GE quick ships four gas turbines in response to Mexico emergency

In response to the recent damage from Hurricane Odile, GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business is working with Mexican utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to quickly restore power for the thousands of people.

As a fast solution, General Electric (NYSE: GE) said Oct. 13 that it is providing four 25-MW, trailer-mounted TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine sets, which began shipping two days after the contract signing.

“In GE, we are proud to work with partners such as CFE. We recognize CFE’s efforts in coping with the emergency in a timely and effective way, the response of a world-class company,” said Raúl Gallegos, CEO of GE Mexico. “As a company with a strong commitment to Mexico’s development, with a presence of over 118 years in the country, we are glad to have been able to actively collaborate with Mexican authorities in order to restore power as fast as possible to the communities impacted by Hurricane Odile in mid-September.”

The units began shipping on Oct. 1 from GE’s Jacintoport, Texas, facility and by air through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to San Jose del Cabo Airport in Mexico.

“Speed is an understatement when dealing with an emergency crisis and therefore, fast execution was critical to support CFE’s efforts in solving the power situation in Mexico. We commend CFE for its quick response in the wake of the destruction from Hurricane Odile,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO for GE’s Distributed Power business.

Known as GE’s “Power Plant on Wheels,” the TM2500+ is derived from jet-engine technology. Engineered for flexibility and quick dispatch, it is ideal for providing a baseload bridge to permanent power installations or for generating supplemental or backup power in support of periods of high electrical demand, disaster relief, plant shutdowns or equipment maintenance, GE said.

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