GE gas turbines upgrade Russian thermal power plant

Surgut, Russia, July 29, 2011 — To meet the growing energy requirements of Surgut and manufacturing facilities of Western Siberia, Surgutskaya GRES-2, the largest thermal power plant in Russia, today celebrated the official inauguration of a plant expansion that features two new GE 9FA Gas Turbines and a steam turbine.

As a result, the total installed capacity of Surgutskaya GRES-2, owned by E.ON Russia, has increased by 800 MW and now produces 5,600 MW.

Generation units are constructed using modern, high-efficiency gas turbine technology. The efficiency rate of 55.9 percent allows power plant operators to reduce costs of power generation. The higher efficiency means less fuel is needed to produce the required power.

Similar to Surgutskaya GRES-2's currently installed equipment, the new generation units use natural gas or associated petroleum gas fuel, which supports the government initiative to increase the use of associated petroleum to 95 percent by 2012.

The implementation of advanced energy technologies allows Surgutskaya to improve its environmental performance. The new generating units will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2 million tons, while the nitrogen oxide emissions will be less than 50mg per cubic meter, which is five times less than conventional steam power plants.

Construction of the two new generating units of Surgutskaya GRES-2 began in the second quarter of 2008, with complex trials held in May and June 2011.

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