In the United States, two sister 640MW 2×1 combined cycle power plants received approval to modernise their facilities. Both plants will convert from water-cooled condensers to air-cooled condensers, eliminating the use of ocean water for cooling. However, the conversion to air-cooled condensers was not without risk. Stringent far-field noise requirements associated with the neighbouring residential areas represented a significant hurdle. To complete their modernisation plan, the plant owners needed a low noise solution for the turbine bypass valves located upstream of their new air-cooled condensers.
The IMI CCI sales and application engineering team collaborated closely with the end user, EPC, and OEM to define the complex engineering requirements of the air-cooled condenser system and the recommended system solution to meet the plant’s stringent noise requirements. The IMI CCI solution provided multi-stage DRAG® technology to eliminate the valve trim noise and an under-the-plug configuration to mitigate the potential for low frequency seat bore jet recombination and valve outlet expansion noise.
In addition, the stringent far-field noise requirements necessitated multi-stage DRAG® technology be applied to the critical and typically noisy start-up vent applications.
This is an excellent example of IMI CCI’s experience, expertise, and global capability delivering an exceptional solution to the customer.