Sakhalin Energy Company (SEIC), an oil and gas energy source for the Asia-Pacific region, has selected three GE LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines, each with an output of 46 Mw, for a power plant expansion. These new turbines will help avoid energy shortages and meet the growth demands of the city of Yuzno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island in eastern Russia.
The gas turbines, which are scheduled for delivery in March 2012, will support the new Sakhalin-owned Block 4 of the TEC-1 power station expected to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2013.
In addition to addressing the region’s power shortage, the project also supports the Russian government’s initiative to modernize the country’s energy infrastructure.
Alexander Podolyanko, general director of the Sakhalin Energy Company, said: "Having a reliable supply of power is critical to the future economic growth of this region and to the quality of life of its citizens."
GE said that its LM6000-PF Sprint aeroderivative gas turbine features better fuel consumption and flexibility and enables lower emissions and water usage compared to other units in its class.
Cristiano Tortelli, president of GE Energy for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS, said: "The proven reliability and overall performance of our LM6000 technology were keys to our selection by Sakhalin Energy Company for this power plant expansion, which is expected to play a significant role in the continuing growth of the region.
"The project builds upon our commitment to serve as a strategic partner and a reliable technology supplier for our customers across Russia as they work to modernize and expand the nation’s energy infrastructure."