IPA selects MHPS gas turbines for Intermountain Power Plant

11 March 2020 (Last Updated March 11th, 2020 09:47)

US-based power generating cooperative Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has contracted Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) for two M501JAC power trains.

IPA selects MHPS gas turbines for Intermountain Power Plant
MHPS to supply two JAC power trains to IPA. Credit: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.

US-based power generating cooperative Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has contracted Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) for two M501JAC power trains.

MHPS JAC gas turbine technology has been selected for its Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) located in Delta, Utah.

As per the terms of the contract, MHPs will also supply gas turbines, steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators and auxiliary equipment.

It has also agreed to service the plant for 20 years under a long-term service agreement.

Additionally, IPA will receive MHPS’s newest generation JAC air-cooled dry low NOx combustion system with hydrogen-rich fuel capability.

MHPS Americas president and CEO Paul Browning said: “The mission statement of the 2,000+ employees of MHPS Americas is to provide power generation and storage solutions that enable our customers to combat climate change and advance human prosperity.

“By combining our capabilities and imagining a 100% renewable energy future, we are creating a change in power.”

MHPS noted that its gas turbines will enable a transition from coal to natural gas and finally to renewable hydrogen fuel.

The project transition is expected to begin in 2025 after the turbines will be ready to use a 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas fuel combination.

The mix is expected to offset carbon emissions by more than 75% in comparison to coal-fired technology.

Once completed, the 840MW renewed generation facility will be operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and will be owned by IPA.

An existing high voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission line will connect the power plant to the Los Angeles power grid.

The power plant will supply energy to IPA purchasers including Los Angeles and municipalities in other parts of California and Utah.

IPA general manager Dan Eldredge said: “Our mission is to provide affordable, reliable power with a future vision of becoming a net-zero carbon energy resource.

“The unique Intermountain Power Project site and existing regional energy infrastructure provide an ideal opportunity for accomplishing this mission.”

Last November, MHPS secured a contract from US-based electric utility company PowerSouth to supply its M501JAC gas turbine power train for the Lowman Energy Center.