GE Power Services has been contracted to modernise Hrvatska Elektroprivreda's coal-fired power plant in Plomin, Croatia.
This would be the first of its kind to be carried out by GE in the country. The retrofits are expected to enhance the plant’s heat rate, increase its power output, lower its operational and maintenance costs, and extend the operating life of the steam turbine.
GE Power Services' Europe general manager Pascal Schweitzer said: “Coal is forecast to remain the world’s second largest energy source through 2030 and an even more critical source of electricity in developing economies.
“The ability of nations to meet emissions goals set out in the Paris COP21 agreement, while meeting growing demands for electricity, will depend on the ability of fossil fuel-powered plants such as coal to deliver power more flexibly, responsively and more cleanly.
“With our broad portfolio, we are pleased to help our customers, like Hrvatska elektroprivreda improve the efficiency of their coal-fired plants while further lowering atmospheric emissions to meet the world’s strictest regulations.”
The power plant upgrade works include an overhaul of the high and intermediate-pressure parts of the steam turbines with a replacement of capital parts.
The retrofit of the low-pressure parts of the steam turbine will feature the use of GE advanced 3-D blades, a new rotor, blade carriers, inner casing, and other spare parts.
Work is expected to start in May 2017 and will be commissioned in July of the same year.
Image: GE to retrofit Croatian coal-fired power plant. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.