Overview

This is the latest in a long-term collaboration between GE and Quadra – Power Generation, building on a cross-fleet gas turbine service project agreement from 2017, which included maintenance services for four Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines.

The background

A part of Russia’s “Central Black Earth Region,” Voronezh is home to more than a million residents. The 223MW Voronezh Power Plant—owned by Quadra - Power Generation, one of Russia’s largest territorial generating companies—was commissioned in 1933.

The announcement

In February 2020, GE Gas Power announced that the Voronezh CHPP-1 combined-cycle power plant achieved the start of commercial operation, using four of GE’s SPRINT LM6000 gas turbines.

Outcomes

Helping old become new

LM6000 simple cycle efficiency

LM6000 combined-cycle efficiency

40 million

LM6000 operating hours

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This power plant provides heat and power to more than half of Voronezh city’s residential buildings, as well as industrial and social facilities. It is extremely important that the new combined-cycle power unit of the Voronezh CHPP-1 will allow us to reach new heights in the reliability of the city’s heat supply, increasing electric power output by 50% and improving energy efficiency.

Evgeny Zhadovets

Chief engineer, Quadra – Power Generation

GE’s LM6000 aeroderivative technology provides greater flexibility through its fast-start capability (down to five minutes from cold iron), daily/multiple startups with no impact on the equipment maintenance cost and through its low turndown level. An advanced cooling system allows to extend the turbine’s life cycle. This system lowers the high-pressure compressor inlet temperature, which in turn effectively lowers the compressor discharge temperature. The SPRINT module is also equipped with a DLE combustion system providing fuel flexibility and helping to meet emissions limits.

In addition, as part of the project, GE supplied a modular, multi-stage static air filter unit equipped with an anti-freeze protection system, which will support reliable operation of gas turbines in Voronezh’s winter conditions.