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Fortnightly Magazine - December 2012

Utilicase involving energy automation systems.

Natural Gas

During the term of a three-year contract, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) plans to deploy six Picarro Surveyor devices for vehicle-mounted, gas leak detection throughout its Northern and Central California service area. PG&E is the first utility in the world to roll out the devices, which Picarro says are approximately 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional leak detection equipment. PG&E initially ordered two devices in early 2012 and studied their capabilities by mounting them on electric vehicles.

Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s federal power company, awarded a contract to TransCanada’s Mexican subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas Natural del Noroeste, to build, own, and operate the $1 billion El Encino-to-Topolobampo pipeline. The pipeline is supported by a 25-year gas transportation contract with CFE. The 30-inch diameter pipeline will be 329 miles long and have contracted capacity of 670 million cubic feet per day. Startup is expected in the third quarter of 2016. The Topolobampo pipeline begins in El Encino, in the state of Chihuahua, and terminates in Topolobampo, in the state of Sinaloa, interconnecting with other pipelines that are expected to be built as a result of separate bid processes by the CFE. TransCanada already built and is operating the Guadalajara and Tamazunchale pipelines, and will soon break ground on a Tamazunchale Pipeline extension.


Former Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli re-joined Jenner & Block as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Perrelli will lead Jenner & Block’s newly formed government controversies and public policy litigation practice group.

EnerNex named Aaron Snyder director of EnerNex Smart Grid Labs. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Snyder has been with EnerNex five years as a consultant in AMI requirements analysis.


Westinghouse and McAfee entered into a worldwide agreement in which Westinghouse will provide McAfee enterprise security manager and network intrusion prevention systems for currently operating nuclear power plants that have digital control systems and new plants under construction around the world. The systems provide security information, event management, and intrusion prevention.

Calpine confirmed its commitment to proceed with full-scale development efforts for the proposed 309-MW Garrison Energy Center, a gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in Dover, Del. Pending environmental and land use approvals, Calpine expects to begin construction in early 2013 with startup in June 2015. Calpine says the plant will be designed to accommodate an additional 309-MW expansion if future market conditions warrant.

Siemens won contracts for three power plants in South America. Unión Temporal de Empresas (UTE), a joint venture between Isolux Ingeniería and Inversora Andina Ibérica, awarded contracts for the combined-cycle conversion of two simple-cycle power plants in Argentina. The plants, Ensenada de Barragán and Brigadier López, were originally designed and supplied by Siemens and are owned by Argentina’s national energy company, ENARSA. Siemens will supply the steam-cycle power-island equipment, which will result in an additional 140 MW of power for Brigadier López and 280 MW additional for Ensenada de Barragán. The Siemens scope of supply includes heat recovery steam generators, steam turbine-generators, and instrumentation and control