Siemens signs extension contracts for two Pennsylvania power plants

Caption: Ironwood power plant


Talen Energy Corp. has awarded Siemens (NYSE: SI) two long-term service contract extensions for the 623-MW Lower Mount Bethel and 705-MW Ironwood combined-cycle gas power plants in Pennsylvania.

The Lower Mount Bethel plant, in Bangor, entered operations in 2004. The extension agreement covers scheduled maintenance activities, spare parts, and diagnostics and monitoring for the plant’s two SGT6-5000F gas turbines for the next 20 years.

The Ironwood power plant, in Lebanon, began operations in 2001, and was one of the first plants in the U.S. to operate the SGT6-6000G gas turbine. The contract for Ironwood covers scheduled maintenance activities, spare parts, diagnostics and monitoring for the plant’s two SGT6-6000G gas turbines for the next 13 years.

The new agreements also feature solutions — such as Extended Interval Combustion Hardware, Outlet Temperature Control (OTC+), and Combustion Dynamics Monitoring System (CDMS) — and contractual enhancements designed to improve the operational flexibility, availability, and performance of the gas turbines (GTs) at the facilities.

During the next major inspection, new blade rings will be installed, and a rotor exchange and comprehensive inspection will be performed.

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