Siemens turbines to power FPL combined-cycle natural gas energy center

Source: Siemens
Siemens receives order for delivery of three additional SGT6-8000H gas turbine and generator packages

Siemens receives an order for the delivery of three additional SGT6-8000H gas turbine and generator packages from Florida Power & Light (FPL). FPL, a subsidiary of U.S.-based NextEra Energy, Inc., serves the third most customers of any American electric utility, with approximately 4.6 million accounts. FPL will install the gas turbines to modernize its Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, with the goal of cutting fossil fuel consumption by one-third, thus delivering customer benefits of more than $400 million over the turbines' entire lifecycle of approximately 30 years. The modernized combined-cycle plant is expected to start operation in 2016.

With the orders already received for FPL's combined-cycle gas-fired Cape Canaveral and Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Centers, Siemens has now sold nine of its innovative H-class gas turbines in the U.S.A. Worldwide the total number of record-breaking H-Class turbines sold has now increased to 20. The first of the previously ordered six Siemens' H-Class gas turbines was successfully started on November 21, 2012 at FPL's Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Port St. John, Fla., USA, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Three more units of the model SGT6-8000H gas turbine will also be installed at a similar plant under construction in Riviera Beach, Fla., USA.

The SGT6-8000H is the scaled 60-Hz version of Siemens' successful SGT5-8000H gas turbine, which made power plant history in May 2011. Installed in a combined-cycle power plant configuration at Irsching Power Station in Bavaria, Germany, the SGT5-8000H achieved world-record efficiency of 60.75 percent. The SGT6-8000H is designed to 274 MW output of electric power, and is likewise capable of reaching efficiencies topping 60 percent in combined-cycle operation.

"The H-Class is a benchmark in engineering and energy efficiency. Since its initial startup at the Irsching Power Station in Germany, this new machine has run extremely successfully for more than 18,000 operating hours. The 60-Hz version will contribute significantly to clean power generation in Florida and serve as yet another example of FPL's leadership among U.S. utilities," said Michael Suess, member of the Siemens AG Managing Board and CEO of the company's Energy Sector.

Advanced gas turbines are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

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