News | December 5, 2016

Uniper Chooses GE's Fleet360* Total Plant Solutions To ‘Future Proof' Two UK Power Plants

  • GE to Upgrade Uniper’s Enfield and Grain Power Combined-Cycle Power Plants
  • Order Includes Fleet360* Services Platform, Aims to Boost Capacity by up to 4 Percent, Extend Maintenance Intervals by up to 33 Percent, Reduce Fuel Consumption and Improve Plant Flexibility
  • Agreement Marks First Installation of GE’s Operations Optimization Software on a GT26 Gas Turbine

Uniper UK Ltd. has selected GE’s Power Services to provide plant equipment upgrades and advanced digital solutions aiming to boost the performance of its Enfield and Grain combined-cycle power plants in the high-demand regions of greater London and the southeast of England. The upgrades are part of GE’s new Fleet360* services platform of total power plant solutions and include a full suite of digital, plant and gas turbine solutions. The contract also includes the first order for GE’s Operations Optimization software on a GT26 gas turbine.

Uniper’s two, 400-megawatt (MW) and 1,200-MW stations, which consist of four GT26 single-shaft combined cycles, will be upgraded with a full suite of digital, plant and gas turbine solutions. The upgrades reflect a broader trend, as European utilities seek to modernize their combined-cycle power plants to increase performance, deliver competitive costs and meet additional environmental and flexibility requirements.

Showcasing the role of digital technologies in GE’s total plant solutions, this latest contract marks the first installation of GE’s Operations Optimization software on a GT26 gas turbine, giving Uniper the capability to monitor and predict key plant performance indicators.

"We are delighted to work with Uniper to demonstrate the added value of GE’s Operations Optimization software to give plant operators greater real-time oversights into the condition of their generation equipment,” said Paul McElhinney, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services. “Our new Fleet360 services platform of total plant solutions allows us to offer customers like Uniper the capabilities to help increase the efficiency, availability and operational flexibility of their combined-cycle plants in the United Kingdom.”

Fleet360 represents GE’s expanded capabilities as a total solutions provider for all power generation equipment, regardless of whether the components were originally supplied by GE or another original equipment manufacturer. Fleet360 applies to upgrades, repairs, parts, multiyear agreements, operations and maintenance—as well as GE’s advanced digital solutions.