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An independent power producer (IPP) JFE Steel has selected GE’s Power Services business to modernize, increase output and improve operational flexibility at the facility.
GE’s services for the facility include MXL2 gas turbine upgrade, low-pressure steam turbine retrofit and new lifetime management concept on the GT26 gas turbine.
According to GE, the upgrades are expected to increase output of the gas turbine by around 60MW, in addition to improving operational flexibility for JFE.
Under the multi-year agreement, GE will also offer operations and maintenance (O&M) services at the facility for up to 15 years.Few employees of GE will work at the facility to support and provide consultation to JFE on its plant operations.
GE’s Power Services business Asia Pacific region general manager Yoshimune Nihei said: “Working with JFE, we implemented our Fleet360 total plant solutions to help improve operations at the Chiba facility in a way that balances cost and capabilities and best aligns with JFE’s needs and future strategy.
“In addition, our 15-year O&M agreement further strengthens what is already an established, long-standing relationship with JFE. Together, we can help provide the reliable, available power needed in the region.”
GE’s Fleet360 platform enables the company to offer cross-fleet and total plant solutions such as services, upgrades, repairs, parts, multiyear agreements, O&M and digital solutions.
The platform allows GE to support over 90 OEM brands of gas and steam turbines, generators, boilers and other balance-of-plant equipment.