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–><brHouston, October 27, 2009 — GE Energy’s new natural gas-fired turbine design for power plants will consume less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide than current GE turbines.
GE is introducing an upgraded Frame 7FA gas turbine to help power plant operators reduce costs and emissions.
U.S. utilities are expected to build more gas-fired plants in the next decade due to increasing gas supply and the uncertainty of costs tied to proposed carbon legislation.
A typical combined-cycle plant using two new 7FA gas turbines with a single steam turbine could save $2.1 million per year, the company said, compared to a plant with GE’s existing 7FA turbine.
The more efficient plant would also avoid emissions of 19,000 metric tons of carbon annually compared to the earlier version.
GE said it will manufacture the upgraded 7FA turbine in Greenville, South Carolina, and begin shipments in early 2012.
Some of the first new 7FA turbines will be used at the proposed 586-MW Oakley Generating Station in Oakley, California. The plant is being developed by Radback Energy and will be transferred to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after reaching commercial operation.