GE’s High-Performing Advanced Gas Path Solution Expanded to 9F-3, 9E Gas
Turbine Fleets and Will Deliver More Power to Growing Asia Region and Beyond
*GE’s 9F-3 and 9E Advanced Gas Path Solutions Deliver Industry-Leading
*Upgrade Technology Marks First of Its Kind Available in Both Gas Turbine
*ENKA is the First GE Customer to Invest in 9F-3 AGP Technology, Upgrading
10 Gas Turbines in Turkey
*Proven Solution Expanded from GE’s Global 7F-3 AGP Customer Portfolio
Which Includes Sites in South Korea, Taiwan
2013 POWER-GEN Asia Conference & Exhibition
BANGKOK -- October 3, 2013
GE (NYSE: GE) announced today the expansion of its high-performance Advanced
Gas Path (AGP) portfolio to its 9F-3 and 9E gas turbine customers operating in
Asian energy markets and around the globe. This technology, which is proven to
deliver industry-leading upgrade performance, marks the first of its kind
available for comparably sized gas turbine assets in both classes. GE made the
announcement today at the 2013 POWER-GEN Asia Conference & Exhibition.
“GE’s AGP technology exemplifies the levels of flexibility and performance our
customers demand to remain competitive in both growing and mature energy
markets around the world,” said Fintan Tuffy, general manager of Fleet
Analytics & Performance Management for GE’s Power Generation Services
business. “With a number of Asian markets ranking at the top of expected
energy demand growth regions over the next decade, this solution can play an
integral role in helping our customers meet these future needs by unlocking
the full potential of their existing assets.”
With more than 120 AGP systems sold and 37 upgrades already in operation on GE
7F-3 gas turbines around the globe, this proven solution can now unleash
higher performance for GE customers with installed assets such as:
• Output increase up to 6 • Output increase up to 3.8
Fuel efficiency increase up to
• 2 • Fuel efficiency increase up to .9
Maintenance intervals as long as
• Maintenance intervals as long •
as 32,000 hours/1,200 starts
32,000 hours (extending outage
outage intervals up to 33
intervals up to 33 percent)** percent)**
ENKA, which generates more than 13 percent of electricity for Turkey, has
placed the first order for GE’s 9F-3 AGP technology for 10 of its gas turbines
at the Gebze, Adapazar and İzmir power plants. The upgrades are expected to
deliver a total of up to approximately 150 additional megawatts (MW) of power,
enough to generate electricity for more than 200,000 additional households in
Turkey. ENKA also expects to lower its emissions footprint with the
installation of the AGP solution in tandem with GE’s Dry Low NO[x] (DLN) 2.6+
combustion system upgrade. Installation of the technologies is scheduled to
begin in late 2015, with a targeted completion date of 2018 for all 10 gas
“The performance improvements this solution delivers to our plants will allow
us to maximize the value of the energy we provide through power purchase
agreements,” said ENKA O&M Chairman Mr. Tahsin Kösem. “This collaborative
effort with GE will also put our sites in a better position with more
available power and flexibility for electricity markets with demand increases
being forecasted across Turkey. Additionally, this project increases ENKA’s
contribution to help meet the Turkey 2023 Vision, which contains goals of
increasing efficiency and lowering the country’s carbon footprint.”
AGP technology advancements feature hardware design and materials improvements
to the components of GE’s gas turbine hot gas path system. These innovations
are coupled with GE’s OpFlex* advanced controls software to expand gas turbine
performance and enable GE customers to operate their power plants more
dynamically. The AGP’s hardware and software technologies were developed based
on data insights gained through analysis of GE’s more than 100 million hours
of operating data on its global gas turbine fleet of more than 1,600 monitored
Asian power generation entities are expected to experience the world’s highest
regional demand growth for power over the next several decades. Across Asia,
average energy demand growth is estimated at 3.7 percent annually through
2030^1, with Southeast Asian demand potentially expanding nearly 90 percent^2
over the same period of time. GE’s AGP technology enables customers with
existing gas turbines in rapidly growing economies in Asia and beyond to
expand their power capacities without investing in new infrastructure or to
complement new power plant construction.
GE customers around the globe currently are operating or will soon install AGP
technology on their 7F-3 gas turbines to address a wide scope of regional
*Korea Southern Power Company, Ltd. installed two AGP systems at its Pusan
plant in 2012 to generate 25 MW of additional power needed for growing
electricity demand and to expand the region’s low reserve margin of power.
*In Taiwan (R.O.C.), the Chia Hui Power Station will install AGP technology
on three gas turbines in early 2014 to improve the plant’s heat rate,
position the plant more competitively amid higher fuel prices and to
manage its assets more efficiently long term.
*TransCanada Energy Ltd.’s Ravenswood power plant in New York, U.S.,
expanded its output by 7 percent with the AGP solution, enough to power
10,000 additional households in New York City by upgrading just one gas
turbine. TransCanada’s MacKay River cogeneration facility in Alberta, Ca.,
has improved its operational availability using AGP technology to support
its customer’s nearly 24-hour-a-day manufacturing cycle. The site also has
maintained its low emissions footprint to remain aligned with Alberta’s
clean energy policies.
*Calpine Corporation’s Los Medanos and Pastoria plants in California, U.S.,
and Westbrook facility in Maine, U.S., have experienced a 5.5 percent
output increase since installing AGP technology on six GE 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.
*IBERDROLA, Mexico’s leading private power generation company, installed
AGP upgrades on eight units at its TAMAZUNCHALE and Altamira V plants to
better manage operational costs including fuel consumption. Additionally,
the output gained from the upgrades has enabled IBERDROLA to increase its
operational revenue by winning more bids for power in the region.
*GE’s 9F-3 and 9E gas turbine AGP technology were adapted from GE’s 7F-3
AGP solution, which has been qualified for GE’s ecomagination portfolio.
This technology enables GE customers to reduce fuel consumption 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.
The AGP solution is offered through GE’s FlexEfficiency* Advantage for F-Class
gas turbine and LifeMax* Advantage for B/E-Class gas turbine platforms. These
portfolios deliver hardware- and software-blended solutions that enable GE
customers to unleash the full performance and value of their existing assets.
Only GE customers are empowered to harness these upgrades, in tandem with
data-driven insights from the world’s largest gas turbine fleet, to gain the
advantages they need for success, as they define it.
The FlexEfficiency Advantage and LifeMax Advantage portfolios support GE’s
Predictivity™ solutions platform. Predictivity solutions tap into GE’s
networked fleet of gas turbines, along with data analytics capabilities and
our people at work to help customers make better business decisions and lower
their operational risk.
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^1 According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration
^2 According to the International Energy Agency
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