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GE Energy Provides Two LM6000-PD Sprint® Units To California Utility For Extra System Support During Peak Usage Periods


The sixth largest utility in California will receive two GE Energy LM6000-PD Sprint® aeroderivative gas turbine generator sets with emissions control modules.

GE will provide Imperial Irrigation District (IID) with the generator sets for installation at the Niland Gas Turbine Plant located in Niland, Calif. The electricity produced will be used as additional power during peak usage periods to support the seven to nine percent annual growth in electricity demand for the region.

The highly efficient LM6000-PD Sprint gas turbine generator sets are rated at 48 megawatts each and are equipped with the world’s leading dry low emissions combustion systems for aeroderivative gas turbines. LM6000 gas turbines were selected because of their demonstrated reliability and ability to respond to fast demands in grid conditions by reaching full power in less than 10 minutes from the moment the additional power is needed.

“We are pleased that our LM6000-PD gas turbines will be helping IID reach its goal to generate 50 percent of its own power,” said Charles (Chip) Blankenship, general manager, GE Energy’s aeroderivative business. “By installing these units, the Niland Gas Turbine Plant will have the ability to provide crucial system support during the highest demand periods especially during the summer peak.”

Henryk Olstowski, assistant manager, IID Energy, added, “IID evaluated several technologies and selected the GE LM6000 because it provided the best-fit technology for IID Energy Production and based on its proven track record in California.”

IID Energy is the sixth largest electrical utility in California. It serves over 130,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

GE Energy’s aeroderivative division is a leading supplier of aeroderivative gas turbines and packaged generator sets for industrial and marine applications. The company provides power-generating equipment to utilities, industries and marine fleets throughout the world. It is also the world’s largest and most experienced aeroderivative gas turbine service provider.


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