Mitsubishi announces sale of three gas turbines for Virginia Electric project

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MHPSA) said in a May 26 announcement that it has received an order from Virginia Electric and Power Co. (VEPCO) for the supply of three M501J gas turbines to be installed at VEPCO’s Greensville County Power Station, which is a project still subject to approval by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Mitsubishi had issued a similar announcement on May 15.

The three gas turbines will be manufactured and assembled at MHPSA’s Savannah Machinery Works in Savannah, Georgia, to support a project completion date of year end 2018. The new gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power plant combines the output of the three, highly efficient M501J gas turbines with a steam turbine resulting in the largest new construction GTCC block in North America. Utilizing low cost natural gas, the plant will produce approximately 1,600 MW.

The M501J is the most efficient large frame gas turbine in commercial operation with 17 turbines accumulating over 126,000 operating hours for six different owners, Mitsibishi noted. Worldwide, there are contracts for 36 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems J class gas turbines, including six in North America.

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