GE to upgrade EPS’s TPP Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Serbia

5 February 2017 (Last Updated February 5th, 2017 18:30)

GE Power Services has confirmed it will complete the modernisation of Elektro Privreda Srbije’s (EPS) TPP Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Serbia this year.

GE to upgrade EPS’s TPP Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Serbia

GE Power Services has confirmed it will complete the modernisation of Elektro Privreda Srbije’s (EPS) TPP Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Serbia this year.

The power plant is equipped with two 210MW LMZ steam turbines and four A3-A6 308MW GE units. EPS' Elektroprivreda Srbije JP production executive Savo Bezmarevic said: “EPS’ TPP Nikola Tesla power plant provides a large portion of the power supply for the Serbian electricity system.

“We need our assets to operate at the highest availability, efficiency, and reliability levels as possible, as it is crucial for Serbia to have a secure energy supply.”

As part of the project, GE will deliver a steam turbine, full shaft line, retrofit solution for high-pressure, intermediate-pressure, and low-pressure turbine modules, as well as a new turbine governing controller system.

"EPS’ TPP Nikola Tesla power plant provides a large portion of the power supply for the Serbian electricity system."

The company’s steam turbine retrofit will enable increased power output and reduce operational and maintenance costs, as well as carbon emissions through less coal consumption.

Additional upgrades include provision of 3D blades, stationary blades, new rotors, rotary blades, inner and outer casings, and other associated parts.

Under the terms of the agreement, GE will commission a WT23S-106 generator unit to improve availability and reliability of the plant. GE Power Services' Europe general manager Pascal Schweitzer said: “We are proud to build on our long relationship with Elektroprivreda Srbije JP to provide them with new technology solutions to help them generate more efficient and cleaner power aligned with Serbian environmental targets.”

Expected to commence in May this year, the upgraded steam turbine retrofit is planned to be commissioned in October.


Image: Elektro Privreda Srbije’s TPP Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Serbia. Photo: courtesy of GE.