Rio Grande power plant in Sunland Park, New Mexico

El Paso Electric Co. will expand its Rio Grande power plant in Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S.A., with advanced GE aeroderivative gas turbine technology in order to meet growing electricity demands. GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines offer high power output with low emissions, high energy efficiency and reliability and a fast-start capability that can accommodate volatile grid conditions, GE said.

GE will provide an 88 MW LMS100PA aeroderivative gas turbine with up to 43% energy efficiency. GE will also supply a control building and emissions-control equipment that includes a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for control of nitrogen oxides and a carbon monoxide reduction system.

The new turbine, which will serve about 50 000 customers in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., will run on natural gas and add operational flexibility to the current steam turbines in use, GE said. GE will ship the equipment to El Paso Electric in May 2012, with the equipment expected to be operational in May 2013.

El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to about 371 000 retail and wholesale customers in a 25 899 km² area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico, U.S.A. El Paso Electric has a net dependable generating capability of 1643 MW.


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