HOUSTON, December 15, 2011 Wood Group GTS has secured a multi-million dollar facility operations & maintenance and long-term gas turbine maintenance contract from Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc (AECI) for the Dell Power Plant in Arkansas.

Completed in 2008, the Dell Power Plant is a 580MW natural gas-fired 2 x GE Frame 7FA combined-cycle facility, providing efficient power generation to support the six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives that receive power supplied by AECI. Wood Group GTS will be responsible for care and custody of the plant, taking full responsibility for daily operations and routine maintenance, as well as performing all major maintenance services on the gas turbines and balance of plant, including supply of new Frame 7FA hot gas path parts, repairs and field service. Wood Group GTS will install the proprietary ECOMAX" DLN automated tuning system. ECOMAX technology provides the station with increased output and will greatly enhance the ability to optimize performance of the gas turbines.

Ken Wilmot, interim director of power production, of AECI commented,  Dell Power Station is crucial to our generating portfolio and we are confident in our selection of Wood Group GTS as supplier for turnkey operations and major maintenance service. Their success is based on a solid track record of power plant operations & maintenance and ability to provide comprehensive major maintenance services that deliver value to our member-owner cooperatives. 

Our focus is on life cycle cost reduction for our customers, ensuring they achieve a greater return on their investment in technology,  said Frank Avery of Wood Group GTS.  What makes us different is our ability to deliver such improvements, while mitigating the technical and commercial risk of gas turbine operation. This award from AECI demonstrates confidence in our ability to service the operational and maintenance needs of their  F  technology gas turbines.