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Electrabel, Group GDF SUEZ, Picks GE Technology to Lower Emissions, Increase Efficiency

Posted on May 27, 2009

Electrabel has selected GE Energy’s latest gas turbine emissions control technology to reduce emissions and increase efficiency for one of the largest power stations in Europe. Electrabel’s Eems power station in Eemshaven, The Netherlands, features five GE 9FA gas turbines. The plant has a total capacity of 1700 MW of electricity in combined-cycle operation, enough to supply power to more than one million typical European households.

Beginning in the second quarter of 2009, GE will retrofit Electrabel’s gas turbines with its newest dry low NOx combustion system, the DLN 2.6+, which was developed to help power plant operators meet or exceed increasingly stringent emissions regulations in Europe and elsewhere in the world. The technology is said to be capable of reducing NOx and CO emissions by 40 percent or more on GE Frame 9FA gas turbines without the use of chemical systems or water. In addition to lower emissions, this technology also enables the gas turbine to be operated at lower power during off-peak periods, consuming less fuel and helping to reduce plant operating costs.

“Electrabel has selected the best technology available to reduce emissions for this type of gas turbine,” said Ricardo Cordoba, president of GE Energy Western Europe and Northern Africa. “Built upon decades of GE experience in combustion technology, this enhanced DLN 2.6+ product is part of GE’s commitment to power the world responsibly.”

The first GE DLN 2.6+ system for the Eems plant will be installed in 2009 and the remaining four will be installed before the end of 2011. The installations will be scheduled as part of the normal maintenance requirements of the power plant.

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