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A GE 7HA gas turbine. GE will supply three of the turbines plus other equipment for a 1.5 GW power plant in Brazil.[/caption]
GE said it has secured a more than $900 million turnkey order with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) for Brazil’s Porto de Sergipe combined-cycle power plant.
With a generating capacity of 1516 MW, the facility will be the largest gas power plant in Latin America and can deliver an efficiency rate of over 62%, said GE.
The plant will incorporate three of GE’s 7HA gas turbines and a D654 steam turbine as well as a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and other related equipment added to the GE portfolio through the Alstom acquisition nearly one year ago. The contract also includes a transmission system provided on a turnkey basis by GE Energy Connections. This system incorporates a high voltage step up substation at the power plant, transmission lines and a bay at an existing substation.
Once complete, the combined-cycle plant, located at Barra dos Coqueiros, will account for an estimated 15% of Northeast energy demand in Brazil. In addition, with an extensive amount of wind and hydro power in Brazil, GE’s 7HA technology will play an important role in enabling a quick response to fluctuations in grid demand and adapting quickly to weather changes, the company said. The plant’s first operation is scheduled for January 2020 as part of the Governador Marcelo Déda power generation complex, the company said.