GE to upgrade 1,054-MW combined cycle plant in Southern California

General Electric announced recently that its Power Generation Services subsidiary has entered into an agreement to modernize Southern California Edison’s Mountainview Generating Station, which generates enough electricity for 685,000 homes. 
Situated at San Bernardino and Mountain View avenues north of Interstate 10, it is a combined cycle power plant, meaning that it uses both natural gas and steam turbines to generate electricity. GE will begin installing new technology in 2016, and the project will be completed in May, 2017.

Combined cycle plant in Kansas to cost $175 m

The Riverton power plant is entering a new phase as the first combined cycle power plant in Kansas by retiring two coal-fired units that had operated since the 1950s. To comply with new emission standards for mercury, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Empire District Electric Co. has converted the plant from coal to natural gas.

Thailand to upgrade GE 9F gas turbines at two power plants

General Electric (GE) has announced that it is helping the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, or EGAT, upgrade its fleet of four GE 9F gas turbines at two power plants. This is likely to help improve the operational and fuel flexibility of the plants while significantly reducing emissions to improve air quality in Bangkok and the surrounding area. 

Capstone to upgrade Melbourne building with C600 microturbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation, the manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced recently that it received a follow-on order for a C600 microturbine to upgrade a new commercial building in Melbourne, Australia. 
Optimal Group, Capstone's Australian distributor, secured the order, as part of Walker Corporation's flagship Collins Square project in the city's Central Business District (CBD). The project is likely to be commissioned in June 2016.

Mitsubishi M501 GAC turbines to power $675m facility at Maryland

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is developing a 1,000MW Wildcat Point generation facility in Cecil County, Maryland, US. This combined-cycle power plant is expected to deliver power to PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organisation (RTO).
Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved the natural gas-fired generation facility, and the $675m project is likely to be completed by early 2017. The plant is expected to generate sufficient electricity to provide for 390,000 homes a year. 

AES to construct 350MW combined cycle natural gas plant

The AES Corporation recently announced that its subsidiary, Gas Natural Atlantico S. de R.L., has won a competitive bid process conducted by the Electric Transmission Company, SA (ETESA), the state’s electric transmission company, to supply 350MW of new capacity. AES expects to sign the 10-year PPA by the end of 2015.

GE 7FA turbines power natural gas plant in Texas

A natural gas plant about 20 miles northwest of Odessa, Texas, recently began operations, announced the plant’s operator, Invenergy Clean Power LLC. The plant, called the Ector County Energy Center, uses two GE 7FA simple-cycle combustion turbines fueled by Permian Basin natural gas. The facility, about seven miles northeast of Goldsmith, connects to Oncor Electric’s Holt Switching Station. 

Capstone bags order for four natural gas-fueled microturbines

Capstone Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has received an order for four C1000 microturbines, for an Australian manufacturer. Optimal Group, Capstone's Australian distributor, secured the order for the 4MW facility, which is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2016.

EU approves GE takeover of Alstom

General Electric has won EU approval for its 12.4-billion-euro ($13.9 billion) acquisition of Alstom's power business after agreeing to sell some of the French company's turbine assets to Italian rival Ansaldo Energia. Both Alstom and GE said they expected to finalise the deal as early as possible in the fourth quarter.

GE announces launch of LM6000-PF+ gas turbine

GE is launching the LM6000-PF+, its latest aeroderivative gas turbine which employs technologies from four GE businesses, bringing power online faster and with more efficiency. GE announced its latest gas turbine at the 2015 POWER-GEN Asia conference in Bangkok. GE is likely to introduce the new PF+ package design for full installation for simple cycle plants in three months and combined cycle plants in 12 months.


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