GE is to modernize one of three turbine-gensets at a Polish district heating plant, the company announced this week.
The 275 MW Veolia Energia Poznaà…â€ž ZEC SA district heating plant in the city of Poznaà…â€ž features one 65 MW genset and two 105 MW gensets. GE aims to increase the output of unit 3 by up to 6 MW, as well as improving the efficiency of the steam turbine by up to 6%. à‚
In addition, to improve the turbine’s operational flexibility, during periods of no power demand the operator will be able to disconnect the low-pressure (LP) part of the steam turbine while it is in full district heating mode, allowing the operator to use thermal power for the preheating of district-heating water only, GE said.
Work is expected to start in May 2017, and commissioning of the upgraded equipment is expected in August 2017.
GE can now service non-GE supplied steam turbine equipment after its acquisition of Alstom Power’s thermal services business in November 2015. The turbines at the Poznaà…â€ž plant were made by Poland‘s Zamech, which was previously acquired by Alstom. à‚