Advanced Power Selects GE's Industry Leading HA Gas Turbine Technology for South Field Energy in Wellsville, Ohio

Power project developer Advanced Power and GE Power announced today that South Field Energy, a 1,182 MW natural gas power plant to be built in Columbiana County, Ohio, will be powered by two of GE’s industry leading 7HA.02 gas turbines. GE’s HA gas turbines, the company’s most powerful, efficient, and flexible offering for the 50 and 60 hertz segments, will help South Field Energy produce the equivalent electricity needed to power approximately one million homes once the plant is complete in 2021.

South Field Energy also will utilize GE steam turbine and heat recovery technologies, and has selected GE to provide services on the equipment through a contractual service agreement (CSA). Construction and operations of the facility will be managed by an affiliate of Advanced Power, South Field Asset Management Services, LLC.

Advanced Power’s CEO, Thomas Spang, said “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with GE, a leader in the energy industry.  We will work together to construct a state-of-the-art low-carbon electric generating facility that is designed to be among the cleanest electricity producers of its kind.”

South Field Energy is Advanced Power’s third major power project in the United States and—working with engineering, procurement, and construction partner Bechtel —will create 1,000 construction jobs during its peak period. Construction of the power plant is slated to begin in Q3 2018 and is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2021.

“We are honored to work with Advanced Power on the South Field Energy Project to provide more efficient, flexible, and reliable power to the eastern United States,” said Dave Ross, President of Sales, North America for GE Power. “The HA continues to be the fastest growing fleet of advanced technology turbines in the world with 82 units on order globally, 30 of them in US market alone. More than 30 of the 82 units are expected to be in commercial operation by the end of December.”

GE’s HA fleet of gas turbines – with orders from 25 customers across more than 15 countries – has achieved more than 175,000 operating hours.  GE’s HA technology also helped deliver two world records - one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency at Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya Power Plant Block-1 in Japan, and another for helping EDF’s Bouchain Power Plant achieve 62.22 percent net combined cycle efficiency in France.

GE’s HA gas turbine technology has been recognized by industry third parties including in the United States, where customer Exelon’s HA-powered Wolf Hollow II project was honored as Power Engineering’s Best Gas-Fired Project in 2017.

Source: General Electric (GE)
Date: Sep 12, 2018