ATLANTA, GEORGIA- March 2, 2007-GE Energy and Toshiba have extended their gas turbine services joint venture to include GE's most advanced gas turbine combined-cycle technology, the H System(TM).
Toshiba-GE Turbine Services Co., Ltd. (TGTS) was formed in 1996 to serve customers in Japan who were operating GE-designed, 50- and 60-hertz E and F class gas turbines. When the two companies recently renewed the joint venture for another 10 years, they amended the technology transfer agreement to include GE's H machines.
Located in Yokohama, Japan, the TGTS facility is one of 20 service centers around the world providing support for owners and operators of GE-designed gas turbines.
"The original purpose of the TGTS joint venture was to provide our Japanese customers with faster turn-around times and higher quality for gas turbine components and services. Using our latest repair technologies, those objectives have been achieved," said John Reinker, general manager of the heavy-duty gas turbine and combined cycle product line for GE Energy. "By adding H technology capabilities, we are further expanding the scope of services we can provide to our customers."
Three of GE's 50-hertz, 9H systems will be installed in Japan, at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Futtsu Thermal Power Station Group 4. The first unit for Futtsu was shipped in June of 2006.
The world's first 9H system is operating at the Baglan Bay Power Station in Port Talbot, South Wales, while the first two 60-hertz 7H gas turbines are being installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center in Southern California.
GE's H System is the world's first combined-cycle technology designed with the capability to reach 60 percent thermal efficiency. It is a key component of ecomagination, a corporate-wide initiative to develop and market technologies that will help customers address pressing environmental challenges. The high efficiency of the H System means less fuel is used, resulting in fewer emissions for each megawatt of electricity produced.
GE and Toshiba signed an agreement in 1998 covering future shipments of the H System. Under that agreement, GE has H System integration and performance responsibility and will design and manufacture the H gas turbines and supply the integrated systems controls for the power train. Toshiba will manufacture the GE-designed compressors, along with Toshiba-designed generators and steam turbines.
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GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies, with 2006 revenue of $19 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels. Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE's corporate-wide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.
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