‘enercity’, one of the largest municipal utilities in Germany, has announced its selection of gas turbine technology from GE Energy to power the expansion of the electricity and district heating supply for the city of Hannover.

GE will supply enercity with a Frame 6FA gas turbine generator and auxiliary equipment that, when completed, will more than double the plant capacity. The new equipment is expected to enter commercial service by the end of 2010 and GE will also provide turbine services over the next 20 years.

‘GE Energy demonstrated a capability to work closely with us to deliver an integrated solution for this important extension project. The facility will deliver heating and electricity to around 150,000 homes, with an expected reduction of 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year,’ said Christoph Kollenda, head of power generation at enercity.

While this marks GE Energy’s first contract with enercity, its Frame 6FA technology has been selected for other district heating projects in Germany, Eastern Europe and Asia.

The 77 MW 6FA gas turbine is the mid-sized member of GE’s F-technology gas turbine family, which has achieved more than 26 million hours of operating experience. Its output range, high exhaust energy, full packaging and robust design make this machine well suited for several decentralized applications, including district heating and industrial cogeneration, says GE.

In July of 2008, the German government enacted a new law aimed at reducing carbon emissions by doubling the amount of power from renewable energy sources and changing methods for generating electricity. The law is the first of two that are part of the government’s overall goal to reduce Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with 1990 levels.