EAST HARTFORD, Conn., August 6, 2001 – Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) has reached a milestone as its FT8 fleet of industrial engines achieves one million hours of worldwide operation.
The first FT8 gas turbine was installed in June 1991 and the fleet has grown to more than 125 units worldwide in power generation, mechanical drive and marine applications. Power Systems also supports more than 1000 FT4’s that have been in operation for 30 years.
“This is a tremendous milestone for PWPS and our customers,” said Ellen Smith, president of Pratt & Whitney power systems. “The FT8 is service-proven technology that our customers can depend on to deliver exceptional reliability and efficiency.”
The FT8 engine is packaged in two configurations, the PowerPac (27.5 MW from one FT8) and the TwinPac (55 MW from two FT8’s).
The FT8 operates on natural gas and/or liquid fuel and is available in water injected and dry low NOx models, both of which meet strict emissions requirements. The FT8 is a derivative of the JT8D, the most widely used jet engine in aviation history. One of the most fuel-efficient gas turbines of any size at 39% efficiency, the FT8 offers superior performance in the 25-60 MW range.
This year, PWPS is launching the FT8 Plus and the FT8 mobile power series. The FT8 Plus will provide a 15% power increase from the current FT8 model. The mobile units, the SwiftPac 25, a 25 MW trailer mounted unit and the SwiftPac 50, a 50 MW transportable unit, are the newest in the FT8 product line. The SwiftPac 25 will be the largest single block of rental power available today.
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems.