Duke Energy, Siemens pair up on gas turbine technologies
Proposed Lincoln County Combustion Turbine site expansion provides cost savings for Duke Energy customers
Lower customer costs, regional economic growth, increased efficiency and flexibility are potential benefits of a recent agreement between Duke Energy and Siemens.
Duke Energy submitted plans to the North Carolina Utilities Commission for expansion of its Lincoln County Combustion Turbine generation site. The proposal includes Siemens as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, including supply of the advanced gas turbine unit.
About 400 MW of peaking energy will be needed to meet Duke Energy customers' needs in the Carolinas by 2024. Approval for early construction provides Siemens with an opportunity to build and test its newest gas turbine technologies in time to meet that need.
Following construction, testing and validation, the new unit will be turned over to Duke Energy for operation. The proposed unit would be the most efficient combustion turbine in the Duke Energy fleet and around 25 percent more efficient than the existing Lincoln County turbines.
Siemens manufactures and services gas turbines, steam turbines and generators at its Charlotte Energy Hub.
Pending regulatory approval, construction could begin as early as mid-2018, with gas turbine testing beginning in 2020 on Duke Energy's 746-acre site near Denver, North Carolina. The site currently houses 16 gas-fueled, simple-cycle combustion turbines capable of generating 1,200 MW during short periods when customers' needs are highest.
The Lincoln County site, completed in 1995, includes existing infrastructure such as access to natural gas and transmission connections, making it suitable for expansion.