Siemens to perform services for Blythe power plant of AltaGas

Siemens said Jan. 29 that it has been awarded a long-term service agreement for the Blythe Energy Center in California by AltaGas Ltd.

The new agreement covers scheduled maintenance activities, program management, spare parts, power diagnostics and performance monitoring for the plant’s two Siemens V84.3A (now named SGT6-4000F) gas turbines for the next 25 years or 116,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH). The agreement will enable the Blythe Energy Center to take advantage of Siemens modernization and unit enhancements, such as thermal performance optimization, low-load turn down, and rotor exchanges, all designed to help extend scheduled inspection intervals and improve the operational flexibility of the two combustion turbines at the facility.

Siemens noted that it offers the turn down optimization as part of its Flex-Power Services portfolio. The optimization is designed to reduce carbon monoxide emissions at part load.

“The Blythe Energy Center has been providing reliable electricity for the past 11 years, and this continued service agreement and gas turbine performance enhancing upgrades will enhance the units’ ability to continue to operate optimally for many years to come,” said Craig Weeks, CEO, Siemens Power & Gas Services Business Unit.

Said the AltaGas website about this plant: “The Blythe Energy Center is a 507 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant located in Blythe, California. The facility is underpinned with a seven year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. The power plant is strategically located between California and Arizona and has the ability to serve both markets. It is the first major expansion of AltaGas’ Power segment into the U.S. and it provides us with a strong foothold for future growth opportunities in the region. Blythe Energy Center is consistent with our strategy to increase our clean energy portfolio and take advantage of the renaissance of natural gas.”

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years.

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