GE’s GT26 HE gas turbine Boosts Efficiency at Power Station

Furthering its commitment to keep mature gas turbine fleets competitive in today’s ever-changing energy marketplace, GE (NYSE: GE) announced a second order for its GT26 HE (high efficiency) gas turbine upgrade with Drax, for Shoreham power station near Brighton, U.K. GE announced its first order with Uniper earlier this year.

GE will also provide digital solutions and plant improvement services to help Drax increase the plant’s flexibility and ultimately increase its competitiveness in the United Kingdom.

Andy Koss, CEO Generation at Drax said:

“GE’s GT26 HE gas turbine upgrade could provide a significant efficiency increase, more flexibility and greater power output from Shoreham Power Station. These are critical attributes, which complement the roll out of renewables in the U.K. and can help to ensure a stable power supply whatever the weather. In addition, our fleet would reap the benefits of GE’s digital solutions to help us react more quickly to marketplace conditions while reducing our operating costs and improving the plant’s carbon footprint.”

GE will perform an enablement inspection in 2019 to allow operation through 2021, which is when the new HE will be implemented on the gas turbine. The upgrade would increase combined-cycle efficiency by about 2.5% and add more than 40 megawatts of power at baseload.

Source / More : GE

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