Italian electricity company Sorgenia Power has contracted GE Power to enhance the digital capabilities of its Termoli combined-cycle power plant and make it more efficient.

It has also extended the multiyear maintenance and services agreement with GE until 2031 in order to meet its long-term goals.

Sorgenia Power power generation and energy management director Claudio Moscardini said: “In Italy’s current energy landscape, combined-cycle power generation is being challenged due to the increasing share of renewables and in parallel, by the evolution of power markets that made the activities of sector operators more complex and intricate, particularly in the field of energy and risk management.

“GE has maintained our Termoli gas turbines since the first firing in 2006. When we determined that our plant needed further upgrades, it was a natural and logical step to choose GE, as they have been a trusted and reliable part of our operations for many years.”

“It was a natural and logical step to choose GE, as they have been a trusted and reliable part of our operations for many years.”

The digital solutions that GE will offer includes Predix, an asset performance management application, as well as Operational Performance Excellence, Efficiency Optimiser, OpFlex advanced controls and Mark VIe solutions.

With these solutions, GE intends to make the plant more competitive and help Sorgenia in strengthening its activities in energy trading and asset optimisation.

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GE Power Europe Services CEO Michael Rechsteiner said: “With power production in Europe and in Italy becoming largely renewables driven, gas power generation will need to provide the necessary flexibility and efficiency to balance unpredictable renewables.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Sorgenia as they make digital and hardware enhancements to reinvent how they operate their assets.

“With GE’s solutions they’ll be able to react more quickly to market conditions while reducing operating costs, and we will provide Sorgenia with key services to help them meet their long-term goals for the next 12 years.”

In addition to the digital solutions, GE will help the company to increase its plant efficiency by 0.5% by installing a compressor package upgrade.