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A 40 MW machine, GE's Frame 6B offers proven reliability, low emissions and a lower cost of generating electricity compared to older, oil-fired gas turbines. With the flexibility to use a range of gas or liquid fuels including heavy fuel oil and biofuels, this technology is an excellent fit for remote areas of Africa,
where natural gas is not yet available.
“We recently introduced a simplified 6B layout for easier installation and a 6B gas turbine with the latest combustion system and turbine hot gas path for less maintenance,” said Franck Oger, general manager Thermal and Power Generation Services for Western Europe and sub-Saharan
at GE Power & Water. “With this simplification process, a 6B gas turbine for simple-cycle duty can be ready for first fire within approximately 10 months and can provide up to four years of continuous operation on various gases with no scheduled maintenance.”
New features for the Frame 6B include pre-installed packages for easier transport and reduced site installation time and simplified layout for ease of operation and maintenance. The latest technology provides 43 megawatts of output, single-digit NOx emissions, restart capability during blackouts and maintenance intervals of up to four years.
More than 1,200 6B gas turbines have been sold since 1980, and more than 170 units have been installed since 2006.