News | August 13, 2014

GE Gas Engine Technology Chosen For Distributed Power Generation Projects In Pennsylvania


Wexford, PA - GE's Distributed Power business announced recently that it will provide its Jenbacher gas engine technology to IMG Midstream of Wexford, Pennsylvania, for two 20-megawatt (MW) projects serving the PJM Interconnection energy, capacity and ancillary services segments. These projects will use existing natural gas and electric infrastructure and will produce enough electricity to power approximately 26,000 homes. The units were sold to IMG Midstream as part of a turnkey solution by Haskell. Nixon Energy Solutions, an authorized distributor for GE's Jenbacher gas engines, supplied the Jenbacher engines and accessories, which will be serviced by Northeast Energy Systems, an authorized distributor and service provider in the U.S. Northeast.

PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

"Its local service and parts capabilities were key reasons we chose GE for this important project," said Ron Kiecana, managing director, IMG Midstream. "GE's advanced Jenbacher gas engine technology offers us higher efficiency and flexibility in a cost-attractive solution that will help us utilize locally produced natural gas to supplement the growing power needs of the region."

GE will provide 10 of its ecomagination qualified Jenbacher J624 two-stage turbocharged gas engines, each of which will deliver 4.3 MW of power. The flexibility of these units will allow IMG Midstream to provide part load or dispatch only a portion of the engines while maintaining high overall efficiency. GE and Nixon are working withHaskell of Jacksonville, Florida, which is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project. These first two projects are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania and are scheduled to begin operations in 2015. There are 12 additional projects in various stages of development.

"This project strengthens our position as a leader for distributed power projects globally," said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE's Distributed Power business. "By working with our distributors and Haskell, we were able to provide IMG Midstream with a cost-efficient solution that also met all of its efficiency and flexibility requirements. IMG Midstream will benefit from our local parts and service center and proven technology."

GE's Jenbacher J624 is the world's first two-stage turbocharged gas engine. More economically practical than gas engines with single-stage turbocharging, the J624 with advanced two-stage turbocharging is based on proven technology from the automotive industry and GE's Type 6 gas engine design concept to deliver higher output and increased efficiency. In addition, the engine is particularly suited for operation in hot environments and in multiple engine power plants for independent power production and combined heat and power application.

GE Power & Water's Distributed Power business is a leading provider of power equipment, engines and services, focused on power generation at or near the point of use. Distributed Power's product portfolio includes GE's aeroderivative gas turbines and reciprocating engines, which generate 100 kilowatts to 100 MW of power for numerous industries globally. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Distributed Power employs about 5,000 people around the world.