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Wood Group GTS' ECOMAX automated combustion tuning technology demonstrates power increase and reduced heat rate

Posted on April 10, 2013

An owner of a large fleet of combined-cycle power plants in the U.S. has awarded Wood Group GTS a contract to install 15 ECOMAX systems, an automated combustion tuning technology. Twelve units have already been installed and the remaining units are scheduled to be installed later this year.

The independent power producer granted the contract to Wood Group GTS following assessment of a pilot project at one of its facilities operating two GE Frame 7FA turbines. One year after installation, ECOMAX tuning technology demonstrated more than a 0.75% power increase and more than a 0.15% decrease in heat rate, the company said.

Wood Group GTS said the ECOMAX delivers a fully automated solution that optimizes gas turbine combustor systems in near real-time, while controlling emissions, managing dynamics and providing increased output without exceeding OEM design limits. The company said the performance improvement demonstrated at the power plant has the potential to save operators hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel every year.

In 2011, a master service agreement was signed with the customer governing terms of business for a range of services including field service, capital parts and component repairs, gas and steam turbine overhauls, fuel nozzle repairs, and compressor water wash systems to support the fleet.