Fortescue Metals Group has opted for LM6000-PF aeroderivative gas turbine technology from GE for its Solomon 1 plant, and is part of Fortescue’s US$8.4 billion, three-year expansion in Western Australia’s iron-rich Pilbara region announced last year.

GE will supply two LM6000-PF dual fuel gas turbine packages, associated balance of plant and services for Fortescue’s new 120 MW power plant.

The LM6000-PF technology is the next generation of GE’s dry low emissions technology and the company claims it can deliver more than 40 MW at more than 40% efficiency at 25 °C while maintaining 25 ppm nitrous oxide levels. It is also able to achieve full generating capacity within 10 minutes.

The gas turbine packages will be shipped from Houston, Texas, US, in December 2011 and installed the following March. The plant is scheduled to enter commercial operation in the third quarter of 2012.

The units will run on diesel fuel initially and then switch to gas when the gas pipeline is available.

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