M501J turbine’s technological advancements continue to reshape the power sector’s expectations for efficiency and reliability
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MHPSA) has been awarded a contract by Omaha, NE based Tenaska to provide two M501J gas turbines, each rated at 327 megawatts (MW), and generators for the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, located in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The 2-on-1, 925 MW power plant project award also includes a Long-Term Service Agreement.
A Tenaska affiliate, Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, LLC, will build, own, and operate the facility which in combined cycle mode will be able to produce 925 MW of electricity, enough to serve about 925,000 homes. Of the approximately 7,000 MW of power generation Tenaska and its affiliates manage, the Westmoreland plant will be the most efficient and help set a new cost of electricity (COE) standard for the PJM region.
Turning to efficient, reliable “J” technology
“We are pleased to be working with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas for the power generation technology and long-term service of the Tenaska Westmoreland facility,” said Nick Borman, Tenaska senior vice president of engineering and construction. “The industry-leading efficiency and reliability and five year commercial operating track record of the J-series, combined with Tenaska’s expertise in power generation facilities, will help ensure Tenaska Westmoreland is a safe, efficient and reliable power plant.”
“The J-series turbine provides a unique combination of proven operating experience and world class output, efficiency, and reliability. In commercial operation since 2011, our best-in-class turbine provides a combined cycle efficiency approaching 62% and proven reliability in excess of 99%,” said Paul Browning, president & CEO of MHPSA. “Being chosen by Tenaska, an organization with a 30 year history of successfully developing power projects, clearly demonstrates that experienced project developers have embraced our technology. No other gas turbine in this 300 MW+ size range has even a single hour of commercial operating experience,” added Browning.
A total of 43 J-Series gas turbines have been ordered. Nineteen of these units are in commercial operation and collectively have achieved over 220,000 actual operating hours. Ten of the 43 J-Series units on order will be installed in North America. MHPSA’s first U.S. manufactured M501J was delivered last month from the company’s ultramodern manufacturing facility in Savannah, Georgia to Grand River Dam Authority for installation at their Energy Center in Chouteau, OK.
About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MHPSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. Headquartered in Lake Mary, FL, MHPSA employs over 2,000 in the Americas and has the world’s most modern heavy duty gas turbine and steam turbine factory, located in Savannah, GA. MHPSA utilizes three OEM and non-OEM parts and repair centers to provide service parts and repairs to a rapidly expanding installed base throughout the Americas. Products and services for the electric power generation industry include the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbines, steam turbines, and geothermal turbines, boiler, and environmental control systems. Learn more at: www.mhpsa.com
David Rosenberg, 407-562-0563, David.Rosenberg@mhpowersystems.com
Dave Brozek, 908-605-2760, David.Brozek@mhpowersystems.com