LA utility to upgrade Scattergood Generating Station

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is upgrading its Scattergood Generating Station by phasing out its 460-MW Unit 3 conventional steam boiler and replacing it will cleaner power using GE (NYSE: GE) technology.

The Scattergood repowering project will use GE’s aero-derivative gas turbines and modern distributed control system (DCS). The updated generating station will consist of one GE GT-7F.05 gas turbine in a combined-cycle power island, and two LMS100 gas turbines into a hybrid power plant.

“Older units can take all day to reach full power, causing us to lose the window of opportunity we have to capture electricity produced by wind,” Aram Benyamin, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager—Power System, said.

The upgrade will reduce carbon emissions by using less fuel; eliminate ocean water usage for cooling by providing more than 500-MW of output using air-cooled condenser technology; and support renewable energy.

Commercial operation of Scattergood’s new power generating equipment is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

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