GE’s Advanced Gas Turbine Technology to Increase Flexibility and Efficiency and Reduce Emissions for New Power Plant in Texas
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Advanced power generation technology from GE has been selected for a project near Marble Falls, TX that will replace an aging power plant with a flexible, higher efficiency combined-cycle power plant that offers reduced fuel use, emissions and water consumption for the power it generates.
Advanced power generation technology from GE has been selected for a project near Marble Falls, TX that will replace an aging power plant with a flexible, higher efficiency combined-cycle power plant that offers reduced fuel use, emissions and water consumption for the power it generates. When the plant begins commercial operation, expected in the summer of 2014, it will be the first combined-cycle plant in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region that meets the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greenhouse Gas regulations.
GE will supply two Frame 7FA Gas Turbine-Generators in a two-on-one combined-cycle plant for the Ferguson Replacement Project. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a public utility, will own and operate the new 540-megawatt facility, which is replacing the 420-megawatt, 37-year-old Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant at the site.
“This new, advanced technology combined-cycle power plant will use significantly less fuel than the gas-fired plant it is replacing,” said Michael McCluskey, manager of LCRA Generation Resource Development. “The plant will provide a more efficient, cleaner source of electricity for the community, and the project construction will make a significant contribution to the area’s economy.”
“Our advanced 7FA Gas Turbine technology is more efficient, has fewer emissions and offers greater operating flexibility than previous technologies,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO—Thermal Products for GE Energy.
Browning added, “There are many opportunities in the U.S. today similar to the LCRA project to replace older plants, both gas-fired and coal-fired. With our 7FA technology, we are well positioned to help customers cut CO2 emissions by as much as 50 percent.”
GE’s 7FA Gas Turbines use proven technology and provide 15 percent of North America’s electricity capacity. More than 750 GE 7FA Gas Turbines are operating worldwide and have compiled more than 25 million fired hours.
SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE
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