Gas-fired power plant in France to use GE technology

Electricite de France (EDF) and GE (NYSE: GE) said the companies have plans to jointly develop and showcase the first FlexEfficiency 50 natural gas-fired power plant to be connected to a national grid.

GE said the FlexEfficiency 50 plant being co-developed by EDF and GE will showcase a combination of flexibility and efficiency with low emissions. The new combined-cycle plant will be located at Bouchain, an existing EDF power plant site in northern France, and will produce 510 MW.

GE’s FlexEfficiency 50 plant is an integrated system that includes a 9FB gas turbine, a 109D-14 steam turbine that runs on the waste heat produced by the gas turbine, a W28 generator, a Mark Vle control system that links all of the technologies and a heat recovery steam generator.

The turbine of the FlexEfficiency 50 plant will be built at GE’s, 50-hertz gas turbine manufacturing facility in Belfort, France.

The announcement is the latest development in a 40-year strategic relationship between EDF and GE. Both EDF and GE will invest in the plant, which is scheduled to be brought into service in late 2015.

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