POWERING FORWARD WITH GAS

Inside GE's Gas Power Summit

June 21, 2018 by Melissa Quesnel

Last week, GE Power welcomed 64 customers from North America and Latin America to our facility in Greenville, South Carolina, to learn more about how we are investing in innovation for the future of gas power. Here is your look inside GE’s Gas Power Summit.

Chuck Nugent, President of GE’s Gas Power Systems, and Scott Strazik, President of GE’s Power Services, kicked-off the session by illustrating our commitment to gas power and reiterating GE Power’s unique position to help gas power producers efficiently and profitably meet the growing demand for electricity.

At the event, we announced a growing list of accomplishments by our industry-leading HA gas turbine and its services portfolio—including the 26th HA in commercial operation and the new MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance upgrade for the GT13E2 turbine. 

“With the broadest portfolio of fuel choices and industry-leading technology, GE Power is leading customers through this energy transition,” said Russell Stokes, president and CEO of GE Power. “We continue to see gas playing an important role in the world’s energy mix including as a complement to variable renewables. Our HA technology enables unprecedented levels of efficiency to help customers reach more aggressive emissions goals.”

GE Power and Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG—a subsidiary of Swedish utility Vattenfall AB—announced the new MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance—the world’s first upgrade solution for GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines that uses key components manufactured using additive technology. Because these components are made with a lightweight configuration and can be engineered to include advanced cooling channels, they help the gas turbine run more efficiently, representing a new frontier in turbine engineering and production. This announcement is the third in a series of investments GE Power has announced in the last six weeks.

The HA gas turbine also celebrated a new milestone with the 26th unit reaching commercial operation - Competitive Power Ventures’ Towantic Energy Center in Oxford, Connecticut. This new plant uses two 7HA.01 gas turbines and associated engineered equipment package. The 805-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant can provide the equivalent power needed to supply more than 800,000 U.S. homes, and the HA’s dual-fuel capability allows the turbines to run on a variety of fuels, adding significant reliability benefits to the region.

We also announced that great progress is being made at the Porto de Sergipe power plant in Brazil with the delivery of all the three 7HA.02 gas turbines and three generators. 

Finally, event attendees also had a chance to tour our extensive facilities in Greenville including the Advanced Manufacturing Works, gas turbine combustion test lab, and gas turbine test stand. Here is your virtual tour: