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GE Upgrading TransCanada Power Plant

Company will use advanced gas path technology to improve power

Posted on October 11, 2012

GE will upgrade TransCanada Energy Ltd.’s MacKay River 165 MW cogeneration plant with technology designed to deliver more power capacity with low emissions.

GE will supply its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) product to its natural gas-fired 7FA turbine. AGP technology enables power providers to operate more efficiently and reliably by upgrading hot gas path, bucket, nozzle and shroud components with design and material innovations, the company said.

This installation will be complemented by the controls capabilities of several GE OpFlex products, such as a Cold Day Performance app. Altogether, the improvements are expected to increase the plant’s output up to 4.5%, with the potential to increase steam and electricity production further in the future.

The upgrades are part of a GE contractual service agreement, which will provide maintenance services to the plant through 2024. The plant, located northwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, runs nearly 24 hours a day.