The city’s utility division plans to replace most of the plant with new equipment and a combination of combined-cycle and simple cycle gas turbine generation units.
These type of combustor upgrades are not new to GE and the industry, but Pistner believes this is ideal to the type of challenges faced by California utilities, working in a state which is embracing rooftop and utiltiy-scale and, thus, is at the mercy of the dreaded “duck curve.”
The deal allows for greater natural gas capacity without construction of a new pipeline. Con Edison also is continuing its $223 million Smart Solutions program for customer who want alternatives to natural gas.
The Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan was first submitted to regulators in August 2011, 11 months after a PG&E gas line exploded in San Bruno. The blast and resulting fire killed eight people in the quiet neighborhood.
GE will service six GE 6B and three Frame 5 gas turbines at its Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate power plant in Rayong, Thailand.
The Virginia-based utility’s initiative promises to prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere.
The gas turbine installation in question was at a power plant in a coastal, desert location in the Middle East. Seasonal fog events and extremely high levels of dust were causing havoc with the system. Relatively simple changes led to a dramatic improvement in performance.
Among the major players in this sector are General Electric, Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Wood Group and Sulzer. Most of these are exhibitors at the upcoming POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition happening December 4-6 in Orlando.