Power Plant Extension In Spain’s Balearic Islands To Feature GE’s 6FA Gas Turbine Technology
ATLANTA, GA - January, 2008 : – GE Energy’s F-class gas turbine technology has again been selected for a project in Spain’s Balearic Islands: the extension of the existing gas turbine combined-cycle power plant at Cas Tresorer on Mallorca.
GE Energy will supply two additional Frame 6FA gas turbine-generators, additional equipment and services to Duro Felguera of Asturias, Spain, the lead contractor for the new project. The plant owner and operator will be Gas y Electricidad Generación, S.A., the Balearic Islands branch of Endesa, Spain’s largest utility.
The two new Frame 6FA units will add about 150 megawatts of capacity for the Cas Tresorer plant.
The 75-megawatt class Frame 6FA is the mid-sized member of GE’s fleet of F technology gas turbines, which has surpassed 20 million hours of commercial service worldwide. Four GE Frame 6FA units already are in operation in the Balearic Islands, two at the Son Reus plant and two at Cas Tresorer. To date, more than 60 6FA units have been ordered or installed for projects around the world, including approximately 40 in Europe.
The gas turbines for the Cas Tresorer extension project will be manufactured at GE Energy’s facilities in Belfort, France, and shipped to the site starting in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The new gas turbines, which will be capable of operating on natural gas as well as distilled liquid fuel, are scheduled to enter commercial operation in the third quarter of 2009 and will help Gas y Electricidad Generación, S.A. meet increasing electricity demand on the Islands.
Of the 1,819 megawatts of installed power capacity for the Islands, combined-cycle technology accounted for 458 megawatts by the end of 2006, according to Red Eléctrica de Espańa (REE). The Cas Tresorer and the Son Reus combined-cycle plants have facilitated the entrance of natural gas in the archipelago, which offers a cleaner option compared to other fossil fuels commonly used for power generation.
In addition to the gas turbine-generators, the scope of GE’s contract also includes technical advisory services during installation and commissioning at the Cas Tresorer site.
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