Mexico City, August 30, 2011 — GE will supply two Frame 7FA Gas Turbines and long-term services for the Norte II Combined-Cycle Power Plant, an independent power project located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, that will increase the region's supply of reliable, lower-emissions energy.
A consortium formed by South Korean companies Samsung Construction & Trading Corp., Korea Electric Power Corp. and Techint Engineering and Construction in Mexico will operate the Norte II power plant, while the EPC contractors are Samsung Engineering and Techint Engineering and Construction.
Scheduled to enter commercial operation in May 2013, Norte II will supply 433 MW of power to Comision Federal de la Electricidad, the state-owned utility, for use in the northern part of Mexico.
7FA Gas Turbines have compiled 25 million fired hours worldwide. The 7FA technology continues to evolve and today, this gas turbine offers greater than 57 percent thermal efficiency in combined-cycle operation.
In a combined-cycle power plant, exhaust heat from a gas turbine is used to generate steam to drive a steam turbine-generator and create additional plant output without an increase in fuel, leading to a reduction in emissions.
In addition to supplying gas turbines, GE will provide plant services under a long term contractual service agreement. CSAs cover the supply of parts, repairs and field services for planned and unplanned outages for gas turbine-generators and accessory equipment, along with performance guarantees.
These agreements are structured to provide customers with predictable maintenance costs, while ensuring a steady revenue flow from power plant operations. To date, GE has long-term service agreements including CSAs in place at more than 700 sites worldwide.