GE has announced that it has successfully completed the modernisation of ELPEDISON ’s Thessaloniki Power Plant in Greece. GE upgraded the power generation assets, consisting of a GE 9F.03 gas turbine and a Franco Tosi-supplied steam turbine. GE also installed digital solutions. As a result of these, the plant had its output increased by over 20 MW and its start-up costs reduced by 10 per cent. It also has increased the efficiency of the plant, decreasing both emissions and fuel consumption.
GE installed its DLN 2.6+ combustor system, its OpFlex software solution, and its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) technology on its 9F gas turbine. GE also increased the agility of the steam turbine by replacing the HP/IP rotor with a new configuration supporting an operating profile in line with the new energy needs. These enhancements will improve the lifespan of the rotor components.
Silvio Jean, Director of ELPEDISON Power Generation, said: “A number of factors drive the growth of the energy sector of Greece; primarily, the required improvement of the energy mix, the liberalisation of the electricity and natural gas markets as well as the efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce the costs of infrastructure development. By using the latest GE technology, we will significantly lower emissions, improve our heat rate by almost 2 per cent, lower our minimum load, and reduce our cost’s structure.”