GE supplying gas turbines, power plant services for 10 projects in three European countries

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 29, 2001 à‚– GE Power Systems announced today at Power-Gen Europe 2001 that it has received contracts to provide power generation equipment and services for 10 power projects in three European countries.

Located in France, Spain and Turkey, the projects represent over 400 megawatts of electricity for new power, cogeneration and district heating applications.

Aeroderivatives for France and Turkey

The company secured contracts for seven projects in France and Turkey, including the supply of three 42-megawatt LM6000 PD gas turbine generator sets to Jacobs Serete, a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

One of the three dry low emission (DLE) units will be used by Elyo, a large utilities infrastructure provider and part of the Group Lyonnaise de Eux, for a heating project in the St. Denis district of Paris, France. The other two units will be used by Dalkia, a large utilities infrastructure provider and part of the Vivendi Group, for district heating projects in the city of Lille, France, and in the city of Les Ulis, France, south of Paris.

GE also will provide one 42-megawatt LM6000 PD gas turbine generator set to Cogeneration Chalampe, a joint venture between Rhodia, a specialty chemical manufacturer, and Gaz de France. The unit will be used in the Chalampe facility, located near Mulhouse, France. An adjacent chemical processing plant will use steam produced. Equipment will be shipped in summer 2001, with commercial operation scheduled to begin in late 2001.

GE will supply Alarko-Altek, a division of Alarko Holding, with two 30-megawatt LM2500+PK gas turbine-generators for its Kirklarelli combined-cycle plant located near the Bulgarian border in Turkey. Electricity produced will be sold to the Turkish Transmission and Distribution Company (TEAS). Shipment of equipment is scheduled for early 2002, with commercial operation anticipated in the last quarter of 2002. GE Capital is arranging financing for this project through import-export banks in the United States and Norway.

GE will provide Turk Sondel Enerji S.A., an Italian-based company, with a 30-megawatt LM2500+PV gas turbine generator for Pirelli Enerji’s cogeneration project in Izmit, Turkey. Electricity and steam produced will be used at the Pirelli Tire factory, with excess electricity sold to area industrialists or TEAS. Shipping of equipment is scheduled for December 2001, with commercial operation to begin in the first quarter of 2002.

Zorlu Enerji, a division of Zorlu Holding, will receive one 42-megawatt LM6000PC gas turbine generator set for the extension of a combined-cycle power plant in Bursa, Turkey. Various Zorlu manufacturing facilities will utilize the bulk of electricity produced with any excess electricity to be sold to various area industries or TEAS. Shipment of equipment is scheduled for February 2002 with commercial operation anticipated in the second quarter of 2002. GE Capital is arranging financing for this project through import-export banks in the United States and Hungary.

Frame 6B Projects

Under a turnkey contract valued at approximately US $16 million, GE Power Systems will supply a MS6001B gas turbine, auxiliary equipment and services for a new, 42-megawatt plant in La Reunion, France, owned by Cogetherm of Paris. The gas turbine will be manufactured in GE’s Essen, Germany facility and shipped to the customer site by summer 2001. Commercial operation of the new facility is scheduled to begin in early 2002.

The company also secured a contract of US $22 million to supply two MS6001B gas turbine-generators and auxiliary equipment for a new, 100-megawatt cogeneration plant in Cartagena, Spain. The natural gas-fired plant, owned by Energyworks Cartagena, S.L., will supply local utilities with 60 megawatts of electricity, while 40 megawatts of power and 360 tons per hour of steam will be supplied to a GE Plastics plant. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin in February 2002. A total of 39 GE technology gas turbines currently are installed or on order for projects in Spain, representing more than 1,300 megawatts of power.

Services Agreement

Elyo of France signed a contractual services agreement (CSA) to cover scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on GE LM6000 gas turbine-generator sets. The agreement is valued in excess of US $65 million and brings GE’s total commitments for CSAs to over US $19 billion. The six-year agreement covers four GE LM6000 gas turbine-generator sets at four Elyo sites, with options for four additional units.

About GE Power Systems

GE Power Systems ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generator technology, energy services and management systems with 2000 revenue of $15 billion. The business has the largest installed base of power generation equipment in the global energy industry. GE Power Systems provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.

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