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 100th 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 21st 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 performance.
GE customers around the globe currently are operating 22 7F gas turbines with AGP technology to address a wide scope of regional market dynamics:
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 CO2 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 CO2 emissions by 11,400 tons per year. This reduction equates to the annual CO2 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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