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Flexible Power In Italy

104 MW combined-cycle plant to fill gap between base-load and renewables; GE and STC SpA teamed for seven power plant projects in 12 years

Posted on May 31, 2013

GE has installed its aeroderivative gas turbine technology at Tamarete Energia’s 104 MW combined-cycle plant near Ortona, Italy. The plant will generate enough power for approximately 34 500 Italian homes.

GE said its flexible gas turbine technology, which helps integrate wind and solar energy into the grid, will allow the new plant to generate high-efficiency and environmentally friendly electrical power, balancing the reduction of contribution from wind and solar generation.

Under the terms of the approximately €$30 million project, GE provided two LM6000-PD aeroderivative gas turbine generator packages and one 8-11 MC9 impulse-type, geared steam turbine-generator to STC SpA (Forli’, Italy). STC SpA is the Italian company selected by Tamerete Energia as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the combined-cycle plant.

The plant is located in the province of Chieti in Abruzzo. Tamerete Energia is a special purpose company owned by BKW Italia SpA, HERA SpA, and Odoardo Zecca S.r.l.

GE LM6000 aeroderivative technology provides greater flexibility through its fast-start capability (10 minutes from cold iron), daily/multiple start-ups with no impact on the equipment maintenance cost, and through its low turndown level (approximately 25% of power plant capacity), the company said.