First DLE-Equipped Uprated GE LM6000 Begins Commercial Operation at GEEL, Belgium Cogeneration Facility
DALLAS, Texas - The first uprated GE LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine began commercial operation in mid-November at a cogeneration facility in Geel, Belgium, GE Marine & Industrial Engines (M&I) reported today at Power-Gen International '97. The natural gas-fired LM6000 achieved over 46 megawatts of power at the site. The unit is equipped with M&I's Dry Low Emissions (DLE) combustion system, and is expected to achieve levels of 25 ppm NOx.
The cogeneration facility is a partnership in which the Belgium utility, Electrabel owns the electricity production, and Amoco Chemical Belgium owns the steam production. The facility provides up to 220,000 pounds per hour of steam to Amoco's plant-wide steam system. The unit operates 24-hours-a-day in base load service.
Tractebel Energy Engineering, Brussels, Belgium, handled the project engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning at the Geel site. The LM6000 gas turbine-generator set was sold and packaged by Thomassen Stewart & Stevenson, B.V. (TSSI), Rheden, The Netherlands. TSSI is an M&I Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Thomassen and M&I will provide scheduled maintenance for the LM6000.
Including the Geel unit, M&I has provided or will supply the Belgium utilities Electrabel and SPE with eight LM6000 and one LM2500 gas turbine for various projects in this country. Examples of these projects include three uprated LM6000s sold and packaged by M&I's OEM European Gas Turbines, Lincoln, UK, which are expected to enter commercial service in early 1998. Another uprated LM6000 DLE unit sold and packaged by TSSI will replace an original LM6000 DLE model at KNP Leykam's cogeneration facility in Lanaken, Belgium.
The first uprated LM6000s with standard combustors will begin commercial service in late 1997 at TransAlta Energy's Southdown Cogeneration Station in metropolitan Auckland, New Zealand. The LM6000s were sold and packaged by Stewart & Stevenson International, Inc., Houston, TX. The uprated LM6000s are expected to provide 10% more power than the original LM6000s, which have been operating at the site since the fall 1996.
M&I expects to have an uprated LM6000 with dual-fuel DLE capability available in January 1998.
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 for a variety of power generation, gas compression and commercial and military marine propulsion applications.