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Steam Turbine Maintenance: How Portable Machine Tools Can Help

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 9, 2019 2:43:00 PM


A properly maintained steam turbine can operate reliably for many decades. But to make sure this happens it needs to undergo regular maintenance, with as much as possible of this being preventative.

While there are differences in the design and complexity of steam turbines, they all fundamentally do the same thing: converting energy derived from heat into electricity. 

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Topics: power plant maintenance

How has the energy sector changed in the last 25 years?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 2, 2018 9:01:00 PM


As part of our ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations, this week we’re breaking away from the usual portable machine tool insight and take a look at what has changed since Mirage Machines was founded back in 1993.

Despite a few bumps along the road, the energy industries have seen dramatic growth in output - Which is just as well when you look at the growth in the world's population.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, power plant maintenance, portable machining

Insight for in-situ machinists: How a thermal power plant works

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 23, 2018 4:59:14 PM



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Most of you reading this article be technically minded enough to know that a thermal power station works by converting heat energy into electric power. The basic process is easy to grasp - water is heated to create steam,  steam powers the turbine, the turbine drives an electrical generator. Simple enough, what else is there to know? - Well there’s more going on than you might think.

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Topics: power plant maintenance

The world's top 10 hydro plant projects approved for construction

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 31, 2018 3:07:00 PM


Earlier this year, we posted an article listing the top power plants under construction in North and South America. This was well received by our blog subscribers, so thank you all for your continued support. This time we go global, but focus on the hydro power sector, to bring you the top 10 hydro power plants which have been given the go ahead to progress to the design or procurement stages.

The hydro power industry has brought Mirage some interesting opportunities over recent years, with our flange facing and milling machines being put to good use on projects to increase plant efficiency. (You can read more about these and other projects by downloading our Power Generation Case Study Pack). Alternatively, you can skip into the middle of our YouTube video here, to find out how a Mirage product was used on a refurbishment project at the Benmore Dam in New Zealand.

The list of the top 10 hydro plant projects across the world - listed by project value are as follows:

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Topics: Wind Power & Renewables, power plant maintenance

On-site machining opportunities: 12 Power plant construction projects in North and South America

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 21, 2018 7:49:00 AM


Despite the growth in renewable energy projects, construction activity for building new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants continues in abundance. This is good news for machining services companies and contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some projects which are either planned or already under construction in North and South Americas regions.

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Topics: power plant maintenance


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