Coal, Gas, Nuclear

NU adds turbines to avoid shortages

Issue 10 and Volume 100.

NU adds turbinesto avoid shortages

Five LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines are being used by Northeast Utilities (NU) of Connecticut to alleviate power shortages due to recent shutdowns of several of the utility`s nuclear power plants. The contracts for the turbines were finalized in May, and the units were delivered to two existing NU power plants. The turbines began operation in the last week of June, less than 60 days after contract signing.

“Northeast Utilities understood that it could be facing power shortages this summer, so the whole scope of the project was based on rapid delivery and start-up of these units,” said Bill Millhaem, GE Marine & Industrial Engines manager of sales and marketing for the Americas. The turbines were manufactured by GE. Four of the turbines were installed at the Devon station in Milford, Conn., and one unit was installed at the South Meadows station in Hartford, Conn.