GE to supply RWE with 11 gas turbines for grid reliability in Germany

GE has secured an order from RWE Generation for 11 units of its LM2500XPRESS power plant technology.

The gas turbines will be used to build a gas-fired grid reserve plant in Biblis, a municipality in the Southern Hesse region of Germany.

GE’s new LM2500XPRESS power plant is built comprising 11 GE LM2500 aero derivative gas turbines, generators, fuel supply system, grid connection and auxiliary equipment.

The system is 95% factory assembled into simplified modules for fast and easy site installation.

The plug and play LM2500XPRESS technology will be installed in as little as two weeks with a minimal crew.

The compact LM2500XPRESS units for this project will be manufactured at GE Gas Power’s Manufacturing Excellence Center in Veresegyhaz, Hungary.

The technology will be installed at RWE’s new 300MW power plant set to be built just south of the company’s current nuclear power plant site in the region. The plant will not be available to the open electricity marketplace; instead, it will only be operated upon the request of system operators to help ensure grid stability with high efficiency.

The RWE plant is expected to come into operation in late 2022.

Germany is generating record amounts of renewable energy in the north, but its grid is challenged to transport all the power down to load centres in the south and it repeatedly faced critical situations, with imports arranged on short notice from surrounding countries required to stabilize the grid.

Roger Miesen, CEO of RWE Generation, said: “We are delighted that we were awarded the contract for the Biblis site. The excellent existing infrastructure there and our reliable and flexible concept for the plant have won out. We will thus be able to make an important contribution towards security of supply in Southern Hesse.

“We have a long-standing relationship with GE and we’re proud to work together to install the world’s first LM2500XPRESS.”

Aman Joshi, senior global sales director for the Aeroderivative business at GE Gas Power, adds: “The use of renewable energy sources is continuously being expanded in many countries around the world, but the grid infrastructure still requires highly efficient gas turbine technology to stabilize and support these variable technologies.

“The rapidly progressing energy transition presents system operators and energy suppliers with the increasingly difficult task of continuously ensuring the stability of the grid. GE continues to invest in new technologies, such as the LM2500XPRESS power plant, as we consider renewables and gas power complementary. The combination of five-minute fast start with cycling and load-following capabilities is ideal to help support grid stability and we’re excited to bring it to Biblis to help RWE to provide a reliable supply of energy.”

This story was originally published on Power Engineering International

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