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GE has announced it will supply two advanced technology aeroderivative gas turbines that will help to power the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The latest in a series of gas turbine orders received by GE in recent months, the project underscores a strong global demand for flexible, cost-effective and efficient electricity generation.
GE will supply two LMS100 PB aeroderivative units, featuring GE’s latest emissions technology, to provide both base load and peak load power for the Olympics. A key benefit of the new technology: the units can start up in less than 10 minutes, about the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee.
This latest announcement showcases GE’s leadership position in the global heavy-duty and aeroderivative gas turbine industry. GE currently has nearly 10,000 gas turbines in operation, and they recently surpassed a combined 300 million hours of global operation. GE’s ability to rapidly deploy turbines in response to customer needs in key areas including China, Russia, Japan, Brazil, India and Africa is fueling demand.
Gas turbine plants can produce power ranging from 16-480 megawatts and run on a portfolio of flexible fuels, including natural gas, flare gas, mine gas and even landfill gas. GE is bringing this flexible, efficient technology to a range of clients, from hospitals to the Olympics, resulting in higher thermal efficiency and lower emissions compared to earlier technologies.
“As more gas discoveries are announced, and gas prices remain favorable, customers in many key areas of the world, such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Japan, are turning to gas-fired power plants to address their immediate and longer-term needs for cleaner, reliable power generation,” said Steve Bolze, CEO of GE Power & Water. “With a legacy of more than half a century of gas turbine experience and technology development, GE remains committed to supplying high-technology solutions for our customers.”