German utilities pick GE consortium to deliver power plant equipment

An association of four German utilities has selected GE's advanced 109FB combined-cycle technology

Bremen, Germany, March 31, 2011 — An association of four German utilities has selected GE's advanced 109FB combined-cycle technology to help meet the flexible operating and efficiency requirements of the new Mittelsbüren power plant located near Bremen, Germany.

Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Bremen GmbH & Co. KG, which includes German utilities swb, Deutsche Bahn Energie, TOBI and Mainova, was recently formed to build and operate the Mittelsbüren plant.

GE and its consortium partner, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., have signed equipment and service contracts totaling more than $426.2 million for the project, which is designed to help Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Bremen respond to the challenges of the German electricity grid, as more wind power enters the country's energy mix.

Since wind is an intermittent energy supply, it presents new challenges for power producers today. When power generation fluctuates, it is necessary to have equipment to accommodate the intermittent changes.

The new power plant is expected to supply more than 440 MW of electricity for the North German region when it enters service in 2013, including 165 MW to meet the power requirements of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway operator.

The project includes the supply of a 9FB gas turbine, 109A-17 steam turbine, 450H generator, heat recovery steam generator, Mark VIe distributed control system, customer training and plant commissioning.

GE's consortium partner, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A., will be responsible for balance-of-plant, civil works and erection.

In addition, GE has signed a contractual service agreement with the customer. This agreement will help ensure performance guarantees, predictable maintenance costs and access to GE's latest technology and global experience.

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