Pratt & Whitney Provides Turbines for Peaking Plants
Pratt & Whitney Power Systems has received an order for 11 of its FT8 Swiftpac units from the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation for installation at two sites in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The 11 units will be used as peaking plants, providing a combined output of 620 MW of reserve energy during periods of high electricity demand. Each Swiftpac will be equipped with two Pratt & Whitney FT8-3 engines. The FT8-3 provides 15% more power and lower operating costs than the current FT8-1 through the use of improved material and coating technologies, according to the company. In addition to providing the gas turbine generator sets, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems will oversee engineering, procurement and construction responsibilities for both plants. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in for 2007.