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Pratt & Whitney Combined-cycle Packages for China

Posted on April 4, 2006

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, Inc., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, has reached agreement with Guangzhou University-City to purchase two Pratt & Whitney Power Systems FT8 SWIFTPAC gas turbine units. Guangzhou will site the units at Guangzhou University-City, China, as a combined-cycle, cogeneration facility providing both electrical power and steam. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Each FT8 SWIFTPAC will provide over 60 MW of power, and the total power output of the combined-cycle plant will be 150 MW. The units, which will use natural gas as fuel, are expected to enter commercial operation in late 2006.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Guangzhou University-City, a university that will house nearly 200 000 students,” said Peter Christman Jr., president of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems. “The FT8 will provide power and steam while providing a low emissions signature to help protect the environment. The FT8 SWIFTPAC is an ideal product for this combined-cycle cogeneration application.”

The FT8 series is designed and manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Power Systems and is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney’s JT8D aircraft engine, one of the most successful flight engines in aviation history. The FT8 gas turbine leverages the extensive experience of the JT8D while incorporating updated technologies to produce power with low emissions and high base-load and part-load efficiency using natural gas fuel. The electric generating installations using the FT8 gas turbines are further designed with noise reduction equipment that ensures quiet operation.

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