GE Signs First North American LMS100 Contract
GE announced a contract for its first North American order of the LMS100 simple-cycle gas turbine. The order is from Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.A. GE will supply Basin Electric with one LMS100 simple-cycle, dual-fuel gas turbine generator set for its Groton Generation Station, located near Groton, South Dakota, U.S.A. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a consumer-owned, regional cooperative operating power plants with a total capacity of 3412 MW. Basin Electric will operate the Groton site as a simple-cycle, peaking facility with a rated net site capacity of approximately 94 MW with natural gas as the primary fuel. The gas turbine generator package will be capable of using distillate fuel as a back up.
Introduced last December, the LMS100 is the most extensive collaboration of design and manufacturing in GE’s history, with four GE business units and three other companies participating in the development program. The 100 MW unit represents the first time GE has combined components from GE Energy’s heavy-duty frame gas turbines and GE Transportation’s aeroderivative gas turbines.
Components of the LMS100, which are manufactured in the GE facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. and Evendale, Ohio, U.S.A. will be shipped to the GE facility in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. in the fall of 2005. The complete turbine-generator package will be assembled there, tested and shipped to the Basin plant that is scheduled to begin commercial operation in mid-2006.