Coal, Gas

GE turbine island project to extend life of nuclear plant

16 February 2009 – Hydro-Quebec selected GE Energy to perform a turbine island refurbishment designed to extend the operating life of the 675 MW Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station. Hydro-Quebec estimated the refurbishment would extend the plant’s operation to 2040.

Under the $120 million contract, GE Energy will replace and enhance key steam turbine and generator components, repair and align the turbine generator foundation and install a new control system.

Also included in the contract is the replacement and installation of two low-pressure steam turbine rotors, generator disassembly and reassembly, a generator field rewind, replacement of the existing control system with a GE Mark VI system, turbine and generator alignment and foundation site services and installation of two new moisture separator re-heaters

The engineering and procurement phase of the generating station refurbishment is under way, with construction slated to start in 2011. The plant is expected to return to commercial service in 2012.