Operating hours for M501Gs accumulating rapidly

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems told CCJ ONsite August 13 that the first three gas turbines manufactured at its Savannah Machinery Works (SMW), M501GAC (air cooled) units, have surpassed 15,000 cumulative actual operating hours in their first eight months of commercial operation. The engines power the 1329-MW 3 × 1 Warren County Power Station, near Front Royal, Va, the state’s largest generating facility.

The Dominion Virginia Power plant is the first combined cycle to have MHPS gas turbines of this type manufactured in America reach commercial operation. To date, SMW has shipped 10 gas turbines and five steam turbines for service in North America. Dominion’s Brunswick County Power Station, under construction, also is a 3 × 1 M501GAC-powered combined cycle; first operation is planned for summer 2016.

Another M501GAC, the 10th unit made at SMW, recently shipped to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative for service at the Wildcat Point Generation Facility in Cecil County, Md. That plant is scheduled for startup in 2017.

The global M501G fleet (all models) is rapidly approaching 3-million operating hours.

SMW started operation in 2010 and shipped its first gas turbine in October 2012 to Warren County.

According to MHPS, the company now leads all other OEMs in the development and operation of 60-Hz advanced-technology gas turbines rated above 250 MW, with 104 units in operation or under contract.

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