Siemens scores a further success with H-class gas turbines in the USA – Aug 23, 2013– Erlangen, Germany  (Techreleased) – Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of two power plant units with H-class gas turbines for the Liberty combined cycle power plant in Pennsylvania. The end customer is a subsidiary of Panda Power Funds. The overall power plant is to be erected by Gemma-Lane. The Liberty power plant will consist of two power plant units, which will be erected as single-shaft configurations, each with an H-class gas turbine as the main component. The plant will have an electrical capacity of 829 megawatts (MW) in combined-cycle duty. Thanks to the H-class technology this plant will be one of the most modern gas-fired power plants on the East Coast of the USA. It will be able to supply up to one million homes with clean power The order volume for Siemens, including a long-term maintenance and service contract, is around USD400 million. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for 2016. This order will mark the sale of 24 H-class gas turbines worldwide by Siemens.

Siemens SGT6-8000H gas turbine
Siemens SGT6-8000H gas turbine

The Liberty power plant is to be erected in the Asylum Township in Bradford county in the US state of Pennsylvania and will be the first power plant on the Marcellus gas field. The Liberty plant will be fired entirely by the shale gas reserves present in this field. Siemens will supply two power islands for the plant, each consisting of one SGT6-8000H gas turbine, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, one water-cooled SGen-2000H generator and one heat recovery steam generator, along with the overall electrical system and the SPPA-T3000 I&C system. A long-term maintenance and service contract was also concluded for the main components. The plant is made up of two power plant units, both designed as single-shaft configurations, meaning that the gas and steam turbine are arranged on one shaft for driving the same generator. Single-shaft units offer economic advantages, thanks to lower investment costs and a high degree of flexibility during operation.

“The United States is now the leading purchaser of Siemens’ H-class gas turbines – with almost half of all orders globally. This demonstrates how truly dynamic the market for gas-fired power plants is,” said Roland Fischer, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division at Siemens Energy.

“Flexible and highly efficient combined-cycle power plants help the USA with the integration of renewable energy sources and make a distinct contribution to affordable, reliable and eco-friendly power generation.”

“Siemens continues to provide us with precise solutions for our power generation projects. This power plant offers world-class performance and reliability. Due to its high efficiency, it will also be very economical to operate. These are critical features as we provide electricity for Pennsylvanians for decades to come,” affirmed Todd W. Carter, president and senior partner of Panda Power Funds.

The gas turbines and generators will be fabricated at the Siemens plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Siemens Financial Services is funding a loan of USD50 million for the Liberty power plant project.

Highly efficient combined cycle power plants are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 330 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.