MHPS Signs Multi-year Service Contract For Mexican Power Plants

By Jack Burke14 February 2019

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) signed a multi-year service contract agreement with Falcon Group for the company’s Altamira II and Rio Bravo II/III/IV energy facilities in Mexico.

As part of the agreement, MHPS will provide F4 technology and service upgrades designed to increase overall reliability and availability at each of the four Falcon Group energy sites, improve the asset’s service life and extend inspection intervals to 32 000 hours.

The Altamira plant produces 495 MW and the Rio Bravo plants combine for 1490 MW. The Altamira plant incorporates Mitsubishi Heavy Industry gas and steam turbines and the Rio Bravo plants use Siemens gas turbines and Alstom steam turbines.

MHPS will provide MHPS-TOMONI digital solutions to maximize the plant’s output in alignment with Falcon Groups energy production efforts, and supplement further opportunities in the open energy market. The installation of the upgrades will commence in 2019 with completion by 2021.

The selection of MHPS service and parts solutions for the W501F – specifically the F4 upgrade – was influenced by the team’s experience with the advanced class gas turbines proven technology from the M501J and G frames, which operate at much higher firing temperatures than the 501F units, MHPS said.  Fleet wide, the F4 upgrade has achieved more than one million successful operating hours and 11 000 starts, the company said.

The MHPS F4 upgrade features several of the company’s advanced technologies, such as advanced fan-shaped film cooling, enhanced cooling hole arrangement, advanced and thickened TBC, wall thickness optimization, optimized cooling pattern and usage of MHPS high strength alloy.

“Falcon’s leadership and operational experience has been key in the success of this partnership,” said Marco Sanchez, vice president of Service Sales at MHPS. “Both teams are committed to maximizing the availability of the equipment and optimizing the performance of the Total Plant.”

Ramon Sanchez, vice president of Technology at Falcon Group said MHPS has demonstrated it is a very reliable partner and a leader in developing state of the art 501F turbine improvements.

“We continue to strengthen our relationship with MHPS by extending contracts for LTSA’s at Rio Bravo and Altamira which include innovative solutions that will improve our business operation,” he said.

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