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Three New Projects For GE FlexEfficiency 60

Gas-fired units to address Texas irrigation and varying power needs, boost ERCOT reserve margins

Posted on December 17, 2012

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A., is the latest customer to select GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 technology. The cooperative is purchasing three GE 7F 5-series gas turbines for three new power plants that will enter operation between March 2015 and March 2017, GE said.                           

Golden Spread will install the 7F 5-series gas turbines at sites to be determined in the Texas Panhandle or West Texas, to provide power for its cooperative members who operate in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric operating grids.

“Our members depend on us for reliable and efficient power, and we have selected GE’s new FlexEfficiency 60 technology to meet those needs,” said Mark Schwirtz, president and general manager of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative. “We believe that the 7F 5-series gas turbine will provide a good match for our diverse electricity requirements.”

As part of GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 Portfolio, the 7F 5-series gas turbine incorporates advanced combustion technology to deliver operating flexibility – including better turndown capability – while sustaining higher levels of efficiency compared to earlier gas turbine models, GE said. This can translate into increased revenue across a wide range of operating conditions.

“As the new order with Golden Spread Electric Cooperative demonstrates, we continue to see strong industry acceptance for our new FlexEfficiency products,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO, Thermal Products of GE Power & Water. “This technology offers an unprecedented combination of base-load efficiency and operating flexibility to address the complex needs of today’s energy grid.”