Alstom to retrofit steam turbine at Poland biomass fired power plant

Paris, March 28, 2011 — Alstom Power, the global leader in steam turbine retrofitting, has signed an agreement with GDF Suez Energia Polska S.A., which owns and operates Poland's Polaniec power plant, to modernize the plant's 200-MW steam turbine to match its new biomass boiler at unit 8.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alstom will engineer, deliver and commission new high pressure and intermediate pressure steam turbines. The scope also covers the modernization of the turbine auxiliary systems and the assembly of the steam turbines, generator and exciter systems.

The new turbines will be manufactured in Alstom's facilities and the modernized unit will enter operation in October 2012.

When completed, the new turbine components will boost turbine cycle efficiency by 3.4 percent, improve the unit's availability and reliability, as well as extend the turbines' design lifetime by 30 years.

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