi Transport interchange. These inspections form part of the Public Transport Sticker Project.

The sticker project is a joint venture between the City of Cape Town, and the Department of Transport and Public Works, and is carried out during the busy Exodus periods of the year (Easter and Festive Season) when many public transport vehicles will be transporting passengers to their various holiday destinations.

Media are invited and welcome to attend both events. There will be opportunity for photographs and interviews. Please indicate via email if you will be in attendance.

Source: Government of South Africa