Erlangen, Germany, May 18, 2010 – Siemens Energy received an order to supply the power island for the repowering of El Centro Generating Station Unit 3 in California.
ARB, Inc., a multinational construction company, will be the EPC contractor for the facility. Operator and owner of the power plant is Imperial Irrigation District, a California-based public power provider.
Construction will begin on the project in mid-2010, with commercial operation anticipated to commence in May 2012.
The Siemens scope of supply for this repowering project will encompass the power island, including two SGT-800 gas turbines and an SST-600 steam turbine-generator installed in a combined-cycle configuration, together with two heat-recovery steam generators and a condenser.
Siemens will also provide NOx and CO2 emissions controls systems that meet best-available control technology requirements.
“Repowering of this unit will replace equipment installed more than fifty years ago with Siemens state-of-the-art power island equipment, increasing overall output by 100 MW and boosting the station’s overall capacity to 333 MW” said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Industrial Power Business Unit of Siemens Energy. “Repowering a generation unit involves replacing or substantially upgrading the equipment with advanced technology to improve its efficiency and environmental performance.”