Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, November 23, 2011 — GE is supplying a 109FA combined-cycle system and long-term services for an expansion of the Nizhnevartovsk State Regional Power Plant that will help to meet growing electricity demands while also demonstrating how flare gas can be effectively used to generate affordable electricity in Russia.
The facility will operate on natural gas generated by a gas processing plant using associated petroleum gas that otherwise would be wasted by burning or flaring. By using waste gas, the project supports the Russian government's initiative to use 95 percent of the country's flare gas by 2012. A study issued by GE earlier this year estimated that flaring wastes 5 percent of the world's natural gas each year.
The GE equipment, including a Frame 9FA Gas Turbine, a 109D-12 Steam Turbine and associated generators, has been shipped to the project site and installation has started. Commercial operation is planned by December of 2012.
The Nizhnevartovsk plant is one of the largest suppliers of electrical power in Russia's Urals Federal District and serves the steadily growing city of Nizhnevartovsk. The expansion will add 400 megawatts of output for the site. In addition to supplying the 109FA combined-cycle technology, GE will provide maintenance and support services for 12 years under an agreement designed to maintain the plant's high reliability and overall performance.