Austin, Texas, March 12, 2012 — GE power generation technology has been selected for a project near Marble Falls, Texas, that will replace an aging, less efficient power plant with a flexible, higher efficiency combined-cycle power plant that offers reduced fuel use, emissions and water consumption for the power it generates.
When the plant begins commercial operation, expected in the summer of 2014, it will be the first combined-cycle plant in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region that meets the latest Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations.
GE will supply two Frame 7FA Gas Turbine-Generators in a two-on-one combined-cycle plant, along with installation and commissioning and technical assistance, to Fluor Corp., the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Ferguson Replacement Project.
GE will manufacture the turbines in Greenville, S.C., the generators in Schenectady, N.Y., and develop the control system in Salem, Va. GE's manufacturing work at the three sites will involve more than 8,000 employees.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, a public utility, will own and operate the new 540 MW facility, which is replacing the 420 MW, 37-year-old Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant at the site.
Responding to the diverse challenges of today's world — such as integrating ever-growing levels of intermittent renewable energy into the grid — energy developers are looking to build gas-fired power plants that combine high levels of operating flexibility with fuel efficiency.
The GE Frame 7FA Gas Turbine offers expanded operational flexibility with fast start capability, high ramping rates and extended emissions-compliant turndown, enabling power plant operators to satisfy both their energy production and environmental goals.