Electricite de France (EDF) in partnership with GE has unveiled its plans to jointly develop its first 510MW gas fired power plant to be connected to a national grid in Bouchain, France.

The new combined-cycle plant will produce enough electricity for 600,000 French households.

GE’s FlexEfficiency 50 plant comprises of a next-generation 9FB Gas Turbine and a 109D-14 Steam Turbine that runs on the waste heat produced by the gas turbine.

It also includes an advanced W28 Generator, a Mark Vle control system that links all of the technologies and a heat recovery steam generator.

The facility will demonstrate an unprecedented combination of flexibility and efficiency with low emissions.

The plant is the result of GE’s $500m investment in research and development to deliver cleaner and more efficient energy.

It is expected to achieve more than 61% efficiency at base load, which will conserve natural gas and reduce the output of greenhouse gases.

Its operating flexibility will enable the plant to quickly respond to fluctuations in grid demand, paving the way for greater use of renewable resources such as wind and solar.

Henri Proglio, EDF chairman and CEO, said the signing of this strategic partnership sets a new chapter in the industrial story of fossil-fueled power generation, shared by GE Energy and EDF for nearly 40 years.

"The production of this cutting-edge combined-cycle gas turbine is a testimony to the current modernization of EDF’s fossil-fired plants and the EDF Group’s commitment to innovation," said Proglio.

The FlexEfficiency 50 plant will help France meet European targets on clean energy; it is scheduled to be online by late 2015.