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Progress Energy Plant Getting 16 MW Boost

Posted on March 20, 2012

GE will upgrade two GE Frame 7FA gas turbines at a Progress Energy power plant in the Smith Energy Complex, located south of Hamlet, North Carolina, U.S.A. The turbines, which have been operating on natural gas since 2002, will receive compressor and combustion system enhancements as well as GE’s Advanced Gas Path to improve the site’s output by 16 MW and fuel efficiency by more than 1%, GE said.

GE said it expects the upgrades to extend the plant's parts life and increase the time between scheduled outages. The Advanced Gas Path enhancement for the turbines is designed to expand the turbines’ output and heat rate performance through both material and design innovations.

The site's upgrade package also includes dry low NOx (DLN) combustion technology designed to lower emissions while saving water, according to the company. GE also will install an Enhanced Transient Stability application at the Smith Energy Complex to help product it against grid instability. By minimizing the effect of grid transients, the power plant can see higher up time and provide critical power during this time period, GE said.

The enhancement project is set for completion by October.

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