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Sights Set On Six

Posted on November 7, 2011

GE has signed a long-term service agreement with ComisiĆ³n Federal de la Electricidad (CFE), the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico, covering six GE gas turbines installed for the repowering of Manzanillo Thermoelectric, a thermo power generation project undertaken by the Mexican government in the last two decades.

Under the terms of the agreement, valued at US$200 million, GE will provide services to support the efficient performance of the gas turbines for 15 years. Six GE Frame 7FA Gas Turbines recently were installed at the site, with the first three units scheduled for commission by the end of the year. The full plant is expected to be running by the summer of 2012, adding 900 MW of power for the CFE grid and bringing the total site output to 1500 MW, GE said.

The turbines are replacing two conventional boilers currently operating on fuel oil at the Manzanillo site. The repowering project is expected to improve plant efficiency by 50% and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2000 tons per year, according to GE. The project potentially could create 80 new jobs related to the operating and servicing of the plant.

The agreement covers the supply of parts, repairs and field services for maintenance outages of gas turbines and generators. These long-term agreements are structured to provide customers with predictable maintenance costs while ensuring a steady flow of revenue from power plant operations, GE said.

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