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Repsol Picks GE Technology for Refinery Expansion

Posted on May 28, 2009

Repsol YPF, S.A., Spain’s largest oil company, has turned to GE Energy’s Frame 6B gas turbine technology to help meet its growing energy needs while also reducing emissions.

GE will supply one Frame 6B gas turbine for a new, 42 MW cogeneration plant that is part of the expansion of Repsol’s oil refinery located 13 kilometers east of the city of Cartagena, Spain. This will be the 14th Frame 6B that GE has provided to Repsol and its affiliates. The unit will be maintained under an existing service agreement between the two companies.

The Cartagena refinery was the first one on the Iberian Peninsula. Since 2000, it has been connected by oil pipeline to the Puertollano refinery, with a total processing capacity of 5.5 million tons of crude oil per year. When completed, the expansion will considerably increase that capacity and the Frame 6B-powered cogeneration plant is expected to help meet Repsol’s increased electricity and steam needs. Plans are for surplus electricity to be sold to the local grid.

The new Frame 6B will be the first one purchased by Repsol to feature GE’s dry low NOx combustion technology, which limits gas turbine nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to 15 parts per million. The Repsol project is expected to begin commercial service in 2011.

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