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GE LAUNCHES ENHANCED LM6000-PF+ AERODERIVATIVE GAS TURBINE
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Source: GE Marine

BANGKOK - GE has launched its latest aeroderivative gas turbine, the LM6000-PF+, employing technologies from across the GE Store to bring power online faster and more efficiently than in the past. The LM6000-PF+ (PF+) already has seen success with a six-unit order from Thailand’s Gulf Energy Development (GED) with Mitsui Corp (Mitsui) under EPC contract with TOYO Engineering Corp (TOYO), making it the largest Thailand deal for distributed power applications in GE’s history. The announcement was made at this year’s POWER-GEN Asia conference in Bangkok.

The PF+ is GE’s latest gas turbine technology through increased performance, flexibility and installation speed. To maintain its outstanding reliability, the PF+ shares more than 90 percent commonality with previous LM6000 models, and it employs modern technologies from the GE Store of solutions to create a more-efficient gas turbine with faster installation. In fact, the upcoming LM6000-PF+ package is expected to incorporate technologies from four GE businesses, including: GE Aviation for the gas turbine, GE Energy Management for controls, GE Oil & Gas for gearbox equipment and GE Power & Water for the overall package design and engineering.

As a result of GE’s cross-business collaboration, the PF+ offers higher gas turbine output (52-58 megawatts) and combined-cycle efficiency (56 percent) than other products in its class. Some of the latest technologies include super polished compressor airfoils and an upgraded dual-fuel Dry Low Emissions (DLE) combustor.

GED, one of the largest independent power producers (IPP) in Thailand, has selected the PF+ for three combined-cycle power plants (two units each) to be installed within 300 km of Bangkok. The new plants will use the PF+’s high exhaust temperature to help increase efficiency and generate additional power-approximately 90 megawatts (MW) of power generation from each plant will be dispatched to the national grids. GE’s local team in Thailand has worked closely with GED and its partners since 2014 to ensure the LM6000-PF+ was an ideal solution for customer’s needs, and GED has also signed a 25-year multi-year agreement (MYA) with GE for long-term upgrades and maintenance on the six units. The units are expected to be shipped in 2016.

The PF+ will be introduced with a new package design for full installation in as little as three months for simple-cycle plants and 12 months for combined-cycle plants. The new package can be installed more than 50 percent faster than previous LM6000 models and is ideally suited for customers needing flexible power as quickly as possible.

"It’s not every day that we can take a great machine and make it even better, but that is what we have done with the LM6000-PF+, and our first orders are proof of its early success," said Lorraine Bolsinger, president & CEO of GE’s Distributed Power business. "We specifically engineered the PF+ to be an excellent solution for combined-cycle and critical power applications, resulting in our lowest dollars-per-kilowatt of any LM6000 and the fastest time for installation and commissioning in our history."

The LM6000 was first introduced in the early 1990s and has since been modified and upgraded continuously to meet industry and customer demands. As with all LM6000 models, the PF+ gas turbine is derived from GE’s aviation engine heritage, the CF6 jet engine, which powers most aircrafts worldwide. The CF6 remains one of the most-selling engines available for wide-body aircraft today.

Source:  GE Power & Water
Associated URL: genewsroom.com
Source Date: September 3, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 
 
GE EXPECTED TO GET THE NOD FROM EU FOR ALSTOM DEAL
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Source: Alstom

NEW YORK - The European Union is expected to approve General Electric Company's $14 billion bid for Alstom's energy assets, according to people familiar with the deal. The European Commission raised anti-trust concerns earlier this year, on the belief that the deal would hurt competition in the market for industrial gas turbines, which are used to generate electricity from gas-fired power stations. Alstom is a French company based in Paris.

The EC's biggest concern was that the GE/Alstom group could control more than half of the market for industrial gas turbines operating at the 50Hz frequency in Europe and the rest of the world, excluding China. The merger would also leave GE with just two major competitors: Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Germany's Siemens, with Italy's Ansaldo Energia being a niche player.

To gain the EC's approval, one person close to the case said that the recent concessions focused on GE divesting some of Alstom's turbine-related business to Ansaldo Energia, in which China's Shanghai Electric holds a 40 percent stake.

Source:  Zacks.com
Associated URL: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/ge-set-to-obtain-green-signal-from-eu-for-alstom-d
Source Date: September 2, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 
 
GE UPGRADING EIGHT GAS TURBINES AT TEPCO’S YOKOHAMA THERMAL POWER STATION
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Source: GE Power & Water

TOKYO - TEPCO, Japan's largest electric utility, has selected GE to completely replace and upgrade the components of eight gas turbines ranging from 9FA.01 to 9FA.03 models at its Yokohama Thermal Power Station.

In late 2012, TEPCO publicly requested an "Alliance Proposal" to openly receive innovative solutions. In response to the request, GE submitted a package of solutions to help TEPCO save on fuel and life cycle costs and set out to find a cost-effective way to upgrade its existing power infrastructure. As a result of selecting GE for the Yokahama upgrade project, TEPCO expects to reduce its fuel costs as well as its operational costs by reducing the length of time needed for service outages.

This flange-to-flange replacement project is the largest scale project for GE’s Power Generation Services business in Japan and is expected to result in a 7 percent output increase per unit, a combined output increase of 27 megawatts and a 1 percent increase in overall power plant efficiency.

As a result of this replacement project, the station’s annual fuel costs would be reduced up to 1 billion yen (approximately $8 million) while approximately 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions per unit also would be reduced.

The replacement solution includes gas turbines, combustion systems and control systems, and each unit will be constructed at the site when the gas turbine is replaced. In fact, the first implementation already began in May 2015 and completed installation on July 31.

Source:  GE Power & Water
Associated URL: genewsroom.com
Source Date: September 1, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 

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