ORLANDO, Fla., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract for the supply of a SGT6-5000F gas turbine for Xcel Energy's Jones Station expansion project, located near Lubbock, Texas. Xcel Energy is a major U.S. utility that provides energy-related products and services to eight Western and Midwestern states. The 486-MW rated Jones Station is a natural gas-fueled, steam-electric generating station with two 1970s-vintage operating units. Xcel Energy is adding the SGT6-5000F gas turbine to the Jones Station to improve the system generating capability in anticipation of future electric load growth. Commercial operation is anticipated to commence in June 2012.
"We are very pleased that Xcel Energy has chosen Siemens as a provider for the Jones Station expansion project," stated Randy Zwirn, president and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. "We are seeing more and more customers who are making strategic long-term decisions like this one at a time when energy consumption is flat in the U.S. These companies will be well-positioned for the future to meet electricity demand and to comply with new anticipated Energy legislation that is likely to have stricter environmental controls."
"Cleaner, more efficiently generated power is critical to meet the economic growth that we foresee on the plains of Texas and eastern New Mexico," said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. "We reviewed many bids in choosing a partner to help us meet this demand, and the Siemens technology is a perfect fit."
"By adding this advanced gas turbine technology to the existing older units, the power plant's potential efficiency and environmental performance improves significantly," stated Michael Suess, CEO of the Siemens Fossil Power Generation Division. The SGT6-5000F gas turbine, with over 5.9 million fleet operating hours of experience, is built on proven technology and utilizes an evolutionary design philosophy. By enhancing proven designs and incorporating technology upgrades and improvements through an evolutionary process, the SGT6-5000F has achieved 98% reliability and 57.5% combined cycle efficiency.
Highly efficient gas turbines are an important feature of Siemens' environmental portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled approximately EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world's largest supplier of environmentally friendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.8 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR30 billion and posted a profit of EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2009, the Energy Sector had a work force of more than 85,100. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
SOURCE Siemens Energy