The GE FlexEfficiency* 60 Natural Gas Turbine Hits the Road0

ecomagination staff | Tue Oct 2 2012

Last week in San Francisco, GE unveiled the newest development in power plant technologies: the FlexEfficiency 60 Combined Cycle Power Plant. Now, GE’s FlexEfficiency Truck Tour is taking the technology, which is helping to incorporate more renewables in the grid, on the road to demonstrate how the FlexEfficiency 60 Portfolio is paving the way to an energy efficient future.

The truck is traveling from coast to coast, stopping in cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to visit customers, industry trade shows and GE facilities. The 18-wheeler features twin slide-out pods packed with 3D models, videos, interactive tutorials and spaces to meet with GE experts. Check out the schedule to see when the FlexEfficiency tour is coming to a city near you.

GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 portfolio delivers record-setting efficiency and flexibility, making it the ideal complement to renewable energy in the grid. Across the United States, the cutting edge technology is helping to replace coal-fired power plants with cleaner burning natural gas. Designed to operate in 60 hertz countries including the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Japan, the technology also promises to help diversify energy sources overseas.

Moving to an Energy Efficient Future

While the truck tours North America, eight 7F 5-series gas turbine-generators, part of GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 portfolio, will soon be on their way to Saudi Arabia to become part of the expansion of Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) Riyadh Power Plant 12 (PP12). The project will add nearly 2,000 megawatts of power to support SEC in meeting its future electricity demands when it enters commercial operation in 2015.

PP12 will be the first application of GE’s 7F-5 series gas turbine technology in the region and is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33 gigawatts of power generation capacity by 2020.

“GE is a trusted technology partner that has supported almost 40 of our projects over the last four decades,” said Eng. Ali Saleh Al Barrak, president & CEO of SEC. “For this important initiative, which will enable us to provide the additional electricity that will be needed to support Saudi Arabia’s ongoing economic growth, we have selected GE’s proven F-class technology. We are confident that GE’s technology will provide the high performance levels needed to make PP12 a successful project.”

The 7F 5-series gas turbines, first introduced in 2009, offer significant fuel savings, lower emissions, and record-setting efficiency and flexibility. The turbines at PP12 come equipped with GE’s latest dry low NOx combustion technology, helping to further reduce emissions, extend maintenance intervals and enable the plant to operate more flexibly.

Today, 500 GE gas turbines throughout 40 Saudi Electricity Company power plants supply the Kingdom with over half its electricity.

* Trademark of the General Electric Company

Top image: The GE FlexEfficiency Tour Truck