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Upgrade Contract Awarded

Posted on February 2, 2010

Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel (SPP), a Slovak energy company, has awarded GE Oil & Gas a US$102 million contract to upgrade three pipeline compression stations, bringing the facilities into compliance with new European Union directives to decrease carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions.

GE will supply SPP with advanced dry low emissions (DLE) systems technology and additional equipment for the conversion of seven GE PGT25 gas turbines and one PCL602 gas compressor. The equipment is located at the Vel’ke Kapusany, Vel’ke Zlievce and Ivanka pri Nitre compression stations that are part of a gas pipeline system in the Slovak Republic operated by Eustream, which is 100% owned by SPP.

The upgrade projects will be implemented over the next five years, as the seven gas turbines progressively reach 50 000 operating hours. The final two units will be modified by 2015, the year before the new European Union emissions standards come into force in Slovakia. The units feature LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that will be converted from standard annual combustors (SAC) to DLE systems for improved emissions control. Upon upgrade they will achieve NOx emissions below 75 mg/m3, enabling the plants to meet the new emissions regulations.

SPP's subsidiary, Eustream, is the largest natural gas transporter within the European Union with a transmission capacity more than 90 bcm/a. Eustream grants access to the Slovak transmission network on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis and provides a complete range of natural gas transmission services.

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