This plant’s main claim to fame: It marks the commercial debut of GE’s 100-MW LMS100 gas turbine-generator. According to Basin Electric, over the unit’s first year of service it has demonstrated top-notch operating flexibility in peaking, mid-range, and baseload service, thanks to capabilities such as 10-minute cold start-ups and minimal impact on heat rate at partial loads. In addition to hosting the first LMS100, Groton Generating Station earns recognition as one of POWER’s Top Plants for the attention its design pays to reliability and resource planning.
Bahrain began privatizing its electricity and water-supply sectors three years ago, and the Al Ezzel Power Plant represents the first fruit of that strategic shift. The 950-MW plant, powered by two identical 2 x 1 combined-cycle units that burn natural gas, went commercial in May of this year. The plant now supplies about half of the national grid’s demand. The success of this fast-track project demonstrates the advantages of free markets and the wisdom of bringing in experts to build new capacity.
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Not every facility that POWER singles out as a Top Plant has a unique design. Some, like this one, may be recognized for an excellent operations record and being a good corporate citizen. At Tenaska Virginia Generating Station, a formal program to make O&M personnel aware of best industry practices—and apply them on the job—has shortened the plant’s start-up time and elevated its availability, making it much more dispatchable and profitable.
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Gas turbine manufacturers aren’t selling as many machines today as they did in the hyperactive 1990s. But they are still continuing to refine G-Class technology. It has been about eight years since the first steam-cooled SGT6-6000G from Siemens Power Generation entered service. Take a quick tour of what must now be considered a mature gas turbine technology.
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