By Editors of Power Engineering
GE and Caithness Energy announced a partnership to pursue development of new combined-cycle power plants. GE’s HA-class power plant deliveries as part of the deal could exceed $1 billion.
The package is configured to include up to six high-efficiency HA gas turbines, six steam turbines, six heat recovery steam generators and other equipment. The plants are slated for development throughout 2017 and 2018.
Two HA gas turbines are included in a new power plant being built by Caithness Energy and Moxie Energy in Salem Township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The Caithness Moxie Freedom generation plant – a 1,029 megawatt facility – will tap natural gas from the Marcellus Formation.
“We’re thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with GE and expand our fleet of HA power plants across the United States,” said Les Gelber, president, Caithness Energy. “We’re currently working to bring a new HA plant on line in Pennsylvania in 2018, and with this exclusive agreement Caithness will become the owner of the largest fleet of HA gas turbines – GE’s most efficient turbine – anywhere in the world.”
The HA gas turbines included in the agreement will be manufactured at GE’s Greenville, SC facility, and the steam turbines will be built at GE’s Schenectady, NY facility. In addition to the equipment, GE expects to provide multi-year service agreements for the continued maintenance and operation of each plant. GE expects to record the orders for the equipment and services over the next 24 months.