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Alstom Receives Chinese Order for Gas Turbine Upgrades

Posted on August 16, 2005

Alstom Power Service has received an order from the Foshan Shunde Desheng Power Plant Co. Ltd. for two GT13DM gas turbine upgrades at its Shunde combined-cycle power plant in South China. The upgrades will be implemented during the next major plant inspection (C-inspection) in 2006 and will deliver an average GT efficiency increase of 2.5% meaning fuel cost savings of approximately US$2 million per year for the customer. The combined-cycle power output will also increase by at least 6%, or around 15 MW, according to Alstom.

Commissioned in 1995, Shunde is a heavy oil-fired combined cycle plant. Formerly state-owned, in 2003 the plant was sold to the Xinshun Electricity Investment Co. Ltd. - one of China's new Independent Power Producers.

As part of an optimized maintenance regime at the plant, the last C-inspection in 2004 used reconditioned parts to keep customer costs to a minimum. In 2006 it would be necessary for the customer to order new parts to secure continued reliable and safe operation. This context provided the rationale for upgrading the plant's gas turbines. The upfront costs are higher than if the customer were to simply purchase new parts but the upgrades will pay for themselves in less than two years.

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