GE to Upgrade LM6000 for Electrabel
GE Energy’s aeroderivative gas turbine services group has recently executed a contract to upgrade a spare LM6000-PB gas turbine for Electrabel SA of Brussels, Belgium. GE Energy converted one LM6000-PB gas turbine to the PD uprate configuration for Electrabel. The announcement was made at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference taking place May 2-5 in Houston, Texas.
The engine will be functionally interchangeable with Electrabel’s LM6000-PD fleet. The engine had previously operated at the Zeebrugge, Belgium site. Electrabel’s current spare engine replaced the engine at Zeebrugge.
The engine, once removed from Zeebrugge, was shipped to Rheden, The Netherlands and then on to the GE Energy packaging facility in Houston, Texas, where it was inducted into the service center at the Jacintoport facility for execution of the PB to PD conversion and associated scheduled maintenance. Upon completion of the upgrade, the engine was tested prior to being delivered to Electrabel’s central warehouse and subsequently installed at their next scheduled changeout, in the fourth quarter of last year.
“Through this upgrade, Electrabel was able to reapply underutilized inventory to obtain a much needed spare LM6000-PD asset, in a cost-effective manner,” said Dan Werrell, general manager of services operations for GE Energy’s aeroderivative division.