TEI S.p.A., an Italian environmental engineering company, has purchased an LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine from GE for a 50 MW combined-cycle power plant to be located in the Chianti region of Italy, near Tuscany. This project follows the first mid-merit project between the two companies, which is located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy.
Mid-merit units are modern power plants that can come online quickly in response to increases in the demand for power, GE said. The plant will be operated as a “merchant” facility, meaning that it sells power into the spot market rather than having a long-term contract for the output.
The project will allow TEI S.p.A. to further support the European Union’s 20/20/20 initiative to combat climate change and increase energy security. GE Oil & Gas is also supplying a Thermodyn steam turbine for the project. The plant is owned by VOLTA srl, which is a company created by SACCI and TEI.
The LM6000-PF aeroderivative gas turbine generator package is scheduled to be shipped in the first quarter of 2011 with commercial operation planned for the third quarter of 2011. The steam turbine from GE Oil & Gas will be commissioned in 2012.