Alstom wins gas turbine maintenance contract for England’s 1260 MW plant

Alstom has been awarded a €120 million contract by Centrica Energy for gas turbine maintenance services at the 1260MW South Humber Bank combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in North East Lincolnshire, England. The agreement covers five Alstom GT13E2 gas turbines installed at the plant over the next seven years. In accordance with the deal, Alstom will deliver the parts and equipment for all the planned inspections, as well as supply all necessary craft labor and on-site technical field advisors.

Two additional upgrade packages which are based on the successful validation of the first upgrade installed in February 2012 on a single turbine at the power station are also included as part of the contract.

Performance or cost optimized mode

Alstom's GT13E2 gas turbine is capable of operating in either a Performance Optimized Mode for maximizing performance or in a Maintenance Costs Optimized Mode for maximizing time between inspection intervals. It can do this with no change in hardware and Alstom says that this feature provides plant operators with flexibility in responding to market conditions.

Tony Lyon, Plant Manager for South Humber Bank from Centrica Energy said, "With the new order, the benefits cumulated across our other machines will increase our combined-cycle plant output. The plant efficiency gain will allow us to reduce our fuel costs and CO2 emissions."