TransCanada Turbines marks 10 years of operation with growth and facility expansion.

When it comes to gas turbine maintenance, one company that has expanded its array of services and capabilities available to operators of aeroderivative gas turbines is Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based TransCanada Turbines Ltd. (TCT) — a company that marked its 10th year of operations last summer. The company has reported steady growth over its years and as a result, has continued to upgrade its facilities, increasing market reach to meet customer needs.

“We are extremely pleased with the growth of our organization over the past 10 years,” said Darcy Simonelli, director of customer support for TransCanada Turbines Ltd. “This growth is due largely to the quality of our people, and we are extremely proud of the fact that this growth has not come at the expense of the safety of our people, as evidenced by our strong safety record. Our company success is due in no small part to a mindset that sees us approach every transaction with our customers as a partnership. It is because of this relationship-based approach that TCT has continued to be able to grow and expand.”

TCT is licensed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce to provide overhaul and repair maintenance services to their aeroderivative industrial gas turbines. The specific list of engines includes the GE LM2500, LM2500+, and LM6000 engines, as well as the Rolls-Royce Avon, RB211 and RB211 DLE engines. While the company is a fully licensed service provider by both Rolls-Royce and GE, it remains independent of the OEM engine manufacturers.

The company has a long-term and transactional client base, as well as a global reach performing work in Asia, South America, North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia. To date, TCT has performed work in over 50 countries, for over 260 different companies. The company has ISO9001: 2000 certification at all of its locations and strives to maintain a safe and efficient work environment. Fall of 2008 marked its millionth man-hour without a lost-time incident.

TCT operates a total of six gas turbine-related facilities. Of these facilities, two are overhaul depots, four are field service satellite offices, and one is a stand-alone test facility.

Three of the TCT field service offices are located in the United States. Specifically, they are in Bakersfield, California; Houston, Texas; and Syracuse, New York. The fourth field service office is in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland.

The Houston facility includes the TransCanada Turbines Packaged Parts office. This facility includes approximately 465 m2 of shop, warehouse and office space and houses a large inventory of LM2500 and LM6000 spare parts for both turbine and power package. TCT Package Power Parts is able to provide parts sales, service and technical guidance to almost any location worldwide. The facility is staffed with sales representatives, field service technicians and office support staff.

This facility also includes a 30 tonne overhead crane, three turbine maintenance dollies, Level II tooling for the LM6000 PA and PC, and Level II tooling for the LM2500. Aditionally, service representatives are available 24 hours a day.

Early last year, the United States “East Coast Field Service” office moved from East Windsor, New York, to its present location in Syracuse. This facility includes a 372 m2 of shop and office space and is equipped for Level II service to be performed on GE LM2500 and LM6000 engines in a climate-controlled environment. The field service office also has LM6000 and LM2500 Level II tooling and maintenance dollies, and spare parts inventory. Also based at the East Coast office are field service technicians, part sales representatives and controls specialists, as well as office support staff.

The TCT U.K. Field Service office also moved last year to Cumbernauld, Scotland, from Liverpool, England. This satellite office has approximately 1300 m2 of office and shop space, and is complete with a 16 tonne overhead crane, spare parts inventory, and LM2500 and LM6000 Level II tooling. The Cumbernauld office also provides support for servicing the Rolls-Royce Avon and RB211 engine lines.


A TransCanada Turbines (TCT) test cell techni-cian shown here operating the controls at the TCT Calgary, Alberta, Canada, test facility.

The staff located at the office includes part sales representatives; regional sales managers for Europe, the Middle East and Africa; administrative support staff; and field service technicians.

By moving these two offices, TCT said it has increased its field service coverage capability and improved response times to key geographic areas throughout the world.

The GE aeroderivative engine overhaul depot is located in Airdrie, Alberta, while the Rolls-Royce engine overhaul depot is located in Calgary.

The company also owns and operates a Rolls-Royce Category 1-approved test cell that is located at the Calgary facility. This test cell was opened in June of 1998. The 930 m2 test cell is capable of testing all marks of the Spey, Avon, RB211 and RB211 DLE, as well as the General Electric LM1500 and LM2500. TransCanada Turbines said that it performs all of its tests with natural gas, and is the first maintenance, repair and overhaul center to achieve approval from Rolls-Royce for verification, configuration, calibration, competency, testing and performance analysis program compliancy to Rolls-Royce OIA52 Process.

In addition to performing all tests to Rolls-Royce test specifications and requirements, TCT tests engine data against trend expectations to ensure that the data collected is within normal and expected limits. During engine trending, data is analyzed to ensure that no unusual characteristics are prevalent with the operation of the engine. Vibration analysis conducted on all engines includes acceleration and deceleration vibration survey, and the use of a vibration spectrum analyzer to check the engines’ vibration characteristics against standards and trend expectations.

Most recently, TCT reported that its GE overhaul depot, located in Airdrie, completed a facility upgrade. The upgrade included the addition of multiple build stands for the LM6000 and LM2500 gas turbines, better utilization of storage space, and more floor space through the heating and renovation of what was previously cold storage.

The company is currently working on a new LM6000 test cell.

One thought on “Aeroderivative GT Service on a Worldwide Scale”

  1. How could an entire country get it wrong? The answer is High Speed Flywheels for spinning reserve not more engines.

    See Beacon Power (BCON) in the USA for the solution.

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