Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has secured a contract from US-based electric utility company PowerSouth to supply its M501JAC gas turbine power train for the Lowman Energy Center.

The 640MW combined cycle power plant in Leroy, Alabama, will replace the capacity of three ageing coal-fired units that have a combined output of 556MW.

MHPS Americas president and CEO Paul Browning said: “We’re proud that PowerSouth has selected our JAC gas turbine power island, and we’re well-positioned to exceed their expectations.

“Our gas turbine factory in Savannah, Georgia has delivered every turbine they’ve ever produced on time, and our Service team headquartered in Orlando, Florida will ensure that the proven 99.5% reliability of the JAC gas turbine is achieved at Lowman Energy Center.

“As utilities like PowerSouth modernise their power generation assets, MHPS is helping them achieve a Change in Power.”

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In addition to gas turbine power delivery, MHPS has signed a long-term service agreement with PowerSouth.

MHPS claims that its new gas turbine will improve fuel efficiency and also emits 65% less carbon dioxide in comparison to the coal units.

PowerSouth CEO Gary Smith said: “As the power needs of the Alabama and Florida communities we serve evolve, we value technology partners that can help us meet their needs.”

The utility firm is investing in modern and cost-efficient power generation technologies to increase power generation capacity, as the state prepares to close coal-fired power units.

During construction, the project is expected to create nearly 500 jobs in the region. Once operational in 2022, it will create 35 permanent jobs.