GE Signs $80M Agreement with Emera Energy; Pact Includes Upgrades to Tiverton Power Plant

  • GE to Install Power FlexEfficiency* Solutions, Including 7F.04 Compressor, Dry Low NOx 2.6+ Combustor and Advanced Gas Path Technology
  • Tiverton Project Marks First North American Combined-Cycle Plant to Combine Three Upgrade Offerings from GE
  • 22 Megawatts of Additional Capacity Will Further Enhance the Profitability of Emera Energy’s Tiverton Facility
  • Emera Energy’s Investment Underscores U.S. Drive to Improve Fuel Efficiency of Existing Power Plants

TIVERTON, R.I.—July 15, 2015—Nova Scotia, Canada-based energy company Emera Energy has selected GE (NYSE: GE) to upgrade its Tiverton Power station in Rhode Island in an effort to increase the efficiency, capacity and long-term availability of the power plant and reduce its operating costs and environmental impacts. The 265-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant provides electricity to Rhode Island and the surrounding area through ISO New England (ISO-NE).

 

“The upgrades by GE will include best-in-class technology and will improve Tiverton Power’s efficiency and output. They also will increase its availability by extending the maintenance intervals,” said Dave Pickles, Emera Energy’s vice president of operations. “GE supplied the plant’s original generation equipment and we feel their technology, expertise and project-management experience will help us make Tiverton Power one of the most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting power plants in the U.S.”

 

This investment marks the first combined-cycle project in North America to incorporate three GE Power FlexEfficiency* upgrade offerings, including a new .04 compressor, a Dry Low NOx 2.6+ combustor and GE’s Advanced Gas Path technology solution.

 

“With natural gas expected to play an increasingly important role in the United States’ energy supply mix, utilities are looking for ways to improve the efficiency and performance of their existing natural gas power plant fleets,” said Paul McElhinney, president and CEO for GE’s Power Generation Services business. “By investing in GE’s Power FlexEfficiency suite of solutions, Emera Energy’s project demonstrates how power plant operators can make their facilities more profitable while reducing their fuel costs and emissions.”

 

The upgrades of the plant’s 7F.03 gas turbines would help Tiverton Power save an estimated $1 million in fuel costs annually and boost the plant’s combined-cycle output by 22 MW. Emera Energy’s Pickles noted that by producing more megawatts more efficiently, this also will help improve Emera Energy’s competitive position against other power plants in the ISO-NE dispatch stack.

 

Moreover, the gas turbine’s heat rate (fuel efficiency) is expected to improve up to 3.4 percent at ISO conditions while its output is expected to increase up to 10.4 percent. The three Power FlexEfficiency upgrades will be implemented during a planned maintenance outage scheduled for April 2016, with commercial operation set to begin the following month. GE’s gas turbine equipment is expected to be supplied by the company’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Tiverton Power began commercial operation in 2000. In 2013, Emera Energy acquired Tiverton Power along with the 520-MW Bridgeport Energy power plant in Connecticut and the 265-MW Rumford Power facility in Maine. The company’s goal is to enhance the three power plants to increase their competitiveness as other power plants in the region are retired and more intermittent renewable energy supplies are added to the grid.

 

About Emera (Parent Company of Emera Energy)

 

Emera Inc. is geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with $10.19 billion in assets and 2014 revenues of $2.97 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera's strategy is focused on the transformation of the electricity industry to cleaner generation and the delivery of that clean energy to market. Emera has investments throughout northeastern North America and in four Caribbean countries. Emera continues to target having 75-85 percent of its adjusted earnings come from rate-regulated businesses. Emera common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbols EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, and EMA.PR.F. Additional Information can be accessed at www.emera.com or at www.sedar.com.

 

About GE

 

GE (NYSE: GE) imagines things others don’t, builds things others can’t and delivers outcomes that make the world work better. GE brings together the physical and digital worlds in ways no other company can. In its labs and factories and on the ground with customers, GE is inventing the next industrial era to move, power, build and cure the world. www.ge.com

 

About GE Power & Water

 

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

 

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