On the heels of a series of orders for temporary power plants, GE Vernovas Gas Power business (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has secured a contract to build temporary generating capacity at SSEs Tarbert site in County Kerry, Ireland. The expected 150 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, powered by three GE Vernova LM6000PC Sprint aeroderivative gas turbines, marks GE Vernovas third temporary reserve power plant to support the energy demands and the security of supply in Ireland. With this project, GE Vernova is now expected to be providing more than 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of reserve power in Europe.
With the increasing penetration of renewable energy, operational flexibility is key, and GE Vernova aeroderivative turbines are engineered to provide reliable stable power to balance fluctuating renewable resources. For this turnkey project, GE Vernova will not only build but will also provide full operation and maintenance services for the simple cycle power plant.
I am delighted that GE Vernova continues to support the growing demand for flexible energy solutions around the world, said Joseph Anis, President and CEO, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, for GE Vernovas Gas Power business. Were proud to work with SSE to support Irelands power needs, ensuring a seamless energy supply throughout the country. With this project, only in Europe, we are expected to provide more than 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of reserve power".
GE Vernovas recent experience in turnkey reserve power generating solutions in Europe includes RWEs simple-cycle power plant in Biblis, Germany; SFOEs simple cycle power plant in Birr, Switzerland; two further projects in Ireland for power plants at Shannonbridge and North Wall, Dublin; plus deployment of units to increase the supply of electricity on the Greek island of Kos and in the Ukraine.
GEs LM6000 units that will be installed at the Tarbert Power Station are derived from jet engine technology and will be built in Veresegyhz, Hungary. With over 40 million operating hours and more than 1,300 units shipped, the LM6000 gas turbines have more operating experience than any other aeroderivative gas turbine greater than 40 MW. The LM6000 offers greater than 99 % start and operational reliability and over 98 % availability.