GE's Fleet Of Rugged LM6000 Gas Turbines Exceed 620,000 Operating Hours With Outstanding Availability and Reliability
ORLANDO, FL - GE Marine & Industrial Engines' (M&I) fleet of rugged 40-megawatt LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines has accumulated more than 620,000 operating hours while achieving outstanding availability of 97.8% and reliability of 99.5%. To date, there are more than 127 LM6000s in service or slated for operation throughout the globe. M&I's Dry Low Emissions (DLE) program for its aeroderivative gas turbines also continues to accumulate hours in service. Specifically, there are currently 10 LM6000 gas turbines equipped with the DLE combustor in service worldwide.
|SPE, Belgium||December 1994||1||>12,000|
|Orange Cogen, USA||March 1995||2||>17,500|
|PNEM, The Netherlands||August 1995||1||>8,000|
|Silkeborg, Denmark||August 1995||2||>7,500|
|Sondel, Italy||Late 1995||2||>1,000|
|Enso, Spain||Late 1996||1||>300|
|TransAlta Windsor Canada||Late 1996||1||>300|
A brief overview follows of several unique projects worldwide which use the LM6000 provided by M&I's OEMs: Ave Fenix, San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina -- four LM6000s began commercial operation at this merchant power plant in late October 1996. These are the first LM6000s in Argentina and one of the country's first merchant plants. The LM6000s operate in simple-cycle mode fired by natural gas. The facility must achieve a certain thermal efficiency in order for its power to be accepted by the grid. The gas turbines were packaged by Stewart & Stevenson International, Inc. Sonderborg CHP, Denmark -- this gas-fired combined-cycle CHP plant uses one LM6000 gas turbine packaged by European Gas Turbines. The plant environmentally burns refuse while supplying electricity and district heating for seven municipalities. Melfi Combined Cycle Plant, Italy -- this project marks the first LM6000s packaged by M&I OEM, FiatAvio to begin commercial operation. The two units produce power for the national utility grid and for Fiat processing operations. The Melfi site is one of seven cogeneration facilities deemed the Serene Project to be based on the LM6000 and to be built by FiatAvio. Liverpool Bay Development Project, Irish Sea -- two LM6000s, packaged by Nuovo Pignone, began commercial service at the end of 1995 on the Douglas Complex, part of the Hamilton Oil's Liverpool Bay Development project. Hamilton Oil was the first company to commit to using LM6000s for offshore power generation. The LM6000s provide full power demand for the entire Liverpool Bay Development project, including all process loads. M&I is constantly enhancing its products to increase performance and thermal efficiency, and reduce emissions. This is evident with the uprated LM6000, with first production units slated for debut in late 1997. The uprated LM6000 will provide increased performance, 44.9 megawatts at 42.7% thermal efficiency, enhanced emissions controls and dual-fuel dry low emissions (DLE) capabilities. To date, four uprated LM6000s have been ordered: two with standard combustors and two with M&I's DLE combustion system.Currently M&I has the largest fleet of aeroderivative gas turbines in the world: More than 2,100 engines have been delivered or on order in 52 countries, with 204 customers and 30 million operating hours in a variety of power generation, gas compression and military and commercial marine applications.GE M&I is part of GE Aircraft Engines and is headquartered in Evendale. M&I is the world's largest designer, developer and manufacturer of aeroderivative gas turbines.