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The biggest wind turbine contracts awarded in 2016

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 15, 2016 11:02:01 AM


If you're a regular reader of the Mirage Machines Portable Performance Blog, no doubt you'll be aware of our orbital milling machines used by wind turbine manufacturers for machining turbine blades and towers. Demand for these products has been very strong during 2016, so we decided to take a look at the biggest turbine supply contracts awarded this year.

Using data from EIC Datastream  (The Energy Industries Council), we've listed the top 20 contracts based on the project value in US$.

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Topics: On-site machining, orbital milling machine

Portable milling machine used for a turbine casing project

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 22, 2016 1:54:00 PM

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In our previous blog post we listed a number of in-situ machining projects relating to power plant maintenance. This time we take a look at one of these in more detail, to and cover the equipment used and the results achieved.

As part of a turbine refurbishment project, Mirage equipment was specified to machine the casing split lines back to the original specification.  A Mirage MR2200 2 axis milling rail was used and mounted onto a Mirage gantry system. Let’s take a look at these in more detail.

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Topics: On-site machining, power plant maintenance, turbine maintenance

On-site machining: power plant project list

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 15, 2016 9:03:00 AM



When you consider the demands that turbine components in power plants are exposed to, it comes as no surprise that eventually many components will wear out and operate less efficiently. With steam turbine temperatures being of over 500°C, pressures of 4000psi and components rotating at speeds of over 3000rpm, the importance of a well-managed and robust maintenance programme cannot be overstated.  (Find out more about power plant maintenance strategies on our previous blog post).

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Topics: On-site machining, power plant maintenance

Why do oil prices fluctuate?- An insight for oil and gas engineers

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 27, 2016 9:14:50 AM

Many of Mirage's customers are on-site engineering service companies, who use our portable on-site machining products for a wide range of oil and gas machining projects.  

The recent collapse in oil prices has made life very tough for these companies. Over production by OPEC (The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) has played a significant part, but as the infographic below published by Jones Oil shows us, there are many other factors which can also cuase oil prices to fluctuate.

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Topics: On-site machining, Oil and Gas Industry

Wellhead valve repair using a hot tapping machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 20, 2016 11:45:01 AM


Following our recent infographic blog post coveringAPI gate valves, this time we take a look at the VHT range of valve hot tapping machines, which are designed for oil and gas high pressure maintenance operations, such as drilling through seized slab gate valves.

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Topics: On-site machining, hot tapping, valves



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