GE signs with Polish utility to modernize power plant

GE‘s Power Services business secured orders valued at about $43 million with PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A., the largest utility in Poland, to upgrade generator and steam turbine assets at the Turow Power Plant.

The upgrades will result in a combined 45 MW output increase, which is the equivalent of powering about 130,000 Polish households.

Under the terms of the agreement with PGE GiEK S.A., GE will upgrade three 50WT20H-100 generators and three 13CK230 steam turbines to extend equipment lifetime by at least 150,000 hours—about 20 years—and increase the availability of the turbosets to 97 percent in the first year of operation and above 98 percent in the next year. The upgrade is expected to increase power output by 45 MW and improve power plant efficiency by about 1.4 percent.

The upgrade of the generator rotors and the manufacturing of new rods will take place in GE’s generator factory in Wroclaw, Poland.

The steam turbine upgrade includes the delivery of new HP, IP and LP turbine inner modules, which will be manufactured in GE’s turbine factory in Elblag, Poland. The upgrade is scheduled to begin with the shutdown of the first unit in April 2017, and the commissioning of the last unit is scheduled for January 2020.

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