GE supplies turbines for Texas gas-fired power plant‎

General Electric (NYSE: GE) on March 12 said it will supply its advanced power generation technology for the 540-MW combined-cycle Ferguson Replacement Project near Marble Falls, Texas.

The company did not disclose any financial details.

GE will supply two Frame 7FA Gas Turbine-Generators in a two-on-one combined-cycle plant, along with installation and commissioning and technical assistance, to Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR), which is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

The power plant is expected to begin commercial operation in the summer of 2014. It will be the first combined-cycle plant in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region that meets the latest U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greenhouse Gas regulations.

The Lower Colorado River Authority will own and operate the new 540-MW facility, which is replacing the 420-MW, 37-year-old Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant at the site.

“This new, advanced technology combined-cycle power plant will use significantly less fuel than the gas-fired plant it is replacing,” stated Michael McCluskey, manager of LCRA Generation Resource Development. “The plant will provide a more efficient, cleaner source of electricity for the community, and the project construction will make a significant contribution to the area’s economy.”

“Our advanced 7FA Gas Turbine technology is more efficient, has fewer emissions and offers greater operating flexibility than previous technologies,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO—thermal products for GE Energy. “It is an excellent match for LCRA’s requirements for a project that will bring numerous energy, environmental and economic benefits to the region.”

“With our 7FA technology, we are well positioned to help customers cut CO2 emissions by as much as 50 percent,” Browning added.