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Tunisian Power Plant to Feature GE Frame 9E

Posted on February 8, 2006

GE Energy will supply a Frame 9E gas turbine and maintenance services for the Thyna II power plant, located 10 km from Sfax, Tunisia's second largest city.

The project will be owned and operated by the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (Société Tunisienne d'Electricité et du Gaz, or STEG). The GE gas turbine will produce 123 MW of power in simple-cycle operation. Natural gas will be the primary fuel, although the machine has dual-fuel capabilities.

The gas turbine will be manufactured at GE's facilities in Belfort, France, and shipped to the project site by the fourth quarter of 2006, with commercial operation expected in June of 2007. GE's turnkey contract also includes commissioning of the unit and training. Civil works and erection of the plant will be handled by a local subcontractor to GE.

In addition, GE and STEG have signed a Contractual Service Agreement, calling for GE to provide 10 years of maintenance including spare parts, repairs and field services. Availability and gas turbine performance degradation guarantees are included in the agreement.

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