Record year for Alstom's gas power plants
2010 sees 12 gas plants enter commercial operation across the world
Looking back at a record year for the company, Alstom has announced that 2010 saw 12 of its gas power plants enter commercial operation, with an approximate total output of 10GW.
Eight combined cycle power plants based on Alstom’s GT26 technology entered commercial operation in Europe last year, including Maxima in the Netherlands, Aghada in Ireland, Langage and Staythorpe in the UK and Scandale in Italy.
Its European plants alone have cumulatively added more than 6GW to the European electricity grid – enough to power around 13 million homes.
Closer to home, the 370MW Ultran and the 2,000MW Fujairah power plants bother entered operation in India and the Middle East respectively, making them the first KA26 plants in their countries.
The KA26 technology allows a plant to be parked at a low CCPP load of around 20 per cent, offering the potential to avoid shutting down the plant at night and having to restart it in the morning, providing a steady spinning reserve.