GE to Install Its 100th Advanced Gas Path System at South Korea’s Largest
Electric Utility to Improve Gas Turbine Performance by Nearly 5 Percent
*Advanced Gas Path Solution Delivers Industry-Leading Upgrade Performance
*Additional Output to Support South Korea’s Rapidly Growing Energy Demand
*AGP Solution Offered Through GE’s FlexEfficiency* Advantage Portfolio
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*Proven Technology is Operating Globally on 22 GE 7F Gas Turbines
ORLANDO, Fla. -- December 12, 2012
GE (NYSE: GE) has announced an agreement with Korea Southern Power Company,
Ltd. (KOSPO) to upgrade two 7F gas turbines with its FlexEfficiency* Advantage
Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution, marking the 100^th system sold to date. AGP
technology delivers industry-leading gas path upgrade performance and
operational flexibility by increasing gas turbine output, efficiency and
availability. KOSPO, South Korea’s largest electric utility, is installing the
technology on two units at its Pusan plant in Incheon to support the region’s
population growth and economic expansion.
GE announced the project at this week’s POWER-GEN International 2012 trade
conference in Orlando, Fla. AGP upgrade technology broadens the operating
range of installed gas turbine assets with performance improvements including
up to a 4.8 percent output increase and fuel efficiency improvement as much as
1 percent in combined-cycle operation. This solution also enables GE customers
to benefit from the industry’s longest maintenance intervals of up to 32,000
hours or 900 starts, which can extend outage intervals by up to 33 percent.
AGP design innovations also can help lower lifecycle maintenance costs by
extending gas turbine asset and parts life out to as much as 96,000 hours.
“Celebrating this important benchmark with KOSPO is quite gratifying for the
GE team, considering the key role this solution is playing to support South
Korea’s growing demand for energy,” said Fintan Tuffy, general manager, fleet
analytics and performance management, GE’s Power Generation Services business.
“We are seeing strong momentum with customers around the globe in adopting AGP
technology as they recognize how the flexibility it provides can address their
multiple operational demands. Additionally, our global field services
footprint enables us to deliver this solution to customers in a timely manner
and continue supporting their long-term maintenance needs.”
GE’s FlexEfficiency* Advantage, which features the AGP solution, enables GE
customers to deploy 21^st century technology to their installed power
generation assets and current operational demands. GE leverages the latest in
thermodynamic design and its exclusive systems understanding to deliver
modern-day efficiency and output while maintaining low emissions. Since
installing its first heavy-duty gas turbine in 1949, GE has amassed more than
25 terabytes of OEM engineering data, plus more than 93 million hours of
real-world operating data. GE analyzes this vast repository of information
daily to extract the fundamental, systems-based knowledge needed to optimize
GE customers around the globe currently are operating 22 7F gas turbines with
AGP technology to address a wide scope of regional market dynamics:
*KOSPO has installed six AGP systems at its Shinincheon plant to generate
130 megawatts (MW) of additional power. With South Korea’s burgeoning
economy driving higher demand for electricity, the upgrades have helped
ensure the country’s grid stability and provided a higher reserve margin
of power, which previously dipped as low as 4 percent during peak demand
periods. “We approached GE as a partner to identify a solution that would
address the growing economic diversity and demand for energy that our
country is experiencing,” said Kyung-kyu Lim, manager, KOSPO’s PowerGen
department. “Having the ability to deliver more power by upgrading our
existing infrastructure has been a timely and cost-effective approach to
meeting our customers’ needs, while maintaining our commitment to clean
*Calpine Corporation’s Los Medanos and Pastoria plants in California, and
Westbrook facility in Maine, have experienced a 5.5 percent output
increase since installing AGP technology on six GE 7F gas turbines. They
also have experienced an approximately 1 percent improvement in site heat
rates. This performance has better positioned the plants to bid more
competitively for power demand, as well as capitalize on opportunities to
capture additional revenue.
*A Southeastern U.S. GE customer is deploying AGP technology on its 7F gas
turbines as part of its long-term fleet modernization strategy. The
project is improving the power provider’s operational efficiency,
expanding its capacity and will help manage long-term costs more
effectively to deliver additional value to the company’s customers and
*AGP upgrades on two 7F gas turbines at Duke Energy’s Smith Energy Complex
in Raleigh, N.C., are currently being installed and will generate an
output increase of 16 MW and fuel efficiency increase of more than 1
percent. Richmond County’s growing population and regional business
footprint has driven incremental power demand, along with the need for the
site to operate more flexibly as market conditions fluctuate.
*In Alberta, Canada, TransCanada Energy Ltd.’s MacKay River cogeneration
plant needed to deliver more electricity and steam capacity, while
maintaining high operational availability to support its nearly
24-hour-a-day manufacturing cycle. The upgrade currently is being
installed and MacKay expects to increase its power output by 4.5 percent,
while maintaining its low emissions footprint to remain aligned with
Alberta’s clean energy policies.
*IBERDROLA, Mexico’s leading private power generation company, installed
AGP upgrades on eight units at its TAMAZUNCHALE and Altamira V plants to
manage operational costs including fuel consumption. Additionally, since
deployment of the technology in 2010,the output gained from the upgrades
has enabled IBERDROLA to increase its operational revenue by winning more
bids for power in the region.
GE has leveraged more than 30 million hours of 7F operational experience,
including 150,000+ operating hours of AGP systems data, in applying design
innovations to key gas turbine components including hot gas path buckets,
nozzles and shrouds. Cooling and sealing advancements on these and other
components enable a GE gas turbine to operate at higher temperatures, which
translates to increased output in varying ambient conditions and operating
profiles. The system’s cooling and sealing features also help GE customers
achieve more operational efficiency and, in turn, lower fuel consumption.
The AGP solution also has qualified for GE’s ecomagination* portfolio. The
technology enables power providers to reduce fuel consumption up to 1 percent
or more, as well as CO emissions, while operating with the flexibility they
need amid shifting market conditions. ecomagination is GE’s commitment to
imagine and build innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges
while driving economic growth.
A GE customer operating a 2x1 7F combined-cycle plant, powered by a 7F gas
turbine with AGP technology, and generating a net output of 525.2 MW, can
reduce its CO emissions by 11,400 tons per year. This reduction equates to
the annual CO emissions of approximately 2,200 cars on U.S. roads. Under
these same operating conditions, the site also could realize an annual fuel
savings of more than $790,000 at a natural gas price of $3.75 per MMBtu.
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