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Gas Turbines To Supplement Wind

Posted on March 31, 2011

An association of four German utilities has ordered GE’s 109FB combined cycle system for the new Mittelsbüren power plant located near Bremen, Germany. Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Bremen GmbH & Co. KG, which includes German utilities swb, Deutsche Bahn Energie, TOBI and Mainova, was recently formed to build and operate the Mittelsbüren plant.

The new power plant is expected to supply more than 440 MW of electricity for the North German region when it enters service in 2013, including 165 MW to meet the power requirements of Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator. The project includes the supply of a 9FB gas turbine, 109A-17 steam turbine, 450H generator, heat recovery steam generator, Mark* VIe distributed control system, customer training and plant commissioning. GE’s consortium partner, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., will be responsible for balance-of-plant, civil works and erection.

As wind power becomes more prominent in Germany, it presents new challenges for power producers today. When power generation fluctuates, it is necessary to have equipment to accommodate the intermittent changes.

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