GE Plans to Invest in Aero-derivative Gas Turbines Business

GE will invest up to $5 million in its existing Global Technology Center in Greenville, South Carolina, over the next two years to establish a second manufacturing hub for its aero-derivative TM 2500 and LM2500XPRESS gas turbines. The new center is expected to create up to 25 highly skilled jobs while also providing faster support in the Americas region, reducing order time in the region.

The Global Technology Center in Greenville, South Carolina, will significantly increase GE’s manufacturing capability to support not only deliveries in the American region, but also global aero-derivative growth. The global aero-derivative turbine segment is expected to exceed $2.5 billion by 2025, demonstrating that the agile aero-derivative turbine technology is valued for its compact size, lighter weight, quick start capability, and operational flexibility.

aero-derivative turbines, with their quick start times, are an important component for renewables balancing in grid systems. aero-derivative s can start and stop on a daily basis, increasing their suitability for renewable energy generation and grid balancing. In addition, GE announced two global orders for its aero-derivative technology.

West Texas Gas’ operations will be powered by two GE LM2500XPRESS engines

West Texas Gas (WTG) ordered two GE LM2500XPRESS units in March 2022, totaling approximately 60 megawatts (MW). WTG’s core businesses include natural gas distribution, natural gas transmission, gas gathering/processing, and natural gas liquids transmission.

The two LM2500XPRESS power packages each include a GE LM2500 aero-derivative gas turbine modular package as well as an emissions control system. With the ability to start in 5 minutes or less from cold iron, these units derived from the aviation industry can perform daily starts and stops and will aid in the processing of gas at WTG’s North Permian Midstream plant. The first unit arrived at the site this summer, and commercial operations are expected to begin in October, while the second unit is expected to be in commercial operation by year’s end.

TM2500 power plant will assist Greek island of Kos in avoiding blackouts

GE also announced today that it has received a new order for a GE TM2500 aero-derivative gas turbine from the Greek construction company TERNA SA to support summer peak power needs and help the Greek island of Kos avoid blackouts this summer.

“PPC, Greece’s leading electricity producer and supplier, required fast power to support peak power demand during the summer months in the Kos power plant, which supplies electricity to the island as well as the surrounding islands of Kalymnos, Nisyros, Tilos, Leros, Pserimos, Telendos, and Lipsi via underwater cables,” said Yannis Nousis, Manager of Energy Projects at TERNA SA. “GE was able to assist the Kos emergency situation by making their TM2500 aero-derivative mobile gas turbine technology and BOP equipment for fast power projects immediately available for shipment.” GE’s power plant on wheels began operations on July 18th, less than 100 days after the order was signed with GE.

The GE TM2500 can reach full power in less than 10 minutes and has an efficiency of 37% at 60 Hz and 35% at 50 Hz. It is multi-fuel capable, running on either natural gas or liquid distillate fuels. Due to a lack of natural gas on Kos, the 33.6 MW unit will be fueled by light distillate delivered by tanker every 2-4 weeks and stored in large tanks. It will then be purified by a liquid fuel module supplied by GE and stored in smaller tanks for use in the TM2500 gas turbine generator.

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