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GE delivers new turbines
General Electric (GE) is sending out new LM2500+ aeroderivative turbines to Manildra Group’s cogeneration power plant at Shoalhaven Starches in Bomaderry, New South Wales, Australia. GE is providing two LM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines and two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) to deliver up to 54 MW of electricity and 210 TPH of steam.
The new equipment is part of an effort by Manildra Group to replace their coal-fired boilers with natural gas. Manildra Group produces a range of food and industrial products; wheat flours, bakery mixes, ethanol, starches, syrups, and stockfeed. The manufacturing process at Shoalhaven Starches uses the entire wheat grain, relying on heat steam production to power the site.
The facility requires availability of large amounts of electricity and steam. Manildra Group turned to GE for both. Currently, electricity is purchased from the national grid. Australia’s new energy initiatives requires industrial entities in the country to become self-sufficient in power generation.
In addition to providing the technology for the cogeneration power plant, GE is signing an eight-year contractual service agreement.