1 February 2010 - Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel awarded GE Oil & Gas a $102 million (€68 million) contract to upgrade three pipeline compression stations, bringing the facilities into compliance with new European Union directives to decrease CO2 and NOxemissions.
GE said it will supply SPP with advanced dry low emissions (DLE) systems technology and additional equipment for the conversion of seven GE PGT25 gas turbines and one PCL602 gas compressor. The equipment is located at the Vel’ke Kapusany, Vel’ke Zlievce and Ivanka pri Nitre compression stations that are part of a gas pipeline system in the Slovak Republic operated by Eustream, which is 100% owned by SPP.
The upgrade projects will be implemented over the next five years, as the seven gas turbines progressively reach 50,000 operating hours. The final two units will be modified by 2015, the year before the new European Union emissions standards come into force in Slovakia. The units feature LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that will be converted from standard annual combustors (SAC) to DLE systems for improved emissions control. Upon upgrade they are expected to achieve NOx emissions below 75 mg/m3, enabling the plants to meet the new emissions regulations.
Eustream officials said that using GE’s technology to upgrade the existing gas turbines should be a more cost-effective solution than replacing the equipment outright with new units.