By Barry Cassell
General Electric on Dec. 13 announced more than $660 million in orders for GE Power, including equipment for the gas-fired Riverside power plant expansion project in Wisconsin.
This new business was announced in conjunction with Pennwell’s Power-Gen International conference (PGI) in Orlando, Florida. The orders include a new F-class gas turbine project in Wisconsin and continued customer adoption of GE’s Operations Optimization and Asset Performance Management suites of digital solutions.
“We’ve taken our products and services to a brand new level, and our expanded portfolio of power plant solutions and innovative digital capabilities are changing the way power is delivered around the world,” said Joe Mastrangelo, president and CEO of GE Power’s Gas Power Systems. “Today’s announcements continue to drive this transformation and will help deliver more efficient, reliable and flexible power across the energy ecosystem.”
Mastrangelo, during a Dec. 13 media briefing on this announcement, said a particular 2016 highlight for him was the 62.22% combined-cycle efficiency achieved for a HA gas turbine installation at EDF’s 605-MW Bouchain plant in France. He noted that GE is out on contracts for future business with an even higher efficiency of 63.5%. “So the team continues to drive performance improvement and efficiency improvement across the large block machines,” he added. He noted that the intermediate-scale business, which covers the 30 MW to 200 MW sizes, has also seen improvements.
Chris Mastriani, North America Product Line Leader for GE’s Power Services group, said GE is more and more capable, in part through recent acquisitions, of taking a “holistic” approach to power plant work, in areas ranging from efficiency, output, flexibility and turn down. This is particularly the case for upgrade projects at older power plants.
The Dec. 13 announcements include more than $450 million in orders from GE’s Power Services business, providing customers with other OEM service capabilities and enhanced upgrades. This new business includes:
An order for two GE 7F.05 gas turbines and one GE D600 steam turbine with the EPC responsible for building and commissioning the expansion of Alliant Energy’s (NYSE: LNT) Riverside Energy Center in Beloit, Wisconsin. The project has a generating capability of more than 700 MW. The 7F.05 gas turbine’s superior flexibility makes it a great fit to complement the increase of renewable sources in the region, GE said. GE will also provide a 20-year contractual services agreement for the project.
A 14-year agreement with Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) to increase output and efficiency at several plants through hardware and software upgrades, including GE’s Predix based Asset Performance Management (APM) suite.
A $35 million turbine generator equipment and technical support order for the Grand River Dam Authority’s Grand River Energy Center in Oklahoma. In July, the center suffered a severe lightning strike, which triggered a fire causing catastrophic damage to the 520-MW Unit 2 turbine generator. GE’s Power Services will restore the turbine generator to service.
Multiple Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) orders with U.S. customers worth more than $20 million. These include unit agreements with Dynegy and Georgia's Oglethorpe Power for performance upgrades and enhanced analytics.
Also at PGI, GE Oil & Gas launched its latest NovaLT12 gas turbines for cogeneration applications (CHP). The NovaLT12 leverages the success of GE’s NovaLT gas turbines program overall, designed to meet residential, industrial, commercial customers’ needs with a reliable and efficient plug and play solution below 20 MW. With an efficiency of up to 85% in CHP applications, these gas turbines represent an advanced solution to produce heat and power, and they can increase industrial plant efficiency while reducing NOx and CO2 emissions.