GE wins $900m Brazil gas plant deal

GE has won an order worth more than $900m to build what will be the largest gas power plant in Latin America.

The Porto de Sergipe combined-cycle plant will be built in Barra dos Coqueiros in Brazil for Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe.

"Porto de Sergipe will transform the way power is delivered in Brazil,” said Eduardo Antonello, chief executive of Golar Power, an owner of the project company CELSE.

The plant will feature three of GE’s HA gas turbines and a steam turbine, as well as a heat recovery steam generator and other equipment which were added to the GE portfolio following its acquisition of Alstom last year.

The contract also includes a transmission system provided on a turnkey basis by GE Energy Connections, which incorporates a high voltage step-up substation at the plant, transmission lines and a bay at an existing substation.

Joe Mastrangelo, president of Gas Power Systems at GE Power, said: “When we tap into the GE store and combine the HA with other innovative technologies across GE, it’s a gamechanger that will make a real difference in meeting the growing energy demands in Brazil.”

The plant’s first operation is scheduled for January 2020 and once complete it is expected to account for around 15 per cent of energy demand in northeastern Brazil.

Reinaldo Garcia, president of Grid Solutions at GE Energy Connections, said the new plant will allow “the country to meet growing demand, providing the necessary complement to its intermittent renewable energy sources. Our role is to ensure the reliable, efficient and safe connection from the power plant to the electricity grid.”

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