Canada-based Emera Energy has signed an $80m agreement with General Electric for upgrading 265MW Tiverton Power station in Rhode Island, US.
Upgrades at the natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant has been planned to increase its efficiency, capacity and long-term availability and bring down its operating costs and environmental impacts.
GE had also supplied the original equipment for the power plant that delivers power to the US state of Rhode Island and its surrounding area through ISO New England (ISO-NE).
Emera Energy operation vice president Dave Pickles said: "The upgrades by GE will include best-in-class technology and will improve Tiverton Power’s efficiency and output.
"They also will increase its availability by extending the maintenance intervals."
Under the deal, GE will install its Power FlexEfficiency Solutions at the facility which will feature 7F.04 Compressor, Dry Low NOx 2.6+ Combustor and Advanced Gas Path Technology.
GE Power Generation Services president and CEO Paul McElhinney said: "With natural gas expected to play an increasingly important role in the United States’ energy supply mix, utilities are looking for ways to improve the efficiency and performance of their existing natural gas power plant fleets.
"By investing in GE’s Power FlexEfficiency suite of solutions, Emera Energy’s project demonstrates how power plant operators can make their facilities more profitable while reducing their fuel costs and emissions."
The upgrades are expected to boost the power generation capacity of the facility by almost 22MW, GE claimed, and can result in an estimated annual savings of $1m in fuel costs.
The three Power FlexEfficiency upgrades for the facility have been scheduled to be done in April 2016, with the operations to start in May.
Image: Tiverton power station. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.