GE Power has won a contract to provide an LM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine and long-term services for a new natural gas cogeneration plant at paper manufacturer Bio-PAPPEL’s San Juan del Rio in Mexico.

The new facility will generate electricity and heat for the factory, which primarily makes uncoated wood-free paper in large rolls and cut size paper for printing and copying as well as notebooks for customers in Mexico.
Bio-Pappel chose GE to carry out the work for the cogeneration plant, which they hope will see it maintain its leadership in Mexico’s paper industry as well as meet sustainability goals.

The LM2500+ has a base rating of 31.9 MW and incorporates an additional stage of compression for another 11 MW of simple cycle output. The gas turbine has a net efficiency of 34.7%.

DieselGasTurbine website reports that as part of the multiyear services agreement, GE will provide remote monitoring and diagnostics-based condition monitoring of the LM2500+ unit to help ensure the power plant’s increased availability by extending the intervals between maintenance periods.

“GE was able to offer a flexible technology and services solution that will enable Bio-PAPPEL to install its cogeneration plant with a specific electrical and thermal output while also giving them the ability to quickly adjust its generation capacity to meet the paper factory’s future energy demands,” said Gabriel Díaz, sales and commercial regional general manager of GE’s Power Services business in Latin America.

The unit is expected to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017.