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Dutch Fertilizer Manufacturer Selects GE Gas Turbine

Posted on March 20, 2006

Yara Sluiskil B.V. of the Netherlands will replace a gas turbine at its fertilizer plant in Sluiskil with an MS5002E (Frame 5-2E) gas turbine from GE’s Oil & Gas business, marking the first project for this new GE technology. Operating in a cogeneration mode with a waste heat recovery generator, the new machine will produce 30 MW of electrical power for the plant and 50 tons per hour of steam to be used for production processes. Yara Sluiskil B.V. produces 3.5 million tons of nitrogenous fertilizer per year.

Yara Sluiskil B.V. also has signed a 15-year, GE contractual service agreement for the same project. The agreement includes an extended warranty on the equipment, an availability guarantee, supply of capital spare parts and full coverage for 15 years of planned maintenance, as well as provisions for unplanned maintenance activities.

The Frame 5-2E for the Sluiskil plant will be manufactured and tested in GE’s Oil & Gas facilities in Florence and Massa, Italy, and will be shipped to the project site in April of 2007. Commercial start-up is planned for September 2007.

The machine will use natural gas from the Netherlands gas grid. Two gas compositions may be used (G-gas and H-gas), and the gas turbine train will have the capability to automatically switch from one gas composition to another, or to any mixture of the two, with no interruption in operation. In addition to the gas turbine, GE is supplying a three-phase synchronous generator, a diesel generator for black start duty, installation and training services.

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